In Memoriam: Lives of Note, January-April 2007

April 29, 2007

Mstislav Rostropovich, 80 -- Legendary cellist and conductor who was one of the greatest string players of the 20th century; he performed at the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Jack Valenti, 85 -- Film industry lobbyist and former White House aide who shaped the film industry with his creation of the film ratings system.

"I think that movies are the quintessential 20th, 21st century art form."

Boris Yeltsin, 76 -- Former Russian president who presided over the collapse of Communism and was the first freely elected leader of Russia.

Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald, D-Calif., 68

David Halberstam, 73 -- Journalist and author who won a Pulitzer Prize for his Vietnam War coverage and later wrote 15 bestsellers.

"In 1962, I became the first full-time paid correspondent for an American newspaper in Vietnam."


Army SGT Alexander Van Aalten, 21, of Monterey, Tenn.

Marine LCpl Jeffery A Bishop, 23, of Dickson, Tenn.

Army CWO Dwayne L Moore, 31, of Williamsburg, Va.

Army PFC Michael J Slater, 19, of Scott Depot, W.Va.

Army CPL Wade J Oglesby, 27, of Grand Junction, Colo.

Army CPL Michael M Rojas, 21, of Fresno, Calif.

Army PFC Christopher M North, 21, of Sarasota, Fla.

Army SGT William W Bushnell, 24, of Jasper, Ariz.

Army SSG Marlon B Harper, 34, of Baltimore, Md.

Army CPL Ray M Bevel, 22, of Andrews, Texas

Army PFC Jeffrey A Avery, 19, of Colorado Springs, Colo.

Army SSG Steven R Tudor, 36, of Dunmore, Pa.

Marine LCpl Dale G Peterson, 20, of Redmond, Ore.

Army 1LT Kevin J Gaspers, 26, of Hastings, Neb.

Army SSG Kenneth E Locker Jr, 28, of Wakefield, Neb.

Army SSG William C Moore, 27, of Benson, N.C.

Army SGT Randell T Marshall, 22, of Fitzgerald, Ga.

Army SGT Brice A Pearson, 32, of Phoenix, Ariz.

Army SGT Michael L Vaughan, 20, of Otis, Ore.

Army SPC Jerry R King, 19, of Browersville, Ga.

Army SPC Michael J Rodriguez, 20, of Sanford, N.C.

Army PFC Garrett C Knoll, 23, of Bad Axe, Mich.

Army SPC Jeremy E Maresh, 24, of Jim Thorpe, Pa.

Marine Cpl Willie P Celestine Jr, 21, of Lafayette, La.

Marine LCpl Adam E Loggins, 27, of Athens, Ala.

April 22, 2007

Kitty Carlisle Hart, 96 -- Entertainer who was a tireless advocate of the arts, and was best known as a panelist on "To Tell the Truth."

Patricia Buckley, 80 -- Philanthropist and wife of William F. Buckley Jr.

Mary Crisp, 83 -- Republican feminist leader who was ousted from her position as co-chair because of her support for the Equal Rights Amendment.

"Thank you for this opportunity to continue to serve you as co-chairman of the Republican National Committee. You have my heartfelt gratitude and my total commitment."

Virginia Tech Victims Remembered:

      Ross Abdallah Alameddine, 20

      Christopher James Bishop, 35

      Brian Roy Bluhm, 25

      Ryan Christopher Clark, 22

      Austin Michelle Cloyd, 18

      Jocelyne Couture-Nowak

      Daniel Alejandro Perez Cueva, 21

      Kevin P. Granata, 45

      Matthew Gregory Gwaltney, 24

      Caitlin Millar Hammaren, 19

      Jeremy Michael Herbstritt, 27

      Rachael Elizabeth Hill, 18

      Emily Jane Hilscher, 19

      Jarrett Lee Lane, 22

      Matthew Joseph La Porte, 20

      Henry J. Lee, 20

      Liviu Librescu, 76

      G.V. Loganathan, 51

      Partahi Mamora Halomoan Lumbantoruan, 34

      Lauren Ashley McCain, 20

      Daniel Patrick O'Neil, 22

      Juan Ramon Ortiz, 26

      Minal Hiralal Panchal, 26

      Erin Nicole Peterson, 18

      Michael Steven Pohle Jr., 23

      Julia Kathleen Pryde, 23

      Mary Karen Read, 19

      Reema Joseph Samaha, 18

      Waleed Mohammed Shaalan, 32

      Leslie Geraldine Sherman

      Maxine Shelly Turner, 22

      Nicole White, 20


Marine LCpl Daniel J Santee, 21, of Mission Viejo, Calif.

