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Deaths in May 2008

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May 6, 2008, 2:19pm Top

Ted Key, the cartoonist who created Hazel died May 3 at the age of 95. The cartoon developed into a sitcom in the 'sixties starring award winning actress Shirley Boothe as the annoying maid. Mr. Key was the author of The Cat from Outer Space, Hazel, All Hazel, If you Like Hazel, Here's Hazel, The Hazel Jubilee: Sixteen Years of Life With Hazel, Life With Hazel: A New Selection of Hazel Cartoons from the Saturday Evening Post and a myriad of other books about Hazel.

May 6, 2008, 2:23pm Top

Is there a blue zone around cartoonists? Every time I read their obituaries they're always in their 90s. (sorry this is slightly off topic)

May 6, 2008, 3:58pm Top

I think they must have to constantly think happy thoughts to come up with something funny everyday. Makes them last longer.

May 6, 2008, 6:09pm Top

Musicologist Mary Berry CBE, died May 1 at the age of 90. She spent her life trying to revive the Gregorian chant. She was the author of Plainchant for Everyone, The Living Chant and The History of the Chant.

May 7, 2008, 2:30am Top

Dutch award-winning author J.J. Voskuil died May 1 at the age of 82. He wrote Bij nader inzien and the 7-book cycle Het Bureau.

Edited: May 7, 2008, 11:58am Top

Uzbek poet Ilyas Malayev died May 2 at the age of 72. Two of his collections were Milk and Sugar and Devon.

Edited: May 8, 2008, 8:20am Top

Philanthropic advocate Claude Rosenberg died May 3 at the age of 80. He was the author of Wealthy and Wise: How You and American Can Get the Most Out of Your Giving, Stock Market Primer and Investing with the Best: What to Look For, What to Look Out for, in Your Search for a Superior Investment Manager.

May 8, 2008, 1:53pm Top

British foreign correspondent Ian Brodie died May 8 at the age of 72. He was the author of The Lord of the Rings Location Guidebook and Camera in Narnia.

Novelist Elaine Dundy died May 1 at the age of 86. She was the author of The Dud Avocado, The Old Man and Me, The Injured Party, Elvis and Gladys, Ferriday, Louisiana, Sally Jay in Parijs and Life Itself!: An Autobiography.

May 8, 2008, 1:55pm Top

Oh!!! I loved The Dud Avocado.....:-((

May 10, 2008, 7:52pm Top

Sports writer R.R. Knudson died on May 3 at the age of 75. Some of her better known books were Zanballer, Zanbanger, Zanboomer and Zan Hagen's Marathon.

May 11, 2008, 5:32pm Top

#11 - I'm really sorry to hear that.

May 11, 2008, 7:41pm Top

I will have to move The Story of Chicago May to the top of my TBR pile.

May 12, 2008, 10:24am Top

We have Zanbanger in our high school library - dated, but still popular.

May 15, 2008, 8:30am Top

Artist Robert Rauschenberg died May 12 at the age of 82. He was the author of Robert Rauschenberg: Combines, Rauschenberg Short Stories, Rauschenberg: Apogamy Pods, Robert Rauschenberg Photos, and Rauschenberg: Arcadian Retreats.

May 15, 2008, 3:12pm Top

Writer Jeff Torrington died May 11 at the age of 72. He was the author of Swing Hammer Swing! and The Devil's Carousel.

May 16, 2008, 8:16am Top

Novelist Oakley Hall died May 12 at the age of 87. Known for his westerns, crime fiction, mysteries and writer's guides, some of his better known books were Warlock, The Down Hill Racers, Too Dead to Run, Lullaby, The Bad Lands, The Coming of the Kid, Apaches, Separations, The Art and Craft of Novel Writing and How Fiction Works.

May 16, 2008, 4:59pm Top

Torrington was a Scot. His Swing hammer swing!--won the Whitbread prize--a huge award in Britain. I read it but did not care for it.

