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A chronology of those who died in 2015

A chronology of those who died in 2015


Feb. 2

-- Stewart Steen, 92, a screenwriter and two-time Academy Award nominee who was best known for writing the screenplay for Nicholas Ray's "Rebel Without a Cause," in Seattle of cancer.

Feb. 3

-- Martin Gilbert, 78, Winston Churchill's official biographer and a leading historian of the Holocaust, in London after a lengthy, unspecified illness.

-- Mary Healy, 96, a versatile actress and singer who starred with Orson Welles on Broadway and opposite her husband Peter Lind Hayes for nearly 60 years on stage, screen and radio, in Calabasas, California of natural causes. She had been in declining health.

Feb. 4

-- Fitzhugh "Fitz" Fulton Jr., 89, a record-setting pilot known as the "Dean of Flight Test" for his involvement in pioneering programs including the space shuttle piggyback flights and who flew 200 missions during the 1948 Berlin Airlift and fighter planes during the Korean War, in Thousand Oaks, California, of complications from Parkinson's disease.

Feb. 6

-- Andre Brink, 79, a prolific author who used his work to question the policies of South Africa's apartheid regimes, on an airliner flying from the Netherlands to Cape Town.

Feb. 7

-- Kenji Ekuan, 85, a Japanese industrial designer whose works ranged from a bullet train to the red-capped Kikkoman soy sauce dispenser as familiar as the classic Coca-Cola bottle, in Tokyo of a heart problem.

Feb. 10

-- Deng Liqun, 99, a former conservative propaganda chief known for his criticism of China's economic reforms, in Beijing of unspecified illnesses.

Feb. 11

-- Bob Simon, 73, a longtime CBS television correspondent who covered riots, Academy Award-nominated movies and wars and was held captive for more than a month in Iraq two decades ago, in New York in a car crash.

Feb. 12

-- Tomie Ohtake, 101, the celebrated Japanese-Brazilian artist known for her bold, primary colored abstract paintings and gravity-defying monumental sculptures, in Sao Paulo from septic shock brought on by pneumonia.

-- Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, 84, a revered Islamic spiritual leader who helped bolster unity in Malaysia's opposition bloc and was a key advocate of Islamic law, in northeastern Kelantan state. He had prostate cancer.

-- Movita Castaneda, believed to be 98, the dark-haired actress who met Marlon Brando on a movie set and later married him and had two of his children, in Los Angeles after being treated for a neck injury.

-- Leon Kent, 99, who led a group of American soldiers that knocked out five German tanks and held up the enemy advance during the World War II's Battle of the Bulge, in Beverly Hills, California. He had pneumonia.

-- Ernest Sternglass, 91, a physicist whose research helped make it possible for the world to see the first moon walk and also conducted pioneering work in digital x-ray imaging, in Ithaca, New York, of heart failure.

Feb. 14

-- Louis Jourdan, 93, the dashingly handsome Frenchman who starred in "Gigi," ''Can-Can," ''Three Coins in the Fountain" and other American movies, in Beverly Hills, California, of apparent natural causes.

-- Philip Levine, 87, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet whose intimate portraits of blue-collar life were grounded in personal experience and political conscience and U.S. poet laureate in 2011-2012, in Fresno, California, of liver and pancreatic cancer.

Feb. 15

-- Arnaud de Borchgrave, 88, a globe-trotting foreign correspondent and news executive who covered 17 wars by his count and cultivated connections with world leaders to score exclusive interviews, in Washington of cancer.

Feb. 16

-- Lesley Gore, 68, a singer-songwriter who topped the charts in 1963 at age 16 with her epic song of teenage angst, "It's My Party," and followed it up with the hits "Judy's Turn to Cry" and the feminist anthem " You Don't Own Me," in New York of lung cancer.

-- Lorena Rojas, 44, a popular Mexican soap opera and movie actress, in Miami. She had battled cancer since 2008.

Feb. 21

-- Clark Terry, 94, a jazz trumpeter who mentored Miles Davis and Quincy Jones and played in the orchestras of both Count Basie and Duke Ellington. He had been in failing health with extreme complications from diabetes.

Feb. 26

Theodore Hesburgh, 97, a Catholic priest who transformed the University of Notre Dame into a school known almost as much for academics as football and who championed human rights around the globe, in South Bend, Indiana.

Feb. 27

-- Leonard Nimoy, 83, world famous to "Star Trek" fans through a beloved cult TV series and a half-dozen films as the pointy-eared, purely logical science officer Mr. Spock, in Los Angeles of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Feb. 28

-- Ezra Laderman, 90, a classical music composer whose works ranged from symphonies to operas to music for Academy Award-winning films, in New Haven, Connecticut.

Updated : 2021-06-16 21:07 GMT+08:00