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Marcus Daly -- b.12/5/1841 d.11/12/1900 (58)
Businessperson, Irish
Misc: American mining tycoon. Called the "Copper King," he was the prime mover behind the Anaconda Copper Mining Co., one of the world's largest copper producers.

William Danforth -- b.9/10/1870 d.12/24/1955 (85)
Misc: Ralston-Purina co-founder

Jack Daniel -- b.9/5/1850 d.10/10/1911 (61)
Businessperson, Brewer
Misc: an American distiller and the founder of Jack Daniel's Tennessee whiskey distillery.

Richard G. Darman -- b.5/10/1943 d.1/25/2008 (64)
Businessperson, Director

Justin Dart -- b.8/17/1907 d.1/26/1984 (76)
Misc: Rexall Drugs head

Gary Davidson -- b.8/13/1934
Attorney/Lawyer, Businessperson, Sports Figure
Misc: founder of alternative pro leagues in football (WFL), basketball (ABA), and hockey (WHA)

Clive Davis -- b.4/4/1932
Misc: Arista Records co-owner

Jim Davis -- b.5/17/1943
Misc: New Balance Shoe Co. owner/chairman

Moshe Dayan -- b.5/20/1915 d.10/16/1981 (66)
Misc: Defense Minister of Israel

Jimmy Dean -- b.8/10/1928 d.6/13/2010 (81)
Businessperson, Actor, Composer, Pianist, Country Singer/Guitarist
Names/Places: b. in Plainview, TX; RN:Seth Ward
Misc: Sausage King
Song Titles: Big Bad John
TV Shows: Daniel Boone (as Josh Clements), Jimmy Dean Show (as host)

Silas Deane -- b.12/24/1737 J-LD or 1/4/1738 N.S. d.9/23/1789 (51)
Revolutionary, Politician, Diplomat, Merchant
Misc: First U.S. diplomat sent abroad (1776), who helped secure much-needed French aid for the American Revolutionary cause.

Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. -- b.5/17/1909 d.12/19/1994 (85)
Misc: (Anthony Paonessa), real estate entrepreneur, invented the shopping mall

Jean Étienne de Boré -- b.12/27/1741 N.S. d.2/2/1820 N.S. (78)
Businessperson, French
Misc: Founder of the sugar industry in Louisiana.

Eugene Victor Debs -- b.11/5/1855 d.10/20/1926 (70)
Politician, Labor Leader, Social Reformer
Misc: American Railway railroad labor union founder

David A. "Dave" DeBusschere -- b.10/16/1940 N.S. d.5/14/2003 N.S. (62)
Executive, NBA Coach, NBA Forward
Names/Places: NN:Defensive Dave
Misc: three-time All-American for U. Of Detroit, then a NBA star for the Detroit Pistons and New York Kncikerbockers. The youngest player / coach in NBA history for Detroit, age 24. Later, also commissioner of the ABA. Was a player-coach of Detroit Pistons (1964-67); played in 8 All-Star games; won 2 NBA titles as player with NY Knicks; ABA commissioner (1975-76); also pitched 2 seasons for Chicago White Sox (1962-63) with 3-4 record; Knicks #22 retired; May 14 is the date of announcement of death
Sports Teams: Unversity of Detroit (1959-1962), Detroit Pistons (player 1962-1968, coach 1964-1967), New York Knicks (1969-1974)

Gordon S. Decker -- b.1/16/1884 d.??/??/????
Inventor, Businessperson, Entrepreneur
Misc: Electric Drill Co. founder

John Deere -- b.2/7/1804 d.5/17/1886 (82)
Inventor, Manufacturer
Misc: The Steel Plow; pioneer manufacturer of agricultural implements.

William Deering -- b.4/25/1826 d.12/9/1913 (87)
Misc: of farm machinery

Geoffrey De Havilland -- b.7/27/1882 d.5/21/1965 (82)
Designer, Manufacturer, English
Misc: pioneer in long-distance jet flying. He was one of the first to make jet-propelled aircraft, producing the Vampire and Venom jet fighters.

