Notable July deaths

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Notable July deaths

Those we lost in July included a popular Hollywood veteran, a groundbreaking Olympic champion and a World War II hero whose life story will soon hit movie theaters nationwide. Click through to read about these individuals and others who passed away during the month. See gallery

Clockwise from top left: James Garner, Johnny Winter, Louis Zamperini and Alice Coachman.

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Stephen Gaskin

Feb. 16, 1935 – July 1, 2014


In 1971, hippie guru Stephen Gaskin (see more photos) founded the Farm, a commune that has outlived most of its counterculture counterparts and continues to this day (what state is it in?). The Farm is partly known for its humanitarian work, including earthquake relief in this Latin American country and post-hurricane aid after this U.S. disaster.


Bing: Gaskin sought the presidential nomination of this party in 2000

AP Photo: Charles Sykes
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Walter Dean Myers

Aug. 12, 1937 – July 1, 2014


Walter Dean Myers (see more photos), an author of young-adult fiction, wrote more than 100 books and was a three-time nominee for this award. His stories often depicted the hard lives of young African Americans that mirrored his own difficult early years. He was a five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Book Award for African-American fiction.


Find: Myers' controversial "Fallen Angels" took on this topic

ZUMA Press: .J.L. Sousa, Napa Valley Register
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Louis Zamperini

Jan. 26, 1917 – July 2, 2014


Louis Zamperini (see more photos) was a college track star (what college?), Olympic runner (what year?) and World War II bombardier who survived 47 days adrift at sea after his plane crashed in the Pacific, only to be captured by the Japanese and endure horrific conditions, including torture, as a POW. Zamperini's story of survival was chronicled in this best-selling book by Laura Hillenbrand.


Bing: What famous actress-director is making a movie about Zamperini?


Find: What did Zamperini die of?

AP Photo: Keith Srakocic
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Richard Mellon Scaife

July 3, 1932 – July 4, 2014

Richard Mellon Scaife (see more photos), a philanthropist and heir to the Mellon banking fortune, poured millions into right-wing causes and crusaded for the 1998 impeachment of President Bill Clinton. He recently had announced his fatal illness on the front page of this newspaper, which he owned.

Bing: Scaife's paper made news by endorsing this candidate in 2008

Find: Scaife died of this disease

Disney Enterprises, Inc.
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Dick Jones

Feb. 25, 1927 – July 7, 2014


Actor Dick Jones may be best remembered as the voice of Pinocchio in the classic 1940 Walt Disney animated film (watch clips from the movie) but had a successful career in radio, movies and television for decades. At age 7, he appeared with this legendary comedy team in "Babes in Toyland," and later he played a mischievous teen son on this popular radio comedy. As an adult, his TV roles included starring as the title character in this 1955-56 series, a western set in Texas.


Bing: Jones gave up acting for a career in this field

AP Photo: Marty Lederhandler
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Eileen Ford

March 25, 1922 – July 9, 2014

Eileen Ford (see more photos) and her husband, Jerry, were the founders of Ford Models, which became the leading modeling agency in the world and ushered in the era of the supermodel. As the agency's chief talent scout, Eileen Ford launched the careers of Jane Fonda, Brooke Shields, Candice Bergen, Christie Brinkley, Naomi Campbell and many others.

Bing: Ford Models once rejected this future Hollywood icon

AP Photo: Mark Humphrey
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John Seigenthaler

July 27, 1927 – July 11, 2014


John Seigenthaler (see more photos), the longtime editor and publisher of the Tennessean newspaper and a crusader for civil rights, twice stepped away journalism to work for this man, once in the early 1960s and again during the 1968 presidential campaign. In the 1980s, as editorial director of Gannett, Seigenthaler helped shaped the development of this groundbreaking newspaper.

Find: Seigenthaler died from complications of this

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Tommy Ramone

Jan. 29, 1949 – July 11, 2014


Tommy Ramone (see more photos) was the founding drummer of the influential punk rock band the Ramones and the band's last surviving original member. He played on the band’s first three albums: “Ramones” (1976) and “Leave Home” and “Rocket to Russia” (1977). This magazine has ranked the group's debut album as the 33rd best of all time. (Listen to the band.)

Bing: What was Tommy Ramone's real name?

Find: What did Ramone die of?

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Charlie Haden

Aug. 6, 1937 – July 11, 2014

Charlie Haden (see more photos) was a Grammy-winning jazz bassist but started out in country-Western music – as a yodeling toddler in his family's band. Haden led his own jazz bands but may be best remembered as a sideman in the Ornette Coleman Quartet, which pioneered this form of jazz.

Bing: Haden received this award last year


Find: Haden had been suffering from this

AP Photo: Chris Polk
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Red Klotz

Oct. 21, 1920 – July 12, 2014


Louis "Red" Klotz's basketball team had the worst record in the history of professional sports, yet he never lost his job. Klotz (see more photos) co-founded the Washington Generals and was a player and coach for the team for decades. His team lost more than 14,000 times to the same opponent (to whom?) and had only one official win, which happened when Klotz hit a last-second shot in 1971.


