In the last week many notable Americans have passed away. This will cover a few of these amazing people from various walks of life that helped to shape American culture and life in some way.


Edward Joseph McManus was a politician and judge in Iowa. He served in the Iowa Senate from 1955 to 1959 and as the Lieutenant Governor of Iowa from 1959 to 1961. McManus got nominated by John F. Kennedy to a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa in 1962. He held that seat from 1962 until 2017, gaining senior judge status in 1985 and being the longest-serving federal district court judge in Iowa history.

McManus passed away on March 20 at age 97.


Tony Terran was a trumpet player and session musician. He was a member of the Wrecking Crew, which was made up of Los Angeles' top session musicians. He also performed recordings of soundtracks for many major movies and T.V. shows. Terran passed away on March 20 at age 90.

Chuck Barris was a game show creator, producer and host. He is best known as the host of "The Gong Show" and for creating "The Dating Game." His autobiography, "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" got made into a movie in 2002. Barris passed away on March 21 at age 87 from natural causes.

Sib Hashian was a musician, best known as the drummer for the rock band Boston from 1975 to 1983.

He was also a member of Ernie and the Automatics. Hashian died on March 22 at age 67 after collapsing during a performance.


Ken Still was a professional golfer who played on the PGA tour from 1953 to 1985. He won three times on the PGA tour, twice in 1969 and once in 1970. He was also part of the American team at the 1969 Ryder Cup, which ended in a draw.

Still died on March 19 at age 82 from kidney failure.

Jerry Krause was a professional basketball scout and general manager. He was a pro scout for the five different basketball teams and a baseball scout for the Chicago White Sox. He was general manager of the Bulls from 1985 to 2003, winning NBA Executive of the Year twice and building a team that would win six NBA championships.

Krause died on March 21 at age 77 after battling health issues.

Clay Matthews Sr. was an offensive tackle who played four seasons in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers. His NFL career got paused for two years as he served as a paratrooper in the Army's 82nd Airborne Division during the Korean War. He was the first football player in the Matthews family tree, having two sons and four grandsons that would play in the NFL, including Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews and current Packers linebacker Clay Matthews. Matthews Sr. died on March 23 at age 88 following a long illness.


Jimmy Breslin was a journalist and author, best known for his weekly column in the New York Daily News Sunday Edition and as a regular columnist for Newsday until 2004.

His most notable accomplishment was winning the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. Breslin died on March 19 at age 88 from pneumonia.

George Weinberg was a psychologist and the author of several books. He was best known for coining the term "homophobia" in 1965 and his 1984 book, "The Heart of Psychotherapy." Weinberg died on March 20 at age 87 from cancer.

David Rockefeller was a banker who served as the chairman of Chase Manhattan Corporation and was the grandson of oil industry magnate John D. Rockefeller. He was most known for his wide-ranging political connections and philanthropy. Rockefeller died on March 20 at age 101 from congestive heart failure.