Author Nancy Garden (b.1938) died on June 24. Garden received the 2003 Margaret Edwards Award for lifetime achievement and the Lambda Literary Award. Some of her novels from the early 1970s included Vampires, Werewolves, and Witches. She later wrote Prisoner of Vampires, My Brother, the Werewolf, and My Sister, the Vampire.
Actor Neal Arden (b.Arthur Neal Alston 1909) died on June 4. Arden appeared in The Quatermass Experiment, Mystery and Imagination, The Giant Behemoth, and My Partner the Ghost.
Philadelphia fan Carol Kabakjian (b.1954) died on May 15 following a four-year battle with cancer. Kabakjian served as secretary and archivist for PSFS for several years and worked on Philcon. She was responsible for the Con suite at Millennium Philcon. She founded ConCerto and published the filking fanzine The Philly Philk Phlash.
Actress Patsy Byrne (b.1933) died on June 17. Byrne appeared in Black Adder as Nursie, and The Silver Chair as Giant Nanny. She also appeared in an episodes of the series Doomwatch and Maid Marian and Her Merry Men.
Australian author Pip Maddern (b.Philippa Maddern 1952) died on June 16. Maddern published thirteen short story between 1976 and 1995, beginning with “The Ins and Outs of the Hadhya City-State.” She mostly retired from writing science fiction for a career in academia in 1990, although her final short story, “Not with Love” appeared in 1995. All of her fiction was published in Australia. In addition, she had a Ph.D. in History and published Violence and Social Order: East Anglia 1422-1442.
Author Daniel Keyes (b.1927) died on June 15. Keyes was the author of the Hugo Award-winning short story “Flowers for Algernon,” which was expanded to the Nebula Award winning novel of the same title and made into the film Charly. In addition to his career as an author and teacher, Keyes served as editor of Marvel Science Fiction in 1951, just before he began selling his own stories. In 2000, the same year he published his memoir, Algernon, Charlie and I: A Writer’s Journey, he was named Author Emeritus by SFWA.
Fan Jeff Canfield (b.1958) died on April 9. Canfield was active in con-running in the Northern California area, serving as a deputy vice chair of ConFrancisco and chairing the 1991 Westercon bid for Sacramento.
Actor Casey Kasem (b.Kemal Amin Kasem 1932) died on June 15. Best known as the DJ who hosted American Top 40, he also provided the voice of Norville “Shaggy” Rogers on the various Scooby Doo television series. He has also done voicework for The Transformers, Homeboys in Outer Space, SuperFriends (where he voiced Robin), and Battle of the Planets.
Phyllis Patterson (b.Phyllis Stimbert 1932) died on May 18. Patterson and her husband, Ron, created the Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Southern California in 1963, leading to the creation of similar fairs around the country. Patterson had been working as an history and English teacher and insisted all the actors learn about the period and not introduce any anachronisms to the fairs.
Actress Carla Laemmle (b.Rebecca Isabelle Laemmle 1909) died on June 12. Laemmle began acting in silent films in 1925 in the Lon Chaney film The Phantom of the Opera . Six years later, she spoke the first line in the Bela Lugosi version of Dracula. She retired from mils in 1939, but began appearing in horror film cameos in 2001. She was part of the family that founded Universal Studios and the Laemmle theatre chains in Chicago and Los Angeles.