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Life In Legacy - Week ending September 24, 2005

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Hassan Abu Basha, Former Egyptian interior ministerPaul Arlt, Painter and political cartoonistJoe Bauman,  Minor league baseball player who hit 72 home runsBorge Bek-Nielsen, Danish businessmanMarta Bohn-Meyer, Aerobatic pilotTommy Bond, Former child actor in Our Gang comediesLord John Brabourne, British film producerRoger Brierley, British character actorJohn Bromfield, Athletic actor who starred in early TV westernsDr. Norman Buchanan, Jamaican physician selected to take Parliamentary seatMickey Conroy, Former California assemblyman and school paddling advocateEdward Cortez, First Latino mayor of Pomona, CaliforniaGeorge Croonenberghs, Fly fishing adviser on Redford filmRichard Cunha, Cinematographer who directed 1950s cult horror flicksPeggy Curlin, Leader in female health initiativesJoJo D#039;Amore, Actor and standup comicApolonio deCarvalho, Brazilian labor leaderBayaman Erkinbayev, Kyrgyzstan lawmakerSandra Feldman, Former president of American Federation of TeachersLeopold Felsen, Expert on wave physicsSam Fields, Los Angeles radio jazz deejayVictor Futter, Prominent New York lawyer and law professorFranzi Groszmann, Last of the Kindertransport parentsEdgar Haber, Golf club developerDonna Hanson, Catholic layperson who advised the Pope to reach out to womenHarry Heltzer, Inventor who improved reflective highway signsJoel Hirschhorn, Academy Award-winning film composerWillie Hutch, Singer/songwriter/producer who wrote songs for the Jackson 5Jerome Hynes, Irish opera festival administratorMex Johnson, Former Negro Leagues shortstopLeavander Johnson, Professional boxerAlfredo Jordan Morales, Cuban agriculture ministerDreamfair Kogel, Race Horse on the harness triple crown curcuit.Eric Langmuir, Scottish mountain climber and authorJerry Lawrence, Early radio and TV quiz show host and deejayTom Leathers, Kansas City journalist and talk-show hostBetty Leslie-Melville, Giraffe conservationistNoel Mander, British pipe organ builderWilliam McCampbell, Lawyer who worked on foreign business developmentCorky McMillan, Southern California contractorSue Mills, Maryland political activistIsao Nakauchi, Founder of Japanese supermarket chainFiliberto Ojeda Rios, Puerto Rican nationalist leaderJohn Peoples, Alabama man executed for killing family of 3 for their CorvettePreben Philipsen, Danish film producerDottie Schick, Virginia Democrat activistTobias Schneebaum, Artist who lived with Amazon jungle cannibalsJoseph Smagorinsky, Meteorologist who developed methods for predicting weatherAlbert Tocco, Reputed mob boss whose wife testified against himWilliam Vacchiano, New York Philharmonic trumpeterGeorge Watkins, Navy pilot who set several recordsSimon Wiesenthal, Holocaust survivor and Nazi hunterClint Wilson, editorial cartoonist for DC paperYegor Yakovlev, Editor of the weekly Moscow NewsMolly Yard, Liberal activist and former head of the National Organization for Women

Art and Literature

Paul Arlt (91) painter and political cartoonist whose work was exhibited at the National Air & Space Museum and galleries nationwide, who was a skilled watercolorist who often depicted Washington landmarks and political life in the nationís capital, where he lived for several decades, and whose work was displayed in museums and galleries across the country, including the Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Kennedy Space Center and the National Air & Space Museum; died in Rye, New York on September 20, 2005.

Tobias Schneebaum (83~84) NYC writer, artist, and explorer who in the 1950s lived among cannibals in the remote Amazon jungle and, by his own account, sampled their traditional cuisine, whose 1969 memoir, entitled Keep the River on Your Right, became a cult classic and described how he lived among and had intimate relationships with members of the indigenous cannibalistic Arakmbut people of Peru, whose experiences inspired a well-received 2000 documentary and raised controversy about the role of anthropologists and the boundaries between them and their subjects, died of Parkinsonís disease in Great Neck, New York on September 20, 2005.

