by Steven H Silver
[Editor's Note: Here you will find the other In Memoriam columns.]
1. Actor Royce Applegate, who portrayed Chief Manilow Crocker on the television series "SeaQuest DSV" and Buck in "Splash," died when his Sherman Oaks, California home caught fire on New Year's Day. More recently, Applegate provided the voice of one of the dogs in the Eddie Murphy remake of "Doctor Doolittle" and played Henry in "The Rookie."
2. Agent Virginia Kidd (b.1921), whose clients included Ursula K. Le Guin and James Tiptree, Jr., died on January 12 following a lengthy illness. Kidd was married to James Blish from 1947 to 1963, during which time she occasionally collaborated with Blish on a story. She edited several anthologies including Millennial Woman (1978) and Interfaces (1980), the latter with Ursula Le Guin.
3. Norman Panama (b.1914), an Hollywood screenwriter who wrote, produced and directed the Danny Kaye vehicles "The Court Jester" and "Knock on Wood," died on January 13 from complications from Parkinson's Disease. Panama was also a screenwriter on the holiday film "White Christmas."
4. Writer, director and producer John Mantley (b.1920) died on January 14. Although the majority of his work was in the film industry, he wrote the SF novel The Twenty-Seventh Day, which was later made into a film of the same time. For the last several years, Mantley has suffered from Alzheimer's.
5. Richard Crenna (b.1927), an actor who appeared in the film "Marooned" and "A Fire in the Sky," died of pancreatic cancer on January 17. Originally a radio actor, Crenna made the leap to film and television in the 1950s. He is best known for his role as Walter Denton in the radio and television series "Our Miss Brooks" and as Colonel Samuel Trautman in the Rambo films.
6. Virginia Heinlein, the widow of science fiction grandmaster Robert A. Heinlein, died in her sleep on January 18. She was born Virginia Doris Gerstenfel and married Heinlein in 1948. Throughout their life together, Virginia worked as Heinlein's assistant and reader of his books. She is featured in much of Heinlein's autobiographical writing, including Grumbles from the Grave and Tramp Royale, both of which she worked to release following Heinlein's 1988 death.
7. Al Hirschfeld (b.1903), the cartoonist best known for his illustrations of celebrities, died on January 20 at the age of 99. Hirschfeld began drawing in 1924 when in Paris and began doing illustrations for the New York Herald Tribune upon his return to America a couple of years later. His famous illustrations are of celebrities from Buster Keaton to Nathan Lane. Since the birth of his daughter in 1945, all of his drawings have included her name, "Nina," hidden somewhere in the sketch, frequently multiple times.
8. Chicago area fan Mark Anderson (b.1959) died on January 20 following complications arising from congestive heart failure. He went in for congestive heart failure last week and was put on a respirator. The respirator failed and by the time a replacement respirator was inserted, Anderson went into cardiac arrest. Anderson was returning to fandom after several years of gafiation.
9. Leslie Fielder (b.1918) died on January 29 in Buffalo, NY. Fiedler was known as a literary critic, although he also published several anthologies, including the SF anthology In Dreams Awake (1975), which provided an historical look at the works of H.G. Wells, H.P. Lovecraft, Harlan Ellison and other authors. In 1983, he published a biography of Olaf Stapledon.
10. Author John M. Faucette, Jr. (b.1943) died of an heart attack in late January. Faucette published four novels in the 1960s, but wrote several more novels which he was unable to sell. He believed that part of the problem was that his protagonists were black. His only short story appeared in 2001.
11. Columbia (b. April 12, 1981) was the first orbiting shuttle in the American shuttle fleet. On its first launch, it was commanded by veteran astronauts Commander John Young and Pilot Robert Crippen. The first mission lasted 2 days, 6 hours, 20 minutes and 53 seconds beginning at 6:00 AM. The final 16-day mission which ended on Saturday, February 1 was the 113th overall shuttle mission and the 28th mission for the Columbia. Columbia had flown more missions than any other shuttle. In 1999, it underwent a major overhaul and NASA considered retiring the shuttle in 2001.
12. Rick Husband (b.1958) served as Commander for the final flight of the Columbia. It was his second flight into space. His first flight occurred in 1999 on board the Discovery. Husband joined the air force upon graduating from Texas Tech in 1980 and became a test pilot and demonstration pilot.
13. William McCool (b.1963) was the pilot of the Columbia. A U.S. Navy commander, it was his first flight into space. McCool graduated second in his class of more than 1,000 at the U.S. Naval Academy in 1983 and went on the achieve degrees in computer science and aeronautical engineering. He worked as a test pilot and served on board the U.S.S. Coral Sea and the U.S.S. Enterprise.
14. Michael Anderson (b.1961) was the payload commander on board the Columbia. A lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, Anderson was aboard the shuttle in 1998 during a docking mission with the Mir space station. His job aboard the Columbia was to coordinate all the science missions. Anderson was an African-American physicist.
