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Life In Legacy - Week ending February 24, 2007

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Janet Blair, star of ’40s musicals, comedies, and TVDennis Johnson, former star basketball guardNewton Anderson, Texas murdererMichael Andre, prominent Denver attorneyBurt Beagle, lover of sports statisticsJack Behnken, pet food manufacturerDavid Berger, class-action lawyerHeinz Berggruen, Picasso collectorHerman Brix (aka Bruce Bennett), athlete turned actorAmazon Brooks, Chicago’s oldest registered voterDonnie Brooks, rockabilly singerLothar-Guenther Buchheim, German authorMario Chanes de Armas, former Castro supporterCarl (Hoot) Combs, U of Kentucky lettermanF. Albert Cotton, Texas A&M chemistry professorCharles F. Ehret, developed jet-lag dietEdgar Evans, Welsh opera tenorCelia Franca, founder of the National Ballet of CanadaKevin Fu, stabbed in gang disputeBarbara Gittings, gay rights activistLeroy Jenkins,  jazz violinistWinthrop D. Jordan, award-winning historianScott Kelman, leader in LA performance artNikita Khrushchev 2nd, grandson of former Soviet leaderGnapa Beatrice Kombe, African dancer and choreographerSiegfried Landau, symphony conductorPhaba Lemon, mother of U of Georgia football playerSteven Lessard, killed his wife and daughterLamar Lundy, former LA Rams defenseWill Maslow, civil rights lawyerEugene Migliaro Jr., Connecticut politicianJames M. Moroney Jr., media executiveCharles Bradley Mulholland 3rd, shipping executiveDamien Nash, Denver Broncos running backJoe Niland, basketball coachSam Hinga Norman, former Sierra Leone politicianCarl-Henning Pedersen, Danish painterGeorge Preas, Baltimore Colts linemanFons Rademakers, Dutch filmmakerHoward V. Ramsey, Oregon’s last WWI veteranDick Raphael, sports photographerRob Sager, former fitness modelPaul Secon, founder of Pottery BarnRicky Silberman, conservative activistFrank M. Snowden Jr., Howard U classicistBarry Stevens, former basketball player and coachOliver Tomlinson, father of NFL MVPAl Viola, recording-studio guitaristIan Wallace, rock drummerEthan Willoughby, audio engineerXiang Xiang, first panda bred in captivity and released in the wildPascal Yoadimnadji, prime minister of ChadRobert W. Young, linguist

Art and Literature

Heinz Berggruen (93) influential collector of Pablo Picasso’s artworks and longtime friend of the artist. Berggruen’s Picasso collection was one of the world’s biggest with more than 130 works. He died in Neuilly-sur-Seine, just west of Paris, France on February 23, 2007.

Lothar-Guenther Buchheim (89) German author and art collector best known for his autobiographical novel Das Boot (1973), in which he described his experiences aboard the German submarine U-96 while on patrol in the Atlantic during World War II. It was made into a critically acclaimed film in 1981. Buchheim died in Berlin, Germany on February 22, 2007.

Carl-Henning Pedersen (93) Danish painter, a key member of the COBRA art group known for its spontaneous expressionism. Pedersen was known for his colorful fantasy paintings featuring horses and birds. He died in Copenhagen, Denmark on February 20, 2007.

Business and Science

Jack Behnken (80) businessman who started American Nutrition Inc., the company that makes pet food brands including Atta Boy and Atta Cat. Behnken died of cancer in Ogden, Utah on February 18, 2007.

Charles F. Ehret (83) scientist whose pioneering research at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois led to the development of a popular diet to combat the effects of jet lag. In 1983, Ehret and coauthor Lynne Waller Scanlon published the book Overcoming Jet Lag, outlining a special diet using a planned rescheduling of meal times, including types and amounts of food to be eaten. Ehret died in Grayslake, Illinois on February 24, 2007.

