Military historian John Keegan dies at 78

John Keegan, 78, an Englishman widely considered to be the pre-eminent military historian of his era and the author of more than 20 books, including the masterwork The Face of Battle, died on Thursday at his home in Kilmington, England. His interests ranged from the American Civil War to the Persian Gulf War.

James D. Watkins, 85, the retired Navy admiral who displayed independence in politically charged waters as energy secretary under President George H.W. Bush and as chairman of an influential commission on the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, died of congestive heart failure on July 26 in Alexandria, Va.

George A. Miller, 92, an iconoclastic scholar who revolutionized the world of psychology by showing that the human mind, though invisible, could also be observed and tested in the lab, died of pneumonia on July 22 in Plainsboro, N.J. This field of research is known as cognitive psychology.

Rita Miljo, 81, who founded a sanctuary in South Africa to care for injured and abandoned baboons and reintroduce them to the wild, died on July 27 in a fire at her home. Her efforts with the mostly reviled baboons earned her the sobriquet "the Mother Teresa of Baboons."

Marc deCoster, 81, hairdresser to Nancy Reagan, baronesses, heiresses and tycoons' wives, died of cancer on July 24 in New York. His appeal owed much to his savoir faire. Clients invited him to Palm Beach for a week or two, and their husbands took him big-game hunting.

Tony Martin, 98, the debonair baritone whose career spanned some 80 years in films and nightclubs and on radio and television, died on July 27 in West Los Angeles. His crooning style made him one of the most popular recording artists of the 1940s and 1950s.

Military historian John Keegan dies at 78 08/04/12 [Last modified: Saturday, August 4, 2012 9:41pm]

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