Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Keith Campbell, who cloned Dolly the sheep, dead at 58

Keith Campbell, 58, a British cell biologist who helped usher into being one of the most famous animals in creation, Dolly the cloned sheep, died on Oct. 5 in England. In February 1997, he and his colleague Ian Wilmut disclosed that Dolly, the first mammal to be cloned from an adult animal, had been born in Scotland the summer before.

James E. Burke, 87, who as chairman and chief executive of Johnson & Johnson from 1976 until 1989 oversaw a vast expansion of the company, died on Sept. 28 near New Brunswick, N.J. His leadership of Johnson & Johnson during the Tylenol poisonings in the 1980s is regarded as a textbook example of how to handle a public relations crisis.

Basil L. Plumley, 92, a renowned career soldier whose exploits as an Army infantryman were portrayed in a book and the movie We Were Soldiers, died of cancer on Wednesday in Columbus, Ga. He fought in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, and was awarded a medal for making five parachute jumps into combat.

Mervyn Dymally, 86, the Trinidad-born former teacher whose groundbreaking political career spanned more than four decades and included 12 years in the U.S. House and a stint as California's only black lieutenant governor, died on Oct. 7 in Los Angeles.

Shlomo Venezia, 88, a survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp who came forward decades after the Holocaust with a rare eyewitness account of the inner workings of the gas chambers, where Nazis forced him to help shepherd thousands of other victims to their deaths, died of a respiratory ailment on Oct. 1 in Rome.

Eric J. Hobsbawm, 95, whose three-volume economic history of the rise of industrial capitalism established him as Britain's pre-eminent Marxist historian, died of pneumonia on Oct. 1 in London. The three volumes span the period from 1789 to 1914: The Age of Revolution, The Age of Capital and The Age of Empire.

Leonard Lerman, 87, a molecular biologist whose discovery of how to manipulate DNA was a vital preliminary step in enabling others to decipher the basic building blocks of the genetic code, died on Sept. 19 in Cambridge, Mass.

Reubin Andres, 89, a gerontologist who advanced the study of diabetes but gained his widest attention for arguing that weight gain in older people increases longevity, died of heart disease on Sept. 23 in Baltimore.

Eddie Bert, 90, a jazz trombonist whose virtuosity and versatility allowed him to fit comfortably in a wide range of musical contexts, from the infectious swing of Benny Goodman to the wild experimentation of Charles Mingus, died on Sept. 27 in Danbury, Conn.

Andrew F. Brimmer, 86, a Louisiana sharecropper's son who was the first black member of the Federal Reserve Board and who was a faculty member of the Harvard Business School, died on Oct. 7 in Washington.

Harris Savides, 55, one of America's most respected cinematographers, who helped directors like Woody Allen, Ridley Scott, Noah Baumbach, Sofia Coppola, David Fincher and especially Gus Van Sant achieve the visual expressivity they sought, died of brain cancer on Tuesday in New York.

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