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Robert Muir, Canadian politician, MP and Senator, died he was 91

Robert (Bob) Muir  was a Canadian Member of Parliament, first in the House of Commons and later in the Senate died he was 91.. Muir sat in both chambers as a member of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada. He was born in Scotland and raised on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.
Before he became a politician, he was also a miner, a union official, a
salesman and a businessman during his career. He died at his home in
the Cape Breton Regional Municipality in 2011.

(10 November 1919 – 31 August 2011)

Early life

Muir was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on 10 November 1919.[1] After his father died in 1920, he and his mother immigrated to Canada.[2] After leaving school in grade 8, he worked in the coal mines until injuries ended his ability to do so.[2] Before he was injured for the final time, he was elected as the secretary of his United Mine Workers of America (UMW) local.[2] After recuperating from his injuries, he worked in insurance for London Life until he was elected to parliament.[1] He later served as chair of the Miners’ Hospital in Cape Breton.[3]

Political career

Muir began politics as a member of the Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia municipal council, where he served from 1948 to 1958.[4] He entered federal politics in the 1957 Canadian general election, winning the Cape Breton North and Victoria electoral district in Nova Scotia.[2] His old riding was abolished after the 1966 electoral district redistribution.[4] Muir then ran in the newly created Cape Breton—The Sydneys electoral district in the 1968 Canadian general election and won the seat.[1] Muir won election eight consecutive times, stepping down in 1979 after having served in the 30th Canadian Parliament.[4]
On March 28, 1979, two-days after an election call, Liberal Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau appointed Muir to the Senate.[5] Muir sat in the self-designated Senate division of Cape Breton-The Sydneys.[4] Muir retired from the Senate on 10 November 1994.[4] He died at home, in Coxheath, Nova Scotia on 31 August 2011, aged 91, from respiratory failure.[2][6]

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Valery Rozhdestvensky,Soviet cosmonaut, died he was 72

Valery Ilyich Rozhdestvensky was a USSR cosmonaut  died he was 72..

( February 13, 1939 – August 31, 2011)

Rozhdestvensky was born in Leningrad and graduated from the Higher Military Engineering School of Soviet Navy in Pushkin in engineering. From 1961 to 1965 he was commander of deepsea diving unity in the Baltic Sea War Fleet.
Rozhdestvensky was selected as a cosmonaut on October 23, 1965 and flew as Flight Engineer on Soyuz 23.[1] After his space flight he continued to work with the space program at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center. He retired on June 24, 1986 and worked with Metropolis Industries. He was married with one child.
He was awarded:

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Peter Twiss, British test pilot, died he was 90.

Lionel Peter Twiss, OBE, DSC and Bar  was a British test pilot who held the World Air Speed Record as the first man to fly at a speed greater than 1,000 mph.

(23 July 1921 – 31 August 2011)

Early life

He was born in Lindfield,
Sussex and lived with his grandmother while his parents were in India
and Burma. He was the grandson of an admiral and the son of an army
officer.[1] Twiss went to school at Haywards Heath and later at Sherborne School. In 1938 he was employed as an apprentice tea-taster by Brooke Bond in London, before returning to the family farm near Salisbury.[1][2]

Aviation career


Rejected as a pilot by the Fleet Air Arm, he was accepted as a Naval Airman Second Class on the outbreak of the Second World War. After training at 14 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School, Castle Bromwich, he went on to fly Fairey Battles and Hawker Harts. He underwent operational training at RNAS Yeovilton flying Blackburn Rocs, Blackburn Skuas and Gloster Gladiators.[2] His next posting was at the School of Army Co-operation at Andover, flying Bristol Blenheims
as a twin conversion. He was then posted to 771 Squadron in the Orkney
Islands, flying a variety of naval aircraft on various duties, including
met observations at 12000 ft in winter in the open cockpit of a Fairey Swordfish, and target-towing duties.[2]
He then served with the Merchant Ship Fighter Unit on catapult ships flying Hawker Hurricanes. These missions required the pilot to ditch or bale out in the expectation of being recovered by a passing ship. During the Malta Convoys in 1942, he flew Fairey Fulmars with 807 Squadron, from the carrier HMS Argus. For his service, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) in June 1942. Later in the year the squadron converted to Supermarine Seafires flying from HMS Furious for the Operation Torch
landings in North Africa. During the Allied landings in Algeria and
Morocco he added a bar to his DSC, gazetted in March 1943. By this time
he had shot down one Italian aircraft (a Fiat CR.42 on 14 May 1942) and damaged another.[3]
He then flew long-range intruder operations over Germany from RNAS Ford, developing night fighter tactics with the RAF’s Fighter Interception Unit.
Ford, also acted as an operational research unit, and so Twiss flew
missions over occupied Europe in Beaufighters and Mosquitoes so putting
the unit’s theory into practice. He claimed two Junkers Ju 88‘s shot down during 1944.
Later in 1944 he was sent to the British Air Commission Washington
DC, where he had the opportunity to test various prototype aircraft and
evaluated airborne radar equipment.[3] He also served at the Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. By the end of the war he was a Lieutenant Commander. In 1945 he attended No. 3 Course at the Empire Test Pilots’ School (ETPS), then based at RAF Cranfield.[4] and then to the Naval Squadron at the Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment at Boscombe Down.


