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Teacher who was held cap­tive in Le­banon for more than six years un­til he was freed in 1991 and re­turned home to be­come pro­fes­sor emer­i­tus at Colorado State Univer­sity. July 22. Marni Nixon, 86. Hol­ly­wood voice dou­ble whose singing was heard in place of the lead­ing ac­tresses’ in such movie mu­si­cals as “West Side Story,” ”The King and I” and “My Fair Lady.” July 24. Rev. Tim LaHaye, 90. Co-au­thor of the “Left Be­hind” se­ries, a mul­ti­mil­lion-sell­ing lit­er­ary juggernaut that brought end­times prophecy into main­stream book­stores. July 25. Sam Wheeler, 72. Renowned land speed mo­tor­cy­cle racer. July 25. In­juries suf­fered in a mo­tor­cy­cle crash.

AU­GUST:

Anne of Ro­ma­nia, 92. Wife of Ro­ma­nia’s last monarch, King Michael. Aug. 1. Ahmed Ze­wail, 70. Sci­ence ad­viser to Pres­i­dent Obama who won the 1999 No­bel Prize for his work on the study of chem­i­cal re­ac­tions over short time scales. Aug. 2. Pete Foun­tain, 86. Clar­inetist whose Dix­ieland jazz vir­tu­os­ity and wit en­deared him to his na­tive New Or­leans and earned him national tele­vi­sion fame. Aug. 6. John McLaugh­lin, 89. Con­ser­va­tive com­men­ta­tor and host of a long-run­ning tele­vi­sion show that pi­o­neered hol­ler­ing-heads dis­cus­sions of Wash­ing­ton pol­i­tics. Aug. 16. Arthur Hiller, 92. Os­car nom­i­nee for di­rect­ing the hugely pop­u­lar ro­man­tic tragedy “Love Story” dur­ing a ca­reer that spanned dozens of pop­u­lar movies and TV shows. Aug. 17. Toots Thiele­mans, 94. Bel­gian har­mon­ica player whose ca­reer in­cluded play­ing with jazz greats like Miles Davis and whose so­los have fig­ured on nu­mer­ous film scores. Aug. 22. Gene Wilder, 83. Frizzy-haired ac­tor who brought his deft comedic touch to such un­for­get­table roles as the neu­rotic ac­coun­tant in “The Pro­duc­ers” and the mad sci­en­tist of “Young Franken­stein.” Aug. 28. Juan Gabriel, 66. Mex­i­can song­writer and singer who was an icon in the Latin mu­sic world. Aug. 28.

SEPTEM­BER:

Jon Polito, 65. Raspy-voiced ac­tor whose 200-plus cred­its ranged from “Homi­cide: Life on the Street” and “Mod­ern Fam­ily” to the films “Bar­ton Fink” and “The Big Le­bowski.” Sept. 1. Phyl­lis Sch­lafly, 92. Out­spo­ken con­ser­va­tive ac­tivist who helped de­feat the Equal Rights Amend­ment in the 1970s and founded the Ea­gle Fo­rum po­lit­i­cal group. Sept. 5. Bobby Cha­con, Sch­lafly 64. Hall of Fame boxer whose mem­o­rable fights in­cluded vic­to­ries over Rafael “Ba­zooka” Li­mon, Cornelius Boza-Ed­wards, Danny Lopez and Ruben Oli­vares. Sept. 7. Ed­ward Al­bee, 88. Three-time Pulitzer Prize-win­ning play­wright who chal­lenged theatri­cal con­ven­tion in mas­ter­works such as “Who’s Afraid of Vir­ginia Woolf?” and “A Del­i­cate Bal­ance.” Sept. 16. W.P. Kin­sella, 81. Cana­dian nov­el­ist who blended mag­i­cal re­al­ism and base­ball in the book that be­came the smash hit film “Field of Dreams.” Sept. 16. Arnold Palmer, 87. Golf­ing great who brought a coun­try-club sport to the masses with a hard­charg­ing style, charisma and a com­moner’s touch. Sept. 25. Shi­mon Peres, 93. For­mer Is­raeli pres­i­dent and prime min­is­ter, whose life story mir­rored that of the Jewish state and who was cel­e­brated around the world as a No­bel prize-win­ning vi­sion­ary who pushed his coun­try to­ward peace. Sept. 28.

OC­TO­BER:

Aaron Pryor, 60. Re­lent­less ju­nior wel­ter­weight who fought two mem­o­rable bouts with Alexis Ar­guello. Oct. 9. An­drzej Wa­jda, 90. Poland’s lead­ing film­make. Oct. 9. Junko Tabei, 77. The first woman to climb Mount Ever­est. Oct. 20. Tom Hay­den, 76. 1960s an­ti­war ac­tivist whose name be­came for­ever linked with the Chicago 7 trial, Viet­nam War protests and his ex-wife, ac­tress Jane Fonda. Oct. 23. Bobby Vee, 73. Boy­ish, grin­ning 1960s singer whose ca­reer was born when he took a stage as a teenager to fill in af­ter the 1959 plane crash that killed rock ‘n’ roll stars Buddy Holly, Hay­den Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bop­per” Richard­son. Oct. 24.

