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Life In Legacy - Week ending June 9, 2007

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Frankie Abernathy, featured on MTV reality showRoger Armstrong, cartoonist and painterRudolf Arnheim, psychologist of artClete Boyer, former NY Yankees third basemanWalid Chahine, cab driverJim Clark, former Alabama sheriffIvan Darvas, Hungarian actorHansa, Asian elephantRay Erlenborn, former CBS sound effects manJacquelyn Ferguson, killed her boss, then herselfHallie Ford, Oregon philanthropistBill France Jr., former NASCAR chairmanJeanne Davis Glynn, soap opera writerMichael Griffith, ex-lawman executed in TexasGilbert Gude, former US congressmanLarry Leon Hamlin, founder of NC black theater company and festivalJoe Harris, San Francisco Opera dresserRalph Hoisington, SC prosecutorMartha Holgado, would-be Peron daughterShane Jackson, Canadian rapperDenise Keyworth, Florida office managerGen. Alain le Ray, WWII French Resistance leaderJoan Lundy, LA community activistNellie Lutcher, jazz singerWiley Mayne, former Iowa congressmanWallace McIntosh, RAF’s most decorated WWII gunnerWilliam C. Mercer, former president of New England TelephoneSotiris Moustakas, Greek comic actorLee Nagrin, off-Broadway performance artistLeonard  E. Nathan, UC Berkeley poetAden Abdulle Osman, first president of SomaliaJohn Pike, Ra Ra Riot drummerLynne Randell, Australian pop singerRichard Rorty, Stanford U philosopher and social criticJanet S. Sainer, helped NYC’s elderlyKelsey Smith, missing Missouri teenLynn Stephens, received kidney from waitressJuanita Swedenburg, Virginia vintnerSen. Craig Thomas, Wyoming RepublicanRoy R. Torcaso, Maryland atheist vindicated by US Supreme CourtRobert Tracy, dance writerEdwin Traisman, food scientistJ. L. Wade, businessman and bird authorityMartin J. Weber, graphic artistEd  Weidner, first chancellor of the U of Wisconsin-Green BayRita Wong, Chinese nurse who cared for WWII Flying TigersAnna Zimmerman, one of Wisconsin’s oldest residents

Art and Literature

Roger Armstrong (89) cartoonist whose 50-year career included doing artwork for Bugs Bunny, The Flintstones, and numerous other comic books and for comic strips featuring characters such as "Little Lulu" and "Scamp." Armstrong was also a longtime art teacher and a noted southern California oil and watercolor painter. He died of cardiac arrest in Mission Viejo, California on June 7, 2007.

Rudolf Arnheim (102) distinguished psychologist, philosopher, and critic whose work explored the cognitive basis of art—how we interpret it and, by extension, the world. Arnheim was emeritus professor of the psychology of art at Harvard University, where he taught from the late ’60s to the mid-’70s. He died in Ann Arbor, Michigan on June 9, 2007.

Leonard E. Nathan (82) poet and literary critic who taught rhetoric at the University of California at Berkeley for nearly 30 years. Nathan wrote 17 volumes of poetry, many of them about relationships or the challenges of living in a harsh world. He died of Alzheimer’s disease on June 3, 2007.

Martin J. Weber (102) graphic artist, typographer, and art director who invented a widely adopted technique that gave two-dimensional images the illusion of appearing in three dimensions. In the late ’40s and early ’50s, Weber produced the original on-air nameplates for the CBS, ABC, and NBC TV networks before they adopted their more famous logos. He also designed TV sponsor logos for companies like Monsanto, Esso, and the Celanese Corp. and for brands like Old Gold, Chesterfield, and Lucky Strike cigarettes. He died in New York City on June 9, 2007.

Business and Science

William C. Mercer (88) former president and chairman of the New England Telephone Co. Mercer started his career as an auditor and eventually climbed up the ranks to become president and chairman of New England’s largest telephone company, which served 3.7 million customers when he retired in 1982. He died of heart failure in Westwood, Massachusetts on June 6, 2007.

Juanita Swedenburg (82) Virginia winery and vineyard owner who in 2005 won a battle in the US Supreme Court to tear down protectionist barriers that kept wineries from shipping directly to consumers in other states. Swedenburg died of congestive heart failure in Middleburg, Virginia on June 9, 2007.

Edwin Traisman (91) food scientist who created the process for freezing McDonald’s french fries and helped to develop Cheez Whiz. Traisman worked for Kraft Foods on the teams that created Cheez Whiz and individually packaged cheese slices in the ’50s. In 1957 he opened the first McDonald’s franchise in the Madison (Wis.) area and eventually owned five such restaurants. He died of a heart attack in Madison, Wisconsin on June 5, 2007.

