In Memoriam: Those We Lost in 2006

Vashti McCollum, 93 -- Plaintiff in McCollum vs. Board of Education whose historic Supreme Court victory in 1948 ended religious instruction in public schools.

Joe Rosenthal, 94 -- Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer who captured the iconic image of World War II servicemen at the battle of Iwo Jima.

"It was a moment that I will never forget."

Aug. 20, 2006

Bruno Kirby, 57 -- Veteran character actor whose stage, screen and TV career spanned 35 years.

"Good acting basically is like ping pong or tennis or anything like that, there's a give and a take."

Maj. Gen. Kathryn Frost, 57 -- Army commander who retired in 2005 as the highest-ranking woman in the Army.

Victoria Gray Adams, 79 -- Civil rights activist and first woman to run for U.S. Senate from Mississippi.

"I remember somebody saying one time, 'You can't legislate love.' I said, 'No, you can't, but you can legislate an atmosphere where love can happen.' "

Alfredo Stroessner, 93 -- Paraguayan dictator whose 35-year reign from 1954 to 1989 was marked by terror and corruption.

Aug. 13, 2006

Mike Douglas, 81 -- Emmy-winning talk show host; the former big band singer hosted his popular daytime TV show for more than two decades.

Melissa Hayden, 83 -- Principal dancer, New York City Ballet.

James Van Allen, 91 -- Space pioneer whose discovery that radiation belts encircle the Earth revolutionized scientific understanding of the solar system.

"It was a matter of great pride to be able to find something new in the world."

Aug. 6, 2006

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, 90 -- Legendary opera soprano whose four decade career was tarnished by her affiliation with the Nazi Party.

Susan Butcher, 51 -- Four-time Iditarod champion who was diagnosed with leukemia in December 2005.

"The win isn't even it as much as to know that the dogs were able to do it. That they were that good."

July 30, 2006

Jessie Mae Hemphill, 83 -- Award-winning blues musician.

Vincent J. Fuller, 75 -- Defended John Hinckley Jr. in 1982.

Carl M. Brashear, 75 -- First African-American Navy master diver whose inspirational story was the basis for the film "Men of Honor."

July 23, 2006

No show.

July 16, 2006

Red Buttons, 87 -- Comedian and Oscar-wining actor who worked for over 50 years on stage and screen.

Syd Barrett, 60 -- Co-founder of Pink Floyd who wrote the band's seminal first album in 1967, then suffered an LSD-induced breakdown.

June Allyson, 88 -- Actress.

Catherine Leroy, 60 -- Photojournalist who left her native France at age 21 to document the Vietnam War.

July 9, 2006

Jan Murray, 89 -- Comedian and game show host who was one of television's first stars, alongside friends Sid Caesar and Milton Berle.

Anna Lee Aldred, 85 -- The first American woman to receive a jockey's license. She won her first race at age six.

Kenneth Lay, 64 -- Founder of Enron who was convicted of defrauding investors of $65 billion.

"I continue to grieve over the loss of the company, my failure to be able to save it. But failure does not equate to a crime."

Jaap Penraat, 88 -- Saved hundreds during the Holocaust by forging false documents for 406 Jews and smuggling them out of the Nazi-occupied Netherlands.

July 2, 2006

Arif Mardin, 74 -- Record producer and arranger who won 12 Grammys for his work with the Bee Gees, Bette Midler, and Aretha Franklin.

"My concept is never overshadow the singer. It's always, the arrangement should serve the singer."

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