"Departures" Continued...

Issue: "News of the Year," Jan. 2, 2010

Kenneth Bacon | 64, Aug. 15 | Pentagon spokesman in the Clinton administration and later head of Refugees International.

Gertrude Baines | 115, Sept. 11 | Retired Ohio State maid who was the world's oldest person at the time.

Carl Ballantine | 92, Nov. 3 | Comedian, magician, and actor who played Lester Gruber in the 1960s sitcom McHale's Navy.

Hans Beck | 79, Jan. 30 | German creator of the ­colorful, plastic, 3-inch-tall Playmobil toy figures.

Molly Bee | 69, Feb. 7 | Country singer who rocketed to fame at age 13 with the 1952 novelty hit "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus."

Griffin B. Bell | 90, Jan. 5 | U.S. attorney general under President Jimmy Carter.

Louie Bellson | 84, Feb. 14 | Composer and Big Band drummer who performed on 200-plus albums featuring greats from Duke Ellington to Benny Goodman.

Felix "Doc" Blanchard | 84, April 19 | Three-time All American, 1945 Heisman Trophy winner, and Army's Mr. Inside fullback in one of college football's most famous backfields.

Johnny Blanchard | 76, March 25 | Batting hero who played in five consecutive World Series for the New York Yankees in the early 1960s.

Norman Borlaug | 95, Sept. 12 | Iowa-born Nobel Peace Prize-winning plant scientist widely acclaimed for doing more than anyone else in the 20th century to teach the world to feed itself and whose work was credited with saving hundreds of millions of lives.

Tom Braden | 92, April 3 | A liberal ­former CIA agent who with conservative sparring partner Pat Buchanan created CNN's political debate show Crossfire in 1982.

James Brady | 80, Jan. 26 | Longtime popular celebrity columnist for Parade magazine and the New York Post.

Juanita Brooks | 55, Sept. 12 | New Orleans blues and jazz singer.

Carl Camras | 55, April 14 | Renowned glaucoma researcher at the University of Nebraska Medical Center who helped develop the most effective drug to treat glaucoma.

Phil Carey | 83, Feb. 6 | Film and television actor best known for his role as business tycoon Asa Buchanan in the ABC soap opera One Life to Live.

David Carradine | 72, June 4 | Star of the 1970s TV series Kung Fu whose career roared back to life in 2003 when he played the assassin-turned-victim in Quentin Tarentino's Kill Bill.

Mickey Carroll | 89, May 7 | One of the last surviving (of 100) Munchkins from the beloved 1939 film The Wizard of Oz.

Marilyn Chambers | 56, April 12 | Blonde actress and model who went from posing with a baby for ads on boxes of "99 and 44/100 percent pure" Ivory Snow to starring in not-so-pure porn films.

Clyde Charles | 55, Jan. 7 | First inmate to use a federal civil-rights law to sue for DNA testing (in 1999) that cleared him of conviction for a 1981 Louisiana rape (but sent his brother to prison for the same crime).

Frank Forrester Church IV | 51, Sept. 24 | Leading Unitarian Universalist minister (New York City) and liberal theologian known for his 1996 book God and Other Famous Liberals.

Holly Coors | 88, Jan. 18 | Conservative political activist, philanthropist, and ex-wife of brewery magnate Joseph Coors.

Walter Cronkite | 92, July 17 | Anchor and trusted voice and face of the CBS Evening News from 1962 to 1981, who reported tumultuous news of the era with reassuring authority and little overt bias, with as many as 18 million or more households tuned in nightly.

Chuck Daly | 78, May 9 | Hall of Fame coach who led basketball's Dream Team to the Olympic gold medal in 1992 after winning back-to-back NBA championships with the Detroit Pistons (1989 and 1990).

Billy Joe Daugherty | 57, Nov. 22 | TV minister, founder and pastor of megachurch Victory Christian Center in Tulsa, Okla., who launched Bible institutes in 85 countries.

Jean Dausset | 92, June 6 | Nobel Prize-winning French immunologist and pioneer behind compatibility verification for organ transplants and mapping of the human genome.

Millvina Dean | 97, May 31 | Last survivor of the Titanic. She was just 2 months old when the ship hit an iceberg on the night of April 14, 1912.

Dom DeLuise | 75, May 4 | Fun-and-food-loving entertainer and chef and a popular character actor.

Dominic DiMaggio | 92, May 8 | Boston Red Sox seven-time All Star center fielder whose 34-game hitting streak in 1949 ended when his famous big brother Joe caught a sinking line drive for the New York Yankees.


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