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Obituaries

"Obituaries" Continued...

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

February

Claude Brown (Feb. 2), 64, writer who described his experiences growing up poor in Harlem alongside drug dealers, murderers, and prostitutes in his 1965 bestseller Manchild in the Promised Land, now required reading in many high schools and colleges.
Robert L. Chapman (Feb. 2), 81, Drew University scholar and English professor who edited Roget's Thesaurus.
Graham Guilford Haddock Jr. (Feb. 6), 84, Higgins Industries worker whose tinkering with a cigar box led to the design for the Higgins boats that carried Allied troops ashore in the 1944 invasion of Normandy and other beach assaults.
Albert R. Paris (Feb. 7), 75, the Reading, Pa., policeman whose flamboyant, dancing style while directing traffic brought him national attention on TV's Candid Camera.
William Dillard (Feb. 8), 87, retailer who opened his first department store, Dillard's, at the peak of the Depression and led the chain to become the third largest in the country.
Princess Margaret (Feb. 9), 71, free-spirited unconventional younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II of England who sparked a royal scandal in the 1950s when she nearly married a divorced man.
John Erickson (Feb. 10), 72, Edinburgh scholar who wrote definitive books on the Soviet Union and the Red Army, including The Road to Stalingrad (1975).
Traudl Junge (Feb. 10), 81, an Adolf Hitler secretary who took his last will and testament.
Vernon Walters (Feb. 10), 85, army general, linguistically gifted aide to seven presidents, and U.S. ambassador to the UN and Germany.
Frank Crosetti (Feb. 11), 91, unyielding shortstop great for the New York Yankees for 17 seasons in the 1930s and '40s, including eight World Series championships, and third-base coach for 20 more years.
Victor Posner (Feb. 11), 83, corporate raider who once owned Arby's and Royal Crown Cola but was fingered by the feds in a fraudulent takeover scheme involving shady investment tycoons Michael Milken and Ivan Boesky.
Waylon Jennings (Feb. 13), 64, country musician who recorded 60 albums and boasted 16 No. 1 hits, including "Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys" and "I'm a Ramblin' Man."
Norman Davidson (Feb. 14), 85, scientist and National Medal of Science winner whose work in molecular biology paved the way for the mapping of the human genome.
Howard K. Smith (Feb. 15), 87, broadcast news veteran who covered WWII, the Nuremberg trials, the Cold War, and the civil-rights protests of the 1960s for CBS; co-anchored The ABC Evening News 1969-75.
John W. Gardner (Feb. 16), 89, creator of Medicare as secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare under President Johnson. He also founded Common Cause, the liberal grassroots organization.
John W. Alexander (Feb. 18), 83, Wisconsin geography professor who left academia to lead InterVarsity Christian Fellowship 1965-81. During his tenure, IV's student membership increased from 9,000 to 31,000 on 825 campuses.
Stephen Longstreet (Feb. 20), 94, screenwriter and author of more than 100 fiction and nonfiction books; best known for chronicling the colorful world of jazz during the 20th century.
Daniel Pearl (Feb. 21), 38, Wall Street Journal reporter murdered by captors who kidnapped him in Pakistan.
Chuck Jones (Feb. 22), 89, animator of such classic cartoon characters as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, and Elmer Fudd; he spent 30 of his 70 years as an animator at Warner Bros., bringing to life the Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies series.
Jonas Savimbi (Feb. 22), 67, charismatic Angola UNITA rebel backed by the United States as a Cold War ally but later abandoned as a pariah when he refused to end his country's devastating civil war.
Gordon Matthews (Feb. 23), 65, the inventor of voice mail.
Herbert Houck (Feb. 24), 86, World War II Navy flying ace who led the assault that sank the Japanese battleship Yamato during the campaign for Okinawa.
Mary Stuart (Feb. 28), 76, the central character on the long-running soap opera Search for Tomorrow and Meta Bauer on The Guiding Light.

