In Memoriam: Those We Lost in 2006

April 2, 2006

Casper Weinberger, 88 -- Former secretary of Defense who oversaw the largest military buildup in peacetime history. He was indicted for his role in the Iran-Contra affair and later pardoned by President George H. W. Bush.

"It's not very wise or safe, or really very sane, to put yourself in a situation where we have absolutely no defenses against Soviet missiles."

Lyn Nofziger, 81 -- Spokesman for President Reagan who was the first to tell reporters that Reagan had been shot.

Cindy Walker, 87 -- Songwriter who had a top ten hit in every decade for 40 years.

March 26, 2006

Buck Owens, 76 -- Country music superstar who popularized country entertainment on television as the host of "Hee Haw."

Richard Fleischer, 89 -- Director known for hits like "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," "Tora! Tora! Tora!," and "Fantastic Voyage."

Sara Caldwell, 82 -- Opera director and conductor whose Opera Company of Boston brought more than 100 avant-garde and classical works to the stage.

March 19, 2006

Oleg Cassini, 92 -- Fashion designer who developed first lady Jacqueline Kennedy's signature look.

"The Jackie look was the greatest luxury in workmanship and fabrics -- very, very simple. There was not a young woman in the world that did not want to look like Jackie Kennedy."

Bill Beutel, 75 -- WABC anchor whose 35-year run at the anchor desk is the longest in New York television history.

Maureen Stapleton, 80 -- Oscar-winning actress who also won two Tonys and an Emmy during her 50-year career.

March 12, 2006

Slobodan Milosevic, 64 -- Former president of Serbia, known the "butcher of the Balkans," was on trial for 66 war crimes, including genocide.

Kirby Puckett, 45 -- Baseball Hall of Famer who led the Minnesota Twins to two World Series championships.

"It doesn't matter where you came from. It just matters how you play the game."

Dana Reeve, 44 -- Wife of the handicapped former actor Christopher Reeve and activist who advocated for research and treatment of spinal cord injuries.

"I think we are doing Chris proud. I think it's sort of an obligation. it's the rent you pay for being on Earth."

Gordan Parks, 93 -- Legendary photographer who also directed the film "Shaft" and helped found Essence magazine.

"I found out quickly enough that with a camera in your hand you can protest visually against anything that you disliked about the universe."

Tom Fox, 54 -- American hostage murdered in Iraq.

Mar. 5, 2006

Otis Chandler, 78 -- Los Angeles Times publisher who transformed paper into powerhouse after inheriting it in 1960.

"When I got my marching orders, my desire for excellence began to come up, and I got very, very dedicated. And if I ever had the chance, and if I ever got the chance to run The Times, I wasn't going to be in the bottom 10. I was going to be up at the top."

Harry Browne, 72 -- Former Libertarian presidential candidate whose books sold over 2 million copies.

"I wrote about people and the different ways of being human. And you cannot really do that unless you write about a lot of different kinds of people."

Octavio Butler, 58 -- Science fiction author whose novels explored themes of race, power and gender.

Feb. 26, 2006

Don Knotts, 81 -- Actor who won five Emmys for his role as Deputy Barney Fife on "The Andy Griffith Show."

Darren McGavin, 83 -- Actor.

Curt Gowdy, 86 -- Sportscaster who called seven Super Bowls, 10 World Series and seven Olympics.

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