The millennium started with the death of actor Ray Walston (86) from
lupus on January 1. Although most recently known for his role as a cantankerous judge on the television show
Picket Fences, Walston made his science fiction name playing Uncle Martin on the 1960s series
My Favorite Martian, has also portrayed the Devil in Damn Yankees, and appeared in the series Amazing Stories.
George Jumper, Former LASFS President, died of an heart attack on January 8.
Eileen Costelloe (49), a British fan who suffered a brain tumor in
mid-July 2000, finally succumbed on January 21.
Frederic E. Ray, Jr. died on January 23. He was one of the original Superman
illustrators and also worked on Tomahawk for DC.
Rick Shelley (53) suffered an heart attack on January 13 while attending
Chattacon. He underwent emergency bypass surgery, but died on January 27 while awaiting the opportunity for an heart transplant. Shelley
published several stories, novels and series of military science fiction drawing on his experiences in the army.
Shelley broke into the field in 1985. He had just turned in the first two novels of a trilogy with the third scheduled for delivery shortly after Chattacon.
Best known for creating the Dorsai, Gordon Dickson (77) died
on January 31. Other notable work included The Dragon and the George series. Dickson was also involved
with science fiction fandom, attending conventions and taking part in filks. His Dorsai series was originally slated
to be a collection of novels set in the past, present and future, although the future sections were the only ones published,
and then, more extensively than initially planned. Dickson served as President of the SFWA from 1969-1971 and won the Nebula
Award in 1966 for "Call Him Lord." His two Hugo-winning stories were "Lost Dorsai" and "The Cloak and the Staff."
Ernest Sterne (86) died following a long illness on
February 2. Sterne was a British SF collector and fan as well as an historian and ornithologist.
Gerald Suster (49), who was a schoolmate of Douglas Adams,
died of an heart attack on February 4. Suster's fascination with the occult found its way into his horror writings and he
also wrote a biography of Aleister Crowley and other non-fiction works on the occult.
Frank O. Dodge (79) died on February 9. He was the author of
several short stories and one novel, Thor's Fist, which was published by DNA Publications the day after he died.
Richard Laymon (53), President of the Horror Writers of
America and author of more than 25 novels, died of a heart attack on February 14. Most of Laymon's works were firmly in
the horror genre. He did publish a non-fictional autobiographical work entitled A Writer's Tale. He was scheduled to be
one of the guests of honor at the 2000 World Horror Con.
Tina Spell (34), a Writers of the Future winner and author who
wrote under the name T.M. Spell, died on March 2. In addition to beginning a career as a professional writer, Spell edited a number of fanzines.
Jenna Felice (25) died after suffering a severe asthma attack
on March 10. Felice was not only an editor at Tor, but she was also the associate editor of Century,
a science fiction magazine she worked on with her companion, Robert Killheffer. Felice was orphaned at fifteen and raised her ten-year old sister.
Sheila Bostick, a West Coast fan who served as treasurer for
Tiptree Award and was an early user of computer bulletin boards and newsgroups died on March 11.
J. Harvey Haggard (89) was an author who published several
short stories in the 1930s and a few as late as 1951. He died on March 15. In 1991, he was inducted into the First Fandom Hall of Fame.
Norma Macmillan (79), who provided the original voice for
Casper the Friendly Ghost, as well as Goo and other characters on The Gumby Show died of an heart attack on March 16.
Donald Reed (65) March 18, In 1962, Reed founded the Count
Dracula Society, which presented the Ann Radcliffe Awards. A decade later, he expanded the interest with the foundation of the Academy
of SF, Fantasy & Horror Films, which presented the Saturn Awards for science fiction films. At the Millennium Philcon he
posthumously received the Big Heart Award.
Mentor Huebner (83)
worked in a wide variety of roles in Hollywood, from the industry's only conceptual storyboard artist to production
designer and art director died on March 19. He worked as and animator on the "heigh-ho" sequence
from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Huebner also worked as an illustrator for the de Laurentis
production of Dune, Bladerunner, and the 1960 version of The Time Machine. Huebner
was also involved with Ralph Bakshi's Lord of the Rings, The Forbidden Planet and other science fiction films.
