Charles Mount, designer of several restaurants
Nov. 13, 2002
NEW YORK - Charles Mount, who designed nearly 300 restaurants, including the recently opened behemoth McDonald's near Times Square in Manhattan, died Friday. He was 60.
Mount began his design career in Atlanta but later moved to Manhattan in search of more opportunities. He opened his own firm in the early 1970s.
Mount's projects included the redesign of the Gloucester House in Manhattan and the design of restaurants for The American Cafe chain, which began in Washington, D.C.
The McDonald's near Times Square is a 17,500-square-foot triplex that uses authentic theatrical lighting fixtures. It also features plasma televisions and Broadway memorabilia.
Edward H. "Ned" Colbert
Nov. 25, 2001
Edward H. "Ned" Colbert couldn't save the dinosaurs from extinction, but he wasn't about to see the study of the big reptiles meet the same fate.
About 50 years before 1993's Jurassic Park brought the multitudes to the movies, paleontologists yawned at the study of dinosaurs. Colbert said they considered them the "gee-whiz" reptiles - impressive to the public, but a dead-end branch for evolution research.
But after World War II, Colbert led a wave of paleontologists who had other ideas, bent on a scholarly pursuit of the dinosaur.
Colbert conducted digs in exotic places on every continent, wrote more than 400 articles and books and dedicated his life to the study of vertebrate paleontology. The one-time curator at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and later honorary curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff, died Nov. 15. He was 96.
"In an American sense, he was a hero," said David Gillette, who sits as the Colbert Curator of Paleontology at the Flagstaff museum. "He brought dinosaur paleontology back into the public's eye."
One of Colbert's most successful and publicized finds came in 1947, during an expedition at Ghost Ranch, N.M. There, in the splendid red and yellow cliffs of the mountains, he and his peers stumbled onto an electrifying sight: a vast bone bed that yielded the most complete skeletons to date of Coelophysis, a little dinosaur thought to have lived more than 200 million years ago.
And then, in 1969, Colbert was again was in the scientific, if not public, eye. He made a discovery in Antarctica of the fossil reptile Lystrosaurus, providing evidence to support the theory of continental drift.
Colbert, who received several medals and awards for his accomplishments, was personable and far from an intellectual snob. He relished sitting with students, sharing his experiences. He was a fascinating lecturer, punctuating his fluid talks with passion and a droll sense of humor.
Colbert's wife, Margaret, shared in many of his adventures and was a skillful scientific illustrator and artist in her own right, working on several of his papers or books.
Colbert spent 40 years at the American Museum of Natural History before retiring in 1969. He and Margaret moved to Flagstaff where he began a 30-year involvement with the Museum of Northern Arizona.
He was thrilled to devote himself to another museum. Colbert never wanted to let go, and would make reference to a quote from Charles Darwin: "When I am obliged to give up observations and experiment I shall die."
On the last day of his life, Colbert sat upright in bed, stared at the window and started to give a lecture, as vibrant as he had been at 40. Minutes later, he slipped into a coma and died.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret; and sons George, David, Phil, Daniel and Charles Colbert.
Tawacin Waste Win
Dec. 09, 2001
Her Lakota name was Tawacin Waste Win, which translates to: "She has a good consciousness, a compassionate woman."
Those who knew Patricia Locke said she lived up to her name through the generosity and wisdom she shared across Arizona and the world.
Locke, who recently died in a Valley hospital at age 73, was considered one of the most influential members in both the Native American and Baha'i communities.
She amassed a daunting list of national and international accomplishments driven by her desire for everyone to have a chance to achieve their academic and spiritual potential. She brought higher education to 17 tribes across the country and co-founded the Native American Language Issues Institute. And, as a leader in the Baha'i faith, she brought increased stewardship and care for the world's indigenous people. Locke was also a fierce protector of preserving Native languages and cultures.
Although she held a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's in public administration, in many ways she was also a master gardener.
She learned to be patient with her many projects, cultivating them, knowing when it was just the right time to plant the seed of an idea. Locke wanted to leave the world with a bountiful harvest of her work, work that could be taken over by others when she was gone.
