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Tom Walkinshaw, British engineer and racing team owner (Tom Walkinshaw Racing, Arrows), died from cancer he was , 64

Tom Walkinshaw[1] was a Scottish racing car driver and the founder of the racing team Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR). He was also involved in professional rugby union, as owner of Gloucester Rugby, and chairman of the team owners organisation for the Aviva Premiership.[2]

(14 August 1946 – 12 December 2010)

Racing career

Walkinshaw was born at Mauldslie Farm, near Penicuik, Midlothian, Scotland. He began racing in 1968, starting in an MG Midget, before moving on to a Lotus Formula Ford car. The following year he won the Scottish FF1600 title at the wheel of a Hawke. In 1970 he entered the British Formula Three championship with Lotus. He later moved to the March ‘works’ team, where he broke his ankle in a racing accident.[3] Continuing his career despite this setback, he drove in many classes, including Formula 5000 and Formula Two.[4]
Ford hired Walkinshaw to drive a Capri on the British Touring Car Championship circuit in 1974. This resulted in him winning his class that year. In 1976 Walkinshaw established Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR), continuing to drive for his own team. In 1984 he won the European Touring Car Championship in a Jaguar XJS.[5]
In 1985, Walkinshaw teamed up with Jaguar and entered a three-car team in the Bathurst 1000 touring car endurance race in Australia. The pairing of John Goss and Armin Hahne won the race, while Walkinshaw himself placed third, driving alongside Win Percy.
Walkinshaw retired from driving after 1988 to concentrate on the management of TWR’s increasing motorsports portfolio.

Team management

In 1975 Walkinshaw established Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR), a group whose business was the manufacture and design of racing and road cars. TWR ran touring car programmes in the mid 1970s and early 1980s. In 1983 the TWR team took an amazing eleven wins in eleven races in the British Saloon Car Championship running Rover Vitesses, before being stripped of the title for a technical infringement. TWR also ran a Jaguar XJ-S ETCC touring car programme before taking on their World Sportscar Championship programme. In six years the programme won Le Mans twice and the World Championships three times. The same team brought engineer Ross Brawn to prominence. [6]
In 1991 Walkinshaw was recruited as Engineering Director of the Benetton F1 team which subsequently won the 1994 Formula One World Championship. He was involved in the recruitment of Michael Schumacher by Benetton after the German’s Formula One debut with the Jordan team. As Engineering Director, his role also came under scrutiny when the team was investigated for suspected technical infringements during the 1994 season, including the potential use of banned electronic aids and unauthorised modifications to the refuelling apparatus used on the cars. Although illegal software was found in the Benettons, the FIA had no evidence that it had ever been used in a race and no action was taken against the team.
For 1995 Walkinshaw bought 50% of the Ligier team from Benetton team principal Flavio Briatore. His intention was to take over the team completely, but he was unable to purchase 100% of the team and therefore pulled out of the deal. Instead he bought the Arrows team, achieving a coup for the 1997 Formula One season by recruiting reigning world champion Damon Hill to his squad.
1997 saw Walkinshaw voted Autocar Man of the Year. By this stage the TWR Group employed 1500 employees in the UK, Sweden, Australia and the United States. At the time, Tom was also Managing Director of Arrows Grand Prix International.
His TWR racing group went into liquidation in 2002 after the Arrows team ran out of money. This led to the Australian arm of the operation being bought by Holden. However, since the regulations for the V8 Supercar Championship Series forbid a manufacturer owning a race team, Holden had to divest the teams assets and sell the Holden Racing Team to lead driver Mark Skaife, and K-Mart Racing (later HSV Dealer Team) to John and Margaret Kelly (the parents of V8 Supercar drivers Todd and Rick).
In 2005 Tom Walkinshaw returned to the V8 Supercars Australia and began a new relationship with his former teams, HSV Dealer Team and Holden Racing Team, helping lead Holden to its first series win since 2002 through driver Rick Kelly (2006) and Garth Tander (2007). In late 2006 Walkinshaw Performance bought the small Australian sports car manufacturer Elfin Cars. In 2007 Walkinshaw Performance acquired a 50% stake in the Holden Racing Team, and in 2008 fully re-acquired the team from Skaife Sports. 2009 saw the debut of Walkinshaw Racing a two car operation known individually as Bundaberg Red Racing and Team Autobarn.

