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Khairy Shalaby, Egyptian writer, died he was 73.

Khairy Shalaby died he was 73.

 (January 31, 1938 – 9 September 2011)

 was an Egyptian novelist
and writer. He wrote some 70 books, including twenty novels, critical
studies, historical tales, plays and short story collections.[3][1] Khairy is widely regarded as having written novels “of the Egyptian street.”[2]
Adam Talib, who translated The Hashish Waiter, said of Shalaby’s prose:

“The most enjoyable—and the most difficult—thing about Khairy’s
prose is the way he mixes language levels (registers) within a single
sentence or paragraph. Khairy doesn’t go in for the prophetic or
philosophical or pompous-sounding stuff…and he really seems to be having
a lot of fun when he writes. I guess what I’m trying to say is that
Khairy doesn’t spend a lot of time looking up from the story. He doesn’t
look over his shoulder like some writers and he doesn’t spend too much
energy worrying about what ‘the critics’ will say. I haven’t asked him
but I’m fairly certain he’s never spent a second thinking about how this
might sound when it’s translated. …. In many ways, Arabic novels are
still having a conversation with the culture at large—they’re very
engaged—and it’s reflected in this style of novel. Khairy Shalaby is an
important artist and also a very good critic, but he doesn’t go in for
that sort of thing. Like Yusuf al-Qa’eed, Khairy tries to show that
novels don’t have to be explicitly intellectual, or about intellectuals,
to handle important political and social questions in a very
sophisticated way.”[2]


Shalaby’s The Lodging House won the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature in 2003.[1] The Lodging House was listed by the Arab Writers Union as one of the “top 105” books of the last century. Istasia was longlisted for the 2010 International Prize for Arabic Fiction.


English translated
  • The Hashish Waiter
  • The Lodging House
  • The Time-Travels of the Man Who Sold Pickles and Sweets

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Laurie Hughes, English football player (Liverpool), died he was 87

Lawrence (Laurie) Hughes was an England former international football player who played for Liverpool  died he was 87..

(2 March 1924 – 9 September 2011) 

 Life and playing career

Born in Waterloo, Liverpool, Lancashire, England,
Hughes was a strong, uncompromising Centre Half, who could also play
wing half; he had the knack of being able to read the game-stopping
moves before they caused too many problems.
Hughes signed for Liverpool in 1943 from Tranmere where he was a
trainee; however, it wasn’t until 5 January 1946 that he made his debut
in a 2–0 FA Cup 3rd round 1st leg victory at Sealand Road, Chester, his one and only goal didn’t come until 8 December 1951 in a league game at Anfield against Preston, Hughes’ 88th-minute strike saving a point in the 2–2 draw.
During the first post-war season of 1946–47 Hughes made 30 appearances from 42 games helping the Reds win the First Division Championship, Liverpool’s first title in 24 years.
1950 proved to be a rollercoaster of a season for Hughes, on a high due to reaching the FA Cup final at Wembley only to lose to Arsenal 2–0. He then was selected to represent England at the World Cup in Brazil [1]
getting all of his 3 caps in the process and becoming Liverpool’s first
representative at the worlds premier football tournament,
unfortunately, one of the appearances was the embarrassing 1–0 defeat to
the USA. His debut came on 25 June 1950 in Rio De Janeiro, Chile were the opponents who were beaten 2-0 with the goals coming from Stan Mortensen and Wilf Mannion.
Hughes and Liverpool’s fortunes changed during the fifties when the
Reds fell from the top tier, they managed to fend off relegation during
the 1952–53 season but couldn’t prevent the drop a season later.
Hughes stayed on at Liverpool and had a decent season in the 1956/57
missing just one match. Hughes played his last game against Charlton
on 28 September 1957 aged 33, however, Hughes remained loyal to the
club he loved and didn’t retire for another 3 years, finally doing so in
May 1960.
Hughes died at home on 9 September 2011 aged 87.[2]

Career details

  • Liverpool F.C. (1943–1960) – 326 appearances, 1 goal; Football
    league championship (level 1) winners medal (1947); FA Cup runners up
    medal (1950)
  • England (1950) – 3 caps – All at the World Cup of 1950

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Vo Chi Cong, Vietnamese politician, President (1987–1992), died he was 99.

Võ Chí Công  was a Vietnamese Communist politician, and the President of Vietnam between 1987 and 1992 died he was 99..