15. Kalpana Chawla (b.1961) was born in Karnal, India and moved to the United States after earning a degree at Punjab Engineering College in 1982. In the US, she earned a Masters and Doctorate in aerospace engineering. When Chawla joined NASA in 1994, she was the first India-born woman to join the program and became the first Indian woman in space on her first shuttle flight in 1997. She was seen as a hero in India, which is planning to launch a satellite into lunar orbit before the end of the decade. Serving as a mission specialist on the Columbia, she was responsible for maneuvering the shuttle's robotic arm.
16. David Brown (b.1957) was a mission specialist on the Columbia. An aviator and flight surgeon, he was making his first flight into space aboard the shuttle. Previously, Brown working in the circus and was able to ride a 7 foot tall unicycle. He received medical training at Eastern Virginia Medical School and the Medical University of South Carolina before enlisting in the Navy in 1984. He joined NASA in 1996.
17. Laurel Clark (b.1962) was a mission specialist making her first flight into space. Born in Iowa and raised in Racine, Wisconsin, Clark wais both a medical doctor and a commander in the U.S. Navy. In addition to a medical degree, she also held a degree in zoology.
18. Ilan Ramon (b.1956) was a payload specialist and Israel's first astronaut. Ramon, whose mother was a concentration camp survivor and father was a resistance fighter, served in both the Yom Kippur War in 1973 and the Lebanon War in 1982. In 1981, he piloted the Israeli mission that destroyed a nuclear plant in Iraq. Just as India took great pleasure in having Kalpana Chawla, Israel stood behind Ilan Ramon. As part of his personal effects, he carried a drawing of the universe made by an 8-year old Holocaust victim and a Torah which survived the Holocaust.
19. Actress Lana Clarkson (b.1961) was shot to death at the home of record producer Phil Spector on February 3. Clarkson appeared in several fantasy films, including the title role in Barbarian Queen (1985). Spector has been arrested for her murder.
20. Harry Warner, Jr. (b. 1922) died at his home in Hagerstown on February 17. Warner had been active in fandom since 1936, although by the 1950s he had earned the nickname the Hermit of Hagerstown for his general refusal to leave his home. Beginning in 1939, he published Horizons, and later published a two volume history of fandom in the 40s and 50s, All Our Yesterdays and A Wealth of Fable. The latter book won Warner a Hugo in 1993 for Best Related Book. He also won two Hugos for Best Fan Writer. In 1995, Warner received the First Fandom Hall of Fame Award. He remained active in fanzine fandom, which did not require travel, until the end of his life.
21. Grace C. Lundry (b.1937) died of cancer on February 18. Lundry organized the Worldcon flight to Australia in 1975 and served as a de facto co-chair of the 1977 Worldcon, Suncon, in Miami Beach, helping the official chair, her husband, Don Lundry. The Lundrys had been married for more than 40 years.
22. George Solonevich (b.1917), an artist whose work included several covers for Analog, died on February 21. Solonevich was born in the Soviet Union and moved to the United States in 1953. Beginning his artistic career in the Russian film industry, in the US, he worked on books by Otto Binder. In addition, Solonevich created portraits of numerous major public figures in the twentieth century.
23. William J. "Biljo" White, a comic collector since the 1940s whose 1964 fanzine Batmania signaled a lessening of ties between comics fandom and sf fandom, died on February 26. White was one of the first fans to create and publish the adventures of his own superhero, the Eye, which ran in many fanzines during the 60s and 70s. White helped build Batman fandom in the mid-1960s, but was a fan of Batman ever since purchasing Batman #1 off the rack in 1940.
24. Author Mary C. Pangborn (b.1907), the sister of Edgar Pangborn, died in February after undergoing intestinal surgery. She published science fiction on her own and also collaborated with her brother on novels and short stories.
25. Fred Freiberger (b. 1915) died on March 2 at his home in Bel-Air, California. Freiberger was a producer on the orginal Star Trek as well as the Six Million Dollar Man and Space 1999. His writing credits included The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space, and Space 1999. He also wrote for westerns such as Bonanza, The Big Valley, and Rawhide.
26. Author Jane Rice (b.1913) died on March 2 in Greensboro, NC. Rice had stories appear in Unknown in the early 1940s and later appeared in the first Orbit anthology writing with Ruth Allison under the name Allison Rice.
27. Children's author Monica Hughes (b.1925) died on March 7. Hughes was born in Liverpool, but spent her first five years in Cairo. She began publishing in 1974 with Goldfever Trail and quickly moved on to SF, publishing Crisis on Conshelf 10 the following year. Other SF includes The Tomorrow City, The Other Place, and The Keeper of the Isis.
28. Howard Fast (b.1914) died on March 12. Fast began publishing in 1932 with "Wrath of the Purple," which appeared in the October issue of Amazing Stories. Although he is best known for his out-of-genre work, Fast has written several SF novels and short stories, including The Edge of Tomorrow, The General Zapped an Angel, and A Touch of Infinity. Perhaps Fast's best known work was Spartacus, upon which the Kirk Douglas movie was based. Failing to identify possible Communists to the House Unamerican Activities Committee in 1958, he was jailed for contempt for three years.
29. Fan Rebecca Boyer (b.1953) died on March 12 of pneumonia. Boyer was the owner of the Magic Dragon Bookshoppe in San Diego until 1985 and ran Starcon in 1977 and 1979.
