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William Aramony, who built United Way of America before facing legal troubles, dies at 84

William Aramony, 84, who built United Way of America into one of the nation's premier charities but was forced out as president and went to prison for six years for misusing funds to support a lavish lifestyle and a teenage mistress, died of bone cancer on Nov. 11 in Alexandria, Va.

Paul Motian, 80, a jazz drummer, bandleader and composer who came to prominence as a member of pianist Bill Evans' trio in the 1950s and influenced a generation of musicians with his astounding sense of time, died of complications of a bone marrow disorder on Nov. 22 in New York. Over the years, he played with acclaimed jazz musicians such as Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Coleman Hawkins, Roy Eldridge, Stan Getz and Evans.

I. Michael Heyman, 81, who was the first nonscientist to lead the Smithsonian Institution after serving as chancellor of the University of California at Berkeley, died of emphysema in Berkeley on Nov. 19. He led the Smithsonian from 1994 to 2000

John G. Smale, 84, who as chief executive led Procter & Gamble through a period of extraordinary growth and then, as chairman of General Motors, helped engineer a turnaround, died of pulmonary fibrosis on Nov. 19 in Cincinnati. He ran P&G from 1981 to 1990, and was chairman of GM from 1992 to 1995.

George Gallup Jr., 81, who led the firm that his father made all but synonymous with polling and expanded it to become a barometer of Americans' views on religion as well as their political attitudes, died of liver cancer on Nov. 21 in Princeton, N.J.

Eva Monley, 88, a Hollywood location manager whose fluency in Swahili made her a linchpin in the creation of scores of movies filmed in Africa from 1950 to the 1990s, including The African Queen and Out of Africa, died on Nov. 12 in Nanyuki, Kenya.

Theodore J. Forstmann, 71, a colorful financier and philanthropist who helped pioneer leveraged buyouts, died of bone cancer on Nov. 20 in New York. He bought, sold and turned around dozens of companies including Gulfstream Aerospace, Dr Pepper and General Instrument. He coined the phrase barbarians at the gate.

William L. Waller, 85, who as a prosecutor in 1964 twice tried to convict the segregationist Byron De La Beckwith of murdering the civil rights leader Medgar Evers, and who in 1971 forged a coalition of poor whites and newly enfranchised black voters to be elected governor of Mississippi as a Democrat , died of heart failure on Wednesday in Jackson.

Donya Feuer, 77, an American modern-dance choreographer who moved to Sweden in 1963 and became a collaborator of Ingmar Bergman and a theater director and filmmaker in her own right, died of chronic ulcerative colitis Nov. 6 in Stockholm.

Lee Pockriss, 87, who wrote pop hits such as Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini for an eager, youthful post-World War II generation, died on Nov. 14 in Bridgewater, Conn.

Barbara Grier, 78, a publisher who became a revered figure to several generations of lesbian writers and readers after founding Naiad Press in 1973 with three other women, died of lung cancer on Nov. 10 in Tallahassee.

Sergio Scaglietti, 91, a sports car designer whose hand-shaped Ferraris of the 1950s and 1960s were regarded as the most elegant forms of transportation to grace pavement and the most valuable collector cars — commanding multimillion-dollar sums at auction — died on Nov. 20 in Modena, Italy.

Rene A. Morel, 79, a world-renowned violin restorer whose clients included Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman and Yo-Yo Ma, died of cancer on Nov. 16 in Wayne, N.J.

Francis H. Cabot, 86, who created two celebrated gardens in North America and helped preserve many others, died of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis Nov. 19 in La Malbaie, Quebec. His two famous creations are Stonecrop Gardens in Cold Spring, N.Y., and Les Quatre Vents (the Four Winds) in La Malbaie.

William Aramony, who built United Way of America before facing legal troubles, dies at 84 12/03/11 [Last modified: Saturday, December 3, 2011 7:16pm]
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