J. L. Wade (94) industrialist considered the preeminent authority on North America’s largest swallow, the purple martin. A businessman also passionate about conservation, Wade was credited with bringing national attention to purple martins, natural predators of mosquitoes. He died in Phoenix, Arizona on June 9, 2007.


Richard Rorty (75) philosopher and social critic whose inventive work in philosophy, politics, literary theory, and more made him one of the world’s most influential contemporary thinkers. A professor at Stanford University, Rorty died of pancreatic cancer in Palo Alto, California on June 8, 2007.

Ed Weidner (85) former chancellor hired in 1966 for a university campus that didn’t exist, who developed a vision of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Weidner was chosen to create and lead a curriculum for a new four-year university on Green Bay’s far northeast side. His first office was in a farmhouse. He centered the university curriculum around the environment, interdisciplinary education, and problem solving that became a model for future campuses as the first buildings opened in 1969. He died of congestive heart failure in Green Bay, Wisconsin on June 6, 2007.

News and Entertainment

Frankie Abernathy (25) one of seven young adult cast members thrown together at a waterfront Point Loma home on the 2004 reality show MTV Real World: San Diego. The much-tattooed and -pierced Abernathy’s habitual “cutting,’’ or self-mutilating, incidents were dealt with as part of the drama of the program, which she left before filming was complete. She had suffered from cystic fibrosis since age 3. She died in Shorewood, Wisconsin on June 9, 2007.

Ivan Darvas (81) Hungarian actor who enrolled at the Budapest Film Academy three times but never graduated. After World War II, Darvas joined the Miskolc Theatre and achieved great success as the partner of actress Klari Tolnay. In 1956 he founded a revolutionary group to help get his political prisoner brother released. Although he was a revolutionary for only a single day, in 1957 Darvas was found guilty of illegal activity against the state and imprisoned for three years, barred from returning to the film business until the mid-’60s. He died 11 days before his 82nd birthday, in Budapest, Hungary on June 3, 2007.

Ray Erlenborn (92) ace CBS sound effects man. Erlenborn was a former child vaudeville singer and silent film child actor whose career as a CBS sound effects man spanned the late ’30s on radio to the late ’70s on TV. His talent for making sound effects was heard on radio shows such as Suspense, Big Town, and Amos ’n’ Andy, and programs starring George Burns and Gracie Allen and Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy. He died of a bacterial infection in Woodland Hills, California on June 4, 2007.

Jeanne Davis Glynn (75) former actress who earned five Emmy nominations as a scriptwriter in the ’80s and ’90s on the daytime soap operas General Hospital, Guiding Light, As the World Turns, One Life to Live, and Port Charles. Glynn had been in treatment for cancer since 1999. She died in New Fairfield, Connecticut on June 8, 2007.

Larry Leon Hamlin (58) founder of the North Carolina Black Repertory Co. in 1979, whose programs include the National Black Theatre Festival, which has attracted thousands of people to Winston-Salem every summer since ’89. Hamlin died in Pfafftown, North Carolina on June 6, 2007.

Joe Harris (82) backstage dresser who for nearly half a century helped sopranos, baritones, and tenors dress for their parts at the San Francisco Opera. When Harris retired after 44 years in 2004, he was the company’s longest-tenured employee. He died of lung cancer in San Francisco, California on June 9, 2007.

Shane Jackson (27) Canadian rapper known as Short Shane who had been playing in shows for 10 years and was set to release his first solo album later this year. Jackson was killed in a car accident in Newfoundland, Canada on June 5, 2007.

Nellie Lutcher (94) jazz vocalist who started out by playing piano for blues singer Ma Rainey at age 11 and later gained prominence as a singer in the ’40s and ’50s. Lutcher’s most noted hits, “Hurry on Down’’ and “He’s a Real Gone Guy,’’ came early in a career she continued well into her 70s. She died in Los Angeles, California on June 8, 2007.

Sotiris Moustakas (67) veteran Greek stage and film actor, primarily a comedian whose acting career spanned more than 40 years. Moustakas was known for his portrayal of offbeat, neurotic yet likable characters. His international film debut came in the Oscar-winning movie Zorba the Greek (1964), starring Anthony Quinn, in which he played Mimithos, the village idiot. He collapsed while rehearsing a theater production and died in a hospital in Athens, Greece on June 4, 2007.

Lee Nagrin (78) noted off-Broadway performance artist and director, once offered a Paramount contract after she appeared in the cult film The Blob (1958). Raised in Seattle, Nagrin moved to New York City in 1950 and produced, directed, or performed in 10 off-Broadway productions over the next 13 years, including works by Eugene Ionesco (best remembered as author of The Rhinoceros), then little known in the US. Nagrin died of colon cancer in New York City on June 7, 2007.