30. Jackie Madden (b.1957), a northwestern filker known as Lady Blue, was killed on March 20 when a semi hit her car head-on in Bend, Oregon. A memorial filk will be held in her honor at the home of her son in Northridge, California on April 13.
31. Glasgow fan Peter B. Bell (b.1932), died March 23rd 2003 after a long battle with cancer. A long-time collector and con attendee, his collection of books and pulps dated back to the 1930s. At the 1995 Worldcon in Glasgow, Bell helped in the at-con office. He has left his entire collection to the Glasgow AlbaCon Science Fiction Convention committee to be used to raise money to fund an award within the Scottish Science Fiction field. Although AlbaCon no longer exists, Vincent Docherty is working to make sure Bell's wishes are adhered to.
32. David Mansell died of massive heart failure on March 24 at his home in Cornwall, England. Mansell was a UK fan involved in numerous aspects of fandom. Active in the Wrap Party and London social gatherings. Because his computer business frequently took him to Seattle, Mansell was also know to northwestern American fandom. Mansell was 49.
33. Paul Zindel (b.1936) died on March 27, only one month after being diagnosed with cancer. Zindel was the author of numerous novels and plays, including "The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds," The Pigman, and The Doom Stone. Zindel was the winner of both the Obie and the Pulitzer Prize.
34. George the Cat, a member of the Plokta cabal and the official chaircat of plokta.con died on March 27 after a long illness for which he was under constant medication. George stopped eating three days before his death.
35. Lieutenant-General Kerim Kerimov (b.1917) died on March 29. Kerimov was a "secret general" of the Russian space program from 1945 until his identity was revealed by Pravda in 1987. Following the death of Sergei Korolev in 1966, Kerimov was appointed head of the State Commission for Flight Testing of Soyuz Spacecraft. Kerimov oversaw the agency during rough times, including the loss of cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov during the Soyuz 1 mission. After his 1990 retirement, Kerimov wrote The Way to Space, a history of the Soviet space program.
36. Michael Jeter (b.1952) was found dead in his home on March 30. Jeter appeared in numerous television shows and movies including genre fare Jurassic Park III and Waterworld. Jeter is perhaps best known for his role on the television series "Evening Shade." Apparently in good health, an autopsy is being performed to determine Jeter's cause of death.
37. Actress Anne Gwynne (b.1918) died on March 31 of a stroke following surgery.. Gwynne appeared in the 1940 serial "Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe," Weird Woman, and House of Frankenstein, among other films.
38. Australian fan John Foyster (b.1941) passed away on April 5. Foyster was diagnosed with a brain tumor in January 2002 following a faulty diagnosis of a stoke in September 2001. He was admitted to hospital in Adelaide on April 4. He entered fandom in the late fifties and began publishing fanzines in the 1960s. In 1966, Foyster was the main organizer of the Melbourne Easter Convention, which is credited with relaunching Australian fandom. 1970 say Foyster begin the campaign that ultimately led to Aussiecon I, the 1975 Worldcon. In 1971, he won the Ditmar for his pseudonymously published story "Let It Ring" (as by John Ossian). He subsequently went on to help found DUFF (the Down Under Fan Fund) in 1972. He revived and published the Australian Science Fiction Review from 1979 through 1986. In addition to being active in fanzine publishing, Foyster was a fan historian with broad knowledge of the field. He received the A. Bertram Chandler Award for services to Australian SF and fandom.
39. Technologist Anita Borg (b.1948) died of brain cancer on April 6. Borg was a strong proponent of women in computer science and promoted the goal of 50/50 by 2020, calling for half of all computer science degrees to be awarded to women by 2020. She was the founder of the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, the Institute for Women and Technology, and the Systers Mailing List for female sys admins.
40. Cecile de Brunhoff (b.1903) died on April 7 in Paris following a stroke on April 5. de Brunhoff was the inspiration for the Babar stories published by her husband, Jean de Brunhoff, and son, Laurent de Brunhoff. In 1931, de Brunhoff told her children a bedtime story about a little elephant. After her children related the story to their father, he named the elephant, filled in additional details, and illustrated the tales to create the first Babar book. de Brunhoff insisted her name be removed from the book because she felt her role was too insignificant.
41. Dr. Willis E. McNelly (b.1920), perhaps best known for The Dune Encyclopedia, died on April 7. Willis was an academic and SF critic at California State University at Fullerton and one of the first academics to take science fiction seriously. He also published several anthologies in conjunction with Harry Harrison, Leon Stover, and Jane Hipolito, as well as study guides for their use in the classroom.
42. Henry Beck, Sr. (b. 1925) died on April 10. Beck was a long-time participant in Chicago area fandom along with his wife, Martha (formerly Manos), who he married in 1949. Beck was a half-brother to the fan-dancer Sally Rand. At the time of his death, Back was living in Payson, AZ, where he and Martha had retired. Martha Beck died in 2002. Beck is survived by his daughter, Irene Louise Komp, and son, Henry Beck, Jr.