Army SGT Larry R Bowman, 29, of Granite Falls, N.C.

Army CPL Cody A Putman, 22, of Lafayette, Ind.

Army PFC John G Borbonus, 19, of Boise, Idaho

Army SPC Ryan A Bishop, 32, of Euless, Texas

Marine 1st Lt Shaun M Blue, 25, of Munster, Ind.

Marine LCpl Daniel R Scherry, 20, of Rocky River, Ohio

Marine LCpl Jesse D Delatorre, 29, of Aurora, Ill.

Army PFC Lucas V Starcevich, 25, of Canton, Ill.

Army SGT Joshua A Schmit, 26, of Willmar, Minn.

Army SGT Brandon L Wallace, 27, of St Louis, Mo.

Army PFC Aaron M Genevie, 22, of Chambersburg, Pa.

Army PFC Steven J Walberg, 18, of Paradise, Calif.

Army SGT Mario K De Leon, 26, of San Francisco, Calif.

Army SSG Robert J Basham, 22, of Kenosha, Wisc.

Army PFC Richard P Langenbrunner, 19, of Fort Wayne, Ind.

Army PFC Jason M Morales, 20, of La Puente, Calif.

April 15, 2007

Kurt Vonnegut Jr., 84 -- Novelist and cultural icon of the 1970s who wrote some of the most acclaimed works of American literature.

"I was taught to see the importance of having all sorts of ideas circulated in this country and that no official can make any American shut up no matter what he says."

Roscoe Lee Browne, 84 -- Emmy Award-winning actor whose five-decade career spanned stage, film and TV.

Don Ho, 76 -- Entertainer who achieved national fame with his 1966 hit "Tiny Bubbles."


Army SPC Christopher M Wilson, 24, of Bangor, Maine

Army SGT Jason A Shaffer, 28, of Derry, Pa.

Navy PO2 Joseph C Schwedler, 27, of Crystal Falls, Mich.

Army PFC Daniel A Fuentes, 19, of Levittown, N.Y.

Army SGT Forrest D Cauthorn, 22, of Midlothian, Va.

Army SPC Jay S Cajimat, 20, of Lahaina, Hawaii

Army SSG Jerry C Burge, 39, of Carriere, Miss.

Army CPL Joseph H Cantrell IV, 23, of Ashland, Ky.

Army SPC Walter Freeman Jr, 20, of Lancaster, Calif.

Army PFC Derek A Gibson, 20, Eustis, Fla.

Army 1LT Phillip I Neel, 27, of Maryland

Army SPC Conor G Masterson, 21, of Inver Grove Heights, Minn.

Navy CPO Gregory J Billiter, 36, of Villa Hills, Ky.

Navy PO2 Curtis R Hall, 24, of Burley, Ind.

Navy PO1 Joseph A McSween, 26, of Valdosta, Ga.

Army CPT Anthony Palermo, 26, of Brockton, Mass.

Army SPC Ryan S Dallam, 24, of Norman, Okla.

Army PVT Damian Lopez Rodriguez, 19, Tucson, Ariz.

Army SGT Adam P Kennedy, 25, of Norfolk, Mass.

Army SGT Todd A Singleton, 24, of Muskegon, Mich.

Navy CDR Philip A Murphy-Sweet, 42, of Caldwell, Ind.

Army SSG Harrison Brown, 31, of Prichard, Ala.

Army PFC David N Simmons, 20, of Kokomo, Ind.

Army CPT Jonathan D Grassbaugh, 25, of East Hampstead, N.H.

Army SPC Ebe F Emolo, 33, of Greensboro, N.C.

Army SPC Levi K Hoover, 23, of Midland, Mich.

Army PFC Rodney L McCandless, 21, of Camden, Ark.

Army SSG Jesse L Williams, 25, of Santa Rosa, Calif.

