Deaths November 2011
Deaths November 2011. November in memoriam, In October we said farewell to many noteworthy individuals including a boxing legend, a "Wizard of Oz" actor and a TV legend. Read on to learn more about them and the others who passed away this month.
Died Nov. 1 (b. 1919)
Dorothy Howell Rodham was best known for being the mother of a famous political figure. She made few television appearances, although she did campaign when her daughter was running for the presidential nomination. She was last seen in public at granddaughter Chelsea’s wedding
Died Nov. 2 (b. 1923)
Leonard Stone was an actor most famous for his role in the classic film, "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory." He also appeared in a famous TV series. Despite being an actor, he also appeared as an ordinary contestant on a well-known game show.
Died Nov. 3 (b. 1925)
John Opel was the former CEO of computer giant IBM where he hired this future billionaire (who went on to found Microsoft, which owns MSN) to create an operating system.
Died Nov. 2 (b. 1936)
Lou Maletta was a famous gay rights activist. After serving in the military, he became a voice for gay and lesbian issues and went on to found this cable network.
Died Nov. 3 (b. 1977)
Cory Smoot was the guitarist in this heavy-metal band, performing as his alter-ego Flattus Maximus. Smoot was found dead in his tour bus as the band was heading to a performance.
Died Nov. 3 (b. 1950)
Bob Forsch was a right-handed pitcher who spent most of his MLB career with this team. During his career he pitched two no-hitters. His brother, Ken, also pitched a no-hitter while playing for this team, making them the only brothers who have done this.
Died Nov. 4 (b. 1919)
Andy Rooney was a TV commentator, most famous for appearing on "60 Minutes." During the Second World War, Rooney worked as a journalist in London. He became well-known for his political commentary on "60 Minutes" and made his final television appearance less than a month before his death.
Died Nov. 4 (b. 1950)
Cynthia Myers was a model best known for posing in Playboy in 1968. Her centerfold was popular with soldiers in Vietnam and appears in this Vietnam War film. She later became an actress
Died Nov. 4 (b. 1933)
John Randolph Hearst Jr. was part of an iconic media family, and spent much of his working life in the newspaper industry. He worked as a photographer and later edited this magazine.
Died Nov. 5 (b. 1927)
Norton Dodge was an economist and world-renowned art collector, whose collection is housed at this museum. Dodge taught for most of his academic life, eventually retiring in 1988.
Died Nov. 5 (b. 1915)
George Ansbro was best known as a radio host, working for NBC. He later wrote an autobiography of his life in radio, after retiring in 1990. His cause of death is unknown.
Died Nov. 6 (b. 1929)
Mel Hancock was a Missouri congressman between 1988 and 1997. After serving in this branch of the military, he became interested in taxation policy, and founded this organization.
Died Nov. 6 (b. 1922)
Margaret Field was an actress famous for her work in Westerns. She also appeared in this sci-fi classic before cutting her career short in 1959 to focus on her family.
Died Nov. 7 (b. 1944)
Joe Frazier was a heavyweight boxer, who won an Olympic Gold Medal in 1964. He was most famous for his fights against this opponent. He was the undisputed heavyweight champion between 1971 and 1973, when he lost his crown.
Died Nov. 8 (b. 1922)
The creator of "Family Circle," the most widely-syndicated single-panel daily cartoon in the world, Keane modeled his characters after his own family. The comic made its debut in 1960, celebrating its 50th year in syndication in 2010.
Died Nov. 8 (b. 1937)
Jimmy Norman was a composer and song writer for several famous artists, including Bob Marley and the Rolling Stones. As well as having a chart hit in his own right he also performed as a session musician with this guitar icon.
Died Nov. 9 (b. 1915)
Benny McCoy was a left-handed batter who spent his MLB career with these teams. When the U.S. Navy and World War II forced him to miss four seasons, he didn’t recover his skill, and despite being the highest paid player in the league in 1940, he never played another major league game.
Died Nov. 10 (b. 1931)
"Killer" Karl Kox was a professional wrestler in both the U.S. and Japan. His most famous rivalry was with Haystacks Calhoun, although he used his signature move on a number of wrestlers. Kox made his final appearance in August 2011, before his death three months later.
Died Nov. 12 (b. 1936)
Evelyn Lauder was famous for her work with breast cancer, developing a charity to raise money for research, and personally creating its famous symbol. She worked for her mother-in-law, although she used much of it to fund her philanthropic work.
Died Nov. 13 (b. 1973)
Jamie Pierre was a professional skier, famous for his daring jumps off cliffs. In 2006 he broke the world record for the highest jump off a mountain cliff
Died Nov. 12 (b. 1989)
Ilya Zhitomirskiy was a software developer and entrepreneur. He is best known for developing a ‘pod’-based social networking software, Diaspora, which he conceived with four college friends
Died Nov. 15 (b. 1918)
Karl Slover was an actor most famous for his role as one of the munchkins in the "Wizard of Oz." His most famous scene will live on in cinematic history.