"Departures" Continued...

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

Paul Newman, 83, Sept. 26-actor best known as the blue-eyed star of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid who helped found food company Newman's Own, donating all proceeds to charity.

Larry Norman, 60, Feb. 24-pioneer of Christian rock at the advent of the Jesus movement awakening in the late 1960s (first solo album: Upon This Rock).

Yuri Ivanovich Nosenko, 81, Aug. 23-former KGB spy who became the CIA's "most valuable and economical defector" during the Cold War.

Ike Pappas, 75, Aug. 31-CBS newsman reporting live as Jack Ruby shot presidential assassin Lee Harvey Oswald.

Edna Parker, 115, Nov. 26-Indiana woman who became the Guinness-recognized world's oldest person in August 2007.

Randy Pausch, 47, July 25-Carnegie Mellon professor diagnosed with cancer who gave a "Last Lecture" that became an internet sensation and best-selling book.

House Peters Jr., 92, Oct. 1-actor best known as the original Mr. Clean in Procter & Gamble's commercials.

Ruth Stafford Peale, 101, Feb. 6-co-founder with her late husband, Norman Vincent Peale, of the global inspirational organization Guideposts in 1945.

Suzanne Pleshette, 70, Jan. 17-beautiful, husky-voiced television, film, and theater actress best known for her TV role as Emily Hartley on The Bob Newhart Show (1972-1978).

Sydney Pollack, 73, May 26-actor, producer and Oscar-winning director of star-laden films The Way We Were, Tootsie, and Out of Africa.

George Pollard, 88, April 17-portrait painter of leaders like Harry Truman, John Kennedy, and Pope John Paul II.

Dith Pran, 65, March 30-Cambodia-born photojournalist whose survival from genocide by that country's murderous Khmer Rouge revolutionaries in 1979 became the subject of the award-winning film The Killing Fields.

Paulos Faraj Rahho, 65, March 13 (body found)-Iraqi Archbishop of Mosul and leader of the Chaldean Church, kidnapped by gunmen and presumed slain.

Joyce "Dottie" Rambo, 74, May 11-gospel singer and prolific songwriter whose 2,500-plus songs included the 1982 Gospel Music Association Song of the Year, "We Shall Behold Him."

Irvine Robbins, 90, May 5-co-founder of Baskin-Robbins, who brought 31 flavors of ice cream (and hundreds of custom concoctions) to corner stores throughout America.

Preacher Roe, 92, Nov. 9-revered pitcher from the Ozarks and four-time NL All-Star.

Hal Roth, 81, Oct. 25-avid sailor and author of 12 books who circumnavigated the globe three times by small boat.

Tim Russert, 59, June 13-widely respected NBC television journalist who moderated the political affairs show Meet the Press (1991-2008) and was the network's Washington Bureau Chief.

Yves Saint-Laurent, 71, June 1-French designer who headed the House of Dior at age 21, and revolutionized women's fashion.

Roy Scheider, 75, Feb. 10-actor best known as the police chief in the 1975 blockbuster film Jaws.

Pramod Karan Sethi, 80, Jan. 6-surgeon from India who invented a low-cost $30 prosthesis known as the Jaipur foot, allowing millions of below-the-knee amputees in developing countries to live normal lives.

Dan Shomron, 70, Feb. 5-former Israeli military chief and the paratrooper who commanded the famed 1976 hostage rescue at Entebbe airport in Uganda.

Tony Snow, 53, July 12-conservative writer, commentator, and first host of the Fox News Sunday TV news program (1996-2003) who became White House press secretary in 2006.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn, 89, Aug. 3-Nobel Prize-winning author whose books chronicled the horrors of the Soviet gulag system, helped erase sympathy for the Soviet Union among leftist intellectuals, and inspired millions to stand strong in the face of repression; sheltered in America before returning to Russia, he also criticized Western culture for what he considered its weakness and decadence.

Morgan Sparks, 91, May 3-scientist with Bell and Sandia laboratories credited with inventing the first practical transistor, a semiconductor device that led to such products as personal computers, cell phones, and DVD players.

Jo Stafford, 90, July 16-honey-voiced band singer ("I'll Be Seeing You") who starred in radio and television and sold more than 25 million records of ballads and folk songs.

Levi Stubbs, 72, Oct. 17-Four Tops frontman whose dynamic and emotive voice drove such Motown classics as "Reach Out (I'll Be There)."

Suharto, 86, Jan. 27-brutal army general who became president of Indonesia (1967-1998) and presided over a period of relative stability and economic growth before being driven from office over charges of corruption and human-rights abuses.

(Sir) John Templeton, 95, July 8-investments manager and Princeton Seminary trustee for 42 years who dedicated much of his fortune to promoting religion and reconciling it with science; his annual $1.4 million Templeton Prize is given to honor advancement in knowledge of spiritual matters.

Richard Towne "Dick" Sutcliffe, 90, May 11-Lutheran creator of the popular religious children's TV show Davey and Goliath.


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