Olen Reid Ashe 3rd (23) son of former Wichita Eagle publisher and Media General Inc. executive Olen Reid Ashe Jr. who was majoring in industrial engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. The younger Ashe died of massive internal injuries in a freak skydiving accident in Rockmart, Georgia on July 27, 2008.
Pierre Berès (95) king of French booksellers, friend to Picasso and Éluard, publisher of Barthes and Aragon, a man renowned for his taste, his financial resources, and his ruthlessness in the pursuit of the rare and the beautiful. Berès died in Paris, France on July 28, 2008.
Athos Bulcão (90) Brazilian abstract artist whose colorful panels and paintings decorate many government and private buildings in the capital, Brasilia. Bulcão's works adorn the halls of the capitol, Brasilia's national theater, and several churches, schools, and residential buildings. He died of a heart attack in a hospital, where he was being treated for Parkinson's disease, in Brasilia, Brazil on July 31, 2008.
Perez Celis (69) prestigious Argentine muralist, painter, and sculptor. Considered one of the great figures of contemporary Argentine art, Celis lived and worked in Lima, Peru; Caracas, Venezuela; Montevideo, Uruguay; Paris and New York. He suffered from leukemia and died in the capital, Buenos Aires, Argentina on August 2, 2008.
Christopher Gonzalez (65) Jamaican artist whose expressionistic sculptures and paintings won him a reputation as a pioneer in Jamaican art. Gonzalez was best known for creating a controversial 9-foot (2.7-meter) statue of reggae legend Bob Marley, which depicted the beloved Jamaican musician with a distorted face and a tree trunk for a lower body. Gonzalez died of cancer in Montego Bay, Jamaica on August 2, 2008.
Arthur Robert Hamilton (82) model for one of artist Norman Rockwell's iconic Boy Scout paintings during World War II. Hamilton became an Eagle Scout at age 15, and scouting became his career; after serving in the Navy and graduating with an accounting degree from the University of Maryland, he worked for the Boy Scouts of America as a fund-raiser until retiring in 1989. He died of Alzheimer's disease in Aztec, New Mexico on July 28, 2008.
Geoff Ballard (76) Canadian pioneer of the fuel-cell industry and an entrepreneur Time magazine once named one of its "Heroes for the Planet." Ballard developed the world's first hydrogen-fuel-cell-powered, zero-emission transit bus. He died in Toronto, Canada on August 2, 2008.
Bruce E. Ivins (62) top Army microbiologist who was developing a vaccine against the deadly toxin anthrax. Federal prosecutors investigating the 2001 anthrax attacks were planning to indict and seek the death penalty against Ivins, a leading anthrax researcher for the past 18 years at the government's biodefense labs at Fort Detrick, Maryland. He apparently committed suicide by taking a massive dose of prescription Tylenol mixed with codeine, in Frederick, Maryland on July 29, 2008.
Jack Nash (79) investment banker who helped to create the modern-day mutual fund and hedge fund businesses. Nash's investment career began at Oppenheimer & Co., where he met Leon Levy (d. 2003), forming a partnership that would last for decades and become legendary for its foresight and returns. Nash, who became Oppenheimer's president in 1974 and chairman in '79, helped to mold the firm into what once was the world's second-largest mutual fund business. After the pair sold the firm in 1982 for $163 million, they founded Odyssey Partners LP. Nash died in New York City on July 30, 2008.
Dr. Jordan M. Phillips (85) obstetrician and gynecologist who championed the use of laparoscopy for gynecological diagnosis and surgery when it was still a new procedure in the US. Phillips became interested in laparoscopy in the '60s when the surgical procedure was being developed by several doctors in Europe. Minimally invasive, it allows a tiny camera to see inside the abdomen through a small incision. Phillips died of cancer in Downey, California on July 29, 2008.
Debbie Boostrom (53) Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month for its August 1981 issue. Boostrom's centerfold was photographed by Mario Casilli while she was living in Florida, before she moved to Kansas and married a beer distributor. She later returned to Florida after that marriage ended and became involved in jewelry design and acting in infomercials. According to reports, she had probably been dead (suicide by gunshot) for almost two weeks when her body was found in her apartment on July 29, 2008.
Bertrand Castelli (78) executive producer of the original Broadway production of Hair in 1968. Also a painter, screenwriter, balletomane, and choreographer, Castelli was described by those who knew him as a world-class bon vivant. He died when he was struck by a boat during one of his daily swims off the Caribbean coast of the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico on August 1, 2008.
