Business and labor leaders

Russell J. Hammer, 54; former president and chief executive of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce credited with revitalizing the organization (Jan. 28)

Peter Newton, 81; Napa Valley vintner who founded Sterling Vineyards (Feb. 4)

Douglas Fraser, 91; former United Auto Workers president helped Chrysler get federal bailout (Feb. 23)

Joseph Juran, 103; management guru launched the "managing for quality" movement (Feb. 28)

Roland E. Arnall, 68; founder of giant subprime lender Ameriquest Mortgage Co. and influential philanthropist and political donor (March 17)

Bob McCord, 69; his Sagebrush Cantina restaurant, open since 1974, became a popular destination that fueled the growth of Calabasas and its historic old town (May 12)

Naseeb M. Saliba, 93; a construction mogul and philanthropist whose companies built many Southern California highways and public buildings, including the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport (May 22)

Franklin Otis Booth Jr., 84; a former Los Angeles Times executive and businessman (June 15)

Isaac Starkman, 70; founded the Jerry's Famous Deli chain with the 1978 opening of its Studio City location (July 3)

Gilberto Leon, 87; a Cuban emigre who had a devoted clientele at the small cigar shop he owned at 6th Street near Western Avenue for 29 years (July 14)

Robert Berning, 73; the principal wine buyer for Trader Joe's beginning in the 1970s helped introduce consumers to bargain-priced wines from around the globe (July 19)

Jack Nash, 79; an investment banker who helped create the modern mutual fund and hedge fund businesses (July 30)

William "Bill" Frederick Hertz, 84; longtime theater executive and former Hollywood Walk of Fame chairman (Aug. 19)

V. Orville Wright, 87; former chief of MCI Communications Corp. challenged AT&T (Aug. 21)

Robert Steinberg, 61; a physician who helped elevate America's appreciation of chocolate after launching the Scharffen Berger chocolate company (Sept. 17)

Edfred L. Shannon Jr., 82; the longtime chief executive of oil-drilling firm Santa Fe International made headlines in the 1980s when he brokered the sale of his company to a petroleum firm owned by the Kuwaiti government (Sept. 21)

Edsel D. Dunford, 73; Cold War aerospace engineer served as president of TRW Inc. (Oct. 3)

David Lett, 69; pioneering winemaker widely considered the father of Oregon's thriving pinot noir industry (Oct. 9)