2013 departures

"2013 departures" Continued...

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

William R. Cutrer | 62

July 13  Former Dallas gynecologist, obstetrician, and seminary graduate who was a professor of medical ethics and family-life ministry at Southern Baptist Seminary starting in 1999. He was a hands-on pro-life advocate and worker in the Louisville, Ky., area, a family-life conference speaker, and author or co-author of Sexual Intimacy in Marriage, The Infertility Companion, Lethal Harvest, and The Church Leader’s Handbook: A Guide to Counseling Families and Individuals in Crisis

Pat Derby | 70

Feb. 15  Animal trainer who worked with Hollywood “stars” Flipper and Lassie, and later became devoted to protecting performing animals after seeing widespread abuse, as exposed in her 1976 autobiography, The Lady and Her Tiger

Ray Dolby | 80

Sept. 12  Pioneering sound engineer who in the 1960s invented a system that removed the hiss from audio tapes, revolutionizing the recording industry. In 1977 he also developed “surround sound,” which is used in movie theaters worldwide.

Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert | 70

April 4  The first film critic to win a Pulitzer Prize—for his 1,975 reviews written in his Chicago Sun-Times columns. He also co-hosted a TV show, serving up critiques that could boost or doom a film’s box-office take.

Robert Edgar | 69

April 23  Affable United Methodist minister, Democratic congressman (Pa.), and 10-year president of Claremont School of Theology. In 2000 he became general secretary of the troubled National Council of Churches, and then president of Common Cause, the Washington, D.C.–based liberal advocacy group. 

Robert Edwards | 87

April 10  University of Cambridge professor and Nobel Prize winner known as “the father of in vitro fertilization.” In 1978, working with the late gynecologist Patrick Steptoe, he helped a woman give birth to the world’s first test tube baby.

Jean Bethke Elshtain | 72

Aug. 11  Christian ethicist and philosopher of politics and religion known for her work on just war, the disabled, and abortion ethics.

Douglas Engelbart | 88

July 2  Silicon Valley engineer who, with a colleague at Stanford Research Institute in 1963, invented the computer mouse.

Dennis Farina
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Dennis Farina

Dennis Farina | 69

July 22  Real-life Chicago police officer who later acted in films (Midnight Run, Get Shorty) and TV dramas, portraying Detective Joe Fontana in NBC’s Law and Order.

Vince Flynn | 47

June 19  Best-selling author of 14 counterterrorism thriller novels. The books sold more than 15 million copies in the United States and millions more abroad.

Robert W. Fogel | 86

June 11  University of Chicago economics historian awarded a Nobel Prize for his data-driven, controversy-generating claim that Southern slavery was an economically rational and efficient system that collapsed for political rather than economic reasons.

Thomas Foley | 84

Oct. 18  Democrat elected to Congress in 1964 who served for 30 years, the final 4½ as speaker of the House. The Republican “revolution” of 1994 swept him from office, with Democrats losing their 40-year House dominance.

Joan Fontaine | 96 

Dec. 15  Standout actress (and sister of Olivia de Havilland) who starred in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1940 film Rebecca, won a best-actress Academy Award for her role as a terrified newlywed in Hitchcock’s Suspicion, and played the title character in Jane Eyre (1944).

Bonnie Franklin | 69

March 1  Perky red-headed stage and television actress who played a single mom raising two teenage girls in the CBS sitcom One Day at a Time

David Frost | 74

Aug. 31  British broadcaster who interviewed nearly every sitting U.S. president and British prime minister during his 50-year career. A Methodist minister’s son, he spoke of his Christian faith in his later years. In 2001 he boosted Bible teaching and evangelism in Britain by hosting a 10-week TV series on the Alpha Course, which explores the meaning of life through basic Christian tenets.

Annette Funicello
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Annette Funicello

Annette Funicello | 70

April 8  The most popular Mouseketeer on The Mickey Mouse Club, a role she began at age 13 in 1955. She was the only Mouseketeer kept under contract to Walt Disney when the club ended in 1959, and became a successful recording star and actress in Disney movies.

John Galardi | 75

April 13  Fast-food entrepreneur who opened a Wienerschnitzel hotdog stand in Los Angeles in 1961, then franchised to about 350 outlets in 10 states, creating America’s largest hotdog chain and selling more than 120 million hotdogs annually.

James Gandolfini | 51

June 19  Actor famous for his portrayal of lethal-yet-lovable mob boss Tony Soprano on HBO’s hit show The Sopranos

Leonard Garment | 89

July 13  Lawyer, White House counsel, and personal friend to President Richard Nixon during Watergate despite being a liberal Democrat. He discouraged Nixon from destroying White House tapes, pushed unsuccessfully for the president’s early resignation in 1973, and recommended Nixon’s pardon to his successor, Gerald Ford.


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