"Departures" Continued...

Issue: "2011 News of the Year," Dec. 31, 2011

Lilian Jackson Braun (Bettinger)

97, June 4 | Prolific humorous-mystery novelist whose popular The Cat Who ... series spanned 29 volumes and four decades.

Patricia Breslin (Modell)

80, Oct. 12 | Stage, film, and television actress whose roles included wife of a politician (Jackie Cooper) with a talking dog named Cleo in The People's Choice 1950s sitcom, Meg Baldwin in the soap opera General Hospital, and Laura Brooks in Peyton Place.

Walter Breuning

114, April 14 | Reputedly the world's oldest man at the time of his death, who credited his longevity to eating only two meals a day, working as long as he could, helping others, and embracing change.

David Broder

81, March 9 | Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated Washington Post political columnist, often called the dean of the Washington press corps, a frequent panelist on national TV news talk shows.

Albert Brown

105, Aug. 14 | Oldest living survivor of the 1942 WWII six-day, 66-mile Bataan Death March in the Philippines.

Frank Buckles

110, Feb. 27 | The last U.S. World War I veteran of the nearly 5 million Americans who served in that war.

Don Butler

80, Feb. 3 | Gospel singer, composer, talent agent, co-founder in 1964 of the Gospel Music Association, and TV producer for the GMA Dove Awards.

Charles Callas

83, Jan. 27 | Zany comedian who accompanied his jokes with sound effects from his own mouth and appeared on just about every television variety and talk show from the 1960s to the 1980s; he was a regular on The Andy Williams Show and The ABC Comedy Hour.

Delois Barrett Campbell

85, Aug. 2 | "The mightiest voice of the greatest female trio in gospel," as the Chicago Tribune music critic described her. She grew up in church, with Mahalia Jackson and composer Tommy Dorsey as neighbors, and with her siblings performed as the Barrett Sisters for more than 60 years, with over 50 world tours and the acclaimed 1982 documentary, Say Amen, Somebody.

William Campbell

87, April 28 | Film and TV actor probably best known for his roles in the Star Trek series, including as Koloth, a Klingon captain fighting off little Tribble creatures.

Warren Christopher

85, March 18 | President Bill Clinton's first-term secretary of state, who shunned publicity and delegated the nitty-gritty of negotiations with foreign powers to others.

Jackie Cooper

88, May 3 | Popular child star who played Jackie in the Our Gang comedies, the title role in Skippy, and years later as an adult played editor of the Daily Planet in the four Christopher Reeve Superman films.

Harry Coover

94, March 26 | Eastman-Kodak chemist who accidentally discovered a powerful adhesive compound known today as Super Glue and Instant Krazy Glue.

Ken Curtis

71, Jan. 3 | Evangelical filmmaker and church historian, founder of Gateway Films/Vision Video and Christian History magazine.

Al Davis

82, Oct. 8 | Combative, win-at-any-cost, super-tough-guy Football Hall of Fame owner, general manager, and former coach of the Oakland Raiders whose teams won 15 conference titles and three Super Bowls in his 48 years at the helm, often marked by his feuds with the NFL and some of his own coaches and players.

John Dye

47, Jan. 10 | Actor who played the angel of death on the TV series Touched by an Angel.

Thomas Eisner

81, March 25 | Cornell biologist who studied insects and other bugs to observe their mating and feeding patterns, and to learn about the built-in chemical repellants and other survival strategies they use to defend themselves, all told notably in For the Love of Insects (2003).

Samuel Ericsson

66, Jan. 21 | Lawyer who directed the 4,500-member Christian Legal Society in the 1980s and later founded and headed Advocates International, a large global network of lawyers championing religious freedom. He was lead counsel in the landmark California Supreme Court case in 1988 that closed the door to "clergy malpractice" claims, and was a key architect of the federal Equal Access Act of 1984.

Robert Ettinger

92, July 23 | Physics teacher and science fiction writer who founded the cryonics movement, whose advocates believe if a body is quick frozen, it can be restored to life by future advances in medical science; who, after his second wife died in 2000, told the Detroit News, "If both of my wives are revived, that will be a high class problem."

Robert P. Evans

93, July 28 | Navy chaplain wounded in World War II, evangelist and early leader in Youth for Christ, and founder and long-time director of Paris-based Greater Europe Mission, also an organizer of Billy Graham's historic 1966 World Congress on Evangelism in Berlin.


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