Ronald Chetwynd-Hayes (82) died from bronchial
pneumonia on March 20. He began publishing genre work in 1959 with The Man From the Bomb and became
known for his ghost stories, which earned him a Stoker Lifetime Achievement Award and the British Fantasy
Society Special Award. He edited more than twenty anthologies.
William Hanna (90), the creator of Yogi Bear,
Fred Flintstone, Tom and Jerry and other characters in the Hanna-Barbera stable died on March 22. Hanna provided all
the yelps issued by Tom in the Tom & Jerry cartoons.
Sir Harry Secombe (79), one of the members of the
influential The Goon Show, died of prostate cancer on April 11.
died on April 12 from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, although she also suffered from lung cancer. She
was married to Dick Ellington, who edited the fanzine FIJAGH. They met in New York as fans in the 1950s. After
they moved to California, she was a contributor to Femizine, a fanzine put out by the hoax fan Joan W. Carr.
Pierre Versins (78) was the nom de plume of Jacques
Chamson, who died on April 18. Best known for Encyclopedie de Utopie et de la sf, which won a Special Award Winner
at 1973 Worldcon, Versins edited the fanzine Ailleurs, published three novels and won the
Pilgrim Award in 1991. He was a survivor of the concentration camp at Auschwitz.
Dr. Rosemary Hickey died on April 26. In 1963,
Hickey helped found the Chicago SF League, an offshoot of the 1950's University of Chicago SF Club. Hickey was a
member of FAPA and, in her mundane life, was a podiatrist who left fandom and Chicago some time ago.
She was in her 80s.
Morton Klass (73). The younger brother of
Philip Klass (William Tenn) and a science fiction author in his own right, died of an heart attack on
April 28. In addition to publishing several short stories in the 50s and 60s, Klass was an Anthropologist at
Barnard College until his retirement in 1997.
Ken Hughes (79), who directed
Chitty-Chitty Bang-Bang as well as the James Bond spoof Casino Royale died on April 28 suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the year was the death, by heart attack, of
Douglas Adams (49) as he was working out on
May 11. Unbeknownst to the author of the Hitchhiker's Guide radio, book and television series, later that
day IAU announced that asteroid 18610 would be named "Arthurdent" after the every-man character in his most popular work.
Maurice J. Noble (91) passed away on May 18. He was
an animator and layout artist for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Bambi, and How the Grinch Stole
Christmas. He later worked on numerous Warner Brothers cartoons including such science
fictional fare as Duck Dodgers in the 24½ Century.
Jenny Kentwell died in her sleep on May 20. She
was a founding member of Australia's Dusk Star Trek Club and Astrex.
On June 1, Hank Ketchum (81) who created
Dennis the Menace based on the antics of his own four-year-old son, died after a lengthy history of heart disease and cancer.
Alan Dodd was a reclusive British fan who
only appeared in public on a couple of times. He died on June 5. Ron Bennett once perpetrated a hoax in which he
claimed that Alan Dodd was a hoax fan he had created. Most of Dodd's fanac was in writing for fanzines.
Gharlane of Eddore (David Potter, 54), died of an
heart attack on the evening of June 10. He was a prolific poster on a variety of usenet groups. He received
permission from E.E. "Doc" Smith, himself, to use the name "Gharlane of Eddore." Gharlane of Eddore's postings could
be found in numerous usenet groups and were frequently opinionated, controversial, and humorous.
George Evans (81) died of an heart attack after
declining further treatment for leukemia on June 22.
Evans was a comic illustrator for EC, Atlas and Marvel, although he tended to avoid superhero work, with the
exception of working on a brief run of Sub-Mariner material in the 1970s.
Tove Jansson (86) died on June 27. She was
the author and illustrator of the long-running Moomintroll series of juvenile novels. Her writing
has earned her numerous awards, including the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1966.
Delia Derbyshire (64) died of kidney failure on July 3.
Derbyshire was an electronic musician who arranged the score for Dr. Who and created the sound made by the TARDIS.
Actor Jack Gwillim (91), who played King
Aeetes in Jason and the Argonauts and Poseidon in The Clash of the Titans died on July 2. Gwillim
also appeared as Sir Giles Dalrymple in Curse of the Mummy's Tomb and Van Helsing in The Monster Squad.