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"Obituaries" Continued...

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

June

Martin Burnham (June 7), 42, American missionary slain during a U.S.-Filipino attempt to rescue him from kidnappers. He died in the gun battle; his wife, Gracia, was freed.
Keith Fuller (June 7), 79, who as president of The Associated Press for nearly a decade guided the world's largest newsgathering organization into an age of stories and pictures transmitted by satellite instead of telephone and teletype.
John Gotti (June 10), 61, imprisoned mobster who headed the Gambino crime family 1985-92.
Bill Blass (June 12), 79, fashion designer and deft marketer of his name.
J. Carter Brown (June 17), 67, arts czar who oversaw the development of many monuments in Washington.
Jack Buck (June 18), 77, Hall of Fame broadcaster and beloved radio voice of the St. Louis Cardinals for almost 50 years.
Beverly Axelrod (June 19), 78, activist and lawyer whose clients included Black Panther leader Eldridge Cleaver and other militants of the 1960s and '70s.
Kenneth S. Kantzer (June 20), 85, towering figure on the evangelical theological scene for decades, most notably at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
Darryl Kile (June 22), 33, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher who died in his sleep just three days after pitching his team into first place in the National League's Central Division.
Ann Landers [Esther "Eppie" Lederer] (June 22), 83, syndicated columnist whose witty and frank advice reached about 90 million readers worldwide. She competed with her twin sister, Pauline, known as Dear Abby.
Jay Berwanger (June 26), 88, University of Chicago star halfback and first winner of the Heisman Trophy in 1935. He was the first player ever drafted by the NFL, but he never played pro: His asking price of $25,000 over two seasons was too much.
John Entwistle (June 27), 57, The Who's virtuoso bass player who co-founded the band and helped make it one of the biggest in rock history.
Rosemary Clooney (June 29), 74, deep-voiced singer and actress who was one of the country's premier jazz and pop singers of the 1950s and '60s.

July

Benjamin Davis Jr. (July 4), 89, the first African-American U.S. Air Force general, who during World War II led the Tuskegee Airmen, the pioneering group of all-black fighter pilots, and paved the way for the integration of the military.
Ted Williams (July 5), 83, Boston Red Sox legend, whose passion for hitting was unrivaled, as were his results: a career .344 batting average, 521 home runs, six-time American League batting champion, baseball's last .400 hitter. He missed five seasons flying as a military pilot in WWII and the Korean War.
Ward Kimball (July 8), 88, Disney artist who created Jiminy Cricket and was animation director on Fantasia, Dumbo, and Cinderella.
Rod Steiger (July 9), 77, versatile character actor who won a Best Actor Oscar for his role as a Southern sheriff in 1968's In the Heat of the Night.
Yousuf Karsh (July 14), 93, photographer who attracted international prominence with his 1941 portrait of a wartime defiant Winston Churchill.
Richard W. De Haan (July 16), 79, creator in 1968 of the weekly Day of Discovery television program, and voice of the daily Radio Bible Class broadcast for more than 30 years.
Floyd Thompson (July 16), 69, Army Special Forces major who was the country's longest-serving prisoner of war, having endured nine years of isolation and starvation in South Vietnam.
Alexandr Ginzburg (July 19), 66, one of the Soviet Union's most prominent dissenters and father of samizdat (underground self-publishing).
Chaim Potok (July 23), 73, prolific Hasidic rabbi-turned-author who portrayed American Jewish life from an empathetic insider's perspective through bestselling novels such as The Chosen and The Promise.

August

Chick Hearn (Aug. 5), 85, Los Angeles Lakers play-by-play announcer for 42 years.
Darrell Porter (Aug. 5), 50, major league All-Star catcher who was the MVP of the 1982 World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals. Drug addiction nearly destroyed his career, but he reached out to Christ in a New York hotel, turned around his life, and became a Fellowship of Christian Athletes speaker.
Robert Borkenstein (Aug. 10), 89, scientist who invented the Breathalyzer, a device that provided prosecutors with concrete evidence of intoxication.
Ed Headrick (Aug. 12), 78, toy designer who modified the Pluto Platter, a clunky flying disc, and created the modern, aerodynamic Frisbee.
Enos "Country" Slaughter (Aug. 12), 86, St. Louis Cardinals outfielder best remembered for his "Mad Dash" from first base to score the winning run over Boston in Game 7 of the 1946 World Series.
Hugh Lytle (Aug. 16), 100, whose teletype message from Honolulu provided The Associated Press and the world with the first account of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Hoyt Wilhelm (Aug. 23), 79, knuckleball artist who pitched in a then-record 1,070 major league games, winning 143 games and saving 227 over 21 seasons and nine teams.
Steven Snyder (Aug. 27), 53, president of International Christian Concern, who gained prominence from Indonesia to Sudan for his forays into religious conflict and provocative lobbying on behalf of the persecuted.
Martin Kamen (Aug. 31), 89, biochemist who discovered carbon-14, used to date archeological and anthropological artifacts.
Lionel Hampton (Aug. 31), 94, pianist, drummer, and dynamic jazz vibraphonist whose rollicking delivery and backbeat influenced generations of jazz musicians and helped to usher in rock 'n' roll.

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