Army SPC Clifford A Spohn III, 21, of Albuquerque, N.M.

Army PFC Kyle G Bohrnsen, 22, of Philipsburg, Mont.

Army SGT Raymond S Sevaaetasi, 29, of Pago Pago, American Samoa

Army SPC Ismael G Solorio, 21, of San Luis, Ariz.

Army PFC Brian L Holden, 20, of Claremont, N.C.

Army PVT Brett A Walton, 37, of Hillsboro, Ore.

Army 1LT Gwilym J Newman, 24, of Waldorf, Md.

Army CPL Jason J Beadles, 22, of La Porte, Ind.

Army SGT Edelman L Hernandez, 23, of Hyattsville, Md.

Army SPC James T Lindsey, 20, of Florence, Ala.

Army SSG Casey D Combs, 28, of Auburn, Wash.

Army SGT David A Stephens, 28, of Tullahoma, Tenn.

April 8, 2007

Eddie Robinson, 88 -- Legendary football coach who won 408 games during his 57-year career at Grambling State University.

"You write your own stories. Coaches can't make you great. You've got to make yourself great."

"With me, just winning the ball game is not the thing. … I want to win the guy."

Barry Lee Bush, 52 -- FBI special agent killed in the line of duty.

Bob Clark, 67 -- Film director best known for the 1983 cult classic, "A Christmas Story."

"We've touched something in the heart of the people, and I think it's the craziness, the integrity, the realness of the movie, I think."


Army SGT Edmund W McDonald, 25, of Casco, Maine

Army SPC Agustin Gutierrez, 19, of San Jacinto, Calif.

Army SSG Jason R Arnette, 24, of Amelia, Va.

Army SPC Wilfred Flores Jr, 20, of Lawton, Okla.

Army SGT Joe Polo, 24, of Opalocka, Fla.

Marine PFC Miguel A Marcial III, 19, of Secaucus, N.J.

Army 1LT Neale M Shank, 25, of Fort Wayne, Ind.

Marine LCpl Daniel R Olsen, 20, of Eagan, Minn.

Army SSG David A Mejias, 26, of San Juan, P.R.

Army SSG Eric R Vick, 25, of Spring Hope, N.C.

Army SGT Robert M McDowell, 30, of Deer Park, Texas

Army SPC William G Bowling, 24, of Beattyville, Ky.

Army SSG Bradley D King, 28, of Marion, Ind.

Army SPC Brian E Ritzberg, 24, of New York, N.Y.

Army SPC Curtis R Spivey, 25, of Chula Vista, Calif.

Army PFC Gabriel J Figueroa, 20, of Baldwin Park, Calif.

Army SSG Shane R Becker, 35, of Helena, Mont.

Army PFC James J Coon, 22, of Walnut Creek, Calif.

April 1, 2007

Ransom Myers, 54 -- Marine biologist who was the first to warn that overfishing is leading to the extinction of marine species.

"Deep within the psyche of humans is a love of large-grade animals. And to have these go extinct, from a point of view of humans, is intolerable."

Charlotte Winters, 109 -- Last surviving female World War I veteran.

Paul Lauterbur, 77 -- Chemist and physicist who was awarded a Nobel Prize in 2003 for the development of MRI.

"MRI gives clearer pictures of the soft tissues and organs in the body, which leads to better medical diagnosis."


Army SFC Benjamin L Sebban, 29, of Chattanooga, Tenn.

Army SFC Christopher R. Brevard, 31, of Phoenix, Ariz.

Army LTC Peter E Winston, 56, of Plant City, Fla.

Army SSG Gina R Sparks, 35, of Drury, Mo.

Army SGT Freeman L Gardner Jr, 26, of Little Rock, Ark.

Army SPC Lance C Springer II, 23, of Fort Worth, Texas

Army SGT Adrian J Lewis, 30, of Mauldin, S.C.

Army SGT Greg N Riewer, 30, of Frazee, Minn.

Marine Cpl Henry W Bogrette, 21, of Richville, N.Y.

Marine LCpl Trevor A Roberts, 21, of Oklahoma City, Okla.

Army SGT Jason W Swiger, 24, of South Portland, Maine

Army CPL Jason Nunez, 22, of Naranjito, P.R.