James M. Moroney Jr. (85) media executive who helped to shape Belo Corporation into one of the country’s largest publicly traded publishing and broadcasting companies. Moroney served on the Belo board for a record 48 years. He was the last surviving grandson of George Bannerman Dealey, who founded the Dallas Morning News in 1885. Moroney died in Dallas, Texas on February 18, 2007.

Charles Bradley Mulholland 3rd (65) former president and chief executive of Matson Navigation Co. Mulholland started as a booking clerk in the ’60s and rose through the ranks of the San Francisco-based shipping line, reaching the top in the ’90s. He died of cancer in Oakland, California on February 20, 2007.

Paul Secon (91) former magazine writer who in 1949, with his brother Morris, loaded the family station wagon with discontinued and slightly damaged ceramics from an upstate New York factory, drove to Manhattan, and opened the first Pottery Barn store. Paul Secon died in Rochester, New York on February 24, 2007.


F. Albert Cotton (76) inorganic chemist, a Texas A&M University professor who won the Wolf Prize in 2000 for his work in metallic elements. Cotton was director of the university’s laboratory for molecular structure and bonding. He wrote five text and reference books that sold more than 500,000 copies combined, including editions translated into 40 foreign languages. He died in College Station, Texas on February 20, 2007.

Winthrop D. Jordan (75) National Book Award-winning historian who wrote several influential works on American slavery and race relations. Jordan died of Lou Gehrig’s disease in Oxford, Mississippi on February 23, 2007.

Frank M. Snowden Jr. (95) Howard University classicist whose research into blacks in ancient Greece and Rome opened a new field of study. Much of Snowden’s scholarship centered on one point: that blacks in the ancient world seemed to have been spared the virulent racism common to later Western civilization. He died of congestive heart failure in Washington, DC on February 18, 2007.

Robert W. Young (94) linguist whose collaboration with a Navajo linguist resulted in dictionaries of the native language. Young became an adjunct linguistics professor at the University of New Mexico when he retired from the Bureau of Indian Affairs in 1971. He died in Albuquerque, New Mexico on February 20, 2007.

News and Entertainment

Janet Blair (85) vivacious actress who appeared in several ’40s musicals and comedies, then turned to TV. Blair was singing with Hal Kemp’s band at the Cocoanut Grove in Los Angeles in 1941 when she was spotted by a talent scout from Columbia Pictures. She languished in B pictures until Rosalind Russell recommended her for the title role in the comedy My Sister Eileen (1942). She danced with George Raft in the gangster movie Broadway (1942) and costarred with Cary Grant and a dancing caterpillar in the comedy-fantasy Once Upon a Time (1944). She was the love interest in The Fabulous Dorseys (1947), starring bandleaders Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey, and appeared opposite Red Skelton in the sleeper hit The Fuller Brush Man (1946). She also costarred with Don Ameche and Jack Oakie in Something to Shout About (1943), which featured a Cole Porter score that included the song “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home to.’’ On TV, Blair played Henry Fonda’s wife in The Smith Family (1971~72). She died of pneumonia in Santa Monica, California on February 19, 2007.

Herman Brix (100) athlete who parlayed a silver medal for the shot put in the 1928 Olympics into a Hollywood career that included playing Tarzan in a 1935 movie. Brix, who later adopted the stage name Bruce Bennett, appeared as Joan Crawford’s husband in Mildred Pierce (1945) and as an ill-fated gold prospector in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948). He died of complications from a broken hip in Santa Monica, California on February 24, 2007.

Donnie Brooks (71) singer with rockabilly roots who had a top 10 pop hit with the love song “Mission Bell’’ in 1960. Brooks died of congestive heart failure in Panorama City, California on February 23, 2007.

Edgar Evans (94) Welsh tenor who made his name singing Hermann the gambler in the first London revival of Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades in a generation. As one of three principal tenors, Evans was a founding member in 1946 of what was then the Covent Garden Opera Co. (now the Royal Opera). During his nearly 30-year career, he sang about 45 roles at Covent Garden. He died on February 22, 2007.

