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Patty Andrews

2013 departures

2013 News of the Year

Issue: "2013 News of the Year," Jan. 11, 2014

Patty Andrews | 94

Jan. 30  Last surviving member of the Andrews Sisters, a top recording, stage, and film vocal trio in the Big Band Era that sold more than 80 million records and recorded more than 400 songs (“Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “Rum and Coca-Cola,” “I’ll Be with You in Apple Blossom Time”).

George Aratani | 95

Feb. 19  Japanese-American businessman in Los Angeles who founded the Mikasa china and Kenwood electronics firms, and endowed the first U.S. academic chair for the study of the World War II internment of Japanese-Americans; he and his extended family had been interned.

Conrad Bain | 89

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Jan.14  Actor best known for his role as the wealthy white adoptive father of two poor black young men on the long-running television comedy Diff’rent Strokes.

Frank Bank | 71

April 13  Actor who played the dim-witted “Lumpy” on TV’s Leave It to Beaver.

Miller Barber | 82

June 11  U.S. professional golfer who constantly battled sneezing bouts on the course but played in nearly 1,300 tournaments, earning more than $5.6 million.

Robert Bellah | 86

July 30  Berkeley sociologist who probed the intersection of American culture and civic order with faith and America’s moral underpinnings.

Lindy Boggs | 97

July 27  Democratic Louisiana congresswoman for 18 years after taking over the seat of her late husband, Hale Boggs. She championed civil rights and was the only white member of Congress elected from a majority-black district.

Marguerite Bonnema | 99

Jan. 29  Co-founder in the 1940s (with the late Mary DeBoer VandenBosch) of Bethany Christian Services in Grand Rapids, Mich., now America’s largest adoption agency.

Amar Bose | 83

July 12  Engineer, inventor, and founder of the Bose Corporation, maker of top audio systems and speakers.

Antonia Brenner | 86

Oct. 17  Beverly Hills mom of seven who in midlife became a Catholic nun and moved into a Tijuana prison cell, spending more than three decades ministering to inmates, who honored her as “The Prison Angel.”

Joyce Brothers | 85

May 13  Psychologist who counseled millions for five decades on love, marriage, sex, and raising children via radio, TV, and columns in magazines and newspapers.

James M. Buchanan | 93

Jan. 9  Tennessee farm boy who became a conservative-minded economics professor and writer, winning the 1986 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences.

Will D. Campbell | 88

June 3  Gadfly country preacher off a Mississippi cotton farm and educated at Yale Divinity School. His sermons, writings, and activism made him a well-known white in the civil rights movement of the 1950s and ’60s.

Scott Carpenter | 88

Oct. 10  Second American to orbit Earth (May 1962). His was an error-pocked mission nearly ending in disaster. He never flew in space again.

André Cassagnes | 86

Jan. 16  French electrical engineer and National Toy Hall of Fame inductee who created the iconic Etch A Sketch toy that has sold more than 150 million since 1960.

Hugo Chavez | 58

March 5  Flamboyant leftist U.S. foe who won the Venezuelan presidency in 1998 and subsequent elections, survived a coup attempt, and worked to convert his oil-rich country into a socialist state, using repressive measures to silence opposition.

Tom Clancy | 66

Oct. 1  With more than 100 million copies of his 28 novels in print, he was one of the world’s best-selling, best-known authors. Some of his spy-tech and military-themed thrillers became Hollywood blockbusters, including Red Storm Rising and Patriot Games. He sold his first book, The Hunt for Red October, to little-known Naval Institute Press for only $5,000; it was published in 1985.

William P. ‘Judge’ Clark | 81

Aug. 10  One of President Ronald Reagan’s most trusted and influential confidants who helped shape Reagan’s Cold War policy. An ardently pro-life Catholic Democrat, he left his seat on the California Supreme Court to serve as chief of staff for Reagan after his election as governor of California. He also served Reagan’s presidency as deputy secretary of state, national security advisor, and interior secretary.

Van Cliburn | 78

Feb. 27  World-renowned pianist from Kilgore, Texas, whose triumph at age 23 at the inaugural 1958 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow helped thaw the Cold War, earning him a New York City ticker tape parade.

Joe Conley | 85

July 7  Actor best known as Ike Godsey, a small-town storekeeper and postmaster on the TV series The Waltons (1972 to 1981).

Paul Crouch | 79

Nov. 30  Pentecostal television entrepreneur who in 1973 founded Trinity Broadcasting Network and grew it into the nation’s largest religious TV network. He and his wife Jan also hosted their own two-hour nightly TBN variety show, Praise the Lord.

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