"Departures" Continued...

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

Mark Hatfield

89, Aug. 7 | Two-term Oregon governor and Republican U.S. Senator 1967-1997; known for his opposition to the Vietnam War and promotion of federal spending on healthcare; an ardent evangelical, pro-life Baptist active in Washington's prayer breakfast movement.

Florence Parry Heide

92, Oct. 23 | Storyteller, poet, and writer of popular illustrated children's books (The Shrinking of Treehorn, Some Things Are Scary).

Arthur F. Holmes

87, Oct. 8 | Influential and sometimes controversial Wheaton College philosophy professor and author (All Truth Is God's Truth) who countered the anti-intellectualism he perceived in the American church, pressing for integration of faith and learning.

Ray H. Hughes

87, April 4 | Former general overseer of the Church of God (Cleveland, Tenn.) and president of the denomination's Lee College (now University), who also served terms as president of the National Association of Evangelicals, Pentecostal Fellowship of North America, and the Pentecostal World Conference.

Brian Jacques

71, Feb. 5 | British blue-collar worker who in 1986 authored Redwall, his first book in an international best-selling 22-volume children's fantasy series. The final volume, The Rogue Crew, was published after he died.

Steve Jobs

56, Oct. 5 | Co-founder and marketing genius of Apple who over the years introduced a succession of innovative products (the Macintosh computer in 1984, which launched the desktop publishing revolution, the iBook in 1999, the iPod and iTunes store in 2001, the iPhone in 2007), changing the way people interact with technology and making Apple a pop-culture phenomenon as well as one of the world's most valuable companies.

John Henry Johnson

81, June 3 | Pro Football Hall of Fame great who starred as both an agile runner and powerful blocker and played in four Pro Bowls during 11 seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, Detroit Lions, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Houston Oilers.

Leo Kahn

94, May 11 | Co-founder in 1986 of the discount office superstore chain Staples, an empire that has grown to $25 billion in annual sales, with 91,000 employees in 26 countries; he went on to start health food chains Fresh Fields and Nation's Heartland, both of which he sold to Whole Foods.

Frank Kameny

86, Oct. 11 | An early and outspoken leading figure in the gay-rights movement, fired from the Army Map Service in 1957, for which the federal government issued a formal apology in 2009.

Bil Keane

89, Nov. 8 | Father of five and an artist who in 1960 created "Family Circus," a single-panel cartoon in a circle featuring traditional values and subtle humor as a mommy, daddy, and their four kids live out the warmth and joys of everyday family life. Son Jeff is continuing the hugely popular cartoon, syndicated in some 1,500 newspapers.

Glen Kehrein

63, Nov. 12 | White leader of Circle Urban Ministry in Chicago who lived and worked in a black neighborhood for three decades, transforming relationships and leading Circle to become a national leader in urban community ministry (he also helped to establish Christian Community Development Association), and with Raleigh Washington wrote the influential tell-all and how-to book, Breaking Down Walls.

Tom Keith

64, Oct. 30 | The live on-stage radio voice actor and sound-effects genius who for more than 30 years used homemade props, grocery packages, and his own vocal cords to mimic the sounds of everything from crunching snow and falling trees to clucking chickens and elk calls for Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion.

Jack Kevorkian

83, June 3 | Pathologist and assisted-suicide advocate for the terminally ill, known as "Dr. Death," imprisoned for eight years and arrested frequently for helping more than 130 patients commit suicide from 1990 to 2000.

Harmon Killebrew

74, May 17 | Baseball Hall of Fame home-run slugger-573 homers in 22 seasons between 1959 and 1975 for the Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins and one year with the Kansas City Royals, a record second only to Babe Ruth in the American League when he retired.

Catherine Clark Kroeger

85, Feb. 14 | New Testament scholar and teacher at Gordon Conwell seminary, author and editor (The IVP Women's Bible Commentary), evangelical Presbyterian, and founder of Christians for Biblical Equality who advocated equality of roles for men and women in ministry and church leadership.

Jack LaLanne

96, Jan. 23 | Exercise and diet practitioner and promoter, gym equipment designer, and muscle-bulging TV show host widely acknowledged as founder of the modern physical fitness movement.

J. Harold Lane

82, June 6 | Southern Gospel Hall of Fame singer (with the Gospel Harmony Boys and The Speer Family) and songwriter ("I'm Standing on the Solid Rock" and "Touring That City").


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