Obituaries: January 21, 2008

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Monday, January 21, 2008

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The following deaths were reported over the weekend:

Flag of France.svg Louis de Cazenave, French WWI veteran, 110

Western Front, WW I, 1917

Image: Frank M. McMurry.

France lost one of its last surviving World War I veterans on Sunday with the death of Louis de Cazenave. Born in 1897, de Cazenave was part of the fifth Senegalese battalion, actively serving from December 1916 until the following September, including the ill-fated Second Battle of the Aisne.

Lazare Ponticelli has become the last known surviving WW I veteran from France.


Flag of Italy.svg Duilio Loi, Italian boxer, 78

Duilio Loi, who won World Boxing Association junior welterweight championships in the early 1960s, died at Treviso, Italy on Saturday. He had sustained Alzheimer's disease in recent years.


Flag of the United States.svg James LeVoy Sorenson, American medical inventor, 86

James LeVoy Sorenson, a Utah-based philanthropist and medical inventor, died of cancer on Sunday. His estimated $4.5 billion wealth was believed to be the highest in that American state. His inventions included one of the earliest computer-automated heart monitoring devices. His charitable work included the establishment of the Sorensen Legacy Foundation which supported a variety of educational, religious and medical places and programs.


Flag of the United States.svg Frances Lewine, American journalist, 86

American journalist Frances Lewine, who served as White House Correspondent for the Associated Press, died Saturday due to a suspected stroke. She was with AP from 1956 until 1977, and became an editor and producer for CNN during its earliest years.


Flag of Belize.svg Andy Palacio, Belizean musician, 47

Andy Palacio, a musician who sung in the Garifuna language, died in Belize City Saturday following heart failure and stroke. With his band, The Garifuna Collective, the UNESCO Artist for Peace promoted the Garifuna culture and language internationally.

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Suzanne Pleshette in 1991

Image: Alan Light.

Flag of the United States.svg Suzanne Pleshette, American actress, 70

Suzanne Pleshette, known for her regular role on The Bob Newhart Show and in the Alfred Hitchcock film The Birds, died Saturday of respiratory failure in Los Angeles. In 2006, she was treated for lung cancer.


Flag of the United States.svg Eugene Sawyer, Chicago Mayor, 73

Eugene Sawyer, who served as Mayor of Chicago from 1987 to 1989, died Saturday after suffering numerous strokes in recent days.


Flag of the United States.svg John Stewart, Kingston Trio musician, 68

Musician John Stewart, part of The Kingston Trio and author of The Monkees hit song "Daydream Believer", died Saturday following an apparent major stroke on Thursday.


Flag of Canada.svg Don Wittman, Canadian sports broadcaster, 71

Veteran Canadian sportscaster Don Wittman died Saturday in Winnipeg following a battle with cancer. Since joining CBC in 1961, Wittman participated in the Olympics broadcasts, Hockey Night in Canada, and the Grey Cup football matches, among other events.