Joseph Reina Jr. kissed the belly of his pregnant wife, Lisa, before he left for work in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11. His infant son, Joseph, was born fatherless on Oct. 4. Denise Esposito always told her husband, New York City fireman Michael, to be careful. "Don't worry, I'm in God's hands," he would assure her. Those words comfort the young widow. Max Beilke, drafted in the Korean War, survived Vietnam and was the last American combat soldier to leave. His sister remembered seeing him on TV in 1973: "We knew he'd soon be home safely." The retired master sergeant died when terrorists brought war to the Pentagon. A year ago Christmas, the Twin Towers stood on what is now known as "Ground Zero." About 3,300 died on America's 9/11 day. Many others unexpectedly left this world in 2001, and on the pages that follow we remember a few as a reminder that man knows not his time. JANUARYRay Walston William P. Rogers Marty Glickman Robert Kerr Les Brown John G. Schmitz William R. Hewlett Laurent Kabila Leonard Woodcock Gregory Corso Tommie Agee Roy T. Brown Frank E. Toscani Al McGuire Johnnie Johnson Michel Navratil
FEBRUARYJ.J. Johnson Dale Evans Anne Morrow Lindbergh Arlene Eisenberg Rousas John Rushdoony Abraham D. Beame Boris Goldovsky Great Alzana William H. Masters Richard Wurmbrand Roger Caras Dale Earnhardt Stanley Kramer Rosemary DeCamp Anthony Giacalone Claude Shannon Stan Margulies George W. Wheelwright III
MARCHJohn Painter Henry Wade Glenn Hughes Fred Lasswell James A. Rhodes Harold E. Stassen Leopold "Paul" Page James D. St. Clair Morton Downey Jr. Robert Ludlum John Phillips Adolph Levis William Hanna Rowland Evans David McTaggart Helge Ingstad
APRILTheodore "Ted" McCarty Ed Roth John B. Oakes Danny Gaither Kimberly Fuller Willie Stargell Robert Aurand Moon Harvey R. Ball Alfred Moen Meldrim Thomson Leon Sullivan
MAYJames E. Myers Hartzell Spence Perry Como Alexei A. Tupolev E. Brandt Gustavson Tad Szulc Whitman Mayo Lloyd Shearer Victor K. Kiam II Rep. Joe Moakley Richard Leach Charley Pell Arlene Francis
JUNEBirendra Hank Ketcham Imogene Coca Gene Woodling Anthony Quinn John Hartford John McKay Timothy McVeigh Sam Jethroe Carroll O'Connor John Lee Hooker Jack Lemmon Mortimer Adler Chet Atkins
Obituaries for July to December are here.