In Memoriam -- Jan. to April 2005

A look at some of the notable people who passed on this week.

April 24, 2005

Sir John Mills, 97 -- Academy Award-winning actor who starred in more than 100 films.

Marla Ruzicka, 28 -- Activist who founded organization to aid civilian victims of war; killed in suicide bomb attack in Iraq.

"Each number represents a case, represents a name, represents a father, a mother, a loss of life."

"I for one was not expecting that there would be this much civilian casualties."

April 17, 2005

Archbishop Iakovos, 93 -- Led the Greek Orthodox Church in the Americas for 37 years.

"Grecians must understand that they have one main responsibility, and this is how to serve unity and peace in the world."

Maurice Hilleman, 85 -- Pioneering microbiologist who developed vaccines for mumps, measles and chicken pox, and is credited with saving tens of millions of lives.

"In a very short period of time, these diseases have essentially disappeared."

"There's a great joy in being useful, the quest of science, and winning a battle over these damn bugs, you know."

Johnnie Johnson, 80 -- Rock 'n' roll pianist who played with Chuck Berry and inspired the song "Johnny B. Goode," and was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.

Andrea Dworkin, 58 -- Writer and feminist.

"Pornography creates, in men, both attitudes and behaviors of discrimination toward women."

April 10, 2005

Prince Rainier of Monaco, 81 -- Returned Monaco to prosperity from near bankruptcy. Married actress Grace Kelly in 1956.

"I don't really believe in love at first sight. True love has to be based on something at least of more than affinity."

Saul Bellow, 89 -- Novelist and Nobel laureate whose larger-than-life characters sought higher truth and moral purpose. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1976 for his book "Humboldt's Gift."

"I think that people have an irrepressible desire to tell stories."

Dale Messick, 98 -- Pioneering newspaper cartoonist who created the comic strip "Brenda Starr."

April 3, 2005

Terri Schiavo, 41 -- Brain-damaged Florida woman who became the center of a national debate on right-to-die issues.

Johnnie Cochran, 67 -- Attorney who successfully defended O.J. Simpson and Black Panther leader Elmer "Geronimo" Pratt.

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

Howell Heflin, 83 -- U.S. senator from 1979 to 1997 who questioned Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas on Anita Hill's harassment charges.

"But we're still faced with the facts, Judge, that if she's lying, why? If she is telling a falsehood, what is the motivation?"

Frank Perdue, 84 -- Former chief executive officer of Perdue Farms who starred in his company's television commercials.

"Occasionally one of my chickens disappoints me, but I make sure of one thing, it will never disappoint you."

March 27, 2005

Bobby Short, 80 -- Cabaret singer who performed at New York's Cafe Carlyle for 37 years.

John DeLorean, 80 -- Automaker whose eponymous vehicle was featured in the film "Back to the Future."

"I've always been in love with cars. Ever since … I was 8 or 9 years old I was taking them apart and putting them back together."

Barney Martin, 82 -- Actor, and former New York City police detective, who appeared on Broadway and played TV's "Morty Seinfeld" for seven years.

Lord James Callaghan, 92 -- British prime minister from 1976 to 1979.

March 20, 2005

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