Mary Anderson, an outdoors enthusiast who co-founded the sporting goods and camping equipment company REI, died Monday, March 27, 2017, according to REI. She was 107. Anderson and her husband, Lloyd Anderson, founded Recreational Equipment Inc. in Seattle in 1938. Her husband had purchased an imported ice ax after becoming disappointed with the quality [...]
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Paul O'Neill, the creative music mastermind who founded the progressive rock band Trans-Siberian Orchestra, died Wednesday, April 5, 2017. He was 61. The cause of death was not immediately available. The band announced the death on its official Facebook page. "The entire Trans-Siberian Orchestra family, past and present, is heartbroken to share the devastating [...]
Rosie Hamlin, the songwriter who composed and sang the classic song "Angel Baby," died Thursday, March 30, 2017, according to multiple news sources. She was 71. Hamlin was the lead singer of the group Rosie and the Originals whose “Angel Baby” was a hit song in 1960-1961. The song peaked at No. 5 on [...]
Ruben Amaro Sr., a gold glove shortstop for the Philadelphia Phillies, died Friday, Mar. 31, 2017 in Miami, according to multiple news sources. He was 81. Amaro played 11 seasons in the major leagues, six of them with the Philadelphia Phillies. A light-hitting shortstop, he was known for his slick fielding and won a [...]
John L. Harrison Jr., one of the members of the famed all-African-American Tuskegee Airmen, died March 22, 2017, in a Philadelphia hospice. He was 96. The death was announced by the Murphy Ruffenach Funeral Home. His funeral was held Friday with full military honors. Harrison became one of the members of the 332nd Fighter [...]
James Rosenquist, an artist most frequently associated with the pop art movement, died Friday, March 31, 2017, at his home in New York City after a long illness, according to multiple news sources. He was 83. Rosenquist was a pioneer of the style that came to be known as pop art during the 1960s. [...]
Ikutaro Kakehashi, the music innovator who founded the instrument company Roland Corp., died Saturday, April 1, 2017, according to multiple news sources. He was 87. Tommy Snyder, a former adviser for Roland, reported his death. Kakehashi founded the Roland Corp. in 1972. They developed instruments that changed the face of the music industry. [...]
Lonnie Brooks, a Louisiana-born blues musician well-known for his version of the Robert Johnson song "Sweet Home Chicago," died Saturday, April 1, 2017, according to multiple news sources. He was 83. In a news statement Sunday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel praised Brooks as “a Chicago blues legend with a towering talent and soulful style [...]
Wayne Duke, the collegiate sports executive who worked to expand the NCAA basketball tournament during his 18-year tenure as commissioner of the Big Ten, died Wednesday, March 29, 2017, according to multiple news sources. He was 88. Duke, of Barrington, Illinois, served as commissioner of the Big Eight conference from 1963 until 1971, the [...]
Amy Bleuel, the founder of the suicide prevention organization Project Semicolon, died by suicide March 23, 2017. She was 31. Bleuel, a Wisconsin native who fought bravely through her life to overcome mental health challenges, founded Project Semicolon in 2013. It represented her resolution to travel a path of help and healing after a young [...]