Bernie Fuchs (76) artist of magazine illustrations and advertisements, Presidential portraits and postage stamps, whose paintings captured middle-class life in pre-Vietnam America. Fuchs’s work was once a mainstay of leading magazines like Good Housekeeping, McCall’s, TV Guide, and Sports Illustrated. He died of esophageal cancer in Fairfield, Connecticut on September 17, 2009.
Bobby Model (36) adventure photographer who suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2007 in South Africa when a chunk of concrete smashed through the windshield of his car. Model’s work appeared in National Geographic, Outside, the New York Times, and other publications. His assignments took him from the rivers of Burundi in search of a fabled man-eating crocodile to climbing the Nameless Tower of northern Pakistan, one of the world’s largest granite walls. He died in Cody, Wyoming on September 16, 2009.
Sarah E. Wright (80) Maryland-born writer living in Manhattan whose first novel, This Child’s Gonna Live (1969), was among the first to explore the black experience from a woman’s perspective. Wright left behind a box containing the manuscript of an unfinished novel, the second installment in a planned trilogy. She died of cancer in New York City on September 13, 2009.
Dr. Leon Eisenberg (87) physician who conducted some of the first rigorous studies of autism, attention deficit disorder, and learning delays and became a prominent advocate for children struggling with disabilities. Eisenberg died of prostate cancer in Cambridge, Massachusetts on September 15, 2009.
James S. McDonald (56) president and chief executive of the investment management firm Rockefeller & Co. since 2001. Started in 1882 by John D. Rockefeller to manage the family’s assets, the company had $25 billion in assets under administration at the end of 2008. McDonald was found dead, apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, in his vehicle behind a car dealership in Dartmouth, Massachusetts on September 13, 2009.
José Antonio Ortega Bonet (79) founder of Sazón Goya Food Co. Ortega built his business and began a partnership with New Jersey-based food giant Goya Foods in the ‘60s. Sazón Goya is a special mix of seasonings that adds flavor and color to food. Ortega was born in Cuba in 1929 and moved his family to Puerto Rico in ‘63, where he started a successful food business that eventually became Sazón Goya. He died of lung cancer in south Florida on September 19, 2009.
Melvin Simon (82) developer who led what is now Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group Inc. for nearly 40 years and owned the NBA’s Indiana Pacers with his brother, Herbert. The Simon brothers were credited with keeping professional basketball in Indianapolis when they bought the Pacers in 1983. Building suburban indoor malls that drew generations of American shoppers was Melvin Simon’s specialty. He died in Indianapolis, Indiana on September 16, 2009.
Lawrence B. Slobodkin (81) central figure in the development of ecology as a modern science and a coauthor of a paper known informally as “The World Is Green." A professor emeritus at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Slobodkin was credited with helping to transform ecology from a largely descriptive discipline to one using quantitative data to test theoretical and conceptual models of nature. He died of heart failure in Old Field, New York on September 18, 2009.
Dr. Stanley van den Noort (79) University of California at Irvine neurologist who championed the early treatment of multiple sclerosis patients and, as dean of the university’s School of Medicine, fought a 12-year losing battle to construct a major teaching hospital on campus. Van den Noort died of complications from a brain injury he suffered in 2007, in Tustin, California on September 16, 2009.
Dr. John J. Wild (95) British-born surgeon who collaborated on some of the first equipment to use high-frequency sound waves, or ultrasound, to obtain images of human tissue, especially for cancer diagnosis. Wild died in Edina, Minnesota on September 18, 2009.
Milton Meltzer (94) historian and prolific author of nonfiction books for young people who helped to start a movement away from the dry and boring textbook style of the past. A self-trained historian, Meltzer wrote nearly 100 books for children. He died of esophageal cancer in New York City on September 19, 2009.
Linda C. Black (65) syndicated columnist and astrologer who wrote daily horoscopes for Tribune Media Services that were read in newspapers across the world. Black died of ovarian cancer in Atascadero, California on September 17, 2009.
Paul Burke (83) actor twice nominated for an Emmy for his role as Detective Adam Flint in the gritty crime hit Naked City (1960-63). Burke was in dozens of TV shows in his 40-year career, including prominent parts on the World War II series 12 O’Clock High and the prime-time soap Dynasty. He died of leukemia and non-Hodgkins lymphoma in Palm Springs, California on September 13, 2009.
