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Life In Legacy - Week ending September 27, 2014

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Gaby Aghion, founded Chloé fashion lineRaul Alvarez Garin, leader of 1968 Mexican student protestersFred Branfman, aid worker challenged US officials on ‘Secret War’ in LaosJohn Mack Carter, editor of several women’s magazinesDeborah Cavendish, Dowager Duchess of DevonshireDr. Morris Collen, pioneering California physicianFloyd (‘Creeky’) Creekmore, world’s oldest performing clownA. W. Davis, Tennessee All-American, assistant coach, and broadcasterSarah (Danielle) Goldberg, actress on ‘7th Heaven’Mike Harari, Israeli secret service agentWally Hergesheimer, Canadian hockey player with NY RangersNick Hoevel, Ohio police officerChristopher Hogwood, British symphonic conductorPark Honan, American biographer of British literary figuresCaldwell Jones, Philadelphia basketball center/forwardRay Lambrecht, Chevrolet dealer who loved his cars too muchSkip E. Lowe, celebrity talk show hostMillie MacFarland, longtime clerk of Maine House of RepresentativesRebecca Jane (‘Becky’) Malkovich, southern Illinois journalistDon Manoukian, football player and pro wrestlerLily McBeth, New Jersey transgender teacherGerry Neugebauer, CalTech astrophysicistOtto Paparazzo, New England developer with new housing ideasSheldon Patinkin, Chicago theatrical pioneerCathy Erica Potler, human rights advocateJason Rabedeaux, former basketball coach at UTEPAlastair Reid, Scottish poet and essayistPaul Rose, headed North Carolina Marine Fisheries CommissionScott Ross, USC linebacker who played on three Rose Bowl teamsJohn Slattery, longtime CBS News reporterAl Suomi, oldest former NHL playerTom Tombrello, longtime CalTech physics professorJohn Toner, former University of Connecticut athletic directorJames Traficant, expelled US congressman from OhioZelda, wild turkey of Manhattan’s Battery ParkMichael A. Ybarra, mayor of Vernon, Calif.

Art and Literature

Park Honan (86) American biographer whose research opened new vistas on the family history of some of Britain’s greatest literary figures and reshaped modern views about their personalities. Honan died of liver cancer in Leeds, England on September 27, 2014.

Alastair Reid (88) Scottish-born poet, translator, and essayist who wrote of far-flung places (among other things) for the New Yorker over more than 50 years. Reid died from a gastric hemorrhage he suffered during treatment for pneumonia, in New York City on September 21, 2014.

Business and Science

Gaby Aghion (93) founder of the Paris-based Chloé fashion line in 1952. Aghion played a pivotal role in creating less formal ready-to-wear fashions and brought a working woman’s sensibility to the industry. She died in Paris, France on September 27, 2014.

Dr. Morris Collen (100) one of the first doctors in the US to administer penicillin and a founding partner of the Permanente Medical Group, now Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest medical group. Collen began introducing computers into that health system’s medical practice in the ‘60s—20 years before Bill Gates and Steve Jobs became household names. Collen died of cancer in Walnut Creek, California on September 27, 2014.

Ray Lambrecht (96) small-town Nebraska Chevrolet dealer who became better known for the cars he kept than the ones he sold. Although he took trade-ins, Lambrecht wouldn’t resell them; he ended up amassing a collection of several decades’ worth of Impalas, Corvairs, Cameo pickups, Vegas, Bel Airs, and Corvettes—more than 500 cars in all—most of which he kept parked on a farm just outside of town. When he finally put his collection up for sale in 2013, it was auctioned off for $2.8 million at an event televised on the History channel. Lambrecht died in Pierce, Nebraska on September 22, 2014.

Gerry Neugebauer (82) German-born US astrophysicist who pioneered ways to peer into previously invisible sectors of outer space, helping to discover hundreds of thousands of planets, stars, and galaxies. Neugebauer was a former chairman of the division of physics, mathematics, and astronomy at CalTech and director of the Palomar Observatory there. He died of complications from spinocerebellar ataxia, near Tucson, Arizona on September 26, 2014.

Otto Paparazzo (88) New England developer who drew national attention in the ‘60s and ‘70s for popularizing a novel concept in American housing at the time—large condominium and clustered-housing projects in often sleepy small towns. Paparazzo, who suffered from Parkinson’s disease, died in Southbury, Connecticut on September 23, 2014.

Paul Rose (52) chairman of the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission since 2013. Rose was a commercial crabber, pound netter, and fish dealer who ran Paul Rose Seafood in Moyock. He died of a heart attack in Morehead City, North Carolina on September 24, 2014.