Death

Walkinshaw died on Sunday 12 December, 2010, aged 64, from complications arising from lung cancer.[2][7] He is survived by his first wife Elizabeth and their son Fergus, and his second wife Martine and their two sons Ryan and Sean. Walkinshaw’s memorial service was held at Gloucester Cathedral on 4 February 2011.

References

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Dieter Quester
European Touring Car Championship champion
1984
Succeeded by
Gianfranco Brancatelli
Preceded by
Hans-Joachim Stuck
Guia Race winner
1984
Succeeded by
Gianfranco Brancatelli

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Dick Hoerner, American football player (Los Angeles Rams), died from a stroke he was , 88

Lester Junior “Dick” Hoerner  was an American football player. He played fullback for the University of Iowa in 1942 and 1946 and for the Los Angeles Rams from 1947 to 1951 died from a stroke he was , 88. He helped lead the Rams to three consecutive National Football League championship games from 1949 to 1951, played for the 1951 Los Angeles Rams team that won the 1951 NFL Championship Game, and was selected to play in the inaugural 1951 Pro Bowl. He was the Rams’ all-time leading rusher at the end of his playing career with the team. He concluded his professional football career as a member of the Dallas Texans in 1952.

(July 25, 1922 – December 11, 2010)

Iowa

A native of Dubuque, Iowa, Hoerner was a state track champion while attending Dubuque High School. He also led Dubuque to Mississippi Valley Conference championships in 1939 and 1940 and was twice selected as an All-Iowa player.[1] He enrolled at the University of Iowa in 1941 and played for the Iowa Hawkeyes football team as a sophomore in 1942. He ran 88 yards for a touchdown against Fritz Crisler‘s 1942 Michigan Wolverines.[2] In May 1943, Hoerner was inducted into the U.S. Army.[3] After missing three years due to war-time service, including service overseas in the field artillery,[4] Hoerner returned to the Iowa Hawkeyes football team in 1946.[5]

Los Angeles Rams

Hoerner was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams and played for the team from 1947 through 1951.[5] After he signed with the Rams, the Los Angeles Times touted his potential: “When you find a 6-foot, 4-inch, 220-pounder that can move, you have something. But when you run across one who is downright fast, can handle himself like a 160-pounder and can kick and pass to boot, they you have Lester (Dick) Hoerner, the Los Angeles Rams’ great fullback prospect.”[6] As a rookie in 1947, he was sidelined by a broken foot in an October 1947 game against the Chicago Cardinals.[7] In 1948, Hoerner was the Ram’s leading rusher with 354 yards and average of 4.7 yards per carry that ranked 4th in the NFL.[8][9] In a November 1948 game against the New York Giants, he tied a club record with three rushing touchdowns and was described as “unstoppable.”[10] Hoerner also played linebacker for the Rams. In December 1948, the Los Angeles Times wrote that Hoerner was a “6 foot 4 inch speedster” and “a murderous line backer.”[8]
In June 1949, Hoerner signed a 1949 contract with the Rams. The Los Angeles Times reported that he was both the fastest man on the team and “by far the hardest hitting.”[11] The Times noted that Hoerner had been “coveted by more rival National Football League clubs than any other member of the Los Angeles Rams.”[11] He helped lead the Rams to the 1949 NFL Championship Game, led all fullbacks in rushing during the 1949 NFL season[4] and ranked among the league’s leaders in rushing yards (6th, 582 yards) and yards from scrimmage (7th, 795 yards).[9]
In 1950, Hoerner helped lead the Rams to their second consecutive NFL championship game. He scored 11 touchdowns, the second highest total in the NFL, and was selected to play in the inaugural 1951 Pro Bowl.[9] He also totaled 827 yards from scrimmage in 1950, with 381 rushing yards and 446 receiving yards. In November 1950, Frank Finch of the Los Angeles Times wrote: “Many stars have twinkled for the Rams this season, but none more brilliantly than Dick Hoerner. Off the field the 220-yard Ram fullback wears glasses, but on the field he wears a mean expression with a disposition to match.”[12] In the 1950 NFL Championship Game, Hoerner scored two touchdowns and accounted for 86 of the Rams’ 106 rushing yards, but the Rams lost in a close game to the Cleveland Browns by the score of 30-28. After the 1950 season, the Los Angeles Times wrote that, although he had been dogged by injuries in 1947 and 1948, “the giant Hoerner has been probably the hardest running fullback in the league since.”[13]
In his final year with the Rams, Hoerner helped lead the 1951 Rams to the NFL championship as part of the Rams’ famed “Bull Elephant” backfield along with Paul “Tank” Younger and “Deacon” Dan Towler.[14][5] Hoerner rushed for 569 yards in 1951, ranking 7th in the NFL. He also averaged 6.1 yards per carry, the 4th best average in the league,[9] and scored a touchdown in the 1951 NFL Championship Game against the Cleveland Browns.[5] Tank Younger, who in 1949 became the first NFL player from a historically black college, recalled that Hoerner pitched in unselfishly to help Younger learn Clark Shaughnessy‘s offensive system, even though they were both competing for the same position. Interviewed in 1970, Younger noted, “I used to go up to Dick’s room every afternoon to study the offensive formation and the terminology. Dick helped me a great deal.”[15]
After five seasons with the Rams, Hoerner was the team’s all-time career leader with 2,020 rushing yards.[16][14] He also held the Rams’ record for most rushing attempts in a season (455 attempts in 1949) and ranked second in team history in touchdowns scored in a single season behind Elroy “Crazy Legs” Hirsch.[16]