W. Horace Carter (88) North Carolina newspaper publisher and editor whose crusades against the Ku Klux Klan in the ‘50s won him a Pulitzer Prize. Carter’s paper, the Tabor City Tribune, and the nearby Whiteville News Reporter shared the 1953 Pulitzer for Meritorious Public Service. During his two-year campaign, Carter’s reporting on Klan rallies exposed him to death threats and threats to his family, pets, and business. He died a week after suffering a heart attack, in Wilmington, North Carolina on September 16, 2009.
Alan Chavez (18) Mexican actor considered by organizers of the French international film festival Rencontres Cinemas d’Amerique Latine one of the most promising young actors of the Latin American cinema. Chavez was best known for his breakthrough role in award-winning director Luis Mandoki’s critically acclaimed debut feature film Voces Inocentes (Innocent Voices), but also acted in several soap operas and TV Azteca telenovelas such as Mirada de Mujer and El Regreso. He died unexpectedly in Mexico City, Mexico on September 17, 2009.
Douglas Duitsman (81) publicity executive with Columbia Pictures Television and Warner Bros. Television who also was president of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in the late ‘80s. Duitsman died of cancer in Thousand Oaks, California on September 17, 2009.
Arthur Ferrante (88) half of the piano duo Ferrante & Teicher whose lush orchestral recordings of ‘60s movie themes propelled them to popular and commercial success. Lou Teicher died in August 2008 at age 83.
The classically trained pair of musical prodigies met and became friends as children at the Juilliard School in New York. They toured the US throughout the ‘50s, each playing a 9-foot concert grand piano facing each other on stage. Over their 40-year partnership, the “Grand Twins of the Twin Grands” recorded 150 albums, racking up 22 gold and platinum records and selling 90 million records worldwide, and performed 5,200 concerts before retiring in 1989.
Ferrante died 12 days after his 88th birthday, in Longboat Key, Florida on September 19, 2009.
Keith Floyd (65) chef who shared his passion for good food and fine wine with a generation of British TV viewers. Starting in the ‘80s, series like Floyd on Fish and Floyd on France made him a household name in Britain and were shown around the world. He had been suffering from bowel cancer but died of a heart attack in Bridport, Dorset, southwest England, on September 14, 2009.
Henry Gibson (73) veteran comic character actor who came to fame in the late ‘60s as the flower-holding poet on TV’s landmark satirical comedy show, Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In and later stood out as a smarmy country star in the 1975 film Nashville. Gibson’s recent work included playing cantankerous Judge Clarence Brown on ABC’s Boston Legal for five seasons and providing the voice of eye-patched reporter Bob Jenkins on Fox’s King of the Hill. He died of cancer in Malibu, California on September 14, 2009.
Norman Katkov (91) writer who started his long career with articles for newspapers and magazines and moved on to TV scripts and novels. “A Cardinal Act of Mercy,” a two-part episode of the ABC-TV medical drama Ben Casey, was nominated in 1963 for Emmys for Katkov’s writing and Sydney Pollack’s direction. Katkov got good reviews in 1983 for Blood & Orchids,, his fictionalized account of the Massie case, a notorious ‘30s rape trial in Honolulu, and later adapted it for an ‘86 TV miniseries starring Kris Kristofferson. He died in Los Angeles, California on September 13, 2009.
Jack Kightlinger (77) retired White House photographer who worked for five US Presidents. Kightlinger took behind-the-scenes photos of Presidents from Lyndon Johnson to Ronald Reagan over a 19-year span ending in 1985. He was killed along with his wife, Adele (77), in a fiery car wreck when a truck crossed a center line, in their hometown of Flat Rock, North Carolina on September 14, 2009.
Leon Kirchner (90) American composer, pianist, conductor, and teacher. Kirchner’s early music was strongly influenced by Bartok and Stravinsky, and later by Schoenberg. He died of congestive heart failure in New York City on September 17, 2009.
