Ruth Park (93) author whose novel of the Sydney slums, The Harp in the South, shocked Australians in the ‘40s but did not prevent her from becoming one of the country’s most revered writers. Park died in Sydney, Australia on December 14, 2010.
Frank Baldino Jr. (57) founder of the pharmaceutical company Cephalon, best known for the drug Provigil, used to increase alertness. Baldino died of leukemia in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on December 16, 2010.
Helen Chaplin (97) senior executive at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel for more than 40 years who won the hearts of European royalty, heads of state, political pundits, and A-list celebrities by catering to their whims as guests. Chaplin died in Los Angeles, California on December 18, 2010.
Eugene Goldwasser (88) biochemist whose 20-year pursuit of an elusive protein, erythropoietin, led to the development of a widely used anemia drug, Epo, that became one of the biggest products of the biotechnology industry. Goldwasser died of kidney failure caused by a recurrence of prostate cancer, in Chicago, Illinois on December 17, 2010.
Morris L. Cohen (83) book lover who shunned the practice of law because it was too contentious and became one of the nation’s most influential legal librarians, bringing both the Harvard and Yale law libraries into the digital age. Cohen died of leukemia in New Haven, Connecticut on December 18, 2010.
Jacqueline de Romilly (97) French scholar, a specialist on ancient Greece and in 1988 only the second woman (the first was writer Marguerite Yourcenar) to join the prestigious Academie Française, the institution that safeguards the French language. Romilly died in the Paris suburb of Boulogne-Billancourt, France on December 18, 2010.
Barbara L. Packer (63) retired UCLA English professor who specialized in 19th-century American literature and was recognized as an authority on Ralph Waldo Emerson. Packer died of cancer in Los Angeles, California on December 16, 2010.
Eugene V. Wolfenstein (70) longtime UCLA political science professor. Wolfenstein had been at UCLA since 1965, becoming a full professor in ’79. He died of cancer in Los Angeles, California on December 15, 2010.
Clay Cole (72) TV host whose dance program The Clay Cole Show (1959-67) had a loyal following among adolescent TV viewers in the New York area in the ‘60s and gave many groups, including the Rolling Stones, early exposure on American TV. Cole died of a heart attack on Oak Island, North Carolina on December 18, 2010.
James Dibble (87) Australian TV news anchor who in 1956 delivered the first news bulletin on that country’s ABC-TV network. Known as the “face and voice of ABC,” Dibble retired in 1983. He died of cancer in Sydney, Australia on December 13, 2010.
Blake Edwards (88) US film director and writer known for clever dialogue, poignance, and occasional sight gags in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 10, and the Pink Panther farces. Married to British-born singer and actress Julie Andrews since 1968, Edwards also directed and often wrote a wide variety of movies including Days of Wine & Roses, a harrowing story of alcoholism; The Great Race, a comedy-adventure that starred Lemmon, Tony Curtis, and Natalie Wood; and Victor/Victoria, his gender-bender musical comedy with Andrews. He died of pneumonia in Santa Monica, California on December 15, 2010.
Jacob Lateiner (82) concert pianist renowned for his interpretations of both Beethoven and 20th-century music. A teacher at New York’s Juilliard School from 1966 until his retirement in 2009, Lateiner died in New York City on December 12, 2010.
Rusty McNeil (81) folk singer who toured the US for 15 years with her musician husband, Keith, and five children, performing and teaching American history through folk music. Billed as Keith & Rusty McNeil, together the couple played more than 30 instruments. Rusty McNeil died of complications from a stroke she suffered in early 2009, in Riverside, California on December 15, 2010.
Enrique Morente (67) one of the world’s most celebrated flamenco singers, whose work embraced both traditional styles and contemporary influences as diverse as George Gershwin and Leonard Cohen. Morente died of complications after surgery he underwent earlier in the month, in Madrid, Spain on December 13, 2010.
Remmy Ongala (63) popular Tanzanian songwriter, singer, guitarist, and bandleader. In 1990 Ongala recorded a controversial dance track called “Mambo Kwa Soksi” (“Things with Socks”), whose lyrics urged men to use condoms to prevent AIDS. A stroke partly paralyzed Ongala in 2001, but he continued to perform as a singer from his wheelchair. He died in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania on December 13, 2010.
Neva Patterson (90) character actress who portrayed Cary Grant’s fiancée in the 1957 movie An Affair to Remember in a career that spanned 60 years and more than 100 film and TV roles. Patterson was already a veteran of Broadway and early live TV when she was cast in the role. She died of complications from a broken hip, in Brentwood, California on December 14, 2010.
Lina Romay (91) singer who sang with the Xavier Cugat orchestra in the early ‘40s before beginning a 10-year career as a film and TV actress. A performance with the orchestra in the 1942 Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth film You Were Never Lovelier led to roles in some 15 other films and appearances on The Milton Berle Show, The Red Skelton Show, and other TV programs. Romay died in Pasadena, California on December 17, 2010.
Karen Sortito (49) movie-marketing executive best known for groundbreaking product tie-ins to James Bond films in the ‘90s. As head of worldwide promotions for MGM/UA, Sortito blended the Bond character into TV ads and made a conspicuous BMW product placement in the 1995 film GoldenEye when Pierce Brosnan debuted as Bond—and drove a brand new BMW Z3. Sortito died of cancer in New York City on December 13, 2010.
Karen Tuttle (90) violist and teacher whose approach to her instrument drew disciples from around the world. Tuttle recorded widely and taught at the Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute of Music, the Peabody Institute, and elsewhere. She died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on December 16, 2010.
