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.

"Women got used to the idea of freedom that men always had. Men said I was ruining their lives."

Gen. William Westmoreland, 91 -- Led U.S. troop build-up during the Vietnam War who sued CBS News for libel, a case that never went to trial.

"Eventually, we can and we will free this country of the terror of the Vietcong."

July 17, 2005

"This Week" did not air.

July 10, 2005

L. Patrick Gray, 88 -- FBI director from 1972 to 1973, who was "Deep Throat's" boss during the Watergate scandal. He later rebuffed President Nixon's attempts to reconcile.

"I never expected to run into a Watergate in the service of the president of the United States, and I ran into a buzz-saw, obviously."

"I was so hurt and so angry [at] this man, who had not only junked his own presidency, but junked the career of so many other people."

Vice Admiral James Stockdale, 81 -- Vietnam War prisoner of war who ran for vice president as Ross Perot's running mate in 1992.

"It is my country, and I want to have something to say about how it's protected."

Hank Stram, 82 -- Hall of Fame football coach who innovated techniques like the moving pocket and stack defense.

"Pump it in there baby. Just keep matriculating the ball down the field, boys."

July 3, 2005

Luther Vandross, 54 -- R&B singer who won eight Grammy awards and sold more than 25 million albums.

Gaylord Nelson, 89 -- Former Democratic Wisconsin governor and U.S. senator who founded Earth Day.

Shelby Foote, 88 -- Historian and author who spent 20 years writing his epic series, "The Civil War: A Narrative."

"Any understanding of this nation has to be based on understanding of the Civil War. It was the crossroads of our being, and it was a hell of a crossroads."

June 26, 2005

Paul Winchell, 82 -- Actor and ventriloquist who was the voice of Tigger from Winnie the Pooh.

Shana Alexander, 79 -- Journalist who became the liberal voice of "60 Minutes" and "Point-Counterpoint" debates.

Jack Kilby, 81 -- Electrical engineer who invented the microchip. Kilby won the Nobel Prize in physics in 2000.

"I'd like to think that my work has had some contribution to society and made this at least a more comfortable place to live."

June 19, 2005

Carlo Maria Giulini, 91 -- Conductor and one of the 20th century's leading maestros. Giulini received a Grammy award 1989.

J.J. "Jake" Pickle, 91 -- Democratic U.S. congressman from Texas from 1963-1995 who helped pass major Social Security reform legislation in 1983.

Ronald Winans, 48 -- Gospel singer and member of The Winans, a pioneering quartet that helped take gospel mainstream. Winans was a five-time Grammy award winner.

June 12, 2005

Anne Bancroft, 73 -- Actress who won an Academy Award in 1962 for "The Miracle Worker," and may be best remembered for playing Mrs. Robinson in "The Graduate."

Hy Peskin, 89 -- First Sports Illustrated staff photographer, who pioneered modern action photography.

Jim Exon, 83 -- Former Democratic governor of Nebraska and U.S. senator.

June 5, 2005

George Mikan, 80 -- First pro basketball superstar; named greatest player of the first half of the 20th century.

"It was sort of embarrassing to be called Mr. Basketball in front of your friends and teammates, and I developed a deal that if I were invited out for dinner I wouldn't go unless they invited the whole team. So you see one Laker, you saw 'em all."

Arnold Morton, 83 -- Founder of Morton's steakhouses.

Oscar Brown Jr., 78 -- Entertainer and social activist.

Steve Mason, 65 -- Ex-soldier known as "poet laureate" of Vietnam veterans.

"The truth is this is nothing to be won in any war. And not one mother on either side can say this that was won was worth my son."

May 29, 2005

Thurl Ravenscroft, 91 -- Voice actor who was the voice of Tony the Tiger for more than 50 years.

Eddie Albert, 99 -- Actor who appeared on stage, in movies and on television for more than 50 years.

Ismail Merchant, 68 -- Film producer who, with director James Ivory, defined the period-piece genre in more than 40 films; "Howards End" and "The Remains of the Day" received Oscar nominations for best picture.

May 22, 2005

Frank Gorshin, 72 -- Actor and impressionist who played Batman's foe, the Riddler, on television and film, and played George Burns in the one-man Broadway show "Say Goodnight, Gracie."

Gen. Andrew Goodpaster, 90 -- Military leader who commanded U.S. troops in Africa and Italy in World War II, advised President Eisenhower, served as superintendent of West Point, and was NATO commander from 1969 to 1974.

"In Vietnam, we were enmeshed in something of very great difficulty. In my own personal view, it was a war that we could have won."

May 15, 2005

Joe Grant, 96 -- Disney artist who created stories and characters for nearly every Disney animated feature, and worked at the Disney studio the day before he died.

Lloyd Cutler, 87 -- Attorney, counselor to presidents and corporations.

"We have had many many presidents who might not have passed a family values test, who turned out to be our great presidents and who's faces are on Mount Rushmore. We've also had other presidents who were for family values from start to end who were very mediocre presidents."

May 8, 2005

Peter Rodino Jr., 95 -- U.S. congressman from 1949 to 1989; led the 1974 Nixon impeachment hearings as House Judiciary Committee chairman.

"Though the White House and others continue to try and harass me that way, I was going to show that Peter Rodino was going to be fair, was going to be just, was going to be honorable, and obey the Constitution."

Kenneth Clark, 90 -- civil rights leader whose research influenced the Supreme Court's landmark school desegregation decision.

"For the masses of the American people, and the policy makers, and government and education, Negro children are expendable."

Bob Hunter, 63 -- Greenpeace co-founder who raised public awareness of whale hunting and nuclear testing.

May 1, 2005

Ezer Weizman, 80 -- President of Israel from 1993 to 2000, who played crucial role in Israel's first peace treaty with an Arab country.

"For 30 years, I've fought in the wars of Israel. And for the past 20 years, I've been fighting for peace."

Percy Heath, 81 -- Jazz bassist and founding member of the Modern Jazz Quartet. He recorded with Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane.

Philip Morrison, 89 -- Physicist who helped create the first atomic bomb, and later became advocate for nuclear arms control.