Arnold Laven (87) film and TV director and producer, a partner in the production company that produced the TV series The Rifleman and The Big Valley. Laven directed episodes of The Rifleman, The Big Valley, Mannix, Ironside, The Six-Million-Dollar Man, The Rockford Files, Fantasy Island, Eight Is Enough, CHiPs, Hill Street Blues, The A-Team, and others; among his feature film credits as a director are Down Three Dark Streets, The Rack, The Monster That Challenged the World, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, Anna Lucasta, Geronimo, The Glory Guys, and Sam Whiskey. He died of pneumonia in Tarzana, California on September 13, 2009.
Mike Leyland (68) elder of two British-born brothers whose travel show ran for years on Australian TV. Mike and Mal Leyland, explorers and documentary filmmakers, were best known for their weekly TV show Ask the Leyland Brothers (1976-84), watched by more than 2.5 million viewers at its peak. It featured the brothers in unusual or far-flung places around Australia that viewers had asked them to visit. Mike was 8 and Mal was 5 when they migrated with their parents in 1950 from England to Newcastle in New South Wales, Australia, where Mike died of complications from Parkinson’s disease on September 14, 2009.
Guiding Light (72) CBS’s venerable daytime drama that began on radio in 1937, then moved to TV in ’52. In recent decades GL was set in the midwestern town of Springfield, where it focused on the Spaulding, Lewis, and Cooper clans. Along with veteran cast members, the show also played host to many actors who left to find larger stardom elsewhere, including Kevin Bacon, JoBeth Williams, James Earl Jones, Allison Janney, and Melina Kanakaredes. CBS announced last April that the show would be canceled. GL now becomes the latest victim of the ratings collapse afflicting the entire soap-opera genre; with an average 2.1 million viewers, it was the least-watched of all the network soaps, which after today will total only seven. On Oct. 5, CBS will fill the slot with a new edition of the game show Let’s Make a Deal. Guiding Light flickered its last on September 18, 2009.
Filip Nikolic (35) French actor and singer best known as lead singer of the popular French boy band 2Be3. After the band’s breakup in 2001, Nikolic found success performing in several screen and stage productions, including a recurring role as a police lieutenant on the TV series Brigade Navarro, and appeared in the French version of I’m a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! (2006). He was reportedly preparing a solo album when he died unexpectedly from an apparent heroin overdose in Paris, France on September 16, 2009.
Tom O'Rourke (65) stage, TV, and film actor best known for his memorable role as defense attorney Peter Behrens on several episodes of Law & Order. O’Rouke was the only actor to have played the same defense attorney on three series in the Law & Order franchise. He died of cancer in New York City on September 13, 2009.
Max C. Page (60) top executive at the Newseum and a former broadcast journalist. Page oversaw design and construction of the journalism museum’s new building in downtown Washington, DC. A deputy director and vice president of the Newseum, he joined the Freedom Forum, the Newseum’s major financial backer, in 1992. He died of a heart attack on his 60th birthday, in Vienna, Virginia on September 15, 2009.
Roc Raida (37) hip-hop record producer and personal disk jockey to Grammy-winning rapper Busta Rhymes who won the 1995 DMC World DJ Championship and later released seven solo albums along with several other LPs with his turntablist group The X-Ecutioners during a 20-year career. Raida (real name Anthony Williams) died of complications from a spinal cord injury suffered in a mixed-martial-arts accident in New York City on September 19, 2009.
Trevor Rhone (69) Jamaican playwright who cowrote the reggae film classic The Harder They Come (1972), Jamaica’s first feature film, and helped to introduce the island’s pop culture to the world. Rhone wrote more than a dozen plays. He died of a heart attack in Kingston, Jamaica on September 15, 2009.
Patrick Swayze (57) actor and classically trained dancer who rose to stardom in the films Dirty Dancing (1987) and Ghost (1990). Swayze is shown above as a Houston 8-year-old; in the films The Outsiders (1983), Dirty Dancing, City of Joy (1992), and To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995); and in his recent TV series, The Beast. His 20-month battle with advanced pancreatic cancer drew wide attention. He died in Los Angeles, California on September 14, 2009.
Lily Tembo (27) Zambian singer-songwriter, popularly known as Lily T, who won international acclaim at the Ngoma Awards, nominated for best female recording artist and the best music video award for the title track of her self-titled debut album in 2004. Tembo produced two albums and later performed in South Africa to record her third album earlier this year. She suffered from severe gastritis and died two days later in Lusaka, Zambia on September 14, 2009.