Business and Science

Borge Bek-Nielsen (79) Danish businessman and former chairman of United Plantations who developed the palm oil industry in Malaysia during a Communist era, who was considered the driving force in promoting Malaysian palm oil plantations, an industry that now generates about $8 billion a year, died after a short illness in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on September 23, 2005.

Marta Bohn-Meyer (48) precision aerobatic pilot and chief engineer of NASAís Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, whose her research projects included testing heat-resistant tiles for the space shuttle and using F-16XL aircraft to smooth out airflow over airplane wings with the goal of building faster and larger commercial airliners, and who won the Arthur S. Flemming Award for science in 1992 and the Aerospace Educator Award from Women in Aerospace in 1998, was killed in the crash of her private plane near Yukon, Oklahoma as she began routine aerobatic practice, on September 18, 2005

Leopold Felsen (81) expert on the properties of waves who co-wrote a standard text on electromagnetics, who published more than 300 articles and several books, including Radiation & Scattering of Waves, considered one of the most important works on electromagnetics, and who traveled extensively to lecture on wave physics despite living with muscular dystrophy for 30 years, died of complications from surgery in Boston, Massachusetts on September 24, 2005.

Harry Heltzer (94) engineer who began at the 3M Company as a $12-a-week manual laborer and rose to be its top executive, who invented a new way of making reflective signs for use on highways that later became a market leader and one of the most profitable products for the company, who became CEO of 3M (best known for its Scotch tape) in 1970 and expanded it to 150 countries, and who served as chairman of the International Road Federation and director of the National Safety Council, died in Lenoir, North Carolina on September 21, 2005.

Noel Mander (93) prominent British pipe organ builder who salvaged, repaired and reconstructed organs in London churches damaged in World War II and was best known for restoring the Victorian organ in St. Pauls Cathedral, died in Suffolk, England on September 18, 2005.

William McCampbell 3rd (60) lawyer who worked on private-sector development in Iraq and Afghanistan and ran for a California congressional seat in the 1990s, who McCampbell helped to set up nearly 3,000 business ventures in the US and around the world during his 30 year law career, and asked by the Bush administration in 2004 to create a viable business environment for Iraq as deputy adviser for economic reform for the Coalition Provisional Authority, died of brain cancer in Washington, DC on September 21, 2005.

Macey (Corky) McMillin Jr. (76) third-generation contractor who borrowed against his modest San Diego-area home to launch a company that became a force in southern California real estate, whose mom-and-pop construction business started in 1960 and grew from developing small tracts of homes to building master-planned communities and commercial structures, and who became known for his local philanthropy, with donations of $1.5 million to San Diego State to expand its educational real estate program, died of heart failure in La Jolla, California on September 22, 2005.

Isao Nakauchi (83) founder of the supermarket chain Daiei, Japanís largest retailer in the 1970s, who revolutionized Japanís retail industry and was praised for bringing US large-scale discount retail methods to a nation long dominated by mom-and-pop store, but who stepped down from the board in 2002, died of a stroke in Tokyo, Japan on September 19, 2005.

Joseph Smagorinsky (88) meteorologist who developed influential methods for predicting weather and climate change and won, along with scientists Norman Phillips, the 2003 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Earth Science for their studies that led to the first computer models of weather and climate, who also was an early leader in using data to predict longer-term climate change, including global warming, and who helped develop a doctoral program in atmospheric and oceanic sciences at Princeton University, died in Princeton, New Jersey after a long battle with Parkinsonís disease on September 21, 2005.


Sandra Feldman (65) advocate for disadvantaged children and a former leader of the 1.7 million-member American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the nationís second-largest teachersí union, which he for seven years before retiring in 2004, who advocated for union members to help poor students, supported tough entrance requirements for teachers, and helped raise teacher salaries, died of breast cancer in New York City on September 18, 2005.

Victor Futter (86) prominent New York City lawyer and professor of law who was, until recently, special counsel to the dean and a professor of law at Hofstra University Law School, who previously taught at Columbia University Law School and was general counsel of Fairleigh Dickinson University, died of congestive heart failure in Manhasset, New York on September 21, 2005.

