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

George F. Kennan, 101 -- Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and diplomat who helped conceive the Marshall plan and was an architect of Cold War "containment" policy.

"When rays of light are visible which 20 years ago were only gleams of hope in our own eyes. I can think of nothing more tragic than we shall fail to perceive or recognize these hopeful elements and that we should risk driving our differences with communist powers to a violent and apocalyptic conclusion."

Eduardo "Lalo" Guerrero Jr., 88 -- "Father of Chicano Music" who was named a national folk treasure by the Smithsonian Institution.

"I'm Mexican-American. I love my culture. I love my roots. And I also love the United States, which is my home. And my music was bilingual from the very beginning."

Sol Linowitz, 91 -- Diplomat and Middle East peace negotiator.

"The greatest impetus for negotiation and peace is the danger of war."

March 13, 2005

Hans Bethe, 98 -- Nobel Prize-winning physicist who helped develop the atomic bomb but later advocated for nuclear restraint.

"I think the arms race is evil. Most of us physicists are spending most of our time on pure science."

Teresa Wright, 86 -- Actress who was nominated for three Academy Awards and won for her performance in "Mrs. Miniver."

Chuck Thompson, 83 -- Sports broadcaster who was the long-time voice of the Baltimore Orioles and Baltimore Colts.

"This is Chuck Thompson saying, ain't the beer cold baby."

March 6, 2005

Tillie Fowler, 62 -- Republican congresswoman from 1993-2001 who was called the "Steel Magnolia" and retired as the most powerful woman in Congress.

"Leadership is about solving problems. And you know when you inherit problems as a leader, then you move forward to solve those problems."

Peter Foy, 79 -- Founder of theatrical flying effects company who made Peter Pan fly on Broadway and launched TV's "The Flying Nun." His stage work included "The Lion King," "Angels in America" and "Aida."

"Mary started yelling, 'Fly me higher, faster!' I flew beyond the limits of the equipment."

Peter Malkin, 77 -- Agent in Israel's intelligence agency who captured Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann in 1960.

"It was so important for me to capture him because my family suffered a lot. One hundred and fifty of my relatives died. So, it was a mission, and I was very happy to do it."

Feb. 27, 2005

Hunter S. Thompson, 60 -- "Gonzo" journalist and author of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" and other books. Inspired Doonesbury cartoon character Uncle Duke.

From the film version of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas:" "We were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave. So now less than five years later you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look west. … And with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high water mark. That place where the wave finally broke and rolled back."

Henry Grunwald, 82 -- Time Inc. editor in chief and former ambassador to Austria.

John Raitt, 88 -- Singer and actor who starred in "Carousel" on Broadway and in the movie "Pajama Game." He was also the father of musician Bonnie Raitt.

Sandra Dee, 62 -- Actress and teen idol who starred in "Gidget" and "Imitation of Life."

Peter Benenson, 83 -- Founder of Amnesty International.

Feb, 20, 2005

Rafik Hariri, 60 -- Lebanese Prime Minister from 1992 to 1998, and 2000 to 2004, who helped rebuild Lebanon following its civil war. Assassinated in Beirut.

"I know the problem. I know how big it is. And I know how complicated it is. And I think, I'm trying to make a difference."

Dick Weber, 75 -- Bowling superstar who won 26 titles on the Pro Bowlers' Tour and six on the Senior Tour.

"I always loved the bowling sport because I have not many friends, and it's been a delight."

Feb. 13, 2005

Arthur Miller, 89 -- Playwright who won the Pulitzer Prize and five Tony Awards. His notable plays included "Death of a Salesman," "The Crucible" and "A View from the Bridge." Obituary

"I do think that somehow a play can put a drop of acid in the water, and it spreads throughout the system, and washes away a lot of rust."

Jimmy Smith, 76 -- Jazz organist who created "soul jazz," a blend of R&B, gospel, blues and jazz.

George Herman, 85 -- Longtime CBS News correspondent who hosted "Face the Nation" for 14 years.

Feb. 6, 2005

Ossie Davis, 87 -- Actor and civil rights activist who fought against racial injustice in movies, on stage and in real life. He and his wife, Ruby Dee, were one of Hollywood's great performing couples.

"I can't imagine being who I am or having enjoyed the life that I enjoyed without that battle being inspired by great people and great contention."

Bill Shadel, 96 -- ABC News anchor from 1958 to 1963.

Max Schmeling, 99 -- German boxer and world heavyweight champion who knocked out Joe Louis in 1936. He was used by Nazis as a symbol of racial superiority, and also was credited with saving two Jewish children.

