In Memoriam -- Sept. to Dec. 2005

Dec. 25, 2005

A look at some of the notable people who passed in 2005.

Shirley Chisholm, 80 -- First African-American Woman in Congress.

Johnny Carson, 79 -- Longtime host of "The Tonight Show."

Hunter S. Thompson, 67 -- "Gonzo" journalist.

Pope John Paul II, 85

Johnnie Cochran, 67 -- Attorney.

"If it doesn't fit, you must acquit."

Saul Bellow, 89 -- Novelist and Nobel laureate.

Anne Bancroft, 73 -- Actress.

Luther Vandross, 54 -- Singer.

L. Patrick Gray, 88 -- FBI Director under President Nixon.

"And Mark Felt, who was my trusted No. 2 man, has come out identifying himself as Deep Throat. I could not have been more shocked and more disappointed in a man whom I had trusted."

John H. Johnson, 87 -- Founder, Ebony and Jet magazines.

Peter Jennings, 67, -- ABC News anchor.

"There is no one absolutely essential truth for all people, and that every time I look at a coin I instinctually want to look at the other side."

William Rehnquist, 80 -- Chief justice, U.S. Supreme Court.

Simon Wiesenthal, 96 -- Nazi hunter.

Rosa Parks, 92 -- Civil rights pioneer.

"People always say what I did, but it wasn't what I did, it was what the driver did when he had me arrested. But the only thing I was doing was trying to get home from work."

Peter Drucker, 95 -- Business innovator.

Eugene McCarthy, 89 -- Former Minnesota senator.

Richard Pryor, 65 -- Comedian.

Dec. 18, 2005

Jack Anderson, 83 -- Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist who investigated government corruption.

"We've got the Justice Department settling antitrust cases for cash on the barrelhead."

John Spencer, 58 -- Actor who was best known for his Emmy-winning role on "The West Wing."

William Proxmire, 90 -- Former Wisconsin senator who fought against big spending and government waste.

"I'd like to be remembered as somebody who tried, persisted, never gave up, and who occasionally succeeded. When I succeeded, it was in the national interest."

Dec. 11, 2005

Richard Pryor, 65 -- Comedian whose raunchy, race-based, stand-up comedy routines influenced a generation.

"I remember tricks used to come through our neighborhood. That's where I first met white people. They come down through our neighborhood to help the economy."

Eugene McCarthy, 89 -- Former Minnesota senator and presidential candidate whose anti-war message helped push Lyndon Johnson out of the 1968 presidential race.

"In this year, I sensed what this country needed -- namely that it needed and wanted a challenge to the president of the United States on the policies of Vietnam and the priorities for America."

Carroll Campbell, 65-- Former South Carolina governor.

Dec. 4, 2005

Stan Berenstain, 82 -- Created "The Berenstain Bears," a public television and book series, with his wife, Jan.

"People say, 'Is Papa Bear based on you?' And I say, 'Well, I'm not quite as dumb as Papa Bear often is. But yes, to a great extent he is based on me.' "

Michael Evans, 61 -- White House photographer for Ronald Reagan who was present during the assassination attempt on Reagan.

Wendie Jo Sperber, 47 -- Actress who became a breast cancer activist following her diagnosis with the disease.

"You have challenges and risks, and you just have to face what's right in front of you."

Nov. 27, 2005

Pat Morita, 73 -- Actor who earned an Oscar nomination for his role as Mr. Miyagi in "The Karate Kid."

Ruth Siems, 74 -- Inventor of Stove Top stuffing.

Hugh Sidey, 78 -- Journalist who covered nine presidencies for Time magazine.

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