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Elsie Thompson, 113 (1899 - 2013)
The Associated PressCLEARWATER, Florida (AP) — The oldest person in the United States has died at age 113, just weeks before her 114th birthday.A spokeswoman from Elsie Thompson's church in Clearwater in central Florida said she died March 21.The Gerontology Research Group, which verifies age information for Guinness World Records, listed Thompson as the oldest living U.S. citizen after January...
George Lowe, 89 (1924 - 2013)
JILL LAWLESS, The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — George Lowe, the last surviving climber from the team that made the first successful ascent of Mount Everest, has died, his wife said Thursday. He was 89.Mary Lowe said her husband died Wednesday at a nursing home in Ripley, central England, after an illness.Lowe and his friend Edmund Hillary were the only two New Zealanders on the 1953 British...
Koto Okubo, 115 (1897 - 2013)
The Associated PressTOKYO (AP) — A Japanese official says a woman in his town near Tokyo who became world's oldest living female just last month has died at 115.Koto Okubo died Saturday at a nursing home in Kawasaki City, according to city official Mitsuhiro Kozuka. He said her relatives declined to release the cause of her death and family details.Born Dec. 24, 1897, Okubo held her title for...
Dina Manfredini, 115 (1897 - 2012)
BARBARA RODRIGUEZ, The Associated PressDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A 115-year-old Iowa woman has died less than two weeks after inheriting the title of world's oldest person, her family said Monday.Dina Manfredini, who lived at the Bishop Drumm Retirement Center in Johnston, died Monday morning, according to her granddaughter Lori Logli. Logli said Manfredini had been suffering from a fever...
Maurice Herzog, 93 (1919 - 2012)
GREG KELLER, The Associated PressPARIS (AP) — France loved him for his indefatigable, pioneering spirit — the first man to climb an 8,000-meter Himalayan peak despite losing all his fingers and toes to frostbite, a man who later went on to scale the heights of French politics.Six decades after his 1950 Annapurna climb made Maurice Herzog a household name, the famed French mountaineer died...
Jaroslaw Mensfelt, 108 (1904 - 2012)
The Associated Press WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The oldest known survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp — a teacher who gave lessons in defiance of his native Poland's Nazi occupiers — has...
Chiyono Hasegawa, 115 (1896 - 2011)
The Associated PressTOKYO (AP) — Japan's oldest person, 115-year-old Chiyono Hasegawa, has died.Hasegawa, who was born Nov. 20, 1896, died at a facility in southern Japan on Friday.The facility...
Maria Gomes Valentim, 114 (1896 - 2011)
The Associated Press SAO PAULO (AP) — A Brazilian woman listed by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest person died Tuesday, just weeks shy of her 115th birthday. The title now reverts to...
Vasiliki Lambidou, 107 (2011)
COSTAS KANTOURIS, The Associated Press THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — For nearly half a century, she raised a Greek flag every day at the border with Turkey — a simple act that elevated her to...
Huguette Clark, 104 (1906 - 2011)
VERENA DOBNIK, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Huguette Clark, a 104-year-old heiress to a Montana copper fortune who once lived in the largest apartment on New York City's Fifth Avenue, died...
Walter Breuning, 114 (1896 - 2011)
MATT VOLZ, The Associated Press GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Walter Breuning's earliest memories stretched back 111 years, before home entertainment came with a twist of the radio dial. They were...
Patricia Ellis, 114 (1896 - 2011)
The Associated PressJACKSONVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas woman cited as the world's oldest person has died at the age of 114.Patricia Ellis of Boren-Conner Funeral Home of Jacksonville says Eunice G....
Jack LaLanne, 96 (1914 - 2011)
ANDREW DALTON, The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jack LaLanne, the fitness guru who inspired television viewers to trim down, eat well and pump iron for decades before diet and exercise...
Mississippi Winn, 113 (1897 - 2011)
The Associated PressSHREVEPORT, Louisiana (AP) — When she turned 113, Mississippi Winn could still stand up on her own and never thought her age was a detriment to her life.The upbeat former...