News and Entertainment

Thomas Bond (79)former child actor who played Butch the bully in the Our Gang and The Little Rascals serials of the 1930s, who first played a member of the Gang named Tommy but was dropped from the cast, only to return later in the role of Butch, the archenemy of Alfalfa, who later played Jimmy Olsen in two Superman movies and appeared as Joey Pepper in several installments of the Five Little Peppers serial, died of heart disease in Los Angeles, California on September 24, 2005.

John Brabourne (80) film producer whose movies included A Passage to India, Murder on the Orient Express, and several films based on Agatha Christieís books including Death on the Nile, who survived an Irish Republican Army attack in 1979 that killed his 14-year-old son and his father-in-law, Lord Mountbatten, died in London, England on September 22, 2005.

(David) Brierley (70) busy British character actor who appeared often on stage, TV, and occasionally film without becoming a household name, whose height (6 ft 5 in) made him a natural choice for such authoritative figures as doctors, vicars, and headmasters, who was a vigorous member of the actorsí equity union and did voice-overs for the Labour Party in the 1997 and 2001 elections, died of a heart attack in England on September 23, 2005.

John Bromfield (83) actor best known for starring in the 1950s television series The Sheriff of Cochise as Sheriff Frank Morgan, and who later reprised the character for the series US Marshall, died of kidney failure in Palm Desert, California on September 18, 2005.

Richard Cunha (83) cinematographer who directed 1950s cult horror flicks She Demons, Missile to the Moon and Frankensteinís Daughter, who worked on the early TV shows The Adventures of Marshal OíDell and Captain Bob Steele and the Border Patrol and was a director of photography on Death Valley Days and Branded, died of heart failure after undergoing triple bypass surgery last December, near San Diego, California on September 18, 2005.

Jojo D#039;Amore (74) actor and former stand-up comedian who played a key role in the 1972 caper movie The Doberman Gang, who also had small roles on such TV programs as Curb Your Enthusiasm and appeared in the documentary Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth about his good friend Bruce, and who in recent years operated the limousine company Jojoís, died in Los Angeles, California of emphysema and cancer on September 24, 2005.

Sam Fields (55) deejay at jazz radio station KKJZ-FM (88.1) who had been bringing his blues-influenced taste in jazz to the Los Angeles airwaves since 1972, who was also heard on other local radio stations, including KROQ, KLAC, and KMET. was found dead by police at his North Hollywood, California home on September 23, 2005.

Joel Hirschhorn (67) film composer who shared two Academy Awards with longtime collaborator Al Kasha, for theme songs in The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno, whose songs sold more than 90 million records, were featured in 20 movies and were recorded by artists including Elvis Presley, who also wrote for TV shows including Knots Landing, and who was also nominated for two Tony Awards, died of a heart attack in Thousand Oaks, California on September 18, 2005.

Willie Hutch (59) veteran singer-songwriter-producer best known for his work at Motown who helped to compose several hits for the Jackson 5, who collaborated on such hits as Iíll Be There, Never Can Say Goodbye, and Got to Be There, who also logged production credits on albums by the Miracles, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Michael Jackson, and Diana Ross, among other, and who later branched into soundtracks, writing the music for the 1973 blaxploitation movie The Mack, died of undisclosed causes in Dallas, Texas on September 19, 2005.

Jerome Hynes (45) administrator who oversaw the Wexford Festival Opera, Irelandís major opera festival, and was deputy of the national Arts Council, which decides how to spend state funding, died of an apparent heart attack while speaking to staff at Wexfordís Theater Royal, on September 18, 2005.

Jerry Lawrence (93) early radio and TV quiz show host and deejay who promoted the music of a young singer named Frank Sinatra and was an early announcer on The Frank Sinatra Show in 1944, who hosted CBSís The Spade Cooley Show and was an announcer for TVís popular game show Truth or Consequences from 1945-1955, and who made guest appearances on such TV series as Dragnet and The Donna Reed Show, died in Los Angeles, California on September 24, 2005.