Terry Dehere -- b.9/12/1971
Politician, Restaurateur, NBA Player

George T. Delacorte -- b.6/20/1894 d.5/4/1991 (96)
Publisher, Philanthropist
Names/Places: MN:Thomas Jr.
Misc: Dell Publishing founder; some say b. 1893

Sieur de La Salle -- b.11/22/1643 N.S. d.3/19/1687 N.S. (43)
Explorer, Fur Trader, French
Names/Places: aka René-Robert Cavelier or Robert Cavelier or Robert de La Salle

Charles-Michel de L'Épée -- b.11/24/1712 N.S. d.12/23/1789 N.S. (77)
Philanthropist, Educator, French
Misc: developed one-hand sign alphabet, teacher of deaf-mutes

Lorenzo Del Monico -- b.3/13/1813 d.9/3/1881 (68)
Businessperson, Restaurateur, Swiss

Alain Delon -- b.11/8/1935
Businessperson, Movie Actor, Movie Producer/Director, French
Names/Places: Nathalie's ex-
Movie Titles: The Leopard, The Return Of Zorro

John Z. DeLorean -- b.1/6/1925 d.3/19/2005 (80)
Names/Places: Cristina Ferrare's ex-
Misc: Automaker

Frederick A. "Fred" DeLuca -- b.10/3/1947 N.S. d.9/14/2015 N.S. (67)
Misc: co-founder of Subway sandwich chain

Cosimo de' Medici -- b.9/27/1389 O.S. d.8/1/1464 O.S. (74)
Merchant, Italian
Names/Places: aka Cosimo the Elder

W. Edwards Deming -- b.10/14/1900 d.12/20/1993 (93)
Names/Places: RFN:William
Misc: helped Japan after WWII

Henry Deringer -- b.10/26/1786 d.2/28/1868 (81)
Inventor, Manufacturer
Misc: Derringer short-barrelled pistol

Edmund de Rothschild -- b.1/2/1916 d.1/17/2009 (93)
Banker, English

Baron Philippe de Rothschild -- b.4/13/1902 d.1/20/1988 (85)
Businessperson, French
Misc: vinter

John H. Dessauer -- b.5/13/1905 d.8/12/1993 (88)
Misc: Xerox king

Joseph "Joe" Dey -- b.11/17/1907 d.3/3/1991 (83)
Executive, Golfer
Misc: executive director of the USGA and the first commissioner of the PGA Tour

Alec Dickson -- b.5/23/1914 d.9/23/1994 (80)
Misc: of the USO

Thomas Dimsdale -- b.5/29/1712 d.12/30/1800 (88)
Doctor, Physician, Politician, Banker, English

Diane Marie Disney -- b.12/18/1933 d.11/19/2013 (79)
Names/Places: aka:Diane Disney Miller; Walt Disney's daughter

Sharon Disney-Lund -- b.12/31/1936 d.2/16/1993 (56)
Names/Places: Walt's daughter
Misc: Walt Disney Co. director

Dorothea Lynde Dix -- b.4/4/1802 d.7/17/1887 (85)
Philanthropist, Social Reformer, Political Activist
Misc: aroused interest in treatment of mental inmates

Horace Elgin Dodge -- b.5/17/1868 d.12/10/1920 (52)
Designer, Manufacturer
Misc: created the Dodge automobile; noted for having invented one of the first all-steel cars in America.

John Francis Dodge -- b.10/25/1864 d.1/14/1920 (55)
Misc: American automobile manufacturing pioneer and co-founder of Dodge Brothers Company

Edward L. Doheny -- b.8/10/1856 d.9/8/1935 (79)
Misc: oilman

Charles Dole -- b.4/18/1899 d.3/14/1976 (76)

James Dole -- b.9/27/1877 d.5/20/1958 (80)
Misc: the first Hawaiian pineapple canner

Hedley Donovan -- b.5/24/1914 d.8/13/1990 (76)
Publisher, Executive
Misc: Time Inc. editor in chief

John Dopyera -- b.7/6/1893 d.1/3/1988 (94)
Misc: of Violins

Claude Dornier -- b.5/14/1884 d.12/5/1969 (85)
Designer, Manufacturer, German
Misc: aircraft builder

Howie Dorough -- b.8/22/1973
Businessperson, Actor, Dancer, Songwriter, Musician, Pop Singer
Names/Places: RN: Howard Dwaine Dorough; RFMN:Howard Dwaine
Group Names: Backstreet Boys

Donald Douglas -- b.4/6/1892 N.S. d.2/1/1981 N.S. (88)
Names/Places: MN:W.
Misc: Douglas Aircraft Co. founder

Charles H. Dow -- b.11/6/1851 d.12/4/1902 (51)
Publisher, Businessperson
Misc: Financial expert; founded Dow Jones & Co. with Edward D. Jones in 1882, pub'd Wall Street Journal

Herbert Henry Dow -- b.2/26/1866 d.10/15/1930 (64)
Chemist, Industrialist
Misc: a pioneer in U.S. chemical industry who founded the Dow Chemical Company.