Dallas Texans

In June 1952, Hoerner was traded to the newly formed Dallas Texans as part of an 11-for-1 deal that sent Les Richter to the Rams.[14] The trade was described as “unquestionably the biggest shift of pigskin personnel in National Football League history.”[14] When Hoerner returned to Los Angeles as a member of the Texans, he expressed his desire to prove that the Rams had erred in trading him:

“Hoerner gladly would sacrifice his right arm all the way up to the armpit to squash a few Rams and score a couple of touchdowns by way of informing the Ram high command that they were plain loco when they cut him loose. And as an added incentive to make his personal crusade, the terrible-tempered neo-Texan has all the warm affection for his old backfield coach, J. Hampton Pool, that a cobra has for a mongoose.”[16]

The Texans compiled a record of 1–11–0 in 1952, and Hoerner rushed for 162 yards and a career-low 2.9 yards per carry.[9] After only one season, the Dallas Texans folded, and Hoerner signed in the spring of 1953 with the Detroit Lions.[17] However, Hoerner retired from football in July 1953 before appearing in any regular season games with the Lions.[18]

Later years

After retiring from football, Hoerner went into business in Southern California where he specialized in turning around struggling businesses, taking them “out of the red and into the black.”[1] Hoerner died in December 2010 at age 88 after suffering a stroke.[5] He was survived by his wife, Kathy, daughters, Cecilia Hoerner, Leslie Hoerner, and Louise Hubbard, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.[19]

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Did you know who are the Richest Rappers for 2010?

Did you know who were the top Rap earners for 2010?

Shawn -Jay-Z- Carter

1. Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter – $63 Million

Says he’s not a businessman; he’s a business, man–and it’s not idle boasting. Rapper-turned-mogul retains his crown as hip-hop’s cash king thanks to a new album and investments in 40/40 nightclub chain, Broadway show “Fela!” and New Jersey Nets basketball team. Biggest boost comes from Blueprint 3 Tour, which grossed over $1 million per concert this year. Still makes less than wife Beyoncé.

2. Sean “Diddy” Combs – $30M

Ageless hip-hop impresario has changed name from Puff Daddy to P. Diddy to Diddy. Now, he occasionally goes by “Ciroc Obama,” after his lucrative vodka joint venture with Diageo. Still shills Sean John clothing, Bad Boy Records, and more; released Last Train to Paris, his first album since 2006. Acting career on the rise after appearance in 2010 flick Get Him to the Greek, where he plays a record executive.

