Kenojuak Ashevak (85) once-nomadic artist from Canada’s Arctic regions whose prints and drawings helped to introduce Inuit art to much of the world. Ashevak died of lung cancer in Cape Dorset on West Baffin Island in the northern territory of Nunavut on January 8, 2013.
Evan S. Connell (88) acclaimed author who gained attention via his better-known twin novels Mrs. Bridge (1959) and Mr. Bridge (1969), combined in a 1990 film, Mr. & Mrs. Bridge, starring the husband-and-wife acting team of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. Connell died in Santa Fe, New Mexico on January 10, 2013.
Antonio Frasconi (93) Argentine-born Italian woodcut artist. Frasconi found inspiration in comic books and in the old masters, repeatedly addressing war, racism, and poverty in his art. He died in Norwalk, Connecticut on January 8, 2013.
Ada Louise Huxtable (91) architecture critic who turned her love and appreciation of buildings into a pioneering and prize-winning career. In 1970 Huxtable won the first Pulitzer Prize for criticism. She died of cancer in New York City on January 7, 2013.
Ralph G. Martin (92) best-selling author of political and celebrity biographies whose subjects included the Kennedys, former Israeli prime minister Golda Meir, and Sir Winston Churchill’s American mother, Jennie Jerome. Martin died in Sleepy Hollow, New York on January 9, 2013.
Harvey Shapiro (88) American poet who chose newspaper work over the academic world. As an editor at the New York Times in the early ‘60s, Shapiro suggested what became Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail”—which never appeared in the newspaper. The author of several poetry collections, Shapiro died of complications from recent surgery, in New York City on January 7, 2013.
Ruth Carter Stevenson (89) only daughter of Amon G. Carter (d. 1955), longtime publisher of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, who created a museum of American art dedicated in her father’s name. Stevenson was the first woman appointed to the board of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. She died in Fort Worth, Texas on January 6, 2013.
Ted Gatzaros (68) Detroit casino gambling pioneer. Gatzaros was a developer of the Greektown Casino, one of three chartered casinos operating in Detroit. He also owned the London Chop House, Fishbone’s, Pegasus Taverna, and other popular Detroit restaurants. He died of lung cancer in Mount Clemens, Michigan on January 10, 2013.
J. Richard Hackman (72) Harvard psychology professor whose fieldwork sometimes took him to the cockpit of an airliner to observe the crew in a nearly 50-year quest to determine the dynamics of teamwork and effective leadership. Hackman died of lung cancer in Boston, Massachusetts on January 8, 2013.
Dyer Brainerd Holmes (91) director of manned space flight for the National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) when American astronauts were making their first forays into space in the early ‘60s. Holmes died of pneumonia in Memphis, Tennessee on January 11, 2013.
Aaron Swartz (26) cofounder of Reddit and activist who fought to make online content free to the public. Swartz was to go on trial on accusations that he stole millions of journal articles from an electronic archive in an attempt to make them freely available. He was found dead after hanging himself in his Brooklyn, New York apartment weeks before his trial was to begin, on January 11, 2013.
Joseph Bondi (76) father of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. Joseph Bondi was a former mayor of Temple Terrace, Fla. (1974-78) and a city councilman. He was a longtime educator and a professor at the University of South Florida. He died of leukemia in Tallahassee, Florida on January 8, 2013.
James M. Buchanan (93) scholar and author whose analyses of economic and political decision-making won the 1986 Nobel Prize in economic sciences and shaped a generation of conservative thinking about deficits, taxes, and the size of government. A professor emeritus at George Mason University, Buchanan died in Blacksburg, Virginia on January 9, 2013.
Gordon Chavunduka (82) academic, author, sociologist, and politician, leader of the Zimbabwe National Traditional Healers Association. A former head of the main Zimbabwe University, Chavunduka was widely known for his research and writing that did much to bridge the gap between Western medical practices and Africa’s traditional, tribal, and herbalist healers. He died of cancer in Harare, Zimbabwe on January 11, 2013.
Benjamin Demps (79) former Kansas City school superintendent. Demps was a noneducator when he was hired in 1999 as the city’s 19th superintendent in 30 years. School board members were attracted by his leadership skills. But he lasted only 20 months in the job. He died of complications from surgery in Port Charlotte, Florida on January 12, 2013.
Leon Leyson (83) among the youngest of 1,100 Jews saved from the Nazis by industrialist Oskar Schindler, who declared them necessary for production at his factories. Leyson was nearly 10 when Germany invaded Poland in 1939; six months later his family was sent to a ghetto in Krakow. He survived as mass killings and deportations to concentration camps escalated. Later a Huntington Park high school teacher for 39 years, he died of lymphoma in Whittier, California on January 12, 2013.
