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Pete Pihos, American Hall of Fame football player (Philadelphia Eagles), died from Alzheimer’s disease at 87.

Peter Louis Pihos  was a professional American football player in the National Football League for the Philadelphia Eagles.[1] He was a high school junior when his mother moved the family to Chicago.
His father was a murder victim, and when a suspect was acquitted, Pete
decided to become a lawyer. He was just one semester short of a law
degree when he became disenchanted with the idea.

(October 22, 1923 – August 16, 2011)

College career

Pihos was an All-American at Indiana University, as a defensive end.

Professional career

Pihos was drafted in the 5th round of the 1945 NFL Draft
by the Eagles, but two years of military service prevented him from
joining the team until 1947. During his nine seasons of play, he missed
just one game.
Immediately after Pete joined the Eagles, the team marched to its
first divisional championship. In the playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers
for the Eastern Division crown, he blocked a punt to set up the first
touchdown in the Eagles 21-0 win. Philadelphia won three straight
divisional championships and then back-to-back NFL titles by shutout
scores. In 1948, the Eagles defeated the Chicago Cardinals 7-0. One year later, Pihos caught a 31-yard touchdown pass in the Eagles 14-0 win over the Los Angeles Rams.
Pete led the NFL in receiving from 1953 through 1955 and earned
first-team All-Pro or All-League honors six times and was named to six Pro Bowls.


Pihos died at age 87 after succumbing to Alzheimer’s disease.[1]


The documentary short Dear Dad by his daughter Melissa Pihos [2]
explores the effects of Alzheimer’s by juxtaposing photos and footage
from his days as a player for the Philadelphia Eagles with images of him
as he fights the disease. A feature-length documentary Pihos: A Life in Five Movements is shooting and editing throughout 2011 and 2012.[3] Melissa Pihos also created PIHOS: A Moving Biography
in March 2011. Through film and dance, she explores aspects of her
father’s life and his struggle with Alzheimer’s disease through film and
dance. She hopes to tour the production to various cities as an
Alzheimer’s fundraiser while creating awareness to such a devastating



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Rick Rypien, Canadian ice hockey player (Vancouver Canucks), died from suicide 27.

Rick Joseph Rypien  was a Canadian professional ice hockey forward who spent parts of six seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Vancouver Canucks. After a major junior career of four years with the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League, he was signed by the minor professional Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2005.
The following season, he signed with the Canucks. He spent six years
with the organization, splitting time between the Canucks and Moose,
their AHL affiliate. Following the 2010–11 NHL season, Rypien signed with the Winnipeg Jets, but died before joining his new team. His death was preceded by a history of clinical depression, which included two personal leaves of absence from the Canucks during his career. A fourth-line player in the NHL, he was known for his hitting and fighting abilities.

(May 16, 1984 – August 15, 2011)


Rypien was born in Blairmore, Alberta, a community within the municipality of Crowsnest Pass, Alberta on May 16, 1984.[1] He was raised in nearby Coleman, Alberta, a community with a population of approximately 1,000.[2] Rypien was the son of Shelley and Wes Rypien,[3]
the latter of whom was a Canadian boxing champion; Rypien’s older
brother, Wes Jr., also played in the WHL and later competed
professionally in the ECHL for several seasons.[4] Rypien’s cousin, Mark Rypien, is a former National Football League (NFL) quarterback who was named the most valuable player of Super Bowl XXVI.[5][6]
Rypien played minor hockey out of the local Crowsnest Pass Minor Hockey Association.[1]
At age five or six, he joined his first team, the Pass Rangers from
Coleman, coached by his father. Aside from his boxing career, Rypien’s
father had also played hockey. Rypien followed after his older brother,
as well, who had began hockey before him. Growing up, his favourite
players were forwards Wendel Clark and Eric Lindros.[2]
During Rypien’s second season with the Regina Pats, his girlfriend died in a car accident while en route to watch him play in Calgary.[7]

Playing career


Rypien began his junior career in 2001–02 with the Crowsnest Pass Timberwolves of the Alberta Junior A Hockey League (AJHL), recording 22 points (12 goals and 10 assists) over 57 games. During the season, he also debuted with the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League (WHL), playing one game. Unselected in the annual WHL Bantam Draft, Rypien earned a spot with the Pats as a walk-on.[4] During his three-year tenure with Regina, he served as a team captain.[8] As a WHL rookie in 2002–03, he scored 18 points (6 goals and 12 assists) over 50 games. The following season,
he improved to 45 points (19 goals and 26 assists) over 65 games. In
his final year with the club, he recorded career-highs with 22 goals, 29
assists and 51 points. He received three team awards, being chosen as
the most valuable player, the fans’ choice as most popular player (Bill Hicke Award) and the Molson Cup champion, having received the most three star selections.[9][10]
Undrafted out of junior, he was contacted by Craig Heisinger, general manager of the American Hockey League (AHL)’s Manitoba Moose, in his last season with the Pats.[2] When Rypien’s career with the Pats ended, Heisinger signed Rypien to an amateur tryout for the remainder of the 2004–05 AHL season.[10]
He recorded a goal and an assist over eight regular season games with
the Moose, then helped the team to the Conference Finals of the 2005 playoffs with no points over fourteen contests. His play earned him an AHL contract to remain with the club for the 2005–06 season. As a result, Rypien attended NHL training camp with the Moose’s parent club, the Vancouver Canucks.[11] On September 24, 2005, he was released from the Canucks’ training camp roster and returned to the Moose.[12] Just over a month into his AHL season, however, he signed a two-way contract with the Canucks on November 9, 2005.[11] On December 19, he was called up by the Canucks and made his NHL debut two days later against the Edmonton Oilers. In the first period of the contest, he scored his first NHL goal against goaltender Jussi Markkanen.[13] It was his first shot on his first shift.[7]
The goal put the Canucks ahead 2–1; they ultimately lost the game 7–6.
Rypien registered six minutes and thirty seconds of ice time.[13][14] Playing in his fifth game with the club ten days later, he suffered a broken fibula against the Minnesota Wild.[8]
Upon recovering, he was returned to the Moose and finished the regular
season with 15 points (9 goals and 6 assists) in 49 AHL games. He
dressed for an additional 13 playoff games with Manitoba; he recorded a
goal and an assist as the Moose were eliminated in the second round by
the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Competing for a roster spot during the Canucks’ 2006 training camp,
Rypien injured his thumb in a fight during a game against the Anaheim Ducks, sidelining him for two months.[8] Upon recovering, he joined the Canucks in early-December 2006. In his first game back against the Colorado Avalanche on December 2, Rypien fought opposing forward Ian Laperriere.[15] The following contest, against the Edmonton Oilers, he was injured once again, suffering a partially torn groin muscle.[16] By mid-February 2007, he recovered and was re-assigned to Manitoba,[12] where he spent the remainder of the season, recording 6 points (3 goals and 3 assists) in 14 games.

Rypien remained with the Moose to start the 2007–08 season, failing to make the Canucks’ roster out of training camp.[12] Within half-a-month, he was recalled by Vancouver.[12] Playing against the Detroit Red Wings on October 24, 2007, Rypien broke a finger in his left hand.[17] After being sidelined for 16 games, he was re-assigned to the Moose on December 4.[12]
Splitting the remainder of the season between Manitoba and Vancouver,
he was called up on two separate occasions (January 13–16 and February
26–April 8, 2008).[12]
and finished the regular season with 14 points (3 goals and 11 assists)
in 34 AHL games and 3 points (1 goal and 2 assists) in 22 NHL games. In
the 2008 Calder Cup playoffs, he went pointless in six games as the Moose were eliminated in the first round by the Syracuse Crunch. During the off-season, Rypien re-signed as a restricted free agent with the Canucks on July 23, 2008.[12]
The following season,
Rypien made the Canucks’ lineup out of training camp for the first time
in his career. After scoring two goals in the first five games in
2008–09, he suffered a sports hernia on October 19, 2008.[12]
Upon recovering, he was granted an indefinite leave of absence for
personal reasons. The Canucks organization alluded to Rypien’s history
of injuries as the main reason for him not returning to the team.
Assistant general manager Lorne Henning stated that “It’s just wearing
on him now – it’s frustrating for him. He just has to deal with the
injuries … and wrap his head around it.”[18] It was later made known, following his death, that Rypien was struggling with clinical depression.[3] He returned after a 70-game absence on March 31, 2009, in a contest against the Minnesota Wild.[19]
He appeared in 12 games for the Canucks in 2008–09, recording three
goals and no assists. The season marked Vancouver’s return to the
playoffs after failing to qualify the previous season. After eliminating
the St. Louis Blues in the first round, they were defeated in six games by the Chicago Blackhawks.
Rypien appeared in all ten Canucks playoff games and recorded two
points (both assists) while playing on the fourth-line alongside Darcy Hordichuk and Ryan Johnson. He recorded his first playoff point in Game 4 of the second round against Chicago, assisting on a Hordichuk goal with a spin-o-rama pass.[20]
Set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2009,[20] Rypien re-signed to a two-year deal with the Canucks on May 27.[21]
Rypien continued to play on the Canucks’ fourth line in 2009–10. He
missed four games in October 2009 with a groin injury and three games
the following month with an upper-body ailment.[12] During a game against the St. Louis Blues on December 31, 2009, he was automatically ejected after a fight with opponent Cam Janssen revealed his hands were illegally taped below the wrist in order to support a sprained finger.[22] In January 2010, he missed an additional three games with illness.[12]
Avoiding major injury for the first time in his NHL career, he recorded
career-highs of 8 points (4 goals and 4 assists) in 69 games.
Rypien began the 2010–11 NHL season on the injured reserve once again, missing the first two games with an upper body injury.[12] After returning to the lineup, Rypien became infamously involved in a fan-related incident during an away game at the Xcel Energy Center against the Minnesota Wild on October 19, 2010. After fighting opposing forward Brad Staubitz
in the first period, the two players met again in the second period and
were prepared to fight before being restrained by game officials. While
being restrained, Rypien pushed linesman Don Henderson away and skated
onto the Canucks’ bench. Before walking down the tunnel towards the
Canucks’ dresing room, Wild fan James Engquist called towards Rypien,
“way to be a professional”, while clapping. Rypien grabbed Engquist by
the chest and began to pull him out of his seat before letting go and
walking away.[23][24] Rypien was suspended indefinitely pending an in-person disciplinary hearing about the altercation.[25] The NHL then suspended Rypien for six games and fined the Canucks $25,000,[26] while NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman called Engquist to apologize and offered him dinner and tickets to another game.[27] In response, the fan stated that, although he had not yet hired a lawyer,[27] he would be “definitely seeking legal representation.”[23] Rypien meanwhile told media he had apologized to his team and the league, describing his actions as “inexcusable.”[28]
After having served his suspension, Rypien struggled to remain in the
Canucks’ lineup and was made a regular healthy scratch. In
late-November 2010, the Canucks allowed him another personal leave of
absence. At this time, it began to be widely speculated in the media
that Rypien was suffering from mental health issues. While the Canucks
organization withheld any details regarding Rypien’s situation, general
manager Mike Gillis
stated publicly that “when you come to know somebody and realize
they’re a really good person…You don’t only support them when they’re
at the top of their game…you support them when they’re not feeling
good about things or have other issues they have to deal with.”[29]
On March 8, 2011, Rypien returned from his leave and was assigned to
the Moose. The NHL waived the two-week limit allowed for a conditioning
stint, allowing the Canucks to leave him with the Moose for the
remainder of the season and avoid his salary cap hit.[30]
Rypien completed his final season as a Canuck with one assist over nine
games, while also recording two assists in 11 AHL games. He also helped
the Moose to the second round of the playoffs, recording one goal in
seven post-season games, before they were eliminated by the Hamilton Bulldogs.
During the off-season, Rypien and the Canucks parted ways as he
became an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2011. The following day,
Rypien signed a one-year, US$700,000 contract with the Winnipeg Jets.[31] The Jets were set to begin their inaugural season after franchise’s Atlanta Thrashers relocated to Winnipeg, Manitoba. Under the same ownership as the Manitoba Moose, Rypien joined a familiar organization in returning to Winnipeg. Co-owner Mark Chipman
recalled Rypien’s signing as “one of the best days of [his] summer,”
adding that “Beyond the announcement of joining the National Hockey
League…that’s what really brought the [Jets' return] full circle.”[7] He was prepared to switch from jersey number 37 to 11 for the Jets, the same number he wore for the Pats during his junior career and the Moose when he first joined them.[7] Rypien died before having the opportunity to join his new team.

