Artist Glen Orbik (b.1963) died on May 11 following a battle with cancer. Orbik studied art at the California Art Institute and later with Fred Fixler. His artwork adorned video games, novels, and comics, including works by Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, Joe Lansdale, and Barbara Hambly.
Actress Grace Lee Whitney (b.1930) died on May 1. Whitney portrayed Ensign Janice Rand on Star Trek and in several of the films, as well as an episode of Star Trek: Voyager. She also appeared opposite Vincent Price in House of Wax and in an episode of The Outer Limits and as one of King Tut’s henchwomen in two episodes of Batman. Prior to her roles on television, she toured with Spike Jones’ Orchestra.
Actor Nigel Terry (b.1945) died on April 30. Terry got his start playing Walter Raleigh in the British television series Kenilworth, and appeared as Prince John a year later in The Lion in Winter. In 1981, he played King Arthur in Excalibur and later appeared as Sir Thomas Covington is the short lived Medieval series Covington Cross. His final genre role was as Cobb in the Doctor Who episode “The Doctor’s Daughter.”
Fan Stan Burns (b.Marsdon Stanford Burns, Jr., 1947) died on April 23. Burns began reading science fiction in 1957, when his mother got him a copy of Heinlein’s Have Space Suit, Will Travel from the library. He became active in LASFS while working on a cultural anthropology paper in 1967 and began attending conventions. Burns was the official photographer at Equicon, Filmcon, LACons I and III, many Loscons.
Fan Kathy Doran Owen died on April 25. Owens lived in Alabama was was active in developing and running the literary programming track at DragonCon for the past several years.
Actor Rex Robinson (b.1926) died in April. Robinson appeared in Superman IV: The Quest for Peace as well as in three serials of Doctor Who, including “The Hand of Fear,” “The Monster of Peladon,” and “The Three Doctors.”
Fan Art Widner (b.1917) died on April 17. Widner, who often signed his correspondence as R. Twidner, was one of the founding members of The Stranger Club, the pioneers of Boston fandom, and chaired Boskones I and II. He published more than 160 fanzines, including YHOS from 1940-45 and 1979-2001. He received the Big Heart Award in 1989 and was the 1991 DUFF winner. Widner received a Retro Hugo nomination for 1946 in the Best Fan Writer category and, along with The Stranger Club, was the Worldcon Fan GoH at Noreascon 3. Widner was also an inductee into the First Fandom Hall of Fame.
Artist Herb Trimpe (b.1939) died on April 13. Trimpe worked on The Incredible Hulk in the 1960s and 70s and became the first person to draw Wolverine for publication. He drew for several other Marvel publications, including Captain America and The Defenders. In 2002, he won an Inkpot Award as well as a The Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award for work he did as a chaplain at the World Trade Center following the September 11 attacks.
Author Patrick H. Adkins (b.1948 ) died on April 7. In 1974, Adkins, a lifelong fan of Edgar Rice Burroughs, published Edgar Rice Burroughs Bibliography and Price Guide. His first novel, Lord of the Crooked Paths, the first in a trilogy, appeared in 1987. In 2001, he published the collection Forgotten Tales of Love and Murder of uncollected Burroughs stories through the Tarzana Project, which he founded with John H. Guidry. He also served as editor of the New Orleans SF Association fanzine NOLAZine.
Hugo nominee Karl Alexander (b.1945 ) died in late March. Alexander was nominated for the Hugo for the film Time After Time, which was based on his novel of the same name. He also wrote a sequel, Jaclyn the Ripper. Most of Alexander’s work in Hollywood was as a gaffer and electrician.