Sushmita Banerjee (49) Indian woman whose memoir about marrying an Afghan and life under the Islamist militia was made into a Bollywood movie, Escape from Taliban (2003). Banerjee was dragged from her home in eastern Paktika province, Afghanistan, and shot at least 15 times by Taliban militants, on September 5, 2013.
A. C. Crispin (63) science fiction author who wrote popular tie-in novels to Star Trek and Star Wars and helped to run the online watchdog “Writer Beware” that alerts authors to literary scams with warnings about everything from poetry contests to vanity presses. Crispin died of cancer in New York City on September 6, 2013.
Alvin Eisenman (92) graphic designer who in 1951 became the first director of Yale’s graduate program for graphic design, the first offered by a major American university. Eisenman died on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts on September 3, 2013.
Frederik Pohl (93) author who over decades gained a reputation as a literate and sophisticated writer of science fiction. Pohl wrote more than 40 novels, including Gateway (1978), a winner of the Hugo Award for sci-fi writing. He died after experiencing respiratory problems, in the Chicago suburb of Palatine, Illinois on September 2, 2013.
Lee Tanner (82) jazz photographer whose images of Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, and others helped to define the genre visually on scores of album covers and in magazines, exhibitions, and books. Tanner died in San Andreas, California on September 7, 2013.
Judith Glassman Daniels (74) trailblazer for women in the publishing field who became the first woman to be top editor of Life magazine. Daniels held senior editing positions at the Village Voice, New York magazine, Time Inc., and Conde Naste over a career that spanned 35 years. She died of stomach cancer in Union, Maine on September 1, 2013.
Joseph E. Granville (90) stock market forecaster, perhaps the most famous of a generation of market seers who made their own fortunes in the newsletter business, in Granville’s case The Granville Market Letter, which he began publishing in 1963. He died in Kansas City, Missouri, while being treated for pneumonia, on September 7, 2013.
Albert Allen Bartlett (90) physics professor who warned of the consequences of population growth and its impact on energy consumption. Bartlett taught at the University of Colorado/Boulder (1950-88) and became well known for his lecture titled “Arithmetic, Population & Energy,” which he delivered more than 1,700 times. He died in Boulder, Colorado on September 7, 2013.
Ronald Coase (102) British-born economist, a 1991 Nobel Prize winner and a pioneer in applying economic theory to the law. The former University of Chicago professor was the oldest living Nobel laureate, winning for expanding economic theory to include simple but neglected concepts such as property rights and overhead costs. He died in Chicago, Illinois on September 2, 2013.
Jan Tillery-Bailey (63) wife of former University of Alabama president Guy Bailey, who was named to the post in 2012 but resigned two months later citing his wife’s illness. Tillery-Bailey was a linguistics professor before retiring because of her health in 2008. She died in Birmingham, Alabama on September 1, 2013.
Fred Katz (94) musician, composer, and educator, the man who helped to take the cello into jazz. Katz died of kidney failure and liver cancer in Santa Monica, California on September 7, 2013.
Lansing Lamont (82) journalist credited with writing the first popular account of the building and testing of the atomic bombs used in the attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Lamont was a Washington correspondent for Time magazine when he wrote his book, Day of Trinity (1965), 20 years after the bombings in August 1945 that ended World War II. He died of cancer in New York City on September 3, 2013.
Jerry Russell (77) actor and stage director, father of Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis. Russell founded and was director emeritus of Stage West Theatre in Fort Worth. His professional career included more than 100 stage roles and directing credits in the past 25 years. He died of complications from abdominal surgery performed in August, in Fort Worth, Texas on September 5, 2013.
Jessie Sundstrom (91) former publisher of the Custer County (SD) Chronicle newspaper. Sundstrom had been a Custer County Historical Society member for over 65 years. She died in Custer County, South Dakota on September 5, 2013.
Don Wade (72) longtime Chicago morning radio personality who made the transition from rock ‘n’ roll deejay to talk radio host. Chicagoans woke up to his husband-and-wife show, Don Wade & Roma, for more than 20 years on WLS. Don Wade died of brain cancer in Florida on September 6, 2013.
Kenneth Wallis (97) decorated British bomber pilot in World War II who later tried to win widespread public support for the buglike flying machine called the autogyro—and flew one as Sean Connery’s stunt double in the 1967 James Bond film You Only Live Twice. Wallis died in East Dereham, England on September 1, 2013.
