"Departures" Continued...

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

Peter Falk

83, June 23 | Four-time Emmy Award-winning actor loved by millions as TV's rumpled, raspy-voiced, one-eyed (for real) homicide detective Lieutenant Columbo, who chomped on cigars, drove an old beat-up car, showed up everywhere wearing his worn-out fabric raincoat, but whose appearance and "Oh, just one more question" took criminals unaware. The Columbo TV movies and series spanned some 35 years.

Geraldine Ferraro

75, March 26 | Democrat from New York elected to Congress in 1978, a feminist and abortion supporter who served three terms and became the first woman nominated as vice president on a major party ticket in 1984, then defeated by Reagan-Bush.

Mary Fickett

83, Sept. 8 | Emmy-winning actress who for nearly 30 years played nurse Ruth Martin on the ABC daytime drama All My Children.

Betty Ford

93, July 8 | Wife of former President Gerald Ford who had a mastectomy weeks after moving into the White House and went public with it to create greater awareness of breast cancer, and who in 1982 co-founded a California-based rehab clinic, the Betty Ford Center, following victory in her own struggle with alcohol and addiction to pills.

"Smokin' Joe" Frazier

67, Nov. 7 | Heavyweight boxing champion who in "the fight of the century" in 1971 pummeled opponent Muhammad Ali in the 15th round-Ali's first loss-but lost the title to George Foreman in 1973, and lost the next two bouts with Ali, though ending with only four losses in 37 professional fights.

George Gallup Jr.

81, Nov. 21 | Evangelical Episcopalian who led the well-known opinion polling research company his father founded, expanding it to include sampling and appraising Americans' views on religion and the level of commitment to their faith.

Robert W. Galvin

89, Oct. 11 | Entrepreneur who in 1959 took the helm of Motorola, a family business founded by his father that originated car radios and walkie-talkies, and quickly grew it from $290 million in sales to a global electronics giant and pioneer in cellular phone technology with $10.8 billion in annual sales when he stepped down in 1990.

Betty Garrett

91, Feb. 12 | Actress best known as the flirty girl in love with the shy Frank Sinatra in the 1949 MGM musicals, Take Me Out to the Ballgame and On the Town, and as a regular on the TV series All in the Family and Laverne & Shirley.

Edwin Gaustad

87, March 25 | Influential church historian, leading expert on religion in colonial America, and author (The Great Awakening in New England, Religious History of America, and works on theologian Roger Williams). He was a lifelong Baptist who took a strict approach to separation of church and state.

Peter J. Gomes

68, Feb. 28 | Thundering theologically liberal black Baptist preacher, Harvard Divinity School professor of Christian morals, minister of Harvard University's campus church, and self-identified "celibate gay" who attacked religious fundamentalism and literal interpretations of the Bible.

Bruce Gordon

94, Jan. 20 | Actor most memorably known for playing Chicago mob boss Frank Nitti on The Untouchables television series (1959-1963).

Michael Gough

94, March 17 | British actor in more than 150 films, most famous for playing Batman's butler, Alfred Pennyworth.

William M. Greathouse

91, March 24 | Scholarly giant of the Wesleyan holiness movement who served as a Church of the Nazarene pastor, university and seminary president, and the denomination's general superintendent 1976-1989.

Elliot Handler

95, July 21 | Pioneering toy designer of miniature music boxes, co-founder with his wife in 1945 of Mattel, creating the Barbie doll and Hot Wheels, among many others toys.

Murray Handwerker

89, May 14 | Son who transformed his parents' "Nathan's Famous" single hot dog stand in Brooklyn's Coney Island (where frankfurters went for a nickel) into a popular national fast-food chain.

Philip Hannan

98, Sept. 29 | Catholic archbishop of New Orleans for 23 years, staunch anti-communist, leader of U.S. Catholic bishops, an Army chaplain during WWII in Europe, and during years in the Washington archdiocese, a confidante to President Kennedy, whose funeral sermon he preached.

Nancy Hardesty

69, April 8 | A former Eternity and Christian Century editor, Clemson religion professor, co-author of the influential evangelical feminism book All We're Meant to Be, and co-founder of what is now called the Evangelical and Ecumenical Women's Caucus.

Sidney Harman

92, April 12 | Energetic industrialist and philanthropist who with colleague Bernard Kardon in 1953 invented the first integrated high-fidelity audio receiver, and grew Harman Industries into a successful global electronics manufacturer.


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