(7 August 1912 – 8 September 2011)

Early life and political activities

Võ Chí Công was born as Võ Toàn in Quảng Nam, French Indochina in 1912. He first became politically active in 1930, when he joined with Phan Bội Châu and Phan Chu Trinh, two early Vietnamese nationalists who opposed the French colonial regime. He joined the Communist Party of Indochina in 1935,[2] and fought with the Vietnamese resistance against the Vichy French during World War II. He was arrested for his resistance activities in 1942.[citation needed]

Vietcong founding member

After the war, Công faded into obscurity for a time, before becoming a founding member and Deputy Chairman of the National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam (Vietcong) in 1961. He later became Deputy Secretary of the Central Office for South Vietnam (COSVN), and was a key figure in the South Vietnamese communist party during the Vietnam War. After the reunification of Vietnam in 1976, Công was awarded a seat on the national Politburo.[citation needed]

Cabinet career and presidency

As a Politburo member, Công served in various cabinet posts,
including Minister of Fisheries (1976-77), Minister of Agriculture
(1977-78), and Deputy Prime Minister (1976-82), before becoming the Chairman of the Council of State of Vietnam (the contemporary equivalent of the President of Vietnam) in 1987. After his presidential term ended in 1992, Công became an advisor to the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam, until this advisory position was abolished in 1997.


Võ Chí Công died in Hồ Chí Minh City on 8 September 2011, aged 99. The Vietnamese government granted him a televised state funeral in recognition of his long political career.[3]

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Sir Hilary Synnott,British diplomat, died he was 66.

Sir Hilary Nicholas Hugh Synnott was a British diplomat who was Regional Coordinator of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) in Southern Iraq from 2003 to 2004, before retiring in 2005 died he was 66.. He published a book about his time there called ‘Bad Days In Basra‘.
(20 March 1945 – 8 September 2011) 


Hilary Sinnott attended Peterhouse, Cambridge University where he was awarded an MA. From 1962 to 1973, he was a Royal Navy officer serving as a submariner.

Diplomatic career

In 1973, Synnott joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as Second Secretary. He was posted as First Secretary to UKDEL OECD Paris in 1975 and was transferred to Bonn in 1978. He returned to the FCO in 1981. In November 1985, Synnott was appointed Counsellor, Consul-General and Head of Chancery in Amman.[4] He was Deputy High Commissioner to India
from 1993 to 1996. At the FCO, he served as Director for South and
South East Asian Affairs from 1996 until 1998. He was appointed British High Commissioner to Pakistan from 2000 until 2003. In his final posting to Iraq, Sir Hilary replaced the Danish Ambassador Ole Wøhlers Olsen who had complained at the lack of support given to his reconstruction efforts.[5]

Post retirement

On 9 December 2009, Synnott gave evidence to The Iraq Inquiry in which he was critical of the Coalition Provisional Authority.[6]

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Jesse Jefferson, American baseball player (Baltimore Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays), died from prostate cancer he was 62.

Jesse Harrison Jefferson was a Major League Baseball pitcher best remembered as an inaugural member of the expansion Toronto Blue Jays died from prostate cancer he was 62…

(March 3, 1949 – September 8, 2011)

Baltimore Orioles

Jefferson was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 1968 Major League Baseball Draft out of Carver High School in Midlothian, Virginia. He went 40–50 with a 3.71 earned run average over six seasons in the Orioles’ farm system when he debuted with the club in 1973. He pitched a ten inning complete game in his major league debut on June 23. In the second game of a doubleheader with the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, he was pitching a five hit shutout until the ninth inning with two outs when Rico Petrocelli hit a solo home run to tie the score. The Orioles responded with a run in the top of the tenth to earn Jefferson the win.[1]
Jefferson’s rookie season was his only winning season, as he went 6–5 with a 4.11 ERA as a spot starter and middle inning relief pitcher. The Orioles captured the American League East crown, and manager Earl Weaver had Jefferson slated to be his long reliever in the post season,[2] but he did not make an appearance in the 1973 American League Championship Series with the Oakland Athletics. Jefferson moved into the bullpen in 1974, making just two spot starts, both against the Red Sox.

Chicago White Sox

On June 15, 1975 the last place Chicago White Sox made a flurry of deals. They acquired left hander Dave Hamilton and minor league prospect Chet Lemon from the Oakland A’s for Stan Bahnsen and Skip Pitlock, and acquired Jefferson from the Orioles for Tony Muser.[3] With the Chisox, Jefferson was moved back into the starting rotation, compiling a 5–9 record with a 5.10 ERA. He split the 1976 between starts and the bullpen before he was lost to the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1976 Major League Baseball expansion draft.

