Barbara Schwartz (58) abstract painter whose painted plaster reliefs were associated with the Pattern & Decoration movement in New York City in the late ‘70s. Schwartz had taught at the School of Visual Arts since 1978, and her works are in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the New York Public Library. She died of cancer in New York City on May 8, 2006.
Peter R. Viereck (89) Pulitzer Prize-winning poet considered an important figure in the development of modern conservatism before he became disheartened by the movement. Viereck died in his sleep in South Hadley, Massachusetts on May 13, 2006.
Robert J. Schwartz (88) stockbroker and an early advocate for using investment choices to foster social change and environmental awareness. Schwartz died of heart failure in New York City on May 9, 2006.
Carolyn Shaw Bell (85) economist at Wellesley College who took her fight for equal opportunities for women in economics from the college into the national arena. Bell died in Arlington, Virginia on May 13, 2006.
Alexander Zinoviev (83) prominent Russian author forced to emigrate from the Soviet Union because of his satire aimed at the Communist regime. Zinoviev returned to Russia in 1999, becoming a professor at Moscow State University. He died in Moscow, Russia on May 10, 2006.
Yossi Banai (74) musician, actor, and comedian beloved by millions of Israelis, who began his career in the mid-'50s as an actor with the Tel Aviv Habima theater and quickly became known as a talented writer of satire. Banai died in Tel Aviv, Israel on May 11, 2006.
Ted Berkman (92) author and screenwriter best known for his book Cast a Giant Shadow and the movies Fear Strikes Out and Bedtime for Bonzo. Berkman died of cancer in Santa Barbara, California on May 12, 2006.
Frank Boos (70) bow-tied appraiser on the PBS-TV program Antiques Roadshow. Boos was an original member of the cast, appraising thousands of mainly silver antiques as the show toured American cities for the past 10 years. He died of vascular disease in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan on May 9, 2006.
Richard Carleton (62) award-winning journalist whose career on Australian TV spanned 40 years. Carleton died of a suspected heart attack minutes after asking a question at a news conference in Sidney, Australia on May 7, 2006.
Joan Diener (76) actress, dancer, and singer best known for creating the role of Aldonza in the Broadway musical Man of La Mancha (1965). Diener was also known for being creating the role of Lalume in Kismet. She died of cancer in New York City on May 13, 2006.
Pietro Garinei (87) Italian songwriter who told romantic tales of Italy and its people through plays and songs such as "Arrivederci Roma," sung by Mario Lanza in The Seven Hills of Rome (1958). Garinei died in Rome, Italy on May 9, 2006.
Val Guest (94) one of the most prolific, versatile, popular, and least pretentious filmmakers in postwar British cinema, who produced whimsical comedies, portentous epics, urban thrillers, and war and horror films. Guest died in Palm Springs, California on May 10, 2006.
John Hicks Jr. (64) pianist who helped to define the mainstream jazz aesthetic of his instrument. Hicks played with the bands of Art Blakey and Woody Herman. He died of an internal hemorrhage in New York City on May 10, 2006.
Byron Morrow (95) veteran character actor in TV and films whose distinguished looks often led him to be cast as a top military officer, police chief, or judge. Morrow appeared in numerous TV series, including episodes of Star Trek, Dragnet, Dallas, Perry Mason, Get Smart, and Vega$. He died in Woodland Hills, California on May 11, 2006.
A. M. Rosenthal (84) demanding editor who lifted the New York Times from economic doldrums in the '70s and molded it into a journalistic juggernaut known for distinguished reporting of national and world affairs. Rosenthal died of a stroke in New York City on May 10, 2006.
Machiko Soga (63) Japanese actress perhaps best known for her roles as the villain in many tokusatsu films and TV shows, such as Rita Repulsa in Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers (1993-94) and as the witch Bandora in Kyoryu sentai Juurenja for many years. Soga was also a voice actress in many animé shows and video games. She died of pancreatic cancer in Tokyo, Japan on May 7, 2006.
Frankie Thomas (85) popular stage and screen juvenile actor in the ’30s who won widespread fame on TV in the early ’50s as the star of Tom Corbett, Space Cadet. Thomas died of respiratory failure (and was buried in his space costume) in Sherman Oaks, California on May 11, 2006.
Johnnie Wilder Jr. (56) soulful lead singer of the R&B band Heatwave, the popular '70s group that had hits with "Boogie Nights," "Always & Forever," and "The Groove Line." Wilder continued singing after being paralyzed in a car accident in 1979. He died in his sleep in Clayton, Ohio on May 13, 2006.
