In Memoriam -- Sept. to Dec. 2005

"You look and you're struck with this thought that, you know, it's a dangerous world and a few people have it in their hands to make it work or destroy it."

Nov. 20, 2005

Ralph Edwards, 92 -- Creator and host of television's "This Is Your Life," who also produced "Truth or Consequences" and "Name That Tune."

P. Robert Tisch, 79 -- Chairman of the Loews Corporation and co-owner of the New York Giants football team.

Vine Deloria Jr., 72 -- Native-American author whose bestseller, "Custer Died for Your Sins," made him a spokesman for Indian issues.

"What I've tried to do is kind of get the flavor of being an Indian in the Indian community out to a larger audience."

Nov. 13, 2005

John Fowles, 79 -- Author whose novels "The Magus" and "The French Lieutenant's Woman" won critical praise and commercial success.

"A novel is always between two people -- it's the reader, the writer. And I like really reminding readers of that -- that I expect them to do some work too."

Peter Drucker, 95 -- Business innovator who was considered the father of modern management.

Moustapha Akkad, 75 -- The producer of the "Halloween" horror movies was killed in the Jordan hotel bombings alongside his daughter.

Nov. 6, 2005

Skitch Henderson, 87 -- Musician who led the band on "The Tonight Show" for more than a decade and later founded the New York Pops.

"I'm really a square. And it was such an incredible education for me when I became part of the NBC music department."

R.C. Gorman, 74 -- Navajo artist who was dubbed "the Picasso of American Indian artists."

Oct. 30, 2005

Rosa Parks, 92 -- Civil rights pioneer who refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala., bus to a white man. She was considered the catalyst of the civil rights movement.

"People always say what I did. But it wasn't what I did. It was what the driver did when he had me arrested. The only thing I was doing was trying to get home from work. If we were living in a democracy as we should have, we wouldn't, should not have had, been struggling for our equality that was already promised us."

Len Dresslar, 80 -- Voice of the Jolly Green Giant.

Wellington Mara, 89 -- New York Giants football team owner who led the team his father founded to two Super Bowl titles.

"I've had a successful stewardship of what was handed down to me and I take pride in that."

Oct. 23, 2005

Baker Knight, 72 -- Songwriter who penned songs for Elvis Presley, Paul McCartney, and Ricky Nelson.

Edmund Bacon, 95 -- Philadelphia city planner whose visionary design transformed post-war Philadelphia. He's also the father of six children, including actor Kevin Bacon.

"You can create a vision so powerful, that it will penetrate the collective unconsciousness of the whole gol-darn city and it will get built."

Shirley Horn, 71 -- Jazz musician revered for her distinctive vocal style

Oct. 16, 2005

Vivian Malone Jones, 63 -- Integrated the University of Alabama and became the first African-American to graduate from the school.

"I felt that I had a right to be here. There was really a revolution going on in the country, and of course you feel that you want to be a part of it."

"We had opened a door. I think the door has opened even a little bit more. But it's still not open fully to black people."

Louis Nye, 92 -- Comic actor who was part of the ensemble cast of "The Steve Allen Show."

C. Delores Tucker, 78 -- Civil rights activist who led a campaign against gangsta rap.

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