Author T. M. Wright (b.1947) died on October 31. Terry Wright began publishing fiction in 1978 with the novel Strange Seed, although in 1968 he published the non-fiction The Intelligent Man’s Guide to Flying Saucers. His short fiction appeared in Twilight Zone, Brutarian, and Cemetery Dance among other places. Wright occasionally used the pseudonym F. W. Armstrong and painted book and magazine covers.
Chicago fan Kent Farris (b.c.1956) died on November 3. Farris, who used the con name “Goofy,” was a frequent attendee at Chicago area conventions. He died when his car crashed into a retention pond.
Special effects artist Howard Anderson (b.1920) died on September 27. Anderson created special effects for the original Star Trek series as well as the 1960 The Time Machine and Phantom from Space. He received an Academy Award nomination for his work on the non-genre Tobruk.
French author Yal Ayerdahl (b.1959) died on October 27 after a battle with cancer. In addition to writing science fiction, Ayerdahl began publishing in 1990 and in addition to science fiction wrote more mainstream thrillers. Ayerdahl has twice received the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire, the first time in 1993 for his novel Demain une oasis, and again in 2004 for Transparences. In 1999, he and Jean-Claude Dunyach received the Prix Tour Eiffel for Etoiles mourantes.
Japanese artist Noriyoshi Ohrai (b.1935) died on October 27. Ohrai created the Japanese posters for the original Star Wars trilogy as well as poster art for Godzilla films and other movies. He was an artist for the Metal Gear video game series as well.
Kansas City fan Nancy Nutt (b.c.1955) died on October 22. Nutt was a fan guest of honor at ConQuesT in 1982, Archon 11, and Conjuration 1999. In 1998, she co-chaired ConQuest and in 2008, she served on the logistics team for Denvention. In addition to working on various ConQuests over the years, Nutt served as a director for KaCSFFS in the late 1980s.
Actress Maureen O’Hara (b.1920) died on October 24. O’Hara starred in The Hunchback of Notre Dame opposite Charles Laughton, as well as the original Miracle on 34th Street, Sinbad, the Sailor, and Baghdad. Earlier this year, she received an honorary Academy Award.
Comic book artist Murphy Anderson (b.1926) died on October 23. Anderson co-created the characters the Atomic Knight and Zatanna and helped create the look for Adam Strange. He worked on both Hawkman and the 1960s version of The Spectre. Prior to working for DC, Anderson drew the Buck Rogers comic for two years.
Prolific reviewer Harriet Klausner (b.1952) died on October 15. Klausner was a librarian and journalist who reviewed thousands of books on Amazon, at one time ranking at the #1 Amazon reviewer, although the quantity and brevity of her reviews caused many to wonder how closely she read the books. In 2006, she was selected by Time Magazine as one of the representatives of its Person of the Year when it selected “you,” representative of the individuals making a difference in the world.
NASA Administrator George Mueller (b.1918) died on October 12. Mueller helped create the test process for the Apollo program, helped design Skylab, and advocated for the space shuttle program. Following his work at NASA, Mueller worked for a variety of aerospace contractors.