From a silent film star to Iranian general: Who's buried in Scottsdale cemeteries?

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Scottsdale and Paradise Valley cemeteries tell the stories of Major League Baseball players, a famous actress and a professional rodeo star.

Their stories are just a few that give the area its rich and unique history.

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Hugh Downs

Feb. 14, 1921 - July 1, 2020

Downs was a broadcaster known as the announcer and sidekick on "Tonight with Jack Parr'" and co-host of "Today" from 1962-1971. The Hugh Downs School of Communications at ASU is named in his honor. He died in 2020 from heart failure and is buried in Christ Church of Ascension Memory Gardens.

Edgar Ansten

May 25, 1917 - Oct. 31, 2013

Born in Germany, Ansten was a Holocaust survivor. He migrated to Shanghai after the war before coming to the United States with his brother. He settled in Paradise Valley where he ran his business for over 50 years with his wife. He died in 2013 and is buried in Mount Sinai cemetery.

Barry Bremen

June 30, 1947 - June 30, 2011

Commonly referred to as a folk figure, Barry Bremen was monikered "The Great Imposter" by sports broadcaster Dick Schaap and was once chased off a field during warm-ups for an All Star baseball game by longtime L.A. Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda in 1986. But his most famous stunt was when he dressed as a Dallas Cowboy cheerleader in 1980 and waved his pompoms on the sidelines. He died in Phoenix in 2011 from esophageal cancer. He is buried in Mount Sinai cemetery.

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

July 8, 1926 - Aug. 24, 2004

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross was a physiatrist born in Zurich, Switzerland. She is the mind behind the "five stages of grief." She broke ground in psychiatric studies with her book "On Death and Dying." In 1999, Time Magazine named her to their 100 most important thinkers of the century list. She suffered a series of strokes in the early '90s and in 1997, Oprah flew to Arizona to interview her and ask if Kübler-Ross herself was going through the stages of grief. She is buried in Paradise Memorial Gardens in Scottsdale. She died in 2004.

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Herb Drinkwater

Aug. 28,1936 - Dec. 28, 1997

Herb Drinkwater served as the mayor of Scottsdale during the city’s fastest-growing period. He focused on preserving the city's natural beauty while transforming Scottsdale into the vacation destination it is today. He is buried at Paradise Memorial Gardens in Scottsdale. He died in 1997 from salivary gland cancer.

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Barry Goldwater

Jan. 1, 1909 - May 20, 1998

Barry Goldwater was a former Arizona senator and the Republican presidential candidate against former President Lyndon B. Johnson. Goldwater was born in 1909 and studied at the University of Arizona. He is buried at the Episcopal Christ Church of the Ascension in Paradise Valley, Arizona. He died in 1998 from complications of a stroke.

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General Shu’á’u’lláh "Shua" Alai

Nov. 19, 1889 - Nov. 19, 1984

Shu’á’u’lláh Alai was an Iranian general. Alai is one of the few members of the Bahai faith buried in Phoenix. He also served as a general in the army of the Iranian government and played a large role in helping Iran develop their industry and agriculture. Alai is buried at Camelback Cemetery in Paradise Valley.

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Beverly Bayne

Nov. 11, 1894 - Aug. 18, 1982

Beverly Bayne was a silent film star born in Minneapolis in 1894 who worked as an actress in Chicago. After passing by Essany Studios, she was hired serendipitously after being scouted. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She starred in dozens of movies before retiring and moving to Scottsdale in 1950. She is buried in Paradise Memorial Gardens.

Alcor Life Extension Foundation

The Alcor Life Extension Foundation is a nonprofit that has been "cryonically preserving" people. Founded in 1972, Alcor has served almost 200 patients in Scottsdale. It has operated in Arizona since 1994.

JoAnn Martin

Oct. 26, 1936 - May 25, 2017

JoAnn Martin founded the California Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance and Detroit Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. She was diagnosed with manic depression in 1963. As well as being a mental health activist, she was a musician and teacher. She died in 2017 of cardiac arrest.

Harold Finney

May 4, 1976 - Aug. 28, 2014

Harold Finney was a software developer from California and internet privacy advocate. He is most noted for receiving the first bitcoin in 2009. He worked in the video game development industry for many years. Finney died in 2014 from complications of Lou Gehrig's disease, or ALS.

Dr. Wesley Du Charme

April 3, 1939 - April 15, 2010

Wesley Du Charme was a physiatrist and taught psychology at Rice University in Texas. He had great interest in being cryogenically frozen and published a book about his experiences organizing the process called "Becoming Immortal." Du Charme's head is preserved in Alcor. He moved to Scottsdale during the last years of his life to be closer to the facility.

Thomas Donaldson

1945 - Jan. 19, 2006

A mathematician who taught as a professor in Australia, Thomas Donaldson was also known as an advocate for cryogenics. He was most famous for a lawsuit he lost against the then-attorney general of California for the right to cryopreservation. Donaldson was diagnosed with a malignant tumor in 1998 and his long-term prognosis was poor; he became a staunch advocate for cryogenics. In early 2006, his cancer returned and he returned to the United States from Australia. He is presumed to be buried in Alcor since he fits the description of a patient who underwent preservation during that time.

This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Who's buried in Scottsdale cemeteries?