|Posted by: Cliffy on 2008-12-28
Here is a more extensive list, but the this list doesn't list Sammy Baugh who passed this month:
* Erich Kaestner, 107. Believed to be Germany's last World War I veteran. Jan. 1.
* Dr. Pramod Karan Sethi, 80. Inventor of low-cost artificial foot that helped millions in developing nations. Jan. 6.
* Philip Agee, 72. Renegade CIA agent whose naming of operatives led to law against exposing spies. Jan. 7.
* Sir Edmund Hillary, 88. Conquered Mount Everest; one of 20th century's greatest adventurers. Jan. 11.
* Richard Knerr, 82. Co-founded Wham-O toy company that popularized Hula Hoop, Frisbee. Jan. 14.
* Dr. Judah Folkman, 74. Researcher who worked to cut off cancer from its blood supply, giving hope for a cure. Jan. 14.
* Bobby Fischer, 64. Reclusive chess genius who dethroned Soviet champion in 1972. Jan. 17.
* Suzanne Pleshette, 70. Beautiful, husky-voiced actress; sardonic wife on The Bob Newhart Show. Jan. 19.
* Kenneth Eugene Parnell, 76. Notorious California child molester; held young Steven Stayner for years. Jan. 20.
* Heath Ledger, 28. Actor nominated for Oscar for Brokeback Mountain; the Joker in The Dark Knight. Jan. 22. Drug overdose.
* Richard Darman, 64. White House budget director; helped persuade first President Bush to compromise on new taxes. Jan. 25.
* George Habash, 81. His PLO faction gained notoriety for 1970 hijackings of four Western airliners. Jan. 26.
* Suharto, 86. Indonesian president, a Cold War U.S. ally whose brutal regime killed hundreds of thousands. Jan. 27.
* Gordon B. Hinckley, 97. Led Mormon church during major period of expansion. Jan. 27.
* Earl L. Butz, 98. U.S. agriculture secretary; forced out in 1976 over racist joke. Feb. 2.
* Harry Richard Landis, 108. One of two surviving U.S. veterans of World War I. Feb. 4.
* Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, around 91. Beatles' guru; introduced transcendental meditation to West. Feb. 5.
* Roy Scheider, 75. Two-time Oscar nominee (The French Connection, All That Jazz); police chief in Jaws. Feb. 10.
* Rep. Tom Lantos, 80. 14-term California congressman; forceful voice for human rights. Feb. 11.
* Imad Mughniyeh, 45. One of world's most wanted terrorists; suspected in 1980s attacks on Americans in Lebanon. Feb. 12. Car bombing.
* Evan Mecham, 83. Firebrand Arizona governor; removed in 1988 impeachment trial. Feb. 21.
* Douglas A. Fraser, 91. Led United Auto Workers through difficult times. Feb. 23.
* William F. Buckley Jr., 82. Erudite author, editor; helped revive conservative movement. Feb. 27.
* Gary Gygax, 69. Co-created Dungeons amp; Dragons; father of role-playing games. March 4.
* Joseph Weizenbaum, 85. Computer programmer; helped advance artificial intelligence. March 5.
* Former Sen. Howard Metzenbaum, 90. Liberal Ohio Democrat who challenged big business. March 12.
* Anthony Minghella, 54. Oscar-winning director, turned literary works (The English Patient) into acclaimed movies. March 18. Hemorrhage.
* Paul Scofield, 86. British actor; won Oscar for A Man for All Seasons. March 19.
* Arthur C. Clarke, 90. Visionary science fiction writer (2001: A Space Odyssey,) March 19.
* Richard Widmark, 93. Hollywood leading man; made sensational debut as a giggling killer (Kiss of Death.) Died in Roxbury, Conn. on March 24.
* Bill Dickinson, 82. 14-term Alabama congressman; championed strong defense. March 31.
* Robert F. Goheen, 88. He led Princeton University in time of rapid change. March 31.
* Charlton Heston, 84. Oscar winner (Ben-Hur); later headed National Rifle Association. April 5.
