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A chronology of those who died in 2014

December 25, 2014


Aug. 1

— Chun Eun-yong, 91, an ex-policeman whose half-century quest for justice for his two slain children led the U.S. Army in 2001 to acknowledge the Korean War refugee massacre at No Gun Ri in South Korea. He had been in declining health.

— Charles T. Payne, 89, a World War II veteran who helped liberate a Nazi concentration camp and great uncle of President Barack Obama who was briefly in the public eye during his nephew’s first presidential bid, in Chicago of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.


— Billie Letts, 76, a novelist whose works included “Where the Heart Is” that was turned into a movie, in Oklahoma after a brief, unspecified illness.

Aug. 3

— Dorothy Salisbury Davis, 98, a prize-winning mystery writer whose books include the best seller “A Gentle Murder” and numerous other works praised for their psychological suspense, in Palisades, New York. She had been in failing health for months.

Aug. 4

— James Brady, 73, the affable, witty press secretary who survived a devastating head wound in the 1981 assassination attempt against President Ronald Reagan and undertook a personal campaign for gun control, in Alexandria, Virginia, after a series of health issues.

Aug. 5

— Harold J. Greene, 55, the two-star Army major general who became the highest-ranking U.S. military officer to be killed in either of America’s post-Sept. 11 wars, near Kabul by a gunman believed to be an Afghan soldier. He was an engineer who rose through the ranks as an expert in developing and fielding Army war material.

— Marilyn Burns, 65, an actress best known as the heroine of the 1974 horror classic “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” in Houston. The cause of death was not determined.

— Jesse Steinfeld, 87, who became the first U.S. surgeon general ever forced out of office by the president after he campaigned hard against the dangers of smoking during the 1970s Richard Nixon era, in Pomona, California, after suffering a stroke.

Aug. 6

— Richard Marowitz, 88, a World War II veteran who found Hitler’s top hat and brought it home with him, in Albany, New York. He had been battling cancer and dementia.

Aug. 7

— Henry Stone, 93, a fixture on the R&B and disco scene who was instrumental in the careers of Ray Charles, James Brown and KC & the Sunshine Band, in the Miami area of natural causes.

Aug. 8

— Menachem Golam, 85, a veteran Israeli filmmaker who built an empire on the backs of brawny men beating others senseless in a host of 1980s action films, in Tel Aviv. No cause of death was given.

— Charles Keating, 72, a British- born Shakespearean actor who was amused by the fame that came with being an American soap opera star on “Another World” and also appeared in many films and television programs, in Weston, Connecticut. He had been battling lung cancer.

Aug. 11

— Robin Williams, 63, a brilliant shape-shifter who could channel his frenetic energy into delightful comic characters like “Mrs. Doubtfire” or harness it into richly nuanced work like his Oscar-winning turn in “Good Will Hunting,” in Tiburon, California, in a suicide.

Aug. 12

— Lauren Bacall, 89, the slinky, sultry-voiced actress who created on-screen magic with Humphrey Bogart in “To Have and Have Not” and “The Big Sleep” and off-screen magic in one of Hollywood’s most storied marriages, in New York. No cause of death was given.

Aug. 13

— Emigdio Vazquez, 75. whose bold use of color and uncanny ability to capture everyday people in dramatic moments that made him one of the most influential pioneers of the Chicano art movement, in Newport Beach, California, of pneumonia. He had been in declining health.

Aug. 16

— Peter Scholl-Latour, 90, whose reporting from far-flung places made him postwar Germany’s most famous foreign correspondent, in Rhoendorf, Germany. No cause of death was given.

Aug. 18

— Don Pardo, 96, a durable radio and television announcer whose booming baritone became as much a part of the U.S. cultural landscape as the shows and products he touted, in Tucson, Arizona. No cause of death was given.

Aug. 19

— Simin Behbahani, 87, a famed Iranian poet who wrote of the joys of love, demanded equal rights for women and spoke out about the problems of people living in her homeland, in Tehran of heart failure and breathing problems.

— Dinu Patriciu, 64, an emblematic politician from Romania’s post-communist years whose later career as an oil tycoon was marred by scandal, in London of a lung infection. He had been treated for cancer and liver disease.

Aug. 20

— B.K.S. Iyengar, 95, an Indian yoga guru who helped popularize the discipline around the world and wrote 14 books on the subject, in Pune, India where he had been hospitalized for a kidney ailment.

— James Bennett, 76, a Jamaican folk musician nicknamed “Powda” who played a rollicking genre of traditional dance music with the long-running Jolly Boys, in Kingston of respiratory problems.

Aug. 21

— Albert Reynolds, 81, the risk-taking Irish prime minister who played a key role in delivering peace to Northern Ireland but struggled to keep his own government intact, in Dublin after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

— Edmund Skoza, 86, an American cardinal who served as governor and financial administrator of the Vatican and was a confidant of St. John Paul II, in Novi, Michigan, of natural causes.

— Stephen R. Nagel, 67, a former astronaut who flew on four space shuttle flights, in Columbia, Missouri, of cancer.

Aug. 22

— Philippine de Rothschild, 80, an energetic and self-certain grande dame of Bordeaux wine who halted an acting career to run vineyards owned by the family dynasty, in Paris “from the effects of a serious operation.”

Aug. 24

— Richard Attenborough, 90, a lord, an Oscar-winning director for the much lauded “Gandhi” and an unflagging pillar of British cinema, in London. He had been in declining health.

Aug. 25

— Enrique Zileri, 83, who as director of Peru’s leading newsmagazine defied despotism and battled corruption with stubborn independence, in Lima of complications from throat cancer.

— Willia Greaves, 87, an award-winning co-host and executive producer of a groundbreaking U.S. television news program and a prolific filmmaker whose subjects ranged from Muhammad Ali to the Harlem Renaissance to the black middle class, in New York after a long, unspecified illness.

Aug. 27

— Valeri Petrov, 94, Bulgaria’s most prominent, contemporary poet who translated the complete works of Shakespeare, in Sofia after a stroke.

— Ahmed Seif, 63, one of Egypt’s most prominent civil rights lawyers and campaigners, in Cairo of complications from heart surgery.

Aug. 28

— Glenn Cornick, 67, the original bass player in the rock band Jethro Tull, in Hilo, Hawaii, of congestive heart failure.

Aug. 30

— Manuel Pertegaz, 96, one of Spain’s most admired fashion designers who dressed Audrey Hepburn, Jacqueline Kennedy and Ava Gardner, in Barcelona. No cause of death was given.

— Joseph Persico, 84, a best-selling author, historian and speech writer for then-New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, in Albany, New York, after a long, unspecified illness.

Aug. 31

— Stefan Andrei, 83, a foreign minister under communism who decreased Romania’s dependence on the Soviet Union, in Bucharest. No cause of death was given.

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