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Life In Legacy - Week ending August 14, 2010

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Patricia Neal, Oscar-winning actressEdwin Newman, former NBC-TV newscasterLeon Breeden, college jazz program directorJohn Chase, urban designerGuido de Marco, former president of MaltaDave Dixon, brought Saints to New OrleansJohn P. Fishwick, railroad executiveNancy Freedman, novelistRichie Hayward, founding drummer of Little Feat bandAlexander G. Higgins, last AP bureau chief in IranEdward Kean, writer of ‘The Howdy Doody Show’Andre Kim, South Korean fashion designerNellie King, former Pittsburgh Pirates pitcherElaine Koster, literary agent and publisherJay Larkin, Showtime’s boxing producerYvonne Lenart, LA arts patronHerman Leonard, photographer of jazz greatsAbbey Lincoln, jazz singerPaul K. Longmore, disability scholar and activistPaul Milstein, NYC real estate mogulEd Moose, San Francisco restaurateurAlberto Muller Rojas, former adviser to Hugo ChavezJack Parnell, British TV musical directorAntonio Pettigrew, disqualified 2000 Olympic sprinterRoy Pinney, man of many distinctionsDan Rostenkowski, former US congressmanAndrew Roth, US-born political reporter in BritainDavid Rowland, designed 40/4 chairPaul Ryan Rudd, stage and TV actorBruno S., German street musicianEdmund Shea Jr., cofounder of Shea HomesMatthew Simmons, energy investment bankerLou Smit, detective who investigated Jon-Benet Ramsey caseTed Stevens, former US senator from AlaskaDr. James M. Tanner, British pediatrician Frank (‘Scoop’) Vessels, racehorse breederTahar Wattar, Algerian novelistGloria Winters-Vernon, ‘50s TV actressDavid Wolper, TV producer

Art and Literature

John Chase (57) writer and urban designer who championed local architecture in southern California, finding beauty in stucco apartment buildings and down-market modernism. As urban designer for the city of West Hollywood, a job he had held since 1996, Chase coaxed architects, developers, and public agencies to leave room in their projects for park space, street furniture, and shady trees. He died of a heart attack in Los Angeles, California on August 13, 2010.

Nancy Freedman (90) novelist whose 20 wide-ranging books include the best-selling Mrs. Mike (1948), cowritten with her husband, Benedict Freedman. The book, which remains in print today, appeared in 27 foreign editions and was made into a 1949 movie starring Evelyn Keyes and Dick Powell. Freedman died of temporal arteritis, an autoimmune inflammatory disease of the arterial vascular system, in Greenbrae, California on August 10, 2010.

Elaine Koster (69) publisher and literary agent who gave a second chance to an obscure horror writer named Stephen King. As publisher of the New American Library in the ‘70s, Koster paid a then-enormous $400,000 for the paperback rights to King’s Carrie, which had sold poorly in hardcover. Koster died in New York City on August 10, 2010.

Yvonne Lenart (95) longtime member of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Board of Trustees and a prominent supporter of arts programs at UCLA. Lenart died of congestive heart failure in Santa Monica, California on August 10, 2010.

Herman Leonard (87) photographer best known for his iconic images of such jazz greats as Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, and Miles Davis. Leonard became famous for the smoky, backlighted black and white photos he took in dark jazz clubs beginning in the late ‘40s. Thousands of his prints were lost when Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in 2005, but his 60,000 negatives were safe at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. He died in Los Angeles, California on August 14, 2010.

Tahar Wattar (74) one of Algeria’s leading Arab-language writers, who used his novels to explore his nation’s struggle for independence from France and its postcolonial history. Wattar had been hospitalized for cancer treatment on various occasions in Paris. He died in Algiers, Algeria on August 12, 2010.

Business and Science

John P. Fishwick (93) retired railroad executive who paved the way for a merger that created one of the US’s top railroad companies, Norfolk Southern. Fishwick died of congestive heart failure in Roanoke, Virginia on August 9, 2010.

Paul Milstein (88) businessman who used profits from his family’s flooring business to build a real estate empire in New York, totaling 50,000 apartments, 8,000 hotel rooms, and 20 million square feet of office space. Milstein’s projects included three of the first luxury buildings near the new Lincoln Center, a luxury tower on the fringe of Harlem, and some of the first buildings in Battery Park City. He died in New York City on August 9, 2010.

Ed Moose (81) owner of two well-known San Francisco restaurants that attracted a mixture of celebrities, tourists, and locals. Moose and partner Sam Deitsch (d. 2002) owned the Washington Square Bar & Grill and later Moose’s, both in the city’s North Beach section. Both restaurants have since closed. Moose developed a staph infection after several surgeries and died in San Francisco, California on August 12, 2010.

David Rowland (86) industrial designer who made it possible for millions of people to sit in church basements, meeting halls, cultural centers, and even submarines in comfortable, sculptured chairs, then to clear the space by stacking them in a corner. In the late ‘50s Rowland designed the 40/4, so named because 40 chairs could be stacked 4 feet high. He died in Marion, Virginia on August 13, 2010.

