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Man knows not his time

Deaths in 1997

Issue: "Year in Review 1997," Dec. 27, 1997

Wilbert Awdry, Anglican minister and creator of the popular Thomas the Tank Engine stories for children. Age 85. Isaiah Berlin, Oxford University philosopher. Age 88. William J. Brennan, retired Supreme Court justice considered one of the most influential judicial activists in America's history. Age 91. Jacques Cousteau, famous oceanographer. John Denver, singer and environmental activist. Age 53. Plane crash. Diana, Princess of Wales. Age 36. Auto accident. Jeane Dixon, rarely-correct-but never-in-doubt astrologer. Allen Ginsberg, beat poet. Roberto C. Goizueta, who fled Communist Cuba and became a chief of the Coca-Cola Co. Age 65. Lung cancer. Ben Hogan, perhaps the best golfer ever. Bob Jones Jr., fundamentalist leader and chancellor of Bob Jones University. Age 86. Cancer. Charles Kuralt, former CBS correspondent, most well known for his roaming commentary On the Road with ... James A. Michener, best-selling novelist. Age 90. Kidney failure. Robert Mitchum, actor. Age 79. Emphysema, cancer. Mother Teresa, the Roman Catholic nun revered for her ministry to the poor. Age 87. Rich Mullins, Christian singer. Age 42. Auto accident. Pat Paulsen, comedian who ran satirical campaigns for the White House. Age 69. Cancer. Mobutu Sese Seko, Zairian strongman overthrown in 1997 after nearly 32 years of rule. Age 66. Prostate cancer. Red Skelton, TV and film clown-comedian. Age 84. Georg Solti, Grammy-winning Chicago Symphony conductor. James Stewart, actor. Age 89. Blood clot on his lung. Gianni Versace, Italian fashion designer who dressed celebrities. Age 50. Murder. Gikita Waewaw, leader of the Auca Indian warriors who killed missionary Jim Elliot and four others in Ecuador in 1956. Gikita later became a Christian and looked forward to meeting his missionary brothers in heaven. "I will just wrap my arms around them.... We will live together in peace." Approx. age 80. John Wimber, founder of the International Association of Vineyard Chuches. Age 63. Brain hemorrhage.

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Nick Eicher
Nick Eicher

Nick lives in St. Louis, loves the Blues (as in the NHL), is executive producer of WORLD Radio, and co-hosts WORLD's radio news magazine The World and Everything in It. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickEicher.

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