The deaths of the following people associated with cartography were reported recently:
Bradford Washburn (1910-2007) (see also) founded the Boston Museum of Science and was a serious mountaineer and photographer; he was also responsible for the creation of a number of topo maps: “Mr. Washburn made eight first-recorded ascents of North American peaks and authored two-dozen maps, several of the Grand Canyon, Mount Everest, and Mount McKinley. As a photographer, he pioneered the high-resolution, large-format aerial picture.” Wikipedia entry. Via All Points Blog and Map History/History of Cartography.