Man knows not his time

"Man knows not his time" Continued...

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


  • Walter Matthau (July 1), 79, perpetually rumpled veteran movie actor, known mainly for his comic roles. He first appeared on Broadway in 1948.
  • B. Clayton Bell (July 4), 67, retired long-time pastor of 5,000-member Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas and renewalist in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He died hours after a July 4 celebration at the North Carolina home of his brother-in-law, Billy Graham.
  • Robert Runcie (July 12), 78, Archbishop of Canterbury 1979-1991. Alice Lord-Landon (July 13), 98, a pioneer in women's swimming, member of the first women's Olympic swimming team in 1920, and a one-time world record holder in the 400-meter freestyle.
  • Raymond Portwood Jr. (July 17), 66, co-creator of the popular children's geography- and history-teaching computer game, Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?
  • Paul Coverdell (July 18), 61, highly respected Republican senator from Georgia and proponent of tax-free accounts that parents could use to pay for their children's education.
  • Eyvind Earle (July 20), 84, who painted the backgrounds for Sleeping Beauty, Lady and the Tramp, and other classic Disney films.
  • Billie Cheney Speed (July 22), 73, a pioneering female sports writer in the 1940s and religion editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for 24 years.
  • Oscar Shumsky (July 25), 83, brilliant violinist who trained generations of successful younger artists.
  • Rene Favaloro (July 29), 77, Argentina-born surgeon who pioneered the coronary bypass surgical procedure (in 1967 at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio), an operation routinely performed on millions of people each year.
  • Bertha Holt (July 31), 96, co-founder with her husband, Harry, of what has become the world's largest international adoption agency (Holt International) with programs in 10 countries.


  • Alec Guinness (Aug. 5), 86, versatile British stage, TV, and film actor. He won an Academy Award for his work in the 1957 film, The Bridge on the River Kwai.
  • Thomas A. Foran (Aug. 6), 76, the chief federal prosecutor who won convictions against the "Chicago Seven" anti- Vietnam War activists.
  • Sabina Wurmbrand (Aug. 12), 87, a Romanian refugee and Jewish convert to Christianity who with her late husband, Richard, founded a ministry aimed at helping Christians in communist-controlled Eastern Europe.
  • Robert Gilruth (Aug. 17), 86, NASA scientist who pioneered manned space flight in the Mercury and Apollo space programs.
  • Harry Oppenheimer (Aug. 19), 91, head of the DeBeers diamond empire and powerful foe of apartheid in his native South Africa.
  • Andy Hug (Aug. 24), 35, world kickboxing champion; leukemia.
  • Carl Barks (Aug. 25), 99, artist who created Scrooge McDuck, Gladstone Gander, and other Disney characters, and illustrated scores of Donald Duck comic books.
  • Jack Nitzsche (Aug. 25), 63, Classic Rock composer with the Rolling Stones and others, and Oscar winner for his theme song to the 1982 film, An Officer and a Gentleman.
  • Ginetta Sagan (Aug. 25), 75, founder of the American branch of Amnesty International.
  • David M. Haskell (Aug. 30), 52, actor who starred in stage and film versions of Godspell.
  • Rudolph Wendelin (Aug. 31), 90, artist who drew and painted "Smokey Bear" for more than 40 years for the U.S. Forest Service.


  • Jean Speegle Howard (Sept. 2), 72, TV and film actress (Apollo 13 and Cocoon).
  • Curt Siodmak (Sept. 2), 98, sci-fi and suspense author, screenwriter (Donovan's Brain), and creator of The Wolf Man.
  • George Musso (Sept. 5), 90, NFL Hall of Fame football star who played for the Chicago Bears.
  • Ben Wicks (Sept. 10), 73, one of Canada's best-known syndicated cartoonists.
  • Carl Thomas Rowan (Sept. 23), 75, a well-known broadcast commentator and syndicated columnist, once known as America's "most visible black journalist."
  • Wilbur F. Pell Jr. (Sept. 25), 84, the federal appeals court judge who wrote the decision overturning the convictions of the "Chicago Seven" anti-Vietnam War activists.
  • Frank Wills (Sept. 27), 52, Watergate security guard who stumbled upon the 1972 break-in that led to President Nixon's downfall.
  • Pierre Trudeau (Sept. 28), 80, prime minister of Canada 1968-79. The flamboyant Quebecer thwarted his home province's independence movement.


  • Sidney Yates (Oct. 5), 91, Chicago congressman who led the fight to establish the National Endowment for the Arts.
  • William P. Bundy (Oct. 6), 83, an architect of the United States' involvement in the Vietnam War and an adviser to Presidents Johnson and Kennedy.
  • Richard Farnsworth (Oct. 6), 80, award-winning Hollywood stuntman and actor (The Straight Story).
  • David Dukes (Oct. 9), 55, TV and movie actor, who died while filming the Stephen King miniseries Rose Red near Tacoma, Wash.
  • Sirimavo Bandaranaike (Oct. 10), 80, socialist prime minister of Sri Lanka elected to office in 1960. She was the world's first woman prime minister.
  • Jean Peters (Oct. 13), 73, actress who appeared in films with Marlon Brando and Spencer Tracy before marrying eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes.
  • Gus Hall (Oct. 13), 90, the Communist Party USA boss, who toiled for the party for 74 years, followed orders from Moscow to the end, and bitterly lamented the fall of communism in Eastern Europe. "I did what I believe in. I believe socialism is inevitable," he said in a 1992 interview. "Life cannot go on forever without that step [socialism], and setbacks don't change it."
  • Mel Carnahan (Oct. 16), 66, second-term Missouri governor and Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, killed with his son and an adviser in a plane crash during the election campaign. Missourians voted for him anyway, and the governor who succeeded him unlawfully appointed his widow to the Senate, without much protest from local Republicans.
  • Rick Jason (Oct. 16), 74, who played the tough World War II platoon leader Lt. Gil Hanley in the 1960s television series Combat!
  • Julie London (Oct. 18), 74, actress and chart-topping torch singer (Cry Me a River), best remembered by TV viewers as "Dixie McCall" on Emergency!
  • David Golub (Oct. 19), 50, renowned American pianist and chamber music conductor.
  • Steve Allen (Oct. 30), 78, comedian, songwriter, author, actor, and entertainer who pioneered talk radio and the TV talk show, and who created (and hosted) The Tonight Show in the 1950s. His Steve Allen Show (1956-64) inspired a generation of TV comedians, and he later fought the media indecency that some of his successors relished.
  • Ring Lardner Jr. (Oct. 31), 85, Oscar winner for the script for M*A*S*H, and the last survivor of a group of left-wing writers and producers known as "The Hollywood 10" who were blacklisted and imprisoned for defying the House Committee on Un-American Activities.


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