Obituaries, 27th - 03rd of October 2012

Robert F Christy, Robert J Manning, Yvonne Mounsey, Barry Commoner & Big Jim Sullivan have passed away. May their souls rest in peace. 


Physicist Robert F Christy who played a vital role in the development of the original atom bomb passed away this week at the age of 96. Born on May 4th 1916, in Vancouver, Canada, Christy went on to take Physics at British Columbia University and later was a graduate student at California University. His death is the last of the major scientists of the Manhattan Project. After the war, Christy spent the remainder of his career teaching and eventually becoming a president at Caltech University. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, two sons and five grandchildren. 


Robert J Manning, the former editor of The Atlantic, has passed away aged 92. Manning was born in Binghamton on Christmas Day 1919, his publishing career began at high school when he was taken on as a copy boy at the Binghamton Press where his career flourished before he signed up for the military in 1942 after which he worked for Time Magazine. 1961 saw Manning hired as an assistant secretary in the JFK administration and three years late he joined The Atlantic. He was made editor two years after that. Manning published his memoirs "The Swamp Room Chronicle" in 1992. He is survived by his second wife, two sons and five grandchildren.


Former New York City Ballet dancer and founder of California's West Coast Ballet School, Yvonne Mounsey passed away at her Los Angeles home this week. She was 93. Born in September 1919 in South Africa, she began dancing at an early age and moved to the UK in 1937 where she performed for the Carl Rosa Opera Company, she arrived in New York three years later. In 1959, Mounsey returned to her native South Africa where she co-founded the Johannesburg City Ballet and six years later moved and settled in LA. She had notable roles in "The Nutcracker" and "Swan Lake," among many others. Mounsey is survived by a daughter, two stepsons and a grandson.


Notable scientist and environmentalist, Barry Commoner, passed away in New York this week at the age of 95. Commoner was greatly influential in the fields of anti-nuclear testing, energy sustainability, pollution and recycling. He was a great champion of raising public awareness on these issues, famously questioning petroleum industry standards long before it was the in-thing to do. Commoner was also a huge supporter of solar power, believing it to be the energy source of the future. In 1970 he was put on the cover of Time Magazine and he wrote numerous books and essays throughout his career. Commoner was born on May 28th 1917 in Brooklyn and attended Columbia and Harvard Universities. He is survived by his second wife, two children and a granddaughter.


Legendary session musician, Big Jim Sullivan passed away this week at the age of 71. He was born in Middlesex, England, on February 14th 1941 and at the age of only 16 embarked upon a musical career that would see him play with some of Rock's biggest names throughout the 1960's and 70's, playing on over a thousand singles that reached the UK charts. Stars he played with included David Bowie, the Kinks, Small Faces, Gerry and the Pacemakers and Tom Jones - who he toured Las Vegas with from 1969 to 1974. Sullivan is survived by his wife, Norma.


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