* Sgt. Merlin German, 22. Marine severely injured in Iraq; became symbol of resilience. April 11.
* John A. Wheeler, 96. Physicist; coined black holes. April 13.
* Edward Lorenz, 90. Father of chaos theory, butterfly effect concept. April 16.
* Albert Hofmann, 102. Discoverer of LSD, which inspired -- and arguably corrupted -- millions in 1960s. April 29.
* Deborah Jeane Palfrey, 52. D.C. Madam convicted of running elite prostitution ring. May 1. Suicide.
* Mildred Loving, 68. Black woman whose challenge to Virginia's interracial marriage ban led to landmark ruling. May 2.
* Irvine Robbins, 90. Co-founded Baskin-Robbins, brought exotic ice cream to every corner of America. May 5.
* Eddy Arnold, 89. Country singer known for his mellow baritone (Make the World Go Away.) May 8.
* Robert Rauschenberg, 82. His use of odd and everyday articles made him an art world giant. May 12.
* Robert Mondavi, 94. Vintner who helped Napa Valley become a wine-lovers' mecca. May 16.
* Huntington Hartford, 97. Aamp;P grocery heir; burned through most of $100 million fortune. May 19.
* Hamilton Jordan, 63. Political strategist; helped Jimmy Carter win presidency. May 20.
* Dick Martin, 86. Zany co-host of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, which took television by storm in 1960s. May 24.
* J.R. Simplot, 99. Idaho's billionaire potato king. May 25.
* Sydney Pollack, 73. Oscar-winning director, a Hollywood mainstay (Tootsie, Out of Africa.) May 26.
* Harvey Korman, 81. Emmy winner for The Carol Burnett Show; conniving politician in Blazing Saddles. May 29.
* Yves Saint Laurent, 71. One of most influential fashion designers of the 20th century. June 1.
* Bo Diddley, 79. Founding father of rock 'n' roll, known for shave and a haircut, two bits rhythm. June 2.
* Jim McKay, 86. Wide World of Sports host; told Americans about killings at 1972 Olympics. Former Westport resident died on June 7.
* Tim Russert, 58. Host of Meet the Press whose personality and passion made him beloved in Washington. June 13.
* Cyd Charisse, 86. Dancer turned actress; starred in musicals with Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly. June 17.
* George Carlin, 71. The dean of counterculture comedians who taught us Seven Words You Can Never Say On TV. June 22.
* Clay Felker, 82. Revolutionized city magazines as New York's founding editor. July 1.
* Larry Harmon, 83. He turned Bozo the Clown into a show business staple. July 3.
* Former Sen. Jesse Helms, 86. A champion of conservatism who spent 30 years in Congress. July 4.
* Sir John Templeton, 95. Mutual fund pioneer; created Templeton Prize for advancement in spiritual matters. July 8.
* Dr. Michael E. DeBakey, 99. Heart surgeon who pioneered now-common procedures such as bypass surgery. July 11.
* Tony Snow, 53. White House press secretary who cheerfully sparred with reporters. July 12. Colon cancer.
* Estelle Getty, 84. Actress; Sophia on Golden Girls. July 22.
* Randy Pausch, 47. His last lecture about facing death became Internet sensation, best-selling book. July 25.
* Bruce E. Ivins, 62. Army scientist named as top suspect in 2001 anthrax attacks. July 29. Suicide.
* Anne Armstrong, 80. Advanced women's role in GOP, was ambassador to Britain. July 30.
* Alexander Solzhenitsyn, 89. Nobel-winning Russian author who chronicled Stalin's slave labor camps. Aug. 3.
* Mahmoud Darwish, 67. Palestinian poet who eloquently told of his people's experiences. Aug. 9.
* Bernie Mac, 50. One of Original Kings of Comedy who connected with audiences across a wide spectrum (Ocean's Eleven.) Aug. 9. Pneumonia.
* Isaac Hayes, 65. Soul crooner who laid groundwork for disco; won Oscar, Grammy for Theme From Shaft. Aug. 10.
* Bill Gwatney, 48. Arkansas Democratic chairman. Aug. 13. Shot by intruder.
