Leo Friedman (92) Broadway photographer whose shot of actors/singers Carol Lawrence and Larry Kert chasing down a Manhattan street became the emblem of the musical West Side Story (1957) and the signature image of a career spent taking pictures of actors in action. Friedman died of pneumonia in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 2, 2011.
Christopher Logue (85) English poet acclaimed for his multivolume modernization of Homer’s Iliad, published periodically from 1981 to 2005. Logue died in London, England on December 2, 2011.
Zdenek Miler (90) Czech cartoonist who created the animated character of Krtek, the Little Mole, who has enchanted millions of children around the world. Miler died in Nova Ves pod Plesi, southwest of Prague, Czech Republic, on November 30, 2011.
Dugald Stermer (74) art director in the ‘60s of the left-wing magazine Ramparts who sometimes angered the US government. One anti-Vietnam War cover, in December 1967, showed the hands of four men (Stermer and three fellow editors) burning their draft cards. Stermer was also an accomplished illustrator. He died of respiratory and cardiac failure in San Francisco, California on December 2, 2011.
Christa Wolf (82) one of the best-known writers from former East Germany whose works described war and politics from a woman’s perspective. Wolf died in Berlin, Germany on December 1, 2011.
Elisabeth Young-Bruehl (65) US-born philosopher, psychoanalyst, and biographer known for her studies of two influential women, Hannah Arendt and Anna Freud. Young-Bruehl died of a pulmonary embolism in Toronto, Canada on December 1, 2011.
Louis Borick (87) founder and longtime chairman of Van Nuys-headquartered Superior Industries International, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of aluminum wheels for the automotive industry. Borick died two days before his 88th birthday, in Beverly Hills, California on November 28, 2011.
Joseph M. Chamberlain (88) scientist who helped to advance astronomical education and entertainment by leading the Hayden planetarium in New York (1956-68) and the Adler in Chicago (1968-91) into a new era of technology, instruction, and visitor experience. Chamberlain died in Peoria, Illinois on November 28, 2011.
Ed Heminger (85) board chairman of the Findlay (Ohio) Publishing Co. and a former member of the Associated Press board of directors. Heminger was in the third of five generations to work at the local newspaper, the Findlay Courier, rising from a paperboy in the ‘40s to the top jobs in the company. He died unexpectedly near Findlay, Ohio on November 30, 2011.
François Lesage (82) heir to the Maison Lesage embroidery atelier that has long been embellishing the creations of Paris couture houses. Under Lesage’s leadership, the house acquired such prestigious clients as Dior, Givenchy, Balenciaga, and Christian Lacroix. Lesage died in Paris, France on December 1, 2011.
Dr. Lloyd J. Old (78) physician who made early discoveries about the relationship between cancer and the immune system and promoted the development of vaccines and other immunological ways to fight the disease. Old died of prostate cancer in New York City on November 28, 2011.
Robert Lawrence Balzer (99) wine critic and educator who wrote a column in the Los Angeles Times for 30 years (1964-95) during a career that stretched from the post-Prohibition era through the explosion of the California wine industry he championed. Balzer died in Orange, California on December 1, 2011.
David Montgomery (84) labor historian whose experience as a machinist colored his writing about the culture of the factory floor. Montgomery taught at the University of Pittsburgh and at Yale and wrote several books on the lives of union workers. He died of a brain hemorrhage one day after his 84th birthday, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on December 2, 2011.
Dev Anand (88) Bollywood star, a charismatic and flamboyant Indian film fixture for more than 50 years. Famed for his roles in dozens of movies, including Jewel Thief and Guide, the veteran actor, director, and producer was working up to the last minute, with a new script in the works. Anand died of a heart attack in London, England, where he had gone for a medical checkup, on December 3, 2011.
Philip (Fattis) Burrell (57) one of the most prolific and influential Jamaican record producers of the last 20 years. Burrell turned out 20 years’ worth of hit records and championed future reggae stars like Sanchez, Pinchers, Luciano, and Sizzla. But his most important achievement was upholding the music’s sonic and spiritual traditions. He died of a heart attack in Kingston, Jamaica on December 3, 2011.
Don Harman (41) popular Kansas City TV weather forecaster, part of a team whose news broadcasts on Fox 4 have been No. 1 in the city for most of the past 10 years. Harman was found dead at his home, a suicide, in Kansas City, Missouri on November 29, 2011.
Andrew Kazdin (77) producer known for his recordings of the New York Philharmonic, pianists Glenn Gould, Murray Perahia, and Ruth Laredo, and organist E. Power Biggs who revolutionized classical recording by using techniques more common to popular music. Kazdin died of pancreatic cancer in New York City on November 28, 2011.
Sultan Khan (71) Indian classical musician who upheld the tradition of a disappearing instrument, the bowed lute called a sarangi, and performed with Western musicians like George Harrison and Ornette Coleman. Khan died of kidney failure in Mumbai, India on November 27, 2011.
Bill McKinney (80) character actor who played villains, most notably the backwoodsman who assaults Ned Beatty’s character in the 1972 film Deliverance. McKinney died of esophageal cancer in Van Nuys, California on December 1, 2011.
