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Deaths in May 2012

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May 6, 2012, 5:33pm Top

Actor George Lindsey of the Andy Griffith Show and Hee Haw fame, died May 6 at the age of 83. He was the author of Goober in a Nutshell.

May 8, 2012, 8:50am Top

This one is with a really heavy heart. Author and illustrator Maurice Sendak died May 8 at the age of 83. I hope he's running with the wonderful creatures Where the Wild Things Are.

May 8, 2012, 10:13am Top

Me too, varielle. We were blessed by his gift.

May 8, 2012, 1:10pm Top

Artist and writer Angelica Garnett died May 4 at the age of 93. She was the author of The Unspoken Truth: A Quartet of Bloomsbury Stories and The Eternal Moment.

Edited: May 8, 2012, 3:56pm Top

Angelica Garnett was a rather put-upon person if her obituary in the Times (of London) is to be believed. Her eventual husband, David Garnett, was her father's lover and wanted to set up a menage-a-trois with him and Vanessa Bell, Angelica's mother. When Vanessa vetoed this proposal, Garnett said that he would, in that case, marry their daughter. Sounds like an act of revenge to me.

Angelica apparently always felt guilty about marrying Garnett. Hardly surprising! What fun it must have been to be part of the Bloomsbury set.

Angelica did much to establish Charleston in Sussex as a memorial to the Bloomsbury set - it has an annual book festival which sounds rather good (most of the interesting talke are sold out for this year)

May 10, 2012, 10:57am Top

Former U.S. Attorney General and Undersecretary of State Nicholas deB. Katzenbach died May 8 at the age of 90. He was the author of Some of it Was Fun: Working with RFK and LBJ.

Edited: May 11, 2012, 8:08pm Top

Biographer C. David Heymann died May 9 at the age of 67. A few of his books include Poor Little Rich Girl, A Woman Named Jackie, RFK, and Bobby and Jackie.

The Associated Press' Pulitzer Prize winning combat photographer Horst Faas died May 10 at the age of 79. He was the co-author of Lost Over Laos and co-editor of Requiem: By the Photographers Who died in Vietnam and Indochina.

Journalist Lois Hunter has died. She was the author of The Australian Artist's Companian and Famous Australian Artists.

Mustang legend Carroll Shelby died May 10 at the age of 89. He was the author of The Cobra Story.

May 15, 2012, 11:32am Top

Newsday reporter Mike McGrady died may 13 at the age of 78. He is best known for the book hoax Naked came the Stranger. His other books include ghost writing Ordeal, Out of Bondage and Stranger than Naked: Or How to Write Dirty Books for Fun and Profit.

Edited: May 15, 2012, 6:04pm Top

The man who single-handedly made me love Spanish literature, Mexican author Carlos Fuentes died May 15 at the age of 83. A few of his many books include The Death of Artemio Cruz, Aura, Old Gringo and Inez.

May 17, 2012, 11:52am Top

Children's author Jean Craighead George died May 15 at the age of 92. A few of her many books include My Side of the Mountain, Julie of the Wolves and On the Far Side of the Mountain.

May 17, 2012, 12:34pm Top

She will be missed. Wonderful books...

May 17, 2012, 1:34pm Top

Singer Donna Summer died May 17 at the age of 63. Her autobiography was called Ordinary Girl: The Journey.

May 22, 2012, 12:32pm Top

Theologian Walter Wink died May 10 at the age of 76. He was the author of The Powers that Be, Engaging the Powers and Jesus and Nonviolence.

Archaeologist Crawford Greenewalt, Jr., died May 4 at the age of 74. He was the author of City of Sardis, The Sardis Campaigns and Lydian Pottery.

May 23, 2012, 9:29am Top

Prolific author Henry Denker died May 15 at the age of 99. A few of his books include I'll be Right Home, Ma, Scofield Diagnosis and A Place for Kathy.

May 24, 2012, 9:41am Top

Edited: May 25, 2012, 11:19am Top

Pioneering radio disc jockey Hal Jackson appealed to a multi-cultural audience and became the first African American inducted into the Broadcasters Hall of Fame. He passed away on May 23 at the age of 96. His autobiography was called The House that Jack Built: My Life as a Trailblazer in Broadcasting and Entertainment.

May 29, 2012, 9:18pm Top

Folk legend Doc Watson died May 29 at the age of 89. He was the author of Songs of Doc Watson. :'(

May 30, 2012, 12:09pm Top

Feature writer for the Daily Telegraph, Cassandra jardine died May 29 at the age of 57. She was the author of Positive not Pushy: How to make the Most of Your Child's Potential.

May 31, 2012, 10:30am Top

Former editor of the Daily News, Michael J. O'Neill died May 29 at the age of 89. He was the author of Terrorist Spectaculars and The Roar of the Crowd.

Children's book illustrator Leo Dillon died May 26 at the age of 79. His work can be seen in To Everything there is a Season, Mansa Musa, The People Could Fly and Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears.

Edited: Jun 1, 2012, 9:55am Top

Australian anthropologist Alan Thorne died May 21 at the age of 73. He was the author of Man on the Rim: The Peopling of the Pacific.

Journalist Dudley Clendinen died May 30 at the age of 67. He was the author of Out for Good and A Place Called Canterbury.

Edited: Jun 4, 2012, 1:39pm Top

Social critic Earl Shorris died May 27 at the age of 75. A few of his books include The Life and Times of Mexico, Latinos: The Biography of a People and A Nation of Salesmen.

Playwright and author William Hanley died May 25 at the age of 80. A few of his works include Slow Dance on the Killing Ground, Blue Dreams and Whisper into My Good Ear.

Jun 6, 2012, 8:54am Top

Dissident Catholic theologian Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz died May 13 at the age of 69. She was the author of Mujerista Theology and En La Lucha in the Struggle: A Hispanic Woman's Liberation Theology.

Lincoln scholar William Lee Miller died May 27 at the age of 86. He was the author of Lincoln's Virtues and Arguing About Slavery.

Edited: Jun 11, 2012, 9:44am Top

Geneticist specializing in dwarfism David L. Rimoin died on May 27 at the age of 75. He was the author of Emery and Rimoin's Principles and Practice of Medical Genetics.

German mathematician Friedrich Hirzebruch died May 27 at the age of 84. He was the author of Topological Methods in Algebraic Geometry.

Jun 12, 2012, 9:55am Top

Explorer and botanist Nicholas Guppy died May 16 at the age of 86. He was the author of Wai-Wai.

Jun 27, 2012, 10:42am Top

Publisher Hilary Rubinstein died May 22 at the age of 86. A few of his books include Europe's Wonderful Little Hotels and Inns and Insomniacs of the World, Goodnight.

Edited: Jul 9, 2012, 11:48am Top

Food writer Victor Gordon died May 29 at the age of 82. He was the author of Feasts, The English Cookbook: New Ways with Traditional British Food, Mrs. Rushworth and Prawnography.

Edited: Sep 4, 2012, 12:02am Top

WWII spy-hero Robert de La Rochefoucauld died May 8, 2012 at age 88. His memoir La Liberté, C’est Mon Plaisir, 1940-1946 recounts his extraordinary wartime exploits.

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