In 1946, Twiss joined Fairey Aviation as a test pilot and flew many of the company’s aircraft, including the Fairey Primer, Fairey Gannet, Fairey Firefly, Fairey Delta 1 and the Fairey Rotodyne compound-helicopter. In 1947 he entered the Lympne Air Races flying a Firefly IV, winning the high-speed race at 305.93 mph. He worked for two years on the Fairey Delta 2, a supersonic delta-winged research plane. On 10 March 1956 this aircraft flown by Twiss broke the World Speed Record, raising it to 1,132 mph (1811 km/h), an increase of some 300 mph (480 km/h) over the record set the year before by an F-100 Super Sabre, and thus became the first aircraft to exceed 1,000 mph in level flight.[5] He received The Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service for this feat. He piloted the Fairey Rotodyne which established a world speed record for rotocraft over a 100-km circuit in 1959.

Later career

In 1960, Fairey Aviation was sold to Westland Aircraft,
a helicopter manufacturer, which was not Twiss’s area. Twiss left after
a career in which he had piloted more 140 different types of aircraft.
Twiss joined Fairey Marine in 1960 and was responsible for development and sales of day-cruisers. He appeared in the film From Russia with Love driving one of the company’s speedboats.[1][6] His work as a marine consultant led to directorships of Fairey Marine (1968–78) and Hamble Point Marina (1978–88).[1]
In 1969, driving the Fairey Huntsman 707 Fordsport, he took part in the Round Britain Powerboat Race, including among his crew Rally champion Roger Clark. He also appeared in the film Sink the Bismarck in which he flew a Fairey Swordfish.[7] Twiss was for several years a member of Lasham Gliding Society. His autobiography Faster Than the Sun was published in 1963, and revised in 2005.

Personal life

Twiss’s first three marriages to Constance Tomkinson, Vera Maguire
and Cherry Huggins ended in divorce. His fourth wife, Heather Danby,
died in 1988. He was survived by his fifth wife, Jane de Lucey. He had a
son, three daughters and several stepchildren.[1]

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Rosel Zech,German actress (Veronika Voss, Aimée & Jaguar), died from cancer she was 69

Rosalie Helga Lina Zech known as Rosel Zech,
was a German theater and film actress, especially with the
“Autorenkino” (“Author’s Cinema”) movement, which began in the 1970s died from cancer she was 69..

(7 July 1942 – 31 August 2011)


Rosel Zech was born in Berlin; her father was a inland waterway boatman and her mother a dressmaker; they were unmarried.[2] She was raised in Hoya, Germany.
Her performing led her, at the age of 20, to Lower Bavaria, where in
1962 her first theatrical engagement was in the South Bavarian City
Theater (now the Lower Bavarian State Theatre) in Landshut.
This was followed by other roles at various other theaters, such as in 1964 at the Städtebundtheater in Biel and at the summer theater in Winterthur. Two years later she played at the Schauspielhaus Wuppertal. From 1970 to 1972, she appeared on stage at the Staatstheater Stuttgart then at the Schauspielhaus Bochum.
During the season 1978-1979 Rosel Zech was active in Hamburg at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus and then returned to her native city of Berlin, where she acted on the Volksbühne. In 1981 she was hired by the Bayerischen Staatsschauspiel in Munich. Four years later she was seen again at the Schauspielhaus in Hamburg. 2009 she worked with in the Luisenburg Festival in the play Mother Courage as Anna Fierlinger.