Eugenie "Sweets" Blanchard, 114 (1896 - 2010)
The Associated Press GUSTAVIA, St. Barts (AP) — Eugenie Blanchard, a nun who was considered the world's oldest person, died in the French Caribbean island of St. Barts on Thursday. She was 114. ...
Ivy Bean, 104 (1905 - 2010)
The Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Ivy Bean, who became an online celebrity as the oldest known user of micro-blogging site Twitter, has died at the age of 104. Pat Wright, manager of the...
Dr. Robert Butler, 83 (1927 - 2010)
The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Dr. Robert Butler, a Pulitzer Prize-winning expert on aging who coined the phrase "ageism," has died in New York City, his daughter said Tuesday. He was 83. ...
Neva Morris, 114 (1895 - 2010)
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa woman who became the oldest living American less than a month ago has died. Neva Morris of Ames, Iowa, was 114 years, 245 days old. The North Crest Community...
Ella Mae Johnson, 106 (1904 - 2010)
(Associated Press) CLEVELAND A black Ohio woman who attended Barack Obama's inauguration in her wheelchair shortly after her 105th birthday has died. Former social worker Ella Mae Johnson...
Mary Josephine Ray, 114 (1895 - 2010)
(Associated Press) WESTMORELAND, N.H. Mary Josephine Ray, who was certified as the oldest person living in the United States, died Sunday at age 114 years, 294 days. She died at a nursing home...
Ann Nixon Cooper, 107 (1902 - 2009)
The Associated Press ATLANTA — Ann Nixon Cooper, the Atlanta centenarian lauded by President Barack Obama in his election night speech last year, has died. She was 107. Obama in his 2008...
Gertrude Baines (1894 - 2009)
By SOLVEJ SCHOU, Associated Press Writer LOS ANGELES -- Gertrude Baines, who lived to be the world's oldest person on a steady diet of crispy bacon, fried chicken and ice cream, died Friday at a...
Harry Patch, 111 (1898 - 2009)
By ROBERT BARR - Associated Press Writer LONDON Harry Patch, Britain's last survivor of the trenches of World War I, was a reluctant soldier who became a powerful eyewitness to the horror of...
Henry Allingham, 113 (1896 - 2009)
By DANICA KIRKA - Associated Press Writer LONDON - The world's oldest man, 113-year-old World War I veteran Henry Allingham, died Saturday after spending his final years reminding Britain about...
Waldo McBurney, 106 (1902 - 2009)
QUINTER, Kan. - Waldo McBurney, who was named America's oldest worker and gained fame in his later years as a competitive runner and beekeeper, died Wednesday. He was 106. McBurney, whose life...
Tomoji Tanabe, 113 (1895 - 2009)
TOKYO -- Tomoji Tanabe, the world's oldest man, has died in his sleep at his home in southern Japan, a city official said. He was 113. "He died peacefully. His family members were with him," said...
Sgt. Maj Manuel Curry, 84 (1925 - 2009)
NEW ORLEANS - Sgt. Maj. Manuel Curry, who was on city of New Orleans police force for more than six decades and was believed to be the longest serving full-time law enforcement officer in the nation,...
John "Jack" Ross, 110 (1899 - 2009)
SYDNEY -- John "Jack" Ross, Australia's oldest man and the last remaining Australian to serve in World War I, died Wednesday, Veterans' Affairs Minister Alan Griffin said. He was 110. Ross died in...
Martha Mason (1938 - 2009)
RALEIGH, N.C. - A woman who spent 61 years in an iron lung yet graduated from college and wrote a book about her life has died at her North Carolina home. A close friend said Tuesday that Martha...
Rev. Theodore Heck, 108 (1901 - 2009)
ST. MEINRAD, Ind. - The Rev. Theodore Heck, a southern Indiana priest believed to be the world's oldest Benedictine monk, has died. He was 108. The St. Meinrad Archabbey said Heck died Wednesday,...