"Departures" Continued...

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

Moishe Rosen

78, May 19 | Colorful activist and founder of the Jews for Jesus outreach ministry.

Dan Rostenkowski

82, Aug. 11 | Eighteen-term Illinois congressman who chaired the House Ways and Means Committee for 14 years before serving 17 months in prison for mail fraud, pardoned in 2000 by President Clinton.

J.D. (Jerome David) Salinger

91, Jan. 27 | Reclusive American author of the perennial youth favorite, Catcher in the Rye, a 1951 novel about adolescent angst.

Allan R. Sandage

84, Nov. 13 | Astronomer and protege of cosmologist Edwin Hubble ("the universe is constantly expanding") who spent much of his life trying to estimate the age of the universe (he set it high at 15 billion years).

Daniel Schorr

93, July 23 | Aggressive, unbending television news reporter and analyst at CBS, CNN, and NPR, and bane of conservative political leaders (he was No. 17 on President Nixon's "enemies list").

Erich Segal

72, Jan. 17 | Yale and Oxford classics professor and best-selling novelist (Love Story).

Edith Shain

91, June 20 | A nurse in Times Square on the day Japan surrendered, whose kiss by a sailor was immortalized in Life magazine.

Johnny Sheffield

79, Oct. 15 | "Boy" in the Johnny Weismuller Tarzan movie series who later starred in Bomba, the Jungle Boy film series.

Jean Simmons

80, Jan. 22 | Versatile British-born star of many films (The Robe) and Emmy winner for the TV mini-series The Thorn Birds.

Elinor Smith (Sullivan)

98, March 19 | Pioneer aviator who flew beneath all four of New York City's East River suspension bridges at age 17, and piloted an experimental plane at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia at age 89.

Stephen J. Solarz

70, Nov. 29 | New York Democratic congressman who in 1986 revealed the excesses of Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos, including her 3,000 pairs of shoes, and was redistricted out of his seat in 1992 after co-sponsoring the resolution authorizing President George H.W. Bush to wage war in Iraq.

Ted Sorenson

82, Oct. 31 | JFK aide and speechwriter who ghosted much of Kennedy's Pulitzer Prize-winning Profiles in Courage and who helped draft the letter to Nikita Khrushchev that diffused the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Jack Sparks

81, Feb. 8 | College professor turned Campus Crusade for Christ staffer who helped found the Christian World Liberation Front, and later helped start the Evangelical Orthodox church.

Michael Spencer

53, April 5 | Baptist minister and voice of the popular and sometimes controversial religion blog "Internet Monk."

Joseph Stein

98, Oct. 24 | Playwright who wrote the book for the musical Fiddler on the Roof and the librettos for more than a dozen Broadway musicals.

George Steinbrenner

80, July 13 | "The Boss" businessman and owner of the New York Yankees who led the team to seven World Series trophies.

Ted Stevens

86, Aug. 9 | Moderate Republican senator from Alaska for a record 40 years 1968-2008, who as chair of the Appropriations Committee delivered billions in federal contracts to his state, and who before he died in a plane crash saw indictments against him for corruption dismissed for prosecutorial misconduct.

Gloria Stuart

100, Sept. 26 | Actress (the sweetheart in The Invisible Man and Old Rose in Titanic) and a founder of the Screen Actors Guild.

Joan Sutherland

83, Oct. 10 | Australian coloratura soprano who was one of the most celebrated opera singers of all time.

Bobby Thomson

86, Aug. 16 | Baseball power slugger known for his three-run "Shot Heard 'Round the World" home run against the Brooklyn Dodgers that won the National League pennant for the New York Giants in 1951.

Albertina Walker

81, Oct. 8 | Gospel Hall of Fame Grammy Award-winning "Queen of Gospel" music (more than 60 albums) whose goal was to "deliver the message and win souls for Christ."

James "Jimmy" Wall

92, Oct. 27 | Captain Kangaroo's neighbor "Mr. Baxter" on the children's TV show.

George Webber

90, July 10 | Prominent liberal Protestant minister with the United Church of Christ, social action advocate, and former president of New York Theological Seminary.

Charles Wilson

76, Feb. 10 | Twelve-term Democratic Texas anti-communist congressman who funneled billions to the CIA to fight the Soviets in Afghanistan, and whose life inspired the 2007 movie Charlie Wilson's War.

John Wooden

99, June 4| Legendary Bible-reading Hall of Fame UCLA basketball coach who led the Bruins to 10 NCAA championships.

Howard Zinn

87, Jan. 27 | Controversial liberal historian and writer whose 1980 book, A People's History of the United States, was a rallying beacon for the American left.
(Editor's note: This article has been edited to reflect the correct dates of death for Sparky Anderson, Denise Borino-Quinn, John Forsythe, Andy Irons, Edwin Newman, Elizabeth Post, Erich Segal, Jean Simmons, Ted Stevens, and John Wooden.)

Edward E. Plowman
Edward E. Plowman


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