Jan. 30, 2005

Johnny Carson, 79 -- "The Tonight Show" host for 30 years. Obituary

David Letterman statement on Carson: "All of us who came after are pretenders. We will not see the likes of him again."

More quotes about Carson

Rose Mary Woods, 87 -- Secretary to President Richard Nixon, who claimed to have accidentally erased a portion of the Watergate tapes.

"Life being his secretary has not been dull."

Philip Johnson, 98 -- Architect whose designs include the AT&T and Lipstick Buildings, and who created and lived in "The Glass House." Obituary

"Clients are so awful. There's only one good client. That's me, because I don't complain about the budget. I don't scream and yell about where the toilet paper's gonna be."

Leo Meidlinger, 61 -- We also lost one of our own here at ABC this week. Meidlinger was the gruff heart of our Washington bureau. For 33 years, the tougher the assignment, the more likely this former Marine would be sent to produce it. He kept us straight, and made us laugh, and died too young. We miss him already.

Jan. 23, 2005

Ruth Warrick, 88 -- Longtime star of "All My Children" who made her movie debut in 1941's "Citizen Kane."

Virginia Mayo, 84 -- Actress who appeared opposite Bob Hope, Gregory Peck and James Cagney.

Zhao Ziyang, 85 -- Deposed Chinese Communist leader who opposed the 1989 Tiannamen Square crackdown and had been held under house arrest ever since.

Walter Wriston, 85 -- Banking innovator and former chairman of Citicorp who set up the first network of ATMs.

Jan. 16, 2005

James Forman, 76 -- Civil rights pioneer.

"Hi my name is James Forman and I'm the executive secretary of the student non-violent coordinating committee."

"This problem goes to the very bottom of the United States and you know I'm saying it today and I will say it again: If we can't sit at the table let's knock the f***ing legs off it."

James Arthur "Jimmy" Griffin, 61 -- Songwriter and co-founder of the pop group Bread who co-wrote 1970 Academy Award-winning song, "For All We Know."

Spencer Dryden, 66 -- Drummer for Jefferson Airplane who was inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

Robert Heilbroner, 85 -- Economist who authored "The Worldly Philosophers."

"The government should borrow for purposes that expand and accelerate our growth and our well being."

Warren Spears, 50 -- Dancer and choreographer.

Jan. 9, 2005

Shirley Chisholm, 80 -- Congresswoman, 1969-82.

"Don't sell that vote out."

"I don't want to be remembered as the first black woman who went to Congress. I don't even want to be remembered as the first woman who happened to be black to make a bid for the presidency. I want to be remembered as a woman who fought for change in the 20th century."

For more information on Shirley Chisholm, look for the national broadcast premiere of "Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed" on PBS' P.O.V. series, or check online at

Rep. Robert Matsui, D-Calif., 63 -- Congressman who fought for reparations for interned Japanease-Americans.

"I remember as a small child the specter of disloyalty to your country, because we were put in the camps. I think now we can all hold our heads high and say that we were in fact loyal Americans, loyal to our country."

Rosemary Kennedy, 86 -- Eldest Kennedy daughter whose mental retardation ispired the Special Olympics.

Will Eisner, 87 -- Cartoonist who was named "the most influential comics artist of all time."

"Here, for the first time, was this marvelous opportunity that happens to any creative man once in a lifetime. Suddenly there appears a medium, a receptacle that can take your ineptitudes in both fields. I was a frustrated writer, a frustrated painter. Put them together and come out with ineptitude."

Jan. 2, 2005

Susan Sontag, 71 -- Essayist, novelist and 2000 National Book Award winner whose works were translated into 32 languages.

"I like very much the idea of being serious. It invites people to feel more. And I think one of the things about the modern world is where we're so overwhelmed by useless information and trivial stimulation is that people turn off and they don't feel as much."

"I think of literature as an education of the heart, as an education of conscience."

Reggie White, 43 -- NFL defensive player of the year in 1987 and 1998, who was known as "the Minister of Defense" and was an ordained minister.

"You know, I played on God and I played for my family and my fans, and so that drives me when I get on the field."

Jerry Orbach, 69 -- Actor and singer who starred for 12 seasons as Det. Lennie Briscoe on NBC's "Law & Order"

Artie Shaw, 94 -- Clarinetist who was one of the first big band leaders to hire African-American musicians.

"You're trying to take an inarticulate thing and take notes and make them come out in a way that moves you. If it moves you it's gonna move others. But very rarely does it happen. And when it does you remember it for the rest of your life."