43. Jacques Chambon (b. 1942) died of an heart attack on April 16 in Marcillac-la-Croisille, France. Chambon was an active SF critic in the 1960s and 1970s and collaborated on the French version of Fantasy & Science Fiction, called simply Fiction. He has served as the editor of the "Presence du Futur" line for Editions Denoel and the "Imagine" line for Editions Flammarion.
44. Jack Riley (b.1925), known as the "Voice of NASA," died of cancer on April 17. Following a career in the Navy during World War II, Riley attended the University of Kansas and then took a job at General Dynamics. He began working for NASA in 1959, spending 33 years working for the agency's public relations office. In 1969, he provided commentary during the first moonwalk and he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work with Apollo 13.
45. Helen H. Meyer (b.1908), one of the first women to be a major force in publishing, died on April 21. Meyer joined the staff at Dell Books in 1923 as a clerk. Eventually she rose to through the ranks until she was President and Chief Executive of the company. After George Delacorte sold Dell to Doubleday in the late 70s, Meyer stayed on as a co-publisher and consultant. In the 1950s, Meyer defended Dell's line of comic books, which included "Woody Woodpecker," "Bugs Bunny" and "Donald Duck," at Congressional hearings. Over the years, Meyer has published numerous science fiction novels, including Vonda McIntyre's Hugo and Nebula Award-winning Dreamsnake.
46. Fan Ben Jason, who chaired the 1966 Worldcon, Tricon, in Cleveland died on May 13. Jason has been credited with helping design the Hugo Award, working from the 1953 design by Jack McKnight.
47. Author William C. Anderson (b.1920) died of heart failure on May 16. Anderson began writing in the 1960s when he retired from the military and published several works within the genre and outside the genre, perhaps best known for Bat*21, which was filmed in 1988.
48. Leeds fan Dave Mooring (b.1961) died on May 21 at St. Gemma's Hospice. Earlier in the day, Mooring married his partner of 21 years, Sarah Dibbs. At the beginning of May, Mooring, who has won four Nova Awards for fan art, was diagnosed with an inoperable cancer. In addition to his artwork, Mooring was also known for his music.
49. Roy Tackett (b.1925) died on Friday, March 23. Tackett was a long time fan who never recovered from a series of strokes, but remained active in fandom until a couple of weeks before his death. In 1975, Tackett stood for TAFF, in a race which ended in a tie. Although the decision was made to send both Tackett and Bill Bowers to Britain, although Bowers wound up declining the trip. Following his trip, he published the trip report Tackett's Travels in Taffland. Roy published one hundred issues of Dynatron, which included fan writing by such luminaries as Jerry Pournelle and Roger Ebert, and helped introduce Western fandom to Japan. In 1997, Tackett was the Fan Guest of Honor at Worldcon, LoneStarCon 2, in San Antonio, Texas. A memorial will be held at Bubonicon.
50. Comic artist Pierre Rice (b.1917) died of pneumonia on May 23 at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, D.C. Rice worked for Harvey Comics, drawing for such titles as "The Green Hornet" and "Captain Freedom." After World War II, during which he won a Bronze Star, Rice returned to comics, working for Timely Comics (now Marvel). He eventually wrote critical art essays and became a portrait artist.
51. Comic book artist Al Hartley (b.1925) died following open heart surgery on May 27. Hartley is best known for her work on "Archie" comics, but before that he spent nearly twenty years working for Marvel on the Hulk, Spider-Man, and Thor. Following his retirement from Archie comics in 1993, Hartley drew his own Christian comics.
52. George and Jan O'Nale, the publishers of Cheap Street Press, died in what is apparently a double suicide on May 28. The O'Nales closed down the press in late 2001. For over twenty years, Cheap Street published works by Anne McCaffrey, Andre Norton, Gene Wolfe, Thomas Disch, and others in editions limited to 200 copies or fewer.
53. Paperback collector Lance Casebeer (b.1946) died sometime during the second week of May. His body was found on May 16. Casebeer began collecting paperbacks in the 1960s and he is believed to have owned every paperback printed between 1939 and 1969. He published the newsletter Collecting Paperbacks.
54. British author James England died in May. England published one novel, The Measured Caverns, in 1978 but was an active member of the BSFA for several decades.
55. Author Ken Grimwood (b.1945) died on June 6 in Santa Barbara, California. Grimwood won the World Fantasy Award for his novel Replay in 1988 and was currently working on a sequel.
56. Actor Trevor Goddard (b.1965), who appeared in the Babylon 5 episode "Learning Curve," died on June 7 in an apparent suicide by drug overdose. Goddard, who will also be appearing in the forthcoming film "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," was born in Australia and best known for his work on the television series "JAG."
57. Actor Gregory Peck (b.1916), who appeared in "The Omen" as Robert Thorn, died on June 12. Peck's portrayal of Atticus Finch in "To Kill a Mockingbird," for which he won an Oscar, was recently named the greatest American Hero of the theater by the American Film Institute. Other genre films in which Peck appeared included "Boys from Brazil," in which he portrayed Josef Mengele, "Marooned," and the apocalyptic "On the Beach" Peck appeared in two film versions of "Moby Dick" as well as two versions of "Cape Fear."
