A military honor guard carries the casket of Army Sgt. Maj. Bradley Dean Conner during burial ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery


News of the Year

Issue: "News of the Year," Dec. 29, 2007

Lane Adams, 82, March 18-pastor, associate evangelist with the Billy Graham organization for 10 years, and executive director of Lloyd Ogilvie Ministries.

Robert Adler, 93, Feb. 15-physicist who invented the first wireless television remote control in 1956.

Momofuku Ando, 96, Jan. 5-Japanese inventor of ramen noodles (in 1958), victuals for an estimated 100 million people a day worldwide.

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Edmund C. Arnold, 93, Feb. 2-a Michigan editor and prominent journalism educator widely deemed "the father of modern newspaper design."

Brooke Astor, 105, Aug. 13-New York socialite and prominent philanthropist named as a victim of elder abuse in a U.S. Senate hearing last year.

Hank Bauer, 84, Feb. 9-New York Yankees All-Star outfielder who later managed Baltimore to its first pennant and World Series championship in 1966.

Roger Bennett, 48, March 17-Southern Gospel music great, pianist for the legendary Cathedral Quartet and Legacy Five.

Ingmar Bergman, 89, July 30-internationally acclaimed Swedish director of more than 50 films (Smiles of a Summer Night, The Seventh Seal).

Joey Bishop, 89, Oct. 17-deadpan comedian, TV host, and last of the team of big-name performers known as the Rat Pack, led by Frank Sinatra.

Jane Bolin, 98, Jan. 8-the nation's first black female judge (1939) and first black woman to graduate from Yale Law School.

Harold O.J. Brown, 74 , July 8-evangelical theologian and seminary professor, author, and early intellectual activist in the pro-life movement; he founded the Christian Action Council (now Care Net, with nearly 1,100 crisis pregnancy centers) in 1975 to work for legal and political solutions against abortion.

Art Buchwald, 81, Jan. 17-humorist and renowned syndicated columnist for The Washington Post.

Lew Burdette, 90, Feb. 6-right-handed Milwaukee Braves pitching ace who won three complete games against the Yankees in the 1957 World Series.

J. Robert Cade, 80, Nov. 27-University of Florida medicine professor who invented Gatorade.

Liz Claiborne, 78, June 25-Belgian-born New York fashion designer who offered working women coordinated outfits at once serious, stylish, and affordable.

Darlene Conley, 72, Jan. 14-veteran stage and TV soap opera actress who for two decades played the feisty fashion mogul Sally Spectra on The Bold and the Beautiful.

John H. Cross Jr., 82, Nov. 15-pastor of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., in 1963, when four girls at his church were killed in a bombing that became a turning point in the civil-rights movement.

Laraine Day, 87, Nov. 10-actress in nearly 50 films and one of the first female TV talk-show hosts.

Michael Deaver, 69, Aug. 18-President Ronald Reagan's image-burnishing aide.

Yvonne De Carlo, 84, Jan. 8-beautiful star who played Moses' wife in The Ten Commandments but achieved her greatest popularity on TV's The Munsters.

Calvert DeForest, 85, March 19-actor and comedian who played the white-haired, bespectacled oddball Larry "Bud" Melman on David Letterman's TV shows.

Bob Evans, 89, June 21-sausage maker who turned his 12-stool restaurant for truckers in southeast Ohio into a chain that boasts nearly 600 restaurants in 18 states.

Ray Evans, 92, Feb. 15-Oscar-winning songwriter who with Jay Livingston produced such enduring standards as "Mona Lisa," "Buttons and Bows," "Silver Bells," and "Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)."

Jerry Falwell, 73, May 15-Virginia megachurch pastor and co-founder of Liberty University who launched the Moral Majority to help make the religious right a powerful force in American politics.

Dan Fogelberg, 56, Dec. 16-singer and songwriter whose hits "Leader of the Band" and "Same Old Lang Syne" helped define the soft-rock era.

Ernest Gallo, 97, March 6-California vintner who with his brother Julio parlayed $5,900 and a wine recipe from a public library into the world's largest winemaking empire.

Alice Ghostley, 81, Sept. 21-television's Esmeralda on Bewitched and Bernice on Designing Women.

Robert Goulet, 73, Oct. 30-handsome, rich-voiced baritone whose Broadway debut in Camelot launched an award-winning stage and recording career.

Ruth Bell Graham, 87, June 14-China-born wife, confidante, and editorial advisor to evangelist Billy Graham; she was a life-long Presbyterian who mostly stayed home to raise their five children while he was on the road, but went on to become an author or co-author of 15 books.

Merv Griffin, 82, Aug. 12-singer, actor, and talk-show host who made his fortune inventing and producing the Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune TV game shows.

David Halberstam, 73, April 23-author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for The New York Times, known for his controversial coverage of the Vietnam War.

Johnny Hart, 76, April 7-cartoonist, creator of the comic strip B.C., who often wove Christian themes into his work.

Kitty Carlisle Hart, 96, April 17-singer and actress on Broadway, television, and film, and long-time panelist on the popular game show To Tell the Truth.


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