The Daily Herald from Arlington Heights, Illinois on March 9, 2008 · Page 115
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The Daily Herald from Arlington Heights, Illinois · Page 115

Arlington Heights, Illinois
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Sunday, March 9, 2008
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SUNDAY, MARCH 9, 2008 Notubte ckttiths tost week DAILY HF.RAIJ) SF.CTION 1 PAGE 11 DFM Dungeons & Dragons creator; blind guitar player Assncinlrd Puts* Gary Gygax, who co-created the fantasy game Dungeons & Dragons and is widely seen as the father of the role-playing games, has died. He was 69. Gygax died Tuesday morning at his home in Lake Geneva. He had been suffering from health problems for several years, including an abdominal aneurysm, said his wife, Gail Gygax. Gygax and Dave Arneson developed Dungeons & Dragons in 1974 using medieval characters and mythical creatures. The game known for its oddly shaped dice became a hit, particularly among teenage boys, and eventually was turned into video games, books and movies. Gygax also was a prolific writer and wrote dozens of fantasy books, including the Greyhawk series of adventure novels. Jeff Healey, a blind rock and jazz musician who had a hit single with "Angel Eyes," has died after a lifelong battle against cancer. He was 41. Healey died Sunday in a Toronto hospital, said band- mate Colin Bray, who was in the room with Healey's family when the guitarist died. The Grammy-nominated Healey rose to stardom as the leader of the Jeff Healey Band, a rock-oriented trio that gained international acclaim and platinum record sales with the 1988 album "See the Light." The album included the hit single "Angel Eyes." Healey had battled cancer since age 1, when a rare form of retinal cancer known as Retinoblastoma claimed his eyesight. Due to his blindness, Healey taught himself to play guitar by laying the instrument across his lap. His unique playing style, combined with his blues-oriented vocals, earned him a reputation as a teenage musical prodigy. He shared stages with George Harrison, B.B. King and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Buddy Dial, a star receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers who also played for the Dallas Cowboys, has died. He was 71. Dial, who had been hospitalized recently for treatment of cancer and pneumonia, died Friday in a Houston hospital. The Steelers confirmed his death. Dial played in the NFL for eight years — with the Steelers from 1959-63 and the Cowboys from 1964-66. He still holds the second-highest per catch average in NFL history at 20.8 yards. Donald Lopez, the deputy director of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum and a veteran World War II fighter pilot, has died. He was 84. Lopez died Monday of a heart attack, museum director --$ J Volunteers in our historic museum! Come to our Volunteer Fair to learn about these positions: • store clerk • gardening • restoration crew • maintenance help • office help • floral design • ticket seller • event crew • curatorial assistant Volunteer Fair Saturday, March 15 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Naper Settlement Meeting House Webster St. £r Porter Ave. h U 630 - 305 - 5256 J—i 1 N^ 523 S. Webster Street, Naperville I'. Ml. 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Addison Algonquin Antioch Arlington Heights Aurora Barringlon Danletl Balavia Bcnscnvillc Bloomingdalc Buffalo Grove Carol Stream Carpentersvillc Cory Des Plainer Dundee Elburn Elgin Elk Grove Village Fox Lake Fox River Grove Fox Valley Villages Geneva Gilberts Glen Ellyn Glendalc Heights Grayslakc Curnec Hampshire Hanover Paik Huffman Estates Hunlley Inglesidc Island Lake llasca Lake in the Hills Lake Villa Lake Zurich Lakeinoor/ Volo Libertyville Lincolnshire Lisle Lombard Medinah Mount Prospect Mundelcin Naperville North Aurora Oakbrook Palatine Prospect Heights Rolling Meadows Rosellc Round Lake Saint Charles Schaumburg South Elgin Streamwood Sugar Grove Vcrnon Hills Villa Park Warrenville Wauconda Wayne West Chicago Whealon Wheeling Winlield Wood Dale Jack Dailey said. Lopez joined the Smithsonian in 1972 and was part of the team, led by Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins, responsible for planning and opening the air and space museum in 1976. Museum curators and administrators said he provided much of the institutional and aviation knowledge that guided the museum for decades. Before his career at the museum, Lopez was an aviation legend in his own right as a fighter pilot in the 23rd Fighter Group of the 14th Air Force in China. Lopez flew 101 missions and tallied five victories to become a World War II "ace." Lionel Mark Smith, a stage, movie and TV actor who was a regular in David Mamet's productions, has died. He was 62. Smith died of cancer on Feb. 13, friend Paula Fins told the Los Angeles Times. Smith appeared in seven Mamet films and many of his plays. He was born in Chicago in 1946. His three-decade movie career included dozens of mainly minor appearances in movies and TV shows, including "Days of Our Lives" and "The Unit." His last role was as a homeless man in last year's movie comedy, "Stuck." Giuseppe Di Stefano, one of the greatest tenors of the 20th century and a celebrated singing partner of soprano Maria Callas, has died, his wife said. He was 86. Di Stefano died Monday at home in Santa Maria Hoe, north of Milan, from injuries sustained in a November 2004 attack at his family's villa in Kenya, wife Monika Curth said. Di Stefano made his debut in 1946 in die northern city of Reggio Emilia with Massenet's "Manon," and went on to sing at the world's top opera houses, including Milan's La Scala, New York's Metropolitan, and in Vienna and Berlin. His last performance was in Rome in 1992. Known for his powerful voice, Di Stefano also is remembered for his duets with Callas, who performed and recorded with him several times in the 1950s through her final tour in 1973. Feminist and environmental activist Val Plumwood, who survived a horrific crocodile attack more than 20 years ago, has died from an apparent snake bite. She was 68. Plumwood's body was found Saturday in the house where she lived alone near in New South Wales Austrailia, said friend Jane Salmon. Plumwood wrote "Feminism and the Mastery of Nature" in 1993 and "Environmental Culture: the Ecological Crisis of Reason" in 2002. Plumwood was attacked by a crocodile in a river in Australia's northern Outback in 1985 and escaped with terrible wounds to her legs and groin after the animal dragged her underwater three times. Pearl Cornioley, who as a secret agent during World War II parachuted into France to help arm and organize the Resistance, died Feb. 24. She was 93. Cornioley died at Blois Hospital in the Loire Valley, said Caroline Cottard, the secretary at her retirement home in Chateauvieux, southwest of Paris. Cornioley was one of Britain's greatest agents operating behind German lines, said historian Michael R.D. Foot, who has written extensively about British special operations in France. Leon Greenman, the only Englishman sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp, died Friday. He was 97. London's Jewish Museum confirmed the death. Greenman was living in the Netherlands with his Dutch wife and young son when it was occupied by the Nazis, who sent the family to Auschwitz in 1943. His wife Esther and 3-year- old son, Barney, died at Auschwitz. He dedicated his life to telling the public about the horrors of the six camps where he was held. He published a memoir, "An Englishman in Auschwitz" and lectured well into old age. Frederick Seitz, a former president of both the National Academy of Sciences and Rockefeller University and an outspoken skeptic on global warming, has died. He was 96. Seitz died Sunday in Man. hattan, a Rockefeller University spokesman said. No cause of death was given. The physicist headed the National Academy of Sciences from 1962 to 1969 and led Rockefeller University, a New York-based research institution, from 1969 to 1978. 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