Army PFC Orlando E Gonzalez, 21, of New Freedom, Pa.

Army PFC Anthony J White, 21, of Columbia, S.C.

Army SGT Curtis J Forshey, 22, of Hollidaysburg, Pa.

Army SPC Sean K McDonald, 21, of Rosemount, Minn.

Marine SSgt Marcus A Golczynski, 30, of Lewisburg, Tenn.

Army MSG Sean M Thomas, 33, of Harrisburg, Pa.

March 25, 2007

Calvert DeForest, 85 -- Comic actor who gained fame as Larry "Bud" Melman on David Letterman's late night talk show.

John Backus, 82 -- IBM programmer who created Fortran, the first widely used computer programming language.

Bishop G. E. Patterson, 67 -- Led the Church of God in Christ, the nation's largest African American Pentecostal denomination.

"You got to have faith to know that he cares for you."


Marine LCpl Harry H Timberman, 20, of Minong, Wisc.

Army PFC Anthony A Kaiser, 27, of Narrowsburg, N.Y.

Army SFC John S Stephens, 41, of San Antonio, Texas

Army SGT Nimo W Tauala, 29, of Honolulu, Hawaii

Army SGT Ryan P Green, 24, of Woodlands, Texas

Army SPC Marieo Guerrero, 30, of Fort Worth, Texas

Army SGT John E Allen, 25, of Palmdale, Calif.

Army SGT Ed Santini, 25, of Toa Baja, P.R.

Army PFC William N Davis, 26, of Adrian, Mich.

Army PFC John F Landry Jr, 20, of Lowell, Mass.

Army SGT Wayne R Cornell, 26, of Holstein, Neb.

Army PFC Stephen K Richardson, 22, of Bridgeport, Conn.

Army PFC Joey T Sams II, 22, of Spartanburg, S.C.

Army SPC Curtis E Glawson Jr, 24, of Daleville, Ala.

Marine Cpl Dustin J Lee, 20, of Quitman, Miss.

Army SFC Darrell R Griffin Jr, 36, of Alhambra, Calif.

Army SGT Nicholas J Lightner, 29, of Newport, Ore.

March 18, 2007

Betty Hutton, 86 -- Singer and actress.

Peter VanVechten Hamill, 80 -- Physician who served as medical director for the pivotal 1964 report that linked smoking to cancer.

Bowie Kuhn, 80 -- Former baseball commissioner who oversaw baseball's transformation to a business of free agents with multimillion-dollar contracts.

"I was willing to take on the tough problems and deal with them as I honestly felt they should be dealt, and was not afraid."


Army SGT Gregory D Fejeran, 28, of Barrigada, Guam

Army SGT Christopher J C Fernandez, 28, of Dededo, Guam

Army SPC Jonathan K Smith, 19, of Atlanta, Ga.

Marine LCpl Nathanial D Windsor, 20, of Scappoose, Ore.

Army SGT Daniel E Woodcock, 25, of Glennallen, Alaska

Army SGT Thomas L Latham, 23, of Delmar, Md.

Army SFC Douglas C Stone, 49, of Taylorsville, Utah

Marine LCpl Angel Rosa, 21, of South Portland, Maine

Marine LCpl Steven M Chavez, 20, of Hondo, N.M.

Army SPC Adam J Rosema, 27, of Pasadena, Calif.

Army CPL Brian L Chevalier, 21, of Athens, Ga.

Army SPC Stephen M Kowalczyk, 32, of San Diego, Calif.

Army SGT Robert M Carr, 22, of Warren, Ohio

Marine LCpl Raymond J Holzhauer, 19, of Dwight, Ohio

Army PFC Alberto Garcia Jr., 23, of Bakersfield, Calif.

Army SSG Blake M Harris, 27, of Hampton, Ga.

Army SSG Terry W Prater, 25, of Speedwell, Tenn.

Army SGT Emerson N Brand, 29, of Rigby, Ind.

Army PFC James L Arnold, 21, of Mattawan, Mich.

Army SPC Joshua M Boyd, 30, of Seattle, Wash.

Army SPC Forrest J Waterbury, 25, of Richmond, Texas

March 11, 2007

Bob Hattoy, 56 -- Clinton aide and AIDS activist who, in 1992, became the first gay AIDS victim to address a national political convention.