58. Actor William Marshall (b.1924) died on June 12. Best known for his portrayal of the title character in "Blacula" and its sequel, Marshall also appeared in "The Fisher King," Tarzan films and an episode of "Star Trek." Marshall was trained in opera, Shakespeare and Broadway. For the last several years, he has suffered from Alzheimer's.
59. Afrikaans author Anna M. Louw (b.1912) died on June 12 in Cape Town, South Africa. Louw published her first story in 1945 and wrong in numerous genres. She published two science fiction novels, including Die Koms van die Komeet (1961) and Vos (1999).
60. Actor Hume Cronyn (b.1911) died of prostate cancer at his home in Farifield, Connecticut on June 16. Although Cronyn made his stage debut in 1931, he is perhaps best known to modern audiences for his portrayal of Joe Finlay in genre films "Cocoon" and "Cocoon: The Return," in which he co-starred with his wife of 52 years, actress Jessica Tandy. In 1994, the couple received the first Tony Awards for Lifetime Achievement. Cronyn also appeared in "Phantom of the Opera" and "*batteries not included." Following Tandy's death in 1994, Cronyn married fantasy author Susan Cooper.
61. Zheng Wenguang (b.1929) died of heart disease on June 17 in Beijing. Known as the Forerunner of Chinese science fiction, Zheng published the story "From Earth to Mars" in 1954. During the cultural revolution of 1966-1976, Zheng did not write because of the political climate, but he returned to science fiction in 1979, publishing China's first science fiction novel, Centaurus. He suffered a debilitating stroke in 1983.
62. Dutch author and fan Paul Harland (a.k.a. John Paul Smit) committed suicide on June 17. Harland conducted several writers workshops and was instrumental in organizing the Dutch Millennium Short Story Award. Harland was also a musician. Harland received the national Dutch award for Science Fiction on four occasions.
63. SF fan Louis Russell "Russ" Chauvenet (b.1920) died in his sleep on June 24. Chauvenet is credited with coining the terms "prozine" and, perhaps more importantly, "fanzine."
64. Producer and screenwriter Alex Gordon (b.1922) died of cancer on June 24. Gordon produced genre films Voodoo Woman, The She-Creature, and Day the World Ended. He got his start as a publicist for cowboy star Gene Autry.
65. Screenwriter David Newman (b.1937) died on June 27 from complications from a stoke. Newman co-wrote the first three Superman films starting Christopher Reeves, as well as Sheena.
66. Comedian Buddy Hackett (b.1924), who appeared in the fantasy films "The Love Bug" and provided the voice for the seagull Scuttle in Disney's "The Little Mermaid," was found dead at his home on June 30. The cause of death was not immediately known. In addition to his genre work, Hackett was known for appearances in "The Music Man" and "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" as well as his stand-up routine which included a classic bit about ordering food at a Chinese restaurant.
67. Fan Tim Maroney (b.1961), the brother of New York Review of Science Fiction Managing Editor Kevin Maroney, died following a pulmonary embolism on July 3. At one time, Maroney worked for Charles N. Brown collating Locus Magazine.
68. N!xau (b.1944?), the San tribesman who appeared in the film "The Gods Must Be Crazy" died on July 5 in the remote Namibian area of Tsumkwe. Discovered by South African director James Uys, N!xau had only the most limited exposure to modern life. In addition to appearing in "The Gods Must Be Crazy," he appeared in its sequels as well as Hong Kong action films, before returning to his home.
69. Joan Lowery Nixon (b.1927), who wrote several fantasy novels among her 100 books, died on pancreatic cancer on July 5. Nixon won four Edgar Awards and many young adult awards for her books, most of which fell in the young adult category.
70. Robert Mullaney (b.1920), who was appointed the manager of the Lunar Excursion Module program in 1962, died on July 6 at his home in Bellport, NY. A former Navy pilot, Mullaney worked to develop fighter planes for Grumman before and after his work on the LEM, eventually working on the F-14 Tomcat. Mullaney earned a Purple Heart while serving as a dive bomber on the USS Ticonderoga during World War II.
71. Actor Buddy Ebsen (b.1908), who was originally cast as the Tin Woodsman in the 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz," but had to cede the part to Jack Haley when he developed an allergic reaction to his makeup, died on July 7 following a lengthy treatment for an undisclosed illness. Ebsen's name is probably best known for his television roles as Jed Clampett on "The Beverly Hillbillies" and Barnaby Jones in the eponymous series.
72. Sheldon R. Jaffrey (b.1934) died in Beachwood, Ohio on July 10 from complications relating to lung cancer. Jaffrey edited numerous anthologies through the 1980s and also wrote some short fiction. In addition to his fiction editing, he compiled several bibliographies, including Future and Fantastic Worlds: DAW Books and Double Trouble: A Bibliographic Chronicle of Ace Mystery Doubles.
