A chronology of those who died in 2015

A chronology of those who died in 2015


Dec. 2

-- Sandy Berger, 70, a former national security adviser who helped craft President Bill Clinton's foreign policy and got in trouble over destroying classified documents, in Washington of cancer.

-- John Rassias, 90, a Dartmouth College professor who created a unique method to teach languages in a rapid fire manner that was used around the world, in Norwich, Vermont.

Dec. 4

-- Robert Loggia, 85, an actor who was known for gravelly voiced gangsters from "Scarface" to "The Sopranos" but who was most endearing as Tom Hanks' kid-at-heart toy-company boss in "Big," in Los Angeles after a five-year battle with Alzheimer's.

-- Scott Weiland, 48, the magnetic frontman of the Stone Temple Pilots whose three-decade career in music also included solo albums and a spot in the supergroup Velvet Revolver, in suburban Minneapolis. A toxic mix of drugs was later specified as the cause but he also had a history of cardiovascular disease and asthma.

Dec. 5

William McIlvanney, 79, a Scottish writer best known for his detective novel "Laidlaw" -- called the first book of "Tartan Noir" by some -- in Glasgow after a brief, unspecified illness.

-- Timothy Seldes, 88, an editor and literary agent who worked with Anne Tyler and Richard Wright among others and was a member of a prominent journalistic and artistic family, in Washington. Hehad been in failing health and was suffering from pneumonia.

-- Chuck Williams, 100, who founded the Williams-Sonoma empire and ushered in an era of aspirational culinary retailing, in San Francisco of natural causes.

Dec. 6

-- Holly Woodlawn, 69, the transgender actress made famous by Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey in their 1970s films "Trash" and "Women in Revolt," in Los Angeles after battling cancer.

Dec. 8

-- Douglas Tompkins, 72, the co-founder of The North Face and Esprit clothing companies who bought up large swaths of land in South America's Patagonia region to keep them pristine, in Coyhaique, Chile from severe hypothermia after a kayaking accident.

-- Bonnie Lou, 91, a pioneering country music artist and rock 'n' roll singer who later became a TV host, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Dec. 10

-- Barry Schweid, 83, the longtime Associated Press diplomatic correspondent who reported and analyzed events from around the world over a career spanning 56 years, in Washington from complications of a degenerative neurological condition.

Dec. 13

-- Benedict Anderson, 79, a Cornell University scholar who became one of the most influential voices in the fields of nationalism and Southeast Asian studies, in Malang, Indonesia.

Dec. 14

-- Ales Vesely, 80, a Czech artist known for his monumental sculptures, in Prague.

Dec. 17

-- Harold W. Andersen, 92, the former publisher of Nebraska's largest daily newspaper and first American to be president of the International Federation of Newspaper Publishers, in Omaha of natural causes.

Dec. 19

-- Kurt Masur, 88, a conductor who was credited with helping prevent violence after the collapse of communism in East Germany and later reinvigorated the New York Philharmonic during an 11-year stint as music director, in Greenwich, Connecticut of complications from Parkinson's disease.

Dec. 21

-- Patricia Elliott, 77, who won a Tony Award on her Broadway musical debut and went on to star opposite David Bowie in "The Elephant Man" and spent 23 years aboard the TV soap opera "One Life to Live," has died. She was 77.

Dec. 24

-- Dr. Alfred Gilman, 74, who won a Nobel Prize for his breakthrough research into the inner workings of cells and later left Texas' much-ballyhooed $3 billion cancer-fighting initiative, citing a lack of oversight that led to a scandal.

Dec. 25

-- William Guest, 74, a member of Grammy-winning Gladys Knight and the Pips, of congestive heart failure.

Updated : 2021-02-28 18:42 GMT+08:00