Obituary: Stuart Andrews

Fan Stuart Andrews died on March 20 following a short illness. Andrews was a costumer and was widely known as “Viking Stu” for his Viking costumes and paraphernalia.

Obituary: Mary Robison

Massachusetts fan Mary Robison (b.Mary Trompke, 1957) died on March 24. Robison was one of the founders of the Arisia Science Fiction convention in Massachusetts and an active costumer. She built specialty electronics for rock bands and appeared on Who Wants to Be a Millionnaire?.

Obituary: Judy Harrow

Fan and Wiccan priestess Judy Harrow (b.1945) died on March 20. Harrow began studying Wicca in 1976 and was ordained in 1977. Harrow attended many East coast conventions in the 1970s and hosted open pagan circles in programming at a few of them. In 1985, she became the first Wiccan to be legally registered as clergy in New York City. She published three books on Wicca.

Obituary: Michael Sinclair

Louisville fan Michael Sinclair (b.1938) died on March 14. He began attending conventions with Rivercon in 1975. He later became involved in throwing bid parties for the New Orleans Worldcon bid. After New Orleans won, Sinclair and his wife continued to throw parties for a hoax Moscow bid until 1990.

Glyer Health Scare

Hugo Award winning fan writer and fanzine editor Mike Glyer checked into the hospital after experiencing a shortness of breath and was found to have blood clots in the lungs. Glyer was released the evening on March 18 and put on medication which should help avoid future clotting. Glyer decided to share the news saying, “I hate it when fans I’ve known well are taken and because nothing was said about earlier problems I never had a chance to say anything or get used to the idea.”

Obituary: Fred Brammer

Virginia fan Fred Brammer (b.1940) died on August 18, 2013. Brammer was a member of First Fandom and worked to get the pilot episode of Star Trek into the Smithsonian Institute. Brammer worked as a government geologist and was a frequent Worldcon attendee.

Obituary: Bhob Stewart

Bhob Stewart (b.1937) died on February 24. Stewart published one of the earliest comic fanzines and in 1969 curated the first exhibition of comic book art at a major museum, the Corcoran in Washington, D.C. Corcoran also wrote comics for several different publishers, developed the Wacky Pack line of trading cards, and co-authored Scream Queens.

Obituary: Gary Dockter

Philadelphia fan Gary Dockter (b.1963) died on February 8. Dockter collected comic books. Dockter was also a fan of steampunk.

Obituary: William Tienken

Kansas City fan William Tienken (b. 1960) died on February 17. For ten years beginning in 1987, he published the fanzine Pulsar, which included more than 2500 book reviews over the course of its run. In 1997, he moved his reviewing on-line to Bookview, where he continued publishing reviews of non-fiction books. Tienken was also active in the Kansas City convention scene and was a con photographer.

Obituary: Blue Petal

Minneapolis fan Blue Petal (b.Louis Fallert 1950) died on February 16. Blue Petal suffered a stroke in December, following which he was diagnosed with central nervous system lymphoma. He began publishing Lou’s Apa in 1968, changing the name to Blue’s Apa when he took his nom de fan. In the 1970s, he joined Minneapa. He chaired Minicon 5 and co-chaired Minicon 7. He wa also an avid gamer, creating a gaming system called Castle Keep in the 70s.