John Pike (23) drummer for the up-and-coming indie rock band Ra Ra Riot who had recorded their self-released EP earlier in the year. The group is featured in the current issue of Billboard’s unsigned band column, “Now Hear This.’’ Apparently a drowning victim, Pike’s body was found in about 7 feet of coastal waters in Buzzard’s Bay, near Fairhaven, Massachusetts, on June 3, 2007.

Lynne Randell (57) Australian ‘60s pop star who found fame in the US with her hit “Ciao Baby.” Randell’s other hits included “Heart” and “Going Out of My Head.” After a long battle with methamphetamine addiction, she was found dead in Toorak, Australia on June 8, 2007.

Robert Tracy (52) former ballet dancer and prolific dance writer. Besides several books on dance, Tracy also wrote articles on dance, theater, music, art, and film for newspapers and magazines. He died of AIDS in New York City on June 7, 2007.

Politics and Military

Jim Clark (84) former Dallas County (Ala.) sheriff whose violent confrontations with voting rights marchers in Selma, Alabama shocked the nation in 1965 and gave momentum to the civil rights movement. Clark wore a NEVER! button on his sheriff’s uniform to show his opposition to black voter registration. He and his deputies joined state troopers in attacking marchers on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in March that year, an event that became known as "Bloody Sunday." After years of declining health owing to a stroke and heart surgery, he died in Elba, Alabama on June 4, 2007.

Gilbert Gude (84) former US congressman (R-Md.) who championed environmental causes during five terms in the House of Representatives. Gude died of heart failure in Washington, DC on June 7, 2007.

Ralph Hoisington (59) prosecutor for South Carolina’s ninth judicial circuit, elected in 2000. As a young man, a career in law seemed far from likely for Hoisington, who worked as a construction crewman, machinery operator, and movie extra—even appearing in the parade scene in the film Hello Dolly! (1969). He died of pancreatic cancer in Charleston, South Carolina on June 9, 2007.

Martha Holgado (72) woman who insisted she was the daughter of late Argentine strongman Juan Domingo Peron despite DNA evidence to the contrary. Holgado claimed to be the product of an affair between Peron and her mother. She died in Buenos Aires, Argentina on June 7, 2007.

Gen. Alain le Ray (96) World War II French Resistance leader whose escape from a notorious Nazi prison forged his image and career. Le Ray was captured in June 1940 and became the first to escape from the infamous Colditz prison in Germany less than a year later. The Nazis had touted the prison as escape-proof. Le Ray died in Paris, France on June 4, 2007.

Wiley Mayne (90) former US congressman (R-Iowa) who represented northwest Iowa in the House of Representatives for eight years (1967-75) and was one of 10 Republicans who voted not to impeach President Richard M. Nixon. Mayne died of a heart attack in Sioux City, Iowa on June 3, 2007.

Wallace McIntosh (87) widely believed to be the British air force’s (RAF’s) most decorated gunner in World War II. McIntosh flew 55 sorties as a rear gunner and was believed to hold the record for most enemy kills (nine). His greatest achievement came during the D-Day advance when he was credited with downing three German fighter planes during a single mission aboard his Lancaster bomber on June 7, 1944. He died of lung cancer in Aberdeen, Scotland on June 4, 2007.

Aden Abdulle Osman (99) Somalia’s first president (1960-67) after independence from Italy. In 1990, when the country was edging toward anarchy under military dictator Siad Barre, Osman was among about 100 politicians who signed a manifesto expressing concern over the destruction, killings, and flight of refugees as a result of the civil war. The country is still emerging from more than 10 years of civil war after Barre’s fall. Osman died in Nairobi, Kenya on June 8, 2007.

Sen. Craig Thomas (74) three-term US senator (R- Wyo.). Thomas was a low-key lawmaker who reliably represented the interests of his conservative state, often becoming involved in public lands issues. He died of chemotherapy-resistant acute myeloid leukemia in Bethesda, Maryland on June 4, 2007.

Rita Wong (95) only Chinese nurse who cared for the famous “Flying Tigers’’—US airmen who defended Chinese supply routes over the Himalayas during World War II. Wong died in Kunming, China, in the southwestern Yunnan province, on June 5, 2007.

Society and Religion

Walid Chahine (45) cab driver who drove the taxi struck by an SUV on May 27 that killed musician Paul Farris (23), a passenger, and injured his girlfriend, Katelyn Hoyt (21), during an early morning police chase of the SUV driver, Javier Morales (29). Chahine died of injuries sustained in the accident in Boston, Massachusetts on June 3, 2007.

