"Departures" Continued...

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

Steve McNair | 36, July 4 | Four-time NFL Pro Bowl quarterback with the Tennessee Titans, murdered by mistress who then shot herself.

Ricardo Montalban | 88, Jan. 14 | Mexican-born actor who became a star in splashy MGM musicals and later as the wish-fulfilling Mr. Roarke in TV's Fantasy Island.

Richard John Neuhaus | 72, Jan. 8 | Scholarly proponent of conservatism as editor of First Things, president of the Institute on Religion and Public Life, and author of numerous books; a latter-day Lutheran-pastor-turned-Catholic who sought closer ties between evangelicals and Catholics.

Robert Novak | 78, Aug. 18 | Reporter-turned-conservative political columnist and pundit, co-writer with Rowland Evans of the long-running syndicated column "Inside Report," and well-known commentator on many TV political talk shows.

Les Paul | 94, Aug. 13 | Musician and inventor of the solid-body electric guitar, whose "special sound" paved the way for modern rock 'n' roll.

Earl Paulk | 81, March 29 | Charismatic Pentecostal TV preacher, self-styled bishop, and founder in 1960 of the megachurch later known as Cathedral at Chapel Hill in Decatur, Ga.

Pavle | 95, Nov. 15 | Theologian and patriarch of the 7-million-member Serbian Orthodox Church who called for peace and conciliation during the Balkan ethnic wars of the 1990s but failed to openly condemn Serb destruction of Catholic churches and Muslim mosques.

Claiborne Pell | 90, Jan. 1 | Democratic senator from Rhode Island for 36 years who was the force and name behind a 1972 federal grant program that has helped millions of Americans attend college.

Irving Penn | 92, Oct. 7 | One of the world's most notable still photographers.

Shiloh Pepin | 10, Oct. 23 | Girl born with fused legs, a rare condition often called "mermaid syndrome," who gained a wide following on the internet and national television.

Jody Powell | 65, Sept. 14 | White House press secretary and close adviser to President Jimmy Carter.

Ed Reimers | 96, Aug. 16 | Actor who for 22 years told television viewers, "You're in good hands with Allstate," and was an announcer for several television shows in the 1950s and '60s.

Natasha Richardson | 45, March 18 | Award-winning stage and screen actress and daughter of Vanessa Redgrave, wife of actor Liam Neeson, and winner of Tony and Outer Critics Circle Awards; killed in a skiing accident.

Shirley Jean Rickert | 82, Feb. 6 | Child star in Our Gang and Mickey McGuire comedies with Mickey Rooney in the 1930s.

Beverly Roberts | 96, July 13 | Co-star with Humphrey Bogart in the 1936 film Two Around the World.

Oral Roberts | 91, Dec. 15 | TV evangelist who founded Oral Roberts University and whose name became synonymous with faith healing and charismatic movements.

Bob Rosburg | 82, May 14 | Champion pro golfer who spent three decades with ABC Sports as the first reporter to call the shots from the golf course.

William Safire | 79, Sept. 27 | Witty, sometimes caustic Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist who wrote twice weekly for The New York Times for more than 30 years.

Soupy Sales | 83, Oct. 22 | Rubber-faced slapstick comedian whose anything-for-a-chuckle career was built on 20,000 pies to the face and 5,000 live TV appearances.

Robert Short | 76, July 6 | Author and Presbyterian minister who wrote The Gospel According to Peanuts, with the blessing of the cartoon's creator, Charles Schulz.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver | 88, Aug. 11 | President John F. Kennedy's sister, an advocate for the rights of the mentally disabled, and founder of the Special Olympics.

Ron Silver | 62, March 15 | Actor in films (as Claus von Bulow's defense attorney in Reversal of Fortune) and TV (as the slick political strategist on The West Wing and as Tommy Wilmette on Chicago Hope), who in real life did a political about-face from loyal liberal Democrat to Republican activist following the Sept. 11 attacks.

Theodore Sizer | 77, Oct. 21 | Education-reform advocate and founder in 1984 of the Essential Schools movement, whose private high schools emphasize scholarly community spirit, depth of knowledge over breadth, and discussion rather than lectures.

Troy N. Smith | 87, Oct. 27 | Proprietor of a root beer stand in Oklahoma in 1953 that he grew into the Sonic drive-in restaurant chain, now numbering nearly 3,600 restaurants in 42 states.

Paul A. Samuelson | 94, Dec. 13 | First American Nobel laureate in economics and the foremost academic economist of the 20th century.

Tom Sturdivant | 78, Feb. 28 | New York Yankees pitching ace in the 1950s; played in three World Series.


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