Jeanne Toomey (88) pioneering reporter who dropped out of law school in 1943 to take a job covering the New York police beat. Toomey was the first woman to cover the NYPD for the Brooklyn Eagle. After retiring from journalism in 1989, she was director of the Last Post Animal Sanctuary in Falls Village, Conn., which she ran until 2007. In 1998, she published a memoir: Assignment Homicide: Behind the Headlines. She died in Falmouth, Maine on September 17, 2009.
Mary Travers (72) one-third of the popular ‘60s folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary. Travers joined Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey in the early ‘60s and helped to popularize such tunes as “Puff (The Magic Dragon)” and “If I Had a Hammer.” The trio mixed their music with liberal politics, both onstage and off. Travers battled leukemia for several years and died in Danbury, Connecticut on September 16, 2009.
Ajile Turner (38) music promoter and cousin of Chicago rapper and actor Common (real name Lonnie Lynn Jr.) who established the New York-based indie concert production company Echelon Group, where he eventually took on road management duties for several other hip-hop artists, including virtuoso beatboxers Rahzel and DJ JS-1. Turner was killed in a motorcycle accident in Brooklyn, New York on September 18, 2009.
Dorothy Coonan Wellman (95) actress and Busby Berkeley dancer, the fifth and last wife of Hollywood director William Wellman (d. 1975). Minneapolis-born Dorothy Coonan danced in sequences choreographed by Berkeley for such films as 42nd Street (1933) and Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933). The Wellmans were married for 41 years and had seven children, all of whom had show business careers. Dorothy Wellman died in Brentwood, Los Angeles, California on September 16, 2009.
Tommy Burnett (67) former Tennessee statehouse Majority Leader whose political career survived his first federal conviction but not his second. The Jamestown Democrat pleaded guilty to a federal charge of failing to file his income taxes in 1982, a misdemeanor. Burnett easily won reelection in his Cumberland Plateau district while serving a 10-month sentence. In 1990, he was convicted in the FBI’s Rocky Top investigation of bingo parlor operators who took over the state charters of legitimate Tennessee charities to run illegal gambling operations. He was sentenced to five years in prison for setting up an illegal bingo hall in 1986 and was ordered to pay $48,000 in restitution to a former fellow inmate he had persuaded to invest. Burnett died in Nashville, Tennessee on September 17, 2009.
Marguerite P. Justice (88) first black woman to serve as a police commissioner in the US when she was appointed to the Los Angeles Police Commission by then-Mayor Sam Yorty in 1971. Justice died in Los Angeles, California on September 17, 2009.
Irving Kristol (89) writer, editor, and publisher known as the godfather of neoconservatism whose youthful radicalism evolved into a historic rejection of communism, liberalism, and the counterculture. A forceful essayist and university professor, Kristol called neoconservatism a political and intellectual movement for disaffected ex-liberals like himself who had been “mugged by reality.” He was the father of neoconservative editor and commentator William Kristol, founder of the Weekly Standard magazine. The elder Kristol died of lung cancer in Arlington, Virginia on September 18, 2009.
Frans (Ting-Ting) Masango (51) former South African guerrilla activist once sentenced to death for treason against the apartheid government. Masango was part of an underground military unit that operated inside South Africa in the mid-‘80s and carried out attacks against the apartheid regime, including assaults on policemen and planting bombs. Earlier this year he was elected to parliament. He died of complications from diabetes, in Pretoria, South Africa on September 18, 2009.
Yelizaveta Mukasei (97) Soviet spy who worked undercover in the West with her husband. Yelizaveta Mukasei, whose code name was Elza, lived in Los Angeles (1939-43) when her husband, Mikhail, was working undercover there. Yelizaveta received training in the Soviet Union before the couple went back abroad and worked as spies (1955-77). She later helped to train spies and wrote textbooks on spying. Mikhail, whose code name was Zephyr, died in 2008 at age 101. Yelizaveta Muksasei died in Moscow, Russia on September 19, 2009.