Lily McBeth (80) New Jersey teacher whose battles with school boards made her a symbol of the transgender rights movement. The former William McBeth had undergone sex reassignment surgery. The schools’ 2006 decisions to keep her on as a substitute were hailed as a model of tolerance and acceptance of transgender Americans. But McBeth resigned in 2009 after getting only a handful of assignments. She died in Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey on September 24, 2014.

Tom Tombrello (78) CalTech physics professor for more than 50 years and an inspiration for freshmen who had to grapple with complex riddles to enter his legendary class on scientific thinking. Tombrello collapsed and died on a bus between terminals at London’s Heathrow airport on September 23, 2014.

News and Entertainment

John Mack Carter (86) magazine editor who led some of the nation’s most popular women’s magazines through the height of the women’s rights movement. Between 1961-94, Carter was editor-in-chief of McCall’s magazine, then Ladies’ Home Journal, then Good Housekeeping, which he led for almost 20 years. Carter, who suffered from Parkinson’s disease, died in Bronxville, New York on September 26, 2014.

Floyd (Creeky) Creekmore (98) former Montana rancher who, when he retired in 2012, held the Guinness record as the world’s oldest performing clown. Creekmore turned to rubber noses and orange wigs in the ‘80s after retiring from his previous life of ranching and building homes. As a Shriner, he put in thousands of hours entertaining sick children at Shriners’ hospitals. Creekmore died of complications from heart disease in Billings, Montana on September 27, 2014.

Sarah (Danielle) Goldberg (40) actress on the popular TV series 7th Heaven. Goldberg was frequently identified as Sarah Danielle Madison in film and TV credits, as she was in 7th Heaven, an issue-oriented family drama broadcast from 1996-2007 on the WB, then the CW networks. She died of a suspected heart ailment at her family’s cabin in Wisconsin, one week after her 40th birthday, on September 27, 2014.

Christopher Hogwood (73) British symphonic conductor who pioneered the performance of music by 18th-century composers such as Bach and Handel on historically authentic instruments. The Academy of Ancient Music, the orchestra Hogwood founded in 1973, played on period instruments in period style, according to historical research. He died in Cambridge, England, two weeks after his 73rd birthday, on September 24, 2014.

Skip E. Lowe (85) host of a weekly celebrity talk show on public access cable TV and available only to a limited audience in Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco for more than 35 years. Lowe was the inspiration for Martin Short’s comic character Jiminy Glick. He had been suffering from emphysema and other respiratory problems and died in Hollywood, California on September 22, 2014.

Rebecca Jane (Becky) Malkovich (53) longtime southern Illinois journalist whose family includes her brother, actor John Malkovich. Becky Malkovich had reported for nearly the past 11 years for the Southern Illinoisan in Carbondale. She suffered a heart attack in Benton, Illinois and died five days later at a St. Louis, Missouri hospital, on September 22, 2014.

Sheldon Patinkin (79) writer, director, and teacher who helped to shape the theatrical life of Chicago over 50 years. While still in his teens, Patinkin, a cousin of actor/singer Mandy Patinkin, helped to form the Playwrights Theater Club, a forerunner of the celebrated comedy troupe Second City. He died three days after suffering a heart attack, in Chicago, Illinois on September 21, 2014.

John Slattery (63) longtime CBS News reporter who covered major stories for more than 30 years and was one of the most recognizable faces on local New York TV. Slattery was a four-time Emmy winner; he was one of the first reporters on the scene after the 9/11 World Trade Center attack and covered the 2009 commercial airplane emergency landing on the Hudson River. He died unexpectedly of a heart attack in New Rochelle, New York on September 24, 2014.

Politics and Military

Raul Alvarez Garin (73) leader in the 1968 student uprising that culminated in the massacre of protesters in Mexico City. Alvarez Garin founded the Committee of the ‘68 Pro Democratic Liberties to demand punishment for those responsible for soldiers opening fire on protesters at Tlatelolco Plaza on Oct. 2, 1968. A university professor, he died in Mexico City, Mexico after a year-long battle with cancer, on September. 26, 2014.

Fred Branfman (72) US international aid worker during the Vietnam War, one of the first to expose the "Secret War"—for years USAF bombers had attacked parts of Laos controlled by the Communist North Vietnamese, killing thousands of Laotian civilians. Branfman publicly challenged US officials who at first denied the bombing campaign. He died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease) in Budapest, Hungary, where he had lived for several years, on September 24, 2014.

Mike Harari (87) Israel’s secret service agent who played a major role in planning Mossad’s revenge attacks against Palestinian militants implicated in the 1972 Munich massacre of the country’s Olympics team. Harari was also involved in planning Israel’s rescue of hostages held by militants in Uganda in 1976. He died in Jerusalem, Israel on September 21, 2014.