March

John A. Blume (March 1), 92, internationally acclaimed structural engineer known for his advancements in earthquake-safe designs.
William Berg (March 2), 84, a Walt Disney Studios artist known for his Donald Duck cartoons and "Scamp" comic strip.
Harlan Howard (March 3), 74, country-music composer who wrote more than 100 Top 10 hits, including "Busted" and "I Fall to Pieces."
Tony Gonzales (March 4), 72, the masked bad-guy professional wrestler known in the ring as "The Mysterious Medic."
William Nagle (March 5), 54, a former Special Forces soldier who came home from Vietnam, wrote the novel The Odd Angry Shot, and went on to direct many films, plays and television shows, including the acclaimed 1986 World War II film Death of a Soldier.
Mati Klarwein (March 6), 70, the surrealist painter who designed psychedelic album covers for rock bands and jazz musicians, including Santana, Miles Davis, and Earth Wind and Fire.
Shelley Mydans (March 7), 86, journalist who, with her photographer husband Carl, covered World War II in Asia for Life magazine. They spent almost two years in a Japanese POW camp, chronicled in her novel The Open City.
Don Odle (March 7), Taylor University's basketball coach for 32 years and coach of Taiwan's national team at the 1960 Olympics. A pioneer in Christian sports evangelism, Odle founded the globe-circling basketball missionary group Venture for Victory in 1952.
James Tobin (March 11), 84, influential Yale economist and author who advised President Kennedy to cut taxes (a move that sparked the economic boom of the 1960s) and who won the 1981 Nobel Prize in economics.
Spyros Kyprianou (March 12), 69, president of Cyprus for 11 years until 1988, a leader of hard-line Greek Cypriots opposed to the war-divided island's breakaway Turkish state.
"Fast Eddie" Watkins (March 13), 82, notorious Cleveland-based bank robber who claimed to have taken $1.5 million in 55 holdups from coast to coast and spent more than 50 years behind bars, escaping numerous times. He was released in 1995.
Dean Bumpus (March 14), 89, oceanographer who tossed tens of thousands of bottles into the Atlantic Ocean to analyze its currents. Each bottle contained a number and a note asking the finder to send him a postcard indicating when and where the bottle was discovered. About 10 percent were returned.
A.L. Barry (March 15), 69, conservative president since 1962 of the 2.6-million-member Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.
William Scholl (March 15), 81, British footwear designer who in the 1970s introduced Dr. Scholl's, the popular wooden sandals worn by millions of women, named after his family's foot-care business.
Sylvester "Pat" Weaver (March 15), 93, a former NBC head who in the early 1950s helped invent modern TV programming; he created the Today and Tonight shows and developed the concept of prime-time specials.
Don Carney (March 16), 79, TV sports producer and director responsible for the first instant replay in a baseball telecast.
Paul Runyan (March 17), 93, the two-time PGA champion known as "Little Poison" for beating the biggest names in golf with his crafty short game, making every putt.
Van Tien Dung (March 17), 84, communist revolutionary and Hanoi's military chief of staff who commanded the North Vietnamese forces that captured Saigon in the final act of the Vietnam War.
Alonzo G. Decker Jr. (March 18), 94, who turned Black & Decker into an industrial giant by marketing power tools for home use.
Maud Farris-Luse (March 18), 115, the Michigan woman recognized last year by the Guinness World Records book as the world's oldest living person.
Carl McIntire (March 19), 95, long-time pastor of Collingswood (N.J.) Presbyterian Church and a self-styled "fighting fundamentalist" and leader of separatist churches who aired his anti-communist, anti-liberal Twentieth-Century Reformation Hour on hundreds of radio stations in the 1950s and 1960s.
James F. Blake (March 21), 89, the Montgomery bus driver who ordered Rosa Parks to give up her seat to a white passenger and had her arrested when she refused.
Abdullah bin Laden (March 21), 75, patriarch of the wealthy Saudi family and estranged uncle of suspected terrorist Osama bin Laden.
Herman Talmadge (March 21), 88, Democratic politician who served as governor of Georgia and four terms as a U.S. senator. He went from staunch segregationist in the 1950s to a moderate who drew strong support from Georgia's poor African-American population two decades later.
Benjamin Smith Sr. (March 22), 87, pastor of Philadelphia's largest black church (Deliverance Evangelistic [Pentecostal] Church, with more than 6,000 members); he was a strong theological and social conservative who stirred the city's conscience.
Tom Economus (March 23), 46, former Catholic altarboy who was abused by clergy and became an advocate for other victims. His group, The Linkup, tracks abuse cases and assists in lawsuits.
Dorothy DeLay (March 24), 84, internationally known Juilliard violin teacher whose students included Itzhak Perlman, Midori, and Sarah Chang. She was the first woman and the first American-born master violin teacher.
Milton Berle (March 27), 93, Emmy Award-winning actor and TV show host/comedian who earned the nickname "Mr. Television."
Dudley Moore (March 27), 66, British comic actor who pined for "perfect woman" Bo Derek in 10 and, as a forlorn rich drunk, fell for Liza Minelli in Arthur.
Elizabeth [Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon] (March 30), 101, Britain's Queen Mother, arguably the most popular member of England's royal family. She became queen of England in 1936 when her husband, George VI, ascended to the throne. Older Britons remember her as the queen who endured the German blitz with them and visited their shattered homes.

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