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Life In Legacy - Week ending October 4, 2014

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Jean-Claude (‘Baby Doc’) Duvalier, former president of HaitiPaul Revere, leader of rock band Paul Revere & the RaidersNati Cano, Grammy-winning mariachi bandleaderBenny Carle, longtime Alabama TV host Beverly Carter, Arkansas real estate agentRomanian bishop who betrayed colleagues to Communist governmentComer Cottrell, founder of Pro-Line, hair care for blacksDaniel Crespo, mayor of Bell Gardens, Calif.Doris Drucker, inventive widow of management expert Peter DruckerJudith Edelman, NYC architectRobbie Flower, Australian footballerDan Goossen, longtime boxing promoterRev. Benedict J. Groeschel, Franciscan priest and authorMichael A. Harris, reporter who inspired California open-meetings lawAlan Henning, British volunteer aid workerSkyler Holman, Cowboy All-American wrestlerCharles Hostler, WWII intelligence officer for OSSShlomo Lahat, former mayor of Tel Aviv, IsraelRobert J. Mangum, New York’s youngest deputy police commissionerRonald McKinnon, Stanford University economistJerrie Mock, first woman pilot to fly solo around globeMartin Perl, Nobel-winning Stanford physicist George Shuba, Brooklyn Dodger famous for handshake

Art and Literature

Judith Edelman (91) architect, a firebrand for women in architecture whose legacy includes designing housing for the needy, health clinics and other buildings throughout New York, and drafting many respected planning studies. Edelman died of a heart attack in New York City on October 4, 2014.

Business and Science

Beverly Carter (49) Arkansas real estate agent who disappeared Sept. 25. Carter had planned to show a house that night in Scott, a rural area east of Little Rock, but never returned from the appointment. Her body was found five days later in a shallow grave at Argos Concrete Co. in a rural area about 25 miles northeast of Little Rock, Arkansas on September 30, 2014.

Comer Cottrell (82) entrepreneur and philanthropist who turned a small Los Angeles operation into a multimillion-dollar success story by catering to the hair care needs of blacks. Cottrell opened Pro-Line Corp. in downtown LA in 1970; it became one of the largest black hair care companies with the Curly Kit, which made the loose, gleaming Jheri curl available at a fraction of the salon price. Cottrell died in Plano, Texas on October 3, 2014.

Doris Drucker (103) German-born widow of management expert Peter Drucker (d. 2005). Doris Drucker invented the Visivox, a battery-powered device, equipped with a microphone and colored lights, that would give hard of hearing people a visual representation of how loudly they were speaking. She suffered a fall at her home in Claremont and died a few hours later at a Pomona, California hospital on October 1, 2014.

Martin Perl (87) Nobel Prize-winning physicist at Stanford University who in the ‘70s discovered an elusive subatomic particle known as the tau lepton. Perl died in Palo Alto, California on September 30, 2014.


Ronald McKinnon (79) retired professor of economics at Stanford University who in 2010 warned Federal Reserve policy makers that its large-scale asset purchases would harm the economy. McKinnon specialized in international trade and finance, economic development, and monetary theory and policy during his 50 years at Stanford. He died in Burlingame, California of head trauma, almost two weeks after a fall on an escalator at San Francisco International Airport, on October 1, 2014.

News and Entertainment

Nati Cano (81) Grammy-winning mariachi bandleader who stirred American audiences with the folk sounds of his native Mexico and played a key role in helping to teach young people how to play the music. Cano died in Fillmore, California after a long battle with cancer, on October 3, 2014.

Benny Carle (89) Alabama broadcasting pioneer. Carle was best known as host of local TV shows in Birmingham, Decatur, and Huntsville from the late ‘40s until the late ‘70s. He died in Florence, Alabama on October 2, 2014.

Michael A. Harris (92) retired San Francisco Chronicle investigative reporter who in 1952 wrote a 10-part series of articles that inspired the Brown Act, California’s open-meetings law. It outlined how boards of supervisors, city councils, school districts, and other governmental bodies could sidestep oversight by journalists and citizens by meeting in private. Harris died in Chevy Chase, Maryland on October 2, 2014.

Paul Revere (76) keyboardist who founded Paul Revere & the Raiders, a band whose Top 10 hits were staples of ‘60s AM radio. Revere became known as “the madman of rock ‘n’ roll” for his theatrical colonial wardrobe and infectious onstage persona with the band. He died of cancer in Garden Valley, Idaho on October 4, 2014.

