Obituaries: 16 February 2008

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Monday, February 4, 2008 toSaturday, February 16, 2008

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The following were some of the deaths reported over the last 12 days:

Flag of the United States.svg Feb 8: Phyllis A. Whitney, mystery writer, 104

American mystery writer Phyllis Ayame Whitney died on February 8, from pneumonia. She was 104.

She was born on September 9, 1903 in Yokohama, Japan.

Whitney wrote more than seventy novels. In 1961, her book The Mystery of the Haunted Pool won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Juvenile novel, and she duplicated the honor in 1964, for The Mystery of the Hidden Hand. In 1988, the MWA gave her a Grand Master Award for lifetime achievement.


Flag of the United States.svg Feb 15: Steve Fossett, Adventurer, 63

Steve Fossett, the US adventurer who set world records in the Fields of Aviation and sailing was confirmed dead on February 15. Although he has been missing since September he was only recently declared dead by a Chicago judge. His body has not yet been discovered.


Flag of the United States.svg Feb 14: Six students of Northern Illinois University

Steven Phillip Kazmierczak killed himself after firing shots which killed and injure 16 others in a shooting at the Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois, United States. He was enrolled at the university in the spring semester of 2007.