Bing: Klotz named the Generals in 1952 after this war hero


Find: Klotz died of this disease

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Nadine Gordimer

Nov. 20, 1923 – July 13, 2014

Three of author Nadine Gordimer's books were banned for years in her home country (what country?) as she delved into its system of racial repression (what was the repression known as?). Gordimer's body of work brought her this prize in 1991.

Bing: See more photos of Gordimer

AP Photo: Stephen Chernin
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Lorin Maazel

March 6, 1930 – July 13, 2014

World-renowned conductor Lorin Maazel (see more photos), who headed this famed orchestra for seven years, directed close to 200 orchestras in over 7,000 performances during a career that lasted more than seven decades. A prodigy as a young child, he was invited by this acclaimed conductor to lead the NBC Symphony at the age of 7.

Bing: Maazel died of complications from this illness

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Alice Coachman

Nov. 9, 1922 or 1923 – July 14, 2014

Alice Coachman (see more photos), a high jumper, was the first African American woman to claim an Olympic gold medal when she won at the 1948 games (where were the Olympics held that year?). After a series of victory celebrations, including one at the White House, Coachman returned to the reality of life in the segregated South, where the mayor of her hometown (what city?) wouldn't even shake her hand. But Coachman's triumph paved the way for other female African-American track-and-field stars, including Florence Griffith Joyner, Jackie Joyner-Kersee and this winner of three gold medals at the 1960 Rome Olympics.

Find: Coachman died of this

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Johnny Winter

Feb. 23, 1944 – July 16, 2014

Johnny Winter (see more photos) was a Texas blues icon who became known in the late 1960s and '70s for his fast guitar solos and his collaborations with this musical legend and other stars. Winter was considered one of the world's greatest guitarists of all time by this magazine.

Bing: Hear the guitar work that made Winter famous

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Karl Albrecht

Feb. 20, 1920 – July 16, 2014

At the time of his death, Karl Albrecht (see more photos) was the world's 24th-richest person, according to this magazine, and the richest person in his home country (what country?). Albrecht and his brother, Theo, founded the Aldi supermarket chain, building it from a corner grocery amid the ruins of World War II to thousands of stores today. After a disagreement, they split the chain in two in 1961, with each taking over half of the operations.

Bing: What other popular U.S. chain did Theo Albrecht run?

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Elaine Stritch

Feb. 2, 1925 – July 17, 2014

Actress and singer Elaine Stritch (see more photos), known for her husky voice and brassy demeanor, won a Tony and three Emmys during a career that spanned nearly seven decades. The versatile Stritch appeared in films and on TV, but it was on Broadway where she was most at home and where she spent most of her career.

Bing: Stritch won an Emmy playing a TV exec's domineering mother on this sitcom

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Joep Lange

Sept. 25, 1954 – July 17, 2014

Joep Lange (see more photos), a world-renowned pioneer in his field of medical research (what field was that?), was among the passengers killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine. At the time of his death, Lange was on his way to an international conference in Australia to discuss the latest research in his area of expertise.

Bing: Check the latest news on the downing of Flight 17

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James Garner

April 7, 1928 - July 19, 2014


Actor James Garner (see more photos) made a career out of playing wisecracking, likable antiheroes in television and movies. He shot to stardom in the 1950s as a roving card player in this TV Western and starred years later in another hit TV series, "The Rockford Files" (watch scenes from the show). His movies included starring roles in "The Great Escape" (1963) and "Victor Victoria" (1982).


Bing: Garner called his role in this movie his favorite

Find: What did Garner die of?

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Lionel Ferbos

July 17, 1911 – July 19, 2014

Jazz trumpeter Lionel Ferbos (see more photos) was a fixture in the New Orleans area, where he had been playing gigs since the early 1930s. He preferred performing in New Orleans over anywhere else and, to avoid leaving town, dropped out the musical revue "One Mo' Time" when the show headed for Broadway in the 1970s.

Bing: Hear Lionel Ferbos on trumpet

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Vic Atiyeh

Feb. 20, 1923 – July 20, 2014

Vic Atiyeh (see more photos), a Republican, was the first elected governor of Arab descent in the United States (what state did he lead?). As governor, he focused on improving trade with Asia and led nearly two dozen trade missions to Asian countries.


Bing: Atiyeh's parents immigrated from this now-war-torn country

Find: What did Atiyeh die of?

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Haris Suleman

Died July 23, 2014

Seventeen-year-old pilot Haris Suleman died during a round-the-world flight to raise money for a charity in this country that helps poor children attend school. The small plane carrying Suleman and his father, Babar, crashed after taking off from American Samoa.

Find: See more photos of Haris Suleman

AP Photo: Bita Honarvar, Atlanta Journal Constitution
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Theodore 'Dutch' Van Kirk

Feb. 27, 1921 – July 28, 2014

Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk (see more photos) was the last surviving crew member of the B-29 (what was the plane's nickname?) that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and helped hasten the end of World War II. Van Kirk was the navigator on the flight, which dropped the 9,000-pound bomb on the city on Aug. 6, 1945.

Bing: What was the bomb's code name?

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