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Harvey Lavan "Van" Cliburn Jr. July 12, 1934 - February 27, 2013
Legendary pianist Van Cliburn died at his home in Fort Worth on Feb. 27, former CEO of the Cliburn Foundation Richard Rodzinski said. Cliburn was diagnosed with bone cancer in August. The 78-year-old Texan soared to world fame in 1958 when he won the first Tchaikovsky International Music Competition in Moscow. It was the height of the Cold War. Cliburn returned to a ticker-tape parade in New York City, the only musician to ever receive one. ...
OBITUARIES Charles E. “Eddie” Cooley
Charles E. “Eddie” Cooley, 60, Fishers, Ind., passed away peacefully Aug. 5, 2012. He graduated from Bryan Adams High School in 1970, and attended Stephen F. Austin State University and El Centro College in Texas.
Cooley was a contractor for several custom-home builders in Texas and Indiana. He was born July 18, 1952, in Dallas to Carroll and Julia Cooley.
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; sisters, Carolyn, Julie and Lynda; nephew, Joel ...
In Memoriam Andy Williams 1927 – 2012
Soulful crooner Andy Williams passed away Sept. 25, 2012 in his Branson, Mo. home after losing a battle with bladder cancer.
Born Dec. 3, 1927 in Wall Lake, Iowa, Williams was the son of a railroad worker. He started at age eight singing in his family’s church choir with three older brothers. The foursome built a name for themselves regionally in the late ’30s, when they performed on Midwestern radio stations as the Williams Brothers quartet. ...
In Memoriam Neil Armstrong 1930-2012
Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon during the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, has died, following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures. He was 82.
Armstrong̓s words, “That is one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind,” spoken on July 20, 1969, as he became the first person ever to step onto another planetary body, instantly became a part of history.
Those few words from the Sea of Tranquillity were the c...
In Memoriam Helen Gurley Brown 1922 - 2012
Legendary author and journalist Helen Gurley Brown passed away August 13 in New York after a brief hospitalization. She was 90.
In 1962, Helen Gurley Brown influenced the public’s thinking about one of its most fundamental issues when she wrote, “Sex and the Single Girl.” She was as integral to furthering women’s life choices as anyone since the women’s suffrage movement in 1904. It was Brown who, along with Gloria Steinem and Betty Griedan,...
In Memoriam Sally Ride May 26, 1951 – July 23, 2012
Sally Ride, first U.S. woman in space, died at age 61. Ride, the first American woman in orbit – and blessed with the finest astronaut name for all time: Say it out loud, “Doctor Sally Ride!” – and a leader for science education, died on Monday at her home in the San Diego community of La Jolla at age 61. Her company, Sally Ride Science, said that the cause was pancreatic cancer, an illness she endured for 17 months.
Ride entered the history o...
In memoriam: Kitty Wells 1919 – 2012
After reigning as “Queen of Country Music” for more than five decades, Kitty Wells passed away July 16 at the age of 92.
As a role model for younger artists, Wells held recognition for many firsts in her career. In the 1950s, she became the first female country artist to sell a million copies of a record. She had 35 titles in the Billboard Top Ten, and she put 81 singles on the chart. Some of those include “A Woman Half My Age,” “Will Your Law...
In Memoriam: Andy Griffith June 1, 1926 – July 3, 2012
If you were watching television in the 1960s, you more than likely recognize, and probably remember, the catchy whistle tune that opened “The Andy Griffith Show,” with Andy Griffith in the title role. The series ran from 1960 to 1968.
Griffith passed away Tuesday at his Roanoke, N.C. home at the age of 86, according to NBC News. In 2000, the actor suffered a heart attack, for which he successfully underwent quadruple bypass surgery. He also st...
In Memoriam: Svend Overgaard Muller February 16, 1912 – June 7, 2012
Svend Overgaard Muller passed away June 7, 2012 at the age of 100. Born into a Danish immigrantfamily in Kimballton, Iowa on February 16, 1912, he was a Master Sergeant during WWII in Topeka Kansas. He met his wife, Neva, at a USO dance and they were married in 1944. The Muller family moved from Iowa to the White Rock area in 1952, where Svend worked for Safeway until his retirement. He was active in the Kiwanis Club, where he worked with the ...
In Memoriam: Chef Jean LaFont
One of the great imports from France and one of the greatest chefs America will ever know was memorialized at the St. Laurence Chapel on Tues., Jan. 31. A reception followed at the Prestonwood Country Club.
The renowned French Chef Jean LaFont was recognized as the Diamond of Dallas fine dining. Many of America’s great chefs have learned their craft from ‘le Maestro,’ who produced several Michelin and 5 Star rated restaurants under his resume....