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Life In Legacy - Week ending November 26, 2011

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Vasily Alekseyev, Soviet champion Olympic weight lifterOlga Bloom, creator of Bargemusic concertsRev. Maurice Chase, aka ‘Father Dollar Bill’Maggie Daley, wife of former Chicago mayorShelagh Delaney, British playwrightDon DeVito, Columbia Records executiveWalter Doniger, screenwriter and TV directorRay Elder, stock-car driverIrving Elman, playwright and TV producerMontserrat Figueras, Catalan sopranoTheodore J. Forstmann, NYC financierGeorge Gallup Jr., pollster’s sonRussell Garcia, music arranger, composer, and conductorDr. Manuel Gilman, NYC racehorse veterinarianOscar Griffin Jr., Pulitzer-winning journalistKarel Hubacek, Czech architectEli Hurvitz, led Teva Pharmaceutical IndustriesSena Jurinac, Vienna State Opera starAndrew M. Kramer, labor lawyerJohn G. Lawrence Jr., plaintiff in gay rights caseJudy Lewis, secret daughter of Hollywood legendsBarry Llewellyn, cofounder of HeptonesRon Lyle, boxing contenderLenny Lyles, ‘Fastest Man in Football’Christopher Ma, ‘Washington Post’ Co. executiveLynn Margulis, evolutionary biologistAnne McCaffrey, author of sci-fi seriesFrederik Meijer, started superstore formatCharles D. (‘Chuck’) Miller, Avery Dennison executiiveDanielle Mitterrand, former French first ladyCarlos J. Moorhead, US congressmanPaul Motian, jazz drummer, composerLarry Munson, voice of Georgia BulldogsChukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, Biafran leaderJeno Paulucci, invented pizza rollsLana Peters, daughter of Soviet dictator Josef StalinMargie Petersen, LA philanthropistMolajula Koteswar Rao (‘Kishenji’), Indian Maoist rebel leaderJim Rathmann, 1960 Indy 500 winnerSergio Scaglietti, Ferrari designerTom Wicker, political reporter and columnistDr. T. Franklin Williams, geriatric specialist

Art and Literature

Karel Hubacek (87) architect whose design for a mountain-top tower hotel, completed in 1973, was named the most significant Czech building of the 20th century. Hubacek died in Liberac, Czech Republic on November 23, 2011.

Anne McCaffrey (85) US sci-fi writer widely known as the "Dragon Lady" for her best-selling series of young-adult novels, Dragonriders of Pern. McCaffrey, who had lived in Ireland since the ‘70s, died of a stroke in County Wicklow, Ireland on November 21, 2011.

Business and Science

Theodore J. Forstmann (71) longtime financier who counted the baseball card company Topps and business jet company Gulfstream Aerospace among his buyouts. Forstmann was chairman and chief executive of IMG and senior founding partner, since 1978, of the investment firm Forstmann Little & Co. He died of brain cancer in New York City on November 20, 2011.

George Gallup Jr. (81) pollster’s son who led the Gallup Organization, the firm his father made synonymous with polling, and expanded it to a barometer of Americans’ views on religion and politics. George Gallup Jr. died of liver cancer in Princeton, New Jersey on November 21, 2011.

Eli Hurvitz (79) Israeli executive who built (1976-2002) Teva Pharmaceutical Industries into the largest generic drug maker in the world. Hurvitz died of cancer in Jerusalem, Israel on November 21, 2011.

Andrew M. Kramer (67) lawyer who handled dozens of labor disputes for major corporations and helped old-line manufacturers to figure out how to cope with crushing health care costs for retirees. Kramer died of cancer in Potomac, Maryland on November 21, 2011.

Lynn Margulis (73) biologist whose work on the origin of cells helped to transform the study of evolution. Margulis was the ex-wife of cosmologist Carl Sagan (d. 1996). She died five days after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke, in Amherst, Massachusetts on November 22, 2011.

Frederik Meijer (91) businessman who built the Midwest retail powerhouse Meijer Inc., credited with starting the supercenter store format in the ‘60s. By 2009 Meijer had 180 of the giant stores throughout Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio with annual sales of $15 billion. Frederik Meijer died of a stroke in Grand Rapids, Michigan on November 25, 2011.

Charles D. (Chuck) Miller (83) Avery Dennison Corp. executive who led the Pasadena-based company’s development of self-adhesive postage stamps and other innovative peel-and-stick labels. Miller died of emphysema in Pasadena, California on November 23, 2011.

