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2004 Obituaries

"2004 Obituaries" Continued...

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

Pat Tillman 27; April 22 | Star NFL safety with the Arizona Cardinals who turned down a $3.6 million contract to enlist in the Army following the 9/11 attacks; killed in combat in Afghanistan.

Doris Troy 67; Feb. 16 | Soul singer who penned the hit "Just One Look" and whose life inspired the long-running touring musical Mama, I Want to Sing.

Jay Van Andel 80; Dec. 7 | Co-founder of Amway Corp. who helped turn neighborhood diet supplement and soap sales into a billion-dollar business.

Mona Van Duyn 83; Dec. 2 | The nation's first female poet laureate and a Pulitzer Prize winner (Near Changes, 1991).

Walter Wager 79; July 11 | Spy novelist who wrote more than 30 books, including 58 Minutes, which was adapted for film and released as Die Hard.

John Whitehead 55; May 11 | R&B singer and songwriter who, with Gene McFadden, recorded a string of hits in the 1970s.

Claude (Fiddler) Williams 96; April 25 | Renowned jazz violin virtuoso and Count Basie's first recorded guitarist.

Paul Winfield 62; March 7 | Emmy Award-winning actor ("Picket Fences") known for his versatility in stage, film, and television roles.

Sheik Ahmed Yassin Mid-60s; March 22 | Quadriplegic preacher who founded the Islamic group Hamas and presided over its rise to a violent, radical alternative to Yasser Arafat's Palestinian Authority; killed in an Israeli missile strike.

Irvin "Shorty" Yeaworth Jr. 78; July 19 | Prolific Christian filmmaker, also known widely for directing early in his career the 1958 movie The Blob.

Joseph Zimmerman 92; March 31 | Engineer who invented the first telephone answering machine, the Electronic Secretary.

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