"Departures" Continued...

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

Kevin McCarthy

96, Sept. 11 | Actor best known for his starring role as the terrified doctor who tried to warn the world about the alien "pod people" who were taking over in the 1956 sci-fi classic, Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

Rue McClanahan

76, June 3 | Actress who played the disrespectful Southern belle Blanche Devereaux in the long-running hit TV series The Golden Girls.

Alexander McQueen

40, Feb. 11 | British-born creative director of the luxury label Gucci and reputedly one of the most respected fashion designers in the world.

Don Meredith

72, Dec. 5 | NFL quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys better known as color commentator for ABC's Monday Night Football beginning in 1970 alongside Howard Cosell and Keith Jackson, bringing pro football to prime-time television as part of a show he co-anchored until 1984.

Mitch Miller

99, July 31 | Goateed orchestra leader who asked Americans to "Sing Along with Mitch," and record producer who headed Columbia Records in the 1950s, showcasing artists like Johnny Mathis and Tony Bennett, and discovering an R&B artist named Aretha Franklin.

Buddy Morrow

91, Sept. 27 | Trombone great who took over as bandleader of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra 1977-2010.

John Murtha

77, Feb. 8 | Democratic congressman from Pennsylvania since 1974 known for funneling hundreds of millions in earmarks to his district and for switching from hawk to anti-war critic in 2005.

Patricia Neal

84, Aug. 8 | Actress and Academy Award-winner known for starring roles in The Day the Earth Stood Still, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and The Homecoming: A Christmas Story (the pilot episode for The Waltons).

Roger Nicole

95, Dec. 11 | Theologian and professor at Gordon Conwell Seminary and Reformed Theological Seminary who helped found the International Council on Biblical Inerrancy and the Evangelical Theological Society, along with editing recent Bible translations, including the NIV and New Geneva Study Bible.

Leslie Nielsen

84, Nov. 28 | Veteran drama actor but probably best known for his comedic roles in Airplane! and The Naked Gun series.

Edwin Newman

91, Aug. 13 | Witty and laid back but brainy NBC newsman, Today show host, commentator, and substitute anchor for more than 30 years, and assertive protector of proper English grammar.

Marshall Nirenberg

82, Jan. 15 | Nobel Prize-winning biochemist and geneticist who in 1961 deciphered the DNA code that lies at the basis of life.

Doug Oldham

79, July 21 | Award-winning gospel singer and former praise leader at TV pastor Jerry Falwell's church.

Charlie O'Donnell

78, Oct. 31 | Best known as the announcer on the game show Wheel of Fortune.

Merlin Olsen

69, March 11 | The "Gentle Giant" Pro Football Hall of Fame lineman for the Los Angeles Rams for 15 seasons who later became an actor (Little House on the Prairie) and sports broadcaster.

Fess Parker

85, March 18 | Actor best known as Davy Crockett in the mid-1950s Walt Disney television series.

Robert Brown Parker

77, Jan. 18 | Prolific bestselling mystery writer who created Spenser, the Boston private eye who was the hero of nearly 40 novels, movie adaptations, and a popular TV series (Spenser: For Hire).

Bill Pearce

83, Feb. 22 | Internationally noted Christian radio broadcasting pioneer with WMBI in Chicago and recording artist.

Thomas C. Peebles

89, July 8 | Physician and scientist who isolated the measles virus, leading to a vaccine in 1963.

Teddy Pendergrass

59, Jan. 13 | The booming "black Elvis" baritone who defined the genre of seductive rhythm and blues soul music ("The Love I Lost," "Turn Off the Lights").

Clark Pinnock

73, Aug. 15 | Well-known theologian whose views evolved from mainstream evangelical to "open theism," where God is self­limiting, not all-knowing, and can be persuaded to change His mind.

Elizabeth Post

89, April 24 | Etiquette expert, author, and syndicated columnist who carried on the work of her grandmother, Emily Post.

Lynn Redgrave

67, May 2 | Actress (Georgy Girl) who was a member of Britain's celebrated Redgrave family acting dynasty, including her sister Vanessa, with whom she co-starred in TV's Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?

Rosa Rio

107, May 13 | Last of the silent movie and early radio soap opera organists.

Pernell Roberts

81, Jan. 24 | Best known for his role as Adam Cartwright, Ben Cartwright's eldest son, on the popular TV western series Bonanza and his title role as the chief surgeon on Trapper John, M.D.

Robin Roberts

83, May 6 | Hall of Fame pitching ace who won 286 games and led the Phillies to the 1950 National League pennant.


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