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Walter Scheib, 61 (1954 - 2015)
TAOS, N.M. (AP) — Searchers have found the body of a former White House chef who had been missing for more than a week after going hiking in the New Mexico mountains, authorities said. The body of 61-year-old Walter Scheib was found Sunday night near a hiking trail in mountains in the Taos area, the New Mexico State Police said. "The body was discovered off the immediate trail," a State...
Ralph Roberts, 95 (1920 - 2015)
By TALI ARBEL, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Ralph Roberts, who built Comcast from a small cable TV system in Mississippi into one of the nation's largest entertainment companies, has died. He was 95.Comcast said in a statement that Roberts died Thursday night in Philadelphia of natural causes.Roberts jumped into the fledgling cable TV industry in 1963 by spending $500,000 to buy American...
Nelson Doubleday, Jr., 81 (1933 - 2015)
By TOM McELROY, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Nelson Doubleday Jr., the publishing scion who bought the New York Mets and shepherded the team to a 1986 World Series title, has died. He was 81.His son-in-law, John Havens, said Doubleday died of pneumonia at his home in Locust Valley, New York, on Wednesday.Doubleday was the grandson of Frank Nelson Doubleday, who founded the publishing...
Kirk Kerkorian, 98 (1917 - 2015)
By SALLY HO and STEVE ROTHWELL, The Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Billionaire Kirk Kerkorian, an eighth-grade dropout who built Las Vegas' biggest hotels, tried to take over Chrysler and bought and sold MGM at a profit three times, has died. He was 98. He died Monday night in Beverly Hills. The reserved, unpretentious Kerkorian spent much of his life trying to stay out of the...
Alan Bond, 77 (1938 - 2015)
By ROD McGUIRK, The Associated PressCANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Alan Bond, the polarizing global entrepreneur who became an Australian hero by bankrolling a historic America's Cup yacht race victory before going to prison over the nation's biggest corporate fraud, died on Friday. He was 77.Bond, who had rheumatic fever as a child which weakened his heart, died in Fiona Stanley Hospital in the...
Horst Brandstaetter, 81 (1933 - 2015)
The Associated PressBERLIN (AP) — Horst Brandstaetter, who launched the popular Playmobil range of plastic toys in the 1970s, has died. He was 81.Playmobil manufacturer geobra Brandstaetter...
Ed Gilligan (2015)
By ALEX VEIGA, The Associated Press American Express said company President Ed Gilligan died suddenly Friday after falling ill while flying on a corporate plane to New York. Gilligan, 55, was...
Alexandre Lamfalussy, 86 (1929 - 2015)
The Associated PressFRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Belgian economist Alexandre Lamfalussy, who headed the institution that became the European Central Bank and was credited as one of the founders of the...
Sir Maurice Flanagan, 86 (1928 - 2015)
By ADAM SCHRECK, The Associated PressDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Sir Maurice Flanagan, a British aviation executive who helped get Emirates airline off the ground and guided its breakneck...
David Goldberg, 47 (1967 - 2015)
By E. EDUARDO CASTILLO and BARBARA ORTUTAY, The Associated Press David Goldberg, the SurveyMonkey CEO who also was Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg's husband, was exercising at a gym in a...
Jean Nidetch, 91 (1923 - 2015)
By MATT SEDENSKY, The Associated PressPARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — A half-century after dropping 70 pounds and keeping them off, Weight Watchers founder Jean Nidetch made some allowances: Cokes in her...
A. Alfred Taubman (2015 - 2015)
The Associated PressBLOOMFIELD HILLS, Michigan (AP) — A. Alfred Taubman, the self-made Michigan billionaire whose philanthropy and business success — including weaving the enclosed shopping mall...
Robert Kirkland, 77 (1938 - 2015)
The Associated PressUNION CITY, Tennessee (AP) — Robert Kirkland, an entrepreneur and philanthropist who built a national chain of home decor stores and donated $100 million to found the Discovery...
Joel Spira, 88 (1927 - 2015)
The Associated PressCOOPERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Joel Spira, who brought the light dimmer switch to households across the nation and transformed his Lutron Electronics Company into a leading...
Paul Reynolds (2015)
The Associated PressTORONTO (AP) — Canadian financial company Canaccord Genuity said Thursday that its president and chief executive, Paul Reynolds, has died in Hawaii after a medical emergency...
Andrew Getty (2015)
By TAMI ABDOLLAH and JOHN ROGERS, The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's a family name that has long been associated with unimaginable wealth and sometimes unspeakable tragedy. The...
Gary Ross Dahl, 78 (1936 - 2015)
The Associated PressJACKSONVILLE, Oregon (AP) — Gary Ross Dahl, the creator of the wildly popular 1970s fad the Pet Rock, has died at age 78 in Oregon.Dahl's wife, Marguerite Dahl, confirmed...
Richard "Dick" Brennan, Sr. (2015)
The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Richard J. "Dick" Brennan Sr., who helped turn Commander's Palace restaurant into a world-famous destination for Creole cuisine and co-founded one of the...
Robert Benmosche, 70 (1944 - 2015)
By MARLEY JAY, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Former AIG President and CEO Robert Benmosche, who led the insurer's turnaround after its $182 billion government bailout, has died of lung cancer...
Donald Keough (2015)
The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Donald Keough, who helped steer Coca-Cola through the "cola wars" of the 1980s and played a key role in the introduction of New Coke, died Tuesday in Atlanta,...
Yutaka Katayama, 105 (1909 - 2015)
By YURI KAGEYAMA, The Associated PressTOKYO (AP) — Yutaka Katayama, a former president of Nissan Motor Co.'s U.S. unit who built the Z sports car into a powerful global brand in the 1970s, has died...
Michele Ferrero, 89 (1925 - 2015)
By NICOLE WINFIELD, The Associated PressROME (AP) — Michele Ferrero, the world's richest candy maker whose Nutella chocolate and hazlenut spread helped raise generations of Europeans and defined...
Liam E. McGee (2015)
The Associated PressHARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The former CEO of The Hartford financial services firm who was credited with guiding the company as it recovered from the recession has died. Liam E....
John C. Whitehead, 92 (1922 - 2015)
The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — John C. Whitehead, a Wall Street banker who led Goldman, Sachs & Co.'s international expansion in the 1970s and '80s and later was founding chairman of the...
Melvin Gordon (2015)
By CARLA K. JOHNSON, The Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Melvin Gordon, who helped turn the enduring popularity of the humble Tootsie Roll into a candy empire, has died. He was 95. The...
Justin Capra , 81 (1933 - 2015)
ALISON MUTLER, The Associated PressBUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A Romanian inventor who claimed he beat the Americans to make the world's first jetpack and went on to design and build dozens of...
Peter Wallenberg (2015)
By KARL RITTER, The Associated PressSTOCKHOLM (AP) — Peter Wallenberg, the former head of a Swedish financial dynasty sometimes compared to the Rockefellers, has died. He was 88.Wallenberg died...
William E. Boeing, Jr. (2015)
By GENE JOHNSON, The Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — William E. Boeing Jr., a son of aerospace pioneer William Boeing Sr. who championed and remained fascinated by flight throughout his life,...
William Lewis Rudolph (2014)
The Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — William Lewis Rudolph, a former Krispy Kreme vice president who helped to build the company, has died. Rudolph's brother, Vernon Rudolph, opened...
Bob Simpson (2014)
The Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — Bob Simpson, a meteorologist who co-developed the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale which estimates potential property damage, has died.Peg Simpson, his...