3. Aliuane “Akon” Thiam – $21M

Senegalese-American hip-hop singer/songwriter/producer has been profiting from a range of business ventures this year. There’s his Konvict Clothing, his Pepsi soccer ad campaign and Kon Live, his Interscope-backed imprint that’s home to Lady Gaga and others. Still has time for traditional musical ventures, including an international tour and a new album, Stadium Music.

4. Dwayne “Lil Wayne” Carter - $20M

Not even jail could stop Lil Wayne from cracking the top five on our list. Sentenced in March to a year in the pen for weapons possession, the rapper managed to earn his hefty total from new album Rebirth, proceeds from guest appearances and a healthy dose of touring, where he grossed over $500,000 per show. Already making plans for a new album, Tha Carter IV, upon his release.
 

5. Andre “Dr. Dre” Young - $17M

Legendary rapper-producer is also one of hip-hop’s savviest–unlike many who sell away the rights to their songs, Dr. Dre hangs on to most of his. Still collects royalties on multiplatinum albums like 1992 classic The Chronic, which sold nearly 10 million copies worldwide. Also rakes in cash from his headphone line Beats by Dre, a partnership with Interscope Records. Served as executive producer for Eminem’s “Recovery,” which sold over 1 million U.S. copies in its first two weeks; solo album Detox is slated for release this fall.

6. Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges – $16M

Self-proclaimed “Mouth of the South” is becoming one the most diversified artists in the business. Has sold over 20 million albums, won three Grammy awards and appeared in two Oscar-winning films. Over the past year, inked endorsement deals with Tag body spray and Trojan Magnum condoms in addition to touring and releasing new album, Battle of the Sexes. Also partnered with spirits producer Birkedal Hartmann to create a cognac called Conjure.

7. Calvin “Snoop Dogg” Broadus – $15M

Lanky rapper parlayed pimpish image into mainstream fame; once the embodiment of West Coast gangster rap, he revealed a softer side in his reality-TV show Father Hood and variety show Dogg After Dark. Added to acting résumé by playing himself in Sacha Baron Cohen flick Bruno and soap opera One Life to Live. Though sales of new album Malice N Wonderland have been disappointing–less than 300,000 copies to date–a lucrative tour earned him $10 million, by our estimates.

8. Timothy “Timbaland” Mosley - $14M

Sales of solo album Shock Value II disappointed last December, but corpulent super-producer continues to churn out tracks at a frenetic pace, including songs for Jay-Z, Drake and Shakira in the past year. Also appeared on ABC show FlashForward and will be featured in upcoming videogame “DJ Hero 2.” Continues to crank out hits from his 5,000-square-foot studio in Virginia Beach.
 

9. Pharrell Williams – $13M

Versatile star made his name penning hits for rappers and pop artists alike as part of popular production duo The Neptunes. Now fronts funk-rock band N*E*R*D, which is in the midst of an ambitious international tour in advance of upcoming album, Nothing. Once named the world’s best-dressed man by Esquire, Williams designs sunglasses for Louis Vuitton and owns apparel lines Ice Cream and Billionaire Boys Club. Worked with famed German composer Hans Zimmer to create soundtrack for animated flick Despicable Me.

10. Kanye West – $12M

Hip-hop star whose first album was called The College Dropout basically dropped out in the wake of his well-publicized outburst during Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the 2009 Video Music Awards. He continues to produce hits, though, including a handful of songs for Jay-Z’s “Blueprint 3,” and will likely approach last year’s $25 million with a new album and world tour in the offing.

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Jacques Swaters, Belgian racing driver died he was , 84

Jacques Swaters was a racing driver from Belgium and former team owner of Ecurie Francorchamps and Ecurie Nationale Belge died he was , 84.

(30 October 1926 – 10 December 2010) 

Swaters made his debut in the 24 Hours of Spa in an MG co-driven by his friend and racer-turned-journalist Paul Frère, entered under the Ecurie Francorchamps banner. In 1950 Swaters, Frère and André Pilette established Écurie Belgique, a banner in which they prepared cars for themselves and other Belgian races, both in Grand Prix and sports car racing. Swaters himself raced a yellow Talbot-Lago in several events, including two World Championship rounds, the 1951 German and Italian Grands Prix.

