In Memoriam: Those We Lost in 2006

Dec. 31, 2006

Gerald R. Ford,, 93 -- Thirty-eighth president of the United States, who ascended to the presidency in the wake of Richard Nixon's resignation. He was the only president never to be elected to national office. His pardon of Nixon helped heal the nation after the divisiveness of Watergate.

"My fellow Americans: our long national nightmare is over."

Saddam Hussein, 69 -- Former Iraqi dictator; deposed by the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, Hussein was put on trial for his crimes, convicted and executed.

James Brown, 73 -- Musician and entertainer whose legendary talent and innovative hits earned him the nickname, "Godfather of Soul."

Dec. 24, 2006

Joseph Barbera, 95 -- Cartoonist who collaborated with William Hanna to produce some of TV's most memorable animated characters.

Sen. Robert Stafford, 93 -- Former U.S. senator from Vermont who was a champion of education; the federal student loan program is named after him.

Anne Rogers Clark, 77 -- Westminster Dog Show judge who attended every Westminster show since 1941 and handled three best-in-show winners.

Dec. 17, 2006

Ahmet Ertegun, 83 -- Founder of Atlantic Records who helped define American music, shaping the careers of some of the most celebrated artists of our time.

"It's been a great, a great career for me because I've done what I really love the most."

Lamar Hunt, 74 -- Football pioneer who founded the American Football League and coined the term "Super Bowl."

Peter Boyle, 71 -- "Everybody Loves Raymond" actor who was nominated for 10 Emmys during his five decade career.

Dec. 10, 2006

Jeane Kirkpatrick, 80 -- The first female U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and a chief architect of President Reagan's foreign policy.

"The defense of freedom begins at home and the price of freedom is vigilance and courage."

Mary Miller Arnold, 68 -- Senate doorkeeper.

Sen. Bill Frist, R-Tenn.: "She was one of a kind. We are lesser now with the loss of her old Southern grace."

Kenneth Taylor, 86 -- World War II Army pilot who was one of the first American pilots aloft during the attack on Pearl Harbor.

"When you are awakened suddenly, as I was, you generally jump into the first pants that you can find. And mine happened to be tuxedo pants. We were in the air maybe 15 minutes after the attack started."

Dec. 3, 2006

Rose Mattus, 90 -- Co-creator of Häagen-Dazs ice cream with her husband Reuben; they launched Häagen-Dazs in 1961.

Bebe Moore Campbell, 56 -- Her novels explored race and the complicated relationships between men and women.

"You've got to begin to tell your children about race and not to pretend it doesn't exist, but to have some honest conversations with them. And along with that comes definitions of racism."

Nov. 26, 2006

Robert Altman, 81 -- Film and TV director regarded as one of America's most influential filmmakers, who was was known for his use of improvisation.

"I'm not showing you how I think life should be. … I'm showing you the way I find it."

Gerald Boyd, 56 -- Former New York Times editor who helped lead the paper to nine Pulitzer Prizes, but was forced to resign amid the Jayson Blair plagiarism scandal in 2003.

Anita O'Day, 87 -- Big-band and jazz singer.

Betty Comden, 89 -- Tony award-winning lyricist whose 60-year partnership with Adolph Green produced some of stage and screen's most memorable musicals.

Nov. 19, 2006

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