2007: Passings

Noting the deaths of noteworthy Los Angeles figures and LAO's colleagues and friends in the media is just something we do here. Here are most of the passings that LA Observed posted something about during 2007.

Need no introduction
Hal FishmanNorman Mailer, David Halberstam, Hal Fishman, Molly Ivins, Art Buchwald, Kurt Vonnegut, Sidney Sheldon, Barbara Seranella, Ingmar Bergman, Jack Valenti, Luciano Pavarotti.
Media types
SeippStu Nahan, sportscaster; Tom Snyder, TV host; Cathy Seipp, journalist; Tony Day, editor; Barry Tunick, puzzle writer; Robert Bruss, real estate writer; David Garcia, TV reporter; Ray Hebert, reporter; John Heston, producer; Alan Greenberg, writer; Alan Styles Kaul, NBC News producer; Mary Frampton, photographer; Irv Letofsky, editor; Mitchell Harding, radio host; Charlie Brailer, radio newsman; Shav Glick, auto writer; Tawn Mastrey, deejay; Gary Franklin, critic; Wen Roberts, photographer; Rob Cole, editor; Paul Weeks, journalist; Geoff Kelly, editor; Andy Jones, film critic; Richard Ramirez, editor; David Rosenzweig, reporter; Tony Tranfa, editor; Sandy Beach, deejay; Tibor Paul, radio host; Hope Frazier, editor.
Arts & letters
Blake and DuncanJeremy Blake, artist; Theresa Duncan, writer and filmmaker; Steven Criqui, artist; Edgar Baitzel, LA Opera COO; Stanley Holden, dance teacher; Merilene Murphy, poet; Terrell Hansen, inspired novel.
Ike TurnerIke Turner, music legend; Freddie Fields, agent; Jane Wyman, actress; Bob Carroll, Lucy writer; Bob Clark, producer; Richard Jeni, comic; Denny Doherty, musician; Iwao Takamoto, animator; Peggy Gilbert, singer; Marcheline Bertrand, actress; Jacob Adams, caretaker.
Politics and service
Augustus HawkinsAugustus F. Hawkins, congressman; Juanita Millender-McDonald, congresswoman; Carol Baker Tharp, general manager; R. Scott Hitt, activist; Jon Lauritzen, board member; Michael Deaver, adviser; Tom Martin, field deputy; Ida Honorof, activist; Gerry Ann Schabarum, political wife; Michael J. Robbins, aide; Bob Hattoy, consultant; Kathleen Crow, adviser; Ron Prescott, LAUSD official.
Noteworthy Angelenos
Lilly RodriguezRobert E. Petersen, publisher; Howard Larman, folk music host; Laura Huxley, writer; Louis Galen, philanthropist; Bryan Padgett, son; Al Langer, deli owner; Pfc Joseph Anzack, soldier; Ariel Hanrath-Clark, traceur; Dennis Johnson, NBA star; Danny Feingood, political artist; Lilly Rodriguez, boxer; Alice Coltrane, guru; Mario Danelo, USC kicker; Michael Prichard, Echo Park Santa; Paul MacCready, engineer; Sherman Torgan, cinema owner; Julio Ruelas, lowrider; Fermo Cambianica, handicapper.
Thin blue line
Raul GamaRaul Gama, L.A. County sheriff's deputy; George "Mike" Selleh, LAPD detective; David Rodriguez, LAPD officer; Ruben B. Whittington, retired LAPD sergeant and author.

Want more? Here are the 2006 obituaries.

More by Kevin Roderick:
Ralph Lawler of the Clippers and the age of Aquarius
Riding the Expo Line to USC 'just magical'
Last bastion of free parking? Loyola Marymount to charge students
Matt Kemp, Dodgers and Kings start big weekend the right way
LA Times writers revisit their '92 riots observations
Recent 2007 in review stories on LA Observed:
2007: Those wacky Times
2007: Antonio and Mirthala
2007: Passings

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