Edwin L. Drake -- b.3/29/1819 N.S. d.11/9/1880 N.S. (61)
Misc: Oil Industry pioneer who drilled the first productive oil well in the U.S.

Daniel Drew -- b.7/29/1797 N.S. d.9/18/1879 N.S. (82)
Businessperson, Financier, Philanthropist

Anthony Joseph Drexel -- b.9/13/1826 d.6/30/1893 (66)
Philanthropist, Banker
Misc: founded Drexel Institute of Technology in Philadelphia.

Francis Drexel -- b.4/7/1792 d.6/5/1863 (71)
Financier, Banker

Graham Drinkwater -- b.2/22/1875 d.9/27/1946 (71)
Businessperson, Philanthropist, NHL Defensive, Canadian

John Dryden -- b.8/7/1839 d.11/24/1911 (72)
Senator, Businessperson
Misc: the founder of the Prudential Insurance Company of America, the first company to issue industrial life insurance in the United States.

Kenneth Dryden -- b.8/8/1947
Policeman, Lawyer, Businessperson, NHL Goaltender, Canadian
Misc: led Montreal to 6 Stanley Cup titles; playoff MVP as rookie in 1971; won or shared 5 Vezina Trophies.
Sports Teams: Montreal Voyageurs (AHL), Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens

David Dubinsky -- b.2/22/1892 d.9/17/1982 (90)
Leader, Polish
Names/Places: RLN:Dobnievski
Misc: Labor leader

Frederick Duesenberg -- b.12/6/1876 d.7/26/1932 (55)
Designer, Inventor, Manufacturer, Bicyclist, German
Misc: Auto Manufacturer

Ben Duffy -- b.1/21/1902 d.??/??/1970
Misc: of ads

Benjamin Duke -- b.4/25/1855 d.1/8/1929 (73)
Executive, Philanthropist
Misc: of Tobacco; Duke University named for him

Doris Duke -- b.11/22/1912 d.10/28/1993 (80)
Philanthropist, Socialite
Names/Places: James Buchanan Duke's daughter; NN:The Richest Little Girl in the World

James Buchanan Duke -- b.12/23/1856 d.10/27/1925 (68)
Businessperson, Industrialist
Misc: American Tobacco & Duke Univ. founder

Jean Henri Dunant -- b.5/8/1828 d.10/30/1910 (82)
Author, Philanthropist, Swiss
Misc: founder of the Red Cross Movement; shared the first Nobel Peace Prize

Éleuthère Irénée du Pont -- b.6/24/1771 d.10/31/1834 (63)
Industrialist, Manufacturer, French
Misc: Dupont Chemical Co.

Henry du Pont -- b.5/27/1880 d.4/11/1969 (88)
Businessperson, Philanthropist, Producer
Misc: E.I. DuPont de Nemours

Pierre Samuel Du Pont -- b.1/15/1870 d.4/5/1954 (84)
Businessperson, Executive

Pierre Samuel du Pont -- b.12/14/1739 d.8/6/1817 (77)
Economist, Industrialist, French

Pierre S. du Pont IV -- b.1/22/1935
Governor, Lawyer, Industrialist
Misc: Delaware governor (1977-1985)

Jesse Dupree -- b.9/22/1962
Businessperson, Personality, Rock & Roll Singer
Names/Places: MN:James
Group Names: Jackyl (lead)

Thomas C. Durant -- b.2/6/1820 d.10/5/1885 (65)
Misc: railroad official

William Crapo "Billy" Durant -- b.12/8/1861 d.3/18/1947 (85)
Industrialist, Manufacturer
Misc: founded Buick, Chevrolet, & General Motors

"Red" Dutton -- b.7/23/1897 d.3/15/1987 (89)
Executive, NHL Defensive, Canadian
Names/Places: RFN:Mervyn
Misc: played 1921-1936; the second NHL president 1943-46
Sports Teams: Calgary Tigers (WCHL), Montreal Maroons (NHL), New York Americans (NHL)

Dale Dye -- b.10/8/1944
Author, Captain, Businessperson, Actor

John Dykstra -- b.4/16/1898 d.3/1/1972 (73)
Misc: Ford Motor Co. president

James Dyson -- b.5/2/1947 N.S.
Misc: The Dyson bagless vacuum cleaner

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