"I don't want to die. But, I don't want to live in an America where the president sees me as the enemy. I can face dying because of a disease, but not because of politics."

Ernest Gallo, 97 -- Co-founder of E & J Gallo Winery, which produces one out of every four bottles of wine sold in the United States.

Sen. Thomas Eagleton, 77 -- Former Democratic U.S. Senator from Missouri for nearly two decades who helped pass legislation that effectively ended the Vietnam War. A vice presidential candidate for 18 days, Eagleton was forced to step down after revelations of mental illness.


Army SSG Karl O Soto-Pinedo, 22, of San Juan, P.R.

Army PVT Wesley J Williams, 23, of Philadelphia, Pa.

Marine SSgt Dustin M Gould, 28, of Longmont, Colo.

Army SSG Paul M Latourney, 28, of Roselle, Ill.

Army SPC Luis O Rodriguez-Contrera, 22, of Allentown, Pa.

Navy LCDR Morgan C Tulang, 36, of Hilo, Hawaii

Navy HN Lucas WA Emch, 21, of Kent, Ohio

Army SPC Christopher D Young, 20, of Los Angeles, Calif.

Marine LCpl Raul S Bravo, 21, of Elko, Nev.

Army SGT Brandon A Parr, 25, of West Valley, Utah

Army SGT Michael C Peek, 23, of Chesapeake, Va.

Army SGT Ashly L Moyer, 21, of Emmaus, Pa.

Army SPC Blake Harris, 22, of Pueblo, Colo.

Army SPC Ryan D Russell, 20, of Elm City, N.C.

Army PVT Barry W Mayo, 21, of Ecru, Miss.

Army SSG Darrel D Kasson, 43, of Florence, Ariz.

Army PVT Mark W Graham, 22, of Lafayette, La.

Army SSG Justin M Estes, 25, of Sims, Ariz.

Army SSG Robert M Stanley, 27, of Spotsylvania, Va.

Army SGT Andrew C Perkins, 27, of Northglenn, Colo.

Army SPC Ryan M Bell, 21, of Colville, Wash.

Army SPC Justin A Rollins, 22, of Newport, N.H.

Army PFC Cory C Kosters, 19, of The Woodlands, Texas

Army SSG Christopher R Webb, 28, of Winchester, Calif.

Army SPC Shawn P Rankinen, 28, of Independence, Mo.

Army SPC Michael D Rivera, 22, of Brooklyn, N.Y.

Marine LCpl Dennis J Veater, 20, of Jessup, Pa.

March 4, 2007

Arthur Schlesinger Jr., 89 -- Pulitzer Prize-winning historian. Among the most prominent historians of his time, he also served as an aide to President Kennedy.

"The great threats to the U.S. are self righteousness and complacency, and I think we have to examine ourselves and do our damnedest to live up to our best standards."

Herman Brix, 100 -- Olympian and actor who parlayed his 1928 Olympic medal into an accomplished film career.

Evelyn Munro, 92 -- Union activist who fought to improve working conditions for sharecroppers in the 1930s.

"I wanted to learn what it would really be like to be a socialist, and what it would be like to do work with the poorest people in the United States."


Army SSG Joshua R Hager, 29, of Broomfield, Colo.

Army PFC Travis W Buford, 23, of Galveston, Texas

Army PFC Rowan D Walter, 25, of Winnetka, Calif.

Army SGT Jeremy D Barnett, 27, of Mineral City, Ohio

Army SPC Ethan J Biggers, 22, of Beavercreek, Ohio

Marine LCpl Anthony Aguirre, 20, of Channelview, Texas

Army SSG William J Beardsley, 25, of Coon Rapids, Minn.

Army PFC Daniel Zizumbo, 27, of Chicago, Ill.

Marine Sgt Chad M Allen, 25, of Maple Lake, Minn.

Marine PFC Bufford K Van Slyke, 22, of Bay City, Mich.

Army SGT Richard A Soukenka, 30, of Oceanside, Calif.

Army CPL Lorne E Henry, Jr, 21, of Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Army SPC Jonathan D Cadavero, 24, of Takoma Park, Md.