Playing style

Throughout his career, Rypien earned a reputation as a tough and hardworking player.[20]
With the Canucks, he was a fourth-line forward, providing energy with
his speed on the forecheck, aggression and fighting abilities –
attributes that made him a fan favourite throughout his junior and
professional career,[7][32] but also contributed to his injury troubles. He regularly fought players well above his weight and height, including Sheldon Brookbank (6-foot-2, 215 pounds) and Hal Gill (6-foot-7, 240 pounds).[33][34]

Depression and suicide

Struggling with clinical depression
throughout his career, Rypien’s mental health was eventually made known
to the Vancouver Canucks organization during their 2008 training camp;
the team consequently coordinated his treatment for the remainder of his
tenure with the team.[35] Among his teammates, Canucks defenceman Kevin Bieksa
was the first Rypien confided in regarding his depression. During his
first leave of absence in 2008–09, Rypien disappeared. Bieksa met with
Manitoba Moose general manager Craig Heisinger, who Rypien had a close
personal relationship with, in Edmonton
and drove to Rypien’s Alberta home in search of him. Upon finding
Rypien, Bieksa brought him back to Vancouver to live with his family.[3] When Rypien returned from his leave, he was assigned by the Canucks to the Manitoba Moose. Upon arriving in Winnipeg,
he publicly spoke about his absence, commenting that “doing the work
I’ve done the last couple of months I’ve made a lot of gains as a

A month-and-a-half after signing with the Winnipeg Jets, a family member found Rypien dead in his Crowsnest Pass, Alberta, home on August 15, 2011.[36] The cause of death was confirmed as suicide.[37]
Rypien had been scheduled for a flight to Winnipeg the previous night
to have his knee evaluated that day. When he did not meet his
appointment, Heisinger (who had since become the Jets assistant general
manager) attempted to locate him. Following his death, Heisinger told
media that Rypien had been suffering from depression for more than ten
years. Jason Jaffray,
a former Moose and Canucks teammate who had also recently signed with
Winnipeg, expressed surprise at Rypien’s death, explaining that while he
was aware of his mental health, he felt he was “a new man and…the
happiest [he'd] ever seen him.”[35]
Several hours after his death was announced, Canucks fans began assembling a memorial outside of Rogers Arena. Two days later, a fan-organized gathering of approximately 300 occurred at the memorial.[38] Rypien’s memorial service was held at Alberta Stella Arena (where he had played his minor hockey) in Blairmore, Alberta,
on August 20. Bieksa was on hand as one of the casket’s pall bearers.
He was one of numerous former teammates, general managers and figures
from Rypien’s hockey career in attendance.[37] In the subsequent 2011–12 NHL season, the Canucks honoured Rypien with a ceremony prior to a home game against the New York Rangers
on October 18. With Rypien’s parents, step-parents and brother on the
ice, a four-minute tribute video was shown on the jumbotron.[39]
Bieksa further presented the family Rypien’s game-worn jersey from his
last season as a Canuck. The team also announced a $50,000 donation in
Rypien’s memory to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. The amount, which included contributions from the NHL Players Association‘s
Goals and Dreams program, was designated to fund a promotion strategy
to help youth and young adults cope with mental health issues.[3][40]
Rypien was one of three NHL players to have died in the 2011 off-season; the other two were New York Rangers enforcer Derek Boogaard and the recently-retired Wade Belak.
Following Boogaard and Rypien’s deaths, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman
told media that the league would look into their substance abuse and
behavioural issue programs – initiatives that both players had been
involved with[37] (Boogaard’s death was due to a lethal combination of alcohol and oxycodone[41]).

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2001–02 Crowsnest Pass Timberwolves AJHL 57 12 10 22 143
2001–02 Regina Pats WHL 1 0 0 0 0
2002–03 Regina Pats WHL 50 6 12 18 159 5 1 1 2 21
2003–04 Regina Pats WHL 65 19 26 45 186 4 0 1 1 18
2004–05 Regina Pats WHL 63 22 29 51 148
2004–05 Manitoba Moose AHL 8 1 1 2 5 14 0 0 0 35
2005–06 Manitoba Moose AHL 49 9 6 15 122 13 1 1 2 22
2005–06 Vancouver Canucks NHL 5 1 0 1 4
2006–07 Manitoba Moose AHL 14 3 3 6 35
2006–07 Vancouver Canucks NHL 2 0 0 0 5
2007–08 Manitoba Moose AHL 34 3 11 14 81 6 0 0 0 10
2007–08 Vancouver Canucks NHL 22 1 2 3 41
2008–09 Vancouver Canucks NHL 12 3 0 3 19 10 0 2 2 40
2009–10 Vancouver Canucks NHL 69 4 4 8 126 7 0 1 1 7
2010–11 Vancouver Canucks NHL 9 0 1 1 31
2010–11 Manitoba Moose AHL 11 0 2 2 9 7 1 0 1 10
NHL totals 119 9 7 16 226 17 0 3 3 47
AHL totals 116 16 23 39 252 40 2 1 3 77


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Solomon Mujuru, Zimbabwean military officer and politician, died from injuries from a fire at 62.

Solomon Mujuru , also known as Rex Nhongo, was a Zimbabwean military officer and politician who led Robert Mugabe‘s guerrilla forces during the Rhodesian Bush War. He was from the Zezuru
clan. In post-independence Zimbabwe, he went on to become army chief
before leaving government service in 1995. After leaving his post in the
Zimbabwe National Army, he got into politics becoming Member of
Parliament for Chikomba on a Zanu PF ticket. He was generally regarded
as one of the most feared men in Zimbabwe. His wife, Joyce Mujuru, became Vice-President of Zimbabwe in 2004.

(May 1, 1949 – August 15, 2011)

Rhodesian Bush War

During the Rhodesian Bush War Mujuru, with Josiah Tongogara, led the ZANLA forces when Mugabe languished in jail for 10 years from 1964 to 1974. Robert Mugabe and Edgar Tekere with the help of chief Rekayi Tangwena their medium, had slipped into Mozambique
after their immediate release from jail with the active support of
Mujuru, who implored guerrillas, most of whom had never met Mugabe, to
accept him as their leader. “As a result Mugabe owes (Solomon) Mujuru an
eternal favour,” said one Zanu-PF insider.[1] He was the only person believed to have had the stature to challenge Mr Mugabe during party meetings.[2]


General Mujuru took over the command of the Zimbabwe National Army
at independence in 1980, retiring 10 years later to go into business.
Popular speculation is that he owned anywhere between six and sixteen
farms[citation needed], including Alamein Farm, a productive and high-value operation illegally requisitioned as part of a “landgrab” from Guy Watson-Smith in 2001[3], as found by the Zimbabwe High Court and international courts. However, he remained an influential member of the ruling ZANU-PF politburo and central committees.
In the mid-1990s Mujuru clashed with Emmerson Mnangagwa, long considered Mugabe’s favoured heir, when Solomon bid to buy into the multi-billion dollar Zimasco, a chrome mining and smelting concern in Zimbabwe’s Midlands Province.
In 2001 Mujuru became the subject of the first legal action against
any member of Mugabe’s inner circle implicated in the illegal seizure of
land and assets. His seizure of Alamein Farm was ruled illegal by the Supreme Court of Zimbabwe.[4][5]
Mujuru and his wife are among the ZANU-PF party members subject to personal sanctions imposed by the United States.


According to newspaper reports Mujuru had been under house arrest and
24-hour surveillance since November 2007 for his role in attempting to
oust Mugabe.[6][7] It was generally thought that Mujuru had a tremendous amount of influence on who would lead ZANU-PF and the country.


Solomon Mujuru died in the early hours of the night of August 15th, 2011 in a fire at the homestead of Alamein Farm in Beatrice.[8] in circumstances that many commentators suggest were suspicious[9][10]
He had stopped at the Beatrice Hotel, 60km south-west of Harare,
drank and chatted with patrons. He was having an early night before a
long journey the next day. A maid and guard at the farm testified they
heard gun shots two hours before flames were seen at his farmhouse.
Mujuru left groceries and his cell phone in his car, something he had
never done before. The general took 40 minutes to drive from the hotel
to his farm, a journey of 10 minutes.[11]
An enquiry was opened. The lone policeman was asleep at the time, and after he awoke had no airtime and the radio was broken.
The firetruck when it arrived had no water.[2]
The coroner investigating Mujuru’s death concluded he had died of
smoke inhalation, but Mujuru’s family does not have confidence in the
coroner’s findings. They plan to petition for approval to exhume
Mujuru’s remains and have them independently examined by a doctor of
their own choice. Mujuru’s remains are located at Heroes Acre, a memorial in Zimbabwe.[12]


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Pap Dean, American political cartoonist, died at the age of 96

Preston Allen Dean, Jr. , known as Pap Dean, was an American cartoonist who was employed from 1938 to 1979 as chief illustrator and editorial cartoonist for the Shreveport Times in Shreveport, the largest newspaper in North Louisiana  died at the age of 96. An original inductee of the Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame, Dean since 1993 had prepared a caricature for the exhibit of each honoree in the museum, which is located in a former railroad depot in downtown Winnfield.[3]
A devotee of Louisiana politics, Dean recalled that Huey Pierce Long, Jr., once bought him a hamburger while they were on the train from Baton Rouge to Nashville, Tennessee, to watch the Louisiana State University Tigers play football.

(August 25, 1915 – August 15, 2011)

Early years, education, military

Dean was born in Colfax, Louisiana, to P.A. Dean, Sr., and the former Addie Swafford (1888–1978)[5] in Colfax, the seat of Grant Parish
in north central Louisiana. He received his unusual nickname from
teasing classmates in grade school. When he was in his early teens, Dean
enrolled in the Landon School of Cartooning in Chicago. C. H. Landon apparently saw such promise in young Dean that he gave him considerable personal instruction.[4]
While in high school his father gave him a portion of land on which to grow cotton.
When the crop was sold, the money was deposited in a bank account for
Dean’s college education. He graduated from Colfax High School in 1932,
and enrolled at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, then known as “Louisiana Normal. However, the bank in Colfax failed, as the Great Depression swept the nation, and Dean lost his uninsured college funds.
Meanwhile, the still hopeful Dean heard Huey Long speak in Colfax while as governor, Long ran for the United States Senate.
Dean wrote Long and told him of his own plight regarding the loss of
the college funds. A month later, a local banker sent Dean to Baton
Rouge to see LSU President James Monroe Smith, later convicted in the statewide scandals of 1939 known as the “Louisiana Hayride”, an identical term to the Shreveport-based Country music program, the Louisiana Hayride. Long had asked Smith to offer Dean financial aid and entry into LSU.[4] By working three jobs in the meantime, Dean obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1937 in political science.[4]
After LSU, Dean enrolled in the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and then joined the Shreveport Times
staff. He was married to Doris Moore and had three children. His tenure
there was interrupted by three and one-half years in the United States Army, beginning in 1942. He landed with an anti-aircraft battalion at Omaha Beach on D-Day, received a battlefield commission, and was promoted ultimately to the rank of lieutenant colonel.[4]

Cartoonist and author

Dean’s studio is filled with sketches and caricatures of other cartoonists, including Al Capp, the creator of Lil Abner, and Bill Mauldin, whose “Up Front” appeared in the Stars and Stripes military newspaper during the war. The late Jeff MacNelly, Pulitzer Prize winner of the Chicago Tribune, patterned his style after Mauldin and later honored Dean with a caricature of Dean himself.[4]
Dean has published some of his drawings in Louisiana Historical Homesteads
and he has written a history of Louisiana and a separate volume in 2005
on Natchitoches, considered the oldest town in the former Louisiana Purchase except for Harrisonburg, the seat of Catahoula Parish. Entitled Historic Natchitoches: Beauty of the Cane, the book is a study of the history, people, and attractions of the city.[6] On April 13, 2006, Dean wrote a column in the Alexandria Daily Town Talk discussing the origin of the names of the various communities.[7]
After his newspaper tenure, Dean and his second wife, Jimmie S. Dean (1919–2005),[5] retired to the hamlet
of Baghdad near Colfax, home of the Louisiana Pecan Festival. He
continued thereafter to practice his craft at his own pace through the
River Oaks Studio in downtown Alexandria, the seat of Rapides Parish and the largest city in Central Louisiana, located some twenty-five miles south of Colfax.
Dean died ten days before his 96th birthday in an Alexandria hospital. His former Shreveport Times colleague, Wiley W. Hilburn,
said that the newspaper office “sort of revolved around Pap. He had a
big desk, light table, in the middle of the newsroom. He was a really
likable guy. … He was really good at what he did, and we all grew to
rely on him.”[1]
Dean donated his body to medical science.[1]A memorial service was to be held at the Colfax United Methodist Church on September 10, 2011.


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Betty Thatcher, British lyricist (Renaissance), died from cancer she was , 67

Betty Thatcher was an English lyricist, who wrote most of the lyrics for the UK progressive rock band Renaissance died from cancer she was , 67.

(February 16, 1944 – August 15, 2011) 

Early life

Betty Mary Newsinger was born in Great Titchfield Street,
central London. She was taught to read newspapers at home, started
conventional school at the age of eight and became a fast and prolific
reader. After passing the Eleven plus exam,
she won a scholarship to a grammar school, where she refused to partake
in any examinations. After two years excelling in English and Art, she
transferred to a school that accepted difficult students.

Renaissance with Keith and Jane Relf

Thatcher’s friend Liz Kellett introduced her to her school friend Jane Relf, the younger sister of ex-Yardbirds singer Keith Relf. When Keith and Jane formed Renaissance, they asked her to be the lyricist, Relf having read Thatcher’s letters to Jane.[1] When the threesome moved to St Ives, Cornwall, she sent her lyrics from there to Jim McCarty who would write songs around them,[2] including “Love Is All” and “Past Orbits Of Dust” from the album Illusion, which was produced by Paul Samwell-Smith and released in Germany in 1971, but not released in the UK until 1976.

