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"Departures" Continued...

Issue: "News of the Year," Dec. 27, 2008

Dody Goodman, 93, June 22-comedian known for her appearances on Jack Paar's late-night TV talk show and as the mother on the soap-opera parody Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.

Robert W. Greene, 78, April 10-veteran Newsday investigative journalist who led reporters from across the country in an effort to uncover corruption in Arizona following the murder of a reporter in Phoenix, and who helped to organize the Investigative Reporters and Editors group.

Isaac Hayes, 66, Aug. 10-singer-songwriter and actor whose work on 1971's Shaft launched blaxploitation films and won an Oscar.

William Brevard Hand, 84, Sept. 6-senior U.S. district judge known for his ruling in 1982 in support of school prayer in Alabama's public schools, a decision overturned on appeal.

Lynne Harvey, 92, May 3-wife and key collaborator of broadcaster Paul Harvey; she produced shows and developed his signature feature, "The Rest of the Story."

Jesse Helms, 86, July 4-stalwart champion of the conservative movement from North Carolina who spent three sometimes contentious decades (1972-2002) in the U.S. Senate.

Charlton Heston, 83, April 5-actor whose memorable roles included Moses in The Ten Commandments (1956), Michelangelo in The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965), and his Academy Award-winning title role in Ben-Hur (1959). An advocate of political conservatism, he also served as president of the National Rifle Association 1998-2003.

(Sir) Edmund Hillary, 88, Jan. 11-New Zealand mountaineer and explorer who with Sherpa guide Tenzing Norgay in 1953 became the first to scale the world's tallest peak, the 29,035-foot summit of Mount Everest.

Gordon B. Hinckley, 97, Jan. 27-president/prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who led the Mormons in an era of expansion (1995-2007), increasing membership from 9 million to 13 million.

Albert Hofman, 102, April 29-Swiss chemist who discovered the mind-altering drug lysergic acid diethylamide-25 (LSD) in 1938, while studying the medicinal effects of a fungus found on wheat. It was used experimentally in psychiatry, but horror stories led the U.S. to ban it in 1966.

Hamilton Jordan, 63, May 20-political strategist and President Jimmy Carter's chief of staff 1979-1980.

Carl N. Karcher, 90, Jan. 11-founder in 1956 of the Carl's Jr. fast-food chain now with 1,000 stores in Western states.

Ted Key, 95, May 3-cartoonist best known for his comic strip "Hazel," about a bossy but lovable maid, and for the genius dog Mr. Peabody that he created for TV's animated The Bullwinkle Show.

Richard Knerr, 82, Jan. 18-co-founder of Wham-O, the company that invented the Hula Hoop and the Frisbee.

Harvey Korman, 81, May 29-actor best known for comedic roles on TV's The Carol Burnett Show and in the hit movies Blazing Saddles (1974) and High Anxiety (1977).

Tom Lantos, 80, Feb. 11-longtime congressman, D-Calif., and the only Holocaust survivor to serve in Congress.

Joshua Lederberg, 82, Feb. 2-medical scientist who won a Nobel Prize for discovering that bacteria can mate and exchange genes, leading to the knowledge of how bacteria become resistant to antibiotics.

Heath Ledger, 28, Jan. 22-Australian actor who appeared in Brokeback Mountain and The Dark Knight.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, 91, Feb. 5-Indian spiritual leader who introduced Transcendental Meditation to the West and rose to greater fame after the Beatles visited his ashram in 1968.

Marcial Maciel, 87, March 26-conservative Mexican priest who founded the far-flung Legionaries of Christ religious order but became the most prominent Catholic official to be disciplined by the Vatican after former Legion seminarians in 1997 accused him of sexual abuse.

Stephen Marlowe, 79, Feb. 22-fiction writer who created the Chester Drum private detective series in 1955.

Dick Martin, 86, May 24-comedian best known as co-host of the hit comedy TV show Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In (1968-73).

Jim McKay, 86, June 7-globe-spanning sportscaster from ABC's Wide World of Sports thrust into anchoring the network's coverage of the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre.

Victor A. McKusick, 86, July 22-geneticist and key architect of the Human Genome Project, and winner of the National Medal of Science in 2001.

John McWethy, 61, Feb. 6-chief national security correspondent for ABC News who escaped-and covered-the 9/11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon.

W.D. Mohammed, 74, Sept. 9-leader of the black supremacist Nation of Islam who redirected thousands of its followers into mainstream Islam.

Barry Morse, 89, Feb. 2-actor who portrayed detective Philip Gerard in the 1960s TV series
The Fugitive.

Imad Mugniyah, 45, Feb. 12-Hezbollah terrorist and leader of the Islamic Jihad Organization who was on America's Most Wanted list.

Pete Newell, 93, Nov. 17-Hall of Fame basketball coaching legend who won an NCAA championship (University of California) and Olympic gold medal in 1960.

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