"Departures" Continued...

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

George Tiller | 67, May 31 | One of the nation's few late-term abortionsts, shot and killed while ushering at a Sunday service at his Lutheran church in Wichita, Kan.

Peter Toon | 70, April 25 | British-born Anglican priest, theologian and international advocate of traditional Anglicanism.

Mary Travers | 72, Sept. 16 | One-third of the hugely popular 1960s folk trio Peter, Paul, and Mary.

John Updike | 76, Jan. 27 | Pulitzer Prize-winning ­novelist (best known for his four "Rabbit" novels) and prolific writer of short stories, essays, and poems who chronicled sex, divorce, and other adventures in Protestant middle America.

Tim Vakoc | 49, June 20 | Catholic priest and Army chaplain thought to be the first military chaplain wounded in Iraq, where he was gravely wounded by a roadside bomb five years ago.

Milo Valenzuela | 74, Sept. 2 | Hall of Fame jockey who twice won the Kentucky Derby and rode five-time Horse of the Year Kelso in the 1960s, winning 2,545 races from 1951 to 1980.

Norm Van Lier | 61, Feb. 26 | Basketball great for the Chicago Bulls and one of the NBA's top defensive players in the 1970s.

James Whitmore | 87, Feb. 6 | Many-faceted character actor who delivered strong performances in movies, television, and especially the theater with his popular one-man shows about Harry Truman, Will Rogers, and Theodore Roosevelt.

Collin Wilcox-Paxton | 74, Oct. 14 | Actress who portrayed the false accuser in the movie classic To Kill a Mockingbird; her TV roles included Mrs. O'Neale in the inspirational series Christy.

John Wilke | 54, May 1 | Crack investigative reporter for The Wall Street Journal who specialized in looking for suspect money connections that linked business executives, politicians, and federal regulators.

Billy Wilson | 81, Jan. 27 | Six-time Pro Bowl receiver for the San Francisco 49ers in the 1950s.

David "Pop" Winans Sr. | 76, April 8 | Grammy-nominated singer and patriarch of a gospel music family (wife Delores and children BeBe and CeCe Winans).

Ralph Winter | 84, May 20 | Former Presbyterian missionary and missions strategist at Fuller seminary who went on to found the U.S. Center for World Mission.

Joseph Wiseman | 91, Oct. 19 | Actor best known for playing the sinister scientist Dr. No in the first James Bond film in 1962.

Edward Woodward | 79, Nov. 16 | English stage and screen actor who gained American following as Robert McCall in television series The Equalizer.

Timothy Wright | 61, April 23 | Pastor at Grace Tabernacle Christian Center Church of God in Christ in Brooklyn and internationally famed gospel singer and composer.

Andrew Wyeth | 91, Jan. 16 | Artist whose melancholy paintings were praised as profound reflections of 20th-century alienation and existentialism.

Spiros Zodhiates | 87, Oct. 10 | Greek-American evangelist and missions leader, religious broadcaster, and Bible promoter.


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