Film and Television

She made her 1970 television debut in The Pot. In 1973 she appeared in a small role in The Tenderness of Wolves with Kurt Raab and Margit Carstensen. On the set she met Rainer Werner Fassbinder, who produced the film.[2] She and Fassbinder began an extended collaboration. The same year, Peter Zadek cast the actress in his film version of Kleiner Mann – was nun? (“Little man – what now?” with Heinrich Giskes and Hannelore Hoger.
Other films and TV movies followed, among which were a film version of Anton Chekhov‘s The Seagull, and Henrik Ibsen‘s Hedda Gabler. In the children’s film The Crocodiles from 1977, she played Mrs. Wolferman, the mother of one of “crocodiles'”. She appeared in Peter Fleischmann‘s 1979 science fiction film Die Hamburger Krankheit.
In 1981, she was cast by Rainer Werner Fassbinder in the film Lola (1981) in a supporting role as the wife of Mario Adorf. Fassbinder immediately chose her for his next project, Veronika Voss, and cast her in the lead. This second Fassbinder film was inspired by the life of the UFA actress Sybille Schmitz,
and Rosel Zech’s convincing portrayal of the morphine-addicted actress
turned Zech into a star overnight. The film was awarded in 1982 in the Berlin International Film Festival with a Golden Bear.
In the following years, Zech focused mainly on work in television and
appeared in numerous television series and television films, as well as
in regular theater productions in Berlin, where she lived during her
last years.[citation needed]


She died of bone cancer in Berlin on 31 August 2011, aged 69.[2]
Following a cancer diagnosis in the summer of 2011, Zech had not been
able to resume her regular role as a nun in the German TV series Um Himmels Willen (For Heaven’s Sake).



  • 1994: Gespenster (Fernsehserie Polizeiruf 110)
  • 1995: Schade um Papa (Fernsehserie), mit Erika Mottl
  • 1995: Dicke Freunde (Fernsehfilm), mit Gerd Udo Feller und Nino Korda
  • 1995: Hades
  • 1995: Neben der Zeit (Fernsehfilm)
  • 1996: Die indische Ärztin (Fernsehreihe Ärzte)
  • 1996: Die Geliebte (Fernsehserie)
  • 1997: Lea Katz – Die Kriminalpsychologin: Das wilde Kind (Fernsehfilm), mit Ralf Schermuly und Alexandra Wilcke
  • 1997: Terror im Namen der Liebe (Fernsehfilm)
  • 1997: Die letzte Rettung (Fernsehfilm), mit Michael Degen
  • 1998: Der Schlüssel
  • 1998: Der zweite Mann (Fernsehserie Tatort)
  • 1998: Todesbote (Fernsehserie Tatort)
  • 1999: Aimée und Jaguar
  • 1999: Blackout (Fernsehserie Siska)
  • 1999: Im Angesicht des Todes (Fernsehserie Der Alte)
  • 1999: Morgen gehört der Himmel dir (Fernsehfilm)
  • 1999: Abgebrüht (Fernsehserie Ein Fall für zwei)
  • 2000: Oh, du Fröhliche (Fernsehfilm), mit Dorothee Hartinger und Florian Böhm
  • 2001: Ein unmöglicher Mann (Fernsehserie) mit Stephan Kampwirth und Christian Buse
  • 2001: Große Liebe wider Willen (Fernsehfilm)
  • 2001: Das Schneeparadies (Fernsehfilm), mit Anne Brendler, Andreas Brucker und Klaus Wildbolz
  • 2002: Die Frau ohne Namen (Fernsehserie Im Visier der Zielfahnder)
  • 2002: Väter
  • 2002: Zwei Affären und eine Hochzeit (Fernsehfilm), mit Katja Flint und Ivonne Schönherr
  • 2003: Anatomie 2
  • 2003: Veras Waffen (Fernsehserie Tatort)
  • 2003: Der Auftrag – Mordfall in der Heimat (Fernsehfilm)
  • 2003: Plötzlich wieder 16 (Fernsehfilm)
  • 2003: Yesterday (Fernsehserie Stubbe – Von Fall zu Fall)
  • 2004: Mörderspiele (Fernsehserie Tatort)
  • 2004: Kammerflimmern
  • 2004: Tod im Morgengrauen (Fernsehserie Der Alte)
  • 2003-: Um Himmels Willen (Fernsehserie)
  • 2005: Segel der Liebe (Fernsehserie Rosamunde Pilcher)
  • 2005: Fieber (Fernsehserie K3 – Kripo Hamburg)
  • 2005: In Liebe eine Eins (Fernsehfilm)
  • 2006: Papa und Mama (Fernsehserie)
  • 2006: Mr. Nanny – Ein Mann für Mama (Fernsehfilm)
  • 2006: Die Tote im Bootshaus (Fernsehserie Agathe kann’s nicht lassen)
  • 2007: Das Traumschiff
  • 2007: Ein sauberer Mord (Fernsehserie Einsatz in Hamburg)
  • 2009: Die Rebellin, Regie: Ute Wieland
  • 2009: Der Schwarzwaldhof (Fernsehserie)

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Alla Bayanova, Russian singer, People’s Artist of Russia, died from cancer she was 97.

