Obituaries 30th of November – 6th of December 2012

Elisabeth Murdoch, Oscar Niemeyer, Vasily Belov & Besse Cooper Have passed away. May their souls rest in peace.

Dame Elisabeth Murdoch: February 8th 1909 – December 5th 2012

Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, mother of newspaper and media tycoon Rupert Murdoch, has passed away this week. She was 103. Born in Melbourne, Australia, she attended various private schools and aged 18 caught the eye of publisher Keith Murdoch who was over 20 years her senior. Much to her family's ire, the couple eventually wed. They would remained married up until his death. Murdoch dedicated much of her life to philanthropic causes including the arts and prison and rehabilitation and, though extremely wealthy, was famed for her grounded approach to life. Murdoch is survived by her son and two daughters.

Oscar Niemeyer: December 15th 1907 – December 5th 2012
Widely known as 'the man who built Brasilia' and one of the world's most revered architects, Oscar Niemeyer has passed away aged 104. Born in Rio de Janeiro and raised by his grandparents, Niemeyer went on to study architecture at the city's Escola Nacional de Belas. He was commissioned to design all of the main structures when Brasilia was built and his works include the Niteroi Museum of Contemporary Art, the Brasilia Digital TV Tower and the Museum of the Republica. He was also a contributor to New York's United Nations' headquarters. Niemeyer would later work in countries around the globe, including France, the UK and Israel. He was awarded the Pritzker prize in 1988. Niemeyer is survived by his second wife.

Vasily Belov: October 23rd 1932 – December 4th 2012
Russian author, playwright and poet Vasily Belov passed away this week aged 80. A controversial figure in his homeland and oft critic of government policy, Belov's most well-known works include "Everything's Ahead," "The Year of a Major Breakdown" and "Eves." Born in Timonikha he spent much of his childhood working to help support his poor family and would join the army before his career of writing began with a local newspaper. His first works were published during the early 1960's while he was still in is teens. 1981 saw Belov awarded the USSR State Prize, a year later the Order of the Red Banner of Labour. More awards were to follow including the Order of Lenin and the Order of Merit for the Fatherland.

Besse Cooper: August 26th 1896 – December 4th 2012
The world's oldest living person, Besse Cooper, has passed away having been only the eight recorded person to have officially reached 116 (or older). Born in Sullivan County, Tennessee, she went on to graduate from East Tennessee State University before working as a school teacher. She married her husband, Luther Cooper in 1924 and was widowed 39 years later. They had four children, all of whom survive her. Other survivors include 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

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