"Departures" Continued...

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

Studs Terkel, 96, Oct. 31-1985 Pulitzer Prize-winning author (The Good War) who hosted the long-running Chicago-based Studs Terkel Program and was considered the father of oral history.

Tasha Tudor, 92, June 18-fantasy-driven author and illustrator of nearly 100 children's books, including the award-winning Mother Goose (1944) and 1 Is One (1956).

Gene Upshaw, 63, Aug. 20-All-Star lineman for the Oakland Raiders for 15 years who went on to win untold millions of dollars for NFL players as their union leader.

Mickey Vernon, 90, Sept. 24-two-time American League batting champion with the Washington Senators and seven-time All-Star first baseman during a 20-year career in the major leagues.

Dee Dee Warwick, 63, Oct. 18-soul singer noted for both her solo work ("Foolish Fool") and her performances with her older sister Dionne.

Richard Widmark, 93, March 24-radio and film actor best known for playing hoodlums in such films as Kiss of Death (1947) and Night in the City (1950).

Sherwood Wirt, 97, Nov. 8-Presbyterian minister, author of 42 books, writing teacher, former president of the Evangelical Press Association, and long-time editor of Decision magazine.

-compiled by Edward E. Plowman and Kristin Chapman


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