2013 departures

"2013 departures" Continued...

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

Steve Strauss | 57

June 11  Missionary, theological educator, and strategist who for 19 years served abroad with the evangelical mission agency SIM. He headed SIM U.S.A. for eight years, then joined Dallas Theological Seminary in 2010. 

Maxine Stuart | 94

June 6  Veteran actress whose TV career spanned five decades in TV series (The Twilight Zone and The Wonder Years) and soap operas (The Edge of Night and The Young and the Restless).

Pat Summerall | 82

April 16  Place-kicker for the New York Giants who later teamed with former Oakland Raider head coach John Madden for 21 seasons as network TV’s most illustrious NFL sportscasting duo. In his autobiography, he told of becoming a born-again Christian during treatment for alcoholism at the Betty Ford rehab clinic in 1992.

Margaret Thatcher
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Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher | 87

April 8  Britain’s first female prime minister whose free-market economics and resolute foreign policy transformed Britain’s economy and helped end the Cold War. 

Helen Thomas | 92

July 20  First female member of the White House press corps, she covered 10 presidents from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama for United Press International and then Hearst Newspapers.

Ken Venturi | 82

May 17  Golfer who won 14 PGA tournaments, including the 1964 U.S. Open. After carpal tunnel surgery he went on to be CBS Sports’ chief golf analyst for 35 years. 

Bernard Waber | 91

May 16  Author and illustrator of more than 30 children’s books, including The House on 88th Street, part of the Lyle series featuring a crocodile by that name. 

Paul Walker | 40

Nov. 30  Star of the Fast and Furious movie series; died in a car crash.

Marcia Wallace | 70

Oct. 25  Actress who played Bob Newhart’s quick-witted receptionist during The Bob Newhart Show’s six seasons. She appeared on Murphy Brown and on game shows, and won a 1992 Emmy as the voice of schoolteacher Edna Krabappel on The Simpsons.

Essie Mae Washington-Williams | 87

Feb. 4  South Carolina U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond’s unacknowledged biracial daughter, who upon his death at age 100 announced she was the former segregationist’s child, and described his supportive role.

Earl Weaver
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Earl Weaver

Earl Weaver | 82

Jan. 19  National Baseball Hall of Fame (1996) manager whose colorful and combative style helped steer the Baltimore Orioles to win four American League pennants and a World Series during his 17-year tenure. 

Ned Wertimer | 89

Jan. 2  Actor who appeared in many popular TV series and was best known for his role as Ralph the doorman on all 11 seasons of The Jeffersons.

Dallas Willard | 77

May 8  Baptist minister-turned-philosopher and best-selling author (The Spirit of the Disciplines, The Divine Conspiracy, Renovation of the Heart) who taught at the University of Southern California for nearly half a century. 

Esther Williams
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Esther Williams

Esther Williams | 91

June 6  Actress who starred in popular aqua-musical films in the 1940s and early ’50s (Bathing Beauty, Million Dollar Mermaid). Her synchronized-swimming-themed movies—and her ensuing advocacy for the sport—contributed to its 1984 launch in the Los Angeles Olympics.

Barbara Willke | 90

April 14  Cincinnati nurse and long-time pro-life champion who, along with her husband John, wrote books, organized local Right to Life chapters, and built the National Right to Life Committee. The Willkes’ Handbook on Abortion, translated into more than 20 languages, was an essential tool for activists.

Jonathan Winters | 87

April 11  Comedian and master of spontaneous and unpredictable ad-libs and characterizations, often matched with facial contortions and mimicked voices. He launched the era of improvisational comedy in the late 1950s.

Lee Thompson Young | 29

Aug. 19  Child actor in the Disney Channel hit series The Famous Jett Jackson. He was in the midst of filming the fourth season of TNT’s popular Rizzoli & Isles when he committed suicide.

Listen to Joseph Slife recall some of the notable deaths of 2013 on The World and Everything in It:


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