However, in 1952, Swaters and another Belgian, Charles de Tornaco, restarted Ecurie Francorchamps, a racing stable mainly associated with Ferrari. Swaters drove the team Ferrari 500 in a small number of events, but did manage to take a victory at the 1953 Avusrennen, a Formula 2 race. As a driver, Swaters later concentrated in sports car racing at the hand of a Jaguar C-Type and D-Type.

After retiring from racing in 1957, Swaters became manager of the Ecurie Nationale Belge, which had been formed in 1955 as a merger of his Francorchamps, Frère’s Ecurie Belgique and Johnny Claes‘ Ecurie Belge. The ENB entered several Cooper-Climax cars in Formula 2 racing for both experienced and upcoming Belgian drivers, and helped launch the career of Olivier Gendebien, Lucien Bianchi and Mauro Bianchi. The team moved into F1 in 1960 and later reworked the Emeryson into the ENB chassis.

However, by 1964 Swaters was no longer interested in ENB and had turned his attention to sports car racing completely. Swaters’ Ecurie Francorchamps, which had remained independent from the ENB effort during the 1950s and 1960s, was always a top contender, with occasional class wins (including the 1965 24 Hours of Le Mans) and frequent class podiums. An overall victory at the 1965 500km Spa was Swaters’ crowning achievement as a manager.

The Ecurie Francorchamps stopped operating in 1982, but Swaters retained his Garage Francorchamps, a Ferrari dealership. Swaters last appearance in the sports car world was in an Ohio Courtroom where he was defending his possession of a very rare 1954 Ferrari 375 plus chassis 0384AM that was stolen from the U.S. collector Karl Kleve in the late 1980s. Swaters said that he bought the car as a burnt out chassis in 1990, and that he and Kleve settled its ownership in 1999.

Complete World Championship Grand Prix results

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 WDC Points
1951 Ecurie Belgique Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot Straight-6 SUI 500 BEL FRA GBR GER
10
ITA
Ret
ESP NC 0
1953 Ecurie Francorchamps Ferrari 500 Ferrari Straight-4 ARG 500 NED BEL
DNS
FRA GBR GER
7
SUI
Ret
ITA NC 0
1954 Ecurie Francorchamps Ferrari 500/625 Ferrari Straight-4 ARG 500 BEL
Ret
FRA GBR GER SUI
8
ITA ESP
Ret
NC 0
1955 Ecurie Filipinetti Gordini T16 Gordini Straight-6 ARG MON 500 BEL
DNA
NED GBR ITA NC 0

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John du Pont, American billionaire and murderer, died from natural causes he was , 72

John Eleuthère duPont  was an American billionaire and member of the prominent du Pont family who was convicted of murder in the third degree (of Freestyle wrestler Dave Schultz) died from natural causes he was , 72. He was also known as an amateur ornithologist and conchologist, philatelist, philanthropist, coach, and sports enthusiast.

(November 22, 1938[1] – December 9, 2010)

 Personal Life

John duPont was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of William duPont, Jr. and Jean Liseter Austin (1897–1988). His parents’ nuptials—on January 1, 1919, in Rosemont, Pennsylvania—were billed as the “Wedding of the Century” in media accounts. Jean’s father, William Liseter Austin, an executive of the Baldwin Locomotive Works, gave the couple more than 242 acres (0.98 km2) of land as a wedding gift. William duPont Sr. built Liseter Hall, a sumptuous, three-story Georgian mansion[2], for the couple on the land in 1922
Both of his parents’ families immigrated to the United States in the early 19th century. DuPont was the youngest of four children; he had two older sisters, Jean duPont McConnell and Evelyn duPont Donaldson, and an older brother, Henry E. I. duPont.
DuPont graduated from Haverford School in 1957. He attended college in Miami, Florida, where he studied under and was mentored by Oscar T. Owre, Ph.D.[3] He graduated from the University of Miami in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science degree in zoology. He also held a doctorate in natural science from Villanova University, which he received in 1973.
On September 3, 1983, he married therapist Gale Wenk, but the marriage was annulled 90 days later.
DuPont died on Thursday, December 9, 2010. A spokesperson for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections said DuPont was found unresponsive in his bed at the Laurel Highland State Correctional Facility. He was pronounced dead at 6:55 a.m. at Somerset Community Hospital. DuPont had unspecified health issues and had been ill.[4]