Gerald E. Boltz (74) longtime official of the Securities & Exchange Commission enforcement division who headed the Los Angeles office of the commission for seven years. Boltz died in Santa Monica, California on May 10, 2006.
James Keogh (89) former executive editor of Time magazine and head of the White House speech-writing staff under Pres. Richard M. Nixon. Keogh died of respiratory failure in Greenwich, Connecticut on May 10, 2006.
Terence Sumner Kirk (89) former World War II prisoner of war who built a pinhole camera from cardboard scraps and used smuggled-in photo supplies to snap photographs of fellow malnourished Marines in a Japanese PoW camp. Kirk died of a heart attack in Burleson, Texas on May 10, 2005.
Gillespie ("Sonny") Montgomery (85) former US congressman (D-Miss., 1967-97) who during his 30 years in the House pushed through a modernized GI Bill that boosted recruiting for the all-volunteer force. Montgomery died in Meridian, Mississippi on May 12, 2006.
Chris Patterakis (70) former commander of the USAF Thunderbirds and decorated fighter pilot lured out of retirement to become a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force. Patterakis commanded the Thunderbirds flight demonstration team based at Nellis Air Force Base near Las Vegas, Nevada (1975-77). He died unexpectedly while visiting Patrick Air Force Base in Florida on May 9, 2006.
Eusebio Penalver Mazorra (71) former Cuban political prisoner who led a group of fellow exiles that Cuban President Fidel Castro once accused of plotting to assassinate the president of Venezuela. Penalver Mazorra was imprisoned in Cuba for 28 years. He died in Miami, Florida on May 11, 2006.
Ruth Gay (83) writer known for her nonfiction books documenting Jewish life in the Old World and the New, whose books include Safe Among the Germans: Liberated Jews After World War II (2002), which dealt with the more than 250,000 Jews who returned to Allied-occupied Germany immediately after the war. Gay died of leukemia in the Bronx, New York on May 9, 2006.
Lawrence Lader (86) writer who so successfully marshaled his literary and political efforts in support of abortion rights that feminist author Betty Friedan called him the father of the movement. Lader died of colon cancer in New York City on May 7, 2006.
George ("Lee") Lutz (59) former land surveyor whose brief and awful stay in an Amityville, New York home became the inspiration for one of the most famous haunted house stories ever. Lutz's family tales of eerie feelings and waking dead became the source for the Jay Anson book, The Amityville Horror (1977), along with a 1979 film of the same title and a 2005 movie remake. Lutz died of heart disease in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 8, 2006.
Jaroslav ("Jan") Pelikan (82) Yale professor and one of the world's foremost scholars of the history of Christianity. Pelikan wrote more than 30 books, using sources in nine languages and dealing with literary, musical, and doctrinal aspects of religion. He died of lung cancer in Hamden, Connecticut on May 13, 2006.
Volkmar Wentzel (91) photographer who launched a career with National Geographic magazine by photographing the nation's capital, then helped to preserve the images of the magazine. Wentzel died of a heart attack in Washington, DC on May 10, 2006.
Corey Engen (90) Norwegian-born ski jumper and cross-country skier, captain of the 1948 US Olympic Nordic team. Engen and his two older brothers helped to popularize skiing in Idaho and Utah. He taught skiing in the early years at Sun Valley Resort in Ketchum, Idaho and in 1961 helped to develop and manage Brundage Mountain Ski Area in McCall, Idaho. Engen never won any Olympic medals but collected 22 gold medals in national competitions. He died of pneumonia in his sleep in Orem, Utah on May 9, 2006.
John Kimbrough (87) former Texas A&M fullback, movie star, and state legislator. Kimbrough starred in two Hollywood Westerns in 1942. He died after a brief bout with pneumonia, in Haskell, Texas on May 8, 2006.
Patrick Ntsoelengoe (50) South African-born soccer midfielder who scored 87 goals in 11 years in the North American Soccer League. Ntsoelengoe was found dead in his car outside a hotel in Lenasia, South Africa on May 8, 2006.
Floyd Patterson (71) undersized heavyweight boxing champion (1956-59, '60-62) who avenged an embarrassing loss to Ingemar Johansson by defeating him a year later to become the first former champion to regain the heavyweight title. Patterson had suffered from Alzheimer's disease for about eight years and had prostate cancer. He died in New Paltz, New York on May 11, 2006.
Harold Robinson (76) first black football scholarship athlete in what would become the Big 12 Conference. Robinson was a center for Kansas State University in 1949, when the US Supreme Court was still five years away from issuing the landmark decision that ended segregated education. He died in Wharton, New Jersey on May 9, 2006.