Deaths in May 2012
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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)
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.
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.
Critic Paul Fussell died May 23 at the age of 88. A few of his many books include The Great War and Modern Memory, Abroad: British Literary Traveling Between the Wars and BAD: Or the Dumbing of America.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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