Tom Leathers (77) Kansas City area journalist and publisher of The Squire who hosted talk shows on area radio stations and cable TV in Johnson County, Kansas, who was president of The Ad Center, an advertising agency, and publisher of more than 150 books by area and Midwest authors, and who also appeared in several movies shot in the KC area including Mr. & Mrs. Bridge, Truman, and Robert Altmanís Kansas City, died of lung cancer in Kansas City, Kansas on September 19, 2005.

Preben Philipsen (95) Danish film producer who made and distributed movies in Denmark and Germany and founded the Copenhagen-based distribution company Rialto in 1933, who also founded other film companies at home and in Germany and created Denmarkís first movie theater chain, died in Copenhagen, Denmark on September 21, 2005.

William Vacchiano (93) trumpeter whose musical career started in Maine and took him to the New York Philharmonic and the Juilliard School, who was principal trumpet for 31 years at the New York Philharmonic and never missed a performance before leaving in 1973, who continued to teach until 2002 at the Juilliard School, where his students (which numbered over 2,000 during the course of 67 years) included Wynton Marsalis and Miles Davis, died of respiratory failure in New York City on September 19, 2005.

Clint Wilson Sr. (90) editorial cartoonist for the Los Angeles Sentinel for more than 45 years who wrote about local and national issues such as affirmative action, gang violence, and police brutality, and wrote using a lean drawing style often adding shading for atmosphere, who has several of his cartoons now archived at Howard University in Washington, DC and who was inducted into the Black Press Hall of Fame in 1990, died of kidney failure in Hawthorne, California on September 18, 2005.

Yegor Yakovlev (75) journalist and editor of the weekly Moscow News, a major newspaper during the reformist years of the 1980s that became a flagship of openness during the Gorbachev glasnost era, who became the editor of the paper in 1986 and managed to steer it away from the control of Soviet censors, and who later founded Obshchaya Gazeta, a leading liberal newspaper noted for its critical coverage of the wars in Chechnya that stopped publishing in 2002 because of pressure from the authorities, died after a long illness in Moscow, Russia on September 18, 2005.

Politics and Military

Hassan Abu Basha (83) former Egyptian interior minister seriously injured in a 1987 assassination attempt by Islamic militants, who headed Egyptís State Security Department when late President Anwar Sadat ordered a massive nationwide crackdown on political opponents and Muslim and Christian extremists after sectarian clashes, died in Cairo after a long battle with lung cancer on September 18, 2005.

Norman Buchanan (42) physician selected to take the seat of Jamaican Prime Minister P. J. Patterson in Parliament when Patterson resigns in 2006, who studied at UC Berkeley and the Yale School of Medicine, died of pneumonia in Kingston, Jamaica on September 18, 2005.

Mickey Conroy (77) former Republican Orange County, Calififornia assemblyman whose work assisting military veterans was eclipsed by national notoriety over his proposals to paddle misbehaving youth, who in 1996 proposed an end to a 10-year ban on corporal punishment in schools and later that year introduced a bill allowing judges to order the paddling of juvenile graffiti vandals by their parents or a bailiff (both measures were rejected), who was twice elected president of the Armed Forces Retirees Association of California and was president of the Marine Corps Aviation Reconnaissance Association, died of a heart attack in Santa Ana, California on September 20, 2005.

Edward Cortez (64) first Latino mayor of Pomona, California, who served on the cityís Planning Commission for several years before being elected in 1993, and who was founding president of the Latino Chamber of Commerce and president of the Community Action for Peace Committee, died of cancer in Pomona on September 20, 2005.

Peggy Curlin (65) leader in international womenís health initiatives and a former president of the Centre for Development & Population Activities in Washington (1989~2003), who also cofounded what is now known as Concerned Women for Family Development, a grass-roots womenís health cooperative in Dhaka, Bangladesh, who on the boards of numerous international health and family planning organizations and was named an honorary chief of Nigerian tribes four times, died of pancreatic cancer in Washington, DC on September 24, 2005.

Apolonio deCarvalho (93) founder of the ruling Workers Party who fought two Brazilian dictatorships and was an icon of political leftists, who was a lifelong Communist and cofounded the Workers Party in 1980 along with union leader Luiz Inacio Lula daSilva, now Brazilís president, died of a respiratory ailment in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on September 23, 2005.

