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Life In Legacy - Week ending April 16, 2011

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Col. Albert Bachmann, Swiss spymasterGiorgio Baldi, Italian chef and restaurateurBilly Bang, jazz violinistTrevor Bannister, actor in British sitcomsLewis R. Binford, archaeologistAllan Blakeney, Canadian health ministerBarton (‘Bo’) Boyd, chairman of Disney Consumer ProductsWalter Breuning, world’s oldest manAntonio Calvo, Princeton Spanish instructorBill Cook, 101st richest AmericanViolet Cowden, former WASPRichard C. Dunn, LA real estate expertEvelyn Einstein, granddaughter of Albert EinsteinLacy Gibson, blues guitaristJoe Dan Gold, Mississippi State basketball player and coachSidney Harman, owner of NewsweekCyrus Harvey, entrepreneurKam Kuwata, political strategistVincenzo La Scola, Italian tenorWilliam N. Lipscomb Jr., Nobel-winning scientistArthur Marx, son of GrouchoGeoff Miller, editor and publisher of Los Angeles magazineNorman Mirman, cofounded school for gifted childrenBijan Pakzad, designer of luxury menswearWilliam A. Rusher, conservative strategistSol Saks, creator of TV sitcom ‘Bewitched’Sawai Bhawani Singh, last maharaja of JaipurHomer Smith, wandering football coachHarold L. Volkmer, US congressman (D-Mo.)

Business and Science

Giorgio Baldi (66) chef and owner of Il Ristorante di Giorgio Baldi, a small, family-run Italian restaurant on Santa Monica’s West Channel Road known for its simple, if high-priced, food and heavyweight Hollywood clientele. Baldi, who had fought cancer, died while on vacation in Mexico, on April 11, 2011.

Lewis R. Binford (79) one of the most influential American archaeologists of the last 50 years and an early advocate of a more scientific approach to investigating ancient cultures. Binford died of cardiac arrest brought on by congestive heart failure, in Kirksville, Missouri on April 11, 2011.

Barton (Bo) Boyd (68) merchandise buyer for Disneyland’s Main Street who rose to become chairman of Disney Consumer Products in 1997. Boyd died of heart failure in Mesquite, Nevada on April 13, 2011.

Bill Cook (80) this year’s 101st richest American who amassed a $3.1 billion fortune by founding the Cook Group, a 42-company empire that spanned four continents and employed 10,000 people making thousands of medical devices, including heart stents, urological equipment, and living-tissue transplants. Cook died of congestive heart failure in Bloomington, Indiana on April 15, 2011.

Richard C. Dunn (84) leader of a Los Angeles commercial real estate dynasty founded by his father. Dunn helped to assemble, sell, or lease some of the region’s best-known commercial properties. Among them were NBC’s purchase of 50 acres in Burbank in the early ‘50s, and Signal Oil & Gas’s acquisition of three parcels of land at Wilshire Boulevard and the Harbor Freeway in the mid-‘60s.

 Dunn died from an inoperable brain hemorrhage in Pasadena, California on April 15, 2011.

Evelyn Einstein (70) granddaughter of Albert Einstein whose life was both defined and limited by her distinguished lineage. Evelyn Einstein had been treated for heart and lung disease and diabetes. She died in Albany, California on April 13, 2011.

Sidney Harman 92) Canadian-born audio equipment businessman who bought Newsweek magazine for $1 in 2010 and oversaw its merger with the Daily Beast. Harman was founder of Stamford, Conn.-based Harman International Industries, the parent company of numerous electronics brands. He was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in March and died in Washington, DC on April 12, 2011.

Cyrus I. Harvey (85) entrepreneur who created two significant brands in different fields—Janus Films, a distributor of movies by international directors like Bergman, Fellini, and Kurosawa; and Crabtree & Evelyn, purveyor of aromatic soaps. Harvey suffered a stroke and died four days later in Dayville, Connecticut, on April 14, 2011.

William N. Lipscomb Jr. (91) Harvard University professor who won the Nobel chemistry prize in 1976 for work on chemical bonding. Lipscomb died of pneumonia and complications from a fall, in Cambridge, Massachusetts on April 14, 2011.

Bijan Pakzad (67) Iranian-American designer of jewelry, fragrances, and luxury menswear who ran a Beverly Hills boutique and was clothier to some of the world’s most powerful men, including all five living former and current US Presidents. Pakzad suffered a stroke while working and was rushed to the hospital but never recovered. He died 10 days after his 67th birthday, in Los Angeles, California on April 14, 2011.


Antonio Calvo (45) popular Spanish instructor at Princeton University. Calvo was abruptly dismissed from his job on April 8, and because he was living in the US on a temporary visa he faced a compulsory return to his native Spain. Four days later he fatally slashed himself in his New York City apartment, on April 12, 2011.

Norman Mirman (91) founder of a Los Angeles school for gifted children with his late wife, Beverly (d. 2010). The Mirman School opened in 1962 with nine students and now has more than 300 students ages 5–14. A former elementary schoolteacher, Norman Mirman died in Brentwood, California on April 10, 2011.

