A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life

A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life
I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Friday, December 30, 2005

Those We Lost in 2005

By Polly Anderson
Associated Press


Will Eisner, 87. Artist who revolutionized comic books (The Spirit), helped pioneer the graphic novel. Jan. 3.

Rosemary Kennedy, 86. Mentally disabled sister of assassinated U.S. president John F. Kennedy; inspiration for the Special Olympics. Jan. 7.

Virginia Mayo, 84. Versatile Hollywood star of 1940s and '50s (White Heat, The Best Years of Our Lives). Jan. 17.

Walter B. Wriston, 85. Citicorp chairman; oversaw development of ATMs, growth of credit card lending. Jan. 19.

Rose Mary Woods, 87. President Richard Nixon's secretary who said she inadvertently erased part of the Watergate tape that had an 18 1/2-minute gap. Jan. 22.

Johnny Carson, 79. Quick-witted Tonight Show host. Jan. 23.

Philip Johnson, 98. Architect who promoted the "glass box" skyscraper, then smashed the mould with daring postmodernist designs. Jan. 25.


Max Schmeling, 99. German heavyweight whose bouts against Joe Louis set off a propaganda war. Feb. 2.

Ossie Davis, 87. Actor and civil rights activist; his rich baritone and elegant bearing graced stage and screen. Feb. 4.

George Herman, 85. CBS political reporter; longest-serving moderator of Face the Nation. Feb. 8.

Arthur Miller, 89. One of the greatest playwrights of the 20th century, who gave the world Death of a Salesman and married Marilyn Monroe. Feb. 10.

Sister Lucia Marto, 97. One of three children who claimed to have seen the Virgin Mary in 1917 in the Portuguese town of Fatima. Feb. 13.

Rafik Hariri, 60. Tycoon who led the rebuilding of Lebanon as its prime minister. Feb. 14. Bombing in Beirut.

Sandra Dee, 62. Teen-queen actress (Gidget); married Bobby Darin. Feb. 20. Complications of kidney disease.

Hunter S. Thompson, 67. Acerbic counterculture writer (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas). Feb. 20. Suicide.

Jef Raskin, 61. Conceived Apple's Macintosh computer. Feb. 26.


Hans Bethe, 98. Won Nobel for figuring out how stars generate energy. March 6.

Teresa Wright, 86. Sweet-faced, Oscar-winning actress (Mrs. Miniver, The Best Years of Our Lives). March 6.

George F. Kennan, 101. Diplomat, Pulitzer-winning historian; gave the name "containment" to Cold War policy. March 17.

John DeLorean, 80. Automotive innovator. March 19.

Bobby Short, 80. Suave cabaret singer; epitomized Manhattan sophistication. March 21.

Johnnie L. Cochran Jr., 67. Became legal superstar during O.J. Simpson trial; "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit." March 29.

Frank Perdue, 84. Folksy CEO whose commercials proclaimed "it takes a tough man to make a tender chicken." March 31.

Terri Schiavo, 41. Brain-damaged woman whose case became a U.S. controversy. March 31.


Pope John Paul II, 84. Helped topple communism in Europe and left a deeply conservative stamp on the church he led for 26 years. April 2.

Saul Bellow, 89. Nobel-winning author of Herzog, Humboldt's Gift. April 5.

Dale Messick, 98. She created long-running comic strip Brenda Starr, Reporter. April 5.

Prince Rainier III, 81. His fairy-tale marriage to Grace Kelly brought Hollywood glamour to Monaco. April 6.

Zhang Chunqiao, 88. One of the Gang of Four that terrorized China during the Cultural Revolution. April 21.

Sir John Mills, 97. Oscar-winner for Ryan's Daughter; Hayley's father. April 23.

Ezer Weizman, 80. Former Israeli president; helped bring about first peace treaty with an Arab country. April 24.

Maria Schell, 79. Leading actress of German-speaking films; sister of Maximilian Schell. April 26.


Kenneth B. Clark, 90. Psychologist who influenced U.S. Supreme Court decision banning school segregation. May 1.

Peter W. Rodino Jr., 95. Twenty-term New Jersey congressman; led House impeachment investigation of Nixon. May 7.

Ismail Merchant, 68. With partner James Ivory, produced intelligent film dramas (The Remains of the Day). May 25.

Eddie Albert, 99. Actor; the befuddled city slicker-turned-farmer on Green Acres. May 26.


Anne Bancroft, 73. Won 1962 Oscar as Helen Keller's teacher in The Miracle Worker; achieved even greater fame in The Graduate. June 6.

Jack Kilby, 81. Nobel laureate whose 1958 invention of the integrated circuit opened the way for microchips, the brains of computers, electronic gadgets. June 20.

Cardinal Jaime Sin, 76. One of Asia's top religious leaders, aided the "people power" revolts that ousted two Philippine presidents. June 21.

Shelby Foote, 88. Brought southern storyteller's touch to his multivolume work on the Civil War, and landmark PBS series. June 27.