Ali Saleh Nabhan (30) senior member of the violent Islamic terror organization al-Qaeda, on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted terrorists’ list for his alleged involvement in the 1998 US embassy bombings that killed more than 250 people and injured 4,000 others in East Africa. Nabhan became a fugitive in 2006, wanted by the US Department of Justice for questioning in connection with the ‘02 attacks against a hotel and an Israeli airliner in Mombasa, Kenya. He was among six people shot and killed in a US military raid outside Baraawe, Somalia on September 14, 2009.
Jody Powell (65) former White House press secretary (1977-81) and among the closest and most trusted advisers to President Jimmy Carter. Powell was said to have suffered a previous heart attack in the ‘90s. He had been working with firewood at his home with a helper who briefly stepped away. Powell was later discovered on the ground. He died of a heart attack near Cambridge, Maryland on September 14, 2009.
Assaf Ramon (21) decorated military pilot and eldest son of Israel’s first and only astronaut, Ilan Ramon, killed along with six other crew members when the space shuttle Columbia exploded in mid-air as it reentered the atmosphere over southern Texas on Feb. 1, 2003. Assaf Ramon was killed in a military plane crash outside Hebron, West Bank, Israel on September 13, 2009.
John Rarick (85) former US congressman, a segregationist who served four terms (1967-75) in Congress from Louisiana and in 1980 won the American Independent Party nomination for President after George Wallace left the upstart third party. Rarick got only about 40,000 votes in the election. He died in St. Francisville, Louisiana on September 14, 2009.
Noordin Top (41) Southeast Asian terrorist leader, a Malaysian national who planned the 2002 and ‘05 suicide bombings on the resort island of Bali and the July 17, ‘09 attacks on the J. W. Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels in Jakarta. DNA tests confirmed that Noordin was killed in a shootout with Indonesian security forces at a hideout in central Java on September 17, 2009.
Cornel Urcan (67) most trusted waiter serving the late Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, executed during the 1989 anti-Communist revolt. Urcan began working as a waiter at the Continental Hotel in Timisoara when he was 14 and worked there for 30 years, called on by the dictator to serve on special occasions for state dinners in Bucharest and other towns. Known for carrying up to 24 plates on one arm, Urcan waited on eight heads of state and 14 prime ministers at Ceausescu’s official dinners in the ‘80s. He died of a heart attack in Timisoara, Romania on September 18, 2009.
Lucas (Trent) Vinson (27) US civilian contractor working with his father and uncle on property management and inventory on an American military base in the Iraqi city of Tikrit. Vinson was shot to death on the base and a US soldier was detained in the shooting, but the military said it would not provide any additional details until an investigation is complete or charges are filed. Vinson died on September 13, 2009.
Homer Edgeworth (102) former bank teller whose long life took him from a run-in with gangster George (“Machine Gun”) Kelly in 1932 to a judgeship in a ‘62 case involving James Meredith, the man who later integrated the University of Mississippi. Edgeworth was a Hinds County justice of the peace in June 1962 when he convicted Meredith of lying about his residency on a voter registration form. Edgeworth died in Ridgeland, Mississippi on September 14, 2009.
Annie Le (24) doctoral student at Yale University reported missing on September 8 when she was last seen leaving a medical research building on the campus. Le’s body was found strangled and stuffed into a wall behind utility cables in her lab building in New Haven, Connecticut on September 13, 2009, her scheduled wedding day. On Sept. 17, police arrested a lab technician, Raymond Clark 3rd (24), after DNA evidence linked him to the crime.
Emma Millar (28) British organ donation campaigner who suffered from cystic fibrosis and spent two years hospitalized while awaiting a double lung transplant. Millar raised awareness of organ donations and became a key player in a recent campaign when she took part in a news report earlier this year about the increase of donors registering in the South West since 2008 during annual National Transplant Week. She died in Plymouth, Devon, England on September 18, 2009.
Stephen Moody (52) Texas man condemned to death for the 1991 robbery and capital murder of Houston drug dealer Joseph Hall (28) while trying to steal $2,000 during a break-in at his home. The US Supreme Court refused to review Moody’s case in 2008, ending a series of appeals to try to block his scheduled execution in the nation’s busiest death penalty state. He was executed by lethal injection in Huntsville, Texas on September 16, 2009.
