Other notables who died in 2012

National affairs

Robert H. Bork, Supreme Court nominee

Helmut Sonnenfeldt, foreign policy adviser


Russell Means, American Indian Movement director

James Hodgson, Labor Department secretary, diplomat

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Stanley Resor, US Army secretary

Janice Voss, astronaut

Alan Poindexter, astronaut

World affairs


Oscar Luigi Scalfaro, Italian president

Fang Lizhi, Chinese physicist, dissident

Miguel de la Madrid, Mexican president

Nayef bin Abdul Aziz, Saudi crown prince

Literary world

Harry Crews, novelist, playwright

Paul Fussell, literary scholar, critic

Maeve Binchy, Irish novelist, short-story writer

Jan Berenstain, children’s author

Donald J. Sobol, “Encyclopedia Brown” creator

Joseph Blotner, Faulkner biographer


Richard Zanuck, Oscar-winning producer

Tony Scott, director, producer

Michael Clarke Duncan, actor

Frank Pierson, Oscar-winning screenwriter

Jake Eberts, Oscar-winning producer

Mel Stuart, director, producer

Television and radio

Don Cornelius, “Soul Train” creator

Richard Dawson, “Family Feud’’ host

Larry Hagman, “Dallas” star

Sherman Hemsley, “The Jeffersons” star

James Farentino, actor

Robert Hegyes, actor

Chad Everett, “Medical Center” star

Theater, dance, and opera

Galina Vishnevskaya, opera singer, actress

Lisa Della Casa, Swiss opera star

Yvonne Mounsey, ballet dancer, teacher

Theodore Mann, Tony-winning producer, director

Ethel Winter, ballet dancer, teacher

Remy Charlip, dancer, children’s author

William Hanley, playwright, TV writer

Judith Martin, children’s theater founder

The arts

Thomas Kinkade, populist painter

Jan Groover, postmodern photographer

Lillian Bassman, fashion photographer, artist

Antoni Tapies, Spanish abstract painter

John Golding, painter, art historian

Ferdinand Porsche, car designer


Andrew Breitbart, media publisher, blogger

Richard Threlkeld, broadcast journalist

Judith Crist, film critic

James Naughton, journalist

Bert Sugar, boxing writer

George Esper, war correspondent


Andy Williams, pop singer, TV host

Kitty Wells, country singer

Hal David, pop music lyricist

Johnny Otis, R&B artist, bandleader

Robin Gibb, pop singer (Bee Gees)

Davy Jones, pop singer (Monkees)


Giorgio Chinaglia, soccer star

Steve Sabol, NFL Films pioneer

Mel Parnell, Red Sox pitcher

Ron Erhardt, Patriots coach

Art Modell, pro football owner

Darrell Royal, college football coach

Eddie Yost, baseball player, coach

Angelo Dundee, boxing trainer

Goody Petronelli, boxing trainer

Hector Camacho, boxer

Carmen Basilio, boxer


Murray Lender, bagel mogul

Roger Furst, cofounder Eastern Mountain Sports

Jack Tramiel, computer pioneer (Commodore)

Arnold Greenberg, Snapple cofounder

Science and medicine

Sherwood Rowland, Nobel-winning chemist

Renato Dulbecco, Nobel-winning virologist

Andrew Huxley, Nobel-winning physiologist

Wylie Vale, Salk Institute endocrinologist

Elinor Ostrom, Nobel-winning economist

Anna Schwartz, economist, monetary scholar

Roger Boisjoly, space shuttle engineer

Jerome Horwitz, researcher, developed AZT drug

Donnall Thomas, Nobel-winning physician (bone-marrow transplant)

William Knowles, Nobel-winning chemist

Academia and education

Roger Fisher, legal scholar

James Crow, population genetics

Hilda Golden, University of Massachusetts sociologist

Vivian Fox, women’s studies expert

Howard Ziff, UMass journalism professor

Fred Jewett, Harvard College dean

Richard Lyman, Stanford University president

Rev. John E. Brooks, College of the Holy Cross president

Hugo Bedau, Tufts philosopher, death penalty opponent

Frank Cross, Harvard biblical scholar

Peter Demos, MIT nuclear physicist

The local scene

Walt Sanders, WBZ broadcast journalist

Lovell Dyett, WBZ radio personality

Peter Fuller, car dealer, horse owner

Jane Holtz Kay, urban-design critic, author

Gerhard Kallmann, Boston City Hall architect

Ruth Shapiro, Boston philanthropist

Lowell Richards, multitalented public servant

Francis Rosa, Boston Globe sportswriter, Hockey Hall of Fame member

Kelly Timilty, Governor’s Council member

Willis Saunders, Boston police official

Robert Hallisey, Massachusetts Superior Court judge

James Cleary, investment banker, philanthropist

Royal Cloyd, Boston Center for the Arts founding director

Priscilla Dewey Houghton, playwright, children’s arts advocate

Hans Estin, financier, Boston University board chairman

Maceo Dixon, Boston civil-rights activist

Rita Barron, led Charles River cleanup

Herbert Lee, business executive, arts patron

Edmund Cabot, surgeon, yachtsman

Sheldon Rotenberg, Boston Symphony Orchestra violinist

James Denham, Boston Globe photographer

Joe Heaney, Boston Herald journalist

Bill Wainwright, sculptor, public art pioneer

Mike Mercogliano, North End pastry shop owner

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Correction: Because of a reporting error, a list of notables who died in 2012 that ran with a Page One story on the subject misidentified the late College of Holy Cross president. He was the Rev. John E. Brooks.

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