News and Entertainment

Billy Bang (63) violinist whose playing won admiration in contemporary jazz circles. A bandleader and sideman throughout the ‘80s and ’90s, Bang achieved his greatest success with the 2001 album Vietnam: The Aftermath, which featured music inspired by his time serving in the Army during the Vietnam War. He died of lung cancer in Harlem, New York City on April 11, 2011.

Trevor Bannister (74) British actor best known for playing Mr. Lucas on the ‘70s BBC-TV sitcom Are You Being Served? Bannister also was featured on many other TV series such as Silent Witness, Keeping Up Appearances, Coronation Street, and Last of the Summer Wine. He died of a heart attack in Thames Ditton, Surrey, England on April 14, 2011.

Lacy Gibson (74) blues musician whose jazz-influenced guitar and rich vocals were sought after by leaders on Chicago’s once-thriving blues scene. Gibson died of a heart attack in Chicago, Illinois on April 11, 2011.

Vincenzo La Scola (53) Italian tenor known internationally as both an opera singer and a crossover artist. LaScola died of an apparent heart attack in Turkey, where he was giving a master class on April 15, 2011.

Arthur Marx (89) son of comedian Groucho Marx (d. 1977) who wrote screenplays for film and TV and a best-selling book about his father, Life with Groucho (1954). Arthur Marx died in Los Angeles, California on April 14, 2011.

Geoff Miller (74) cofounder and later editor and publisher of Los Angeles magazine, known for its Hollywood star-studded covers and as a guide to the good life in the city. One of the US’s first city magazines, Los Angeles magazine was started in 1960, eight years before its East Coast counterpart, New York magazine, was first published. Miller died of a degenerative nerve disease in Beverly Hills, California on April 16, 2011.

Sol Saks (100) veteran TV writer and playwright who created the classic ‘60s sitcom Bewitched. Although Saks wrote the pilot script for the sitcom, he never wrote another episode of the popular series about a witch married to a mortal. He died of respiratory failure caused by pneumonia, in Sherman Oaks, California on April 16, 2011.

Politics and Military

Col. Albert Bachmann (81) Switzerland’s least effective but most colorful spymaster, whose dread of a Soviet invasion led him to create a secret intelligence service and guerrilla force unknown to the Swiss government in the ‘70s. Bachmann died in Cork, Ireland on April 12, 2011.

Allan Blakeney (85) health minister of the Canadian province of Saskatchewan who helped to start North America’s first tax-financed universal health-care system in 1962 and was later the province’s premier. Blakeney died of liver cancer in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada on April 16, 2011.

Violet Cowden (94) former member of the US Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), civilian pilots under contract to the military who ferried aircraft from factories to US military bases and points of embarkation during World War II, freeing up male pilots for combat missions. Cowden died of congestive heart failure in Newport Beach, California on April 10, 2011.

Kam Kuwata (57) one of California’s leading Democrat political strategists whose colorful quotes and keen analyses enlivened many campaigns. Kuwata’s clients included Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). He was found dead in his Venice, California condo on April 11, 2011.

William A. Rusher (87) conservative strategist for more than 50 years who helped to engineer Barry Goldwater’s nomination as the Republican candidate for President in 1964. Rusher spent 31 years as publisher of National Review, the magazine founded by William F. Buckley Jr. (d. 2008) that was a postwar cornerstone of anticommunism and American conservative thought. He died in San Francisco, California on April 16, 2011.

Sawai Bhawani Singh (79) last maharaja of Jaipur who continued to be revered as a social and cultural icon after India abolished royal titles in 1971. Singh had suffered from high blood pressure and a lung infection and died near New Delhi, India on April 16, 2011.

Harold L. Volkmer (80) 20-year (1976-96) Democrat congressman from northeast Missouri known for his advocacy of the rights of gun owners. Volkmer died after several bouts of pneumonia, in Hannibal, Missouri on April 16, 2011.

Society and Religion

Walter Breuning (114) world’s oldest man. A longtime railroad worker, Breuning’s earliest memories were of his grandfather’s tales of killing Southerners in the Civil War. Among Breuning’s recommendations for a long life: embrace change, eat only two meals a day, and work as long as you can. He died in Great Falls, Montana on April 14, 2011.


Joe Dan Gold (68) former Mississippi State basketball player (1961-63) and coach (1965-70). As a team captain, Gold led the Bulldogs to their first NCAA tournament appearance in 1963, where they lost to Loyola of Chicago 61-51 in the first round; it was the first game Mississippi State played against black players. Gold died of cancer in West Liberty, Kentucky on April 13, 2011.

Homer Smith (79) football coach who served three stints as a UCLA assistant coach and may have been college’s most intellectually gifted offensive strategist. Nomadic by nature, Smith was also an assistant coach at Stanford, the US Air Force Academy, UCLA, Alabama, Arizona, and for the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs and was head coach at Davidson, Pacific, and Army. He died of cancer in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on April 10, 2011.

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