"Departures" Continued...

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

Harry Kalas | 73, April 13 | Radio voice of the Philadelphia Phillies for nearly 40 years, narrator of TV's Inside the NFL, and the voice for Chunky Soup commercials.

Stuart Kaminsky | 75, Oct. 9 | Prolific mystery writer whose 70 novels included A Cold Red Sunrise, named by the Mystery Writers of America as the best mystery novel of 1989.

Christopher J. Klicka | 48, Oct. 12 | Homeschool pioneer, author, and advocate with the Home School Legal Defense Association.

Willem Johan Kolff | 97, Feb. 11 | Renowned medical scientist and doctor who invented the first artificial kidney, built the first artificial heart, and developed a membrane oxygenator still used to keep people alive during open heart surgery.

George Kell | 86, March 24 | Hall of Fame third baseman who edged Ted Williams for the 1949 American League batting title, and became a Detroit Tigers broadcaster for nearly 40 years.

Elmer Kelton | 83, Aug. 22 | Acclaimed writer of 62 Western-themed books whose novel The Good Old Boys was made into a TV movie.

Jack Kemp | 73, May 2 | Former pro quarterback, congressman, HUD secretary, vice presidential nominee, and self-described "bleeding-heart conservative."

Edward M. Kennedy | 77, Aug. 25 | Powerful liberal Democrat from Massachusetts who served in the U.S. Senate for nearly 50 years, and the last surviving brother in an enduring political dynasty.

Jack Kramer | 88, Sept. 12 | One of the greats of American tennis, he was considered the No. 1 player in the world between 1946 and 1953, winning Wimbledon and two U.S. Championships. He also won seven other Grand Slam titles in doubles.

Irving Kristol | 89, Sept. 18 | Writer, editor, and publisher known as the god­father of neoconservatism.

Marie Knight | 84, Aug. 30 | Gospel legend who partnered with Sister Rosetta Tharp, and the two became the most popular gospel artists of the 1940s with a string of hits, including "Didn't It Rain" and "Beams of Heaven."

Pio Laghi | 86, Jan. 10 | Catholic cardinal and veteran Vatican diplomat Pope John Paul II sent to Washington to try to dissuade President George W. Bush from launching the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Alan Landers | 68, Feb. 27 | Handsome model who posed for Winston cigarette ads and later as an anti-smoking advocate sued the tobacco industry over his throat cancer, which proved fatal.

Dante "Gluefingers" Lavelli | 85, Jan. 20 | NFL Hall of Fame right-end pass receiver who helped the Cleveland Browns build a dynasty in the 1940s and '50s.

Irving R. Levine | 86, March 27 | Bow-tied NBC newsman who explained the fine points of economics to millions of viewers for nearly 25 years.

Claude Levi-Strauss | 100, Oct. 30 | French philosopher widely considered the father of modern anthropology.

Hank Locklin | 91, March 8 | Grand Ole Opry country music singer-composer with many big recordings, including "Geisha Girl" and "Please Help Me, I'm Falling."

Whitey Lockman | 82, March 17 | Famed outfielder and first baseman for the New York Giants 1945-1958.

Karl Malden | 97, July 1 | Academy Award-winning actor (as Mitch in A Streetcar Named Desire) best known as Lt. Mike Stone in the 1970s TV series The Streets of San Francisco; for more than 20 years was the spokesman for American Express travelers checks and turned "Don't leave home without them" into a national catchphrase.

Al Martino | 82, Oct. 13 | Italian-American pop crooner boasting a string of hit singles and albums from the 1950s to the 1970s; best known for his role as Johnny Fontane, the wedding singer in The Godfather.

Billy Mays | 50, June 28 | Burly, bearded TV pitchman whose boisterous hawking of products such as Orange Glo and OxiClean made him a pop-culture icon.

George McAfee | 90, March 4 | College and pro football Hall of Fame star for Duke and the Chicago Bears (including three championship teams in the 1940s).

Frank McCourt | 78, July 19 | U.S.-born Irish teacher and Pulitzer Prize-winning author best known for his memoir Angela's Ashes, which detailed his poverty-stricken childhood in Limerick.

Ed McMahon | 86, June 23 | King of TV's second bananas as the loyal Tonight Show sidekick who bolstered boss Johnny Carson for 30 years with guffaws and the trademark opener "H-e-e-e-e-e-ere's Johnny!"

Robert S. McNamara | 93, July 6 | Ford Motor chief who became secretary of defense under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson but resigned in 1968 over frustration with the Vietnam war; headed the World Bank from 1968 to 1981.


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