* Jerry Wexler, 91. Record producer; coined rhythm and blues, worked with Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles. Aug. 15.
* Gene Upshaw, 63. Football star; leader of NFL players union. Aug. 20.
* Robert Giroux, 94. Giant of publishing; guided dozens of writers at Farrar, Straus amp; Giroux. Sept. 5.
* W.D. Mohammed, 74. Succeeded his father as Nation of Islam leader. Sept. 9.
* David Foster Wallace, 46. Author famed for complex, darkly witty works (Infinite Jest.) Sept. 12. Suicide.
* Norman Whitfield, 67. Motown songwriter, producer (I Heard It Through the Grapevine.) Sept. 16.
* Paul Newman, 83. Oscar-winning actor/philanthropist who never lost the heartthrob cool of his anti-hero performances. Longtime Westport resident died Sept. 26.
* Joerg Haider, 58. Made his rightist party into powerful force in Austria. Oct. 11. Vehicular accident.
* Levi Stubbs, 72. Dynamic Four Tops frontman (Baby I Need Your Loving.) Oct. 17.
* George Keller, 84. Oversaw 1984 formation of energy giant Chevron. Oct. 17.
* Mr. Blackwell, 86. Designer whose worst-dressed list skewered fashion felonies. Oct. 19.
* Studs Terkel, 96. Broadcaster, Pulitzer-winning author; celebrated the common people. Oct. 31.
* Yma Sumac, 86. Peruvian soprano whose stunning range wowed audiences in 1950s. Nov. 1.
* Madelyn Payne Dunham, 86. Barack Obama's grandmother, who helped raise him. Nov. 2.
* Steve Fossett, 63. Millionaire adventurer who vanished during 2007 flight. His death confirmed Nov. 3.
* Michael Crichton, 66. Author whose books became blockbuster films (Jurassic Park.) Nov. 4.
* Miriam Makeba, 76. South African singer who wooed the world with her sultry voice. Nov. 10.
* Cecil Underwood, 86. Elected West Virginia governor in 1956 -- and again in 1996. Nov. 24.
* William Gibson, 94. Playwright; dramatized Helen Keller's story in The Miracle Worker. Nov. 25.
* Edna Parker, 115. World's oldest person. Nov. 26.
* The Rev. George M. Docherty, 97. His 1954 sermon got under God into Pledge of Allegiance. Nov. 27.
* Odetta, 77. Folk singer with powerful voice who inspired civil rights marchers. Dec. 2.
* Forrest J Ackerman, 92. Editor and literary agent; credited with coining term sci-fi. Dec. 4.
* Patriarch Alexy II. 79. Russian Orthodox Church head; oversaw post-Soviet era's religious revival. Dec. 5.
* Sunny von Bulow, 76. Comatose heiress; husband was acquitted of attempted murder. Dec. 6.
* Bettie Page, 85. Beauty who daringly bared it all in the straitlaced '50s. Dec. 11.
* Van Johnson, 92. Boy-next-door Hollywood star (30 Seconds Over Tokyo.) Dec. 12.
* W. Mark Felt, 95. The former FBI second-in-command who revealed himself as Deep Throat 30 years after he tipped off reporters to the Watergate scandal that toppled a president. Dec. 18.
* Robert Mulligan, 83. The Academy Award-nominated director of To Kill a Mockingbird. Mulligan died Dec. 20 at his home in Lyme, Conn.
* Eartha Kitt, 81. A sultry singer, dancer and actress who rose from South Carolina cotton fields to become a symbol of elegance and sensuality. The Weston resident died on Dec. 25.
* Harold Pinter, 78. British playwright whose distinctive contribution to the stage was recognized with the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2005. Dec. 25.
Excellent work, Cliffy! It's always amazing when I read these end-of-the-year necrologies the names of those I didn't realized had passed away.
We could have probably done without listing the child molester who died in January.
Without the EVIL of the world, how are we to recognise the GOOD?
|Posted by: Teresa on 2008-12-28
what a loss for everyone . .
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