"Departures" Continued...

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

Peggy Rea

89, Feb. 5 | Prolific character actress known for her roles in television, including as Lulu, wife of Boss Hogg and sister of Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane on The Dukes of Hazzard, as Cousin Bertha on All in the Family, and Jean Kelly on Grace Under Fire.

Andy Rooney

92, Nov. 4 | The rumpled, often frowning, bushy-eyebrowed critic of human and corporate behavior who made grouchy teasing a signature art form for a few minutes every week for 32 years as a commentator on 60 Minutes.

William Rusher

87, April 16 | A leading strategist in the postwar rise of political conservatism, seen in the nominations of Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan for president and the rise of the Republican right; he was an author, syndicated columnist, and publisher of National Review.

Jane Russell

89, Feb. 28 | Hollywood sex symbol in the 1940s and 1950s (The Outlaw, Calamity Jane in The Paleface, showgirl in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes) who in later life turned to Christianity and organized Bible study groups in Hollywood.

R. Sargent Shriver

95, Jan. 18 | John F. Kennedy's brother-in-law, founder of the Peace Corps, architect of President Lyndon Johnson's "War on Poverty," and George McGovern's running mate in 1972.

Fred Shuttlesworth

89, Oct. 5 | Alabama Baptist pastor and early leader in the Civil Rights movement, co-founder with Martin Luther King Jr. and Ralph David Abernathy of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957 who became a confrontational activist during violent 1963 Birmingham protests.

Duke Snider

84, Feb. 27 | Baseball Hall of Fame center-fielder and home run hitter during the Brooklyn Dodgers' glory years 1949-1957 (40 or more HRs in five consecutive seasons, and the only player to hit four home runs twice in a World Series).

John Stott

90, July 27 | London-based Anglican preacher, writer, and one of the most influential figures in the formation of the evangelical movement in the 20th century, whose unwavering commitment to the authority of Scripture and scholarly approach to expositing its message won the respect of generations of Christian university students across the globe, many of them nurtured by his best-known book, Basic Christianity.

William Stuntz

52, March 15 | Respected Harvard criminal law professor, author of The Collapse of American Criminal Justice, an evangelical and influential conservative legal scholar known for his teaching of Christian legal theory.

Salmaan Taseer

65, Jan. 4 | Pakistan provincial governor and human-rights advocate assassinated in Islamabad by his security guard opposed to his defense of a Christian woman accused of blasphemy and sentenced to death.

Clarice Taylor

93, May 30 | Actress known best as "Grandmother Huxtable" on The Cosby Show and as Harriet on Sesame Street.

Elizabeth Taylor

79, March 23 | Academy Award-winning actress who appeared in more than 50 films over 70 years in front of a camera (National Velvet, A Place in the Sun, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?).

Donald Tyson

80, Jan. 6 | College dropout who became one of the world's richest men by building his father's Arkansas chicken business over 43 years into Tyson Foods.

Margaret Whiting

86, Jan. 10 | Pop singer whose voice and career spanned seven decades on film, stage, television, and cabarets with more than 700 recordings ("That Old Black Magic," "Far Away Places," "Wedding Bells").

David Wilkerson

79, April 27 | Pentecostal evangelist who in 1959 in Brooklyn founded the well-known ministry to troubled teens Teen Challenge, author of the mega bestseller The Cross and the Switchblade (1963), and founder in 1987 of Times Square Church in Manhattan, where he was senior pastor, preaching to 5,000 on Sundays until retirement in 2010.

Roger Williams

87, Oct. 8 | Popular and versatile pianist who played for nine U.S. presidents and for Robert Schuller's Crystal Cathedral; his 1955 "Autumn Leaves" was the only piano instrumental to reach No. 1 on the Billboard pop charts, and remains the best-selling piano record of all time, with more than 2 million sold.

Tom Wilson Sr.

80, Sept. 16 | Syndicated cartoonist who created Ziggy, a hard-luck character who has been a mainstay on the comics page of hundreds of newspapers for more than 40 years.

Dick Winters

92, Jan. 2 | Decorated Army officer and hero whose World War II service was recounted in the best-selling book by historian Stephen E. Ambrose and HBO mini-series Band of Brothers.

Paul Youngdahl

73, June 20 | Leader in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and long-time pastor of 13,000-member Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, the ELCA's largest congregation.


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