Luther Vandross, 54. Grammy winner with lush voice on such hits as Here and Now, the bittersweet Dance With My Father. July 1. Stroke.

Gaylord Nelson, 89. Former Wisconsin governor and senator; founded Earth Day. July 3.

Hank Stram, 82. Football coach; took Kansas City Chiefs to two Super Bowls. July 4.

Sir Edward Heath, 89. Prime minister who led England into the European Union. July 17.

Retired Gen. William Westmoreland, 91. Commanded American troops in Vietnam. July 18.

James Doohan, 85. As Star Trek chief engineer, he responded to the command "Beam me up, Scotty." July 20.

Sir Richard Doll, 92. British scientist who first established link between smoking, lung cancer. July 24.

John Garang, 60. Longtime Sudanese rebel who had recently been sworn in as the country's No. 2 leader. July 30. Helicopter crash.


Saudi Arabia's King Fahd, 84. He sought to modernize his kingdom while balancing change against orthodox Islam. Aug. 1.

Robin Cook, 59. British foreign secretary; quit Tony Blair's Cabinet in 2003 to protest Iraq war. Aug. 6.

Peter Jennings, 67. Longtime ABC News anchor, part of a triumvirate that dominated network news for two decades. Aug. 7.

John H. Johnson, 87. Publisher whose Ebony, Jet magazines countered stereotypical coverage of blacks. Aug. 8.

Barbara Bel Geddes, 82. Oscar-nominated actress (I Remember Mama); Miss Ellie Ewing in Dallas. Aug. 8.

David Lange, 63. New Zealand prime minister whose anti-nuclear policy strained relations with U.S. Aug. 13.

Vassar Clements, 77. Nashville fiddle virtuoso, A-list studio musician. Aug. 16.

Robert A. Moog, 71. His synthesizers revolutionized music in the 1960s. Aug. 21.

Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper, age 115 years, two months and one day. Dutchwoman listed as world's oldest person. Aug. 30.

Joseph Rotblat, 96. Won Nobel Peace Prize for efforts against atomic weapons. Aug. 31.


Bob Denver, 70. Bumbling namesake of Gilligan's Island who delighted generations of TV fans. Sept. 2.

Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, 80. In 33 years on the U.S. high court, he oversaw its conservative shift and presided over President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial. Sept. 3.

Clarence (Gatemouth) Brown, 81. Singer and guitarist, playing blues, country, jazz and Cajun music. Sept. 10.

Chris Schenkel, 82. Sportscaster whose easygoing baritone won fans during a more than six-decade broadcasting career. Sept. 11.

Robert Wise, 91. Won four Oscars as producer and director of West Side Story, The Sound of Music. Sept. 14.

Simon Wiesenthal, 96. Holocaust survivor who helped track down Nazi criminals; fought prejudice. Sept. 20.

Don Adams, 82. The fumbling secret agent Maxwell Smart in TV's Bond spoof Get Smart. Sept. 25.


August Wilson, 60. Playwright whose 10-play cycle on the black experience included such landmark dramas as Fences, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. Oct. 2. Liver cancer.

Milton Obote, 80. Two-time president of Uganda; initial term ended with a coup led by Idi Amin, second term was best known for its harsh repression. Oct. 10.

Elmer (Len) Dresslar Jr., 80. The booming voice of the Jolly Green Giant. Oct. 16.

Shirley Horn, 71. Jazz pianist and vocalist; revered as master interpreter of American standards. Oct. 20.

Rosa Parks, 92. Her refusal to give up her bus seat to a white man sparked the modern civil rights movement. Oct. 24.


Skitch Henderson, 87. Began a television tradition as first bandleader of The Tonight Show. Nov. 1.

John Fowles, 79. British author (The Collector, The French Lieutenant's Woman). Nov. 5.

Link Wray, 76. Guitar innovator; inspired such legends as Bruce Springsteen, Pete Townshend. Nov. 5.

K.R. Narayanan, 85. First "untouchable" to become president of India. Nov. 9.

Peter F. Drucker, 95. His books stressing innovation, entrepreneurship deeply influenced world of business. Nov. 11.

Ralph Edwards, 92. Broadcasting pioneer who spotlighted stars and ordinary people as host of the popular show This Is Your Life. Nov. 16.

Pat Morita, 73. Nominated for Oscar for role as the wise martial-arts teacher in The Karate Kid. Nov. 24.

George Best, 59. One of the most dazzling players in soccer history. Nov. 25. Alcohol abuse.


Eugene McCarthy, 89. Former Minnesota senator whose antiwar campaign toppled Lyndon Johnson in 1968. Dec. 10.

Richard Pryor, 65. Actor-comedian whose profanely personal insights into race relations made him one of Hollywood's biggest stars. Dec. 10.

John Spencer, 58. Actor played Leo McGarry on hit television drama The West Wing. Dec. 16.

Vincent Schiavelli, 57. Character actor appeared in scores of movies, including One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Ghost. Dec. 26.

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