In Memoriam -- May to August 2005

"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.

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