Obituaries, 7th-13th of December 2012

Ravi Shankar, Thomas Cornell, Ralph Sherman Parr, Patrick Moore & Bob Munden have passed away. May their souls rest in peace.

Ravi Shankar: April 7th 1920 – December 11th 2012
Indian composer, Ravi Shankar, who was a legend of world music inspiring the likes of The Beatles' George Harrison, has passed away this week. He was 92. A master of a host of string instruments, most notably the sitar, Shankar was born in Varanasi and spent his formative years traveling Europe as a dancer. He later turned his attention to creating music and during the early 1950's was the director of music for All India Radio, before performing in America and Europe again. 1999 saw him win three Grammys and bestowed India's most prestigious civilian award, the Bharat Ratna. He is survived by his wife, two daughter, three grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Thomas Cornell: March 1st 1937 – December 7th 2012
American artist Thomas Cornell has passed away at the age of 75. Known for his experimental creations and social and environmental conscience, Cornell was born in Cleveland, Ohio and later attended Art and Architecture School at the University of Yale. Initially famed for his prints before moving on to oil painting, Cornell had work exhibited at such prestigious galleries as the Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Modern Art and the National Council of Fine Arts. Later he would become a professor at California University before moving to Bowdoin College where he spent the remainder of his life. Cornell is survived by his wife, three children and sister.

Ralph Sherman Parr Jnr: July 1st 1924 – December 7th 2012
Legendary US fighter pilot and hero of the Korean War, Ralph Sherman Parr Jnr, has passed away at the age of 88. Born in Portsmouth, Virginia, Parr served in the Second World War before Vietnam and Korea and became the only person to be honored with the Distinguished Service Cross, credited with destroying ten enemy planes. Other awards included the Silver and Bronze Stars and the Legion of Merit. He is survived by his wife and three stepchildren.

Sir Patrick Moore: March 4th 1923 – December 9th 2012
UK astronomer, writer, radio and TV personality, Sir Patrick Moore passed away this week aged 89. A previous president of both the Society of Popular Astronomy and British Astronomical Association, Moore was born in Pinner, Middlesex, and developed a love of the stars and night sky at a young age. He later served as a pilot in the Second World War, during which time his fiancée died in an explosion and for the rest of his life, he remained unmarried. Moore wrote over 70 astronomy books and his BBC show, "The Sky at Night" was the longest running TV program in history.

Bob Munden: February 8th 1942 – December 10th 2012
Firearms expert, Bob Munden, who boasted the title of "The fastest man with a gun who ever lived", has passed away aged 70. The exhibition gun-toter was born in Kansas City, began shooting aged 11 and went on to win over three and a half thousand fast-draw championships, gaining eighteen world records in the process. Munden's exploits saw him celebrated on many TV shows, including the History Channel's "Super Humans." He also became a skilled gunsmith. Munden is survived by his wife, two daughters, a grandson, grand-daughter, his mother, three brothers and a sister.

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