2013 departures

"2013 departures" Continued...

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

Jack Pardee | 76

April 1  NFL All-Pro linebacker who played 13 seasons with the Los Angeles Rams, then two seasons with the Washington Redskins. He coached with the Chicago Bears, the Houston Oilers, and the Washington Redskins.

Barbara Park | 66

Nov. 15  Author of the Junie B. Jones series of 30 children’s books. 

Eleanor Parker | 91

Dec. 9  Versatile Hollywood and TV actress with roles in three dozen films ranging from a terrified prisoner in Caged to the icy baroness in The Sound of Music.

Howard J. Phillips | 72

April 20  Long-time, hard-core conservative political activist in the Nixon and Reagan administrations who founded in 1974 the Conservative Coalition, a coordinating force of the “New Right.” He chaired CC until 2011. He also founded the U.S. Taxpayers Party—forerunner to the Constitution Party—and ran for president three times.

John McCandlish Phillips | 85

April 9  Towering, soft-spoken journalist from 1952 to 1973 for The New York Times. He won acclaim when—despite death threats—he exposed the Jewish ethnicity of top Ku Klux Klan leader Daniel Burros. At age 46 Phillips became a full-time evangelist with New Testament Missionary Fellowship, a small charismatic support community he co-founded in 1962. He also served with the World Journalism Institute. 

Pauline Phillips
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Pauline Phillips

Pauline Phillips | 94

Jan. 16  Author of the world’s most widely read advice column, “Dear Abby,” begun in 1956 under the pen name Abigail Van Buren. For more than 40 years she answered readers’ questions using saucy one-liners.

Ray Price | 87

Dec. 16  Country music great, with No. 1 hits like “Crazy Arms” and “City Lights.”

R.G. ‘Gene’ Puckett | 80

May 12  Veteran editor of Southern Baptist–related newspapers, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State (1979 to 1982), and outspoken co-founder in 1990 of Associated Baptist Press.

Lou Reed | 71

Oct. 27  Songwriter and guitarist who formed The Velvet Underground in the late 1960s.

Robert Reymond | 81

Sept. 20  Presbyterian author, pastor, and theologian who taught more than 25 years at Covenant and Knox seminaries. He authored New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith.

Hans Riegel | 90

Oct. 15  German candymaker of the “gummy bear” famed gelatin sweets.

Robinson Risner | 88

Oct. 22  Retired brigadier general and celebrated U.S. Air Force ace in the Korean and Vietnam wars. In 1965 he was shot down, captured, and imprisoned seven years in the “Hanoi Hilton,” where he organized a forbidden church service.

Dale Robertson | 89

Feb. 27  Ruggedly handsome actor who starred in movie and TV westerns, including as a stagecoach company troubleshooter in the Tales of Wells Fargo series (1957 to 1961). He appeared in more than 60 films and 430 television episodes.

Frederick Sanger | 95

Nov. 19  British biochemist, two-time winner of the Nobel Prize in chemistry, and pioneer in genome sequencing.

Edith and Francis Schaeffer
Edith and Francis Schaeffer

Edith Schaeffer | 98

March 30  Partner with her late husband/theologian Francis in ministry and literary output, she and Francis were well-known for L’Abri, their open home in Switzerland that served as a “seekers” Christian study center from 1955 on. She authored or co-authored 20 books including Affliction and The Tapestry—both Gold Medallion Award winners from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. 

Michael Schwartz | 63

Feb. 3  Devout Catholic and pro-life advocate, former lobbyist for Concerned Women for America, and head of the congressional House Family Caucus, who spent his last 15 years working with Tom Coburn, the Oklahoma congressman-turned-senator.

George Beverly Shea | 104

April 16  A Canadian transplant known as “America’s beloved gospel singer,” he was Billy Graham’s crusade soloist for more than 60 years, beginning in 1947. “The Wonder of It All,” which he wrote and composed, and “How Great Thou Art” were listeners’ favorites. The humble baritone recorded some 500 solos on more than 70 albums, and was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Religious Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

Jean Stapleton
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Jean Stapleton

Chuck Smith | 86

Oct. 3  Influential pastor who formed a congregation of two dozen people in 1965 called Calvary Chapel (Costa Mesa, Calif.) that grew into a megachurch and a movement of about 1,500 affiliated churches in America and hundreds more abroad. He was at the forefront of the “Jesus movement” awakening of the late 1960s.

Jean Stapleton | 90

May 31  Emmy-winning actress who portrayed Edith Bunker, the long-suffering wife of her loud-mouthed, bigoted husband Archie Bunker on TV’s All in the Family series.

Risë Stevens | 99

March 20  Metropolitan Opera leading mezzo-soprano in the 1940s and ’50s whose defining role was Carmen. She appeared on Broadway in The King and I, in films including Going My Way, and in TV movies such as Little Women.


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