In Memoriam -- May to August 2005

A look at some of the notable people who passed on this week.

Aug. 28, 2005

Robert Moog, 71 -- Electronic music innovator whose synthesizers were bought by the Beatles and The Rolling Stones.

"When these sorts of sounds were first being heard by the general public, people were freaking out."

Brock Peters, 78 -- Actor whose career in film, television, and on Broadway spanned more than 40 years.

Aug. 21, 2005

Vassar Clements, 77 -- Fiddler and country music legend who played with Paul McCartney, Johnny Cash and The Grateful Dead.

Brother Roger, 90 -- Swiss theologian and mystic whose monk community in France drew tens of thousands of pilgrims per year.

Mo Mowlam, 55 -- Former British Northern Ireland secretary who oversaw negotiations that led to the 1998 Northern Ireland peace accords.

"I hope the advantages I might bring to the job is a sensitivity in some senses, but at the same time a directness and an openness that may help the process, too. But all I can do is bring people together."

Aug. 14, 2005

Peter Jennings, 67 -- ABC News anchor who covered eight presidential elections over a 41-year career at ABC News.

"I'm Peter Jennings. Thank you for joining us. And goodnight from Washington."

John H. Johnson, 87 -- Publisher who founded Ebony and Jet magazines, and who countered media stereotypes by celebrating black achievement.

"We are constantly trying to determine whether we are meeting the needs of the people."

Barbara Bel Geddes, 82 -- Actress who won an Emmy award in 1980 for her role as Miss Ellie on "Dallas."

Aug. 7, 2005

John Garang, 60 -- Leader of southern rebels in Sudan who was named vice president in January as part of a power-sharing agreement.

"This is the end of the war. But this is just only the beginning of peace."

King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz, 84 -- Ruler of Saudi Arabia who built close relationships with Western leaders. His decision in 1990 to allow U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia was heavily criticized in the Middle East.

Robin Cook, 59 -- Former British foreign secretary who resigned in protest over Britain's involvement in the Iraq war.

"I intend to join those who vote against military action now. It is for that reason and for that reason alone, and with a heavy heart, that I resign from the government."

July 31, 2005

Danny Simon, 86 -- Comedy writer whose credits included "Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows" and "Make Room for Daddy."

"Every sketch must have a beginning, and middle and a resolution."

Was the inspiration for brother Neil Simon's play "The Odd Couple."

"The way it happened was, I was living with my friend Roy Gerber one day and he said 'Danny bubby, last night's dinner was great. What are we going to have for dinner tonight sweetheart?' And I answered like a wife. I said, 'I'll tell you what we're gonna have. Relief is what we're gonna have. That's all I'm good for? To sit and slave over a hot stove?' "

Sir Richard Doll, 92 -- Epidemiologist who established the link between smoking and lung cancer.

"It's the long-term continuous smoking that does harm."

July 24, 2005

James Doohan, 85 -- Actor who portrayed Scottie, the chief engineer of "Star Trek's" starship Enterprise.

"In '69 we landed on the moon. Maybe we prepared people for what is going to happen."

Paul Duke, 78 -- Longtime host of PBS' "Washington Week in Review" who began his journalism career at age 13, publishing a handwritten neighborhood newspaper.

Gerry Thomas, 83 -- Inventor of the Swanson's TV dinner.

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