Celia Franca (85) founder and longtime artistic director of the National Ballet of Canada in Toronto, who brought in guest artists including Rudolph Nureyev. Franca died in Ottawa, Canada on February 19, 2007.

Leroy Jenkins (74) violinist and composer, one of the preeminent musicians of ’70s free jazz, who worked on and around the lines between jazz and classical music. Jenkins died of lung cancer in New York City on February 23, 2007.

Scott Kelman (70) innovative teacher and key architect of the Los Angeles performance art and theater scene. A performance art guru and political activist, Kelman opened the Factory Place theater in downtown LA’s industrial area in 1981, then founded Pipeline Inc., a now-defunct small theater network. He died of pneumonia in Portland, Oregon on February 22, 2007.

Nikita Khrushchev 2nd (47) grandson and namesake of the late Soviet leader. The younger Khrushchev had worked as a journalist at the liberal weekly newspaper Moskovskiye Novosti from 1991 until his contract expired in December 2006. He had been hospitalized after suffering a stroke and died four days later in Moscow, Russia on February 22, 2007.

Gnapa Beatrice Kombe (35) powerful dancer and choreographer from the Ivory Coast whose all-women troupe, TcheTche, introduced her to the international festival circuit as a leader of Africa’s new experimental dance. Kombe died of kidney failure in Abidjan, Ivory Coast on February 22, 2007.

Siegfried Landau (85) founding conductor (1955-71) of what is now called the Brooklyn (NY) Philharmonic Orchestra. Landau was also conductor of the White Plains (NY) Symphony (1961-68), and from both podiums he regularly insisted on conducting new or rarely performed works. Landau and his wife died in a fire at their home in Brushton, New York on February 19, 2007.

Fons Rademakers (86) Dutch filmmaker whose movie De Aanslag (1986; The Attack) won an Oscar for best foreign film. Rademakers died of emphysema in Geneva, Switzerland on February 22, 2007.

Rob Sager (29) successful fitness model who appeared on the cover of Men’s Health magazine before transitioning into a career as a gay porn star. Sager (aka Brett Mycles) died of congestive heart failure in Las Vegas, Nevada on February 24, 2007.

Al Viola (87) versatile guitarist best known for his long association with Frank Sinatra and his memorable mandolin playing on The Godfather soundtrack. Originally a member of the Page Cavanaugh Trio after World War II, Viola worked for about 25 years with Sinatra on recordings, TV specials, Las Vegas appearances, and concerts, at the same time becoming a prominent member of the Los Angeles recording-studio scene. He died of cancer in Studio City, California on February 21, 2007.

Ian Wallace (60) journeyman drummer who toured with Bob Dylan, Don Henley, and Bonnie Raitt and recorded with Stevie Nicks, Ry Cooder, and other music stars. Wallace died of esophageal cancer in Los Angeles, California on February 22, 2007.

Ethan Willoughby (30) Grammy-nominated audio and mix engineer. Willoughby earned a Grammy nomination for engineering on Justin Timberlake’s album, FutureSex/LoveSounds (2006). He was killed when his car was hit by a suspected drunk driver traveling in the wrong direction, on the 101 Freeway in Sherman Oaks, California on February 18, 2007.

Politics and Military

Mario Chanes de Armas (80) fighter at Fidel Castro’s side in the Cuban revolution who later spent 30 years as a political prisoner in the leader’s jails. Chanes de Armas joined the opposition to the new regime when he became convinced that Castro was betraying the democratic promises he had made. He died in Hialeah, Florida on February 24, 2007.

Eugene Migliaro Jr. (81) former longtime Connecticut state lawmaker. A nine-term Republican state representative, Migliaro also became mayor of Wolcott, Connecticut in 1993, but left that post in ’95 to become former Gov. John G. Rowland’s commissioner of the state Department of Veterans Affairs. He died in Waterbury, Connecticut on February 20, 2007.