Youssef Chahine (82) film director, a leader in Egyptian cinema for more than 50 years. Chahine was best known for his series of films linked to the Mediterranean city of Alexandria. He suffered a brain hemorrhage in June and spent six weeks in a coma in a Paris hospital before returning to Cairo, Egypt about 10 days before his death on July 27, 2008.
Mark ("Judge Cal") Chamberlain (41) spiky-haired tattooed artist, also known as Judge Cal, host of the Internet-based TV show High Weirdness. Chamberlain ran away from his Seattle home at age 15 to make it in New Yorkand did, until his body was found in his Chelsea apartment by his landlord about a week after his mysterious death. It took friends nearly two weeks to find a relative. Chamberlain was thought to have died July 25 but was not found until around August 1, 2008.
Luther Davis (91) playwright who won a Tony in 1954 for the book of the musical Kismet and a screenwriter whose films included The Hucksters (1947) with Clark Gable and Lady in a Cage (1964) with Olivia de Havilland. Davis wrote 15 movies and dozens of scripts for TV series and had a hand in five Broadway shows, including writing the book for Grand Hotel, the musical adaptation of Vicki Baum's novel, directed and choreographed by Tommy Tune, which ran for more than 1,000 performances (1989-92). Davis died in the Bronx, New York on July 29, 2008.
Levi Dixon Jr. (17) choral singer who had recently pursued a promising musical career after club performances with the up-and-coming gospel group The Top Prospects. Dixon was found shot to death at a friend's house in Tampa, Florida on July 27, 2008.
Otto Fuerbringer (97) conservative-leaning managing editor of Time magazine during the political and social upheavals of the'60sa time of change for the magazine, too. The Cuban missile crisis, the Vietnam War, political assassinations, mass protests, and a roiling youth culture were the stuff of headlinesand Time magazine cover storiesduring Fuerbringer's eight years (1960-68) on the job. His tenure marked a shifting of Time's political positions. He died in Fullerton, California on July 28, 2008.
Mahmoud Jabr (73) Syrian comedian who started his career on stage in the '60s and founded his own comedy group. Jabr acted in many Syrian plays such as Heroes of Our Homeland and Out of Paradise and appeared in several Syrian movies. He had been suffering heart problems for some time and was hospitalized twice the preceding week. His health deteriorated, and he died of a heart attack in Damascus, Syria on July 27, 2008.
Stuart W. Little (86) writer whose many newspaper articles and books chronicled developments in the theater ('50s-'70s). Little wrote a theater news column for the New York Herald Tribune (1958-66) until the paper folded. In the early '70s he wrote The Playmakers (1970; with theater producer Arthur Cantor), a thorough explanation of how Broadway shows are produced, built, and managed, and a lament that the theater was losing its cultural influence after yielding its primacy in the entertainment world to TV and the movies. Little died of congestive heart failure in Canaan, Connecticut on July 27, 2008.
Marisa Merlini (84) Italian actress best known for her supporting character role as the village midwife, Annarella, who marries Vittorio De Sica's police marshal in director Luigi Comencini's comedic classic Pane, Amore e Fantasia (1953). Merlini had appeared in over 50 films alongside her close friend, Italian screen legend Anna Magnani, during her career in the postwar Italian cinema. She died in Rome, Italy on July 28, 2008.
Ishmeet Singh Sodhi (18) up-and-coming singer who shot to fame by winning the Amul Star Voice of India singing contest in 2007. Singh apparently drowned in the hotel swimming pool at a resort in Male, Maldives on July 29, 2008.
Suzanne Tamim (30) Lebanese pop singer and TV actress who rose to fame in the Arab world after winning the top prize on the popular Studio el fan talent show in 1996. After she released two albums and recorded many hit singles, Tamim's career was unexpectedly marred by stories about a troubled private life. She was found stabbed to death, an apparent homicide, in her apartment in Palm Jumeira, Dubai on July 28, 2008.
Lee Young (94) jazz drummer who came from a family with musical roots deep in New Orleans jazz, drummed for greats like Ellington and Basie, became a pioneering black man in music's executive suitesand survived his elder musician brother, Lester Young (d. 1959), by nearly 50 years. In contrast to Lester, whose battle with alcohol and personal demons is almost as well known to jazz fans as his saxophone solos, teetotaler Lee Young lived a long life of accomplishment in both performance and the music business. He died in Los Angeles, California on July 31, 2008.