Renaissance with Annie Haslam

After many personnel changes, the Renaissance line-up finally stabilised from 1972 to 1980, with Annie Haslam (vocals), John Tout
(keyboards), Michael Dunford (guitar), Jon Camp (bass guitar/vocals)
and Terence Sullivan (drums). Dunford sent tapes of his compositions to
her when it was inconvenient to play through his ideas in person and
claimed that “she writes amazingly quickly… three days later I get
these stunning lyrics back in the post!” [3]
During this period, Thatcher wrote most of the band’s lyrics for the studio albums Prologue, Ashes Are Burning, Turn of the Cards, Scheherazade and Other Stories, Novella, A Song for All Seasons and Azure d’Or.
Notably, she wrote the lyrics to their 1978 UK top 10 hit single
“Northern Lights”. After further line-up changes, she wrote lyrics for
the 1981 album Camera Camera, being her final contributions to the band. She wrote the words to “Bonjour Swansong” as “a private goodbye to the group.”[4]
McCarty formed the group Shoot in 1973 whose only album, On The Frontier, featured the McCarty/Thatcher-composed title track that Renaissance recorded for Ashes Are Burning.

Michael Dunford’s Renaissance

In 1994, Thatcher wrote the lyrics for the album The Other Woman
by Michael Dunford’s Renaissance, which featured singer Stephanie
Adlington. These were written “during the painful period when a
relationship was coming to an end… during which I was unable to speak,
so I tried to put some of my feelings to song”.[5]

Terence Sullivan’s Renaissant

In 2005, Thatcher wrote lyrics for the album South of Winter by Terence Sullivan’s group Renaissant, which featured John Tout on keyboards, Terry’s wife Christine on most of the vocals and Terry singing lead on two songs.[6]

About the lyrics

John Tout described Thatcher’s lyrics as “reclusive, almost. They’re
not drawn from the normal sort of thing that people write about in a
rock band” and Jon Camp opined “What she’s written has always been
correct for the group. It fits very well with what we’ve tried to do
“Carpet of the Sun” conveys Thatcher’s “joy of being alive, and
seeing the grass grow” and “Ashes Are Burning” relates “a near death
experience”. “Running Hard” tells of “a long dark cliff path, that if
you miss the last bus from Hayle
to St. Ives, you have to walk… the sea’s at one side of you and
there’s a train the other side… the trees looked like webs and the
stars and the moon looked like mirrors”. “I Think of You” conveys how
“you can love everybody, in every way, even the unlovable”. “Black
Flame” relates to the Vietnam War and the horrors of killing. “Mother Russia” was inspired by Alexander Solzhenitsyn‘s book One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich.
About “Ocean Gypsy”, Thatcher “always thought the sun was the man and
the moon was the woman… it’s like they’re lovers and they never really
meet”. “The Vultures Fly High” was “actually written for Wishbone Ash
and it had even darker words… so I tried to make it a little
lighter”. Thatcher “always regretted writing “Sounds of the Sea” because
I felt that it was such a personal thing… every time I heard it for
the first five years I cringed and thought, oh my God, everyone can see
into my brain”.[1] Thatcher revealed that “Can You Hear Me?” is “about the city and… people hiding behind their social facades”.[8]

Work with other artists

During the seventies, Thatcher wrote English lyrics for German and
Spanish hits. In 1985, she wrote the lyrics to Annie Haslam’s Still Life album, which was recorded with Louis Clark and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.[9] Thatcher and Clark also recorded an album entitled The Life of Dorian Gray which was never released. She contributed lyrics to Don Airey‘s 1989 album K2. In 1998, Thatcher wrote the words for a Japanese commercial for Nikka Whiskey which won five awards.[10]

Personal life

In 1972, she married at the Kensington and Chelsea registry office
and became Betty Brown. She divorced in 1976, and changed her name back
to Newsinger in the early 1980s, when her name gained political
significance. She was a private person as was her ex husband. She lived
most of her life in St Ives and then in Hayle. In her late years she was not in the best of health, suffering from emphysema. Thatcher died of cancer on 15 August 2011, in Hayle.[11]

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Pierre Quinon, French pole vaulter and Olympic champion, died from suicide at 49.

Pierre Quinon was a pole vaulter from France.

(February 20, 1962 in Lyon – August 17, 2011 in Hyères

On August 28, 1983 in the German city of Cologne,
he set a new world record with 5.82 metres. That day, after winning the
contest, he became the first athlete to attempt to clear 6.00 metres in
an official meet. Though he failed by a significant margin, “he didn’t
make a fool of himself,” as his coach Jean-Claude Perrin said to the French media. Quinon’s record was short-lived – on September 1, 1983 fellow countryman Thierry Vigneron beat it by one centimetre.
In 1984, Quinon won the gold medal at the Olympic Games
with a height of 5.75m, with Vigneron placing joint third. Though both
Frenchmen ranked among the favorites before the Games, Quinon’s win was a
minor surprise because Vigneron, usually the better performer, was
expected to prevail. Quinon took the silver medal at the 1984 European
Indoor Championships behind Vigneron. On July 16, 1985, Quinon achieved
his personal best of 5.90 metres, 10 centimetres behind the then-world
He retired in 1993 and entered the restaurant business in the south
of France. He had also been involved in preparations for the 2015 World
Masters Athletics in Lyon.
Pierre Quinon committed suicide on August 17, 2011 by jumping out of a window in the Mediterranean city of Hyères.[1][2]
He was 49 and had been suffering from depression.[3]
He had been running a rotisserie business from a truck prior to his
death. He had two children, Robin and Jean-Baptiste, by his ex-wife,
Caroline Large.
His funeral took place on the parvis of the town hall and the Saint-Trophyme church of the town of Bormes-les-Mimosas in the department of Var
on August 23, 2011. It was attended by more than 200 persons, among
them his children, ex-wife, sister, mother and notable, retired French
athletes like Stéphane Diagana, Maryse Éwanjé-Épée, Thierry Vigneron, Christian Plaziat and William Motti. He was buried in Bormes-les-Mimosas’ cemetery.[4]

Major achievements

Year Tournament Venue Result Extra
1984 European Indoor Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 2nd
Olympic Games Los Angeles, United States 1st



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Vasyl Dzharty, Ukrainian politician, Prime Minister of Crimea (since 2010), died from cancer at 53.

Vasyl Heorhiyovych Dzharty was a Ukrainian politician. He served as the Prime Minister of Crimea,
which is also known as the Chairman of the Crimean Council of
Ministers, from March 17, 2010, until his death in August 2011. The Autonomous Republic of Crimea is an autonomous republic of Ukraine.

(June 3, 1958 – August 17, 2011)

Personal life

Dzharty was born in 1958, in Rozdolne, a village in the Starobesheve district of Donetsk in what was then the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic.[1] His father was a miner.[2]
He completed his studies at Donetsk Polytechnic Institute. He then obtained a master’s degree from Donetsk National Technical University in public administration.[2]

Political career

Dzharty served as the Donetsk Oblast‘s first deputy governor.[2] He then became Mayor of Makiivka, a city in the Donetsk Oblast of Ukraine.[2] He was elected to the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s national parliament, serving during its fifth and sixth sessions as a member of the Party of Regions.[2] From 2006-07, Dzharty served as Ukraine’s Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources.[2]

Prime Minister of Crimea

Dzharty became the Prime Minister of Crimea on March 17, 2010, succeeding outgoing Prime Minister Viktor Plakida.[3] The Speaker of the Supreme Council of Crimea, Volodymyr Konstantino, had nominated Dzharty, a member of the Party of Regions, as Crimea’s next prime minister and chairman of the council of ministers.[3] As required by the Ukrainian Constitution, the President of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, had to personally approve of Dzharty’s nomination, which he did.[3] The Supreme Council of Crimea, which acts as Crimea’s parliament, overwhelmingly approved Dzharty’s nomination on March 17, 2011.[3] 82 out of the 89 members of the Crimean parliament voted in favor of Dzharty’s appointment as Prime Minister.[3] Dzharty simultaneously served as chairman of the Crimean branch of the Party of Regions.[4]
Dzharty was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2010.[5] He sought treatment for the disease in Ukraine, Germany and Russia.[5] Dzharty died from lung cancer in Yalta on August 17, 2011, at the age of 53.[1][6] He was interred at Kozatske cemetery in the city of Makiivka, Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine, on August 18, 2011.[1] A memorial service was also held in Simferopol.[5] On November 7, 2011 President Viktor Yanukovych appointed Anatolii Mohyliov as his successor as Prime Minister of Crimea.[7]

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Norm Willey,American football player (Philadelphia Eagles), died when he was 83.

Norman Earle “Norm” Willey  was an American football defensive lineman in the National Football League for the Philadelphia Eagles  died he was  83..

(August 22, 1927 – August 18, 2011)

He went to two Pro Bowls during his eight-year career and was credited with an unofficial 17 sacks in one game.[1] Willey played college football at Marshall University and was drafted in the thirteenth round of the 1950 NFL Draft. Willey went on to teach physical education and coach football in Pennsville, New Jersey; the Norm Willey Boot trophy is awarded annually to the winner of the Pennsville-Pennsgrove football game.
In 2003, he was elected into the Marshall University Athletics Hall of Fame for his career in football and basketball.[2]
Wiley died on August 18, 2011, aged 83, only four days short of his 84th birthday.



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Jean Tabary, French comic strip artist, died when he was 81.

Jean Tabary  was a French comics artist.

(March 5, 1930 –August 18, 2011)

Tabary was born in Stockholm and made his comics debut with Richard et Charlie published in the comics magazine Vaillant on November 5, 1956.[1][2] For Vaillant (in 1965 renamed Pif) Tabary also drew Grabadu et Gabaliouchtou, and eventually the hit series Totoche in 1959, which produced another series with two if its characters, Corinne et Jeannot, and its own short-lived periodical Totoche Poche. Tabary continued to draw this series until 1976.
In 1962 Tabary began a long-lasting collaboration with René Goscinny, creating the series Les aventures du Calife Haroun el Poussah, first published in Record on January 15, 1962.[3] Shifting its focus and title name to the evil protagonist/anti-hero of the series, Iznogoud became a considerable success, and was eventually adapted into a cartoon TV series.[1] In 1968 the series changed serial publication magazine to Goscinny’s Pilote. Valentin le vagabond, another series Tabary initially created with Goscinny, also appeared in Pilote since 1962.
After Goscinny’s death in 1977, Tabary continued to create Iznogoud
albums. Tabary’s own publishing label, at first named Editions de la
Séguinière, then Éditions Tabary, continues to publish Tabary work,
ultimately albums in the Corinne et Jeannot series, and the most recent Iznogoud volume, La faute de l’ancêtre in 2004.


Series Years Magazine Albums Editor Remarks
Richard et Charlie 1955 – 1962 Vaillant 1 Glénat
Totoche 1959 – 1976 Vaillant and Pif 14 Vaillant and Dargaud
Iznogoud 1962–2004 Record and Pilote 27 Dargaud Scenarios by René Goscinny until 1977
Valentin le vagabond 1962–1977 Pilote 7 Dargaud Created with Goscinny
Corinne et Jeannot 1966–2005 Pif 7 Vaillant, Dargaud, Tabary



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Jerome J. Shestack, American human rights activist and attorney, President of American Bar Association (1997–1998) died he was , 88.

Jerome Joseph “Jerry” Shestack was a Philadelphia lawyer and human rights advocate active in Democratic Party politics who served as president of the American Bar Association (ABA) from 1997 to 1998. He chaired the International League for Human Rights for twenty years, and was appointed the United States Ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights from 1979 to 1980 by President Jimmy Carter. Shestack was regularly listed on the National Law Journal‘s list of the 100 most influential U.S. lawyers.

(February 11, 1923 – August 18, 2011)

Early life, education, and military service

Shestack was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey[1] to Jewish parents Isidore Shestack and Olga Shankman Shestack.[2] He grew up poor; his father was a paperhanger.[3] His grandfather, an Orthodox Rabbi, was an early influence, telling him “Justice, justice, shalt thou pursue.”[3] When he was ten, the family moved to the Wynnefield neighborhood of Philadelphia.[3] He graduated from Overbrook High School in Philadelphia in 1940, where he enjoyed the school’s racial and ethnic diversity and began a long passion for poetry.[3]
He received a bachelor’s degree in history and economics in 1943 from the University of Pennsylvania,[4] having gone through in 2½ years.[3]
Shestack then served in the United States Navy from 1943 to 1946.[1] During World War II he was a gunnery officer aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ticonderoga.[2] He was wounded during the January 21, 1945, Japanese kamikaze attack upon the ship.[5] His kosher dietary habits
kept him from worse injury, as he avoided the pork meal that day and
thus was not on the mess deck which suffered the worst of the damage.[2][6]
After the war, he attained his law degree (LLB) in 1949 from Harvard Law School,[1] where he was editor-in-chief of the Harvard Law Record. While a student at Harvard, he launched a movement to have women admitted to the law school, which soon succeeded.[1][6]

