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  • Mace Siegel dies at 86; stable owner and booster of California horse racing

    Mace Siegel dies at 86; stable owner and booster of California horse racing
    Mace Siegel, a prominent owner of thoroughbred racehorses who was considered a godfather of Southern California horse racing for his role as an advocate for the sport, has died. He was 86. Siegel, who was also a leading developer of regional shopping...
  • David Markson dies at 82; postmodern writer

    David Markson dies at 82; postmodern writer
    David Markson, a postmodern author who rummaged relentlessly and humorously through art, history and reality itself in such novels as "Wittgenstein's Mistress" and wrote crime fiction, poetry and a spoof of westerns made into the Frank Sinatra film "Dirty...
  • Norman Ramsey dies at 96; Nobel winner's work led to MRI machines

    Norman Ramsey dies at 96; Nobel winner's work led to MRI machines
    Norman Ramsey, who shared the 1989 Nobel Prize in physics for his research into atomic energy levels that led to the creation of the atomic clock and MRI machines, has died. He was 96. Ramsey died in his sleep Nov. 4 at a nursing home in Wayland, Mass.,...
  • Ted Forstmann dies at 71; Wall Street financier, philanthropist

    Ted Forstmann dies at 71; Wall Street financier, philanthropist
    Ted Forstmann, a longtime Wall Street financier and philanthropist who was a major player during the wave of corporate takeovers in the 1980s, including the battle for RJR Nabisco in 1988, died Sunday. He was 71. The cause was brain cancer, according...
  • Joseph Stein dies at 98; adapted Yiddish short story into 'Fiddler on the Roof'

    Joseph Stein dies at 98; adapted Yiddish short story into 'Fiddler on the Roof'
    Playwright Joseph Stein, who turned a Yiddish short story into the classic Broadway musical "Fiddler on the Roof" and later wrote the screenplay for its successful movie adaptation, has died. He was 98. His wife, Elisa Stein, said he died at Mount...
  • Dr. Robert N. Butler dies at 83; Pulitzer Prize-winning pioneer in the study of aging

    Dr. Robert N. Butler dies at 83; Pulitzer Prize-winning pioneer in the study of aging
    Dr. Robert N. Butler, a gerontologist who pioneered the study of aging, founded the National Institute on Aging and the first department of geriatrics at a U.S. medical school and received the Pulitzer Prize for his seminal book on healthy aging, died...
  • Rushworth M. Kidder dies at 67; ethics expert

    Rushworth M. Kidder dies at 67; ethics expert
    Rushworth M. Kidder, a former Christian Science Monitor columnist who taught and wrote books about ethics, died March 5 of natural causes in Naples, Fla. He was 67. His death was announced by the Institute for Global Ethics, the Rockport, Maine-based...
  • Damien Bona dies at 56; co-wrote 'Inside Oscar' on Academy Awards

    Damien Bona dies at 56; co-wrote 'Inside Oscar' on Academy Awards
    Damien Bona earned a law degree from New York University in 1980 but spent only two years practicing law. As he told the Los Angeles Times in 1986, "I had to choose between a job and an obsession. I chose the obsession." Bona's obsession was the Academy...
  • Frederica Sagor Maas dies at 111; silent film screenwriter

    Frederica Sagor Maas dies at 111; silent film screenwriter
    One of the last links to the silent film era, Frederica Sagor Maas wrote the script for 1925's "The Plastic Age," which launched actress Clara Bow. But she watched in horror as her serious treatment on women and work was turned into a frivolous 1947...
  • John Kluge dies at 95; founder of Metromedia television empire

    John Kluge dies at 95; founder of Metromedia television empire
    John Kluge, a billionaire entrepreneur and pioneer in independent television-station ownership whose Metromedia Inc. stations formed the basis for News Corp.'s Fox network, has died. He was 95. Kluge died Tuesday at his home in Albemarle County, Va.,...
  • William P. Foster dies at 91; conductor broke racial barriers and revolutionized marching band style

    William P. Foster dies at 91; conductor broke racial barriers and revolutionized marching band style
    At the University of Kansas in the late 1930s, William P. Foster was barred from joining the marching band because he was black. When he graduated in 1941, he aspired to direct a band but the school's dean of music told him "there were no jobs for...