Jeno Paulucci (93) Minnesota-born Italian food magnate who in 1968 founded Jeno’s Inc., maker of frozen pizzas and other snacks, most famously Jeno’s Pizza Rolls, renamed Totino’s Pizza Rolls in ‘86. Paulucci died of renal and coronary failure in Duluth, Minnesota on November 24, 2011.

Sergio Scaglietti (91) Italian auto designer who used intuitive genius and a hammer to sculpt elegant Ferraris that won Grand Prix races in the ‘50s and ’60s and now sell for millions of dollars. Scaglietti died in Modena, Italy on November 20, 2011.

Dr. T. Franklin Williams (89) former director (1983-91) of the US National Institute on Aging and an early proponent of geriatric care as a medical specialty. Williams died of pneumonia one day before his 90th birthday, in Rochester, New York on November 25, 2011.

News and Entertainment

Olga Bloom (92) violinist and violist who created Bargemusic by converting an old coffee barge into a floating concert hall, moored to the Fulton Ferry Landing in Brooklyn, that has provided a steady schedule of performances since 1977. Bloom died in New York City on November 24, 2011.

Shelagh Delaney (71) British playwright best known for her 1958 play A Taste of Honey. The play and its 1961 film adaptation are generally considered part of Britain’s “kitchen sink realism” movement of the late ‘50s and ‘60s, which portrayed the gritty reality of working-class life. Delaney died of cancer a few days short of her 72nd birthday, in eastern England on November 20, 2011.

Don DeVito (72) longtime Columbia Records executive who produced the key Bob Dylan albums Blood on the Tracks and Desire and worked with artists including Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, and Aerosmith. DeVito died of prostate cancer in New York City on November 25, 2011.

Walter Doniger (94) prolific screenwriter and TV director who directed dozens of episodes of the prime-time soap opera Peyton Place in the ‘60s. Doniger died of complications from Parkinson’s disease in Los Angeles, California on November 24, 2011.

Irving Elman (96) playwright and producer whose writing credits include the comic play Uncle Willie, which ran on Broadway for four months in 1956-57 and who later worked as a producer on such TV dramas as Matt Lincoln, Slattery’s People, and The High Chaparral. Elman died of cardiopulmonary arrest in La Jolla, California on November 22, 2011.

Montserrat Figueras (69) Catalan soprano who with her husband, Jordi Savall, created ensembles that revitalized the performance of early Spanish music. Figueras died of cancer in Bellaterra, Spain on November 23, 2011.

Russell Garcia (95) arranger, composer, and conductor, an influential figure on the West Coast music scene during the ‘50s and ‘60s whose work included writing the score for the 1960 sci-fi classic The Time Machine. Garcia walked away from his Hollywood career in the mid-‘60s, relocating to New Zealand. He died of cancer in Kerikeri, New Zealand on November 20, 2011.

Oscar Griffin Jr. (78) Pecos, Texas journalist whose series of articles exposing the corruption of flim-flammer Billy Sol Estes won his twice-weeky newspaper a Pulitzer Prize in 1963 and helped to send Estes to prison, despite his friendship with then-Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson. Griffin died of cancer in New Waverly, Texas on November 23, 2011.

Sena Jurinac (90) Bosnian-born operatic soprano, one of the most celebrated singers of the Vienna State Opera in the ‘40s and ‘50s. Jurinac died in southern Germany on November 22, 2011.

Judy Lewis (76) psychotherapist and former actress who wrote a 1994 book about her complicated heritage as the illegitimate daughter of Hollywood legends Loretta Young and Clark Gable. Lewis died of lymphoma in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania on November 25, 2011.

Barry Llewellyn (64) cofounder of the Heptones, a leading Jamaican reggae and rocksteady trio from the ‘60s. Llewellyn died of pneumonia in Kingston, Jamaica on November 23, 2011.

Christopher Ma (61) the Washington Post Co.’s senior vice president of new business development and publisher of Express, the company’s free commuter tabloid newspaper for the Washington area. Ma had been diagnosed with cancer a week ago but died of a heart attack in New York City on November 23, 2011.

Paul Motian (80) drummer, bandleader, composer, and one of the most influential jazz musicians of the last 50 years. Motian died of complications from myelodysplastic syndrome, a blood and bone-marrow disorder, in New York City on November 22, 2011.

