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William Kannel, who revolutionized treatment of heart disease, dies at 87

William B. Kannel, 87, an epidemiologist whose work helped revolutionize the way heart disease is treated, died of colon cancer on Aug. 20 in Natick, Mass. Any patient ever told by a doctor to eat better, exercise more, lose weight, quit smoking or take cholesterol medication to lower the risk of heart disease owes that life-saving advice in large part to him. Before his work, those guidelines did not exist.

Donn A. Starry, 96, a four-star general, Vietnam veteran and military historian who crafted a war-fighting doctrine for the Army after the Vietnam War, died of cancer Aug. 26 in Canton, Ohio. He developed the doctrine of "AirLand Battle," a Cold War strategy in which air and land forces were integrated. It was put to the test in the 1990s in the Persian Gulf, where U.S. forces overwhelmed the Iraqi army.

June Wayne, 93, a painter and printmaker who helped revive fine-art lithography in the United States when she founded the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in 1960 in Los Angeles, died of cancer on Aug. 23.

Faye Blackstone, 96, a rodeo trick rider who was elected to the Cowgirl Hall of Fame and was best known for her saddle-dangling signature move, the reverse fender drag, and who helped launch the career of country singer Reba McEntire, died of cancer on Tuesday in Bradenton.

Budd Hopkins, 80, a distinguished Abstract Expressionist artist who — after what he described as a chance sighting of something flat, silver, airborne and unfathomable — became the father of the alien-abduction movement, died of cancer on Aug. 21 in New York.

The Rev. Eugene Nida, 96, a linguist, Baptist minister and biblical scholar who made the Bible even more widely available by helping translate it into 200 languages, died of Alzheimer's disease on Aug. 25 in Brussels.

Marshall Grant, 83, a bass player who, as an original member of Johnny Cash's band helped create the group's pulsing "boom-chicka-boom" sound, died on Aug. 7 in Jonesboro, Ark. He provided the thumping foundation on Folsom Prison Blues, I Walk the Line, Ring of Fire, The Man in Black and many other songs.

Patrick C. Fischer, 75, a computer scientist whose theoretical work helped make Internet searches possible, but who was most widely known as an early target of the so-called Unabomber while teaching at Vanderbilt University, died of stomach cancer on Aug. 26 in Montgomery County, Md.

William Kannel, who revolutionized treatment of heart disease, dies at 87 09/03/11 [Last modified: Saturday, September 3, 2011 7:32pm]
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