Leonard Napolitano (82) father of US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and former dean (1972-94) of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Leonard Napolitano died one day before his 83rd birthday, in Albuquerque, New Mexico on January 7, 2013.
Nadeane Walker Anderson (91) former Associated Press fashion editor and foreign correspondent who interviewed legendary designers including Coco Chanel and Christian Dior while working in Paris. Anderson died in Austin, Texas on January 7, 2013.
Richard Ben Cramer (62) Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist whose nonfiction spanned presidential politics and baseball. Cramer won the 1979 Pulitzer for international reporting from the Middle East; his other notable work included a best-selling biography of New York Yankees great Joe DiMaggio, a magazine profile of Ted Williams, and a behind-the-scenes account of the 1988 US presidential race. He died of lung cancer in Baltimore, Maryland on January 7, 2013.
Tom Ebbert (93) Pittsburgh-born jazz trombonist who spent more than 50 years of his career playing swing, ballroom, and polka music at burlesque houses and jazz joints in New Orleans’ French Quarter. Ebbert died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease in Petersburg, Indiana, where he moved in 2005, days after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, on January 7, 2013.
David R. Ellis (60) actor-turned-stuntman-turned-director of Snakes on a Plane (2006). Ellis’s directing credits also include Shark Night 3D, The Final Destination, Cellular, and Final Destination 2. He was found dead in a hotel room in Johannesburg, South Africa on January 7, 2013.
Walter Furley (84) south Texas journalist who spent 45 years as a TV reporter and anchor in Corpus Christi. Furley was a reporter, anchor, and eventually news director at KZTV-TV, retiring in May 2002. He died of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in Corpus Christi, Texas on January 9, 2013.
George Gruntz (80) Swiss-born pianist, composer, conductor, bandleader, and festival producer whose Concert Jazz Band was one of the most successful and enduring jazz ensembles to emerge from Europe. Gruntz died in Basel, Switzerland on January 10, 2013.
Huell Howser (67) host of public TV’s popular California’s Gold travelogues. The program took viewers to many parts of the Golden State, with Howser doing enthusiastic interviews and narration. He died in Los Angeles, California on January 6, 2013.
Corinne Jacker (79) Obie-winning playwright known for adding wry humor to wrenching domestic stories. Jacker came to prominence in off-Broadway, regional, and repertory theater in the early ‘70s. She died of complications from several strokes, in New York City on January 11, 2013.
Mariangela Melato (71) Italian actress known for her critically acclaimed performance as a spoiled socialite stranded with a sailor she had tormented in the 1974 film comedy Swept Away. Melato died of pancreatic cancer in Rome, Italy on January 11, 2013.
Roland Moritz (86) flutist for the Los Angeles Philharmonic for more than 40 years (1954-96) who for a time shared the concert stage with his father, Frederick Moritz, the Philharmonic’s longtime principal bassoonist. The younger Moritz died after a heart attack and strokes, in La Jolla, California on January 11, 2013.
Claude Nobs (76) founder and general manager of the Montreux Jazz Festival whose passion for music and artistry introduced generations of legendary musicians to international audiences on the Swiss stage. Nobs fell while cross-country skiing in nearby Caux-sur-Montreux, Switzerland on Christmas Eve; he lapsed into a coma from which he never recovered and died on January 10, 2013.
Jimmy O'Neill (73) Oklahoman barely out of his teens when he became Los Angeles’s top-rated radio deejay and only 24 when he catapulted to national celebrity as host of Shindig!, one of the earliest rock ‘n’ roll shows on prime-time TV. O’Neill died of diabetes and heart problems in West Hollywood, California on January 11, 2013.
Frank Page (87) veteran radio broadcaster, the man who helped to introduce Elvis Presley to worldwide audiences through the Louisiana Hayride—the state’s version of the Grand Ole Opry country radio show. Page retired from KWKH in 2005 after 65 years of service. He died after suffering a severe respiratory infection while hospitalized in Shreveport, Louisiana on January 9, 2013.
Eugene C. Patterson (89) Pulitzer Prize-winning editor and columnist whose words helped to draw national attention to the civil rights movement as it unfolded across the South. Patterson was editor of the Atlanta Constitution (1960-68), winning a Pulitzer in 1967 for editorial writing. He died of prostate cancer in St. Petersburg, Florida on January 12, 2013.
Rex Trailer (84) native Texan beloved by a generation of New England children for the cowboy skills he demonstrated on the Boston-based TV show Boomtown (1956-74). Trailer had fallen ill with pneumonia over the holidays and died in Florida on January 9, 2013.
John Wilkinson (67) rhythm guitar player who performed with Elvis Presley more than 1,000 times. Wilkinson died of cancer in Springfield, Missouri on January 11, 2013.