73. Jane Gallion (b.1938) died on July 18, shortly after being diagnosed with cancer. Lady Jane, as she was known, was active in Los Angeles fandom in the 1960s and 1970s and recently partnered with Jean Marie Stine to found Rennaissance e-books. Gallion published the novel Beneath the Bermuda Triangle in the June-July 1979 issue of Galaxy and also published several poems.
74. Writer William Woolfolk (b.1917) died on July 20 of congestive heart failure. Woolfolk wrote for television, but may be best known for his work in the field of comics, where he wrote for Superman and Batman in the 1940s and later created Plastic Man. Woolfolk also coined Captain Marvel's (Shazam's) expression "Holey Moley!"
75. Walter "Matt" Jefferies (b.1921) the art director who designed the Starship Enterprise for the original "Star Trek" series, died on July 21 following a bout with cancer. In recognition of his work on the ship's design, Jefferies Tubes were named for him.
76. Cartoonist Warren Kremer (b.1921) died on July 24. Kremer worked for Harvey Comics and helped create Ritchie Rich and Hot Stuff. He was instrumental in the redesign of Casper the Friendly Ghost into the character he is today. At Marvel, he helped create "Planet Terry."
77. Agent James Hale (b.1946) died of pancreatic cancer on August 14 in London. Hale purchased Iain M. Banks's first novel while working for MacMillan UK. Since 1988, he worked as a literary agent., but continued to work with Banks until his death.
78. Fan artist Mike Hinge (b. 1931) died sometime around August 7. Police gained access to his apartment in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania after he had not been seen for several days. Hinge moved to the United States from his native New Zealand in 1958 and his work appeared in numerous fanzines as well as on the cover of Amazing Stories and Time Magazine. In 1984, he was an impromptu guest of honor at the New Zealand National convention.
79. Agent Marilyn Marlow (b.1928) who worked at Curtis Brown since 1959 and represented children's authors including Jane Yolen, Robert Cormier, and S.E. Hinton, died on August 25.
80. Pamela Lynn "P.L." Carruthers-Montgomery died on August 26 following a long illness. She was a former president and vice-president of the Southern Fandom Confederation as well as a member of the Southern Fandom Press Alliance. She was honored with DeepSouthCon's Rebel award. P.L. was married to southern fan Larry Montgomery.
81. British fan Martin Smith (b.1963) died on liver failure. In recent months, Smith, who attended numerous cons in the United States as well as in Britain, was diagnosed as diabetic.
82. Russian SF author Kir Bulychev (b.1934) died on September 5. Bulychev was perhaps best known for his stories about a young girl named Alice Selezneva, which were collected and published in English as Alice: The Girl from Earth. Bulychev was born in Moscow as Igor Vsevolodovich Mozheiko. He first began to write science fiction in 1965 and also wrote screenplays for films.
83. Animator Jules Engel (b.1909), who worked choreographed the dance sequences for Walt Disney's "Fantasia" died on September 6 in Beverly Hills. Engel also collaborated with Ray Bradbury on the short "Icarus Montgolfier Wright," Dr. Seuss to create "Gerald McBoing-Boing," and worked on "Alvin and the Chipmunks." Engel founded UPA Studios, where he developed the character Mr. Magoo. Engel was born in Budapest.
84. Writer/artist Jay Morton (b.1911), who worked for Fleischer animation studios, died on September 6 of a brain aneurysm. In the 1940s, Fleischer worked on several Superman cartoons and is perhaps best known for writing the legendary "faster than a speeding bullet" introduction.
85. Singer Warren Zevon (b.1947) died on September 7 from lung cancer. In addition to his storied rock career, Zevon wrote the hit song "Werewolves of London" and scores for the television series "Tales from the Crypt" and "William Shatner's Tekwar."
86. Actor John Ritter (b.1948) died on September 11 following a major aorta in his heart rupturing. Although Ritter was best known for his work as Jack Tripper in the sitcom "Three's Company," he also appeared in numerous science fiction, fantasy, and horror based films including "Stay Tuned," "Bride of Chucky," and "Steven King's It." In 1990, he portrayed L. Frank Baum in "The Dreamer of Oz." His father was singer Tex Ritter and he was married to actress Amy Yasbeck.
87. Actor Gordon Mitchell (b.1923) died on September 20 in Marina del Rey, California. Mitchell got his start as a body builder and went on to appear in the films Evil Spawn, She, and Doctor Jekyll Likes Them Hot.
88. Con runner Marjorie Rosen died on September 29 following emergency heart surgery. Intially scheduled for a bypass, the doctors determined she needed a transplant, but she died before a heart could be procured. Rosen entered fandom in 1971 and worked on several conventions on the west coast, including L.A. Cons II and III. She has worked on numerous Westerncons and most recently served as the Bid Diva for the successful Seattle NASFiC bids (CascasiaCon).
89. Henry Hardy Heins (b.1923), who wrote the definitive bibliography of the writings of Edgar Rice Burroughs, died on October 1. He first published A Golden Anniversary Bibliography of Edgar Rice Burroughs in 1964 and later revised it for an updated publication in 2001.
