Obituaries 4th – 10th of January 2013

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Tony Lip, Alasdair Milne, Richard Cramer, Harvey Shapiro & Claude Nobs have passed away. May their souls rest in peace.

Claude Nobs: February 4th 1936 – January 10th 2013
Founder of the Montreux Jazz Festival, Claude Nobs, passed away this week after being involved in a skiing accident. He was 76. Born in Montreaux, Switzerland, he then moved to New York where he became involved in the music industry, befriending the likes of Roberta Flack, Aretha Franklin and the president of Atlantic Records. Barely into his thirties, Nobs organized the first Montreux event and it was an instant hit. The 1990's saw such legends as Quincy Jones and Miles Davis become part of the organizational team and 2004 was the year that the festival attracted a record-breaking 200,000 revellers.

Alasdair Milne: October 8th 1930 – January 8th 2013
Former Director-General of the BBC, Alasdair Milne, has passed away at the age of 82. Milne was also responsible for founding the current affairs program "Tonight" and famously stood up to Margaret Thatcher's government in their attempt to put pressure on the corporation, being especially unhappy with their coverage of the Falklands War. It was an act that would ultimately lead to his forced resignation in 1987. Milne, of Scottish heritage, was born in India and later attended the University of Oxford in the UK, gaining employment at the BBC upon his graduation. He was to become the first producer to be appointed with the top job. Milne is survived by two sons and a daughter.

Richard Cramer: June 12th 1950 – January 7th 2013
Award-winning journalist and author, Richard Cramer, has passed away aged 62. Cramer wrote for some of the world's leading publications such as "Rolling Stone" and "Esquire Magazine," as well as a host of newspapers. In 1979 he won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in recognition of his work on the Middle East and he also wrote several documentaries including the Oscar-nominated "The Battle Over Citizen Kane." Cramer was born in Rochester, New York, later graduating from Johns Hopkins University before gaining a master's degree in journalism from the University of Columbia. He is survived by his wife.

Harvey Shapiro: January 27th 1924 – January 7th 2013
Erstwhile editor of "The New York Times" and poet, Harvey Shapiro, has passed away this week at the age of 88. A former teacher at Cornell University, Shapiro's publishing break came with his appointment as assistant editor of "Commentary Magazine" and then poetry editor of "The Village Voice" in the mid 1950's. He joined "The New York Times" in 1957. Born in Chicago, he first attended Yale and then Columbia University after serving in the Second World War, for which he won the Distinguished Flying Cross. Shapiro published several poetry books including "The Eye" and "The Light Holds." He is survived by two sons.

Tony Lip: July 30th 1930 – January 4th 2013
Actor Tony Lip, famed for his portrayals of various mafia characters in a host of award-winning movies and TV dramas, has passed away at the age of 82. Lip was born in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, moving to New York's The Bronx at an early age. He served in the US Army at the start of the 1950's. He will be perhaps best remembered for his role as Carmine in HBO's "The Sopranos," but other parts including turns in the movies "Donnie Brasco," "Goodfellas" and "The Godfather." His book, "Shut Up and Eat" was published in 2005. Lip is survived by his two sons, a grandson and brother.

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