Legal career and human rights activities

Shestack clerked in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and taught as an instructor for a year at Northwestern Law School[1] and for another year at Louisiana State University, where he advocated for blacks to be admitted to the university’s law school.[7] (One who was as a result of these efforts, Ernest Morial, went on to become the first black Mayor of New Orleans.[6])
He became first deputy city solicitor in Philadelphia in 1951 where
he helped end segregation in swimming pools, bowling alleys, and other
public places.[8] In 1951 he married Marciarose Schleifer, who in 1971 on KYW-TV became the first woman to anchor a prime-time TV newscast in a major city.[2][3] Shestack taught at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, which awarded him an Honorary Fellowship and at Rutgers. He was a Honorary Fellow of Columbia Law School and had three honorary doctor of laws degrees.[9] From 1955 to 1991, and again from 2009 he practiced with the law firm of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP,
from 1991, when he had to leave Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis
after having reached the mandatory retirement age till 2009, when the
law firm collapsed, he practiced with Wolf, Block, Schorr and Solis-Cohen, chairing the litigation practice.[10] During much of his law practice career, he concentrated on involved commercial law and advocacy regarding appellate law.[6]
An active Democrat, Shestack worked for Adlai Stevenson and wrote speeches for Vice President Hubert Humphrey, Sargent Shriver, and Senator Ed Muskie.[7]
He was a co-founder and chair of the Lawyers Committee for
International Human Rights, chair of the International Bar Association’s
Standing Committee on Human Rights, a counselor of the American Society of International Law, a Commissioner of the International Commission of Jurists, and a founding member and the first executive director of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law,[1] convened by President John F. Kennedy in 1963. He served on the board of directors of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund.[1] He wrote widely on human rights issues and other subjects.[10]
Throughout his attention to human rights, he focused upon cases that
involved racial minorities, women, political prisoners, and indigents
without legal representation.[6]
His appointment as ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights occurred on December 10, 1979, when he replaced the resigning Edward Mezvinsky.[1] As ambassador he sought to bring focus upon the poor treatment given political dissidents such as Andrei Sakharov in the Soviet Union as well as upon the thousands who were “disappeared” during the Argentine Dirty War.[6] Shestack’s own time in the position came to an end with the election of Republican Ronald Reagan to the presidency.
Shestack was long active in the American Bar Association.
He was a founder of the ABA’s Section of Individual Rights and
Responsibilities, which became the vehicle for the ABA’s support of
women’s rights, pro bono work, and other legal services for the impoverished, and served as chairman of that section from 1969 to 1970.[1][3]
In 1973 he became the first chairman of the Commission on Mentally
Disabled of the American Bar Association, where he established projects
to help provide legal services and promote fights for the mentally
disabled.[1] He was chairman of ABA’s Center for Human Rights.
During the controversial and eventually unsuccessful Robert Bork Supreme Court nomination
in 1987, Shestack was part of the association’s committee on judicial
appointments and was one of the minority report members who gave Bork a
“not qualified” assessment.[6] Shestack also gained some notoriety in 1992, during a controversy wherein the ABA refused to let Vice President and lawyer Dan Quayle
speak at its national convention, when he said that Quayle would have
been invited had he been a person of “personal stature or legal
ability”. Shestack later acknowledged the remark had been disrespectful
of Quayle’s office.[3]
He longed to serve as president of the ABA, and finally did so from 1997 to 1998.[3] At one time he had been considered too radical to hold the post, but the ABA’s political drift aligned more with him.[3]
As president of the ABA, Shestack focused on increasing professionalism
within the bar, established a high level commission to review and
revise the bar’s model code of ethics, and initiated an ethical rule
regarding pay-to-play.
He convened the first ABA conferences on racism and mental health as
well as the first ABA Conference on Human Rights at the U.N.[1]
Shestack served as chair of the American Poetry Center and as director of the American Poetry Review, which awards a prize in his honor. He was President of the Jewish Publication Society of America, served on the board of directors of Tel Aviv University, Hebrew University,[11] the American Jewish Congress, the American Jewish Committee, and served as president of Har Zion Temple, then Philadelphia’s largest Conservative Jewish congregation.[2] He was a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Council and Chairman of that institution’s Committee on Conscience.[12]
In Philadelphia, he was often known as “Mr. Marciarose”, due to the fame of his wife.[3] The couple had two children: Jennifer Shestack Doss,[13] a fragrance buyer for Bergdorf Goodman, and motion picture producer Jonathan Shestack,[2] as well as five grandchildren.[6] The couple became active in Cure Autism Now after one of their grandchildren was discovered to be afflicted.[10] His most prized personal possession was a book inscribed to him by Martin Luther King, Jr..[3]
In 2006 he received the American Bar Association Medal,[10]
that organization’s highest honor. The announcement said, “Where
individuals have suffered, Jerry has helped them. His tireless efforts
have served not just American jurisprudence, but truly have served the
world.”[10] In 2008 he was awarded the Gruber Prize for Justice,[8] and in 2009 the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights’ Lloyd N. Cutler Lifetime Achievement Award.[14] Summing up his own career, Shestack once said, “There is no end of just causes to pursue.”[3]
Shestack died August 18, 2011, of kidney failure at his home in Center City.[15] In a statement, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
called Shestack “a committed public servant and a dogged defender of
human rights,” adding, “as president of the American Bar Association,
and in the years following, he set the standard for how civil society
leaders can promote human rights.”[15]



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Scotty Robertson, American basketball coach (New Orleans Jazz, Chicago Bulls, Detroit Pistons), died from cancer at 81.

Robert Scott Robertson, III , known as Scotty Robertson, was an American basketball coach of four NBA teams. He was the first coach for the New Orleans Jazz (now the Utah Jazz), and he later coached the Chicago Bulls and the Detroit Pistons. He also has a stint as assistant coach for the Indiana Pacers, San Antonio Spurs, Phoenix Suns, and the Miami Heat.[1]

(February 1, 1930 – August 18, 2011)

Robertson was born in  Fort Smith in western Arkansas. As a sixth grader, he moved to Shreveport, Louisiana, where he played basketball and baseball for C.E. Byrd High School, from which he graduated in 1947. He attended the University of Texas at Austin but graduated in 1951 from Louisiana Tech University. He obtained a master’s degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.[1] After his graduation from Louisiana Tech, he played baseball in the Chicago White Sox organization before returning to basketball as a coach.[2]
Robertson coached at Byrd High School for eight years, having
accomplished a 163-91 record. He then coached at Louisiana Tech from
1964 to 1974. There he amassed a 165-86 record and during the early
1970s led the Bulldogs
to a No. 1 ranking in the national college division. The Bulldogs
procured three championships in the former Gulf States Conference under
Robertson’s tutelage and also entered two National Collegiate Athletic Association tournaments.[1]
Robertson was nominated to eight athletic halls of fame and was a
Louisiana Tech “Alumnus of the Year” for the university school of
education. He was a member of the Louisiana Tech Letterman Club and the
Byrd High School Super Stars. Robertson was also a classic car
At the time of his death of lung cancer at the age of eighty-one, Robertson was residing in Ruston, the location of Louisiana Tech, with his wife the former Betty Lou Lancaster, a member of a prominent family originally from Tensas Parish in eastern Louisiana.[3] He was survived by his daughters, Libby Robertson Power (husband Robert) of Frisco, Texas, Claudia Robertson Fowler (husband Royal) of Franklin, Tennessee, and Vicki Robertson Page of Ruston. He had ten grandchildren.[1]
Services were held on August 21, 2011, at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Ruston. Interment followed at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Ruston.[1]
His obituary describes him, accordingly: “Despite compiling
significant accolades in his professional career, no list does justice
in describing a man that touched so many, angered so few and was
respected and revered by all. Knowing the man was the only true
description of his greatness. For those who knew him, he will never be
forgotten. His love will carry on forever.”[1]



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Herb Pfuhl, American politician, longest-serving Mayor of Johnstown, Pennsylvania (1971–1977, 1982–1993), died when he was 83.

Herbert “Herb” Pfuhl Jr. was an American politician and teacher. Pfuhl was the longest serving Mayor of Johnstown, Pennsylvania
in the municaplity’s history, serving six terms as head of the city
from 1971 to 1977 and again from 1982 to his retirement in 1993  died when he was 83.Pfuhl faced major challenges during his two decade long career as the elected chief of Johnstown, including population decline, the 1977 Johnstown flood and the collapse of the steel industry, which included one of the city’s biggest employers, Bethlehem Steel. However, Pfuhl has been credited with having revitalized downtown Johnstown’s business district and successfully lobbying for millions in aid from the U.S. federal government for economic development.

(April 25, 1928 – August 18, 2011)

Early life

Pfuhl was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, in 1928 to German immigrant parents who had moved to the United States during the 1920s.[5] Pfuhl’s father, Herbert L. Pfuhl, moved to Johnstown from Berlin, Germany.[5] His mother, Anna Schweitzer, moved to Johnstown from a rural region of Germany when she was 16 years old.[5] She worked as a maid for a Johnstown family, the Suppes.[5] Anna Schweitzer was also a relative of Albert Schweitzer, a prominent physician and theologian.[5] Both became students at Johnstown High School, where they learned English. The couple met while both were attending the Zion Lutheran Church and soon married.[5]
Pfuhl remained a resident of Johnstown for his entire life, eventually settling in the Roxbury neighborhood of the city.[5] He grew up in a home with coal stoves heating the room.[5] Pfuhl enlisted in United States Navy during World War II.[6][4] He graduated from Johnstown High School in 1946.[6][4] He then earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh.[6] Pfuhl was a Presbyterian.[7] He worked in public education before entering politics. He was a teacher and coach in the Ferndale Area School District in Cambria County, Pennsylvania.[4] Pfuhl also served in the Pennsylvania National Guard.[4]

Mayor of Johnstown

Pfuhl would serve six terms as Mayor of Johnstown, the longest tenure of any chief executive in city history.[4] He helped guide Johnstown’s transition from a commission government to a local government consisting of a strong mayor and city council.[4] He helped move Johnstown to its present system of governing based on a city manager.[4]
Pfuhl ran for Mayor of Johnstown during six mayoral elections, winning five of the six campaigns.[1] He was elected as a Republican, despite Johnstown’s reputation as a stronghold of the Democratic Party.[1] Pfuhl was elected to his first term as mayor in the 1971 election.[3]
Pfuhl was mayor of Johnstown during the July 1977 flood, which devastated the city and the local economy.[8] The flood heavily damaged the facities of Bethlehem Steel, which was Johnstown’s major employer at the time, with 12,000 employees in during pre-flood 1977.[8] Bethlehem Steel lost more than $50 million dollars in the flood, resulting in 4,000 layoffs.[8]
Pfuhl accused Bethlehem Steel of using the flood as an excuse to pull some of its investments from the area.[8] The business district was heavily flooded, closing both of the city’s department stores, Penn Traffic and Grosser Bros.[8] Pennsylvania Gov. Milton Shapp
gave Pfuhl a hand-written letter after the flood, authorizing Pfuhl to
wave the usual regulations and solicitation process for the clean-up. [9]
Pfuhl lost his re-election bid in 1977 to Democrat Charles “Kutch”
Tomljanovic, largely due to the aftermath of the 1977 Johnstown flood,
which proved one of the biggest challenges of his political career.[3][10]
Pfuhl remained out of office for just one term before being
re-elected as mayor in the 1981 election and re-took the mayor’s office
in 1982.[3] In October 1986, Pfuhl appointed Linda Weaver as Johnstown’s police chief.[11] The appointment made Weaver the first female police chief in Pennsylvania.[11] She retired on March 5, 1993.[11]
Pfuhl announced his retirement in February 1993, when he announced
that he would not seek re-election in the November 1993 mayoral
In his announcement, Pfuhl told the audience, “I love my family, I love
my city, I love this job. And I really feel I’ve been pretty good at
Pfuhl died at Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, on August 19, 2011, aged 83.[1][6] He was survived by his wife of 64 years, the former Phyllis I. Meyer, and five children.[4] He was buried at Grandview Cemetery at the mausoleum in Southmont, Pennsylvania.[7]



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Paul Lockyer, Australian journalist, died from a helicopter crash age 61.

Paul James Lockyer  was an Australian television journalist for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the Nine Network
who was known for his reporting on rural and regional Australia.
Lockyer and two colleagues died in a helicopter accident while on
assignment filming a story about Lake Eyre, South Australia.[3]

(27 April 1950 – 18 August 2011)

Early years and background

Lockyer was the younger of two sons of Nona and Norman Lockyer. He was born and grew up on a farm near Corrigin, about 250 kilometres (160 mi) east of Perth, Western Australia. He later boarded at Aquinas College in Perth where he played hockey.[4][5][6]


In 1969 at age 19, Lockyer became a cadet journalist with the Perth office of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), before moving to Sydney and then Canberra in the mid-1970s.[7][8] In 1979 Lockyer became an ABC correspondent in Port Moresby and then Jakarta before a three year posting in Bangkok. It was during this period that he reported on events following the Vietnam War and the Khmer Rouge killing fields.[4] He was posted to Washington, D.C.
where as ABC correspondent during the Reagan administration he covered
Central and North America. Lockyer later returned to Asia, taking up a
posting in ABC’s Singapore office and reporting on the trial and subsequent execution of Kevin Barlow and Brian Chambers on drug trafficking charges. Lockyer was nominated for a Gold Walkley award for his coverage of the trial and execution.[citation needed]
In 1988 he joined the Nine Network in Sydney.[4][9] Lockyer’s reporting on a drought in eastern Australia in 1994 for A Current Affair was credited for inspiring the Farmhand Appeal.[10] He worked across a range of programs for the network including Sunday, Midday, and the Wide World of Sports.
After returning to the ABC in 1999,[9] Lockyer won a Logie Award for Most Outstanding News Reporter in 2001 for his daily coverage of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.[11] He later led ABC TV News coverage of the 2004 Athens Olympics and reported on the 2008 Beijing Olympics for the 7.30 Report.[12] In 2005, Lockyer was the presenter for the ABC television news in Western Australia.[5]
However, it was his coverage of rural stories that he was most passionate about.[citation needed] Lockyer’s was the first news team to report from Grantham in the Lockyer Valley in the aftermath of the 2010–2011 Queensland floods; for the first 24 hours he was the only reporter on the ground in Grantham.[13] Lockyer also provided in depth coverage of the impact of Cyclone Yasi.[4]
Lockyer was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2003 for his coverage of
rural issues, particularly the extensive drought and he was twice
awarded the NSW Farmers’ Association Mackellar Media prize for coverage
of rural issues.[12] Lockyer reported the 2006 rescue of two miners from Tasmania’s Beaconsfield gold mine.[12]
Lockyer’s final story was an interview with Bob Lasseter, who is searching for Lasseter’s Reef. Bob Lasseter is the son of Harold Lasseter, the man who claimed to have originally found the gold deposit. The story was broadcast on 7.30, on 29 August 2011.[14]


On 18 August 2011, Lockyer and two fellow ABC employees, pilot Gary
Ticehurst and cameraman John Bean, died in a helicopter crash on the
eastern shore of Lake Eyre in South Australia. The trio were on assignment filming a story about the lake.[15][16] The aircraft was an Aérospatiale Industries AS355F2 helicopter owned by the ABC. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is conducting an investigation into the fatal accident.[17] A preliminary report released in mid September 2011 did not include the cause of the crash.[18][19][20] The accident was the first fatal accident involving a twin-engine helicopter in Australia since 1986.[21]
Addressing Parliament, the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard,
spoke of Lockyer’s coverage of important events, his famous inland
reports and his reporting of the 2010–2011 Queensland floods. She spoke
of the dangers journalists were exposed to, saying “[They] took these
risks and told these stories. They were true professionals and true
gentlemen of the Australian media.”[22]

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Johnson, Indian film music composer, died from cardiac arrest he was 58.