Sam Hinga Norman (67) former Sierra Leone government minister on trial for allegedly overseeing a militia accused of torturing and mutilating civilians during that country’s 10-year civil war. Norman had been flown to Senegal’s capital, Dakar, on January 17 for medical procedures and died there of apparent heart failure after surgery on February 22, 2007.

Howard V. Ramsey (108) Oregon’s last living World War I veteran. An Army corporal in France, Ramsey was a truck driver who ferried officers, carried water to troops on the front lines, and returned the bodies of soldiers killed in battle. He died in his sleep in Portland, Oregon on February 22, 2007.

Rosalie ("Ricky") Silberman (69) conservative activist whose outspoken public support of then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, despite allegations of sexual harassment from Anita Hill, his former colleague at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, led to the creation of an advocacy group called the Independent Women’s Forum, whose goal was to provide a conservative alternative to feminist tenets. Silberman died of breast cancer in Washington, DC on February 18, 2007.

Pascal Yoadimnadji (56) prime minister of Chad since 2005. Yoadimnadji died of a brain hemorrhage at a Paris hospital, where he was being treated for cardiovascular problems, on February 23, 2007.

Society and Religion

Newton Anderson (30) Texas man convicted of the 1999 slayings of a Texas couple, Frank (71) and Bertha Cobb (61), at their rural home near Tyler, Texas. Anderson had been out of prison only about four months after serving four years for burglary. He was executed by lethal injection in Huntsville, Texas on February 22, 2007.

Michael Andre (??) attorney who represented Willie Clark, “person of interest’’ in the New Year’s Day shooting death of Denver Bronco Darrent Williams. Andre contended that the murder was actually committed by Clark’s cousin, Stephen Howard, who had used Clark’s name as one of his previous aliases. Andre was found shot to death at his home after an eight-hour police standoff in Denver, Colorado on February 23, 2007.

David Berger (94) lawyer who achieved fame, fortune, and influence by helping to expand the ability of groups of people to file suits jointly in federal courts. Berger was one of the first lawyers in the US to apply the class-action rule in the federal courts to antitrust violations. He died of pneumonia in Palm Beach, Florida on February 22, 2007.

Amazon Brooks (109) Chicago’s oldest registered voter. Brooks had never missed an election since she cast her first ballot in 1920, the year women won the right to vote. She died in Chicago, Illinois on February 23, 2007.

Kevin Fu (15) California boy stabbed and wounded in a Denny’s restaurant parking lot during a gang-related brawl. Investigators believed that up to 15 people were involved, and another teen was critically injured. Fu died of stab wounds in Pomona, California on February 24, 2007.

Barbara Gittings (75) gay rights activist since the late ’50s. Gittings helped to organize the New York City chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis, an early lesbian rights organization, in the ’50s. She first became well known to the public in 1965, when she helped to organize gay-rights demonstrations at the White House and at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she died of breast cancer on February 18, 2007.

Steven Lessard (51) nuclear power plant worker distraught over job and marital problems, suspected of strangling his wife Kathy (48) and their daughter Linda (14) at their home. Lessard had been on psychiatric leave from his job after fellow workers discovered that he “was overly stressed and just behaving somewhat irrationally at work.’’ He was found dead of an apparent suicide in Putnam Valley, New York on February 19, 2007.

Will Maslow (99) former leader of the American Jewish Congress and a civil rights lawyer noted for his efforts on behalf of minorities. Maslow devoted decades to challenging barriers to the rights of blacks, Jews, and other minorities in employment, education, and other fields. He died in New York City on February 23, 2007.