Don van Vliet (69) musician and artist who performed experimental rock under the name Captain Beefheart. Van Vliet was probably best known for the album Trout Mask Replica, released in 1969 by Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band. He died of multiple sclerosis near Trinidad, California on December 17, 2010.
Melvin E. (Bud) Biddle (87) World War II infantryman who received the Medal of Honor, America’s highest military award, for his actions during the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944. Biddle died in Anderson, Indiana on December 16, 2010.
Maynard W. (Mike) Glitman (77) diplomat who led the American side in negotiating the intermediate-range nuclear forces treaty, signed by the US and the Soviet Union in 1987. Glitman died of complications from dementia, six days after his 77th birthday, in Shelburne, Vermont on December 14, 2010.
Richard C. Holbrooke (69) US diplomat who wrote part of the Pentagon Papers, was architect of the 1995 Bosnia peace plan, and was President Barack Obama’s special envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan. Holbrooke served under every US Democrat President from John F. Kennedy to Obama in a lengthy career that began with a foreign service posting in Vietnam in 1962 and included time as a member of the US delegation to the Paris Peace Talks on Vietnam. He was hospitalized Dec. 10 after becoming ill while meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in her Washington office. Doctors found a tear in his aorta, and he underwent a 21-hour operation. He had additional surgery a day later and remained in very critical condition until his death in Washington, DC on December 13, 2010.
Dan Kurzman (88) author of military histories that focused on little-known incidents in World War II and an exhaustive account of the first Arab-Israeli war. Kurzman died of pneumonia after cancer treatments, in New York City on December 12, 2010.
Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa (70) Italian economist, one of the architects of the euro and a member of the European Central Bank’s first executive board. Padoa-Schioppa was economy minister under Premier Romano Prodi. He died after suffering a heart attack during a dinner with friends in Rome, Italy on December 18, 2010.
Gary Chapman (58) executive director of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility, a nonprofit group concerned with the impact of technology on society. Chapman died of a heart attack six days after his 58th birthday while on a kayaking trip in Guatemala on December 14, 2010.
Steven W. Fisher (64) New York State justice who presided over the trial of two men who killed five employees at a Wendy’s restaurant in Queens in 2000. Fisher was the last New York judge to impose the death penalty, sentencing one of the killers, John B. Taylor, to death in 2003. In 2004, the state’s highest court declared the death penalty unconstitutional, and in ‘07 it vacated Taylor’s death sentence, imposing a life sentence instead. Fisher died of lung cancer in Queens, New York on December 18, 2010.
Sarah (Sally) Goodrich (65) Vermont woman who lost a son in the 9/11 attacks and later established a foundation in his name to promote education in Afghanistan. Goodrich’s son Peter was aboard one of the planes that hit the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Sally Goodrich died of cancer in Bennington, Vermont on December 18, 2010.
Kay Kerr (99) cofounder in 1961 of Save the Bay, the first environmental organization dedicated solely to protecting San Francisco Bay. Kerr was the widow of former University of California President Clark Kerr (d. 2003). Kay Kerr died in El Cerrito, California on December 18, 2010.
James Pickles (85) outspoken and controversial British judge who often insulted Britain’s legal establishment. Pickles was the elder brother of Christina Pickles, an actress with a long list of US TV credits, notably Friends and St. Elsewhere. Judge Pickles died in Halifax, northern England on December 18, 2010.
Eric J. Schmertz (84) one of America’s most reliable labor mediators who helped to resolve thousands of labor disputes. A former dean of Hofstra University’s School of Law, Schmertz helped to end strikes by firefighters in New York and Chicago, mediated a contract for Connecticut state employees in 1986, and helped to settle the ‘91 strike by New York sanitation workers. He died in Mount Kisco, New York on December 18, 2010.
E. Gene Smith (74) Utah native who amassed the largest collection of Tibetan books outside Tibet, saving them from isolation and destruction and making them accessible to scholars and Tibetan exiles around the world. Smith suffered from diabetes and heart trouble. He died in New York City on December 16, 2010.
Phil Cavarretta (94) baseball player who played 20 seasons for the Chicago Cubs and won the National League’s Most Valuable Player award and batting championship in 1945, the last time the Cubs captured a pennant. Cavarretta had been treated for leukemia for several years. He died of complications from a stroke suffered about a week earlier, in Lilburn, Georgia on December 18, 2010.
Walt Dropo (87) baseball player who played 13 seasons in the majors and won the 1950 American League Rookie of the Year award with the Boston Red Sox. Dropo was a three-sport star at the University of Connecticut in the ‘40s and one of the greatest athletes in the school’s history. He died in Peabody, Massachusetts on December 17, 2010.
Bob Feller (92) One of the greatest pitchers in baseball history who came off an Iowa farm in 1936 with a dazzling fastball that made him a national celebrity at 17 and propelled him to the Hall of Fame. Feller won 266 games in 18 seasons—all with the Cleveland Indians. But in the midst of his career, stirred by Japan’s bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, Feller enlisted in the US Navy the next day—the first major league player to do so; he was a gun captain on the USS Alabama, earning several battle commendations and medals. He died of acute leukemia in Cleveland, Ohio on December 15, 2010.
Tom Walkinshaw (64) Scottish race car driver and Formula 1 team manager. A passionate rugby fan, Walkinshaw was also the owner of Gloucester Rugby. He died of lung cancer on December 12, 2010.