David Schultz murder

In 1997, DuPont was convicted of murdering Olympic Gold Medalist wrestler Dave Schultz the year before and sentenced to 13 to 40 years in prison. Experts at the trial testified that DuPont suffered from paranoid schizophrenia.
On January 26, 1996, DuPont shot Schultz dead in the driveway of Schultz’s home on DuPont’s 800-acre (3.2 km2) estate while Schultz’s wife and DuPont’s head of security witnessed the crime. The security chief was sitting in the passenger seat of DuPont’s car while DuPont shot 3 bullets into Schultz. Police did not establish a motive. Schultz was a longtime friend of DuPont who had repeatedly tried to help him.[5]
DuPont’s friends said the shooting was uncharacteristic behavior for him. Joy Hansen Leutner, a triathlete from Hermosa Beach, California, lived for two years on the estate.[6] Leutner said DuPont helped her through a stressful period in the mid 1980s. She later said, “with my family and friends, John gave me a new lease on life. He gave more than money; he gave himself emotionally.” She expressed incredulity about the killing. She is quoted as saying “There’s no way John in his right mind would have killed Dave.”[7]
Newtown Township supervisor John S. Custer Jr. said, “at the time of the murder, John didn’t know what he was doing.”[8] Charles King, Sr., a DuPont stable hand and manager for 30 years, claimed he knew DuPont well throughout his life. King’s son Charles “Chuckie” King Jr. said he considered DuPont his friend during his childhood. Charles King Sr. blames the DuPont security consultant, for influencing what happened. King said “I don’t think John could shoot someone unless he was pushed to or was on drugs”. “After that guy starting hanging around him, my son always said Johnny changed. He was scared of everything. He was always a little off. But I never had problems with him, and my son never had problems.”[8]
After the shooting, the multimillionaire locked himself in his mansion for two days while he negotiated with police on the telephone. Police turned off his power and were able to capture him when he went outside to fix his heater. During the trial one of the defense’s expert psychiatric witness described DuPont as a paranoid schizophrenic who believed Schultz was part of an international conspiracy to kill him. He said DuPont believed people would break into his house and kill him, the reason he put razor wires in his attic.
DuPont pleaded “not guilty by reason of insanity”. The insanity defense was thrown out and on February 25, 1997, a jury found him guilty of third degree murder but mentally ill. In Pennsylvania, third degree murder is a lesser charge than first degree (intentional) or second degree (during the perpetration of a felony) and indicates a lack of intent to kill. In Pennsylvania criminal code, “insanity” applies to someone whose “disease or defect” leaves him unable either to understand that his conduct is wrong or to conform it to the law.[9] The jury verdict of “guilty but mentally ill” meant the sentence would be referred to Judge Patricia Jenkins who then was given the opportunity to sentence him from 5–40 years. The prosecution failed to mention DuPont used hollow point bullets and fired the last shot into Schultz’s back while Schultz was bleeding to death from a gunshot wound to his chest and crawling face down in the snow trying to get away. Some Schultz family members were outraged at the verdict. The wrongful death lawsuit petitioned by Dave’s widow Nancy following the guilty verdict resulted in Nancy and Dave’s two children receiving a multi-million dollar settlement.
DuPont was sentenced to 13 to 30 years incarceration and was housed at the State Correctional Institute-Mercer, a minimum-security institution in the Pennsylvania prison system.[10]
He was first eligible for parole January 29, 2009; however, it was denied. DuPont’s maximum sentence would have ended on January 29, 2026, when DuPont would have been 87.[11] The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the verdict in 2000. In 2010 the 3rd Circuit U.S. appeals court in Philadelphia rejected all but one issue raised on appeal (involving his use of a Bulgarian prescription drug, scopolamine, before he fatally shot Schultz in 1996), and requested written briefs.[12] However, DuPont died in prison on December 9, 2010.