May 16, 2008, 6:46pm Top

Famed vintner Robert Mondavi died today, May 16, at the age of 94. He was the author of Harvest of Joy: My Passion for Excellence, Seasons of the Vineyard: A Year of Celebration and Recipes from the Robert Mondavi Vineyard and Robert Mondavi Winery (Wine Photography).

May 19, 2008, 8:42am Top

Cartoonist for Mad and Playboy, Will Elder died May 14 at the age of 86. Some of his books were Will Elder: The Mad Playboy of Art and Chicken Fat. His collection of Humbug cartoons is due to be published in August.

Mentor to journalists, Irving Rosenthal died May 18 at age 95. His books were Business English Made Simple and The Art of Writing Made Simple.

Campus rights advocate, Michael Rossman died May 12 at age 68. He was the author of The Wedding Within the War, On Learning and Social Change and New Age Blues: on the Politics of Consciousness.

Computer theorist Arthur W. Burks died May 14 at age 92. He was the author of Robots and Free Minds, Essays on Cellular Automata and Chance, cause, Reason: An Inquiry into the nature of Scientific Evidence.

May 19, 2008, 2:46pm Top

Outdoorsman Fred J. Taylor died May 7 at age 89. He was the author of Angling in Earnest, Tench A Guide to Ferreting, One for the Pot and Reflections of a Countryman.

Professor Wilfrid Mellers, OBE died May 17 at age 94. He was the author of Music and Society, Studies in Contemporary Music, Music in a New Found Land, Harmonious Meeting, Bach and the Dance of God, Beethovan and the Voice of God, Vaughan Williams and the Vision of Albion, Between Old Worlds and New, Singing in the Wilderness, Celestial Music, Francois Couperin and the French Classical Tradition, Man and His Music, Caliban Reborn and Twilight of the Gods.

May 20, 2008, 11:00am Top

Automotive historian Beverly Rae Kimes died May 12 at the age of 68. She was the author of Standard Catalog of American Cars, 1805-1942, Packard: A History of the Motor Car and the Company, The Star and the Laurel: The Centennial of Daimler, Mercedes, and Benz 1886-1986, Automotive Quarterly Great Cars and Grand Marques and Pioneers, Engineers, and Scoundrels: The Dawn of the Automobile in America.

May 21, 2008, 10:57am Top

Former aide to Jimmy Carter, Hamilton Jordan died May 20 at the age of 63. He was the author of No Such Thing as a Bad Day: A Memoir and Crisis: The Last Year of the Carter PResidency.

May 22, 2008, 11:24am Top

Psychoanalyst Charles Brenner died May 19 at the age of 94. He was the author of Psychoanalytic Concepts and Structural Theory and An Elementary Textbook of Psychoanalysis.

Edited: May 23, 2008, 2:51am Top

Scholar of the middle east, J. C. Hurewitz died May 16 at the age of 93. He was the author of Diplomacy in the Near and Middle East, The Middle East and North Africa in World Politics, The Struggle for Palestine, and Middle East Politics: The Military Dimension.

May 23, 2008, 1:46pm Top

Ornithologist Derek Goodwin died May 14 at the age of 88. He was the author of Crows of the World, Pigeons and Doves of the World, Estrildid Finches of the World and Birds in Man's World.

May 23, 2008, 5:26pm Top

Author Robert Asprin died May 22 at the age of 61. He was best known for his series of comic fantasy novels including Phule's Company, Thieves World and Myth Adventures.

:( *greatly distressed*

May 24, 2008, 1:30pm Top

Photojournalist Cornell Capa died May 23 at the age of 90. He was the author of The Concerned Photographer, Let Us Begin: The First one Hundred Days of the Kennedy Administration, and Cornell Capa: Photographs.

May 24, 2008, 7:49pm Top

Expert on Scottish tartans, Jamie Scarlett, MBE died May 16 at the age of 87. He was the author of Tartan Weavers Guide and The Tartans of the Clan Chattan.

