"Departures" Continued...

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

Leona Helmsley, 87, Aug. 20-New York billionaire hotel and real-estate magnate who sealed her reputation as the "queen of mean" during her 1989 trial for tax evasion.

Don Ho, 76, April 14-Hawaii's most famous entertainer.

Victoria Hopper, 97, Jan. 22-actress and singer at her peak in the 1930s in such films as Lorna Doone and The Mill on the Floss.

E. Howard Hunt, 88, Jan. 23-legendary CIA spy and Watergate conspirator in the political scandal that led to President Nixon's resignation.

Rex Humbard, 88, Sept. 21-Pentecostal preacher and pioneer in religious television in the 1950s.

Betty Hutton, 86, March 12-the high-energy "blonde bombshell" singer-actress who brought a brassy vitality to Hollywood musicals like Annie Get Your Gun.

Henry Hyde, 83, Nov. 29-Illinois Republican congressman (1974-2007) who championed government restrictions on the funding of abortions and steered the impeachment proceedings against President Clinton.

Molly Ivins, 62, Jan. 31-syndicated liberal Texas newspaper columnist and author whose acerbic prose skewered the political establishment.

Lady Bird [Claudia] Johnson, 94, June 11-quietly steady and reassuring first lady to the embattled 36th U.S. president, Lyndon Johnson.

Arthur Jones, 80, Aug. 28-entrepreneur best known for inventing the Nautilus fitness machines in the 1960s that helped to spark the health club business.

Bruce R. Kennedy, 68, June 28-CEO of Alaska Airlines who also devoted himself to missionary and humanitarian endeavors, chairing Idaho-based Mission Aviation Fellowship for eight years; killed in a private plane crash.

D. James Kennedy, 76, Sept. 5-a Florida megachurch pastor and broadcaster who majored in evangelism and Christian education but was known best nationally for helping to fuel the rise of the religious right in American politics.

Deborah Kerr, 86, Oct. 16-Scottish actress who starred in The King and I but is perhaps best remembered for her kiss with Burt Lancaster as waves crashed over them on a Hawaiian beach in the wartime drama From Here to Eternity.

Meredith G. Kline, 84, April 14-noted theologian and scholar who taught at Westminster and Gordon-Conwell seminaries.

Evel Knievel, 69, Nov. 30-soaring motorcycle daredevil whose feats (flight across 13 buses) and failures (rocket-powered Snake River Canyon crash) made him an international icon in the 1970s.

Arthur Kornberg, 89, Oct. 26-Stanford Nobel Prize--winning biochemist who discovered how DNA is assembled, an essential step leading to advances in genetic engineering and development of life-saving miracle drugs.

Bowie Kuhn, 80, March 15-Major League Baseball commissioner 1969-1984.

Frankie Laine, 93, Feb. 6-big-voiced popular singer of the 1950s.

Madeleine L'Engle, 88, Sept. 6-author whose novel A Wrinkle in Time has been enjoyed by generations of schoolchildren and adults since the 1960s.

Samuel Leonard, 101, Nov. 12-a Cornell University professor whose pioneering work in reproductive endocrinology in the 1930s led to development of the birth-control pill.

Barbara McNair, 72, Feb. 4-black singer and actress who hosted her own TV variety show and co-starred with Sidney Poitier in the 1970 film They Call Me MISTER Tibbs!

Norman Mailer, 84, Nov. 10-contentious, hard-living Pulitzer Prize-winning author (The Armies of the Night, The Executioner's Song, The Naked and the Dead) and cofounder of The Village Voice.

Theodore Harold Maiman, 79, May 5-inventor who in 1960 built the prototype of the ruby laser, used widely in surgery, industry, military devices (range finders), and business (from bar code scanners to compact disc players).

Marcel Marceau, 84, Sept. 22-French-born mime artist who changed his name to hide his Jewishness in World War II and went on to create the alter ego "Bip" the clown.

Tammy Faye Bakker Messner, 65, July 20-gospel singer and entertainer whose flamboyant style and makeup marked her identity as co-host, with former husband Jim Bakker, of the popular PTL Club Christian TV show of the 1970s and 1980s.

Bruce Metzger, 93, Feb. 13-biblical scholar, modern-English Bible translator, and long-time professor of New Testament at Princeton Seminary.

Jim Nesbitt, 75, Nov. 29-country music songwriter ("Looking for More in '64") and reputed "King of Country Comedy" in the 1960s.

Jack Odell, 87, July 7-British engineer who invented Matchbox cars in 1952; at least 3 billion of the die-cast miniature vehicles in 12,000 models have sold since then.

Raymond C. Ortlund, 84, July 22-internationally known pastor of influential Lake Avenue Congregational Church in Pasadena, Calif., for 20 years, former speaker on the "Haven of Rest" worldwide radio broadcast, and head of Renewal Ministries to pastors for the past 25 years.

George Osmond, 90, Nov. 6-patriarch and manager of the Osmond Brothers family singing group and performers Donny and Marie Osmond.

Gilbert E. Patterson, 67, March 20-Memphis pastor and presiding bishop of the fast-growing Church of God in Christ, a predominantly black Pentecostal denomination with a stated membership of 5.5 million.


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