Johnson was an Indian film score composer and music director who has given music to some of the most important motion pictures of Malayalam cinema, including those for Koodevide, Namukku Parkkan Munthiri Thoppukal, Oru Minnaminunginte Nurunguvettam, Vadakkunokkiyantram, Perumthachan, Amaram, Njan Gandharvan, Ponthan Mada, and Bhoothakkannadi.
He was noted for his lyrical and expressive melodies together with
simple but rich tonal compositions of thematic music. Johnson is a
recipient of National Film Awards twice and Kerala State Film Awards five times.
He started his career as an assistant to G. Devarajan in 1970s,[1] and debuted as an independent composer in late seventies with Aaravam.[2] He was a recurrent collaborator for directors Padmarajan, Bharathan, Sathyan Anthikkad, T. V. Chandran, Kamal, Lohithadas, Balachandra Menon and Mohan.[2] He has composed music for more than 300 Malayalam films, the most by any composer except for Devarajan.[2] He died in Chennai on August 18, 2011 due to a heart attack.[3]

(26 March 1953 – 18 August 2011)

Early life

Johnson was born in a musically affluent Christian family in Nellikkunnu, Thrissur,
Kerala, on 26 March 1953. His father was a bank employee. Johnson was a
singer in the choir of Nellikkunnu St. Sebastian’s Church. He obtained
training in guitar and harmonium
from his colleagues during this early periods itself. He used to sing
in youth festivals and musical shows and joined the orchestra team of
some local troupes and played harmonium in many concerts. He also used
to sing in the female voice in ganamelas(a stage show where film songs
are sung by local or professional artists).[4]
In 1968, Johnson and his friends formed a club named Voice of
Thrissur. Johnson was the main instrumentalist in the club where he
played wide varieties of instruments – guitar, harmonium, flute, drums and violin.[4]
Within a few years, the club became one of the most sought after
musical troups in Kerala, and had more than fifty members. This club
used to give accompaniment music to playback singers Jayachandran and Madhuri in their musical shows. It was Jayachandran who introduced Johnson to G. Devarajan, one of the most prolific composers of South Indian cinema then. Devarajan literally adopted Johnson and brought him to Chennai in 1974. Johnson bought an accordion, during this period, from R. K. Shekhar (A. R. Rahman‘s father), and began assisting Devarajan in filmscoring and composing. [4]

Film scoring and soundtracks

Johnson began his independent career by composing the film scores of Bharathan‘s Aaravam (1978), Thakara (1980) and Chamaram (1980). He composed his first soundtracks for the film Inaye Thedi, debut film of director turned still photographer Antony Eastman and actress Silk Smitha. It was Devarajan himself, who suggested Johnson to the director. Then came Bharathan‘s Parvathi and Balachandra Menon‘s Premageethangal. Premageethangal
was a notable success with four of its songs – “Swapnam Verumoru
Swapnam”, “Nee Nirayoo Jeevanil”, “Muthum Mudipponnum” and
“Kalakalamozhi” attaining cult status.
He came to prominence through his collaboration with Malayalam author and director Padmarajan. Koodevide
was their first venture, which had one of the most famous songs of
Johnson “Aadivaa Kaatte”, a pathbreaking song in Malayalam music
history. It was one of the first songs in Malayalam to have a grant
orchestral score and the song was born out of Padmarajan’s need for a
western song for his innovative film. Song composition took place in
Woodland’s Hotel, Chennai. Another notable feature of this song was the lyrics by O. N. V. Kurup, who for the first time wrote lyrics for a pre-composed song.[4] Johnson worked for 17 films with Padmarajan, including his last film Njan Gandharvan.
This productive collaboration saw the detailed screenplay and
cinematography of Padmarajan become a fertile ground for expressive
musical narration and thematic scores for Johnson. This is seen in some
of the greatest motion pictures of Malayalam cinema, like Namukku Parkkan Munthiri Thoppukal (1986), Oru Minnaminunginte Nurunguvettam (1987), Nombarathipoovu (1987) and Perumthachan (1990). Another notable collaboration of Johnson was with director Sathyan Anthikkad,
with whom he associated in almost 25 films. He was able to provide some
of his most popular songs with Anthikkad and this combo is widely
accepted to be one of the greatest director-composer collaborations in
Malayalam cinema. Acclaimed Malayalam director Bharathan also collabrated with him in multiple films including Parvathy, Palangal, Ormakkayi, Kattathe Kilikkoodu, Ente Upasana, Oru Minnaminunginte Nurunguvettam, Ozhivukalam, Malootty, Chamayam and Churam. His major other collaborations with directors include Mohan (Oru Katha Oru Nunakkatha, Sakshyam, Pakshe and Angane Oru Avadhikkalathu), Sibi Malayil (Kireedam, Chenkol, Dasaratham and Nee Varuvolam), Sreenivasan (Vadakkunokkiyantram and Chinthavishtayaya Shyamala), Lohithadas (Bhoothakkannadi and Arayannangalude Veedu), Kamal (Peruvannapurathe Visheshangal, Shubhayathra, Ee Puzhayum Kadannu and Paavam Paavam Rajakumaran), and Balachandra Menon (Shesham Kazhchayil, Premageethangal, Kilukilukkam and Kelkatha Shabdam).
He is also noted for his collaboration with the Malayalam lyricist Kaithapram Damodaran Namboothiri. Their association began in 1989 with Sathyan Anthikkad‘s social satire Varavelpu.
Most of Jonhnson’s notable works came in late eighties and early
nineties. In 1991, he scored a record number of 31 films, including 29
with Kaithapram.[4] Johnson won National awards for two consecutive years. He won his first National Award in 1994 for the motion picture Ponthan Mada (1993). The next year he got his second award for Sukrutham. Both the awards were for the background score in films.
After an extremely successful career of more than a decade, Johnson
took a sabattical from film scoring by the end of nineties. The quality
and quantity of his works began perishing during this time. By the
beginning of 2000s, he didn’t sign any new projects that even his most
noted collaborator Sathyan Anthikkad had to find a new composer. In
2004, he sang the song “Theekuruvi” from Kangalal Kaidhu Sei, which was composed by A. R. Rahman. Perhaps it is the only song recorded by him for any composer. He returned strongly to the field with Photographer in 2006, which fetched him numerous awards.[5]

Non-cinematic outputs

Johnson has released four non-film albums. His first album Sneha Deepika
was released in 1989 on Tharangini audios. It had nine Christian
devotional songs – “Aathma Swaroopa”, “Unni Yesu Pirannu”, “Manninum
Poovinum”, “Thumbapoo Polulla”, “Bhoomikku Pulakam”, “Manassakumengil”,
“Kulir Choodum”, “Arthungal Innoru” and “Vidarnna Punchiri”. The
featured artists were K. J. Yesudas, K. S. Chithra and Sujatha.[6] His second album Onathappan, a collaboration with M. G. Radhakrishnan and Berny-Ignatius, consisted of nine festival songs. The track “Mundon Paadam” was composed by Johnson, sung by M. G. Sreekumar and had lyrics penned by Bichu Thirumala.[7] His third album Nannipoorvam Johnson,
consisted of twelve tracks – “Chandanakkavilinnu”, “Panineeru Peyyum”,
“Vasundhare”, “Virunnu Vanna”, “Prapanjam Sundaram”, “Enthe Nee
Varathe”, “Nilasandhyayil”, “Veruthe Onnu”, “Ponnazhikkuttu”,
“Pranayappirave”, “Kalindhi”, and an introductory speech by Sreenivasan. In 2009, he released his second Christian devotional album entitled Parishudhan. It had eleven tracks – “Vazhiyum Sathyavum Nee Thanne (Vijay Yesudas), “Mullukal Kuthi” (Chithra), “Ariyathe Polum” (G. Venugopal), “Neethimanayavane” (Sujatha), “Traditional song” (Louis), “Mazhayum Veyilum” (Rimi Tomy), “Oru Viral Sparshathal (Sudheep), “Loka Palaka” (Chithra), Neethanthamam (Vijay Yesudas), and “Kannukalil Theliyum” (Manjari).

Music style and impact

His skilful integration of textual rhythm of the lyrics together with
rich tonal arrangement, redefined songwriting in Malayalam cinema,
since the late 1980s. In his film scores, Johnson combines native South
Indian melodic patterns with the harmonic structure of European
classical music and this has attained an expressive form of narration
through film score.[8]
He composed for about 300 films. Though he has obtained no formal
training in classical music, he was able to incorporate the beauty of Carnatic ragas in his songs. Most of his songs were composed on Kalyani raga.
Johnson’s favourite male singer was K. J. Yesudas, who has recorded many songs for him, while S. Janaki and K. S. Chithra were his favourite female singers. Chithra had some of her most noted songs with Johnson.[9]
Johnson is fondly called Johnson Master (Johnson Mashu) by Malayalee
audiences. He is affectionately described as the “John Williams of
Malayalam cinema”, after the Hollywood composer John Williams.[8]


Johnson won the National Film Award for Best Background Score for the films Ponthan Mada (1994) and Sukrutham (1995).[10]
Johnson is the only composer to receive this rarely given award twice.
He was the first Malayalee music composer to receive an award in music
category and is also the only Malayalee music director who received two
national awards in music category. Actually his first national award for
Ponthan Mada, not only for background score but also for Best Music Composer. This film has one song Adimarunge ayyayya  lyrics by O. N. V. Kurup and sung by K. S. Chithra and chorus composed by Johnson.
This is a folk song. National film award committee noted that he
brilliantly conceive western folk tunes into this song. So award given
for best music direction and background score of this film. He has
received three Kerala State Film Award for Best Music Director, for the films Ormakkayi (1982), Vadakkunokkiyantram and Mazhavil Kavadi (1989), and Angane Oru Avadhikkalathu (1999). He was awarded the Kerala State Film Award for Best Background Music for the films Sadayam (1992) and Sallapam
(1996). He has thus received five Kerala State Film Awards in music
category, an achievement he shares with Devarajan. He has received the
Kerala Film Critics Awards four times, the most recent in 2008 for Gulmohar. In 2007, he won the Mathruboomi Award for Best Music Director for Photographer (2006).[11]
He won the Mullasserry Raju Music Award for the song “Enthe Kannanu
Karuppu Niram”, also from the same film. In addition, he has received
numerous other awards and nominations including Devarajan Master
Memorial Award and Raveendran Master Memorial Award.[12]


Johnson, popularly known as ‘Johnson Master’ died in Chennai
on 18 August 2011 at the age of 58, due to a heart attack. The
Government of Kerala gave all official honours for his funeral which was
held in his hometown, Thrissur. He is survived by his wife – Rani
Johnson, daughter – Shan Johnson and son – Renn Johnson. On 25 February
2012, Renn Johnson, an engineer by profession, worked at Connectivity
Data Systems LLC died in a motor bike accident at Chennai.[13]

