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2012 Departures

"2012 Departures" Continued...

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

Calvin Miller

75, Aug. 19 | Gifted writer and author of more than 40 books, beloved long-time Omaha pastor, and respected seminary professor, best known for his 1975 book, The Singer, with sales of more than 1 million copies.

Marvin Miller

94, Nov. 27 | Baseball union head who successfully negotiated and litigated free agency, arbitration rights, and other advantages for baseball players, starting a revolution that changed the relationship between all professional sports teams and their athletes.

Else Holmelund Minarik

91, July 12 | Author who launched the Little Bear picture-book series for children in 1957 when she became dissatisfied with the reading options for her first-grade students. The series has now sold more than 6 million copies worldwide and been adapted for television.

Art Modell

87, Sept. 6 | Innovative owner of the Cleveland Browns and then the Baltimore Ravens who changed the face of professional football with ideas like merging the AFL and NFL into competing NFL conferences and made the sport more popular than baseball.

Howard Moody

91, Sept. 12 | Self-proclaimed “Christian agnostic” minister at historic Judson Memorial Church in New York’s Greenwich Village who abandoned his traditional Baptist roots and turned his church into a center for liberal social issues and causes, such as establishing a network of clergy and rabbis to help women get abortions in the years prior to the passage of Roe v. Wade.

Sun Myung Moon

92, Sept. 2 | Self-professed Korean messiah (he said Jesus had appeared to him and told him to finish the work He had begun on earth 2,000 years earlier) and founder of the controversial Unification Church in Seoul in 1954.

James Morehead

95, March 11 | Highly decorated “Wildman” WWII flying ace who terrorized Japanese pilots using shooting skills developed to help feed his family during the Depression, and who became a global big game hunter in later life.

Jhan Moskowitz

64, Sept. 5 | Jews for Jesus co-founder and JFJ North American director who in 1971 first met his Messiah. He later met JFJ founder Moishe Rosen within San Francisco’s hippie subculture, and the two of them spent the rest of their lives helping fellow Jews recognize and follow Jesus as their Messiah.

Elinor Ostrom

78, June 12 | Indiana University scholar who was the first woman to receive the Nobel Prize in Economics, awarded for her international field research showing that communities often can manage their common resources, such as forests, irrigation, and fisheries, as well as, or better than, business or government.

Mel Parnell

89, March 20 | Pitching ace who won more games for the Boston Red Sox from 1947 to 1956 than any other left-handed pitcher, nicknamed the “Yankee killer” by fans for his ability to prevent their rivals from scoring at Fenway Park during the era when the Yankees were at their most dominant.

Joe Paterno

paterno.jpg85, Jan. 22 | Longtime Penn State football coach whose unsurpassed winning record over 46 years, his taking the Nittany Lions to 37 bowl games, and winning two national championships was besmirched last year by revelations of failure to protect boys being sexually abused by a former assistant coach.

Clarence Pope

81, Jan. 8 | Traditionalist Episcopal bishop who struggled to maintain orthodox practice in his denomination.

William Raspberry

76, July 17 | Sometimes moderate Washington Post journalist for 39 years whose Pulitzer Prize–winning column appeared in more than 200 newspapers and who Time once called “the most respected black voice on any white U.S. newspaper.”

Sally Ride

61, July 23 | Physicist and astrophysicist who became the first American woman and youngest American to fly in space, and sat on panels investigating the Challenger explosion and the Columbia crash.

Darrell Royal

88, Nov. 7 | College Football Hall of Fame coach who transformed the losing University of Texas Longhorns into a football powerhouse with 11 Southwest Conference championships and 16 bowl appearances during his 20-year tenure.

Ann Rutherford

94, June 11 | Actress who played Mickey Rooney’s teenage girlfriend in the popular Andy Hardy movies but achieved her greatest fame for the role of Scarlett’s younger sister in Gone with the Wind.

Vidal Sassoon

84, May 9 | Trend-setting hair-care bigwig who popularized a simpler, less-time-consuming wash-and-go approach to women’s hairstyling, and parlayed his ideas and skills into a global brand of hair products and salons.

R.W. Schambach

85, Jan. 17 | Fiery faith-healing Pentecostal evangelist who held forth on TV, in tents and halls in many American cities over 60 years, and in crusades in some 200 countries.

Read more "2012 Departures."

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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