Hansa the Elephant (6) young Asian elephant that had delighted visitors at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle since her birth. Hansa was the first elephant born at the century-old zoo. Asian elephants typically live about 45 years. Hansa had been given fluids and antibiotics and was being monitored after showing a decreased appetite and activity. She died about a week after she began showing signs of abdominal pain, in Seattle, Washington on June 8, 2007.

Jacquelyn Ferguson (51) Florida woman who shot and killed her manager, Denise Keyworth (45), at the Sarasota doctor’s office where they worked, apparently because she thought she was going to be fired. Ferguson then went home and shot herself (suicide) in Bradenton, Florida on June 8, 2007.

Hallie Ford (102) philanthropist who recently made the largest arts donation in Oregon history. The widow of timber entrepreneur Kenneth Ford, Hallie cofounded the Ford Family Foundation, which gave $15 million to the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland in late May 2007. Her gifts also supported such projects as Stayton’s Habitat for Humanity home, Independence’s Riverview Park Amphitheater fountain, and the planned Ash Creek Trail interpretive center. She died in Monmouth, Oregon on June 4, 2007.

Michael Griffith (56) former sheriff’s deputy convicted of the 1994 murder of 44-year-old Deborah McCormick, who was robbed, raped, and stabbed to death at her family’s flower shop in Houston. Griffith was executed by lethal injection in Hunstville, Texas on June 6, 2007.

Denise Keyworth (45) Florida doctor’s office manager. Keyworth was shot to death in the office where she worked by a coworker, Jacquelyn Ferguson (51), apparently because Ferguson feared she was going to be fired. Keyworth died from gunshot wounds in Sarasota, Florida on June 8, 2007.

Joan Lundy (68) Los Angeles community activist and former president of the Glassell Park Improvement Association. Lundy spearheaded the planting of jacarandas along San Fernando Road and Eagle Rock Boulevard. She also helped to persuade the city to demolish the abandoned Masonry Builders Supply site between Eagle Rock Boulevard and the Glendale Freeway in Glassell Park, upgrade the local community center, and complete many public works projects. She died after a series of strokes, in Los Angeles, California on June 7, 2007.

Janet S. Sainer (88) former commissioner of New York City’s Department for the Aging in the ’80s who created programs to keep older people active, educate them on health issues, provide them with meals on weekends, and help their caregivers. Sainer died while attending a training conference on the elderly in Denver, Colorado on June 4, 2007.

Kelsey Smith (18) Kansas City, Missouri teen who disappeared June 2 after she was apparently abducted from a shopping mall parking lot. Investigators released videos showing a suspect, later identified as Edwin Hall (26), forcing Smith into a pickup truck. Her body was found 20 miles away in Grandview, Missouri on June 6, 2007. Hall was in police custody.

Lynn Stephens (51) police officer who received a kidney in 2001 from Naomi Ruth White, a waitress at the Waffle House where he often took his coffee break. Stephens had been on dialysis since the transplanted kidney failed in November 2006. He died of kidney failure in Dallas, Texas on June 5, 2007.

Roy R. Torcaso (96) atheist bookkeeper whose application in 1959 to be a Maryland notary public led to a US Supreme Court case that affirmed his refusal to take a state oath requiring him to declare a belief in God. The US Supreme Court unanimously ruled in Torcaso’s favor in June 1961. He died of prostate cancer in Silver Spring, Maryland on June 9, 2007.

Anna Zimmerman (110) believed to be one of Wisconsin’s oldest residents. Zimmerman was grand marshal during Fall Creek’s Centennial Celebration in 2006. She died in Fall Creek, Wisconsin on June 9, 2007.


Clete Boyer (70) sharp-fielding third baseman with the champion New York Yankees teams of the ’60s who made an art form of diving stops and throws from his knees. Boyer helped the Yankees to reach the World Series in five straight years (1960-64), when they won two titles. He died of a brain hemorrhage in Atlanta, Georgia on June 4, 2007.

Bill France Jr. (74) founder’s son who transformed NASCAR from a small Southern sport into a billion-dollar conglomerate during his 31 years as chairman, parlaying the loyal fan base of the Deep South into sold-out tracks in New England, California, Texas, and the Midwest. It all translated into more money from sponsors, bigger paydays for drivers, and robust TV audiences. In 1999, NASCAR finally packaged the entire circuit together in a $2.4 billion contract that awarded races to Fox, NBC, and TNT, beginning in 2001. France replaced his father, NASCAR founder William Henry Getty France, in 1972. Diagnosed with cancer in 1999, Bill France retired in 2003, leaving his son Brian in charge of the family-owned company. He died in Daytona Beach, Florida on June 4, 2007.

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