Toronto Blue Jays

Jefferson set many career highs with the Blue Jays in 1977. His 33 starts and 217 innings pitched were by far his best. Despite setting a Blue Jay franchise record with nine walks in a game against Baltimore on June 18,[4] Jefferson’s strikeout-to-walk ratio was also a career best 1.37 as he struck out 114 batters versus 83 walks.
Perhaps the most memorable outing of Jefferson’s career came on May 16, 1980 against eventual 22–game winner Mike Norris
and the Oakland A’s. Jefferson held the A’s to just four hits over
eleven innings while striking out ten. Norris was equally brilliant, but
the Jays managed to squeak out a run in the bottom of the eleventh to
earn Jefferson the win.[5]
Things went south quickly for Jefferson after that performance as he
lost his next five decisions. He made his final appearance for Toronto
on September 1, facing five batters and retiring just one while giving
up three earned runs, allowing an inherited runner to score and committing an error. He was placed on waivers with a 4–13 record and 5.47 ERA.
He was selected off waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates on September 11,[6] and made just one appearance for the club, beating the Chicago Cubs.[7]
Following the season, he signed as a free agent with the California Angels.He started the 1981
season in the Angels’ starting rotation, but after going 0–4 with a
4.68 ERA in his first five starts, was moved into the bullpen. He
pitched far better in relief, going 2–0 with a 1.04 ERA in 21
appearances. He spent Spring training 1982 with the Orioles, but did not make the club.

Career stats

9 39 81 .325 4.81 237 144 25 4 1 522 1085.2 1151 580 642 118 520 33 14 .911

Jefferson he was in the top ten in the league in walks allowed three times, top ten in losses twice, top ten in earned runs allowed twice, and second in the league in home runs allowed in 1978. He led the league in errors committed by a pitcher with eight in 1977.
In 2011, Jefferson died of prostate cancer.[8]

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Mary Fickett, American actress (All My Children), died from complications of Alzheimer’s disease died she was 83

Mary Fickett was an American actress, best known for her roles in the American television dramas, The Edge of Night — as Sally Smith (1961), and as Dr. Katherine Lovell (1967–68) — and as Ruth Parker Brent on All My Children (1970–1996; 1999–2000) died from complications of Alzheimer’s disease died she was 83..

(May 23, 1928 – September 8, 2011) 

 Early life and career

Fickett was born in Buffalo, New York and raised in Bronxville, a suburb of New York City. She attended Wheaton College in Massachusetts, and made her theatrical debut in 1946 on Cape Cod.[1] In 1949, she made her Broadway debut appearing in I Know My Love, a comedy starring Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne.[2] Fickett studied acting at New York City’s Neighborhood Playhouse under Sanford Meisner and started her television career working on “Television Theatre” programs like Kraft Television Theatre in the 1950s. Her first feature film was Man on Fire alongside Bing Crosby in 1957. In 1958, she received a Tony Award nomination as Best Featured Actress in a Play for her performance in Sunrise at Campobello, opposite Ralph Bellamy.
During the 1960s, she was featured in Calendar, a forerunner to CBS’ The Early Show; she appeared alongside host Harry Reasoner.

Personal life

Fickett had two children from her three marriages. Her third and
final marriage was to Allen Fristoe (a daytime TV director) from June
1979 until his death in 2008.

All My Children

In January 1970, the American Broadcasting Company launched its new soap opera All My Children, created by Agnes Nixon. Fickett was an original cast member playing Ruth Parker Brent,
a nurse at the local hospital and wife of alcoholic car salesman Ted
Brent. Her character quickly found an attraction to the widowed Dr. Joe
Martin (Ray MacDonnell).
The pair tried to ignore their attraction until Ruth’s husband was
killed in a car accident. Ruth and Joe married on screen but found their
happiness cut short by the Vietnam War. Agnes Nixon had always intended for her soap to deal with important issues of the day, so to facilitate Richard Hatch exiting the role of Phil Brent his character was drafted into service.[citation needed]
Ruth became an anti-war protester and made some of the first
anti-Vietnam speeches aired on American Daytime Television. This
storyline decision, although troubling to television executives at the
time, won Fickett the first Emmy Award given to a performer in daytime television, in 1973. She received a Daytime Emmy
nomination in 1974 for her performance in a storyline that involved her
son being missing in action. This was another milestone for daytime TV,
as it was the first time a war scene was aired on daytime television.
The audience saw Phil being hit by a bullet and going down, then carried
away by a young Vietnamese boy (played by the adopted son of a friend
of Nixon).[citation needed]
Joe and Ruth were happily married, but found they could not conceive a
child together. To have the child they always wanted they began
proceedings to adopt Tad Gardner, a child that had been abandoned. A
problem arose when Tad’s father, Ray Gardner, arrived in town wanting
money and filed a lawsuit to stop the adoption proceedings. He then
tried to extort money from the Martin family, in exchange for stopping
the lawsuit. Joe refused to do this and kicked him out of his house, but
Ruth called him back saying they could “sort things out”. Fickett’s
second controversial storyline started when Ray showed up in a drunken
rage and raped Ruth. She received her second Daytime Emmy nomination for this storyline in 1976.