Bayaman Erkinbayev (38) Kyrgyzstan lawmaker and wealthy businessman from the central Asian nationís turbulent south who served in parliament for 10 years and survived an assassination attempt five months earlier, who operated at the turbulent intersection where politics, business, sports, and (sometimes) crime meet in post-Soviet Central Asia, was attacked by unidentified gunmen after he arrived at home in the capital Bishkek, shot and killed, making him the second lawmaker to be killed since the new government came to power in March, on September 21, 2005.

Alfredo Jordan Morales (55) Cuban agriculture minister who rose from humble beginnings to hold a ministerial post and sit on the ruling politburo of Cubaís Communist Party, who had headed Cubaís Agriculture Ministry since 1993 and was first secretary of the provincial committee for the Communist Party in the eastern province of Las Tunas, died of cancer in Havana, Cuba on September 21, 2005.

Sue Mills (69) former Prince Georgeís County Council member and school board chairman who had a reputation as a fiery orator and flamboyant politician, who was known as independent-minded and a lone dissenter on the council and became something of a local fixture, voicing the concerns of the downtrodden while building solid support among her constituents, died of pancreatitis in Clinton, Maryland on September 23, 2005.

Filiberto Ojeda Rios (72) Puerto Rican nationalist leader and a leader in Los Macheteros, a minority political group that fights for the the independence of Puerto Rico and against US colonial rule, who was wanted in the 1983 robbery of a Connecticut armored truck depot to finance his political movement, was killed in a shootout with FBI agents after they attempted to arrest him at a farmhouse in Hormigueros, Puerto Rico on September 23, 2005.

Dottie Schick (75) longtime northern Virginia Democrat activist who for 38 years used her backyard to host the Mason District Democrat Committee Crab Feast, an annual event that kicked off fall campaigns in northern Virginia and was attended by hundreds of elected officials, candidates, lobbyists and supporters, whose guests ranged from former US Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton and Presidential contender Michael S. Dukakis to former Govs. Charles S. Robb and L. Douglas Wilder and a strong contingent of local officials and hopefuls, died of respiratory failure in Fairfax, Virginia on September 20, 2005.

George Watkins (84) Navy pilot who set records for speed, altitude, and number of landings on an aircraft carrier and served three US Presidents as a White House social aide, who was the first Navy pilot to exceed 60,000 and 70,000 feet in altitude, who served as a social aide at the White House under Presidents John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard Nixon and helped to plan White House functions, including Kennedyís funeral in 1963, died of a heart attack in Lompoc, California on September 18, 2005.

Simon Wiesenthal (96) well-known Nazi war criminal hunter and champion in the fight against anti-Semitism and prejudice, who dedicated most of his life to tracking down and gathering information on fugitive Nazis so that they could be brought to justice for war crimes and crimes against humanity, whose 50 year efforts led to some 1,000 Nazi war criminals being brought to justice, and who was the namesake of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, died in his sleep in Vienna, Austria on September 20, 2005.

Molly Yard (93) longtime liberal activist who led the National Organization for Women during the fight over the 1987 nomination of Robert Bork to the US Supreme Court, who made the organization more visible and argued that Bork may provide the fifth vote needed to override the high courtís 1973 ruling legalizing abortion (Borkís nomination was ultimately rejected), and who actively worked for various Democrat candidates, including John F. Kennedy in 1960 and George McGovern in 1972, died in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on September 21, 2005.

Society and Religion

Franzi Groszmann (100) woman believed to be among the last survivors of the parents who put their London-bound children on trains to escape Nazi persecution, in the famed Kindertransport, who placed her daughter, author Lore Segal, on a train from Germany, Austria, or Czechoslovakia to seek safety in Britain, and later who appeared with her daughter in the1996 Oscar-winning film My Knees Were Jumping, died in New York City on September 20, 2005.

Donna Hanson (65) Catholic lay leader and former director of the Diocese of the Catholic Charities organization in Spokane, Washington, who once advised Pope John Paul II to reach out to women, minorities, homosexuals and divorced people, who was recognized with the U.S. Catholic Award as the woman who had done the most to further the cause of women in the Catholic Church, and who received a lifetime achievement medal from the Pope himself, died of cancer in Spokane, Washington on September 23, 2005.

