2012 Departures

"2012 Departures" Continued...

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

Jim Huber

67, Jan. 2 | Emmy-winning sports commentator and co-anchor during nearly 30 years at CNN.

Sterling Huston

76, June 29 | Former Kodak engineer and Youth For Christ director in Rochester, N.Y., who was tapped by evangelist Billy Graham in 1966 to coordinate and later direct Graham’s many North American crusades. He literally wrote the detailed book on how to organize a crusade. He also chaired the boards of several ministries, including Evangelism Explosion. 

Andrew Huxley

94, May 30 | British physiologist awarded a 1963 Nobel Prize for his and a collaborator’s discovery and explanation of how nerve cells generate and transmit the electrical signals that control bodily movement. That work “did for the cell biology of neurons what the structure of DNA did for the rest of biology,” said 2000 Nobel laureate Eric Kandel.

Etta James

73, Jan. 20 | Much-acclaimed Grammy-winning pop singer (signature hit: “At Last”) who also served up soul, gospel, and jazz, and who was ranked No. 22 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.

Arthur Jensen

89, Oct. 22 | U.C.-Berkeley educational psychology professor who published research implicating genetics as the reason blacks averaged 15 point lower IQs than whites, provoking a backlash that never fully quieted, although peers defended him, and his black students said he never exhibited any signs of racism.

Davy Jones

66, Feb. 29 | Heart-throb singer in the made-for-TV pop band The Monkees, a group that surprisingly outsold both the Beatles and the Rolling Stones in 1967 (with over 65 million albums sold to date).

Alex Karras

77, Oct. 10 | Ferocious, cagy All-Pro lineman for the Detroit Lions named to four Pro Bowls and member of the 1960s NFL’s All-Decade Team who went on to become a popular actor (Blazing Saddles, Victor/Victoria), making guest appearances on the Tonight Show and starring in his own popular TV series Webster with his wife Susan.

Rodney King

47, June 17 | Battered subject whose beating by Los Angeles police was caught on video and helped ignite the city’s 1992 riots. Overwhelmed by what he saw happening, he went on television, begged the rioters to “stop making it horrible for the older people and the kids,” and issued the memorable plea: “Can we all get along?”

Thomas Kinkade

kinkade.jpg54, April 6 | Popular traditionalist artist whose adult conversion to Christ inspired him to become a “Painter of Light,” mass producing paintings with Christian and sentimental themes to reflect, he said, the values of those who chose to display them.

William S. Knowles

95, June 13 | Nobel Prize–winning chemist whose groundbreaking research brought about a dramatic drop in the cost of producing the Parkinson’s tremors-lessening drug L-dopa.

Paul Kurtz

86, Oct. 20 | Influential philosophy professor dedicated to evangelizing the culture for secular humanism, debunking “religious myths,” and developing a god-free moral standard for people seeking to do good.

Robert J. Lamont

92, March 26 | Prominent evangelical leader, pastor of Pittsburgh’s First Presbyterian Church for two decades, and for 25 years president and CEO of the Presbyterian Ministers’ Fund, a leading insurance company serving clergy and families of various denominations.

George Lindsey

83, May 6 | Actor who played the gas station attendant Goober Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show and later as beanie-wearing Goober in Mayberry R.F.D. Lindsey spent another 20 years as “George” on Hee Haw.

Eric Lomax

93, Oct. 8 | British WWII POW forced to help build the Burma Railway who wrote the book Railway Man—soon to be released as a film—recounting his experiences meeting and ultimately forgiving his deeply repentant Japanese tormentor.

Tony Martin

98, July 27 | Popular singer-actor in Hollywood musicals who appeared in more than 30 films (Ziegfeld Girl, Casbah) and continued to delight live audiences with what he called his “heartfelt” singing style well into his 90s.

George McGovern

90, Oct. 21 | U.S. senator from South Dakota, decorated WWII bomber pilot, advocate of social liberalism, critic of the Vietnam War, and Democratic candidate opposing Richard Nixon in the 1972 election.

Ralph McQuarrie

82, March 3 | Masterful artist whose ability to create compelling visuals for movie producer George Lucas’ concepts, such as Darth Vader’s helmet and raspy breathing apparatus, made the Star Wars films so memorable.

Russell Means

72, Oct. 22 | Controversial, combative American Indian rights activist, known for leading a bloody 1973 protest at Wounded Knee, S.D., who had a flair for drama that not only drew attention to Native American causes but also earned him acting roles in more than 30 movies and TV productions, including The Last of the Mohicans and Pathfinder.

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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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