Edmund Shea Jr. (80) property developer and entrepreneur who in the late ‘60s cofounded building giant Shea Homes, one of the US’s largest privately owned for-profit home builders. Shea died of pulmonary fibrosis in San Marino, California on August 13, 2010.

Matthew Simmons (67) energy investment banker who became an advocate for alternative energy and was energy adviser to President George W. Bush. Simmons’ body was found in his hot tub at his North Haven, Maine island home; an autopsy concluded that he died from accidental drowning with heart disease as a contributing factor, on August 8, 2010.

Dr. James M. Tanner (90) British pediatrician who developed standards for measuring a child’s development during puberty and helped to define what constitutes normal growth. Tanner suffered from prostate cancer but died of a stroke 10 days after his 90th birthday in Wellington, near Taunton, southwestern England, on August 11, 2010.


Paul K. Longmore (64) disability scholar at San Francisco State University and activist who campaigned to reform Social Security policies that discourage disabled professionals from working. Longmore was unable to use his hands because of a childhood bout with polio. He died in San Francisco, California on August 9, 2010.

News and Entertainment

Leon Breeden (88) longtime director (1959-81) of the University of North Texas’s jazz program who made its One O’Clock Lab Band internationally famous. It was the first college band to perform at the White House by Presidential invitation in 1967. Breeden died of an abdominal infection in Dallas, Texas on August 11, 2010.

Richie Hayward (64) Iowa-born drummer and founding member of the Little Feat band in 1969. Hayward also was a session drummer and performed live with artists including Eric Clapton, the Doobie Brothers, Bob Dylan, Peter Frampton, and Arlo Guthrie, among others. He was diagnosed with liver cancer in 2009 but died of pneumonia caused by untreated adult respiratory fibrosis, in Canada on August 12, 2010.

Alexander G. Higgins (66) last Associated Press bureau chief in Iran who covered the US Embassy siege in Tehran and was later a longtime bureau chief in Geneva. Born in Missouri, Higgins reported from both sides of the Iron Curtain and covered the assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat in 1981. He died of cancer in Genolier, Switzerland on August 12, 2010.

Edward Kean (85) primary writer (1947-54) of The Howdy Doody Show, credited with creating the exclamation, “kowabunga," since borrowed by Bart Simpson, the animated problem child on the long-running comedy The Simpsons. Kean died of emphysema in West Bloomfield Township, Michigan, a Detroit suburb, on August 13, 2010.

Andrew Kim (74) one of South Korea’s best-known fashion designers. Kim was as famous for his glitzy fashion shows featuring top celebrities as for his distinctive personal style of wearing all-white clothing and heavy black eyeliner. He died of pneumonia in Seoul, South Korea on August 12, 2010.

Abbey Lincoln (80) singer whose voice and songs made her a unique figure in jazz. Lincoln’s career included outspoken civil rights advocacy in the ‘60s, and for a time she acted in films with Sidney Poitier. Long recognized as one of jazz’s most striking singers, she gained stature as a songwriter only over the last 20 years. She died eight days after her 80th birthday, in New York City on August 14, 2010.

Patricia Neal (84) Oscar-winning actress whose life was marred by tragedy. Neal won an Oscar for her role in the 1963 film Hud alongside Paul Newman and boasted a long list of stage, film, and TV credits with Hollywood’s leading men including Ronald Reagan, John Wayne, and Tyrone Power. In the early ‘50s she had a three-year affair with actor Gary Cooper, with whom she starred in The Fountainhead and Bright Leaf, but it ended when he refused to leave his family. Neal was later married for 30 years to British writer Roald Dahl (d. 1990), with whom she had five children. But their son suffered severe injuries after being hit by a taxi when he just 4 months old, and their oldest child, daughter Olivia, died at age 7 from measles. When Neal was pregnant with their fifth child in 1965, she suffered three massive strokes and was in a coma for three weeks, but recovered; her struggle to once again walk and talk is regarded as epic in the annals of stroke rehabilitation. She died of lung cancer in Edgartown, Massachusetts, on Martha’s Vinyard, on August 8, 2010.

Edwin Newman (91) TV newsman who brought literacy, wit, and energy to NBC newscasts for more than 30 years (1952-84) and battled linguistic pretense and clutter in his best-sellers Strictly Speaking and A Civil Tongue. Newman died of pneumonia in Oxford, England on August 13, 2010.

Jack Parnell (87) British jazz drummer, behind-the-scenes bandleader on Jim Henson’s The Muppet Show (1976-81); the onscreen bandleader was pop-eyed Muppet conductor, Nigel. As musical director at British broadcaster ATV from the late ‘50s, Parnell oversaw the music for the long-running variety show Sunday Night at the London Palladium, produced specials featuring Tom Jones and Barbra Streisand, and was musical director of The Benny Hill Show. He died of cancer in Southwold, eastern England, on August 8, 2010.