Anne L. Armstrong (80) adviser to Presidents Richard M. Nixon and Gerald R. Ford and the first woman to serve as US ambassador to Britain. Armstrong was a prominent figure in Texas and national Republican Party politics when she was appointed counselor to Nixon in 1973. She was the first woman named to the cabinet-level position and became highly visible for her willingness to face hostile audiences as the Watergate scandal mushroomed. She died of melanoma in Houston, Texas on July 30, 2008.
Stanley E. Michels (75) former New York City councilman, an ardent advocate of environmental protection laws. A Democrat, Michels represented District 6, which covers much of northern Manhattan (1978-2001). In 1987, he was prime sponsor of the Clean Indoor Air Act, the city's first law regulating smoking in public places. He died of angiosarcoma, a cancer of the circulatory system, in New York City on August 1, 2008.
Midhat Mursi (55) Egyptian-born chemical weapons expert and alleged top bomb maker for the Islamic terror network al-Qaeda, part of Osama bin Laden's inner circle, working to develop or obtain weapons of mass destruction. Even though he was reported to have been killed in the January 2006 US air strike in Pakistan along with several other militants, Mursi was believed to have organized the infamous Derunta training camp in Afghanistan, where he had personally trained so-called "shoe bomber" Richard Reid and 9/11 coconspirator Zacarias Moussaoui, among others. Mursi was confirmed to have been killed in a second missile strike in Islamabad, Pakistan on July 28, 2008.
Charles A. Nuzum (85) former FBI agent in charge of the agency's investigation into the 1972 Watergate burglary. Nuzum died after a fall, in Tallahassee, Florida on August 2, 2008.
Dr. Julius B. Richmond (91) pediatrician whose work on cognitive development in poor children led to his being named first national director of Project Head Start, widely regarded as one of the most successful social programs of the last 50 years. Later, as US surgeon general under President Lyndon B. Johnson, Richmond was a vigorous antismoking campaigner and produced a report that declared there was "overwhelming proof" that tobacco caused lung cancer. He died of cancer in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts on July 27, 2008.
Margaret Ray Ringenberg (87) World War II pilot from Indiana who continued to fly into her 80s. Ringenberg ferried military planes across the country during the war before serving as a flight instructor and competing in numerous air races, including an around-the-world race at age 72. She died in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, where she was attending an Experimental Aircraft Association event, on July 28, 2008.
Peter W. Rodman (64) foreign policy expert who served every Republican President from Richard M. Nixon to George W. Bush, including as an assistant secretary of defense for nearly six years in the current administration. Rodman died of leukemia in Baltimore, Maryland on August 2, 2008.
John F. Seiberling (89) former US congressman (D-Ohio) who served on the committee that led impeachment hearings against President Richard M. Nixon, and laid the groundwork for Ohio's only national park. Seiberling led a House subcommittee on public lands and national parks that preserved 129 million acres, including areas in Alaska and the area in northeastern Ohio that eventually became Cuyahoga Valley National Park. He died of respiratory failure near Akron, Ohio on August 2, 2008.
Samuel Snow (84) one of 28 black US soldiers wrongly accused and court-martialed for allegedly rioting and lynching an Italian prisoner of war at Seattles Fort Lawton in 1944. One of only two surviving soldiers from the group, Snow died just hours after the US Army formally apologized and awarded all the men honorable discharges, set their convictions aside, and gave their families back pay for the time they served in jail. Snow died in Seattle, Washington on July 27, 2008.
Harkishan Singh Surjeet (93) former general secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist). Surjeet had been active in Communist politics since the '30s and had been a member of the party since 1964, serving as its general secretary (1992-2005). He died in New Delhi, India on August 1, 2008.
Rev. C.A.W. Clark Sr. (93) clergyman who spent more than 50 years preaching from the pulpit of the Good Street Baptist Church, one of Dallas's first black megachurches. At Good Street, Clark oversaw the opening of day-care centers, a credit union, low-income housing, and a legal clinic. He died in Oak Cliff, Texas, a Dallas suburb, on July 27, 2008.
Larry Donnell Davis (40) Texas inmate condemned to death for orchestrating and taking part in the robbery and killing of a man in Amarillo in 1995. Davis had been out of prison less than four months when authorities said he and several friends were involved in robbing an acquaintance, Michael Barrow (26), and killing him at his own home. Davis was executed by lethal injection in Huntsville, Texas on July 31, 2008.
