Man knows not his time

"Man knows not his time" Continued...

Issue: "Year in Review 2000," Dec. 30, 2000


  • Abe Yanofsky (March 5), 74, Canada's first chess grand master.
  • William Porter (March 10), 73, Olympic gold medal hurdler.
  • Ignatius Kung (March 12), 98, Roman Catholic cardinal who spent 30 years in prison in China for defying Communist attempts to control Catholics through a state-run church.
  • Matthew "Mack" Robinson (March 12), 85, Olympic 200-meter medalist and older brother of baseball great Jackie Robinson.
  • Thomas Wilson Ferebee (March 16), 81, the bombardier who dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.
  • Edward F. Knipling (March 17), 91, a National Medal of Science-winning researcher who developed pesticide-free ways of killing bugs.
  • Alex Comfort (March 26), 80, author of the 1972 Joy of Sex, a canonical text of the sexual revolution.


  • Tommaso Buscetta (April 2), 71, Mafia turncoat who helped convict hundreds of mobsters in Italy and the United States.
  • Lee Petty (April 5), 86, winner of the first Daytona 500 and patriarch of one of stock car racing's royal families, including son Richard and grandson Kyle.
  • Claire Trevor (April 8), 90, sensual-voiced actress who won an Academy Award for her 1948 performance as a boozy, broken torch singer in Key Largo.
  • Larry Linville (April 10), 60, actor best known as the hung-up Major Burns on the TV version of M*A*S*H.
  • Phillip Katz (April 14), 37, creator of the PKZIP file-compressing software program used by millions of PC users. He created the program at his mother's breakfast table as a hobby: "I didn't expect it to turn into a business."
  • David Merrick (April 25), 88, Broadway's most successful producer, whose flair for showmanship helped create such hits as Gypsy, Hello, Dolly!, and 42nd Street.
  • Herbert Wechsler (April 26), 90, influential Columbia Law School professor who successfully defended The New York Times in the landmark 1964 First Amendment case of New York Times vs. Sullivan.
  • William Boyle (April 30), 88, Long Island banker who pioneered the concept of the bank credit card, which shifted consumer credit away from department store credit issuers and led millions into temptation.


  • John O'Connor (May 3), 80, conservative Catholic archbishop of New York who was passionately and articulately opposed to abortion and homosexual practice. He also confounded liberal stereotypes with his active opposition to racism and anti-Semitism and support for the concerns of blue-collar laborers.
  • Greg Barnes (May 4), 17, Columbine High School basketball star who watched a friend and teacher die in the 1999 massacre at the school; suicide.
  • Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (May 7), 90, actor, war hero, and friend of royalty.
  • Adam Petty (May 12), 19, race car driver and youngest of the famed Petty auto-racing clan.
  • Donald Coggan (May 17), 90, middle-of-the-road evangelical leader of the world's Anglicans as Archbishop of Canterbury from 1974 to 1980.
  • Barbara Cartland (May 21), 98, British romantic fiction author who wrote 750 "clean" books with sales of more than one billion copies.
  • John Gielgud (May 22), 96, British actor widely lauded as one of the best of all time; no one did Hamlet better.
  • Maurice "Rocket" Richard (May 27), 78, first NHLer to score 50 goals in a season, led the Montreal Canadiens to five straight Stanley Cups (1956-60). He was honored in 1996 when the storied Montreal Forum was closed down to make way for the gleaming multipurpose amphitheater called the Molson Centre, where the mediocre Canadiens of today toil.
  • Donald W. Davies (May 28), 75, a computer scientist whose work in the 1960s on data transmission by "packet switching" contributed immensely to the development of the Internet.
  • Robert Casey (May 30), 68, two-term Democratic governor of Pennsylvania whose firm pro-life stands earned him the scorn of party leaders and excommunication at Democratic national conventions.
  • John Coolidge (May 31), 93, son of Calvin Coolidge who was the oldest living offspring of an American president.


  • William E. Simon (June 3), 72, a Wall Street multimillionaire, former government official, and philanthropist. He served as the Nixon administration's "energy czar" during the 1970s oil crisis and later became treasury secretary for Presidents Nixon and Ford. He gave away $80 million of what he earned to various causes and two years ago announced his intention to give away his entire $350 million fortune.
  • Frédéric Dard (June 6), 78, prolific Swiss detective novelist, whose characters include Paris police superintendent San Antonio.
  • Jeff MacNelly (June 8), 52, Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated cartoonist who was kind to visiting children and often poked fun at liberals and their causes. His cartoons appeared in WORLD.
  • Hafez al-Assad (June 10), 69, iron-fisted dictatorial president of Syria and torturer of opponents.
  • Marlin VanElderen (June 12), 54, Christian Reformed Church journalist from Grand Rapids, Mich., and editor of World Council of Churches publications in Geneva, Switzerland, since 1982.
  • Robert Trent Jones (June 14), 93, the reputed father of modern golf course design.
  • James Montgomery Boice (June 15), 61, Presbyterian pastor, broadcaster, and intellectual leader of evangelical Reformed causes.
  • Dowager Nagako (June 16), 97, the widow of Japan's Emperor Hirohito.
  • Nancy Marchand (June 18), 71, who played the scheming matriarch of a Mafia family on The Sopranos and the patrician publisher Mrs. Pynchon on television's Lou Grant.
  • Don Parker (June 21), 88, who invented a learn-to-read system (SRA Reading Laboratories) used by generations of children worldwide.
  • Jerome Richardson (June 23), 79, a saxophonist and flutist who was one of the most recorded musicians in the history of jazz.
  • Vera Atkins (June 25), 92, British spymaster who recruited, trained, and monitored secret agents who parachuted into Nazi-occupied France during World War II. She was the inspiration for "Miss Moneypenny" in the James Bond films.
  • Larry Kelley (June 27), 85, Heisman Trophy winner at Yale; suicide.


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