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2012 Departures

"2012 Departures" Continued...

Issue: "2012 News of the Year," Dec. 29, 2012

Lesley Brown

64, June 6 | English working-class woman who at age 30 on July 25, 1978, gave birth to the first baby (a girl) conceived outside the womb by in-vitro fertilization (with her husband’s sperm).

Keith Campbell

58, Oct. 5 | British cell biologist who along with colleague Ian Wilmut in 1996 cloned the first mammal from a reprogrammed adult cell, a sheep they named Dolly. 

Dick Clark

clark_4.png82, April 18 | Boyish-looking TV producer who projected a clean-cut image, best known as long-time host of American Bandstand, the hit song and dance show that influenced generations of teenagers and decisively shaped pop culture. For more than three decades, he also helped ring in the New Year with his Dec. 31 Rockin’ Eve program aired from Times Square in New York.

Charles Colson

80, April 21 | One of the evangelical movement’s most respected and influential figures, the former presidential adviser rose rapidly to prominence following his conversion and a brief federal prison term for obstruction of justice during the Watergate era. His bestsellers (beginning with Born Again in 1976), other writings, and speeches explained the Christian faith and its implications for believers. He founded Prison Fellowship to support ex-convicts and press for reform. A Southern Baptist who liked Calvinist theologians, he was a bridge builder who also promoted evangelical-Catholic dialogue. His was a Christian worldview “with shoes on.”

Lynn D. Compton

90, Feb. 25 | A World War II first lieutenant in the 101st Airborne Division whose military heroics were memorialized in the 2001 HBO miniseries Band of Brothers. After the war, as a deputy district attorney, he led the team that prosecuted Sirhan Sirhan for Robert Kennedy’s assassination.

Don Cornelius

75, Feb. 1 | Creator and host of Soul Train, a music and TV dance show that introduced generations of Americans to emerging trends in black pop culture; an apparent suicide.

Stephen Covey

79, July 16 | Motivational self-help speaker and author of the 1989 best-selling The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (more than 25 million copies sold worldwide).

Frank Moore Cross

91, Oct. 16 | Harvard biblical scholar and expert in Semitic languages. His overall work established the amazingly meticulous faithfulness of medieval Hebrew copies of Old Testament Scriptures to the text of those from the first two centuries A.D.

Frederick W. Danker

91, Feb. 2 | Lutheran New Testament scholar who in 2009 published his widely hailed crowning achievement, The Concise Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament.

Hal David

92, Sept. 1 | Renowned pop music composer who with songwriting partner Burt Bacharach produced a trove of memorable hits in the 1960s and early ’70s, including “Walk on By,” “What the World Needs Now Is Love,” and the Oscar-winning “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head.”

Richard Dawson

79, June 2 | Actor and game show host who gained fame in the 1960s as RAF corporal Peter Newkirk on the sitcom Hogan’s Heroes, and as witty host of the super-popular game show Family Feud during the 1970s and 1980s.

Phyllis Diller

95, Aug. 20 | Zany late-blooming comedian whose frenzied hairdo, outlandish wardrobe, self-deprecating jokes, and loud laughs made her a standout in comedy clubs, Bob Hope movies, and late-night TV.

Cleve Duncan

78, Nov. 7 | A one-hit tenor singing wonder with the Penguins, a doo-wop group of the 1950s and early 1960s, but what a hit! Dreamy, romantic “Earth Angel” sold millions of copies and climbed to No. 1 on the rhythm and blues charts.

Elward Ellis

63, May 12 | Pioneer of black campus ministry and racial reconciliation with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.

Nora Ephron

71, June 26 | Prolific romantic comedy writer whose articles, books, plays, and movies (Sleepless in Seattle, Julie & Julia) were hits with a broad audience and whose popularity never waned. She had two movies in development as well as a play with frequent collaborator Tom Hanks when she died.

Dan Evins

76, Jan. 14 | Entrepreneur who in 1969 opened a restaurant in his hometown Lebanon, Tenn., and grew it into the popular highway chain of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store eateries at 620 locations in 42 states. 

Horst Faas

79, May 10 | Pulitzer Prize–winning AP combat photographer, best known for covering the Vietnam War, and for recruiting, training, and equipping an “army” of locals whose photos kept the images of the horrific war on America’s front pages.

Paul “Hermano Pablo” Finkenbinder

90, Jan. 27 | Assemblies of God missionary whose far-flung “Message to the Conscience” broadcast ministry, now aired daily in 33 countries, made “Brother Paul” Latin America’s best-known preacher for decades.

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Listen to a report on notable deaths of 2012 on WORLD’s radio news magazine The World and Everything in It.

Photo credits: ARMSTRONG: NASA/Reuters/Landov; CLARK: Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images; GRIFFITH: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images; KINKADE: Rick E. Martin/MCT/Landov; PATERNO: Ronald C. Modra /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images; SEAU: Matt A. Brown/Icon SMI/Corbis/AP; WELLS: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

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