Abram ("Al") Lerner (94) first director of the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC. Lerner was a longtime art adviser to the museum's founder, Joseph Hirshhorn, a Latvian immigrant who made his fortunes on Wall Street and as an owner of uranium mines. Hirshhorn opened the doughnut-shaped museum on the National Mall in 1974 with more than 6,000 modern sculptures and paintings. As museum director, Lerner helped to transform the private art collection into a national gallery of modern art that became among the most popular in the US; the museum is now part of the Smithsonian Institution. Lerner died after a recent heart attack, in Canaan, Connecticut on October 31, 2007.
Mary Walker Phillips (83) prominent textile artist who took the utilitarian craft of knitting and gave it bold new life as a modern art form to be displayed on the walls of museums around the world. Phillips' work (which also includes avant-garde macramé) is in the permanent collections of major museums including the Museum of Modern Art, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, and the Art Institute of Chicago. She died of Alzheimer's disease in Fresno, California, her birthplace, on November 3, 2007.
Paul Roche (91) noted English poet and translator, among the last living associates of the Bloomsbury group, that skein of artists and writers entwined around Virginia Woolf and her family. The author of several well-received volumes of poetry, Roche taught over the years at colleges and universities throughout the US, among them Smith College, the University of Notre Dame, Centenary College in New Jersey, and Emory & Henry College in Virginia. He died of cancer in Sóller, Majorca on October 30, 2007.
Bradford Kelleher (87) sales manager whose marketing ideas for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's first full-blown gift shop became a model for nonprofit institutions around the world. Under Kelleher's supervision (1949-86), the museum's reproduction business grew to include a large selection of decorative art objects based on the museum's collection. Today, the merchandising business nets the museum more than $1 million a year, with items for sale ranging from trinkets to gold-and-emerald necklaces costing $30,000. Kelleher died in Riverhead, Long Island, New York on October 31, 2007.
Bernice Lavin (81) cofounder of the beauty products business Alberto-Culver Co. with her husband, Leonard. The couple purchased a West Coast beauty supply company, discontinuing most of its products to focus on the Alberto V05 Conditioning Hairdressing line. They transferred the business to Chicago and renamed it Alberto-Culver. Today, the publicly traded company makes TRESemme, Alberto VO5, and Nexxus hair products, and the St. Ives skin care line. Bernice Lavin died in Glencoe, Illinois on October 29, 2007.
F. Maynard Sundman (92) stamp and coin dealer whose innovative mail-order marketing, using everything from comic books to matchbook covers, introduced millions to the once exclusive worlds of philately and numismatics. Reaching beyond trade publications, Sundman squeezed little ads onto matchbook covers and splashed big ones—"Free! 30 Much-Wanted Foreign Stamps!"—in Sunday supplements, comic books, TV Guide, Parade magazine, and National Geographic. He died of heart failure in Littleton, New Hampshire on October 31, 2007.
Gerald D. Feldman (70) eminent historian of 20th-century German history who focused on the intersection of economics and politics to explore subjects like the hyperinflation of the '20s and the cozy relationships between financial companies and the Nazis. Feldman was noted for his original research into how banks and insurance companies collaborated with Hitler's regime. He died of cancer in Berkeley, California on October 31, 2007.
John M. Kernochan (88) leading professor of copyright law and founder of the Kernochan Center for Law, Media & the Arts at Columbia University. Kernochan was an early advocate for composers and authors facing the challenges of protecting intellectual property rights in the Internet age. He died in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts on October 29, 2007.
Donald R. Matthews (82) University of Washington political science professor who wrote a landmark text on the US Senate: US Senators & Their World (1960), reissued half a dozen times and used in some college courses. Matthews was the author of a dozen books and founder of an international exchange program at the university. He died of emphysema in Seattle, Washington on November 3, 2007.
Melvin Pollner (67) sociologist, a longtime faculty member at UCLA, who explored the assumptions communities share about what is true and false, in part by observing activities in courts of law, psychiatric units, and other places where at least two sides of a story are presented. Pollner died of lung cancer in Los Angeles, California on November 2, 2007.
