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"Departures" Continued...

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

Milton Levine

97, Jan. 16 | Creator in 1956 of "Uncle Milton's Ant Farm," a $1.98 6-by-9-inch farmhouse for ants for childhood education and enjoyment, with more than 20 million sold (today at $10.99 each).

Leonard Lomell

91, March 1 | Highly decorated WWII hero, a thrice-wounded U.S. Army Ranger, known best for finding and disabling five German 155-mm guns with a 12-mile range hidden in an orchard on the Normandy coast in the early hours of D-Day; recognized as the single individual-other than Gen. Dwight Eisenhower-most responsible for the success of D-Day.

Charlie Louvin

83, Jan. 26 | Country Hall of Fame singer, half of the legendary Louvin Brothers (his brother died in a 1965 auto accident), a Grand Ole Opry favorite with nearly 20 solo albums.

"Easy Ed" Macauley

83, Nov. 8 | An early NBA great who starred for the Boston Celtics and at age 32 became the youngest player elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame-a distinction that still holds-who went on to be a TV sportscaster, and, as a Catholic deacon, co-authored a book on how to write sermons.

John Mackey

69, July 6 | Big but speedy tight end, he starred for the Baltimore Colts 1963-1971 , became president of the league's players union, and was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1992.

Hugh Martin

96, March 11 | Broadway and film songwriter who composed three classics introduced by Judy Garland in Meet Me in St. Louis: "The Trolley Song," "The Boy Next Door," and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."

Max Mathews

84, May 21 | Known as the "father of computer music," the Bell Laboratories software engineer in 1957 wrote "Music," a program that allowed an IBM 704 mainframe computer to play a 17-second composition-the first digitized music.

Ollie Matson

80, Feb. 19 | U.S. Olympic medal-winning sprinter, an All American on the University of San Francisco football team, and a top all-around All-Pro star during 14 seasons with five mostly terrible teams in the NFL 1952-1966; inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1972.

Ellen McCormack

84, March 27 | Anti-abortion activist who ran as a Democrat for president in 1976, winning 200,000 votes in 18 state primaries; she ran in 1980 on the Right-to-Life Party ticket, garnering about 32,000 votes in three primaries.

Harry Morgan

96, Dec. 7 | Emmy-winning actor best known as "Colonel Potter" in the long-running television sitcom M*A*S*H.

Joseph E. Mortimer Jr.

80, July 1 | Catholic founder and publisher of Voices for the Unborn newspaper who proclaimed the message in billboards and other media that "Abortion Stops a Beating Heart."

Bernard Nathanson

84, Feb. 21 | Former Manhattan obstetrician who presided over an estimated 75,000 abortions (including his own child's), then denounced the practice in 1979, authored the best-seller Aborting America, directed and narrated the pro-life films The Silent Scream and Eclipse of Reason, and as a former atheist found "peace" after converting to Catholicism in 1996.

David Nelson

74, Jan. 11 | Son who starred on his parents' popular television series The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.

Eugene Nida

96, Aug. 25 | Internationally famed linguist, global trainer of missionary translators, and overseer of hundreds of Bible translations as long-time director of translations for the American Bible Society.

Arthur C. Nielsen Jr.

92, Oct. 3 | Household synonym for television ratings who transformed his father's once-obscure Chicago market research firm into a global survey and measurement giant.

Lana Peters

85, Nov. 22 | Born Svetlana Stalina, Soviet dictator Josef Stalin's only daughter and last surviving child, who defected to the West in Cold War 1967 and wrote two best-selling autobiographies.

Paul Picerni

88, Jan. 12 | Actor best known as Eliot Ness' righthand man, Lee Hobson, in the 1960s TV series The Untouchables.

Robert Pierpoint

86, Oct. 22 | CBS News radio and TV correspondent for more than four decades who covered the Korean War, the White House under six presidents-from Eisenhower to Carter-including the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

Muammar Qaddafi

69, Oct. 20 | Eccentric, unstable, and brutal dictator who ruled Libya for 42 years; long-time sponsor of global terrorist organizations who allegedly ordered the 1988 bombing that downed Pan Am flight 103, killing 270; brutally slain in the uprising that toppled his government.

Norman F. Ramsey

96, Nov. 4 | MIT and Harvard physicist whose work with atoms, molecules, and electromagnetic radiation led to the development of the atomic clock-and a 1989 Nobel Prize in Physics-and laid the groundwork for magnetic resonance imaging and GPS applications.

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