Millie MacFarland (58) clerk of the Maine House of Representatives. MacFarland worked in the Maine House for more than 30 years and was clerk from 2000-10 and again starting in ’12. She died of cancer in Lincoln, Nebraska on September 27, 2014.

James Traficant (73) Ohio Democrat whose conviction in 2002 for taking bribes and kickbacks made him only the second person to be expelled from the US Congress since the Civil War. Traficant also was charged with witness tampering, destroying evidence, and filing false tax returns and spent seven years in prison. He was seriously injured Sept. 23 after a vintage tractor flipped over on him as he tried to park it inside a barn on his family’s farm near Youngstown. He died four days later in a Youngstown, Ohio hospital on Sepember. 27, 2014.

Michael A. Ybarra (61) first council member to get elected in a competitive race since the ‘70s in the small city of Vernon, Calif.—population about 100—which rarely held elections. Ybarra was elected as a reform candidate in 2012. He died suddenly and unexpectedly after watching a softball game, in Lodi, California on September 26, 2014.

Society and Religion

Deborah Cavendish (94) last of the eccentric British Mitford sisters, who married Andrew Cavendish, later the 11th Duke of Devonshire, and turned his ancestral estate into one of England’s grand country houses. Deborah was the youngest of the six sisters, including novelist and historian Nancy Mitford and writer and social activist Jessica Mitford. Two other sisters were infamous for their right-wing politics: Unity was a friend of Adolf Hitler, and Diana was the second wife of Sir Oswald Mosley, founder of the British Union of Fascists. Deborah Cavendish died in England on September 24, 2014.

Nick Hoevel (32) southwest Ohio police officer honored as a hero for helping to save several persons from drowning in 2013. Hoevel died suddenly and unexpectedly in Fairfield, Ohio after a medical emergency on September 27, 2014.

Cathy Erica Potler (61) longtime human rights advocate who began her career documenting abuses in Latin America and ended it as head of the New York City Board of Correction, charged with overseeing Rikers Island and other city jails. Potler died in New York City of nonsmall cell lung cancer on September 21, 2014.

Zelda the Wild Turkey (12?) beloved Lower Manhattan character. Zelda moved into Manhattan’s Battery Park in May 2003 and over the years became popular among tourists and locals alike. She died after being hit by a car, in New York City on September 26, 2014.


A. W. Davis (71) All-America guard at Tennessee who later worked as an assistant coach and broadcaster for his alma mater. Davis played at Tennessee from 1962-65, scoring 1,225 points and averaging 8.1 rebounds per game. He was an assistant coach on Ray Mears’s staff at Tennessee for six years and an analyst on Tennessee basketball broadcasts from 1979-82. He died in Knoxville, Tennessee on September 23, 2014.

Wally Hergesheimer (87) New York Rangers’ leading goal-scorer of the early ‘50s and one of their most popular players of his time. Although short for his era at 5 feet 7 inches, Canadian-born Hergesheimer led the Rangers in goals in each of his first three seasons. He died of congestive heart failure in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada on September 27, 2014.

Caldwell Jones (64) center/power forward who helped the Philadelphia 76ers to reach the NBA Finals three times. One of four brothers to play professional basketball, Jones began his career with the San Diego Conquistadors of the ABA in 1973 before signing as a free agent with the 76ers in ’76. He died of a heart attack in Decatur, Georgia on September 21, 2014.

Don Manoukian (80) longtime Reno civic leader who starred as a lineman for the Oakland Raiders when they debuted in the AFL in 1960 and was a pioneer of professional wrestling as bad guy “Don the Bruiser.” Manoukian died in Reno, Nevada on September 23, 2014.

Jason Rabedeaux (49) man who succeeded legendary coach Don Haskins at the University of Texas/El Paso. Rabedeaux became the Miners’ coach in 1999 and led the team for three seasons before resigning for personal reasons. He was coaching the Saigon Heat at his death in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on September 22, 2014.

Scott Ross (45) former All-America linebacker for USC (1987-90) who played on three Rose Bowl teams. In July 2012 Ross sued the NFL, claiming he had suffered head trauma during his one season playing for the New Orleans Saints and the league had ignored and concealed the risk of injury. He was found dead in a parked car in Lafayette, Louisiana on September 21, 2014.

Al Suomi (100) last living member (1936-37) of the all-American Chicago Black Hawks and the oldest living former National Hockey League player. Suomi was believed to be the only NHL player to live long enough to be a centenarian. He died in La Grange Highlands, Illinois, outside Chicago, on September 23, 2014.

John Toner (91) athletic director emeritus credited with building the University of Connecticut into a basketball power (1969-87) and hiring its two best-known coaches, women’s coach Geno Auriemma and men’s coach Jim Calhoun. Toner died in Savannah, Georgia on September 23, 2014.

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