Tom Wicker (85) former New York Times political reporter and columnist whose career soared after his acclaimed coverage of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Wicker died of an apparent heart attack in Rochester, Vermont on November 25, 2011.

Politics and Military

Maggie Daley (69) wife of former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and a promoter of the city’s cultural and educational programs. Maggie Daley died of breast cancer in Chicago, Illinois on November 24, 2011.

Danielle Mitterrand (87) widow of France’s first Socialist president (1981-95), François Mitterrand (d. 1996). Danielle Mitterrand was a decorated member of the French Resistance and advocate for the poor who broke the mold as first lady. She died in Paris, France on November 22, 2011.

Carlos J. Moorhead (89) former US congressman (R-Calif.) who represented Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena, and surrounding communities for 24 years (1973-97). Moorhead died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease in La Canada Flintridge, California on November 23, 2011.

Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu (78) millionaire’s son who led Nigeria’s breakaway republic of Biafra during the country’s 1966 civil war that left 1 million dead. Ojukwu died after a long illness following a stroke, in London, England on November 26, 2011.

Lana Peters (85) daughter (born Svetlana Stalina) of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin (d. 1953) whose defection to the West during the Cold War embarrassed the ruling Communists and made her a best-selling author. Peters died of colon cancer in Richland County, Wisconsin on November 22, 2011.

Molajula Koteswar Rao (58) senior Indian Maoist rebel leader known as Kishenji. Authorities had blamed Rao for a brazen attack on a security camp that killed 24 men in West Bengal in 2010. He was killed in a staged gun battle with security forces in eastern India on November 24, 2011.

Society and Religion

Rev. Maurice Chase (92) Catholic priest known as “Father Dollar Bill” for his holiday giveaways of $1 bills to the homeless on Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles. Chase died of cancer in Los Angeles, California on November 20, 2011.

John G. Lawrence Jr. (68) Texan whose bedroom encounter with the police led to one of the gay rights movement’s landmark victories, the US Supreme Court’s 2003 decision in Lawrence vs. Texas, which struck down a state law that made gay sex a crime and nullified sodomy laws in a dozen other states. Lawrence died of a heart ailment in Houston, Texas on November 20, 2011.

Margie Petersen (76) former model and philanthropist who with her late husband, publishing magnate Robert E. Petersen (d. 2007), established the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. Margie Petersen died of breast cancer in Beverly Hills, California on November 25, 2011.


Vasily Alekseyev (69) Soviet super heavyweight lifter who won two Olympic gold medals and set 80 world records, reigning as the so-called world’s strongest man in the ‘70s. Alekseyev died at a heart clinic in Badenhausen, Germany, where he had been treated since early November, on November 25, 2011.

Ray Elder (69) stock-car driver from California’s Central Valley who stunned NASCAR’s establishment when he beat factory-sponsored Bobby Allison to win the Riverside 500 in 1971, driving his father’s Dodge Charger. Elder died of kidney failure in Fresno, California on November 24, 2011.

Dr. Manuel Gilman (91) veterinarian whose procedure for examining thoroughbred racehorses in New York became standard at racetracks around the country, improving safety for horses and jockeys and bolstering the sport’s integrity for bettors. Gilman died of multiple organ failure in Manhasset, New York on November 25, 2011.

Ron Lyle (70) US boxer who learned to fight while in prison for murder. In 1975 Lyle fought Muhammad Ali for the heavyweight championship and nearly a year later was the first to knock down George Foreman, ultimately losing both bouts. He died of complications from a stomach abscess, in Denver, Colorado on November 26, 2011.

Lenny Lyles (75) football and track star at the University of Louisville (1954-57) and a trailblazer in the NFL. Lyles scored a school-record 42 touchdowns and was known as "The Fastest Man in Football"; he also was the first Cardinals player to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season. He died in Louisville, Kentucky on November 20, 2011.

Larry Munson (89) voice of the University of Georgia Bulldogs for nearly 43 years whose delivery made him as celebrated as the players and coaches he covered. Munson died of pneumonia one day after Georgia clinched a spot in the Southeastern Conference championship game for the first time since 2005, in Athens, Georgia on November 20, 2011.

Jim Rathmann (83) 1960 Indianapolis 500 winner in a historic back-and-forth duel with Rodger Ward. Rathmann died nine days after suffering a seizure, in Melbourne, Florida on November 23, 2011.

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