Politics and Military

Jean-Claude (Baby Doc) Duvalier (63) self-proclaimed “president for life” of Haiti (1971-86) who presided over what was widely acknowledged as a corrupt and brutal regime until a popular uprising sent him into a 25-year exile. The son and heir of former President François ("Papa Doc") Duvalier (d. 1971), whose 14-year regime was even more corrupt, Jean-Claude made a surprise return to Haiti in 2011, a year after the capital and outlying cities were heavily damaged by a magnitude-7.0 earthquake. He died of a heart attack in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on October 4, 2014.

Daniel Crespo (45) mayor of Bell Gardens, a modest Los Angeles suburb. Crespo was shot to death by Lyvette, his wife of 28 years, after he got into a physical altercation with their 19-year-old son, in Bell Gardens, California on September 30, 2014.

Charles Hostler (94) US World War II intelligence officer in Nazi-occupied France who worked for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), forerunner of the CIA, and helped to deceive Hitler about the location of the D-Day invasion. Hostler died of cardiac arrest in San Diego, California on September 28, 2014.

Shlomo Lahat (87) former Tel Aviv mayor (1974-93) who presided over the city’s transformation into a vibrant and open urban center. Lahat was widely credited with inventing the slogan “the city that never stops” to describe Tel Aviv, a 105-year-old community distinguished by Bauhaus architecture and a laid-back Mediterranean-style culture. He had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease for several years but died of a lung infection, in Tel Aviv, Israel on October 1, 2014.

Society and Religion

Nicolae Corneanu (90) Orthodox bishop who in 1999 acknowledged collaborating with the Securitate, Romania’s feared secret police, confirming suspicions that senior clerics had been closely tied to the regime of Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, executed by firing squad in ‘89. Corneanu died in Bucharest, Romania on September 28, 2014.

Rev. Benedict J. Groeschel (81) Franciscan priest and author known in New York for his efforts on behalf of the poor and familiar to a worldwide TV audience as the bearded friar who denounced modernism and news reporting on sexual abuse by priests. Groeschel died in Totowa, New Jersey on October 3, 2014.

Alan Henning (47) British taxi driver and volunteer aid worker compelled to help people suffering from the civil war in Syria. Henning had joined an aid convoy and was taken captive on December 26, 2013, shortly after crossing the border between Turkey and Syria. A video was released showing him being beheaded by the Islamic State terrorist group ISIS, on October 3, 2014.

Robert J. Mangum (93) orphaned at 13, in 1954 at age 32 Mangum became the youngest deputy police commissioner in New York history and later chief of President Lyndon B. Johnson’ls War on Poverty in the Northeast and chairman of human rights for New York State. He died in Newark, New Jersey on October 2, 2014.

Geraldine (Jerrie) Mock (88) Ohio housewife who in 1964 became the first female pilot to fly solo around the world. Mock flew her single-engine Cessna 180 Spirit of Columbus 23,000 miles in 29-plus days before landing in Ohio’s capital city on April 17, 1964. She died in her sleep in Quincy, Florida on September 30, 2014.


Robbie Flower (59) former Melbourne Demons captain and Australian Football League Hall of Fame member. The wingman played 272 games for Melbourne from 1973-87, then a club record, and captained the club from ‘81 until his retirement. Flower died from complications after recent heart surgery, in Melbourne, Australia on October 2, 2014.

Dan Goossen (64) boxing promoter who handled several world champions in a lengthy career, including brothers Gabriel and Rafael Ruelas, Michael Nunn, and Terry Norris. Goossen died in southern California after battling liver cancer that was only recently diagnosed, on September 29, 2014.

Skyler Holman (35) former Cowboy All-American wrestler. Holman transferred to Oklahoma State University from North Carolina after the 2001 season and was a Big 12 champion and All-American for OSU in ‘02. He died of cancer in Stillwater, Oklahoma on October 4, 2014.

George Shuba (89) member of the 1955 World Series champion Brooklyn Dodgers, best known for offering a congratulatory handshake to minor league teammate Jackie Robinson after Robinson hit a three-run homer a year before he broke major league baseball’s color barrier in 1947. Shuba died in Youngstown, Ohio on September 29, 2014.

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