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December 18, 2010
MacKenzie "Mack" Miller, 89, a Hall of Fame thoroughbred trainer who won the Kentucky Derby with Sea Hero, died Dec. 10 at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center hospice unit in Lexington after suffering a stroke. Miller, then 71, was working for philanthropist Paul Mellon's Rokeby Stable in 1993 when Sea Hero and jockey Jerry Bailey overcame 12-1 odds to win the derby. The horse was fifth in the Preakness and seventh in the Belmont. "I really never thought I'd win a Derby," Miller said afterward.
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December 13, 2010
Dov Shilansky He began recitations of Holocaust victims' names Dov Shilansky, 86, a former Israeli Parliament speaker and advocate for memorializing victims of the Holocaust, died Thursday at a Tel Aviv hospital. The cause was not given. Shilansky served as speaker of the Parliament from 1988 to 1992. But possibly his longest-lasting legacy is a ceremony that has become part of Israel's observance of an annual memorial day for the 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust.
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November 23, 2010
Samuel Kunz, 89, one of the world's most-wanted Nazi suspects who was under indictment on allegations that he was involved in killing hundreds of thousands of Jews at a concentration camp in Germany-occupied Poland died Thursday, a court in Bonn announced Monday. The cause was not disclosed. Kunz's name had surfaced in past investigations, but the recent allegations came up in Germany as prosecutors were poring through World War II-era documents in preparation for the case against John Demjanjuk, a retired Ohio autoworker who is being tried in Munich.
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September 26, 2010
Geoffrey Burgon, 69, the British composer whose soundtrack for the television production of "Brideshead Revisited" became a hit recording, died Tuesday after a short illness, according to an announcement from his London publisher, Chester Music. Burgon also contributed to the Monty Python movie "Life of Brian" and produced music for "Dr. Who," "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy," "The Chronicles of Narnia" and other TV productions. Burgon's score for the TV adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's novel "Brideshead Revisited" sold 100,000 copies.
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September 17, 2010
Funeral services for Jefferson Thomas, one of nine black students who integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., in 1957, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Holman United Methodist Church, 3320 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles. Thomas, who spent much of his adult life in Los Angeles, died Sept. 5 at 67.
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September 8, 2010
A public memorial service for Paul Conrad, the Times editorial cartoonist who died Saturday at 86, is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John Fisher Catholic Church, 5448 Crest Road, Rancho Palos Verdes.
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July 27, 2010
David Alexander Longtime president of Pomona College David Alexander, 77, who brought national standing to Pomona College during a two-decade tenure as president, died Sunday in Claremont after a long battle with cancer, the college announced. Alexander was Pomona president from 1969 to 1991. During that time, the college's endowment grew from $24 million to $296 million and the faculty increased from 130 to 156. He oversaw a campus expansion that added 15 major buildings.
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July 23, 2010 | Bloomberg News
Ralph Houk, who won the World Series in 1961 and 1962 in his first two seasons as manager of the New York Yankees, died Wednesday in Winter Haven, Fla. He was 90. Houk went on to lead the Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox in a 20-year managerial career. His family told the Red Sox that he died of natural causes after a brief illness.
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July 12, 2010 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
The Rev. Paul Sawyer, a Unitarian Universalist minister and peace and social justice activist whose landmark, onion-shaped former sanctuary in the San Fernando Valley was the site of one of the Merry Pranksters' famous "Acid Test" gatherings in the 1960s, has died. He was 75. Sawyer, who most recently was minister of Throop Unitarian Universalist Church in Pasadena, died June 23 at his home in Pasadena after a four-month battle with pancreatic cancer, said his wife, Susan.
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July 7, 2010
Johnny Sellers Hall of Fame jockey Johnny Sellers, 72, a hall of fame jockey who rode Carry Back to victory in the 1961 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, died Friday at a nursing home in Arkansas, his son Mark told the Daily Racing Form. A Los Angeles native who grew up in Oklahoma, Sellers also won the 1965 Belmont Stakes with Hail to All. He was the leading thoroughbred jockey in 1961 and finished his riding career in 1977 with 2,787 victories. Sellers later became a bloodstock agent.
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