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Life In Legacy - Week ending March 20, 2010

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Peter Graves, star of ‘Mission: Impossible’Fess Parker, TV’s ‘Davy Crockett’Jerry Adler, harmonica-playing younger brother of Larry AdlerEarnest Boykins, second president of Mississippi Valley State UCarmen Capalbo, theater director and producerHarry Carpenter, BBC’s voice of boxingLiz Carpenter, former press secretary to Lady Bird JohnsonAlex Chilton, Big Star singer and guitaristWayne Collett, 1972 Oympic runnerCherie DeCastro, last of singing DeCastro Sisters trioEdmund Dinis, former DA who investigated Chappaquiddick caseRichard Engquist, off-Broadway lyricistMark Ferber, voice of Hollywood BowlSid Fleischman, author of children’s booksCharlie Gillett, BBC radio disc jockeyPeter Gowland, glamour photographerJohnnie High, country music showmanKen Jonsson, cofounder of UCLA cancer centerDorothy Kemps, former director of volunteers at LA PBS channelGirija Prasad Koirala, former prime minister of NepalChick Lang, ‘Mr. Preakness’Ron Lundy, former NYC radio disc jockeyAi Ogawa, US poetTheodore C. Olbermann, father of MSNBC talk-show host Keith OlbermannAlbert J. Rosenthal, former dean of Columbia U law schoolDer Scutt, architect who designed Trump TowerJane Sherman, dancer who later wrote about American danceIra Skutch, TV producer and directorElinor Smith, daring ‘20s pilotDorothy (‘Auntie Dottie’) Thompson, cofounder of Hawaiian festivalStewart Udall, former US Secretary of InteriorMaj. Robert M. White, pioneering pilotPatricia Wrightson, Australian children’s authorJerome York, corporate financial wizard

Art and Literature

Sid Fleischman (90) suspense novelist and screenwriter whose credits included the 1955 screenplay for his novel Blood Alley. Fleischman then turned to writing children’s books, including The Whipping Boy (1987), which won the Newbery Medal. He died of cancer the day after his 90th birthday, in Santa Monica, California on March 17, 2010.

Peter Gowland (93) photographer whose swimsuit photos and self-designed large-format cameras helped to define glamour photography for 60 years. The son of film actor Gibson Gowland (d. 1951), Peter Gowland shot more than 1,000 magazine covers. In the late ‘50s, he designed and built his twin-lens Gowlandflex camera, which used 4-by-5-inch film for high-quality images. He died of complications from surgery for a broken hip, in Pacific Palisades, California on March 17, 2020.

Ai Ogawa (62) American poet, born Florence Anthony, whose work—known for its examination of violence and despair—was an indictment of American society. Known mainly by a single name, Ai, Ogawa legally changed her name and had taught at Oklahoma State University since 1999. She died of pneumonia, a complication of previously undiagnosed cancer, in Stillwater, Oklahoma on March 20, 2010.

Der Scutt (75) architect who designed several of the most prominent buildings in Manhattan—including Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue and One Astor Plaza overlooking Times Square. Shown above is Scutt’s design for the atrium in Trump Tower. He died of liver failure in New York City on March 14, 2010.

Patricia Wrightson (88) internationally acclaimed Australian children’s author who won praise—then criticism—for weaving Aboriginal mythology into her writing. Wrightson died several days after being hospitalized in northern New South Wales, Australia on March 15, 2010

Business and Science

Ken Jonsson (79) entrepreneur and philanthropist who with his parents cofounded the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center at UCLA in 1975. The son of Texas Instruments cofounder John Erik Jonsson, Ken Jonsson had been in declining health for several months after a hospital stay in December 2009. He died in Pacific Palisades, California on March 15, 2010.

Jerome York (71) Apple Inc. board member and a financial wizard credited with turning around Chrysler and IBM. York also warned General Motors of a looming financial disaster and helped billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian in efforts to drive up the price of Chrysler stock. York died of a brain aneurysm in Pontiac, Michigan on March 18, 2010.


