In Memoriam -- Jan. to April 2005

"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." ABCNEWS.com 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. ABCNEWS.com 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." ABCNEWS.com 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."

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