Carrie Rozelle (70) widow of former NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle and founder of the nonprofit National Center for Learning Disabilities. Carrie Rozelle became an advocate for children with learning disabilities because of experiences with two of her sons from a previous marriage. She had been in declining health since undergoing surgery for a malignant brain tumor in 1994. She died in Rancho Santa Fe, California on October 29, 2007.
Julia Agnes Washington Bond (99) mother of Julian Bond, former chairman of the NAACP and cofounder of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Julia's husband, Horace Mann Bond (d. 1972), was named dean of the School of Education at Atlanta University in 1957. As Atlanta U's first lady, Julia Bond traveled to Europe and Africa, attending the inauguration of Kwame Nkrumah as Ghana's first president, and was later circulation librarian at the school's library for seven years, retiring in 2000 at age 92. She died in Atlanta, Georgia on November 2, 2007.
Miroslaw Bregula (43) lead singer and vocalist with the legendary Polish pop group Universe who had performed at festivals, theaters, and recreation areas for the past several years. Bregula committed suicide in his apartment in Chorzow, Poland on November 2, 2007.
Dr. Anthony Clare (64) British psychiatrist and broadcaster who became famous as presenter of Radio 4's long-running In the Psychiatrist's Chair, on which he interviewed famous "patients" about their lives. Clare died unexpectedly of a heart attack in Paris, France on October 29, 2007.
Aleksandr Dedyushko (45) Russian actor who had roles in the TV series Operation Nickname and in several films, including Sarmat, Boys of Steel, and Officers. Dedyushko was killed in a car accident in Vladmir, Russia on November 3, 2007.
Travis deZarn (18) son of character actor Tim deZarn and stepson of actress Janine deZarn who had participated in theater productions throughout Los Angeles. Travis deZarn was killed in a car accident in Pacific Palisades, California on November 3, 2007.
Charmaine Dragun (29) Australian TV news presenter and coanchor of Ten News's Perth, Western Australia 5 p.m. news bulletin, broadcast from the TEN-10 Sydney studios. Dragun had told at least one behind-the-scenes colleague about her unhappiness since moving to Sydney, far from her friends and family in Perth. She was found dead at The Gap, a notorious suicide spot, in Sydney, Australia on November 2, 2007.
Lillian Ellison (84) professional wrestling's "Fabulous Moolah." Ellison was a longtime champion and the first woman inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame. She was dubbed the Fabulous Moolah after saying she wrestled "...for the money ... for the moolah." She died in Columbia, South Carolina on November 2, 2007.
Robert Goulet (73) handsome, big-voiced baritone whose Broadway debut in Camelot (1960) launched an award-winning stage and recording career. Goulet was born in Massachusetts but grew up in Canada and had his own TV show there in the '50s. He played Sir Lancelot in Lerner & Loewe's original Broadway production of Camelot, opposite Richard Burton as King Arthur and Julie Andrews as Queen Guenevere. Goulet won a Tony in 1968 for best actor in a musical for his role in The Happy Time. His other Broadway appearances were in Moon over Buffalo (1995) and a revival of La Cage aux Folles (2005), plus a Camelot revival in 1993 in which he played King Arthur. He was diagnosed in September with a rare form of pulmonary fibrosis and died while awaiting a lung transplant, in Los Angeles, California on October 30, 2007.
Witold Kieltyka (23) drummer of the Polish technical death metal band Decapitated, which had released four successful albums (2000-07), including its first demo, Cemeterial Gardens (1997). Kieltyka died of severe head injuries suffered in a bus crash in Gomel, Belarus on November 2, 2007.
Marilyn Martinez (52) stand-up comic who also performed with other Latina comediennes in the Hot & Spicy Mamitas, the Hot Tamales, and the Original Latin Divas of Comedy. Martinez died of colon cancer in Hollywood, California on November 3, 2007.