Locke had been at a gathering of elders on the San Carlos Apache Reservation in September when she became ill and was taken by helicopter to a Phoenix hospital. Her illness progressed and she died of heart failure Oct. 20.
She had dedicated her life to serving others and often shared her motto: "All peoples have the same need to love that we do, the same family ideals, the same need for joy, the same need for understanding."
For the past 20 years, Locke had lived near Wakpala, S.D., on the Standing Rock Reservation. She was born Jan. 21, 1928, on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation near Pocatello, Idaho, to John and Eva (Flying Earth) McGillis. Her tribal affiliation is Standing Rock Sioux, Hunkpapa Lakota, White Earth Chippewa and Mississippi Band.
As a young child, her family lived in Parker, Ariz., a short time. Her father worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Locke began her public life as a steadfast advocate for Native American people.
In the 1970s, she was appointed to the Interior Department Task Force on Indian Education Policy. There, she helped create legislation giving tribes the authority to create their own education departments.
In the early 1980s, Locke aided several tribes including the Northern Ute and Tohono O'odham Nation with education policy, human rights and environmental issues. In 1991, she received a fellowship from the prestigious MacArthur Foundation to preserve indigenous languages and culture.
Locke taught for much of her adult life. Her academic career includes the University of California at Los Angeles, San Francisco Valley State College, Alaska Methodist University, Denver University and the University of South Maine. She also was a frequent lecturer and spoke several times at Arizona State University and at Maricopa County Community Colleges.
Friends and family watched her outreach grow to encompass the world when she began following the Baha'i faith. From 1993 to her death, she was a member of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'i. This year, she was elected vice chairwoman, becoming the first American Indian to hold office in the assembly.
Dorothy Nelson, judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, met Locke 12 years ago.
"She was just an outstanding woman who I took to instantly," she said. "She was a very strong political activist, promoting the rights of Indians."
The two also shared the Baha'i faith. Nelson said Locke came to see that the most effective way to bring about changes is to push for human rights for all people.
She said Locke was a kind, patient woman but "didn't suffer fools gladly. And yet, she had this marvelous wisdom about not criticizing people. She would start her sentences by saying, 'Have you considered this?' She built a bridge with people."
Survivors include son Kevin Locke; daughter Winona Flying Earth; grandchildren Maymangwa Flying Earth Miranda, Anpao Duta Flying Earth, Kimimila Locke, Ohiyesa Locke and Waniya Locke; six great-grandchildren; sisters Frances Milligan and Frances Ayer.
Ira Eisenstein, Reconstructionist rabbi
July 01, 2001
Rabbi Ira Eisenstein, a key figure in the creation of the Reconstructionist movement in American Judaism, died on Thursday at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Md. He was 94 and lived in Silver Spring.
Eisenstein was the closest collaborator of Rabbi Mordecai M. Kaplan, the founder of the movement, who was also his father-in-law.
As defined by Kaplan and Eisenstein, Reconstructionist belief sees Judaism as "the evolving religious civilization of the Jewish people," emphasizing the constantly changing Jewish experience as well as the cultural and moral heritage of the Jewish people.
In Reconstructionism, which emerged as a distinct movement in the 1940s during a quest for the right moral path, followers often say that traditional belief and past practice should have "a vote, not a veto" in deciding future action.
The movement now has 100 congregations and tens of thousands of adherents in North America.
Reconstructionists do not believe in the literal truth of the Hebrew Bible.
James T. Ellis, 45, early Internet pioneer
July 01, 2001
James T. Ellis, a computer scientist who was one of the creators of Usenet, an international electronic discussion network that played an integral role in the growth of the Internet, died Thursday at his home in Harmony, Pa. He was 45.
The cause was non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, said his wife, Carolyn Ellis.
Usenet, which was started by Ellis and three other young computer scientists in 1979, is a widely distributed messaging system in which thousands of discussion groups foster communication among millions of far-flung users. Although it has been largely supplanted by e-mail and other forms of online communication, Usenet is still in use, with tens of thousands of discussion groups.
"The whole Usenet phenomenon was one of the really early indicators of what was going to happen on the Web," said Dr. David Farber, a professor of telecommunications at the University of Pennsylvania.