Rev. Adelir Antonio de Carli (41) Brazilian Roman Catholic priest who disappeared while flying over the Atlantic Ocean buoyed by hundreds of brightly colored party balloons. De Carli set off from the Brazilian port city of Paranagua on April 20 strapped to 1,000 helium-filled balloons in an attempt to raise money to build a rest stop and worship center for truckers. But he soon lost contact with his ground team, and the cluster of yellow, orange, pink, and white balloons was found in the water a day later. Tugboat workers discovered a body off Rio de Janeiro in early July that authorities believed belonged to the cleric. Tests comparing DNA samples from De Carli's brother to the body confirmed the priest's identity on July 30, 2008.
Tim McLean (22) Winnipeg man fatally stabbed and decapitated while asleep with headphones on by a knife-wielding passenger aboard a Greyhound bus travelling from Edmonton to Winnipeg in an apparent random attack. Witnesses said the driver quickly pulled over and passengers fled out the door while the suspect repeatedly stabbed McLean with a large hunting knife, then sawed off the victim's head and carried it to the front of the bus. McLean died at the scene in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada on July 31, 2008.
David Niehaus (64) Ohio judge who made headlines by sending a father to jail over his daughter's failure to get her high school equivalency diploma. In May 2008, Niehaus sentenced a man to 180 days in jail for not ensuring that his 18-year-old daughter, who had a history of truancy, got her GED. The judge later ordered the man released when the teen agreed to complete her requirements. Niehaus was a judge for 27 years and became Butler County's first Juvenile Court judge in 1987. He died of an apparent heart attack in Hamilton, Ohio on July 31, 2008.
David M. Scholer (70) popular Fuller Theological Seminary professor and articulate advocate for women in the ministry who inspired others by showing them how to live with incurable cancer. Scholer was diagnosed in 2002 with colorectal cancer. Even as he underwent harsh treatments and the cancer spread to other parts of his body, he continued to lecture and teach, turning his struggle with the disease into a testament for his faith that he shared in the classroom and from the pulpit. He died of cancer in Pasadena, California on August 2, 2008.
Eileen Slocum (92) Newport society's grande dame, who lived in a Gilded Age mansion along Millionaire's Row and was a former national committeewoman for the Republican Party. Slocum died of pneumonia in Newport, Rhode Island on July 27, 2008.
June Walker (74) former national chairwoman (2003-07) of Hadassah, the women's Zionist organization. Walker also chaired the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, an umbrella group consisting of the heads of 51 American Jewish organizations. She was only the second woman to chair the group in its 50-year history. She died of cancer in Livingston, New Jersey on July 29, 2008.
Russ Gibson (69) catcher on the Boston Red Sox team that went to the 1967 World Series. Gibson was a rookie on the 1967 team whose season was called the "Impossible Dream," because they reached the World Series after finishing ninth in the 10-team American League in '66. The Red Sox lost the World Series in seven games to the St. Louis Cardinals. Gibson died in Swansea, Massachusetts on July 27, 2008.
Mate Parlov (59) Olympic and world champion boxer from the former Yugoslavia. Parlov was regarded as one of the best sportsmen to come from the former Yugoslavia, of which Croatia was part until 1991. He won the light heavyweight gold medal at the 1972 Munich Olympics and was a two-time European amateur champion and '74 world champion. As a professional, he won the WBC light heavyweight title. He died five months after being diagnosed with lung cancer, in Pula, Croatia on July 29, 2008.
Leif Pettersen (57) former Canadian Football League receiver who played in two Grey Cups before becoming a TV analyst with Toronto Sports Network in 1986. Pettersen played eight seasons with Saskatchewan and Hamilton, appearing in the title game with each team. His best season was in 1979, when he led the East in receptions and made the all-star team. He died of a heart attack in Toronto, Canada on July 30, 2008.
Helen Earlene Risinger (81) lady baseball pitcher who pitched seven seasons in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Risinger's best season was in 1953, when she won 15 games and lost 10 for the Grand Rapids Chicks. Years later she was a consultant for A League of Their Own, the 1992 film based on the women's league. She died in Altus, Oklahoma on July 29, 2008.
John Mark Stallings (46) son of former Alabama head football coach Gene Stallings, born with Down syndrome. John Stallings was a permanent fixture in the football world as he accompanied his father to every practice and game during the coach's tenure (1990-96). John Mark Stallings died in Paris, Texas on August 2, 2008.