Interests

Ornithology

As an ornithologist, DuPont is credited with the discovery of two dozen species of birds. He wrote a number of books on the subject of birds, including: South Pacific Birds, South Sulu Archipelago Birds; an Expedition Report, Birds of Dinagat and Siargao, Philippines; an Expedition Report, and Philippine Birds. He was the second author of Living Volutes: a Monograph of the Recent Volutidae of the World, which he co-wrote with Clifton Stokes Weaver.

Philately

Du Pont was also a philatelist. In a 1980 auction, while bidding anonymously, he paid $935,000 for one of the rarest stamps in the world, the British Guiana 1856 1c black on magenta.[13]

Athletics

Before his arrest, DuPont was an accomplished athlete and coach in wrestling, swimming, track, and modern pentathlon. He was also involved in promoting a subset of the modern pentathlon (run, swim, shoot) as a separate event.[14][15] DuPont was a competitive wrestler. His only wrestling experience prior to taking up the sport in his late 50’s was as a freshman in high school. He began competing again at the age of 55 in the 1992 Veteran’s World Championships in Cali, Colombia; in 1993 in Toronto, Canada; in 1994 in Rome, Italy;[16] and in 1995 in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Supported institutions

DuPont founded the Delaware Museum of Natural History in 1957 which opened to the public in 1972. He was the institution’s director for many years.
He helped fund a new basketball arena at Villanova University which opened in 1986. Originally, the venue was called duPont Pavilion, but his name was removed from the facility after his conviction. Today, the building simply is called The Pavilion.
After his mother’s death, DuPont turned his 440-acre (1.8 km2) estate in Newtown Square into a wrestling facility for amateur wrestlers[17]. DuPont’s wrestling team was called “Team Foxcatcher.”

Foxcatcher Farm

William Sr. built Liseter Hall for Willie and Jean in 1925 on more than 600 acres (2.4 km2) of land given to the couple as a wedding gift in 1919 by Jean’s father, William Liseter Austin, an executive of Baldwin Loco­motive Works. The DuPonts divorced in 1940, but Jean Austin du Pont maintained Liseter Hall Farm until her death in 1988, at which point Willie and Jean’s son John Eleuthere duPont assumed stewardship and renamed it Foxcatcher Farm after his father’s famed Thoroughbred racing stable.[18]
The operations under Willie and Jean were among the envy of horse racing operations. In the 1920s and ’30s, Liseter Hall was considered the ne plus ultra of Mid-Atlantic horse facilities. In addition to the indoor galloping track, the farm featured a large barn for race horses; a 40-foot (12 m)-wide by 120-foot (37 m)-long indoor riding ring, still used by King for breaking and schooling; the half-mile training track and its adjacent combination viewing stand/water tower; a breeding shed, which continues to host matings for Two Davids and Tricky Mister; a hunter barn; a show horse barn; a loading barn with ramps for transporting horses to competition; and a grassy, half-mile chute that connected the training track with the race horse, hunter and show horse barns.[18]
Before, during and after the legal issues following John (cited above) significant changes occurred to the DuPont property. First to go: John’s mother’s dairy herd, nearly 70 Guernseys, in the fall of 1996. Next, the dairy farm itself, sold by the Delaware Museum of Natural History, which he formerly headed, in January 1998. Since then, the land, where Jean Austin du Pont’s cows grazed contentedly for the better part of the 20th century, changed hands again, and now is slated to become the campus for a relocated prep school, as well as a community of new million-dollar-plus homes.[18] That left only the 400-plus acres of Foxcatcher Farm.