Roy Pinney (98) nationally acclaimed baby photographer who also wrote two dozen books on subjects like caves and biblical animals, helped to create the genre of TV nature shows, and survived to be one of the last journalists to have covered the Normandy invasion, in which he was wounded. Pinney died of a stroke, four days before his 99th birthday, in New York City on August 9, 2010.

Paul Ryan Rudd (70) stage and TV actor of the ‘70s and ’80s who drew critical praise for his work on Broadway and in the New York Shakespeare Festival. To TV viewers, Rudd was familiar as Brian Mallory, the scheming Irish-born chauffeur in the short-lived series Beacon Hill, broadcast on CBS in 1975. He was no relation to younger contemporary film actor Paul Rudd. Paul Ryan Rudd died of pancreatic cancer in Greenwich, Connecticut on August 12, 2010.

Bruno S(chleinstein) (78) German accordionist who wrote songs and sang them on the streets of Berlin. Bruno S. used only the initial of his last name. In his youth, he was the lead actor in The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974), a Werner Herzog movie that won the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes International Film Festival in 1975. Bruno S. died in Berlin, Germany on August 11, 2010.

Gloria Winters-Vernon (78) actress who starred as Penny, niece of the title character (played by Kirby Grant; d. 1985) on the ‘50s TV series Sky King. As Gloria Winters, she had appeared on The Life of Riley, Jackie Gleason’s first TV series (1949-50). Winters married Dean Vernon, a sound engineer on Sky King, and eventually gave up acting. She died of pneumonia in Vista, California on August 14, 2010.

David Wolper (82) TV producer whose landmark 1977 miniseries Roots engrossed audiences with its saga of an American family descended from an African slave. Wolper also produced several other miniseries, including the 1979 sequel Roots: The Next Generations, The Thorn Birds, North & South, and the children’s classic film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971). He died of congestive heart disease and complications from Parkinson’s disease in Beverly Hills, California on August 10, 2010.

Politics and Military

Guido de Marco (79) former president of Malta who helped that island nation to win European Union membership. The tiny Mediterranean archipelago joined in 2004, the last year of DeMarco’s five-year term as president. He died of a heart attack in Valletta, Malta on August 12, 2010.

Alberto Muller Rojas (75) once a close adviser to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez who recently distanced himself from the president’s Socialist Party. Muller Rojas died in Caracas, Venezuela on August 13, 2010.

Dan Rostenkowski (82) former US congressman (D-Ill., 1958-94) who became the leading architect of congressional tax policy in the Reagan era but later served 17 months in federal prison for corruption. Rostenkowski was treated for prostate cancer in the ‘90s. He died in Lake Benedict, Wisconsin on August 11, 2010.

Andrew Roth (91) New York-born journalist with left-wing ideals who fled the McCarthy-era America of 1950 for a new life as a chronicler of the private lives of British politicians. Roth died of prostate cancer in London, England on August 12, 2010.

Ted Stevens (86) former US senator (R-Alaska, 1968-2008), the longest-serving Republican in Senate history and a staunch advocate for his state for 40 years. Stevens delivered scores of expensive projects to one of the nation’s most sparsely populated states, including the infamous “Bridge to Nowhere.” He was among five people killed in the crash of a small aircraft outside Dillingham, about 325 miles southwest of Anchorage, Alaska, on August 10, 2010.

Society and Religion

Lou Smit (75) longtime police detective who first investigated, then supported the parents of Jon-Benet Ramsey (6), found beaten and strangled in the basement of her Boulder home on Dec. 26, 1996. Smit later resigned because he thought authorities were wrongly focusing on the parents as the culprits. The case has never been solved. Smit died of cancer in Colorado Springs, Colorado on August 11, 2010.


Dave Dixon (87) businessman who in the ‘60s fought to bring an NFL team, the Saints, to New Orleans and was the force behind construction of the Louisiana Superdome. Dixon died of complications from a fall at his home in New Orleans, Louisiana on August 8, 2010.

Nellie King (82) former Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher (1954-57) who later became a popular announcer for the club. More recently King worked (1975–92) as sports information director at Duquesne University. He died of colon cancer and pneumonia in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on August 11, 2010.

Jay Larkin (59) producer who brought a theatrical background and hard-nosed negotiating to Showtime’s boxing telecasts, ultimately helping the network to rival HBO in televising pay-per-view prize-fighting. Larkin died of brain cancer in Nyack, New York on August 9, 2010.

Antonio Pettigrew (42) assistant track coach at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill for the past four seasons who gave up his 2000 Olympic sprint-relay gold medal after admitting to doping. After his wife reported him missing, Pettigrew was found dead in his car just southwest of the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area on August 10, 2010.

Frank (Scoop) Vessels (58) southern California breeder of racehorses and grandson of the founder of Los Alamitos Race Course. Vessels was the owner of Vessels Stallion Farm, his family’s commercial breeding operation in Bonsall in northern San Diego County. He was killed when the twin-engine Aero Commander he was piloting broke apart in the air and crashed about 80 miles south of Burns, Oregon on August 11, 2010.

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