In Memoriam: Those We Lost in 2006

"The minute I walked into that office, I knew what I was going to do for the rest of my life. There were people who liked me, people who adored me, people who hated me, people who swore by me, people who swore at me."

Floyd Patterson, 71 -- Two-time heavyweight boxing champion who was known as a gentleman in a rough sport.

"I learned so much, so very much about myself in defeat. I've learned very little to nothing in victory."

Sonny Montgomery, 85 -- Democratic congressman who represented Mississippi from 1967 to 1997; an Army veteran, he championed soldiers' rights and updated the G.I. Bill.

May 7, 2006

Louis Rukeyser, 73 -- Financial journalist who dispensed financial advice on "Wall $treet Week" for over 30 years.

"People do care a lot about money. In fact, I've found it's usually one of their two principal preoccupations."

Earl Woods, 74 -- Father of Tiger Woods, who was the architect of his son's phenomenal golf career.

Earl Woods: "I started Tiger off at six months."

Tiger Woods: "He is my best friend, no if ands or buts about it, he is my best friend."

April 30, 2006

John Kenneth Galbraith, 97 -- Economist, writer and diplomat who influenced presidents and the public with his 33 books on economics.

"One should not blame on machines what is properly attributable to human greed and stupidity."

Julia Thorne, 61 -- Former wife of Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.

William Gottlieb, 89 -- Journalist whose photos documenting the golden age of jazz are archived in the Library of Congress.

"The characteristic of my photographs is that I took them as a writer would … [asking] 'What can I show visually that went beyond what I could write?' "

Jane Jacobs, 89 -- Author and intellectual whose 1961 book, "The Death and Life of Great American Cities," revolutionized ideas about urban planning.

April 23, 2006

Scott Crossfield, 84 -- Legendary test pilot who was a rival of Chuck Yeager's. He was the first to fly at twice the speed of sound

"They always ask what's it feels like to do something like this. You're not doing a psychological evaluation when you're doing things like this. You're concentrating on what you're doing."

Philip Hyde, 84 -- Wilderness photographer whose images galvanized support for the Sierra Club's preservation efforts.

Louise Smith, 89 -- NASCAR'S "first lady of racing," who broke almost every bone in her body during her spectacular crashes from 1946-1956.

"To all the drivers that are still alive, and there aren't too many of us old ones left, I hope your memories of the races are as good as mine."

April 16, 2006

June Pointer, 52 -- Singer who won three Grammys with the Pointer Sisters.

Dame Muriel Spark, 88 -- Author who wrote 20 novels, including "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie."

Rev. William Sloane Coffin, 81 -- Peace activist who was a leader of the antiwar movement as the chaplain of the Yale University in the 1960.

"Oh God may we think for peace, struggle for peace, suffer for peace. And may we live as if the life of all mankind were at stake, as indeed it is. Amen."

April 9, 2006

Gene Pitney, 65 -- A '60s teen idol who scored 16 Top 20 hits including "Town Without Pity."

Gloria Monty, 84 -- A soap opera producer who made "General Hospital" a sensation with the Luke and Laura storyline.

Rudolf Vrba, 81 -- Escaped from Auschwitz. His testimony was used as evidence at the Nuremberg trials.

"I think that if I successfully managed to break out, that this might be help."

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