Marion Edwards (81) younger brother of four-time Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards. Marion Edwards was his brother’s codefendant in the ‘80s when federal prosecutors accused them of corruption in a health care scheme. Prosecutors referred to Marion as a “bag man” for Edwin. Both were acquitted. Marion died in Broussard, Louisiana on January 12, 2013.
John Ingram (83) former North Carolina insurance commissioner and state legislator who made unsuccessful runs for governor and the US Senate. Ingram died of a heart attack in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on January 6, 2013.
Nguyen Khanh (86) South Vietnamese general who briefly gained control of his country’s government in a 1960 coup and later led a “government in exile” in southern California. After struggling with diabetes-related health problems, Nguyen died in San Jose, California on January 11, 2013.
James E. O'Donnell (92) one of only 317 men who survived the World War II sinking of the USS Indianapolis. O’Donnell was the only Indianapolis resident among the survivors of a Japanese submarine’s sinking of the 1,196-man cruiser on July 30, 1945. They were rescued after four days adrift in the Pacific Ocean’s shark-filled waters. O’Donnell died in Indianapolis, Indiana on January 10, 2013.
Jean Preston (77) former North Carolina state senator who left the job less than two weeks ago. Preston (R-Carteret) represented central coast counties for 20 years in the Legislature—14 in the House and six in the Senate; she decided not to run for reelection in 2012, and her term expired Dec. 31. She died of complications from a fall just before Christmas while visiting
friends, in Waterbury, Connecticut, on January 10, 2013.
Yuri M. Schmidt (75) human rights lawyer who represented critics of the Russian government and others accused of political crimes. Schmidt died of cancer in St. Petersburg, Russia on January 12, 2013.
Vivian Brown (85) local San Francisco celebrity along with her twin sister Marian after the two regularly walked through the city’s streets for 40 years in matching high-end outfits, identical hairdos, and cheerful smiles. Vivian suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and had been admitted into doctors’ care after a fall in July. She died in her sleep in San Francisco, California on January 9, 2013.
Lori Burnam (66) Montana medical marijuana advocate. Burnam had lung cancer, glaucoma, emphysema, and other ailments. She died less than a month after testifying in a wheelchair that medical marijuana restrictions passed by the state Legislature in 2011 had limited her access to the drug that eased her pain and allowed her to function, in Helena, Montana on January 9, 2013.
Jeanne Manford (92) mother whose love for a gay son prompted her to found, in 1973, Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG), an international organization for parents and relatives of gay men and lesbians. Manford died in Daly City, California on January 8, 2013.
Christine Molnar (47) president and chief executive since 2009 of Safe Space, a nonprofit child welfare agency and one of the largest contractors for New York’s Administration for Children’s Services. Molnar collapsed and died 15 minutes after dancing at the organization’s year-end party, in New York City on January 11, 2013.
Jeffrey O'Connell (84) legal scholar who helped to devise the model for “no-fault” auto insurance to protect traffic accident victims, lower car insurance rates, and curb ambulance-chasing lawyers. O’Connell died of complications from injuries sustained in falls, in Charlottesville, Virginia on January 6, 2013.
Koto Okubo (115) Japanese woman, the world’s oldest living female. Born Dec. 24, 1897, Okubo held her title for less than a month after the death of Dina Manfredini of the US. She died in Kawasaki City, Japan on January 12, 2013.
Vincent R. Sombrotto (89) labor leader, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers for 24 years (1978-2002). As a letter carrier in New York, Sombrotto took charge of the 1970 postal strike to protest poor working conditions and wages so low that some carriers qualified for welfare. The walkout eventually spread to 100 cities and involved more than 200,000 postal workers. He died in Manhasset, New York on January 10, 2013.
Mirko Jurkovic (42) former University of Notre Dame football standout, part of the 1988 national championship team and later a consensus All-American offensive guard. Jurkovic died of colon cancer in Mishawaka, Indiana on January 9, 2013.
Katie Moore (32) wife of former San Jose Sharks forward Dominic Moore. Katie Moore died after a nine-month battle with liver cancer, in San Jose, California on January 7, 2013.
Patsy Sutton (74) matriarch of a family of college basketball coaches, the wife of Hall of Fame coach Eddie Sutton and mother of Oral Roberts University head coach Scott Sutton and assistant coach Sean Sutton, who succeeded his father as Oklahoma State’s head coach before joining his brother at ORU. Patsy Sutton died after suffering a stroke, in Tulsa, Oklahoma on January 8, 2013.
Frederick Talbot (71) pitcher in the American League for eight seasons. Talbot pitched (1963-70) for the Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, and Seattle Pilots. He died in Falls Church, Virginia on January 11, 2013.