Igor Moiseyev (101) master Russian choreographer who created a new form of theatrical folk dance. The Moiseyev Dance Co. was one of the most popular dance companies of the 20th century, whose energy, virtuosity, precision, and ingenious refinement of folk styles from many lands set audiences cheering worldwide. When the troupe made its New York debut in 1958, presented by impresario Sol Hurok at the Metropolitan Opera House, it became the first major Soviet dance group to perform in the US. The visit helped to usher in a new era of cultural exchange. Ed Sullivan gave the troupe national exposure, presenting the dancers for a full hour on his TV variety show, Toast of the Town (later retitled The Ed Sullivan Show). Moiseyev died at a hospital, where he had been unconscious for three days, in Moscow, Russia on November 2, 2007.
Harry W. Morgan (73) American journalist who interviewed Mother Teresa, John F. Kennedy, and Indira Gandhi and taught generations of journalists. In 1961, Morgan founded the World Press Institute, which provides fellowships to allow foreign journalists to live and work in the US. He moved to Romania in 1994, when the government invited him to help develop journalism schools at the Universities of Bucharest, Sibiu, and Timisoara. He died of a heart attack three weeks after he was admitted to a hospital with breathing problems, in Timisoara, Romania on October 30, 2007.
Linda Stein (62) pioneer on New York's punk music scene who later became known as a real estate "broker to the stars." Stein was the ex-wife of Seymour Stein, former president of Sire Records, launching pad for the Ramones, Talking Heads, and Madonna. Linda Stein was credited with taking the Ramones to England for their infamous July 4, 1976 concert that helped to spark the young British punk scene. She eventually launched a real estate career brokering multimillion-dollar Manhattan apartments for rock 'n' roll royalty, including Sting and Billy Joel. She was found beaten to death in her Manhattan apartment on October 30, 2007.
Update: Stein's personal assistant, Natavia Lowery (26), was arrested November 9, 2007, after making statements implicating herself in the fatal bludgeoning of her boss because Stein "just kept yelling at her."
Porter Wagoner (80) US country singer, a Grand Ole Opry star since 1957 and a Grammy winner whose flashy Nudie rhinestone suits dazzled fans when he sang with rising new performer Dolly Parton in the '60s. Wagoner was a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and won three Country Music Association awards for songs with Parton in the Vocal Duo and Vocal Group categories. He had his own syndicated TV show, The Porter Wagoner Show, for 21 years, beginning in 1960. It was one of the first syndicated shows to come out of Nashville and set a pattern for many others. Wagoner died of lung cancer in Nashville, Tennessee on October 28, 2007.
John R. Walsh (85) former figure skater who toured professionally as skating partner of Olympic champion Sonja Henie. Walsh also worked for CBS-TV and later started his own public relations firm in New York in 1960. For nearly 30 years he represented clients including Noel Coward, Judy Garland, Helen Hayes, Cole Porter, Jack Benny, Lucille Ball, Rita Hayworth, Ethel Merman, and Carol Burnett. He died of a stroke in New Hope, Pennsylvania on November 1, 2007.
Peter A. A. Berle (69) civic leader who spent decades fighting for open space and clean water as a New York State assemblyman, commissioner of the State Department of Environmental Conservation, and president of the National Audubon Society. Berle died of injuries he suffered in September in an accident on a farm in Stockbridge, Mass. where he raised Angus cattle. An outbuilding on the property collapsed on him as he was working to dismantle it. He died in Pittsfield, Massachusetts on November 1, 2007.
Joe Herzenberg (66) North Carolina's first openly gay elected official. Herzenberg first ran for the Chapel Hill Town Council in 1979 and was appointed to a position there in '81. He finally won an election to the position in 1987 but resigned from the council in '93 after pleading guilty to not paying state taxes. He died of diabetes in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on October 28, 2007.
Peter Hoagland (65) Nebraska Democrat who served three terms in Congress. Born in Omaha to staunch Republican parents, Hoagland worked as an intern for US Sen. Roman Hruska (R-Neb.), but the Watergate scandal that eventually drove President Richard M. Nixon from office and dissatisfaction with the state party turned Hoagland to the Democrat Party in 1974. He was first elected to the Nebraska Legislature in 1978 and served two terms and later represented the Omaha area in the US House for three terms (1989-95). A moderate Democrat, he pushed for reform in the savings and loan industry. He died of Parkinson's disease in Washington, DC on October 30, 2007.
