2013 departures

"2013 departures" Continued...

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

Jack Germond | 85

Aug. 14  Colorful “old school” political journalist, syndicated columnist, and sometimes cantankerous TV panelist on The McLaughlin Group. During his 50 years in journalism, he was Washington bureau chief for the Gannett newspaper chain and wrote for The Washington Star (now defunct) and The Baltimore Sun.

Eydie Gorme with Steve Lawrence
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Eydie Gorme with Steve Lawrence

Eydie Gorme | 84

Aug. 10  Popular nightclub and television soloist as well as Grammy- and Emmy-winning member of a duo with husband Steve Lawrence. Hit recordings included “Blame It on the Bossa Nova” (1963) and “Amor” (1964).

William H. Gray III | 71

July 1  Philadelphia megachurch pastor elected in 1978 to the U.S. Congress as a Democrat, becoming majority whip in 1989—the highest-ranking African-American lawmaker at the time. He continued preaching each Sunday at his Bright Hope Baptist Church. In 1991 he resigned from Congress to head the United Negro College Fund, raising more than $2 billion.

Andrew Greeley | 85

May 29  Notable University of Chicago sociologist of religion and prolific author (72 nonfiction books, 66 novels). He was a diocesan Catholic priest and the noisiest liberal critic of the Roman Catholic Church of his era.  

L.C. Greenwood | 67

Sept. 29  Sack-happy defensive end for the Pittsburgh Steelers. From 1969 to 1981 he was part of the Steelers’ “Steel Curtain” front four, helping lead his team to four Super Bowl victories.

Julie Harris
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Julie Harris

Ben Haden | 88

Oct. 24  CIA agent, lawyer, newspaper executive, and 1954 Christian convert from atheism, he succeeded Donald Grey Barnhouse in 1966 as radio speaker on the Bible Study Hour broadcast. He pastored Key Biscayne (Fla.) Presbyterian Church in the 1960s and First Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Chattanooga for 31 years. 

Julie Harris | 87

Aug. 24  Broadway and film actress who was Lilimae Clements on the prime-time TV soap Knots Landing and James Dean’s romantic co-star in East of Eden (1955).

Richie Havens | 72

April 22  Guitar-playing, gravel-voiced folk singer whose breakthrough came as a stand-in for the traffic-delayed opening act at the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival in New York. 

Howard G. ‘Prof.’ Hendricks | 88

Feb. 20  Witty Dallas Seminary professor for more than 60 years, author of 16 books, lecturer and conference speaker in some 80 countries, and Dallas Cowboys’ chaplain. He urged students to “put the cookies on the lower shelf” when communicating the Word of God.

Dave Hunt | 86

April 5  Controversial Christian apologist, speaker, radio commentator, publisher (The Berean Call), and author or co-author of books selling in the millions, including The Cult Explosion and The Seduction of Christianity.

George Hutchinson | 74

June 17  Presbyterian Church in America missionary and educator who co-founded a Giessen, Germany, evangelical seminary and was director of Church Planting International, which has launched hundreds of Presbyterian churches in Africa and elsewhere since 1995. He died in an car wreck while visiting Ugandan churches. 

Haynes Johnson | 81

May 24  Washington-based, Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter, professor, and TV commentator (PBS’s Washington Week in Review and NewsHour with Jim Lehrer). He authored In the Absence of Power about the Carter presidency and Sleepwalking Through History: America in the Reagan Years. He won a 1966 Pulitzer for coverage of the civil rights movement in Selma, Ala.

Virginia Johnson | 88

July 24  Writer, researcher, sex therapist, and half of the famed Masters and Johnson duo. In 1966 they gained fame with their first book, Human Sexual Response. She began as a research assistant to gynecologist William H. Masters. Later they married and ushered into the general public a frank-yet-scholarly discussion of the physiology of sex. 

David ‘Deacon’ Jones | 74

June 3  Hall of Fame defensive end who coined the term sack to describe tackling a quarterback behind the line of scrimmage. He played from 1961 to 1974 for the Los Angeles Rams’ “Fearsome Foursome” defense, then for the San Diego Chargers and Washington Redskins. Nicknamed “The Secretary of Defense.”

George Jones
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George Jones

George Jones | 81

April 26  Hard-living country music legend who nevertheless inspired generations of performers and fans with his distinctive voice and steady string of songs beginning in the 1950s.

Stanley Karnow | 87

Jan. 27  Author of the 1983 best-selling Vietnam: A History, a definitive work on the Vietnam War that led to a multi-Emmy-winning PBS television series. Karnow won the 1990 Pulitzer in history for In Our Image: America’s Empire in the Philippines.

Jane Kean | 90

Nov. 26  Actress best known for her role as Trixie, the forbearing wife of Ed Norton, in the 1960s revival of The Honeymooners with Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, and Audrey Meadows.


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