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James Moody, American jazz saxophonist and flautist (“Moody’s Mood for Love”), died from pancreatic cancer he was , 85

James Moody [1] was an American jazz saxophone and flute player died from pancreatic cancer he was , 85. He was best known for his hit “Moody’s Mood for Love,” an improvisation based on “I’m in the Mood for Love“; in performance, he often improvised vocals for the tune.[2]

(March 26, 1925 – December 9, 2010)

 Biography

James Moody was born in Savannah, Georgia. Growing up in New Jersey, he was attracted to the saxophone after hearing George Holmes Tate, Don Byas, and various saxophonists who played with Count Basie, and later also took up the flute. He joined the US Army Air Corps in 1943 and played in the “negro band” on the segregated base.[3] Following his discharge from the military in 1946 he played be-bop with Dizzy Gillespie for two years. Moody later played with Gillespie in 1964, where his colleagues in the Gillespie group, pianist Kenny Barron and guitarist Les Spann, would be musical collaborators in the coming decades.
In 1948 he recorded his first session for Blue Note Records, the first in a long recording career playing both saxophone and flute. That same year he relocated to Europe, where he stayed for three years, saying he had been “scarred by racism” in the U.S.[3] His European work, including the first recording of “Moody’s Mood for Love” saw him add the alto saxophone to his repertoire and helped to establish him as recording artist in his own right, and were part of the growth of European jazz. Then in 1952 he returned to the U.S. to a recording career with Prestige Records and others, playing flute and saxophone in bands that included musicians such as Pee Wee Moore and others. In the 1960s he rejoined Dizzy Gillespie. He later worked also with Mike Longo.[4]
In a 1998 interview with Bob Bernotas, Moody stated that he believed jazz has definite spiritual resonance.[5]
The James Moody Quartet (with pianist Renee Rosnes, bassist Todd Coolman, and drummer Adam Nussbaum) was Moody’s vehicle later is his career.. Moody played regularly with Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars and the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars Big Band and also often collaborated with former Gillespie alumnus, the trumpeter-composer-conductor Jon Faddis; Faddis and Moody worked in 2007 with the WDR Big Band in Cologne, Germany under the direction of Michael Abene.
On November 3, 2009, Moody appeared live in an interview conducted in both Italian and English (Moody spoke Italian) with the jazz aficionado, Nick “The Nightfly”, on Radio Monte Carlo‘s late-night “Monte Carlo Nights” program. The chat featured an amiable Moody talking about his career.
Moody was married to Linda Moody; they resided in San Diego. He was an active member of the Bahá’í Faith.[4] In 2005, the Moodys established the Moody Scholarship Fund[6] at the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College-SUNY; the first Moody Scholars, named in 2007, are saxophonist Andrew Gould and trumpeter Maxilmilien Darche. Moody was an NEA Jazz Master and often participated in educational programming and outreach, including with the International Association for Jazz Education, or IAJE.
On November 2, 2010, Moody’s wife announced on his behalf that he had pancreatic cancer, and had chosen not to have it treated aggressively.[7] Moody died in San Diego, on December 9, 2010, of complications from pancreatic cancer.[8]
He was divorced twice, and is survived by his wife of 21 years, the former Linda Peterson McGowan; three sons, Patrick, Regan and Danny McGowan; a daughter, Michelle Moody Bagdanove; a brother, Louis Watters; four grandchildren; and one great-grandson.[9]

Discography

As leader

  • 1949: James Moody’s Greatest Hits
  • 1951: More of James Moody’s Greatest Hits
  • 1955: Wail, Moody, Wail Prestige Records, produced by Rudy Van Gelder
  • 1955: Moody’s Mood For Blues
  • 1956: Moody’s Mood for Love
  • 1956: Hey It’s James Moody
  • 1959: James Moody (Argo Records)
  • 1959: Flute ‘n’ the Blues
  • 1962: Another Bag (Argo)
  • 1963: Comin’ On Strong (Argo)
  • 1965: Cookin’ the Blues
  • 1969: The Blues and Other Colours
  • 1969: Don’t Look Away Now
  • 1973: Feelin’ It Together
  • 1997: Moody Plays Mancini (Warner Bros. Records)
  • 1999: James Moody And The Swedish All-Stars Concord
  • 2004: Homage
  • 2005: The World is a Ghetto (Fuel 2000 Records)

As sideman

  • Dizzy Gillespie’s United Nations Orchestra – Live at the Royal Festival Hall (1989) Moody solos on “Kush” and “Night in Tunisia”
  • The Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars – Dizzy’s World directed by Jon Faddis (1999)
  • The Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Star Big Band – Things to Come (2001)

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