"Departures" Continued...

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

Robert Anton Wilson, 74, Jan. 11-co-author of The Illuminatus! Trilogy, a science-fiction series about a conspiratorial secret global society.

John Woodruff, 92, Oct. 30-last surviving American Olympic gold medalist from the 1936 Berlin games.

Jane Wyman, 90, Sept. 10-actress who won an Oscar for her role as a deaf rape victim in the film Johnny Belinda but best remembered as the power-mad winery owner in TV's Falcon Crest (1981-1990) and as Ronald Reagan's first wife.

Boris Yeltsin, 76, April 23-contradiction-prone politician who engineered the final collapse of the Soviet Union and bravely pushed Russia to embrace democracy and a market economy, only to fall short of his own goals as president.

-Compiled by Edward E. Plowman


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