Alla Nikolayevna Bayanova  was a Russian singer sometimes compared with Édith Piaf for her simple yet dramatic style of performance died from cancer she was 97..

 (18 May 1914 – 30 August 2011)


Bayanova was born in Kishinev in the family of an opera singer, who moved to Paris in 1918 after Bessarabia decided to unite with Romania. She debuted on the stage as an assistant to her father in 1923, aged 9. By 1927, she was already performing solo. A major step forward in her career was when she assisted Alexander Vertinsky in his famous show at the Hermitage Restaurant, Montmartre. Two years later, her family moved to Belgrade, while Bayanova went on touring Germany, Greece, Palestine, and Egypt.[citation needed]
In 1931, she got acquainted with Pyotr Leshchenko, a foremost Russian singer of the time, who helped her to join the Pavilion Russe in Bucharest. She married a local aristocrat, George Ypsilanti, and made several recordings of tangos (e.g., Columbia, His Master’s Voice). After her divorce from Ypsilanti, she signed a contract with the Polish recording company “Syrena-Electro”.
In March 1941 Bayanova was arrested by the Romanian authorities and interned into a concentration camp for having performed in the Russian language. Although released in May 1942, she was kept under surveillance until the end of World War II.
In the 1960s and 1970s, while still living in Romania, Bayanova issued eight LPs. Nicolae Ceauşescu‘s government, however, pressed her into migrating to the USSR in 1988. Thereupon she settled in Moscow, making occasional appearances on the Russian television.
Bayanova was named People’s Artist of Russian Federation
and celebrated the 80th anniversary of her stage career in 2003. In
2004 she sang in a concert to celebrate her 90th birthday. Her last work
was in collaboration with Marc Almond on several duets.
She died on 30 August 2011, aged 97, of cancer. Upon learning of her death, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev
stated: “Her life was dedicated to the high purpose of bringing people
joy through interaction with true art. Ms Bayanova had a rare, beautiful
voice, and her mastery and heartfelt performances of Russian songs
gained her recognition around the world.”[1]

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Faye Blackstone, American rodeo star, died from cancer she was 96

Faye Blackstone was an American rodeo star, performer and elected member of the Cowgirl Hall of Fame died from cancer she was 96..

(June 3, 1915 – August 30, 2011) 

She is credited with inventing three rodeo maneuvers, the reverse fender drag, the flyaway and the ballerina.[1]
Blackstone was born Fayetta June Hudson in Diller, Nebraska in 1915.[1] She self taught herself to perform tricks on horses after watching a woman handle a flailing bronco when she was eight years old.[1] In 1937, Blackstone married her husband, the Texan rodeo performer Vic Blackstone, in a ceremony held in the center of a rodeo arena in Bladen, Nebraska.[1] Faye and Vic performed together throughout the United States the 1940s and 1950s.[1] She performed as far away from Nebraska as Havana, Cuba, and competed alongside well known celebrities, including Gene Autry.[1]
Vic Blackstone retired during the 1950s, while Faye Blackstone continued to perform until her retirement during the late 1960s.[1] The couple moved to a home on the outskirts of Parrish, Florida, in Manatee County during the 1951.[2] They worked and raised cattle at a nearby ranch.[1]
In 1978, Blackstone and her husband helped McEntire, the daughter of
friends, launch her career, by arranging for her to perform at a county fair in Florida.[1] McEntire recalled the performance as a breakthrough in her career in a 2003 interview with the Bradenton Herald saying, “That was my first big fair by myself. It was huge to me.”[1] [2]
Faye Blackstone was elected into the Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 1982, the same year that her husband was inducted into the Rodeo Hall of Fame.[2] The Blackstones became the namsakes of Blackstone Park in Palmetto, Florida.[2]


Faye Blackstone died in Bradenton, Florida, aged 96, from cancer, on August 30, 2011. Her husband died in 1987.[1]

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Peggy Lloyd, American stage actress, died she was 98.

