David Eddings, born July 7, 1931, is best known as a science fiction/fantasy author, who wrote the Belgariad series, featuring Aunt Pol. I read the first two books, Pawn of Prophecy and Queen of Sorcery back in the 80's. I especially enjoyed the fantasy adn magic aspects of the stories. I suppose I should probably finish the series and the rest of his books.
Eddings passed away June 2, 2009 in Carson City, Nevada, from natural causes.