Patrice O'Neal (41) stand-up comic who gained a wider following through TV and radio and recently helped to roast actor Charlie Sheen on Comedy Central. O’Neal appeared on Conan O’Brien and David Letterman’s late-night TV shows and was a frequent guest on the Opie & Anthony radio show on Sirius XM. He died of complications from a stroke he suffered in October after battling
diabetes, in New York City on November 29, 2011.
Larry Rickles (41) son of comedian Don Rickles who won an Emmy in 2008 for coproducing Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project, an HBO documentary about his father. Larry Rickles died of pneumonia in Los Angeles, California on December 3, 2011.
Thomas Roady (82) drummer for Grammy-winning bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs. Roady was found dead in the band’s tour bus before a scheduled performance at Clemson University, in Clemson, South Carolina on November 28, 2011.
Ken Russell (84) British director whose daring films blended music, sex, and violence. One of Russell’s biggest hits was Women in Love (1969), based on the D. H. Lawrence novel, which earned Oscar nominations for Russell and writer Larry Kramer, and a “Best Actress” Oscar for star Glenda Jackson; it featured the famous nude wrestling bout between Alan Bates and Oliver Reed. Russell died in London, England after a series of strokes, on November 27, 2011.
Alan Sues (85) actor whose comedic style made him a valuable cast member on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, one of the top-rated TV shows in the late ‘60s. Sues was part of an ensemble cast in a comedy-sketch show that helped to jump-start the careers of stars like Goldie Hawn, Lily Tomlin, and Flip Wilson. He died of an apparent heart attack in Los Angeles, California on December 1, 2011.
Bill Tapia (103) ukulele player believed to be the oldest performing musician in the world. Honolulu-born Tapia played with the likes of Louis Armstrong and Bing Crosby. He was a teacher to Hollywood stars, including Clark Gable and Shirley Temple, when a ukulele craze hit the US. He died in his sleep, one month before his 104th birthday, in Los Angeles, California on December 2, 2011.
Howard Tate (72) soul singer who got a second chance at a musical career 30 years after being derailed by disputes with industry executives, personal tragedy, and drug addiction. Tate died in Burlington City, New Jersey on December 2, 2011.
Alexandru Tocilescu (65) Romanian theater director known for his production of Hamlet in London and Dublin in 1990, a year after Romania’s anti-Communist revolution. Tocilescu had been dogged by ill health for decades, including kidney problems that required dialysis. He died of a heart attack in Bucharest, Romania on November 30, 2011.
Judd Woldin (86) pianist and theater composer who wrote the score for the Tony-winning musical Raisin (1973), an adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry’s groundbreaking drama about a black family in Chicago, A Raisin in the Sun. Woldin died of cancer in New York City on November 27, 2011.
Henry Lafont (91) French pilot who took part in a harrowing aerial escape from North Africa to fight for the honor of France after its capitulation to Hitler in 1940 and was the last surviving French veteran of the Battle of Britain. Lafont died in Trémuson, in the Brittany region of France, on December 2, 2011.
Ante Markovic (87) Yugoslavia’s last prime minister, who tried to prevent that former country’s bloody breakup in the ‘90s. Markovic died of yet unknown causes after suffering minor cold symptoms, in Croatia’s capital Zagreb on November 28, 2011.
Matthew P. Sapolin (41) New York disabilities commissioner since the post was created in 2006. Blind since age 5, Sapolin pushed to make the city’s building code more accommodating to people with disabilities. He died of cancer in New York City on November 29, 2011.
Bill Waller (85) former governor of Mississippi (1972-76), best known for twice prosecuting Byron De La Beckwith for the 1963 assassination of NAACP leader Medgar Evers. Both trials ended in mistrials when the juries deadlocked. In 1989 the case was reopened, and in ‘94 a jury convicted Beckwith, who died in prison in 2001. Waller died in Jackson, Mississippi on November 30, 2011.
Chiyono Hasegawa (115) Japan’s oldest person; Hasegawa was born November 20, 1896 and died in southern Japan on December 2, 2011.
Sam Loxton (90) Australian cricketer and politician. Loxton was a member of Don Bradman’s "Invincibles" team that went through the 1948 tour of England undefeated. He later spent 24 years as a Liberal Party member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly. He died as the oldest living test player, in Queensland, Australia on December 3, 2011.
Chester McGlockton (42) former NFL defensive tackle, a first-round pick of the Los Angeles Raiders in 1992 who later became an assistant football coach at Stanford University. McGlockton died of an apparent heart attack in Danville, California on November 30, 2011.
Michael Rubenstein (60) Mississippi sports icon known first for his work on TV, then with the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum. A former sports director of Jackson TV station WLBT-3, Rubenstein received a kidney transplant in 1999 after being on dialysis for 20 months. He died of a pulmonary embolism in Jackson, Mississippi on December 1, 2011.
Gary Speed (42) coach of the national soccer team of Wales and a steady and skilled player in the top divisions of English soccer for more than 20 years. The BBC reported that Speed suffered from depression. He was found hanged in his garage in Huntington, England on November 27, 2011, a probable suicide.