Peggy Lloyd born Peggy Craven;  was an American stage actress and television director known for her work in the Broadway Theater died she was 98..

(August 14, 1913 – August 30, 2011)

Lloyd met her future husband, actor Norman Lloyd, while they were co-starring in the play Crime, which was directed by Elia Kazan.[1] The couple married on June 29, 1936, and remained together for seventy-five years.[1] They became known for their joint appearances in the Federal Theatre Project, which was run by the Works Progress Administration, early in their marriage during the 1930s.[1]
In 1937, Lloyd starred in the Broadway production of Having Wonderful Time with John Garfield.[1] She also appeared in a Broadway production of Romeo and Juliet, directed by Katharine Cornell.[1] Lloyd then joined Orson Welles theater company, Mercury Theatre.[1]
Lloyd became a close associate of director Alfred Hitchcock and directed many of Hitchock’s television specials and series episodes.[1]

Personal life

In 2007, Peggy and Norman Lloyd were featured in the documentary Who Is Norman Lloyd?[1] She died on August 30, 2011, at the age of 98. She is survived by her 97-year-old husband of 75 years, and their two children.[1]

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Ayala Zacks Abramov, Israeli art patron, died she was 99.

Ayala Zacks-Abramov was an IsraeliCanadian art collector  died she was 99..
Ayala was widowed three times, and was previously married to the
Canadian art collector Samuel Jacob Zacks and to the knesset member Zalman Abramov.

(1912 – 30 August 2011)


Zacks-Abramov was born in Jerusalem in 1912 as Ayala Ben-Tovim. Her
parents, Shmuel Ben-Tovim and Rashe (née: Berman) were married in
Jerusalem in 1902. She studied in London and in Paris where she met her
first husband, Morris Fleg, who she married in 1938.[1]
In 1940, during World War II, she joined the French Resistance after Fleg enlisted to the army and was killed during a military operation.
In 1947, she married Samuel Zacks, a Canadian economist and art collector, whom she met during her stay in Switzerland.
After marrying, the couple began to collect art items from the 19th
century and the 20th century, mainly of French, Canadian and Israeli
artists such as Gauguin, Rodin, Picasso, Henri Matisse, Kandinsky and Chagall. They also acquired art by Israeli artists such as Marcel Janco, Mordechai Ardon, Reuven Rubin and Anna Ticho, and art of relatively unknown artists at the time of the purchase such as Ofer Lellouche, Yigal Tumarkin and Joseph Zaritsky.
In 1970, her husband Zacks died. She returned to Israel in 1976 and
married Zalman Abramov, who was a lawyer and a Knesset member.[2] The couple were patrons of the arts, and Abramov continued to support the art world even after her husband’s death in 1997.
Zachs-Abramov supported over the years the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and the Israel Museum
and had a hand in their growth. Both the museums have halls named after
her. She mentioned theses museums in her will, in which she declared
that her art collection would be divided between them.
The Israeli notable painter Joseph Zaritsky painted a well-known figurative portrait of her.
Many of the art works in Zachs-Abramov’s possession were donated or
loaned through to years to museums in Israel, France and Canada.

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R. B. McDowell, Irish historian, died he was 97.

Robert Brendan McDowell  MA, PhD, Litt.D, LLD, MRIA, FTCD, was an Irish historin died he was 97. He was a Fellow Emeritus and a former Associate Professor of History at Trinity College, Dublin. He was born in Belfast. He was referred to colloquially as “RB” or “McDowell”.

(14 September 1913 – 29 August 2011) 

University career

McDowell was educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution, where he discovered his love of history. Here he met T. W. Moody,
later an esteemed colleague in the History department at Trinity. He
was first appointed a lecturer in Trinity in 1945, and for 13 years
(1956–1969) was the Junior Dean of Students, or “Dean of Discipline”, a
role that involved disciplining students in the tumultuous 1960s and
resulted in many amusing anecdotes. He resided in the college until the
age of 94, when he retired to Celbridge.
In 2007, The College Historical Society of which McDowell was a vice-president unveiled a portrait of McDowell, which can be seen in the Graduates’ Memorial Building, alongside Douglas Hyde & Theobald Wolfe Tone, amongst others.