May 25, 2008, 7:20pm Top

Folklorist Jennifer Westwood died May 12 at age 68. She was the author of The Lore of the Land and Albion: A Guide to Legendary Britain. She had three books scheduled to be published posthumously. They are The Penguin Book of Ghosts, Sealore, the Folklore of Sailors and the Sea, and The Folklore of Scotland.

Journalist Allen Brien died May 23 at the age of 83. He was the author of Domes of Fortune and Lenin: the Novel.

May 28, 2008, 8:13am Top

One of the German rocket scientists who came to the US and helped develop the space program, Ernst Stuhlinger died May 25 at the age of 94. "The man with the golden finger," was the author of Projekt Viking: Die Eroberung des Mars and co-author of Wernher von Braun: Crusader for Space.

May 28, 2008, 1:42pm Top

Naval novelist and historian John Wingate died May 11 at the age of 88. He was the auther of The Fighting Tenth.

May 29, 2008, 8:35am Top

Photographer of musicians, David Gahr died May 25 at the age of 85. He was the author of The Face of Folk Music and The Festival Songbook.

May 30, 2008, 8:52am Top

Reviewer, writer and humorist, Martin Levin died May 21 at the age of 89. He was the author of Whatever happened to Lady Chatterly's Lover? and was editor of The Phoenix Nest and The Bedside Phoenix Nest.

Jun 8, 2008, 2:19pm Top

South Korean novelist Park Kyung Ni died May 5 at the age of 81. She was the author of Toji The Land, The Age of Distrust, Drifting Island, The Road Without a Guidepost, The Marketplace and the Battlefield, Saint and Witch and The Daughters of Pharmacist Kim.

Jun 11, 2008, 8:18am Top

John S. Zinsser, Jr. died May 27 at the age of 84. He was the former editor of the Reader's Digest Condensed Books.

Jun 11, 2008, 9:01am Top

Prof. William Gutteridge, MBE, died May 22 at the age of 88. He was the author of Military Institutes and Power in the New States, The Military in African Politics, Contemporary Terrorism and Military Regimes in Africa.

Jun 11, 2008, 2:17pm Top

Economic historian Michael Hendy died May 13 at the age of 66. He was the author of Coinage and Money in the Byzantine Empire, Studies in the Byzantine Monetary Economy c. 300-1450 and The Economy, Fiscal Administration and Coinage of Byzantium.

Jun 13, 2008, 1:50pm Top

Children's author and illustrator Elinor Lyon died May 28 at the age of 86. Some of her books include The Golden Shore, The House in Hiding, Run Away Home, and Wishing Water Gate.

Jun 20, 2008, 2:42pm Top

Botanist Bill Burtt died May 30 at the age of 94. He was the author of Streptocarpus: An African Plant Study, The botany of Southern Natal Drakensberg and Dierama: The Hairbells of Africa.

Jun 25, 2008, 8:14am Top

Authority on the USSR David Hooson died May 16 at the age of 82. He was the author of A New Soviet Heartland?, The Soviet Union: People and Regions and editor of Geography and National Identity.

Edited: Jun 27, 2008, 11:19am Top

Another long-lived cartoonist, Ed Arno nee Arnold Edelstein, died May 27 at the age of 92. His cartoons appeared in the New Yorker for more than 30 years. He was the author of Ed Arno's Most Wanted, The Magic Fish and The Gingerbread Man (An Easy to Read Folktale).

Jul 15, 2008, 8:23am Top

Czech/British actress and Holocaust survivor Hana Pravda died May 22, at the age of 92. Her diary of surviving a Nazi death march was published as I Was Writing this Diary for You, Sasha.

Jul 15, 2008, 1:40pm Top

Historian Jonathan Frankel died May 7 at the age of 72. In addition to being an editor for Oxford University Press, he was the author of Prophecy and Politics: socialism, Nationalism and the Russian Jews, 1862-1917, The Damascus Affair and Jews and Gender: The Challenge to Hierarchy.

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