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2004 Obituaries

"2004 Obituaries" Continued...

Issue: "Year in Review 2004," Jan. 1, 2005

Art James 74; March 28 | Announcer or host for a dozen TV game shows over three decades, including "Concentration" and "Family Feud Challenge."

Rick James 56; Aug. 6 | R&B/funk musician best known for his 1981 hit "Super Freak."

Verona Johnston 114; Dec. 1 | America's oldest person, who voted in every election since women earned the right in 1920.

James Jordan Jr. 73; Feb. 4 | Advertising executive who wrote the memorable slogans "Wisk beats ring around the collar" and "Delta is ready when you are."

Johnny Kelley 97; Oct. 6 | Icon distance runner who ran the Boston Marathon a record 58 times, at age 84 the final time, winning twice and placing second seven times.

Ed Kemmer 84; Nov. 5 | Actor who played the intrepid Cmdr. Buzz Corry in the popular 1950s children's television show "Space Patrol."

Alan King 76; May 9 | His borscht-belt tirades airing the frustrations of suburban life led to a long comedy career in nightclubs and television that he later expanded to Broadway and the movies.

Harry Lampert 88; Nov. 13 | Illustrator who created the DC Comics superhero "The Flash."

Jerome Lawrence 88; Feb. 29 | Co-wrote hundreds of plays for stage, radio, and screen, including Inherit the Wind (based on the 1925 Scopes-evolution trial) and the musical Mame, and co-founded the Armed Forces Radio Service.

Anna Lee 91; May 14 | Actress who portrayed Lila Quartermaine on "General Hospital" for more than two decades.

Ed McAteer 78; Oct. 6 | The Southern Baptist layman credited as the "godfather" of the modern Religious Right.

Mary McGrory 85; April 21 | Nationally known liberal columnist for The Washington Post.

Norris McWhirter 78; April 20 | Journalist and BBC sports announcer who, with his twin brother Ross, started the Guinness Book of World Records in 1955.

Marlin Maddoux 70; March 4 | Christian broadcaster who founded USA Radio Network and hosted the "Point of View" radio talk show.

William Manchester 82; June 1 | Historian who brought a novelist's flair to his detailed biographies of prominent political and military figures, including John F. Kennedy and Winston Churchill (The Last Lion).

Bill Martin Jr. 88; Aug. 11 | Educator and best-selling author of hundreds of children's picture books such as Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom.

Robert Merrill 87; Oct. 23 | Acclaimed Metropolitan Opera baritone.

Ann Miller 81; Jan. 22 | Tap dancing's top lady, who clicked her way across films in the 1940s and 1950s (Kiss Me Kate, On the Town) and Broadway's 1979 Sugar Babies.

Robert Morgan 85; May 15 | Commander of the famed Memphis Belle B-17 that flew combat missions over Europe during World War II.

John Cullen Murphy 85; July 2 | Illustrator best known for the "Prince Valiant" cartoon strip for more than three decades.

Carl Mydans 97; Aug. 16 | Life magazine photographer whose memorable images include Gen. MacArthur walking through the water toward the shore in the Philippines.

Robert Pastorelli 49; March 8 | Actor who played the housepainter Eldin on the "Murphy Brown" TV series.

Larry Phillips 62; Sept. 21 | Lifelong stock car racer with more than 2,500 wins, including five Winston Racing Series championships.

William Pickering 93; March 15 | Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory who oversaw the launch of the first U.S. satellite and the first robotic missions to the Moon, Venus, and Mars.

Alvino Rey 95; Feb. 24 | Swing-band leader of the '30s and '40s and the pioneer of the pedal steel guitar.

Pierre Salinger 79; Oct. 16 | Award-winning journalist who served as President Kennedy's White House press secretary; he later became chief foreign correspondent for ABC News.

Isabel Sanford 86; July 9 | Actress who won an Emmy for her role as Louise on "The Jeffersons."

Norm Schachter 90; Oct. 2 | Referee of the first Super Bowl and the first "Monday Night Football" game.

Robert F. Seedlock 91; May 5 | Army general who led the arduous construction of the Burma Road that broke the Japanese blockade of China during World War II.

Jeff Smith 65; July 7 | White-bearded minister who became public TV's "Frugal Gourmet" and best-selling cookbook author before a sex scandal ruined his career.

Charles W. Sweeney 84; July 15 | Retired Air Force general who piloted the B-29 that dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki.

John H. Tietjen 75; Feb. 15 | Suspended seminary president at the heart of the liberal-conservative controversy that split the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod in the 1970s, and a key force in the 1987 merger that created the left-leaning Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

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