Xiang Xiang (5) first panda to be released into bamboo forests after being bred in captivity. Xiang Xiang survived less than a year in the wild after nearly three years of training in survival techniques and defense tactics. A Chinese nature preserve official said the panda may have fallen from trees while being chased by wild pandas. His body was found on snow-covered ground in the forests of Sichuan province in China’s southwest on February 19, 2007.


Burt Beagle (73) accountant who never met a sports statistic he did not love, a passion that put him on the sidelines of New York City high school and college sporting events for many years. Beagle was official scorer for more than 6,000 amateur baseball, football, and basketball games, ranging from youth league to college. He died of lung cancer in the Bronx, New York on February 19, 2007.

Carl ("Hoot") Combs (87) University of Kentucky’s oldest living letterman who played basketball for Adolph Rupp and was a football graduate assistant for Paul (“Bear’’) Bryant. Combs got his nickname because he liked cowboy film star Hoot Gibson and as a youngster would try to imitate him. He died of a stroke and pneumonia in Lexington, Kentucky on February 24, 2007.

Dennis Johnson (52) former star NBA guard, part of three championships, who teamed with Larry Bird on one of the great postseason plays. A five-time All-Star and one of the top defensive guards, Johnson was a brilliant defensive player who helped to propel the Seattle SuperSonics and the Boston Celtics to NBA championships. He was in his second season as coach of the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League when he collapsed outside the Austin Convention Center after a team practice and never regained consciousness. He died of a heart attack in Austin, Texas on February 22, 2007.

Phaba Lemon (39) mother of Michael Lemon, defensive lineman for the University of Georgia Bulldogs. Phaba Lemon was found dead of head injuries after her mobile home was allegedly torched by her live-in boyfriend, Herbert Hart Jr. (35), in Macon, Georgia on February 21, 2007.

Lamar Lundy (71) along with Los Angeles Rams teammates Merlin Olsen, Deacon Jones, and Rosey Grier, Lundy formed the Fearsome Foursome defensive line that battered NFL offenses during the ’60s. Diagnosed with myasthenia gravis in the early ’70s, Lundy also suffered from diabetes, Graves’ disease, and prostate cancer and had undergone surgery to have a pacemaker installed. He died in Richmond, Indiana on February 24, 2007.

Damien Nash (24) Denver Broncos running back. The Broncos signed Nash as a free agent in the 2006 season, and he played in three games. He collapsed and died of an apparent heart attack after playing in a charity basketball game in suburban St. Louis, Missouri on February 24, 2007.

Joe Niland (89) former basketball player (1939-42) and coach (1947-53) at Buffalo’s Canisius College. Niland was later a scout for the Buffalo Braves (1970-72) before the NBA team moved to San Diego and was renamed the Clippers. He died in Buffalo, New York on February 18, 2007.

George Preas (73) offensive lineman whose blocking helped to propel the Baltimore Colts to the NFL championship in 1958 as they defeated the New York Giants in overtime in what became known as the Greatest Game Ever Played. Preas played for the Colts (1955-65). He died of Parkinson’s disease in Roanoke, Virginia on February 24, 2007.

Richard ("Dick") Raphael (68) sports photographer who covered all 41 Super Bowls and shot nine Sports Illustrated magazine covers. One of Raphael’s most famous photos was that of the Celtics’ Bill Russell deflecting a shot by Philadelphia’s Wilt Chamberlain, the two giants suspended in mid-air, their arms outstretched. Raphael died after a sudden illness, in Marblehead, Massachusetts on February 18, 2007.

Barry Stevens (43) former Iowa State basketball star and briefly coach of the Gary (Ind.) Steelheads. Stevens collapsed and died of an apparent heart attack while working out at a gym in Gary, Indiana on February 21, 2007.

Oliver Tomlinson (71) father of LaDainian Tomlinson, the NFL’s Most Valuable Player, who starred at Waco’s University High School before going on to Texas Christian University and the San Diego Chargers. The elder Tomlinson was killed in a one-car rollover accident near Waco, Texas on February 23, 2007.

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