90. Cartoonist William Steig (b.1907) died on October 3 of natural causes in his home in Boston. Although an active cartoonist since 1930, when he began selling to the New Yorker, but his most famous work, the children's book Shrek, was published in 1990. Steig wrote more than 30 children's books and produced more than 1600 drawings, leading Newsweek to call him the King of Cartoons.
91. Author Patricia Mullen (b.1941) died on October 9 after falling from a 19th story window. Mullen wrote the fantasy novel The Stone Movers and several short stories. She was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer.
92. British author Vivian Alcock (b.1924) died on October 11 in London, England. Alcock wrote several children's mystery and supernatural fantasy stories. She was the widow of novelist Leon Garfield.
93. British fan Beryl Mercer (née Henley, b.1924) died on 12 October. She was active and influential in the BSFA and British fandom of the 1960s and early 1970s. She wrote some reviews for the fanzine Vector and con reports, sometimes in conjunction with her husband, Archie Mercer. She handled publications at Briscon in 1967 and was initiated as a Knight of St. Fanthony in 1968 as well as winning a Doc Weir Award.
94. Television and film producer Bernard Schwartz (b.1918) died on October 17 from complications following a stroke. Schwartz produced genre films including "Psycho II."
95. Kathryn Lindskoog (b.1934) died on October 21 of multiple sclerosis. Lindskoog spent much of her life working to authenticate various manuscripts as the works of C.S. Lewis. She wrote her Master's thesis on the Chronicles of Narnia and received praise for it from Lewis himself. In 1973, it was published as The Lion of Judah in Never-Never Land. She argued that many of Lewis's posthumously published works were forged by Lewis's literary advisor, Walter Hooper, accusations which formed the basis for three of her books.
96. Science fiction author Hal Clement (b.1922), who painted using the name George Richard, died in his sleep on October 29. Clement, whose real name was Harry Stubbs, was a grandmaster of the SFWA and perhaps best known for his novel Mission of Gravity. He began publishing with the story "Proof," and went on to publish numerous hard science fiction novels and stories. Clement was a fixture at many science fiction conventions around the country. In 1996, he received a RetroHugo for his story "Uncommon Sense." When not writing science fiction, Clement taught science.
97. Publisher Lloyd Arthur Eshbach (b.1911), died on October 29. Eshbach began publishing in 1930 with the story "The Man with the Silver Disc." In 1946, he started up Fantasy Press, publishing works by Jack Williamson, L. Sprague de Camp, Stanley Weinbaum, and others in hardcover. Eshbach also published critical works about the history of modern science fiction. In the 1980s, Eshbach returned to writing, publishing several novels.
98. Brazilian author Rachel de Queiroz (b.1911) died in her sleep following a stroke on November 3. She published her first novel in 1930 and most of her science fiction in the 1960s, when she became involved in the First Wave of Brazilian SF. In addition to writing, de Quiroz was involved in Brazilian politics.
99. Chicago area fan Kevin Laughlin (b.1968), known to fandom as Shard, died November 9 from head injuries sustained during a fall earlier in the week. On Saturday night, an auction to help with his medical expenses raised nearly $2000 at Windycon XXX He is survived by his wife Sarah and his two children Wolfgang and Zoe.
100. TV writer Margaret Armen (b.1921), who wrote episodes of the original Star Trek, died at her home in Beverly Hills from an heart attack on November 10. Armen wrote "The Gamesters of Triskelion," "The Paradise Syndrome" and "The Cloud Minders" for the original series as well as episodes of the animated Star Trek. In addition to writing for Star Trek, Armen also wrote scripts for numerous Westerns.
101. Author Mark Siegel (b.1949) died suddenly on November 12. Siegel, who worked as a lawyer, had recently published his first novel, Echo & Narcissus, as well as the short story "Atlantis, Ohio," which appeared in Writers of the Future XVI.
102. Actress Kellie Waymire (b.1967) died on November 13 of natural causes. Waymire had a recurring role as Elizabeth Cutler on "Star Trek: Enterprise" and also appeared as Lanya in the "Star Trek: Voyager " episode "Muse." She has also made a guest appearance on "X-Files."
103. Actress Penny Singleton (b.1908) died from complications from a stroke on November 14. Singleton, who was best known for her film portrayal as "Blondie" in the 28-film Blondie series, suffered a stroke at the beginning of November. She will be most remembered by science fiction fans, however, for her role as the voice of Jane Jetson on the animated television series "The Jetsons." Singleton got her start in vaudeville, working with Milton Berle and Raymond Guion.
104. Author and agent Giles Gordon (b.1940) died on November 14 in Edinburgh after a fall down stairs. Gordon began writing in the 1960s and published several short stories and novels. He also edited or co-edited a number of anthologies, including the Best Short Stories series which ran from 1986 to 1995. The Edinburgh office of Curtis Brown, which he founded in 1996 is set to be closed in the wake of Gordon's death.
105. Comic book illustrator John Tartaglione (b.1921) died in early November following a battle with throat cancer. He began working for Harvey Comics in 1941 running errands and working as a production artist. By 1954, he was doing solo work for Atlas Comics. In 1982, he drew "The Life of Pope John Paul II" for Marvel, which set a single issue sales record. He also worked on daily comic strips including Spider-Man and finished a week's worth of strips the day he died.