Juan Carlos Rivera (17) student at Coral Gables (Fla.) High School, fatally stabbed in the chest by another male student during an altercation in the courtyard area. Authorities said at least four students had witnessed the fight, reportedly over a girl, between the first and second period classes. The school was later placed in lockdown for several hours after the incident. Rivera died in Coral Gables, Florida on September 15, 2009.
Norman Simon (89) executive who worked for more than 50 years for B’nai B’rith, the Jewish fraternal organization. Simon retired in 1995 as longtime executive director of the Los Angeles-based western district, which includes the West Coast and British Columbia. He died in Marin County, California on September 15, 2009.
Dan Walker (81) US Army war veteran honored for gathering and burying the remnants of a US flag that was burned in protest during the 1984 Republican National Convention in Dallas. Walker disposed of the ashes according to flag care guidelines and buried them in his backyard. He later received the US Army’s highest civilian award. Walker died of prostate cancer in Fort Worth, Texas on September 16, 2009.
Myles Brand (67) National Collegiate Athletic Association president who as head of Indiana University sparked massive protests by firing Hall of Fame basketball coach Bobby Knight in 2000. Brand was the first former university president to run college sports’s largest governing body. He died of pancreatic cancer in Indianapolis, Indiana on September 16, 2009.
Monte Clark (72) former USC lineman who coached the Detroit Lions for seven years and led them to the playoffs (1982-83). Clark suffered from a bone marrow malignancy associated with lung and liver disease and died in Detroit, Michigan on September 16, 2009.
Herman Cordoba (19) Colombian international football (soccer) player who represented Deportivo Cali and Cordoba FC in several under-20 national soccer teams as one of Columbia’s top scorers in the current football league system Copa Mustage II, having scored seven goals since the start of the season. Cordoba was the younger brother of former soccer player Giovanni Cordoba, who died after being struck by lightning during a training session in 2002. Herman Cordoba was killed in a car accident along with teammate Mario Beltran (23) and an unidentified female passenger in Neiva, Colombia on September 19, 2009.
Fred Cusick (90) radio and TV voice of the Boston Bruins for 45 years (1952-97). Cusick was a winner of the Lester Patrick Award, given by the National Hockey League to persons who make major contributions to the game in the US. He also was the first American broadcaster to be inducted into the Media Hall of Fame in Toronto. He died of cancer one day before he was scheduled to be inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame, in Barnstable, Massachusetts on September 15, 2009.
Lonny Frey (99) three-time All-Star with the Cincinnati Reds in the ‘30s and ‘40s and a member of the club’s Hall of Fame. A shortstop and second baseman, Frey was an All-Star for the Reds in 1939, ’41, and ’43. He died in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho on September 13, 2009.
Dave Fuller (94) winningest baseball coach in University of Florida history. Fuller guided the Florida baseball program (1948-75), compiling a 557-354-6 record and winning three Southeastern Conference championships (1952, ‘56, ‘62). He died in Gainesville, Florida on September 15, 2009.
Dick Hoover (79) one of the original members of the Professional Bowlers Association. Hoover, who won two American Bowling Congress Masters titles in the ‘50s, helped to start the PBA in 1958 with founder Eddie Elias (d. 1998), an attorney in Akron, Ohio. Hoover won four PBA titles, including the Masters and All Star. He owned and operated Dick Hoover’s Lanes in Brunswick, Ohio. He died in Akron, Ohio on September 17, 2009.
Bob Kowalkowski (65) longtime Detroit Lions offensive lineman. Kowalkowski was a starting guard for most of his 11 seasons with the Lions after he was drafted out of Virginia in 1965. He was traded to Cleveland in 1977 and finished his career playing four games for coach Bart Starr and the Green Bay Packers in ’77. He died in West Bloomfield, Michigan, a Detroit suburb, on September 17, 2009.
Darren Sutherland (27) Irish boxer who won an Olympic bronze medal in boxing at the 2008 Beijing Games. Unbeaten in his first four professional fights, Sutherland was due to appear with his manager Frank Maloney at a news conference on Sept. 15 to talk about his next fight, scheduled for Oct. 16. Sutherland was found hanged at his home in London, England on September 14, 2009.