McDowell’s published work concentrated on the era when Britain and
Ireland shared a government, and aspects of the Irish-British

  • British Conservatism 1832-1914 (Greenwood Press) ISBN 978-0-8371-7708-3
  • The Correspondence of Edmund Burke (University of Chicago Press) ISBN 978-0-226-11561-0
  • The Irish Administration 1801-1914 (Greenwood Press) ISBN 978-0-8371-8561-3
  • Irish Public Opinion 1750-1800 (Greenwood Press, 1975)
  • Public Opinion and Government Policy in Ireland 1801-1846 (Greenwood Press, 1975)
  • Proceedings of the Dublin Society of the United Irishmen (Irish Manuscripts Commission, Dublin 1998). ISBN 1-874280-16-9
  • Grattan A Life (Lilliput Press, 2001) ISBN 978-1-901866-72-8
  • Crisis and Decline; the fate of the Southern Unionists (1998)[4]
  • Burke and Ireland essay in The United Irishmen ed. D. Dickson Dublin, 1993.
  • Land and Learning; Two Irish Clubs
  • Ireland in the Age of Imperialism and Revolution
  • Historical Essays 1939-2001
  • The Church of Ireland 1869-1969
  • Trinity College, Dublin, 1592-1952: An academic history, by R. B. McDowell (Author), David A. Webb (Author), F. S. L. Lyons (Foreword), Cambridge University Press (30 Jul 1982) ISBN 978-0-521-23931-8

Co-authored works:

Books about McDowell

As well as his scholarship, McDowell became celebrated for his eccentric dress, his Ulster diction
and his ability to talk knowledgeably at great length. Hundreds of
anecdotes by former colleagues and students were published in 2 volumes
after his retirement:

  • The Junior Dean, RB McDowell – Encounters with a Legend (Lilliput 2003) to celebrate his 90th birthday;
  • The Magnificent McDowell – Trinity in the Golden Era (2006). Both books are edited by Anne Leonard, a graduate of Trinity College Dublin.


  • McDowell on McDowell, memoirs; Lilliput Press, Dublin (2008).

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Wambui Otieno, Kenyan politician, died she was 75.

Virginia Wambui Otieno was a female Kenyan
politician who in July 2003 briefly rose to prominence due to her
controversial fight to bury her first husband in one of the most
protracted legal cases in Kenya and later, her marriage to stonemason Peter Mbugua died she was 75..
The marriage was controversial since Wambui Otieno was 67 whilst Peter
Mbugua was 25. This marriage caused much debate amongst the Kenyan
Wambui Otieno is sister to Kenya’s former foreign Minister, Dr Munyua Waiyaki. Wambui Otieno died on August 30th 2011.

Mau Mau freedom fighter

She published an autobiography titled “Mau Mau Daughter: A Life History”.
She had had 3 children while working as a Mau Mau freedom fighter.
She was arrested for her involvement in mobilizing in the women’s wing
of the Mau Mau’s riots. Towards the end of the State of Emergency, the
British colonial state arrested her and sent her to a detention camp on
the coast.[2]
In the years following Mau Mau, Wambui met and married S.M. Otieno, a prominent Luo
lawyer. Together they produced one of the most successful law firms in
post-colonial Kenya. Her daughter is Gladwell Otieno, former director of
TI Kenya (Transparency International) and director of “AFRICOG” African
Center of open Gouvernance.
Wambui Otieno was one of the first women to run for elected office.

Legal case

In 1994 she was the subject of a legal case that established modern
legal rights of wives in polygamous marriages vs. tribal law.[3]

Political life

At the 1997 elections she unsuccessfully vied for the Kamukunji Constituency parliamentary seat on NDP ticket.[4] In 2007, she founded a new political party, Kenya People’s Convention Party.[5] At the 2007 elections, she ran for the Kajiado North Constituency parliamentary seat, but received only a minor share of votes.[6]

Personal life

Her 2003 marriage to Peter Mbugua was subject of a national
controversy. Many of their relatives condemned the marriage. There have
been allegations that the death of Mbugua’s mother’s, which happened
only days after the marriage, was caused by a shock she got upon
learning of the marriage.[7]
As of 2008, they were living together with her stonemason husband in Karen, Nairobi.[7]
In February 2011 they held a second wedding ceremony, now at St
Andrew’s Church in Nairobi, while the first wedding had been a civil
Wambui had suffered heart failure previously and was relying on a pacemaker, an electronic gadget implanted to function as the heart does Wambui Otieno died on August 30, 2011 in a Nairobi Hospital.[9]

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