Earnest Boykins (78) second president (1971-81) of Mississippi Valley State University. During Boykins’ tenure, the school’s curriculum was expanded to include aerospace studies, family and community services, library science, military science, and environmental health. He died in Hattiesburg, Mississippi on March 14, 2010.

Albert J. Rosenthal (91) dean of Columbia University’s School of Law in the late ‘70s and early ’80s who helped to increase the number of women on its faculty. Rosenthal died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease, in Greenwich, Connecticut on March 17, 2010.

News and Entertainment

Jerry Adler (91) harmonica virtuoso whose sound can be heard on the soundtracks to Shane, High Noon, Mary Poppins, and other films but who worked in the shadow of his more famous harmonica-playing older brother, Larry (d. 2001). Jerry Adler died of prostate cancer in Ellenton, Florida on March 14, 2010.

Carmen Capalbo (84) theater director and producer whose revival of The Threepenny Opera in the ‘50s became one of the biggest hits in off-Broadway history, running for 2,611 performances and winning a special Tony Award. Capalbo also directed the premiere of Eugene O’Neill’s Moon for the Misbegotten on Broadway in 1957. He died of emphysema in New York City on March 14, 2010.

Alex Chilton (59) singer and guitarist who topped the charts as a teen and later became a cult hero with the rock band Big Star. Chilton died after experiencing what appeared to be heart problems, in New Orleans, Louisiana on March 17, 2010.

Cherie DeCastro (87) last surviving member of the DeCastro Sisters singing trio. Peggy (d. 2004), Cherie, and Babette (d. 1992) DeCastro were a Cuban version of the Andrews Sisters. In 1947 they sang “Babalu” during the first telecast of KTLA in Los Angeles and had their biggest hit, “Teach Me Tonight,” in ’54. Cherie DeCastro died of pneumonia in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 14, 2010.

Richard Engquist (76) lyricist whose witty way with a lyric sparked the off-Broadway musicals Kuni-Leml (1984) and Little Ham (2002). Engquist died of lung cancer in Brooklyn, New York on March 18, 2010.

Mark Ferber (60) longtime production supervisor and special events manager at the Hollywood Bowl, whose voice greeted concertgoers: "Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Hollywood Bowl." Ferber died of injuries sustained in a fall, in Los Angeles, California on March 14, 2010.

Charlie Gillett (68) British disc jockey and music historian, a fixture of the BBC’s domestic radio stations and its international World Service, where his show, Charlie Gillett’s World of Music, offered music from around the world. Gillett had an autoimmune disease and suffered a heart attack last week. He died in London, England on March 17, 2010.

Peter Graves (83) actor likely best known for his portrayal (1967-73, ‘88-90) of Jim Phelps, leader of a group of special agents who battled evil conspirators in the long-running TV series Mission: Impossible. Graves was the younger brother of Gunsmoke star James Arness. Later in his career Graves spoofed his own serious image in Airplane! (1980) and in TV commercials. He died of a heart attack four days before his 84th birthday, in Los Angeles, California on March 14, 2010.

Johnnie High (80) north Texas country music showman who gave such performers as LeAnn Rimes and Boxcar Willie their first professional exposure, on Johnnie High’s Country Music Revue, now nationally syndicated on TV. High died after battling heart disease, in Arlington, Texas on March 17, 2010.

Dorothy Kemps (94) director of volunteers at KCET-TV Channel 28 for 20 years (1973-93), helping to coordinate the public TV station’s pledge drives. Kemps died of complications from congestive heart failure and pneumonia in Glendale, California on March 20, 2010.

Ron Lundy (75) former New York radio rock ‘n’ roll disc jockey with a Southern accent, on the air for more than 30 years (1965-82, ‘84-97). Lundy died of a heart attack in Oxford, Mississippi on March 15, 2010.

Theodore C. Olbermann (80) retired architect, father of MSNBC talk-show host Keith Olbermann. Theodore Olbermann died of complications after colon surgery, in New York City on March 14, 2010.

