Bob Ross , 52, the bushy-haired art instructor who taught PBS viewers in his soothing, hypnotic voice how to paint "happy little trees," died of cancer Tuesday at his home in Orlando, Fla. As host of the Public Broadcasting Service series "The Joy of Painting," he introduced landscape oil painting to millions.
Emilio Nunez, 91, who blazed a trail for Hispanic Americans in the judiciary of New York, rising from New York City magistrate to the appellate division of the state Supreme Court, died Thursday at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. After retiring from the bench in 1977, he returned to the private practice of law as senior counsel to the firm of Sullivan & Liapakis of New York.
Donald Sinclair, 84, an English country veterinarian who was the model for a character in books by James Herriot, including "All Creatures Great and Small," and in the television series of the same title, died on June 28, The Scotsman, an Edinburgh-based newspaper, reported Monday. He lived in Thirlby in Yorkshire. He was the inspiration for Siegfried Farnon, a character who has been called twinkly, avuncular and a bit absent-minded in his television incarnation. James Herriot was the pen name of Sinclair's former veterinary partner, Alf Wight, who died this year.