2013 departures

"2013 departures" Continued...

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

Edward Koch | 88

Feb. 1  Colorful New York City Democratic mayor (1978-1989)—and prior to that, a four-term U.S. congressman—who rescued New York City from near-financial ruin. A self-described “liberal with sanity,” he sometimes supported Republicans, including President George W. Bush.

C. Everett Koop
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C. Everett Koop

C. Everett Koop | 96

Feb. 25  Pioneering pediatric surgeon, author, steadfast evangelical Presbyterian, and sometimes controversial surgeon general under President Ronald Reagan, he partnered with philosopher/theologian Francis Schaeffer as early pro-life champions.

J. David Kuo | 44

April 5  Evangelical conservative who was a special assistant to President George W. Bush and deputy director of Bush’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Issues, and author of the 2006 bestseller Tempting Faith: An Inside Story of Political Seduction.

Bert Lance | 82

Aug. 15  Georgia “country banker” and Methodist lay leader who was Jimmy Carter’s director of the Office of Management and Budget, stepping down as the Justice Department publicly investigated his allegedly shady banking practices—accusations judged wrong in a 1980 trial.

Martyl ‘Marty’ Langsdorf | 96

March 26  Creator in 1947 of the famed “Doomsday Clock” image, with its minute hand set just before midnight.

Tom Laughlin | 82 

Dec. 12  Maverick actor and filmmaker best known for the vigilante-themed “Billy Jack” films.

Ed Lauter | 74

Oct. 16  Versatile actor with a distinctive angular face and lopsided smile who appeared in more than 70 films, from The Longest Yard in 1974 to The Artist in 2011 (an Oscar winner). He also acted in TV detective shows and other shows including The Office and ER.

Elmore Leonard | 87

Aug. 20  Crime novelist who often set his novels in Detroit and saw some of them turned into films, including Get Shorty and Out of Sight.

Alex Leonovich | 90

March 13  Russian-born director of Slavic Missionary Service starting in 1958, he was an evangelist, missionary, pastor, and broadcaster, working among American Russian/Ukrainian communities, Slavic settlers in South America, and speaking to radio audiences across the former Soviet Union.

Anthony Lewis | 85

March 25  Two-time Pulitzer Prize–winning, law-and-justice columnist for The New York Times, whose influential work over 32 years in legal journalism often supported liberal causes.

Nelson Mandela
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Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela | 95

Dec. 5  South Africa’s internationally acclaimed first black president and Nobel Peace Prize winner, who served from 1994 to 1999, following imprisonment for 27 years for opposing apartheid. 

Brennan Manning | 78

April 12  Popular author, speaker, and theologian best known for The Ragamuffin Gospel and his 2011 memoir, All Is Grace

Duke McCall | 98

April 2  Long-time Southern Baptist leader and educator, and president of Southern Baptist Seminary for 30 years.

Marian McPartland | 95

Aug. 20  British classical pianist who came to America in 1946 and became a master of jazz, in 1979 launching NPR’s “Piano Jazz” interview and performance show. She hosted the program for 32 years, winning a Peabody and a Grammy award. 

George P. Mitchell | 94

July 26  Philanthropist and Texas energy pioneer who in the 1980s and ’90s became known as the father of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”).

Cory Monteith | 31

July 13  Canadian actor who starred in the Fox hit musical comedy series Glee. He died after consuming a toxic mixture of heroin and alcohol.

Stan Musial
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Stan Musial

Stan Musial | 92

Jan. 19  Gentlemanly “Stan the Man” pitched then fielded 22 seasons for the St. Louis Cardinals. The Hall of Famer played in a record 24 All-Star games, won three National League MVP awards, and was arguably the greatest and most popular Cardinal in baseball history.

Al Neuharth | 89

April 19  Newspaper editor-turned-executive who grew the Gannett Company to 93 daily newspapers—including USA Today, which he founded in 1982. He also founded the Freedom Forum and its Newseum in suburban Washington, D.C.

Ken Norton | 70

Sept. 18  Boxer who broke Muhammad Ali’s jaw while winning their first bout, but lost the next two. He eventually became the World Boxing Council heavyweight champ.

Peter O'Toole
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Peter O'Toole

Peter O’Toole | 81

Dec. 14  British actor who rocketed to stardom playing the title role in the 1962 epic film Lawrence of Arabia.

Anne Ortlund | 89

Nov. 4  Well-known Christian speaker and best-selling author of books including Disciplines of a Beautiful Woman and Children Are Wet Cement.

T.L. Osborn | 89

Feb. 14  Tulsa-based Pentecostal healing evangelist whose tent revivals crossed America and oceans, attracting huge crowds and response, especially in sub-Saharan Africa.

Patti Page | 85

Jan. 1  Singing superstar of the post–World War II era whose recording of Tennessee Waltz sold 10 million copies. She was the centerpiece of TV shows and held movie roles such as the evangelical choir singer opposite Burt Lancaster in 1960’s Elmer Gantry.


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