Fan Ned Brooks (b.Cuyler W. Brooks, Jr., 1938) died on August 31 following a fall from his roof, where he was doing repairs. Brooks was long active in N3F, and in 1972 won the Kaymar Award. He was the recipient of the Rebel Award in 1976 and the Rubble Award in 1992. Brooks published such fanzines as The New Newport News News, It Goes on the Shelf, and It Comes in the Mail. He was the Fan Guest of Honor at Rivercon IV in 1978 and at DeepSouthCon 39 in 2001.
Director Wes Craven (b.1939) died on August 30 form a brain tumor. Craven is best known as the writer and director of the Nightmare on Elm Street series of films and also had active roles in the films The Hills Have Eyes, Scream, Swamp Thing, and directed five episodes of The Twilight Zone.
Costumer Toni Lay (b.1950) died on August 28. Lay was a long-time costumer, serving as Program Director for Costume Con 5 as well as the Historical Masquerade Director for Costume Cons 16 and 22. She was frequently a judge and was a member of the “Sick Pups,” the New Jersey-New York Costumers Guild. Also a Deputy Chatelaine for the Crown Province of Ostgardr in the SCA, Lay’s interests included science fiction and fantasy on television and reading, as well as mysteries and alternate history.
Actress Yvonne Craig (b.1937) died on August 17. Craig is best known for creating the roles of Barbara Gordon and Batgirl in the 1960s television series Batman. She also portrayed the green Orion slave girl Marta in the Star Trek episode “Whom Gods Destroy.” Other genre roles included the television shows and films Mars Needs Women, The Wild Wild West, My Favorite Martian, and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. Prior to working as an actor, Craig was the youngest dancer to perform in the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.
Actress Susan Sheridan (b.1947) died on August 8. Sheridan created the role of Trillian in the original The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy radio series and reprised the role for the subsequent radio series. She also provided the voice of Princess Eilonwy in The Black Cauldron as well as voicework in the television series Moomin.
Author and costumer Adrienne Martine-Barnes (b.1942) died on July 20. Barnes published her first short story in 1982 and followed up with her first novel the same year. She collaborated with Marion Zimmer Bradley on three Darkover novels, with Diana L. Paxson on the Chronicles of Fionn mac Cumhal trilogy, and published the Chronique D’Avebury trilogy on her own. In 1979, Martine-Barnes attempted, but failed, to create Costume-Mania, a costuming weekend, but her vision eventually launched Costume-Con 1 in 1983.
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Fan Margaret Ford Keifer (b.1921) died on July 28. Keifer’s husband, Ben, was one of the founders of MidWestCon, and Keifer is the only person to have attended all 66 MidWestCons. A founding member of the Cincinnati Fan Group, Keifer was one of the administrators of the Don Ford Fund, named after her first husband, the chairman of Cinvention, which raised money to bring Jack Speer to Ditto 14/Fanhistoricon 11.
Filker Renee Alper (b.1957) died on July 27. In 1977, Alper founded The American Hobbit Association, almost single-handedly running the organization for 12 years. She also was the dramaturge for Ovation Theatre Company’s adaptations of The Lord of the Rings over a three year period. She has twice been nominated for the Pegasus Award and has produced several filk albums, including Wheelchair in High Gear and Thoracic Park. Alper won or placed in the OVFF Songwriting Contest a dozen times.
Author E. L. Doctorow (b.1931) died on July 21. Not particularly known as a genre author, in 1976, Doctorow was nominated for the Nebula Award for his novel Ragtime, which would eventually be turned into a Broadway musical.
Actor Theodore Bikel (b.1924) died on July 20. Best known for creating the role of Captain von Trapp in the play The Sound of Music and performing in productions of Fiddler on the Roof, Bikel also had numerous genre roles, including Rabbi Koslov in an episode of Babylon 5, the voice of Aragorn in the Rankin-Bass Lord of the Rings, Sergey Rozhenko in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and more.