106. British fan KIM Campbell died on November 15 following a four and a half year fight with cancer. KIM (born Katherine Isobel McGregor Campbell) was born in Canada and traveled to England in 1978. She extended her three month holiday there to a lifetime residency. KIM was responsible, in a large part, for the success of the two most recent bids for a Scottish Worldcon, as well as running a Smofcon in York in 2001. Recently, KIM was placed in hospice.
107. Albert Nozaki (b.1912) died of complications from pneumonia on November 16 in Los Angeles. Nozaki worked in Hollywood as a film art director in the 40s and 50s, whose genre credits included the television movie "Destination Space," "The War of the Worlds" and "When Worlds Collide." Nozaki, who was blind for much of his later life, also was the art director for Cecil B. DeMille on "The Ten Commandments."
108. Composer Michael Kamen (b.1948) died on November 18 in London from an apparent heart attack. Kamen's musical scores graced numerous films, including genre movies "X-Men," "Frequency," "The Iron Giant," "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen," and "Brazil." After graduating from Juilliard, where he studied the oboe, he helped found the New York Rock & Roll Ensemble. Kamen also worked with Pink Floyd on several albums, including "The Wall."
109. Actor Jonathan Brandis (b.1976) who portrayed Lucas Wolenczek on the television series "SeaQuest DSV" committed suicide in Los Angeles on November 19. Brandis also appeared in "The Neverending Story II," did voice work for Disney's "Aladdin" television series and appeared in the adaptation of Steven King's "It."
110. Marguerite Bradbury (b.1922) died on November 25 in Los Angeles. Mrs. Bradbury was born Marguerite McClure and married author Ray Bradbury on September 27, 1947. She worked in order to allow a young Bradbury time to work on his fiction and eventually typed the manuscript for Bradbury's first novel, The Martian Chronicles.
111. British actor David Hemmings (b.1941) collapsed from an heart attack while filming in Romania and died on December 3. Hemmings played Mordred in the film version of "Camelot," Dildano in the 1968 sf film "Barbarella" and most recently Nigel in "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen." In addition to his acting roles, he also directed numerous films and television shows during his career.
112. Charles Berlitz (b. 1913) died on December 18. Although best known as a linguist (his grandfather founded the schools which bear the family name), Berlitz was also interested in the paranormal and wrote popular books about the Bermuda Triangle, The Philadelphia Experiment, and the Roswell Incident.
113. Actress Hope Lange (b.1931) died on December 19 from an infection caused by an intestinal inflammation known as ischemic colitis. Lange was perhaps best known for the title role in "The Ghost and Mrs Muir" and also appeared in "Death Wish" and "A Nightmare on Elm Street Part II: Freddy's Revenge."
114. Actor Les Tremayne (b.1913) died on December 19 of an heart attack in Los Angeles. Tremayne provided voices for numerous cartoons, including "Jonny Quest," "The Phantom Tollbooth," and "Smurfs." He also appeared in numerous television shows and fil On "Shazam," he played Billy Batson's mentor and he also appeared in the films "Angry Red Planet" and "The Slime People."
115. Dutch fan Simon van Dongen died of an heart attack on December 22. He suffered from heart and kidney problems for several years. In addition to being an active Usenet poster, van Dongen was a filker who occasionally traveled to the United States for conventions.
116. Wah Ming Chang (b.1917) died on December 22. Chang won an Oscar for special effects for his work on "The Time Machine." In addition to working on "The Time Machine," Chang created masks for the original "Planet of the Apes" and worked on alien design for "Star Trek" and "The Outer Limits." Chang worked for Disney on "Bambi" and "Pinocchio" as well as numerous other science fiction fil
117. Actor Alan Bates (b.1934) died on December 27 in London following a long battle with cancer. Bates never acted in a strictly science fiction or fantasy role, however genre fans may have known him for his portrayal of Rudi von Sternberg in the 1975 film adaptation of George MacDonald Frasier's Royal Flash, or his role as the title character in Le Roi de coeur (1966), as a World War I soldier who finds himself surrounded by the inmates of an insane asylum and beginning to question where real sanity lies.
118. Comic book artist Don Lawrence (b.1928) died on December 29 from pneumonia. Lawrence spent 22 years drawing the science fiction comic Storm, but also worked on Marvelman, Karl the Viking and The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire. Lawrence was awarded a Dutch knighthood for his work in comics.
119. Actress Paula Raymond (b.1924) died on December 31 from respiratory ailments. Raymond appeared in "The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms," based on Ray Bradbury's story, as well as "Blood of Dracula's Castle" and "Hand of Death." She made her film debut in 1937 and was in a nearly career-ending accident in 1962, although she eventually recovered and returned to acting.
Steven H Silver is a four-time Hugo Nominee for Best Fan Writer and the editor of the anthologies Wondrous Beginnings, Magical Beginnings, and Horrible Beginnings (DAW Books, January, February and March, 2003). In addition to maintaining several bibliographies and the Harry Turtledove website, Steven is heavily involved in convention running and publishes the fanzine Argentus.
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