In the mid-1990s Fickett decided that she wanted to slow down her
schedule and spend more time with her family. She allowed her contract
to expire and expected to go on recurring status, meaning she could
still appear on the program but did not have to meet any contractual
obligations or minimum number of appearances. Negotiations with the
producers of the program broke down and the role of Ruth Martin was
recast with Lee Meriwether
taking on the character in 1996. In 1999, Meriwether was fired and
Fickett rehired on recurring status. She resumed the role of Ruth and
supported several front burner storylines including son Tad’s romance
with Dixie and the breakdown of son Jake (Joe) Martin’s marriage to
Gillian. After another year, Fickett decided to call it quits from the
busy schedule of soap opera acting and retired in December 2000. In
2002, the producers wanted to bring the character of Ruth back, but
Fickett remained in retirement, so Meriwether was rehired and played
Ruth whenever the occasion arose.


In 2007, Fickett moved in with her daughter, Bronwyn Congdon, in Colonial Beach, Virginia, where she remained bedridden.[3] Fickett died September 8, 2011, aged 83, at her Callao, Virginia home, from complications of Alzheimer’s disease, according to her daughter.[1][2][4] ABC dedicated September 21, 2011 episode of All My Children in Fickett’s memory.

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Max Boisot, British academic, died from cancer, he was 67

Max Henri Boisot was Professor of Strategic Management at the ESADE business school in Barcelona, Associate Fellow at Templeton College, University of Oxford, and Senior Associate at the Judge Institute of Management Studies at the University of Cambridge died from cancer,  he was 67..


He was also a research fellow at the Sol Snider Center, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. His book Knowledge Assets was awarded the Ansoff Prize for the best book on strategy in 2000. The I-Space framework which is central to his work is an acknowledged early influence on the development of the Cynefin framework.[3]
He attended Gordonstoun and later studied architecture at the University of Cambridge and city planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, before taking his PhD in technology transfer at Imperial College London.
After working as a manager for construction firm Trafalgar House, in
1972 Boisot co-founded an architectural partnership, Boisot Waters
Cohen, and from 1975 to 1978 acted as a consultant on projects in France
and the Middle East.[4]from 1983 to 1989, he was Director and Dean of China Europe Management Institute in Beijing China.
Max Boisot died from cancer on 7 September 2011, aged 67.[5]

Published work

  • Information and Organization: The Manager as Anthropologist. London: Collins (1987)
  • (Editor) East-West Collaboration: the Challenge of Governance in Post-Socialist Enterprises, London: Routledge (1993)
  • Information Space: A Framework for Learning in Organizations Institutions and Cultures, London: Routledge (1995)
  • Knowledge Assets: Securing Competitive Advantage in the Information Economy, Oxford: Oxford University Press (1998). ISBN 978-0-19-829607-2
  • Explorations in Information Space: Knowledge, Agents and Organization, co-authored with Ian C. MacMillan and Kyeong Seok Han, Oxford: Oxford University Press, (2007). ISBN 978-0-19-925087-5

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Derek Grierson, Scottish footballer, died he was 79.

Derek Dunlop Grierson was a Scottish football player best known for his time with Rangers and Falkirk died he was 79..

(5 October 1931 – 7 September 2011) 


Grierson started out at Queen’s Park before then manager Bill Struth brought him to Rangers in 1952. He made his competitive debut in a 5–0 defeat to Hearts on 9 August. He scored his first and second goals for the club a week later in a League Cup match against Aberdeen.
Those goals were to be some of many. In his four seasons at Ibrox he netted 59 times in total. He was Rangers top scorer in his first season after scoring 31 goals. He won the League championship and Scottish Cup that season. Grierson also won a Glasgow Cup in 1953. He is noted as scoring the first ever live goal on Scottish television.
He left Rangers in 1956 and joined Falkirk where he won the Scottish Cup in 1957. He scored 23 league goals for the Bairns but left them in 1960 to join Arbroath. He retired to Newton Mearns, in East Renfrewshire. Derek died on 7 September 2011, aged 79.[4]
At the Falkirk v Rangers Scottish League Cup third round match,
played on 21 September 2011, Grierson was remembered during a minutes
silence at the beginning of the match, in memory of his contribution to
both clubs during the 1950s


He also played at Wembley for Scotland Amateurs and scored in a 2–1
win to clinch the British Championship. He won seven amateur caps. As an
amateur, he was selected for trials for the Great Britain side that was
to take part in the Helsinki Olympic Games of 1952. Manager Walter Winterbottom was duly impressed and Grierson made the squad – one of only three Scots selected.

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