Feb. 25, 2007

Dennis Johnson, 52 -- NBA star and coach who won three NBA championship titles during his 14-year playing career.

"This is a franchise that has made me every bit of what I am today."

Richard Lehman, 83 -- CIA analyst who twice was awarded the CIA's highest honor; he created the president's daily intelligence briefing.

Feb. 18, 2007

Ray Evans, 92 -- Oscar-winning songwriter who, with partner Jay Livingston, wrote countless hits for TV, film and recording artists.

Robert Adler, 93 -- Co-inventor of the TV remote control.

"This thing has so many buttons. I don't know what most of them are for and frankly I could not care less."

Rep. Charles Norwood Jr., R-Ga., 65 -- U.S. congressman who focused much of his political career on promoting a patients' bill of rights.

"You know it only takes two people, a sick patient and a willing provider. That's all it really takes to have healthcare work."

Feb. 11, 2007

Frankie Laine, 93 -- Singer.

"'Rawhide' was a big, big turning point … and 'Rawhide' really saved my skin."

Harriett Woods, 79 -- Political activist whose narrow loss in a 1982 Senate race sparked the creation of EMILY's List, that touts pro-choice Democratic women.

"I have so often told people you have to take risks, you have to take up the challenge if you want to make a difference in life."

Willye White, 66 -- Five-time Olympian.

"I didn't win the gold medal of the Olympics, but I do have and did win the gold medal of life."

Robert "Skip" Jennings, 66 -- ABC News cameraman for more than 30 years.

Feb. 4, 2007

Sidney Sheldon, 89 -- Best-selling novelist and TV producer.

"I believe that if you're trying to please everyone, you wind up pleasing almost no one. I get an idea that excites me, and I write it as well as I know how."

Richard Kelley, 91 -- Stepfather of President Clinton.

Molly Ivins, 62 -- Liberal columnist and author; one of the president's harshest critics, her column ran in over 400 newspapers.

"Anyone who thinks that … assumes George Bush is dumb, is going to, as he would say, mis-underestimate him badly."

The Rev. Robert Drinan, 86 -- Human rights advocate who was the first Roman Catholic priest to become a voting member of Congress.

Jan. 28, 2007

E. Howard Hunt, 88 -- Former CIA agent who was the mastermind of the Watergate break-in and served 33 months in prison for his role.

"Aside from the personal results of Watergate -- the impact on each of us individually -- I think that the main victim was the country itself."

Eleanor McGovern, 85 -- Wife of Sen. George McGovern who was the first spouse of a presidential candidate to make solo campaign appearances for her husband.

"I have enjoyed campaigning. I've learned much about myself."

Jan. 21, 2007

Denny Doherty, 66 -- Singer for the Mamas and the Papas.

Sen. George Smathers, 93 -- Former U.S. Senator from Florida; a confidant of President Kennedy, he served in Congress for more than two decades.

Art Buchwald, 81 -- Columnist and humorist whose column, syndicated to more than 500 newspapers, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1982.

"I've found a way to make other people laugh. I hope that I can be remembered for that."

Andrea Parhamovich, 28 -- American civilian killed in Iraq while working to promote democracy.

Jan. 14, 2007

Yvonne De Carlo, 84 -- Actress best remembered as Lily Munster whose film career lasted more than five decades.

Carlo Ponti, 94 -- Film producer famous for his award-winning work and his marriage to Sophia Loren.

Roberta Wohlstetter, 94 -- Military intelligence analyst who received the Medal of Freedom for her study documenting intelligence failures leading up to Pearl Harbor.

President Ronald Reagan: "Roberta Wohlstetter, a generation ahead of her time. … She rose above all obstacles and has had a profound influence."

Jan. 7, 2007

Del Reeves, 73 -- Grand Ole Opry entertainer.

Tillie Olsen, 94 -- Feminist writer whose works portrayed the struggles of women and the working class.

"It is you, my readers, who gave life to the words that I wrote. And I want to applaud those of you who are here, and thank you."

Teddy Kollek, 95 -- Mayor of Jerusalem from 1965 to 1993 who presided over the reunification of Jerusalem after the Arab-Israeli war in 1967.

"The hatred is too deep, but I have no doubt about the end result. The end result will be peace."