Obituaries, 25th-31st of January 2013

Dr Ferrol Sams Jr, Oldřich Kulhánek, Ceija Stojka, Stanley Karnow & Shōtarō Yasuoka have passed away. May their souls rest in peace.


Dr Ferrol Sams Jr.: September 26th 1922 – January 29th 2013
Novelist and physician, Ferrol Sams Jr., has passed away this week at the age of 90. He was the author of eight books in total, including "Run with the Horsemen" and "When All the World was Young" for which he won the Townsend Prize. Born in Fayette County, Georgia, he went on to graduate from the Mercer University before attending the Medical School of Emory University. Sams also served in the US Army Medical Corps during World War Two. 2001 saw him bestowed with the Kappa Alpha Order's highest gong, the Distinguished Achievement Award. He is survived by his wife, four children, eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Oldřich Kulhánek: February 1940 – January 28th 2013
The man who designed the Czech Republic's present banknotes and postage stamps, Oldřich Kulhánek has passed away. He was 72. Also a revered artist, Kulhánek, was born in Prague and studied at the city's Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design. 1971 saw him arrested by the communist authorities for penning illustrations which included a disfigured portrait of Joseph Stalin. His work has shown in some of the leading galleries throughout the world, including the Centre George Pompidou in Paris, the Chicago's Art Institute and the Museum of Historical Art in Geneva.

Ceija Stojka: May 23rd 1933 – January 28th 2013
Artist, scribe, musician and Holocaust survivor, Ceija Stojka, has passed away this week at the age of 79. A Roma, born in the Lovari tribe in Austria, Stojka was sent to a variety of concentration camps during the Second World War, including Auschwitz. Along with her mother and four brothers, she survived, though her father and another brother did not. Her first autobiography, "We Live in Seclusion: The Memories of a Romni" greatly raised awareness of the persecution of her people under Nazi rule. Stojka published a further book, "Travellers on this World" and appeared in the 2013 Holocaust documentary "Forget Us Not".

Stanley Karnow: February 4th 1925 – January 27th 2013
Historian and journalist, Stanley Karnow, has passed away at the age of 87. Born in Brooklyn, he served in the Second World War before attending Harvard University and later studying politics in Paris. 1950 saw him secure his first journalistic role with Time magazine for which he covered stories throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He later covered Asia for a host of world leading publications such as the Washington Post, London's Observer and Life Magazine. Karnow's book, "In Our Image: America's Empire in the Philippines" secure him the Pulitzer Prize for History. He is survived by two children, an adopted stepson and two grandchildren.

Shōtarō Yasuoka: May 30th 1920 – January 26th 2013
Renowned Japanese writer, Shōtarō Yasuoka, has passed away at the age of 92. Born into a military family in Kochi, his childhood years were spent moving between various posts before being conscripted to fight in the Second World War. Soon after, he became bedridden through illness, and it was then that his writing flourished. His many works included "A Melancholy Pleasure", "After the Curtain Fell", and "A View by the Sea" for which he won the Akutawaga, the Mainichi Cultural and the Noma Literary Prizes respectively. Such was Yasuoka's influence that he was acknowledged as a Person of Cultural Merit by the government of Japan in 2001.

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