NOVEM­BER:

Janet Reno, 78. First woman to serve as U.S. at­tor­ney gen­eral and the epi­cen­ter of sev­eral po­lit­i­cal storms dur­ing the Clin­ton ad­min­is­tra­tion, in­clud­ing the seizure of Elian Gonzalez. Nov. 7. Leonard Co­hen, 82. Bari­tonevoiced Cana­dian singer-song­writer who blended spir­i­tu­al­ity and sex­u­al­ity in songs like “Hal­lelu­jah,” ”Suzanne” and “Bird on a Wire.” Nov. 7. Robert Vaughn, 83. De­bonair, Os­car-nom­i­nated ac­tor whose many film roles were eclipsed by his hugely pop­u­lar turn in tele­vi­sion’s “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” Nov. 11. Leon Russell, 74. He per­formed, sang and pro­duced some of rock ‘n’ roll’s top records. Nov. 13. Gwen Ifill, 61. Co-an­chor of PBS’ “NewsHour” with Judy Woodruff and a vet­eran jour­nal­ist who mod­er­ated two vice pres­i­den­tial de­bates. Nov. 14. Den­ton Coo­ley, 96. Car­dio­vas­cu­lar sur­geon who per­formed some of the na­tion’s first heart trans­plants and im­planted the world’s first ar­ti­fi­cial heart. Nov. 18. Sharon Jones, 60. Pow­er­house who shep­herded a soul re­vival de­spite not find­ing star­dom un­til mid­dle age. Nov. 18. Cancer. Ralph Branca, 90. Brook­lyn Dodgers pitcher who gave up the “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” that still echoes six decades later as one of the most fa­mous home runs in base­ball his­tory. Nov. 23. Florence Hen­der­son, 82. Broadway star who be­came one of Amer­ica’s most beloved tele­vi­sion moms in “The Brady Bunch.” Nov. 24. Fidel Cas­tro, 90. He led his bearded rebels to vic­to­ri­ous rev­o­lu­tion in 1959, em­braced Soviet-style com­mu­nism and de­fied the power of U.S. pres­i­dents dur­ing his half-cen­tury of rule in Cuba. Nov. 25. Fritz Weaver, 90. Tony Award-win­ning ac­tor who played Sher­lock Holmes and Shake­spear­ian kings on Broadway while also cre­at­ing mem­o­rable roles on TV and film from “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” to “Marathon Man.” Nov. 26. Grant Tinker, 90. He brought new pol­ish to the TV world with beloved shows in­clud­ing “Hill Street Blues” as both a pro­ducer and a net­work boss. Nov. 28.

DE­CEM­BER:

John Glenn, 95. His 1962 flight as the first U.S. as­tro­naut to or­bit the Earth made him an all-Amer­i­can hero and pro­pelled him to a long ca­reer in the U.S. Se­nate. Dec. 8. Esma Redzepova, 73. One of the most pow­er­ful voices in the world of Gypsy mu­sic. Dec. 11. Joe Ligon, 80. Singer and dy­namic front­man of the Gram­my­win­ning gospel group Mighty Clouds of Joy. Dec. 11. E.R. Braith­waite, 104. Guyanese au­thor, ed­u­ca­tor and diplo­mat whose years teach­ing in the slums of Lon­don’s East End in­spired the in­ter­na­tional best-seller “To Sir, With Love” and the movie of the same name. Dec. 12. Alan Thicke, 69. Ver­sa­tile per­former who gained his great­est renown as the beloved dad on the sit­com “Grow­ing Pains.” Dec. 13. Lawrence Man­ley Col­burn, 67. He­li­copter gun­ner in the Viet­nam War who helped end the slaugh­ter of hun­dreds of un­armed Viet­namese vil­lagers by U.S. troops at My Lai. Dec. 13. Craig Sager, 65. Long­time NBA side­line re­porter fa­mous for his flashy suits and prob­ing ques­tions. Dec. 15. Henry Heim­lich, 96. Sur­geon who cre­ated the life-saving Heim­lich ma­neu­ver for chok­ing vic­tims. Dec. 17. Zsa Zsa Ga­bor, 99. Jet-set­ting Hun­gar­ian ac­tress and so­cialite who helped in­vent a new kind of fame out of mul­ti­ple mar­riages, con­spic­u­ous Sager wealth and

jaded wis­dom about the glam­orous life. Dec. 18. Ge­orge Michael, 53. Mu­si­cian who shot to star­dom at an early age in the teen duo WHAM! and moved smoothly into a solo ca­reer. Dec. 25. Car­rie Fisher, 60. Ac­tress who found en­dur­ing fame as Princess Leia in the orig­i­nal “Star Wars.” Dec. 27. Deb­bie Reynolds, 84. Ac­tress who lit up the screen in “Sin­gin’ in the Rain’ and other Hol­ly­wood classics, one day af­ter los­ing her daugh­ter, Car­rie Fisher. Dec. 28. »den­ver­post.com/life­style

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