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Departures

2010 News of the Year | A list of notable deaths from the past year

Issue: "2010 News of the Year," Jan. 1, 2011

Tokunboh Adeyemo

66, March 17 | Nigerian Muslim convert to Christianity in 1966 who became a leading evangelical scholar (two doctorates), African educator, editor (the monumental African Bible Commentary), head of the Association of Evangelicals in Africa and Madagascar for 22 years, and executive director of the Center for Biblical Transformation in Nairobi, Kenya.

Alex Anderson

90, Oct. 22 | Artist who created Crusader Rabbit, television's first animated cartoon series in 1949, and also the popular 1960s TV cartoon characters Rocky and Bullwinkle, a flying squirrel and luckless moose.

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76, Nov. 4 | Hall of Fame baseball manager who led the Cincinnati Reds and Detroit Tigers to World Series championships.

Louis Auchincloss

92, Jan. 26 | New York lawyer and prolific polished writer of many novels (Venus in Sparta, The Partners, East End Story), biographies (Woodrow Wilson), and short stories.

Vernon Baker

90, July 13 | Heroic U.S. Army lieutenant in World War II, the last survivor among only seven black men who received the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest award for battlefield valor-belatedly, 52 years after the war ended, in 1997, having been denied the honor because of their race.

Ivy Bean

104, July 28 | British centenarian who, with her donated nursing home computer, became the world's oldest Twitter user, attracting 56,000 followers on the short-messages networking website, which she joined when she reached Facebook's maximum number of friends (5,000) but still had 25,000 Facebook "friend" requests.

Glen Bell

86, Jan. 17 | Restaurateur who founded the Taco Bell fast food chain in 1962 and sold it in 1978 to Pepsico for $125 million.

Barbara Billingsley

94, Oct. 16 | Film and television actress best known as June Cleaver in TV's Leave It to Beaver.

George Blanda

83, Sept. 27 | Hall of Fame quarterback and field goal kicker for the Chicago Bears, Houston Oilers, and Oakland Raiders, whose 26-year career was the longest in pro football history.

Donald Bloesch

82, Aug. 24 | Evangelical theologian ordained in the United Church of Christ and longtime professor at Dubuque Seminary (Presbyterian), whose opus magnum was his seven-volume Christian Foundations (InterVarsity Press).

Lisa Blount

53, Oct. 28 | Academy Award-winning film actress known for her roles in An Officer and a Gentleman (1982) and Prince of Darkness (1987).

Jerry Bock

81, Nov. 3 | Broadway composer of Fiddler on the Roof and other acclaimed musical productions, including, with lyricist Sheldon Harnick, the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Fiorello!

Jim Bohlen

84, July 5 | Quaker-inspired activist environmentalist and co-founder of Greenpeace International.

Manute Bol

47, June 19 | Lithe 7-foot-7 pro basketball shot-blocker for four NBA teams over 10 years, known for his humanitarian work in his native Sudan.

Denise Borino-Quinn

46, Oct. 27 | Actress who played weight-battling Mafia wife Ginny Sacrimoni on the HBO series The Sopranos.

Tom Bosley

83, Oct. 19 | Actor best known for his TV series roles as Howard "Mr. C" Cunningham in Happy Days, Sheriff Tupper in Murder, She Wrote, and the priest in Father Dowling Mysteries.

Robert Bratcher

90, July 11 | Controversial Southern Baptist translator of Good News for Modern Man, the New Testament portion of the American Bible Society's Good News Bible, who rejected claims that the Bible is inerrant and infallible.

David Brown

93, Feb. 1 | Movie producer (Jaws, Cocoon, The Sting) and editor who married Helen Gurley (Brown) in 1959, helped her to revamp Cosmopolitan magazine, and coaxed her to write Sex and the Single Girl, a 1962 bestseller based on her freewheeling single years.

Solomon Burke

70, Oct. 10 | Grammy-winning R&B gospel and soul singer ("Everybody Needs Somebody," "Don't Give Up on Me") nicknamed "King Solomon" for often wearing a crown and carrying a scepter.

Orval Butcher

92, Oct. 5 | Influential suburban San Diego megachurch founder, a mentor to pastors, and a leader in the Wesleyan Church.

Robert Byrd

92, June 28 | Fiddle-playing self-educated son of a coal miner who became U.S. senator from West Virginia from 1959 until his death in 2010, the longest-serving member of Congress, known for his flamboyant and sometimes fiery oratory, his evolution from segregationist to anti-war liberal, and his funneling of over a billion federal dollars to his home state.

Dixie Carter

70, April 10 | Actress known for her seven-season role as Julia Sugarbaker in the TV series Designing Women, and as a scary mother-in-law on Desperate Housewives.

Art Clokey

88, Jan. 8 | Animator who created the green clay cartoonish figure Gumby in the early 1950s that debuted on the Howdy Doody Show and became the star of his own successful TV show, and who in 1960 created and produced the long-running Lutheran-sponsored Davey and Goliath Christian TV series.

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