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Culture | Notable deaths in 2002

Issue: "Year in Review 2002," Dec. 28, 2002

January

Alfred Henry "Freddy" Heineken (Jan. 3), 78, Dutch brewer who helped make his namesake beer one of the world's most popular brands.
Antonio Todde (Jan. 4), 112, an Italian shepherd listed by the Guinness Book of Records as the world's oldest man.
Forrest Boyd (Jan. 5), 80, veteran newscaster and analyst who set a national standard for excellence in both secular and religious radio news reporting.
Burton Edelson (Jan. 6), 75, satellite expert and NASA official who directed the Hubble Space Telescope project.
Edith Olivia Washington Johnson (Jan. 6), 77, college administrator and granddaughter of African-American educator and leader Booker T. Washington. Scientist George Washington Carver was her godfather.
Robert Lamphere (Jan. 7), 83, FBI counterintelligence agent who oversaw high-profile Cold War espionage investigations, including those of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, Klaus Fuchs, and Kim Philby.
Dave Thomas (Jan. 8), 69, whose homespun humorous hamburger TV ads helped grow his Wendy's fast-food chain into international business prominence. In his motivational speeches and writings he emphasized family values and adoption-and, in a low-key way, faith.
John Buscema (Jan. 10), 74, Marvel comic book artist who drew Conan the Barbarian, the Silver Surfer, and others.
W.A. Criswell (Jan. 10), 92, one of the best-known and most-influential preachers in the Southern Baptist Convention; he served as pastor at First Baptist Church in downtown Dallas for more than 50 years, and in the late 1970s and early 1980s helped conservatives take the reins of power and change in the SBC.
Cyrus Vance (Jan. 12), 84, lawyer who served in defense posts under presidents Kennedy and Johnson, as U.S. negotiator to the Paris Peace Conference on the Vietnam War (1968-69), and as secretary of state under President Carter.
Gregorio Fuentes (Jan. 13), 104, the fisherman who worked as Ernest Hemingway's captain and cook during the author's nearly 30 years in Cuba and is widely believed to be the title character in The Old Man and the Sea.
Reggie Montgomery (Jan. 13), 54, the first African-American clown to perform with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
Lord Michael Young (Jan. 14), 86, a key architect of Britain's modern welfare state. Ernest Gordon (Jan. 16), 85, Scotland-born Princeton chaplain emeritus who found God in the squalor and suffering of Japanese POW labor camps and chronicled his experiences in Miracle on the River Kwai. He founded CREED (Christian Rescue Effort for the Emancipation of Dissidents) in 1980 and through it made a major impact on U.S.-Soviet relations regarding religious persecution and religious freedom.
Harvey Matusow (Jan. 17), 75, informer who named more than 200 people as communists or communist sympathizers in the 1950s; he later recanted the accusations in his 1955 book False Witness, and served nearly four years in prison for perjury.
Robert M. Joyce Jr. (Jan. 19), 86, Dupont chemist who led the team that developed the non-stick coating Teflon.
Peggy Lee [born Norma Deloris Egstrom] (Jan. 21), 81, jazz-pop singer, songwriter, and actress whose smooth, sultry voice defined the genre.
Stanley Marcus (Jan. 22), 96, long-time president and chairman of the board of luxury retailer Neiman Marcus.
Jack Shea (Jan. 22), 91, gold medal-winning speedskater and patriarch of the nation's first family with three generations of Olympians.
Bernard Price (Jan. 24), 86, one of a small number of Harlem Globetrotter players honored by the team with Legends status. He scored more than 3,000 points during the 1941-42 season alone, helping to defeat some of the top NBA teams.
Robert L. Webb (Jan. 25), 75, a chemist who developed a process in the 1950s to transform turpentine from pine needles into flavors and fragrances used in toothpaste, mouthwash, vitamin pills, candies, perfumes, soap, and other products worldwide.
David W. Barry (Jan. 28), 58, medical scientist who co-discovered AZT, the antiviral drug considered the first effective treatment for AIDS.
Astrid Lindgren (Jan. 28), 94, Swedish children's writer of more than 100 works translated into dozens of languages. Her most popular character, cherished by youngsters around the world for decades, was freckled Pippi Longstocking, with her unmistakable braided hair and mismatched stockings.
Dick (Night Train) Lane (Jan. 29), 73, former soldier who left his job at an airplane plant to try out with the L.A. Rams in 1952, becoming one of the best defensive cornerbacks in NFL history; his record of 14 interceptions that rookie season still stands.
Joshua Miner (Jan. 29), 81, educator who introduced Outward Bound to the United States in 1961; 80 students enrolled in the first outdoors course, but 600,000 have participated since.
Inge Morath (Jan. 30), 78, portrait and feature-news photographer who frequently collaborated with her playwright husband, Arthur Miller, on book projects (she provided the pictures, he the prose), including In Russia (1969) and In the Country (1977).
Francis "Gabby" Gabreski (Jan. 31), 83, known for many years as "America's greatest living ace" for shooting down a record 31 enemy planes in World War II and six more in the Korean War.

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