Partial discography

Original scores and soundtracks

Year Album Year Album
1980 Cheriyachante Kroorakrithyangal 1981 Premageethangal
Oridathoru Phayalwan
Inaye Thedi
1982 Football
Ithiri Neram Othiri Karyam
Kelkatha Shabdam
Swarna Gopuram
Ithu Njangalude Kadha
Thuranna Jail
1983 Koodevide
Shesham Kaazhchayil
Onnu Chirikkoo
Kattathe Kilikkoodu
Ivide Thudangunnu
1984 Parannu Parannu Parannu
Ente Upasana
Swanthamevide Bandhamevide
1985 Akkacheede Kunjivava
Nerariyum Nerathu
Oru Kudakkeezhil
Makan Ente Makan
Kadha Ithu Vare
Oduvil Kittiya Vartha
Aa Neram Alpa Dooram
1986 Namukku Parkkan Munthiri Thoppukal
Oru Katha Oru Nunnakkatha
Neram Pularumpol
Kariyila Kattu Pole
Ice Cream
Malamukalile Daivam
Ente Entethumathram
1987 Oru Minnaminunginte Nurunguvettam
Ithente Needhi
Arinjo Ariyatheyo
Onnam Manam Poomanam
Archana Pookkal
Kathirippinte Thudakkam
1988 Aparan
Unnikrishnante Adyathe Christmas
Ponmuttayidunna Tharavu
1989 Peruvannapurathe Visheshangal
Nerunnu Nanmakal
Lal Americayil
Pradeshika Varthakal
Pandu Pandoru Desathu
1990 Nanma Niranjavan Sreenivasan
Muppathi Randam Naal
Sunday 7 PM
Dr. Pasupathy
Kouthuka Vaarthakal
Ee Kanni Koodi
Cheriya Lokavum Valiya Manushyarum
Niyamam Endu Cheyyum
Pavam Pavam Rajakumaran
Ananthanum Appukkuttanum Anayundu
1991 Kakka Thollayiram
Sundari Kakka
Mimics Parade
Kanal Kaattu
Innathe Program
Karpoora Deepam
Aanaval Mothiram
Apoorvam Chilar
Ennum Nanmakal
Njaan Gandharvan
Nagarathil Samsaaravishayam
Venal Kinavukal
Cheppukilukkana Changaathi
Nayam Vyakthamakkunnu
1992 My Dear Muthachan
Kunukkkitta Kozhi
Kasargode Khadarbhai
Maanthrika Cheppu
Kudumba Sametham
Poochaikkaru Manikettum
Aayaram Gayaram
Ambathu Lakshavum Maruthi Carum
1993 Addheham Enna Iddheham
Golanthara Vartha
Ente Sreekuttiku
O’ Faby
Meleparambil Aanveedu
1994 [[CID Unnikrishnan B.A.
Ponthan Mada
The City
Kudumba Visesham
Manathe Vellitheru
Malappuram Haji Mahanaaya Joji
1995 Ezharakuttam
Ormakal Undaayirikkanam
Kaattile Thadi Thevarude Aana
Mangalam Veettil Manaseswari Gupta
Sunny Scooter
Thovala Pookkal
1996 Ee Puzhayum Kadannu
Thooval Kottaram
Aayiram Naavulla Ananthan
Kalyana Sougandhikam
1997 Irattakuttikalude Achan
Killikurisiyile Kudumbhamela
Manthra Mothiram
Sankeerthanam Pole
Guru Sishyan
Oral Mathram
Itha Oru Snehagadha
Nee Varuvolam
Athyunnathangalil Koodaram Panithavar
1998 Aayushmaanbhava
Manjukaalavum Kazhinju
Chinthavishtayaya Shyamala
1999 Angane Oru Avadikkalathu
Veendum Chila Veettukaryangal
2000 Swayamvara Pandhal
Ee Mazha Thenmazha
Oru Cheru Punchiri
2001 Narendran Makan Jayakanthan Vaka
The Gift of God
Police Academy
2002 Yathrakarude Sradhakku
Stop Violence
Suvarna Mohangal
2003 Paadam Onnu: Oru Vilapam
2006 Kisan
2007 AKG
2008 Gulmohar 2009 Vellathooval
2010 Nirakazhcha 2011 Nadakame Ulakam
Anandhan Pillai Adhava Arjunan Pillai
Navagatharkku Swagatham
Bharyamar Adharikkapedunnu

Original scores

The following lists out the films in which Johnson composed the background score but not songs.

  • Aakaashakottayile Sulthaan
  • Aalorungi Arangorungi
  • Aaraante Mulla Kochumulla
  • Aaravam
  • Aaryan
  • Arabikkadal
  • Abhimanyu
  • Adimachangala
  • Agnisharam
  • Ambada Njaane
  • Amaram
  • Amrutham
  • Arayannangalude Veedu
  • Avidatheppole Ivideyum
  • Bharatham
  • Chamaram
  • Chithram
  • Chakravalam Chuvannappol
  • Chithrathoonukal
  • Dhanam
  • Dheem Tharikidathom
  • Ee Kaikalil
  • Ekantham
  • English Medium
  • Ente Hridayathinte Udama
  • Ente Kaanakkuyil
  • Ithum Oru Jeevitham
  • Iniyum Kurukshethram
  • Kaanaakkinaavu
  • Kaarunyam
  • Kaaryam Nissaaram
  • Puzha
  • Paadamudra
  • Parinayam

Non-film albums

  • Rajavu ezhunallunnu – Christian devotional album .Audio by manorama music (2011)
  • Parishudhan (2009)
  • Nannipoorvam Johnson
  • Onathappan
  • Sneha Deepika (1989)

Notable songs

In an interview with Malayala Manorama, Johnson listed the following 13 songs as his favourite songs.[4]



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Simon De Jong, Canadian politician, MP for Regina East (1979–1988) and Regina—Qu’Appelle (1988–1997), died from leukemia age 69.

Simon Leendert De Jong was a Canadian parliamentarian.[1][2]

(April 29, 1942 – August 18, 2011) 

He was first elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the 1979 federal election as an New Democratic Party (NDP) Member of Parliament (MP) from Saskatchewan. He would spend five terms and 18 years in the House of Commons.

Simon De Jong was born in Surabaya, Indonesia,
spending the first three years of his life, with his mother Dirkje and
older brother Hielke in a concentration camp. Of 3,000 women and
children who were incarcerated by the Japanese during the occupation of
Java, only a third survived. Simon’s father, a Dutch mariner, was also a
prisoner-of-war. The family were reunited after the war and returned to
the Netherlands. They came to Canada in 1951, and Simon spent his
formative years in Regina.
Despite being an immigrant and non-English speaker and stutterer, De
Jong trained himself in public speaking, at which he became a provincial
champion. In 1964, he become head of the student union at the
University of Regina, where he wrote a constitution that empowered
students and sparked campus unrest.
After graduating, De Jong turned to painting, receiving international
notice as a visual artist. However, through a series of sessions with
LSD researcher, Dr. Duncan Blewett, De Jong became fascinated with the
possibilities for societal change represented by the burgeoning youth
counter-culture of the late 1960s. In 1969 he left Regina for Vancouver,
where he went to work for The Greater Vancouver Youth Communications
Center Society, better known as Cool Aid. At Cool Aid, De Jong, Ray
Chouinard and other street workers organized alternative health, work,
housing and cultural programs that influenced the future of the city.
One of De Jong’s colleagues in those days was Mike Harcourt, who would
later become the Premier of the Province of British Columbia.
De Jong returned to Regina in 1975. He ran as the NDP candidate for
federal parliament in 1979. His victory surprised everyone including De
jong himself. He would go on to serve five terms, retiring undefeated in
1997. As a parliamentarian, he exposed the spraying of the toxic
defoliant Agent Orange by the U.S. military in the Canadian Province of
New Brunswick. He was the first Member of Parliament to raise concerns
about global warming. He spoke for disarmament at the United Nations;
and he introduced a motion to send condolences to Yoko Ono when John
Lennon was killed, which the artist gratefully acknowledged when De Jong
died in 2011.
In 1989, De Jong was a dark-horse candidate to succeed Ed Broadbent as the leader Canada’s New Democratic Party. He finished a respectable fourth in the leadership convention.
However, a controversy overshadowed his candidacy. De Jong had agreed
to be suited with a microphone in order to assist with a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
(CBC) documentary on the convention, but forgot he was wearing it and
inadvertently allowed back-room negotiations with fellow candidate Dave Barrett to be recorded.[3]
The CBC documentary used the tape as the dramatic centre-point of its
convention coverage, giving it a sinister spin, as a “secret deal” cut
amid “shady” back-room politics. De Jong always denied the CBC’s
interpretation, insisting no deal was reached. Barrett remained silent
about it. The documentarians re-enforced their characterization by
mistranslating a second conversation thus gathered, a discussion in
Dutch between De Jong and his mother, one of his advisors. The
surrounding controversy hurt De Jong but was short-lived. However the
scandal had lasting repercussions for De Jong within the party and
contributed to his decision to retire some years later.
De Jong remained an MP until 1997 when he decided not to run for re-election in that year’s federal election, stepping aside in favour of Lorne Nystrom whose seat had been abolished.
After retiring from parliament, De Jong spent time in the United
States, Asia and Brazil, where he became involved with the Daime church
and its powerful psychedelic sacrament, ayahuasca.
De Jong became increasingly philosophical, joining the mystical
insights of the Daime religion to concerns about climate change and the
necessity for humankind to raise its consciousness. “The more aware we
become, the better we become,” he said.
De Jong once said of his colleague and friend Duncan Blewett, “He saw
light and love and hope where others would see only darkness.” This
characterized De Jong himself. When he died of leukemia on August 18,
2011, he was mourned by people of all political stripes and beliefs,
including former BC Premier Harcourt and Bob Rae, leader of the Liberal
Party of Canada.



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Samir Chanda, Indian art film director, died from cardiac arrest at 51.

Samir Chanda was an Indian art director and production designer across Indian cinema, including Hindi, Bengali, Malayalam and Tamil, most known for his work in films like Yodha (1992), Dil Se.. (1998), Guru (2007), Omkara (2006), Rang De Basanti (2006), and Raavan (2010) Samir Chanda, Indian art film director, died from cardiac arrest at 51.
He also directed a Bengali film, Ek Nadir Galpo (Tale of A River) (2008) starring Mithun Chakraborty. It was Indian entries for the Asian, African and Latin American Competition segment of the 38th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), in Goa[3] He was awarded the National Film Award for Best Art Direction four times, including Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero (2005) directed by Shyam Benegal.

(1957 – August 18, 2011) 


A trained painter from Government College of Art & Craft, Kolkata, he moved to Mumbai and started his career as an assistant to noted art director Nitish Roy working in films like, Mandi (1983) by Shyam Benegal, Mrinal Sen. Subsequently started handling films independently as art director and production designer, with Subhash Ghai‘s Ram Lakhan (1989). Over the years he worked with directors like Shyam Benegal,Sangeeth Sivan, Vishal Bhardwaj, Rakesh Omprakash Mehra, Gautam Ghosh, Mani Ratnam.[1][4]
He died in Mumbai on August 18, 2011, at the age of 53. Reportedly,
he suffered a drug reaction to a painkiller he had taken for a toothache
earlier that day, and suffered a heart attack. He was rushed a hospital
in Malad, Mumbai, where he died within an hour.[1][5]


Year Title Note
1989 Ram Lakhan
1992 Yodha (Malayalam)
1993 Rudaali
1993 Gandharvam (Malayalam)
1995 Nirnayam (Malayalam)
1996 Is Raat Ki Subah Nahin
1998 Dil Se..
Daya (Malayalam) Kerala State Film Award for Best Art Director
2001 Aalavandhan (Tamil)
2005 Kisna: The Warrior Poet
2006 Krrish
Omkara Filmfare Award for Best Art Direction
Kantatar (Bengali)
Faltu (Bengali)
Galli Galli Sim Sim (TV series) Hindi adaptation of Sesame Street
2007 Guru Filmfare Award for Best Art Direction
Blood Brothers (short film)
2008 Ghajini
Welcome to Sajjanpur
2009 Kaalbela Director: Goutam Ghosh
Well Done Abba!
2010 Raavan
2011 7 Khoon Maaf



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Babak Masoumi, Iranian futsal player and coach, died from blood cancer he was , 39.

Babak Masoumi Daraki was an Iranian futsal player and coach who was former captain of the Iranian national team.

(13 July 1972 – 10 August 2011)


Masoumi began his career playing football for Fath Tehran. He then changed codes and began to play futsal where played for Fath Tehran, PAS Tehran[2] and Tam Iran Khodro.
Despite suffering from cancer, Masoumi was head coach of Persepolis futsal team in the 2008–09 season and a few weeks afterwards was appointed as technical manager of Steel Azin futsal team.[3] He was head coach of Dabiri Tabriz FSC at the time of his death.


On August 10, 2011 Masoumi died from blood cancer from which he had been suffering since 2008.[4] Despite this, Masoumi believed beforehand that he was cured of the disease.[5]
Masoumi had struggled to pay for his medical care and in November 2008, an exhibition game was played between Esteghlal and a Selection of Karaj team in order to raise money for the medical treatment of Masoumi and Mohammad Parsa.[6] In addition to this Iranian football star Ali Karimi paid for Masoumi’s medical bills.[7] His body was buried on August 12, 2011 in Karaj.[8]





  • Best Asian Futsal Player of the Year, 2003

His YouTube Tribute

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Billy Grammer, American country singer died he was , 85.

Billy Wayne Grammer was an American country music singer and noted guitar player. He was known for the million-selling “Gotta Travel On“, which made it onto both the country and pop music charts in 1959.

(August 28, 1925 – August 10, 2011)


Grammer, the eldest of 13 siblings (nine boys and four girls), was born in Benton, Illinois.[1] His father was a musician; he played the violin and trumpet.[citation needed]
He served in the US Army during World War II,
and upon discharge worked as an apprentice toolmaker at the Washington
Naval gun factory at Shop No. 20. Grammer married his high school
girlfriend, Ruth Burzynski, in 1944. Shortly after the war ended, 18,000
of a 24,000-strong workforce were laid off, including Grammer. The
couple returned to their home in Franklin County, Illinois.

