"Departures" Continued...

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

Vernon Grounds

96, Sept. 12 | Influential leader in the formation of the evangelical movement who later advocated joining social action to evangelism; president of Conservative Baptist-founded Denver Seminary 1956-1979.

Bob Guccione

79, Oct. 20 | Catholic seminary dropout and American expatriate who founded Penthouse magazine.


48, April 19 | Born Keith Elam, the throaty-voiced rapper was half of the duo Gang Star who helped bridge hip-hop and jazz.

Alexander Haig

85, Feb. 20 | Former Army general who served as Richard Nixon's last-days chief of staff, NATO commander 1974-1979, and secretary of state under Ronald Reagan.

Corey Haim

38, March 10 | 1980s drug-troubled teen heartthrob best known for his role in Lucas and The Lost Boys.

Michael Harper

78, Jan. 6 | Internationally noted leader of the charismatic movement in the Church of England for 30 years who switched to the Antiochian Orthodox Church in 1995 after the COE decided to ordain female priests.

Walter Hawkins

61, July 11 | Grammy Award-winning gospel singer ("The Lord's Prayer"), composer, a founder of the famed Edwin Hawkins Singers, and Church of God in Christ pastor and bishop, whose hit albums included the Love Alive series.

Dorothy Height

98, April 20 | Unheralded but effective champion of rights for African-American women as head of the National Council of Negro Women for 40 years and high-ranking leader of the YWCA.

Walter Hickel

90, May 7 | Two-time Alaskan governor who served as Interior secretary under President Nixon until he was fired for objecting to the treatment of Vietnam war protesters.

Richard Holbrooke

69, Dec. 13 | U.S. diplomat who most recently served as U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan and was U.S. ambassador to the UN from 1999 to 2001.

Benjamin Hooks

85, April 15 | Lawyer, Baptist minister, first African-American appointed to the Federal Communications Commission (by President Nixon), and long-time head of the NAACP.

Dennis Hopper

74, May 29 | Film actor, director, and star of the 1969 film Easy Rider, an icon of the counter­culture who renounced drug abuse and quietly became a Republican in the 1980s.

Lena Horne

92, May 9 | Pioneering African-American singer and actress who cracked the race barrier in Hollywood in the 1940s.

Ralph Houk

90, July 21 | Former New York Yankees manager who led his team to three straight American League pennants and two World Series championships in the 1960s.

Gladys "Rusty" Hunt

83, July 4 | Christian author and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship leader.

Andy Irons

32, Nov. 2 | Three-time world champion surfer.

Mildred Jefferson

84, Oct. 15 | First American black woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School; pro-life trailblazer who helped found the National Right to Life Committee and served as its president for three years.

Hank Jones

91, May 16 | Prolific and versatile jazz piano virtuoso.

Lech Kaczynski

60, April 10 | Staunch Catholic and Poland's third post-Communist-era president until a fatal plane crash, who in 2008 firmly opposed the European Union's Lisbon Treaty prohibition of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and won an opt-out provision for Poland.

James J. Kilpatrick

89, Aug. 15 | Former Virginia newspaper editor who left his pro-segregation views behind and became one of the most commanding conservative writers of his generation; his column, "A Conservative View," ran in hundreds of newspapers for nearly 30 years.

John Kluge

95, Sept. 7 | Entrepreneur and philanthropist who built an investment in a radio station into the Metromedia broadcasting and communications empire, whose sale made him one of the richest men in the world.

Art Linkletter

97, May 26 | Pioneering radio and television talk-show host best known for soliciting hilarious unrehearsed remarks from children on his "House Party" TV show that aired from 1952 to 1970 and spawned his bestselling book, Kids Say the Darndest Things, and sequels.

Ali Hassan Al-Majid

68, Jan. 25 | Cousin of Saddam Hussein better known as "Chemical Ali" for the 1988 gassing of over 5,000 Kurds, the largest use of chemical weapons in history, executed in Iraq for crimes against humanity.

James Macarthur

72, Oct. 28 | Stage and screen actor who was Dano, the No. 2 cop in television's Hawaii Five-O series from 1968 to 1979.

Wilma Mankiller

64, April 6 | Chief of the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma 1985-1995, the first female in modern history to lead a major Native American tribe.

Peter Marshall Jr.

70, Sept. 8 | Presbyterian minister, author, and a leading conservative voice for greater recognition of "America's Christian heritage," especially in school textbooks and among historians and politicians.


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