"The incredibly dynamic discussion groups, the flames, the spamming, everything that's now considered a great and unique property of the Web, and everything that's considered a bad and unique property of the Web, was all there on Usenet."
Charles S. Whitehouse, foe of Va. Disney park
July 01, 2001
Charles S. Whitehouse, a decorated Marine Corps dive bomber pilot in World War II who later served overseas with the CIA and worked for the State Department in Vietnam in the late 1960s and early 1970s, died of cancer Monday at his home in Marshall, Va. He was 79.
Whitehouse, a critic of encroaching development around Marshall, battled Walt Disney Co.'s attempt in the early 1990s to build a history theme park in Prince William County, Va., in what the former ambassador to Laos and Thailand called the "fight of my life."
In 1993, Whitehouse convened a group to discuss ways to stop development on a 3,000-acre site in Haymarket. The development the group fought had the support of then-Va. Gov. George Allen, legislators, Prince William County politicians and most of the Washington area business establishment.
But Whitehouse, as chairman of the Piedmont Environmental Council, helped muster a coalition of historians, public officials, landowners and other residents that thwarted the Disney project.
They pointed out the threat to the local infrastructure and historic sites.
Throughout the debate, Whitehouse, who rode in fox hunts, had to deflect charges that he was part of an elitist group that was trying to preserve a patrician way of life for the wealthy few.
He noted the large outpouring of support from the rest of the community.
In the face of snowballing bad publicity, Disney dropped its plans in 1994, and the tract later became a residential development.
Adelina Domingues, oldest American, 114
Aug. 25, 2002
SAN DIEGO - Adelina Domingues, who was recognized as the oldest living American, has died at age 114.
Domingues died in her sleep Wednesday afternoon, said Rebecca Williams, administrator of Brighton Place, the nursing home where Domingues lived since 1995.
Though Domingues had remained active and mentally sharp, her health had declined over the last month.
"I just think at 114, it was just her time," granddaughter Deborah Murphy said.
Domingues was born in the Cape Verde Islands.
The oldest known living person is Kamato Hongo of Japan, who was born on Sept. 16, 1887. John McMorran of Florida is now the oldest American. Born on June 19, 1889, he is 113.
Born to an Italian sea captain and a Cape Verdean woman, Domingues was 18 when she married Jose Domingues, a whaling captain. The couple moved to New Bedford, Mass., in 1907. They raised four children while Adelina worked as a seamstress.
Domingues is survived by six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Hugh Lytle, was first to report Pearl Harbor
Aug. 25, 2002
NOVATO, Calif. - Hugh Lytle, whose teletype message provided the Associated Press and the world with the first account of the attack on Pearl Harbor, died on Aug. 16. He was 100.
Lytle, the AP's Honolulu correspondent and a reserve Army officer, was awakened by the Army on Dec. 7, 1941, as Japanese planes bombed the U.S. fleet, according to his son, David Lytle.
He quickly left for his AP office at the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, where he filed a brief account of the attack in progress, then reported for military duty with the Army.
Censors from the military clamped down shortly after Lytle's dispatch, and virtually no official accounts of the Japanese attack were sent from Hawaii until much later that Sunday.
Dean Riesner, writer on 'Dirty Harry' films
Aug. 25, 2002
LOS ANGELES - Dean Riesner, the screenwriter behind several of Clint Eastwood's early films, including Dirty Harry and The Enforcer, died Aug. 18. He was 83.
Riesner's first film starring Eastwood was the 1968 detective feature Coogan's Bluff.
He also wrote Play Misty for Me (1971), the Dirty Harry (1971) screenplay and The Enforcer (1976), a sequel in the Dirty Harry saga.
In the 1970s, Riesner adapted Irwin Shaw's popular novel Rich Man, Poor Man for television, and Arthur Hailey's The Moneychangers.
He also wrote screenplays for the biopic of a 1920s and '30s torch singer, The Helen Morgan Story (1957), and for Paris Holiday (1958), a Bob Hope film.
Dr. Marnie Rose, 28, TV cancer patient
Aug. 25, 2002
HOUSTON - Dr. Marnie Rose, who allowed viewers of the reality television series Houston Medical to witness her battle with brain cancer, died Friday of the disease. She was 28.