Ed Bideau (62) Kansas attorney and state representative. Also a farmer and rancher, Bideau was elected to the State House in 2012 after a previous term (1985-88) before establishing his private law practice. He died of an apparent heart attack in Chanute, Kansas on September 5, 2013.
Jessie Lopez de la Cruz (93) longtime leader in the United Farmworkers movement. De la Cruz was one of the union’s first female members and organizers in the Fresno area. She died in Kingsburg, California on September 2, 2013.
Dick Hess (74) longtime Pennsylvania state representative who served 14 terms in the State House and chaired the Transportation Committee. Hess died of complications from leg surgery about two weeks earlier, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on September 6, 2013.
Rochus Misch (96) Adolf Hitler’s devoted bodyguard for most of World War II and last remaining witness to the Nazi leader’s final hours in his Berlin bunker. Misch was portrayed by British actor Michael Kitchen (Foyle’s War) in the 1981 TV movie The Bunker. Misch died in Berlin, Germany on September 5, 2013.
Paul Scoon (78) Grenada’s governor general during the US invasion of the small island in 1983 to topple a postcoup military government. Scoon was the longest-serving (1978-92) governor general of Grenada since the island was granted
independence from Britain in 1974. He suffered from diabetes and died in St. Paul’s, Grenada on September 2, 2013.
John Hampton Stennis (78) lawyer and former Mississippi state legislator, only son of the late US Sen. John C. Stennis (d. 1995). The younger Stennis had been in declining health in recent months and died in Jackson, Mississippi on September 5, 2013.
Zvonko Busic (67) Croatian nationalist who served 32 years in prison in the US for hijacking a TWA plane in 1976 and planting explosives in New York’s Grand Central Terminal that killed a policeman. Busic was found dead at his home in Rovanjska, Croatia, near the coastal town of Zadar, an apparent suicide, on September 1, 2013.
Robert Capon (87) Episcopal priest, author, theologian, and food writer best known for The Supper of the Lamb, a unique book about cooking and metaphysics that has remained in print almost continuously since it was first published in 1969. Capon died in Greenport, New York on September 5, 2013.
Ariel Castro (53) Cleveland man sentenced in July to life in prison for holding three women captive in his home for 10 years. Castro hanged himself with a bedsheet in his prison cell in Orient, Ohio on September 3, 2013.
Mildred Ramynke (96) first woman to serve as a county and circuit court judge in South Dakota. Ramynke became the first female county judge in the state when she took the bench in Roberts County in 1958. After the Unified Judicial System was created, she was elected to the Fifth Judicial Circuit, becoming the state’s first female circuit judge. She retired in 1986 and died in Pierre, South Dakota on September 7, 2013.
Lynn deBruin (51) sportswriter who worked for the Associated Press, covering the Utah Jazz, college athletics, and winter sports in Utah since 2010. Previously DeBruin had been a writer with the Rocky Mountain News and the East Valley Tribune. She died of cancer in Denver, Colorado on September 7, 2013.
Jack Doyle (80) former University of South Dakota men’s basketball coach (1973-82) and athletic director (1982-98). Doyle led USD to 21 North Central Conference championships in various sports. He died in Vermillion, South Dakota on September 6, 2013.
Don (Monk) Meineke (82) early University of Dayton basketball hero and NBA player. Meineke led the Flyers to their first 20-win season and first NIT appearance. In 1953 he was the first NBA rookie of the year as a member of the Fort Wayne Pistons. He died in Dayton, Ohio on September 3, 2013.
Tommy Morrison (44) former heavyweight champion who gained fame for his role in the movie Rocky V (1990). In 1993 Morrison beat George Foreman to win the World Boxing Organization heavyweight title but lost to Lennox Lewis in ‘95. He tested positive for HIV in 1996. Morrison died in Omaha, Nebraska on September 1, 2013.
Giant Victory the Trotter (25) winner of the 1991 Hambletonian. Giant Victory also won the Breeders Crown as a 3-year-old and was selected Trotter of the Year. He served stallion duties at Hanover Shoe Farms starting in 1992 and was exported to Marco Folli’s stallion station in Italy in ’97. After 12 seasons there, he returned to Hanover Shoe Farms, where he died in his paddock, in Hanover, Pennsylvania on September 4, 2013.