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"Obituaries" Continued...

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

September

Orvan Hess (Sept. 6), 96, pioneering obstetrician and gynecologist who in 1942 became the first physician to successfully use penicillin clinically when he treated a woman on the verge of death from scarlet fever. Then, in 1957, he developed the first fetal heart monitor with Dr. Edward Hon.
Uzi Gal (Sept. 7), 79, inventor of Israel's most famous contribution to the arms industry: the Uzi submachine gun, used by armies and secret services around the world.
Pee Koelewijn (Sept. 10), 62, Dutch Christian pro-Israel activist who helped 70,000 Ukrainian and Ethiopian Jews immigrate to Israel.
Johnny Unitas (Sept. 11), 69, record-setting quarterback (three times MVP and 10 Pro Bowls) who led the Baltimore Colts to NFL titles in 1958 and 1959 and a Super Bowl win in 1970. The 1959 overtime victory over the Giants is widely considered the greatest NFL game ever.
John Harper (Sept. 13), 78, rector of Washington, D.C.'s St. John's Episcopal Church across the street from the White House for 30 years who preached to eight presidents, from Kennedy to Clinton.
Francois Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan (Sept. 15), 74, Vatican cardinal imprisoned for 13 years by the communists in Vietnam when he was Catholic archbishop of Saigon.
Bob "Bullet" Hayes (Sept. 18), 59, big-play wide receiver with world-class speed for the Dallas Cowboys in the late 1960s; he remains the only person to win an Olympic gold medal (he tied the then 100-meter world record of 10.05 seconds at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics) and a Super Bowl title.
Tatyana Velikanova (Sept. 19), 70, leading member of the Soviet-era dissident movement.
William Rosenberg (Sept. 20), 86, entrepreneur who expanded his Massachusetts coffee shop into the 5,000-location Dunkin' Donuts, one of the biggest coffee chains in the world.
Eduard Gufeld (Sept. 23), 66, chess grandmaster from the Georgian Republic who trained the Soviet team that dominated the game in the 1970s and '80s.
Kathleen McGrath (Sept. 26), 50, U.S. Navy captain who became the first woman to command a warship (the USS Jarrett on Persian Gulf duty).

October

Walter Annenberg (Oct. 1), 94, publisher, philanthropist, and art collector who presided over media empire Triangle Publications (Philadelphia Inquirer, TV Guide, and broadcast properties) from 1942 until 1988, when he sold the business to Rupert Murdoch for $3.2 billion.
Paul M. Washington (Oct. 7), 81, liberal Episcopal priest and social crusader who allowed the ordination of 11 women at his Philadelphia church in 1974 even though it was against church law at the time. The law was changed in 1974.
Stephen Ambrose (Oct. 13), 66, military historian and prolific writer of best-selling, authoritative war chronicles (mostly about World War II) and biographies; he was caught up in controversy early this year over the manner of citing other sources.
Keene Curtis (Oct. 13), 79, Tony Award-winning actor who played Daddy Warbucks in Annie on Broadway and was the upstairs restaurant owner on the TV show Cheers.
Paul Wellstone (Oct. 25), liberal Democratic U.S. senator from Minnesota, killed in a plane crash while campaigning for reelection.
Mary Parr (Oct. 29), 113, believed to be the oldest person in the United States at the time. Her often-told secret of longevity: "Never getting married."

November

George Salyer (Nov. 3), 101, retired Boeing engineer who set two skydiving records, the first on his 91st birthday.
Rudolf Augstein (Nov. 7), 79, who founded Der Spiegel newsweekly in the ruins of postwar Germany and turned it into the country's most respected magazine.
Henry Taylor Howard (Nov. 13), 70, Stanford professor and former NASA scientist who created the first-known home satellite television system in 1976.
Mustafa Mashhour (Nov. 14), 81, leader of Egypt's banned Muslim Brotherhood, which advocates turning Egypt into a strict Islamic state. He spent more than 20 years in prison.
Abba Eban (Nov. 17), 87, Cambridge-educated statesman who, as Israel's ambassador to the UN and the United States, helped persuade the world to approve creation of the Jewish state.
James Coburn (Nov. 18), 74, actor known for his roles in films such as The Magnificent Seven, Our Man Flint, and his Oscar-winning performance as an alcoholic father in Affliction. He supplied the voice of the Monsters, Inc. CEO Henry J. Waternoose.
Mitchell Burns (Nov. 19), 75, former Ku Klux Klansman who turned FBI informant and helped convict two Klansmen in a 1963 church bombing in Birmingham that killed four African-American girls.
Hadda Brooks (Nov. 21), 86, "Queen of the Boogie" pianist in the mid-1940s and later a torch singer with hits such as "That's My Desire" and "Dream." In the early 1950s, she became the first African-American entertainer to host a TV variety show.
Buddy Kaye (Nov. 21), 84, songwriter and lyricist whose 400 songs included hits for Perry Como ("Till the End of Time"), Frank Sinatra ("Full Moon and Empty Arms"), and Barry Manilow ("The Old Songs").
Parley Baer (Nov. 22), 88, mayor on The Andy Griffith Show, the voice of the Keebler cookie elf in TV commercials, and the voice of Chester on radio's Gunsmoke.
Ray L. Wallace (Nov. 26), 84, the man who used 16-inch feet-shaped carvings to create tracks that started the "Bigfoot" legend.
Verne Winchell (Nov. 26), 87, founder of the nationwide Winchell's Donut Houses in the 1950s with a $27,000 stake. He sold the business to Denny's Restaurants for stock in 1970 and became Denny's chairman.
Howard "Happy" Goodman (Nov. 30), 81, pioneering gospel music singer who performed for half a century as leader of the Happy Goodman Family, a group that recorded 15 No. 1 gospel songs.

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