Recent necrology, July 2013

cover of The discovery of the HobbitA list of well-known people who have died recently:

  • Eileen Brennan, 1932-2013
    Actress whose film role with Goldie Hawn earned her an Oscar nomination
  • J. J. Cale, 1938-2013
    Guitarist and songwriter who disdained the limelight but won the admiration of Eric Clapton
  • Mick Farren, 1943-2013
    Counterculture icon and frontman of The Deviants who also caught the mood of the 70s in print
  • Bill Gunston, 1927-2013
    Aviation historian who, as a boy, shook hands with the German fighter designer Willy Messerschmitt
  • Virginia Johnson, 1925-2013
    Researcher into sexual behaviour whose work made her controversial and rich in equal measure
  • Elaine Morgan, 1920-2013
    Award winning writer of television dramas whose feminist tract on evolution became an unlikely bestseller
  • Mike Morwood, 1930-2013
    Archaeologist whose discovery of ‘hobbits’ in Indonesia took the scientific world by storm
  • cover of Journey of a lifetimeWilliam Renwick, 1929-2013
    One of the greatest NZ educationalists of modern times
  • Ian Scott, 1945-2013
    NZ artist
  • Mel Smith, 1952-2013
    Comedian whose partnership with Griff Rhys Jones earned him laughs and a fortune of millions
  • Alan Whicker, 1925-2013
    Globetrotting television broadcaster who delighted in the colourful, the eccentric and the ridiculous

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