Wednesday, May 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.

Comments
State baseball: Carrollwood Day comes up a run short in semifinals

State baseball: Carrollwood Day comes up a run short in semifinals

FORT MYERS — One swing.That's all it took for Carrollwood Day's historic season to come to an end.With two outs and two runners on in the third inning of the Class 3A state semifinal against Tallahassee North Florida Christian, Patriots starter...
Updated: 6 minutes ago
Son tells NC police he found dog leash around neck of strangled Hillsborough developer Bill Bishop

Son tells NC police he found dog leash around neck of strangled Hillsborough developer Bill Bishop

After a prominent Hillsborough County developer died last month in North Carolina, word spread it was a heart attack that claimed his life.But records from that state show the death of William "Bill" Bishop was much more complicated.His 16-year-old s...
Updated: 9 minutes ago
Hillsborough teachers hope to get some, but not all of their raise money

Hillsborough teachers hope to get some, but not all of their raise money

TAMPA -- Teachers in Hillsborough County came closer on Wednesday to reaching an agreement with the school district that would give them most, but not all of the pay they expected this past year.The deal, if it happens, will end a year-long conflict ...
Updated: 10 minutes ago
Eckerd College student critically injured in campus accident just before graduation

Eckerd College student critically injured in campus accident just before graduation

ST. PETERSBURG — An Eckerd College student fell from a ladder on campus in the hours before her graduation ceremony and remained hospitalized Wednesday with head injuries.Chicago native Rebecca Ryan Lavin-Burgher, known as Becca on campus and RyRy to...
Updated: 10 minutes ago
Rick Scott overrules elections chief, directs Florida to seek cyber-security money

Rick Scott overrules elections chief, directs Florida to seek cyber-security money

FORT LAUDERDALE — Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday directed the state's chief elections official to seek $19.2 million in federal money to help counties protect against possible cyber-security attacks in the 2018 election.Scott's intervention came ...
Updated: 11 minutes ago
Tampa charter review board recommendations go to City Council

Tampa charter review board recommendations go to City Council

TAMPA —After nine months of meetings, Tampa’s first City Charter review commission has delivered its recommendations.It’s a modest wish list but an important start, commissioners said in advance of today’s City Council workshop.Mostly, the commission...
Updated: 17 minutes ago

Region baseball: Plant’s state bid falters in ninth inning

TAMPA — Sarasota outlasted Plant 2-0 in a nine-inning Class 8A region final on Wednesday to advance to next week's state tournament in Fort Myers.The Sailors will play Strawberry Crest on June 1 at 10 a.m.Scoreless through eight innings Wednesd...
Updated: 22 minutes ago
Birchwood owner will open a three-story restaurant and bar at St. Petersburg pier

Birchwood owner will open a three-story restaurant and bar at St. Petersburg pier

ST. PETERSBURG — Chuck Prather, owner of the Birchwood in St. Petersburg, returned from his daughter’s Maine wedding this week with an exciting announcement of his own. On June 7 the St. Petersburg City Council is expected to sign off on him being on...
Updated: 25 minutes ago
Clearwater deputy fire chief resigns as report on sick leave abuse is released

Clearwater deputy fire chief resigns as report on sick leave abuse is released

CLEARWATER — A months-long probe into abuse of sick leave within the fire department concluded this week with the resignation of a deputy chief and the release of an internal review.The city paid $93,816 in unearned or unauthorized sick time, benefit...
Updated: 29 minutes ago
Wrong-way driver, 87, dies in head-on collision, FHP says

Wrong-way driver, 87, dies in head-on collision, FHP says

BROOKSVILLE— An 87-year-old wrong-way driver died Tuesday night when she collided head-on with an oncoming pick-up truck, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.The crash took place at about 8:50 p.m. on Sunshine Grove Road near Webster Street.Patri...
Updated: 29 minutes ago