Music career

Signed by Monument Records in Nashville, Tennessee, he scored with “Gotta Travel On”, written by Paul Clayton. The song peaked at No. 4 on the U.S. Pop Singles chart and peaked at No. 5 on the country chart in 1959. That same year, he became a regular cast member on the Grand Ole Opry.[2] Grammer named his band after his most notable hit as The Travel On Boys. “Gotta Travel On” was used as the opening song by Buddy Holly on his final tour in January and February 1959, which ended in tragedy.[3] He recorded the first chart version of Bobby Bare‘s “Detroit City“, entitled “I Wanna Go Home”. It hit the Billboard country chart in early 1963.
Grammer founded RG&G (Reid, Grammer & Gower) Company in 1965 with Clyde Reid and J.W. Gower.[4]
RG&G made the Grammer guitar from 1965 until 1968, when a fire
consumed the factory in downtown Nashville. The company was then sold to
Ampeg, and a new factory was erected down the street from the old one.
The company was renamed Grammer Guitar, Inc. (GGI). GGI produced the
Grammer guitar until 1970. His guitar was installed into the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville on March 1, 1969.[1]
On May 15, 1972, Grammer and the Travel On Boys played at the rally in Laurel, Maryland where Alabama governor George Wallace was shot. Grammer and his band played the “Under the Double Eagle” march as Wallace mounted the stage to speak. After he spoke, Wallace mingled with the crowd, and Arthur Bremer shot a concealed handgun at the presidential candidate. The outcome was Wallace’s paralysis, leaving him using a wheelchair for the rest of his life.[5]
“I’ve said all along, if they wanted to do something like this, they do
it under these circumstances,” Grammer said, weeping, after the
Grammer delivered the invocation for the Grand Ole Opry House opening on March 16, 1974.[6] In 1990, he was inducted into the Illinois Country Music Hall of Fame, along with Tex Williams, Lulu Belle and Scotty, and Patsy Montana.
Grammer suffered from a degenerative eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa.[7] and became completely blind.[7] On February 27, 2009, he was honored by the Grand Ole Opry for his 50 year membership.[7]


Grammer died on August 10, 2011, aged 85, at Benton Hospital, where
had been receiving treatment for a long-term illness, which included
suffering a heart attack seven months earlier.[8]


Year Single Chart Positions
US Country US US R&B CAN Country
1959 “Gotta Travel On” 5 4 14
“The Kissing Tree” 60
“Bonaparte’s Retreat” 50
1963 I Wanna Go Home 18
1964 “I’ll Leave the Porch Light A-Burning” 43
1966 “Bottles” 35
“The Real Thing” 30
1967 “Mabel (You Have Been a Friend to Me)” 48 14
1968 “The Ballad of John Dillinger” 70
1969 “Jesus Is a Soul Man” 66 5

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Arnaud Desjardins, French philosopher died he was , 86.

 Arnaud Desjardins  was a producer at the Office de Radiodiffusion Télévision Française from 1952 to 1974, and was one of the first high profile practitioners of Eastern religion in France died he was , 86. He worked on television documentaries with many spiritual traditions unknown to Europeans at the time, including Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, Zen, and Sufism from Afghanistan.

(June 18, 1925 – August 10, 2011)

Life and work

Arnaud Desjardins was part of the Gurdjieff group, his first contact with mysticism. Educated in a Protestant Christian environment, he was exposed to spiritual aspects of Christianity on a visit to a trappist Catholic monastery. He then became interested in yoga,
and when asked to direct a film for French television, he chose to make
a series of films on India, for which he gained attention for his first
film, Ashrams.
He met a spiritual teacher, Swami Prajnanpad, whom he got to know after filming a number of mystics from various traditions. He became a practitioner of Adhyatma yoga, which is a branch of Advaita Vedanta.




  • Ashrams, 1959

Tibetan Buddhism:

  • Le Message des Tibétains: Le Bouddhisme (première partie), 1966 [1]
    • The Message of the Tibetans: First Part, Buddhism (VHS), Alize Diffusion (1994)
  • Le Message des Tibétains: Le Tantrisme (deuxième partie), 1966 [2]
    • The Message of the Tibetans: Second Part, Tantrism (VHS), Alize Diffusion (1994)

In this two-part documentary, Arnaud Desjardins documents the practices and rites of Tibetans, and meets the Dalai Lama and spiritual teachers of Tibetan Buddhism and Tantra.

  • Himalaya, Terre de Sérénité: Le Lac des Yogis (première partie), 1968
  • Himalaya, Terre de Sérénité: Les Enfants de la Sagesse (deuxième partie), 1968

Zen Buddhism:

  • Zen: Ici et Maintenant (première partie), 1971
  • Zen: Partout et Toujours (deuxième partie), 1971


  • Soufis D’Afghanistan: Maître et Disciple (première partie), 1974
  • Soufis D’Afghanistan: Au Cœur des Confréries (deuxième partie), 1974


  • Ashrams, Grands Maîtres de l’Inde, Paris, La Palatine, 1962
  • Yoga et Spiritualité, L’Hindouisme et Nous, Paris, La Palatine, 1964
  • Le Message des Tibétains, Paris, La Table ronde, 1966
  • Les Chemins de la Sagesse (Tomes I,II,III), Paris, La Table ronde, 1968, 1970 and 1972
  • Monde Moderne et Sagesse Ancienne, Paris, La Table ronde, 1973
  • Adhyatma Yoga, À la Recherche du Soi I, Paris, La Table ronde, 1977
  • Le Védanta et l’Inconscient, À la Recherche du Soi II, Paris, La Table ronde, 1979
  • Au-Delà du moi, À la Recherche du Soi III, Paris, La Table ronde, 1979
  • Tu Es Cela, À la Recherche du Soi IV, Paris, La Table ronde, 1979
  • Un Grain de Sagesse, Paris, La Table ronde, 1983
  • Pour une Mort sans Peur, Paris, La Table ronde, 1983
  • Rencontre avec Arnaud & Denise Desjardins, Actes du colloque Institut Karma-Ling 16, 17, 18 July 1984, Prajna
  • Pour une Vie Réussie, un Amour Réussi, Paris, La Table ronde, 1985
  • Filigrane Vol. 1 – Entretiens avec Arnaud Desjardins et Christian Charrière, Argel, 1986
  • La Voie du Cœur, Paris, La Table ronde, 1987
  • L’Audace de Vivre, Paris, La Table ronde, 1989
  • Approches de la Méditation, Paris, La Table ronde, 1989
  • La Voie et ses Pièges, Paris, La Table ronde, 1992
  • Confidences Impersonnelles (Entretiens avec Gilles Farcet), Paris, Critérion, 1991
  • Zen et Védanta, Paris, La Table Ronde, 1995
  • Dialogue à Deux Voies (avec Lama Denis Teundroup), Paris, La Table ronde, 1995
  • L’Ami Spirituel (avec Véronique Loiseleur), Paris, La Table ronde, 1996
  • Regards Sages sur un Monde Fou (Entretiens avec Gilles Farcet), Paris, La Table ronde, 1997
  • Arnaud Desjardins – Textes recueillis par Marc de Smedt, Question de N°111, Albin Michel, 1998
  • En Relisant les Évangiles (avec Véronique Loiseleur), Paris, La Table ronde, 1999
  • La conversion intime, Alice, 2000
  • Arnaud Desjardins au Québec, Montréal, Stanke, 2002
  • Retour à l’Essentiel, Paris, La Table ronde, 2002
  • La transmission spirituelle – Textes recueillis par Yvan Amar, Du Relié, 2003
  • Bienvenue sur la Voie, Paris, La Table ronde, 2004
  • Premiers pas vers la Sagesse, Collection Librio-Spiritualité N°661, Librio, 2004
  • Lettre à une jeune disciple, Paris, La Table ronde, 2006


  • Arnaud Desjardins, ou l’Aventure de la Sagesse, Gilles Farcet, Paris, La Table Ronde, 1990
  • Arnaud Desjardins, l’Ami Spirituel, Jacques Mousseau, Paris, Perrin, 2002

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Moraíto Chico II, Spanish musician, died from cancer he was , 54

Manuel Moreno Junquera, Moraíto Chico (Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz, Spain,  was a Flamenco guitarist
He was known as one of the greatest and most in-demand accompanying
guitarists of his generation, and was the regular accompanist for José Mercé, Diego Carrasco and other popular flamenco singers. He also played regularly for such stars as La Paquera de Jerez, Camarón de la Isla and Manuel Agujetas.
Moraito was particularly renowned for his powerful, full and round
sound, driving rhythm and exceptional rasgueos. He was one of the finest
exponents of the buleria and can be seen and heard paying in this style
on Carlos Saura‘s influential ‘Flamenco’ and “Flamenco, Flamenco’ films.

(September 13, 1956 – Jerez de la Frontera, August 10, 2011)

He was the nephew of the original Moraíto (Manuel Moreno a.k.a.
Manuel Morao), and son of the original Moraíto Chico (Juan Moreno). His
son, Diego Del Morao, is one of the best known of the current generation of Flamenco guitarists.
He died on 10 August 2011, after a long struggle with cancer.[3]


He has recorded two solo albums:[4]

  • “Morao, Morao”
  • “Morao y Oro”

Moraito also participated in an instructional video and scores booklet
(now published as a DVD) with Encuentro Publications which included in
the first part of the video / DVD five selected pieces from his
repertoire: two Bulerías, Sevillanas, Tangos and Vals-Bulerías. The
second part was devoted to Moraíto’s speciality: together with singer
Fernando Terremoto (also deceased), Moraíto focused on basic principles
and difficulties of the accompaniment of cante using Malagueñas,
Seguiriyas and Tientos/Tangos.

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Paul Wilkinson, British academic, expert on the study of terrorism (University of St Andrews) died he was , 74


Paul Wilkinson CBE  was Emeritus Professor of International Relations and former Director of the University of St Andrews Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence died he was , 74.. He became a familiar presence as a commentator in the mainstream British media in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks in the US.

(9 May 1937 – 11 August 2011) 

Born in Harrow, Middlesex,[1] Wilkinson was educated at John Lyon School in Harrow. He gained a BA in Modern History and Politics at University College, Swansea, followed by an MA.
After six years service as a regular Royal Air Force education officer he started his academic career at the University of Wales, Cardiff,
as Assistant Lecturer in Politics, in 1966. He became Senior Lecturer
and then Reader in Politics at Cardiff before being appointed to the
first Chair in International Relations at the University of Aberdeen
of 1979. His first book on terrorism, Political Terrorism was published
in the key concepts in Political Science series in 1974.
In 1989 he was appointed to the first Chair in International Relations at the University of St Andrews.[1] From 1989 to 1994 he was director of the Research Institute for the Study of Conflict and Terrorism.
During the 1997–98 academic year he was a Visiting Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge.
He is co-founder and was co-editor of the academic journal Terrorism
and Political Violence 1989–2006, and directed a research project funded
by the ESRC, on the preparedness of the UK for future terrorist attack. He served as Adviser to Lord Lloyd of Berwick‘s Inquiry into Legislation Against Terrorism, and authored vol. two, the Research Report for the Inquiry (1996).
Throughout his career, Wilkinson was a strong opponent of terrorism
of all kinds. In his publications and contributions to the media he has
consistently argued that the democtratic response to both domestic and
international terrorism should always be guided by the Rule of Law. For
example, he publicly opposed attempts to increase the period permitted
to detain terrorism suspects without trial in the UK and condemned the Guantánamo detention camp project and other measures by the administration of US President George W. Bush that departed from basic Rule of Law Principles (see Terrorism Versus Democracy: The Liberal State Response, pp. 61–88)
He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours.[2] Wilkinson died on 11 August 2011, aged 74.[1] He advised the UK Government on terrorism.[1]

Single authored works

  • Political Terrorism (1974)
  • Terrorism Versus Democracy (1976)
  • Terrorism and the Liberal State (1977)
  • Terrorism: International Dimensions (1979)
  • The New Fascists (1981)
  • The New Fascists (second edition) (1983)
  • Terrorism and the Liberal State (second edition) (1986)
  • Lessons of Lockerbie (1989)
  • Terrorist Targets and Tactics (1990)
  • The Victims of Terrorism: Research Report of the Airey Neave Trust (1994)
  • Combating International Terrorism (1995)
  • Inquiry into Legislation Against Terrorism, volume two, research report (1996)
  • Terrorism Versus Democracy: The Liberal State Response (2000)
  • Terrorism Versus Democracy: The Liberal State Response, second edition revised and updated (2006)
  • International Relations: A Very Short Introduction (2007)

Jointly authored works

  • Terrorism: Theory and Practice (1978)
  • British Perspective on Terrorism (1981)
  • Contemporary Research on Terrorism (1986)
  • Terrorism and International Order (1986)
  • Technology and Terrorism (1993)
  • Terrorism: British Perspectives (1993)
  • Aviation Terrorism and Security (1999)
  • Addressing the New Terrorism (2003)
  • Terrorism and Human Rights (2006)
  • Homeland Security in the UK: Future Preparedness for Terrorist Attacks since 9/11 (2007)


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Karen Overington, Australian politician, Victorian MLA for Ballarat West (1999–2010) died she was , 59.

Karen Marie Overington  was an Australian politician. She was an Australian Labor Party member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly from 1999 to 2010, representing the electorate of Ballarat West  died she was , 59.