Tyler Johnson (9) son of Army Spc. John Austin Johnson, hospitalized in San Antonio with a traumatic brain injury suffered in Iraq. Tyler Johnson had suffered many internal injuries in a car accident, which took the lives of his siblings, Ashley (5) and Logan (2), at the scene as they were on their way to visit their father at the hospital on October 13. Tyler had been on life support for most of the past month. He died in Dallas, Texas on November 3, 2007.
Martin Meehan (62) one-time Irish Republican Army commander who spurred IRA members toward compromise. Meehan spent 18 years in prison for a wide range of offenses but ended his days as a firm advocate for peace and compromise in Northern Ireland. He died of an apparent heart attack in Belfast, Ireland on November 3, 2007.
Thomas J. Meskill (79) Connecticut Republican who overcame early political losses to become a respected congressman, governor, and federal judge. In his one term as governor of Connecticut in the early '70s, Meskill steered the state away from the edge of bankruptcy, instituted a state lottery, and oversaw the creation of a department of environmental protection. He suffered from the blood disorder myelodysplasia and had gone to a hospital on Oct. 28 to have blood drawn. He died there of a heart attack, in Boynton Beach, Florida on October 29, 2007.
Lt. Cmdr. Norman W. Mollard Jr. (84) decorated World War II Navy fighter pilot in the Pacific. Mollard earned the title "Flying Ace" after he shot down six enemy planes and survived being shot down three times. He was recalled to active duty twice in his 27-year military career, retiring as a lieutenant commander in 1969. He died of a heart attack and stroke in Palestine, Texas, his birthplace, on October 29, 2007.
Elizabeth Nel (90) secretary to British Prime Minister Winston Churchill during the last years of World War II who was present at numerous key gatherings, including the Yalta Conference among Franklin Roosevelt, Churchill, and Josef Stalin. After the war she married a South African soldier, Frans Nel, and they settled in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, where she died on October 30, 2007.
Ray S. Smith Jr. (83) former Arkansas state legislator who cast the only vote against Gov. Orval Faubus's bill to allow the closing of Little Rock high schools in 1958 after desegregation efforts the year before. Smith served in the Arkansas House of Representatives for 28 years as a Democrat and was known as a man who stood by his principles—even in the charged atmosphere of Little Rock after nine black students integrated Central High School in 1957. He died in Hot Springs, Arkansas on November 1, 2007.
S. P. Thamilselvan (40) Sri Lankan leader of the political wing of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam who joined the group after the 1983 Colombo riots and became personal body guard to LTTE leader Veluppillai Prabhakaran before becoming second commander of the group during the IPKF intervention in the late '80s. Thamilselvan was assassinated in an air strike launched by the Sri Lanka Air Force in Kilinochchi, Sri Lanka on November 2, 2007.
Brig. Gen. Paul W. Tibbets Jr. (92) commander and pilot of the Enola Gay, the B-29 Superfortress that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in the final days of World War II, on Aug. 6, 1945. Three days later, an even more powerful atomic bomb—a plutonium device—was dropped on Nagasaki from a B-29 flown by Maj. Charles W. Sweeney. On Aug. 15, Japan surrendered, bringing the nearly four-year war to an end. The crews who flew the atomic strikes were seen by Americans as saviors who had averted the huge casualties expected to result from an invasion of Japan. But questions were eventually raised about the morality of atomic warfare and the need for the Truman administration to drop the bomb to secure Japan's surrender. Tibbets never wavered in defense of his mission. In declining health, he had requested no funeral or headstone, fearing it would give his detractors a place to protest. He died in Columbus, Ohio on November 1, 2007.
Helmuth Buxbaum (67) wealthy Canadian businessman who once owned a $20 million chain of nursing homes in the London, Ontario area. Buxbaum was serving a life sentence for paying a cocaine dealer and two other accomplices $10,000 to kill his wife, Hanna Buxbaum (48), in 1984 so he could cash in on a $1 million life insurance policy. He died at a prison hospital in Kingston, Ontario, Canada on November 1, 2007.