Betty Leslie-Melville (78) unconventional conservationist known as the Giraffe Lady who dedicated much of her life to protecting the once-imperiled Rothschildís giraffe, who founded the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife USA after settling in Kenya, and who, along with her husband, was the subject of a TV movie based loosely on their book, Raising Daisy Rothschild, died of dementia in Baltimore, Maryland on September 23, 2005.

John Peoples Jr. (48) Alabama man convicted of killing a family of three and driving off in their vintage sports car in 1983, who reportedly killed the family for their 1968 red Corvette, which he attempted to sell shortly after killing, leading to his arrest, and who did not look at or offer an apology to relatives of his victims but thanked his own family for their support, was executed by lethal injection at Holman Prison near Atmore, Alabama on September 22, 2005.

Albert (Caesar) Tocco (77) reputed mob boss sentenced to 200 years in prison after his wife took the unusual step of testifying against him, who allegedly oversaw organized crime operations in many of Chicagoís southern suburbs before he was arrested in Greece, and whose wife, Betty, testified that in 1986 she drove him from an Indiana cornfield where he told her he had just buried Tony (The Ant) Spilotro (whose story was the subject of the 1995 Scorsese movie Casino), died in a federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana after suffering a stroke, on September 21, 2005.


Joe Bauman (83) former baseball player whose 72 minor-league home runs in 1954 stood as a professional baseball record until Barry Bonds hit 73 in 2001, who played first base for the Roswell Rockets and also hit .400 over 138 games, died of pneumonia, having been hospitalzed since August 11 after a fall he took during a ceremony to rename the old Fair Park as Joe Bauman Stadium in which he broke his pelvis, in Roswell, New Mexico on September 20, 2005.

George Croonenberghs (87) fly-fishing adviser on the 1992 movie A River Runs Through It who taught the art of fly fishing to the filmís actors Brad Pitt and Craig Scheffer and helped director Robert Redford keep his promise to Rev. John Maclean that the movie about his family, fly fishing, and the murder of his brother Paul would be accurate, who moved to a retirement community in 2004 where he taught residents and staff how to tie flies and fly fish, and who was still tying flies in the hours before he collapsed and died in Missoula, Montana on September 23, 2005.

Edgar Haber (93) golf enthusiast and one of the developers of the posh Quail Lodge in Monterey County, California, who eventually became the sole owner of the lodge, originally known as the Carmel Valley Golf & Country Club, and who remained active in the Carmel Valley community after selling the club in 1997, died in Carmel Valley, California on September 19, 2005.

Byron (Mex) Johnson (94) former shortstop for the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro leagues and Satchel Paigeís traveling team, who played for the Monarchs from 1937~38, when blacks were barred from the National and American leagues, and joined the traveling team of legendary pitcher Paige in 1939, who later traveled with baseball researcher Jay Sanford, giving speeches about black baseball and was the subject of a recently published biography called Legacy of a Monarch, died of prostate cancer in Denver, Colorado on September 24, 2005.

Leavander Johnson (35) professional boxer with a 16-year career that culminated in a International Boxing Federation Lightweight Title defense September 17 against Jesus Chavez, who collapsed while walking to his dressing room after the fight and was rushed to a Las Vegas, Nevada area hospital, died after being removed from life support in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 22, 2005

Dreamfair Kogel (4) race horse competing for the Triple Crown leg of the $569,032 Little Brown Jug, who came into the race riding a four-race winning streak, but completed this race far off the pace, collapsed suddenly after the race and died of undetermined causes at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Delaware, Ohio on September 22, 2005.

Eric Langmuir (74) well-known Scottish climber, ski instructor, orienteer, and author of the 1969 book Mountaincraft & Leadership that is still regarded as required reading for anyone wanting to venture safely into the hills, who was deeply involved in the issue of mountain safety and became chairman of the Mountain Rescue Committee for Scotland, and who climbed Mont Blanc when he was 70, died in Aviemore, Scotland on September 18, 2005.

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