(16 November 1951 – 11 August 2011)

Overington was born Karen Marie Brown in Ballarat, and attended Sacred Heart College. She worked as an electorate officer from 1984 to 1992, and as a Uniting Church
outreach worker from 1994 to 1999. She had a lengthy career in local
government before her election to parliament, serving as a councillor
for the Borough of Sebastopol
from 1982 until 1994, with a stint as mayor in 1990–1991. The council
was merged with several neighbouring ones in 1994, and Overington won
election to the larger City of Ballarat council at its first election in 1996, serving in that role until her election to parliament.[1][2]
Overington was elected to parliament on her second attempt as part of
Labor’s victory in the 1999 elections, having lost one prior attempt in
1993. She was re-elected with little difficulty in 2002 and 2006,
winning 55.5 per cent of the vote at the 2006 election. [3][4][5]
Overington was married with two children.[6]
Her husband, Brian Overington, died in 2009, and she was diagnosed with
cancer shortly afterwards. She retired from the parliament before the 2010 state election, and died on 11 August 2011.[7][8]

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Scott LeDoux, American boxer, died from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis he was 62

Alan Scott LeDoux, “The Fighting Frenchman,”  was a politician, professional heavyweight boxer, professional wrestler and referee.

(January 7, 1949 – August 11, 2011)



LeDoux began his professional boxing career in 1974. His first boxing match was a knockout victory over Arthur Pullens. LeDoux’s final bout in 1983 was a technical knockout loss to Frank Bruno. LeDoux retired with a record of 33-13-4 (22 knockouts).
LeDoux’s opponents included Ken Norton, Ron Lyle, Gerrie Coetzee, Leon Spinks, Greg Page, Frank Bruno, George Foreman, Mike Weaver, and Larry Holmes.
In his match with Leon Spinks, LeDoux earned a ‘draw’, just months
before Spinks defeated Ali. LeDoux also took part in a five round
exhibition match with Muhammad Ali. LeDoux over the course of his career also sparred with Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis.
Ledoux’s best achievements were that he scored draws against Leon
Spinks and an ageing Ron Lyle. He also nearly knocked out a past his
peak Ken Norton in round ten, when after some confusion as to whether
the Ref had signalled the fight over or not it was declared a draw.
Never a ‘fancy dan’ fighter style-wise as they say in the trade, Ledoux
was probably underrated in much of his career- he had met many tough
top-name opponents.
On April 22, 1976, LeDoux lost to fellow Minnesotan Duane Bobick before a crowd of 13,789, which is still a Minnesota record.[1]
LeDoux later worked as a ringside commentator for ESPN and in 1986 as a referee for the American Wrestling Association.
It was announced on July 5, 2010 that LeDoux would be a member of the inaugural class of inductees to the Minnesota Boxing Hall of Fame.[2]


LeDoux was elected to the Anoka County, Minnesota Board of County Commissioners[3] and re-elected in 2008, defeating challenger Becky Fink.[4]
In 2006, the Minnesota Legislature authorized the creation of a state
Boxing Commission. LeDoux was appointed boxing commissioner by the
state Governor Tim Pawlenty. In August 2006 LeDoux was also named Executive Director of the Minnesota Combative Sports Commission.


  • In 2007, the Chief Executive of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe,
    Melanie Benjamin, objected to LeDoux’s public criticism of her band and
    their boxing matches at the Grand Casino Hinckley Casino in Hinckley, Minnesota.[5]
  • In November 2007, LeDoux was accused by boxing promoter John Hoffman of “insulting and assaulting” him at a boxing event in Maplewood, Minnesota.[6] LeDoux claims that Hoffman was intoxicated and fabricated the story.[6]
  • In December 2008 a state investigation revealed that LeDoux, in his
    capacity as head of the Combative Sports Commission, accepted free
    tickets to an MMA event, some of which had a face value of $600. This was determined to be a violation of state ethics rules.[7]
  • In January 2009, commission member Chad Ridler resigned in protest
    “of the inaction of the commission in providing oversight of Scott
    LeDoux…He’s unaccountable”.[8]

Personal life

LeDoux was diagnosed with ALS
or “Lou Gehrig’s Disease” in August 2008. A point of note however is
that a 2010 study, see Wikipedia link to, questioned the diagnosis in
athletes who’d experienced head trauma or repeated concussions. It
suggests some may have a variant of Dementia Pugilistica, known as
Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy or Boxer’s Syndrome.[9] [10] LeDoux was a member of the National Board of Directors of the Wishes and More.[11] He was also honorary chair of the American Cancer Society. LeDoux founded a golf tournament called the Scott LeDoux Long Haul Classic.
LeDoux died of his illness on August 11, 2011.[12][13]

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David Holbrook, English writer and academic died he was , 88..

 David Kenneth Holbrook  was a British writer, poet and academic. From 1989 he was an Emeritus Fellow of Downing College, Cambridge  died he was , 88.

(9 January 1923 – 11 August 2011)


David Holbrook was born in Norwich in 1923. He was educated at City of Norwich School and won a scholarship to study English at Downing College, Cambridge for a year in 1941, where he was a pupil of F. R. Leavis.
He is sometimes identified as a Leavis disciple, but their relationship
was slighter than this might suggest (and also ended angrily, though
this is a lesser indication). Holbrook was called up for military
service with the British Army in 1942 and served until 1945 as an officer with the East Riding Yeomanry. His novel Flesh Wounds (1966) is a lightly fictionalised account of his D-Day campaign experiences with the East Riding Yeomanry.
In 1945 he returned to Downing to complete his degree, which he did in 1947. In 1946 he made a bleak visit to George Orwell on Jura.
The actual reason was to see his girlfriend Susan Watson, who was
Orwell’s housekeeper, but Orwell assumed it was connected with
Holbrook’s membership of the Communist Party of Great Britain, and gave him a frosty reception.
After Cambridge he became editor, initially with Edgell Rickword, of the communist cultural periodical Our Time. He then took up teaching positions, for the Workers’ Educational Association and then at a secondary school in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire. He became a full-time writer in the early 1960s. He also renewed links with the University of Cambridge, becoming a Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge in 1961, a Fellow of Downing College, Cambridge in 1981 and an Emeritus Fellow of Downing in 1988.
The Associated University Presses marked his seventieth birthday by publishing a Festschrift entitled Powers of Being in October 1995. The book of essays is edited by Edwin Webb,
Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Greenwich, and held
contributions by sixteen academics and teachers from the United Kingdom,
Canada and the United States, including a portrait written by Boris Ford.
In over thirty years his range of publications was prodigious: from
`English for Maturity’ (1961), his first book on teaching English, to
`Creativity and Popular Culture’ (1994), he wrote about literature,
culture and education, as well as producing his poetry and his novels.
His distinguished literary achievements are here suitably celebrated.
He was a Fellow of the English Association.



Holbrook wrote several novels based on his own life and his family history. These were not romans à clef—most
characters were identified by their real names—but they were closely
based on real events without the constraints of veracity. The novels
were not written in the internal chronological order.
His first novel (Flesh Wounds (1966)) told the story of the
escapades of Paul Grimmer (Holbrook’s fictionalised persona) as a tank
officer in the Normandy invasions. The events of Grimmer’s adolescent
life up to his enlistment were recounted in A Play of Passion (1978), which told of his involvement with the Maddermarket Theatre and its founder Nugent Monck.
In Going Off The Rails (2003), Holbrook recreates the
Edwardian lives of his paternal grandparents in rural Norfolk. His
grandfather William built wagons in the Midland and Great Northern Railway workshops at Melton Constable. Holbrook’s father worked as a railway booking clerk in North Walsham. He moved to Norwich when he was suspected of theft.
His other novels are Nothing Larger Than Life (1987); Worlds Apart (1988); A Little Athens (1990); Jennifer (1992); The Gold In Father’s Heart (1992); Even If They Fail (1994); and Getting It Wrong With Uncle Tom (1998).


  • Imaginings. London: Putnam, 1960 (Reprinted 1961).
  • Against The Cruel Frost. London: Putnam, 1963.
  • Object Relations. London: Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1967.
  • Old World New World. London: Rapp & Whiting, 1969. ISBN 0-85391-144-4
  • Chance of a Lifetime. London: Anvil Press, 1978.
  • Moments in Italy: Poems and Sketches. Richmond, England: The Keepsake Press (An edition of 280 signed and numbered copies).
  • Selected Poems: 1961-1978 London: Anvil Press, 1980.


  • The Quest for Love, 1965;
  • Human Hope and the Death Instinct, 1971;
  • Sex and Dehumanization, 1972;
  • The Masks of Hate, 1972;
  • Dylan Thomas; the Code of Night, 1972;
  • Gustav Mahler and the Courage to Be, 1975;
  • Sylvia Plath: Poetry and Existence, 1977;
  • Lost Bearings in English Poetry, 1977;
  • Evolution and the Humanities, 1987;
  • The Novel and Authenticity, 1987;
  • Further Studies in Philosophical Anthropology, 1988;
  • Images of Woman in Literature, 1990;
  • The Skeleton in the Wardrobe: the Phantasies of C.S.Lewis, 1991;
  • Edith Wharton and the Unsatisfactory Man, 1991;
  • Where Lawrence Was Wrong About Woman, 1992;
  • Charles Dickens and the Image of Woman, 1993;
  • Creativity and Popular Culture, 1994;
  • Tolstoy, Woman and Death, 1997;
  • Wuthering Heights: A Drama of Being, 1997;
  • George MacDonald and the Phantom Woman, 2000;
  • Lewis Carroll: Nonsense Against Sorrow, 2000;


English for Maturity (1961) is a guide for secondary school English teachers drawing on Holbrook’s experience in that role at Bassingbourn.
His other books on education are English for the Rejected (1964); English in Australia Now (1964); The Exploring Word (1967); Children’s Writing (1967); The Secret Places (1972); Education, Nihilism and Survival (1974); Education and Philosophical Anthropology (1987); and English for Meaning (1980).

List of other works

  • Children’s Games (1957)
  • Imaginings (1961) poems
  • Lights in the Sky Country: Mary Easter and Stories of East Anglia (1962)
  • Llareggub Revisited. Dylan Thomas and the state of modern poetry (1962)
  • Thieves and Angels (1962) editor, school drama
  • People and Diamonds (1962) editor, school short story anthology
  • Against the Cruel Frost (1963) poems
  • Penguin Modern Poets 4 (1963) with Christopher Middleton and David Wevill
  • English for the Rejected. Training Literacy in the Lower Streams of the Secondary School (1964)
  • English in Australia Now. Notes on a visit to Victoria and other states (1964)
  • The Secret Places. Essays on Imaginative Work in English Teaching and on the Culture of the Child (1964)
  • Dylan Thomas and Poetic Dissociation (1964)
  • The Quest for Love (1964)
  • Visions of Life (1964) four volumes, editor, prose comprehension
  • Iron, Honey, Gold: The Uses of Verse (1965) editor, poetry anthology
  • Childhood by Maxim Gorki (1965) abridged, Gertrude M, Foakes translator
  • Object Relations (1967) poems
  • The Exploring Word: Creative Disciplines in the Education of Teachers of English (1967)
  • Children’s Writing: a sampler for student teachers (1967)
  • The Cambridge Hymnal (1967) compiler with Elizabeth Poston
  • Plucking The Rushes (1968) editor
  • Old World, New World (1969) poems
  • Human Hope and the Death Instinct: An Exploration of
    Psychoanalytical Theories of Human Nature and their Implications for
    Culture and Education
  • The Mask of Hate: The Problem of False Solutions in the Culture of an Acquisitive Society’ (1972)
  • Sex & Dehumanization in Art, Thought, and Life in Our Time (1972)
  • Dylan Thomas; the Code of Night (1972)
  • The Pseudo-Revolution (1972)
  • The Case Against Pornography (1973) editor
  • Education, Nihilism and Survival (1974)
  • Gustav Mahler and The Courage To Be (1975)
  • Sylvia Plath: Poetry and Existence (1976)
  • A Play of Passion (1977) novel
  • Lost Bearings in English Poetry (1977)
  • Chance of a Lifetime (1978) poems
  • Moments in Italy: Poems and Sketches (1978)
  • A Play of Passion (1978)
  • Selected Poems (1980)
  • English for Meaning (1980)
  • Nothing Larger Than Life (1987) novel
  • Evolution and the Humanities (1987)
  • The Novel and Authenticity (1987)
  • Education and Philosophical Anthropology: Toward a New View of Man for the Humanities and English (1987)
  • Worlds Apart (1988) novel
  • Further Studies in Philosophical Anthropology (1988)
  • Images of Woman in Literature (1989)
  • What Is It to Be Human?: New Perspectives in Philosophy (1990)
  • A Little Athens (1990) novel
  • The Skeleton in the Wardrobe: C.S. Lewis’s Fantasies: A Phenomenological Study (1991)
  • Edith Wharton and the Unsatisfactory Man (1991)
  • Where Lawrence Was Wrong About Woman (1992)
  • Jennifer (1992) novel
  • Charles Dickens and the Image of Woman (1993)
  • The Gold In Father’s Heart (1992) novel
  • Creativity and Popular Culture (1994)
  • Even If They Fail (1994) novel
  • Tolstoy, Woman, and Death. A Study of War and Peace and Anna Karenina (1997)
  • Wuthering Heights: A Drama of Being (1997)
  • Getting It Wrong With Uncle Tom (1998) novel
  • Bringing Everything Home (1999) poems
  • A Study of George MacDonald and the Image of Women (2000)
  • Lewis Carroll: Nonsense Against Sorrow (2000)
  • Bad Trip in a Tired Whale (2001)


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