Washoe the Chimpanzee (42) female chimpanzee said to be the first nonhuman to acquire human language. Washoe, who first learned a bit of American Sign Language in a research project in Nevada, had been living on Central Washington University's Ellensburg campus since 1980. Her keepers said she had a vocabulary of about 250 words, although critics contended Washoe and some other primates learned to imitate sign language but did not develop true language skills. She died in Spokane, Washington on October 30, 2007.
Rev. John Weber (59) longtime sports chaplain to the Dallas Cowboys. Weber formerly was a chaplain for the Texas Rangers. He died of an apparent heart attack in Irving, Texas on November 1, 2007.
John H. Baker Jr. (72) former defensive lineman who spent 11 years in the NFL with the Los Angeles Rams, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Detroit Lions. Baker may have been best known for his 1964 tackle of Giants quarterback Y. A. Tittle, who was photographed sitting bloody in the end zone. Baker became the first black person appointed to the North Carolina state parole board, on which he served for eight years until being elected Wake County sheriff in 1978, where he served for 24 years until he was defeated in 2002. He died in Raleigh, North Carolina on October 31, 2007.
William Condren (74) co-owner of Kentucky Derby-winning Thoroughbred horses Strike the Gold and Go for Gin. Condren, Joseph Cornacchia, and B. Giles Brophy won the 1991 Derby at Churchill Downs with Strike the Gold, but the partnership was strained. Condren and Cornacchia later bought out Brophy's share in Strike the Gold, and in 1994 the remaining two co-owners won the Derby with Go for Gin. Condren and Cornacchia also owned 1996 Preakness winner Louis Quatorze. Condren died in Boston, Massachusetts on October 29, 2007.
Sam Dana (104) oldest living former National Football League player who once played football alongside Lou Gehrig at Columbia. A running back, Dana broke into the then-fledgling league in 1926 with the Hartford Blues. He played one game with the Blues, then played a full season in 1928 with the New York Yankees, finishing with three catches for 66 yards and one touchdown. The Yankees football team folded before the next season, and Dana later worked as a special agent for the Internal Revenue Service before retiring in 1969. He died in his sleep of complications from an infection, in Buffalo, New York on October 29, 2007.
Don Freeland (82) racer who drove in the Indianapolis 500 eight times (1953-60) and finished third in 1956. Freeland began racing roadsters shortly after the war and moved up to AAA and USAC competition in 1952. He had 36 top-10 finishes and was third in the 1956 USAC championship points. He died in San Diego, California on November 2, 2007.
Ed Nahem (64) southern California-based horse owner and breeder. A longtime dealer of art and antiques, Nahem bred Bertrando, champion older horse of 1993 and a runner-up in two different BreedersÕ Cup races. Nahem died of liver failure in Beverly Hills, California on October 31, 2007.
George Ratterman (80) former quarterback for Notre Dame and the Cleveland Browns (1952-56). A knee injury ended Ratterman's football career. While campaigning as a candidate for sheriff of Campbell County, Kentucky in 1961, he was drugged and put in bed with a stripper in an attempt to blackmail him and force him to drop from the race; but the plot was uncovered and Ratterman was elected. He died of Alzheimer's disease in Centennial, Colorado on November 3, 2007.
Ryan Shay (28) top distance runner from Flagstaff, Ariz. Shay was the 2003 US marathon champion and was third at this year's US 25K championships. He also won the US half marathon in 2003 and '04. He was the US 20,000-meters (20K) road racing champion in 2004, making him a four-time national champion. Shay hit the ground near the Central Park boathouse, a popular Manhattan tourist spot, during the US men's Olympic marathon trials, a 26.2-mile qualifier for the 2008 Beijing Games. He died after collapsing about 5-1/2 miles into the race, in New York City on November 3, 2007. His death came a day before the New York City Marathon.
John Woodruff (92) runner whose halting, come-from-behind victory in the 800-meter run at the 1936 Berlin Olympics astonished the sports world and, along with the gold-medal success of Jesse Owens and other black athletes, helped to embarrass Adolf Hitler. Woodruff had lost his legs because of a circulatory ailment. He died of atrial fibrillation and chronic renal failure in Fountain Hills, Arizona on October 30, 2007.