Marnie Rose appeared on the six-week summer series Houston Medical on ABC. The pediatric resident pulled off her wig to reveal that she was not only a doctor but also a patient.
As little as a week ago, family, friends and the show's producers were optimistic as doctors said Marnie Rose's brain tumor had shrunk.
Edwin Cole, 79, started Christian Network
Aug. 31, 2002
SOUTHLAKE, Texas - Edwin Louis Cole, considered the father of the Christian men's movement that spawned Promise Keepers gatherings nationwide, died Tuesday of marrow cancer. He was 79.
Cole founded the Southlake-based nondenominational Christian Men's Network in 1979. For the next 20 years, he traveled the world commanding men to "repent of sex sins."
He wrote 14 books, including Maximized Manhood, Strong Men in Tough Times and The Irresistible Husband. He also recorded more than 1,000 audiotapes and produced more than 200 instructional videos, according to the Christian Men's Network.
Promise Keepers founder Bill McCartney has credited Cole with paving the way for Promise Keepers and other men's ministries.
Prince Zeid bin Shaker, King Hussein confidant
Aug. 31, 2002
AMMAN, Jordan - Prince Zeid bin Shaker, a confidant of the late King Hussein who fought for Jordan as a military commander and later implemented political reforms as prime minister, died Friday of a heart attack. He was 67.
The soft-spoken, cunning Army commander led a Jordanian armored brigade in the 1967 Middle East War, when Jordan lost the West Bank and East Jerusalem to Israel. A year later he helped Jordan force out Israeli troops pursuing Palestinian guerrillas, and in 1970 he helped crush a Palestinian insurgency.
After bin Shaker became prime minister in 1989, he implemented political reforms Hussein introduced after violent riots fueled by price hikes widened into calls for public freedoms.
Bin Shaker also held the first general elections after a 22-year hiatus sparked by Jordan's loss of the West Bank.
In 1996 bin Shaker was made an emir, or prince - a move aimed at sending him into retirement, as royal title holders are banned from public posts.
Kay Gardner, composer memorialized Sept. 11
Aug. 31, 2002
BANGOR, Maine - Kay Gardner, whose last musical work with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra memorialized the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, died of a heart attack Wednesday. She was in her early 60s.
On hearing of her death, symphony officials scheduled Gardner's work, Lament for Thousands, for the orchestra's season-opening concert Oct. 13 at the Maine Center for the Arts in Orono.
Gardner was a pianist, flutist and conductor who performed in 46 states and several countries.
More than 20 years ago, she sued the Bangor Symphony, unsuccessfully, for sex discrimination after she had applied for a conducting position and learned that orchestra members had been asked how they felt about working with a female conductor.
In 2000, she was the guest conductor for a 40-member orchestra of women from the Bangor Symphony, playing a repertoire written by women.
Gardner studied music at the University of Michigan and at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Richard Lippold, 87, designer and sculptor
Aug. 31, 2002
ROSLYN, N.Y. - Richard Lippold, a sculptor whose abstract works are featured at New York's Lincoln Center and at Harvard University, died Aug. 22. He was 87.
Lippold created giant metal abstractions, many of which are suspended by wires so they appear to be hovering or moving through space.
His piece World Tree, a 27-foot structure of straight and circular metal tubes that resembles a radio antenna, stands on the Harvard University campus.
Lippold studied industrial design, piano and dance at the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Chicago. He worked as a freelance industrial designer for several years before teaching art at the University of Michigan.
He later taught at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vt., and Hunter College in New York.
B. Baker, wrote music for Disney TV, movies
July 31, 2002
LOS ANGELES - Buddy Baker, musical director for nearly 200 Disney movies and TV shows including The Mickey Mouse Club, died Friday. He was 84.
The composer penned songs sung by Mouse Club child stars and was responsible for music in the 1981 cartoon feature The Fox and the Hound.
He was nominated for an Academy Award for the score to the 1972 children's drama Napoleon and Samantha.
Disney Studios hired him in 1954. He worked on arrangements for the TV show Davy Crockett and three Winnie the Pooh cartoons and composed original music for the 1975 film The Apple Dumpling Gang and 1976's The Shaggy D.A.