Fess Parker (85) baby-boomer idol in the ‘50s who launched a craze for coonskin caps as TV’s Davy Crockett and in the ‘60s as Daniel Boone. Parker retired from show business in the ‘70s to concentrate on business ventures, ultimately opening a resort hotel on the Santa Barbara waterfront and an award-winning central California winery bearing his name. He died in Santa Ynez Valley, California on March 18, 2010.

Jane Sherman (101) dancer who later chronicled the excitement of early 20th-century American dance. Sherman performed with companies ranging from modern-dance groups to the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes but was best known as a former member of and an authority on Denishawn, the modern dance company founded by Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn in 1915. She died in Englewood, New Jersey on March 16, 2010.

Ira Skutch (88) TV producer and director whose career started in 1942 as an NBC page in New York. Skutch worked as a producer, director, and writer for The Philco Television Playhouse, then for Mark Goodson & Bill Todman Productions (1957-83) and produced or directed episodes of such games shows as I’ve Got a Secret, Match Game, and Concentration. He died of lymphoma in Silver Lake, California on March 16, 2010.

Dorothy Thompson (81) cofounder in 1964, with George Na’ope (d. 2009), of the Merrie Monarch Festival, Hawaii’s most prestigious showcase for hula. Thompson died in Hilo, Hawaii on March 19, 2010.

Politics and Military

Liz Carpenter (89) author and former press secretary to Lady Bird Johnson. Carpenter wrote the speech that Lyndon Johnson delivered to the nation when he returned to Washington from Dallas after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. She died of pneumonia in Austin, Texas on March 20, 2010.

Edmund Dinis (85) former district attorney whose political career sputtered after he oversaw the grand jury investigation into the late Senator Edward Kennedy’s involvement in the 1969 Chappaquiddick case. Some thought Dinis was too hard on Kennedy, while others thought he let the senator escape punishment. Dinis died in Dartmouth, Massachusetts on March 14, 2010.

Girija Prasad Koirala (86) Nepal’s former prime minister who served five terms, led mass protests that ended the king’s authoritarian rule, and was a key figure in peace negotiations with Communist rebels. Koirala had heart problems, hypertension, and asthma and had been hospitalized several times in the past few months. He died in Katmandu, Nepal on March 20, 2010.

Stewart Udall (90) conservationist and a son of the West, who as US interior secretary in the ‘60s presided over vast increases in national park holdings and the public domain, sowing the seeds of the modern environmental movement. Udall was the last surviving member of the original Kennedy Cabinet. He died in Santa Fe, New Mexico on March 20, 2010.

Maj. Robert M. White (85) first pilot to fly a winged craft into outer space who played an important role in the development of manned spaceflight. In the early ‘60s, White, a US Air Force pilot, was among those who pushed the envelopes of speed and altitude flying above the California desert out of Edwards Air Force Base, the fliers profiled by Tom Wolfe in The Right Stuff. On July 17, 1962, White flew the rocket-powered X-15 plane to an altitude of 314,750 feet, or 59.6 miles, almost 10 miles above Earth’s atmosphere. He died in Orlando, Florida on March 17, 2010.

Society and Religion

Elinor Smith (98) considered one of the youngest and most daring pilots in the ‘20s when she set several flying records. At age 17, Smith became an instant celebrity when she flew under all four of New York’s East River suspension bridges. She died in Palo Alto, California on March 19, 2010.


Harry Carpenter (84) sportscaster for the BBC hailed as the voice of boxing in Britain, announcing some of the biggest fights in the sport’s history. Carpenter died of complications from a heart attack he suffered last summer, in London, England on March 20, 2010.

Wayne Collett (60) runner who won a silver medal for the US at the 1972 Munich Olympics and was then judged to have acted so disrespectfully during the medal ceremony that the International Olympic Committee barred him as a competitor for life. Collett died of cancer in Los Angeles, California on March 17, 2010.

Charles John (Chick) Lang (83) longtime head of Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course who helped to make the Preakness—the second race in the annual Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing—a must-watch horse race for sports fans around the country at a time when the Kentucky Derby overshadowed it. Lang died in Easton, Maryland on March 18, 2010.

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