Very recently, the Japanese animator Koichi Murata passed away. He was one of the prominent people at Oh Production, and was also involved in many classics of anime, including most of Takahata and Miyazaki's major works of the 1970s - Heidi, Marco, Conan, Jarinko Chie, Sherlock Hound, Lupin III, Nausicaa, and finally, Oh Pro's best known movie, Gauche the Cellist. In other words, Murata was one of the essential talents of Japanese animation.
Ben Ettinger has written an excellent post about Murata and Oh Production over at Anipages, and as always, it's an essential read. Most, if not all, of my understanding of anime's history comes from Ben and his site, so I'm always grateful for his detailed history lessons. Read and enjoy.