2018 saw pass­ing of lead­ers, dream­ers and the Queen of Soul

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nist themes and was best known for her Earth­sea books. Jan. 22.


74. A Grammy-win­ning for­mer mem­ber of the famed Mo­town group The Temp­ta­tions. Feb. 1.

65. Zim­babwe’s vet­eran op­po­si­tion leader who for years was the most po­tent chal­lenger to long­time ruler Robert Mu­gabe. Feb. 14.

99. He trans­formed Amer­i­can re­li­gious life through his preach­ing and ac­tivism, be­com­ing a coun­selor to pres­i­dents and the most widely heard Chris­tian evan­ge­list in his­tory. Feb. 21.

97. The vi­va­cious ac­tress, singer and dancer who be­came a star in Broad­way mu­si­cals, on tele­vi­sion as Sid Cae­sar’s comic foil and in such hit movies as “The Band Wagon.” Feb. 22.


88. He was the first run­ner to break the 4-minute bar­rier in the mile. March 3.

76. A the­o­ret­i­cal physi­cist whose bril­liant mind ranged across time and space though his body was par­a­lyzed by dis­ease. March 14.

94. The World War II vet­eran who founded Toys R Us six decades ago and trans­formed it into an iconic piece of Amer­i­cana. March 22.

75. As a Kansas girl, she was at the cen­ter of the land­mark U.S. Supreme Court rul­ing that struck down racial seg­re­ga­tion in schools. March 25.


81. She was Nel­son Man­dela’s ex-wife and an anti-apartheid ac­tivist in her own right whose rep­u­ta­tion was sul­lied by scan­dal. April 2.

92. The first lady whose plain­spo­ken man­ner and lack of pre­tense made her more pop­u­lar at times than her hus­band, Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush. April 17.

49. He played Dr. Evil’s small, silent side­kick “Mini-Me” in the “Austin Pow­ers” movie fran­chise. April 21.


89. A two-term Cal­i­for­nia gover­nor whose an­ti­spend­ing credo earned him the nick­name “The Iron Duke.” May 8.

92. An Os­car­win­ning film ed­i­tor widely con­sid­ered one of the great­est in her field whose many cred­its in­clude such dis­parate works as “Lawrence of Ara­bia,” “The Ele­phant Man” and “Fifty Shades of Grey.” May 8.

69. She starred as Lois Lane op­po­site Christo­pher Reeve in the “Su­per­man” film fran­chise of the late 1970s and early 1980s. May 13.

88. The white-suited wiz­ard of “New Jour­nal­ism” who ex­u­ber­antly chron­i­cled Amer­i­can cul­ture from the Merry Pranksters through the space race be­fore turn­ing his satiric wit to such nov­els as “The Bon­fire of the Van­i­ties” and “A Man in Full.” May 14. In­fec­tion.

85. The prizewin­ning nov­el­ist and fear­less nar­ra­tor of sex, death, as­sim­i­la­tion and fate, from the comic mad­ness of “Port­noy’s Com­plaint” to the ele­giac lyri­cism of “Amer­i­can Pas­toral.” May



55. A fash­ion de­signer known for her sleek hand­bags. June 5. Ap­par­ent sui­cide.


The celebrity chef and ci­ti­zen of the world who in­spired mil­lions to share his de­light in food and the bonds it cre­ated. June 8. Sui­cide.

84. The pro­lific, pug­na­cious au­thor of “A Boy and His Dog,” and count­less other sto­ries that blasted so­ci­ety with their night­mar­ish, some­times darkly hu­mor­ous scenarios. June 27.

90. The Mar­vel Comics artist who gave the world the wo­ven webs and soar­ing red-and­blue shape of Spi­der-Man and the other-worldly shim­mer of Doc­tor Strange. June 29.


101. She was the child­hood sweet­heart of Frank Si­na­tra who be­came the first of his four wives and the mother of his three chil­dren. July 13.

93. She un­cov­ered proof that thou­sands of Ja­panese-Amer­i­cans in­car­cer­ated in the United States dur­ing World War II were held not for rea­sons of na­tional se­cu­rity but be­cause of racism. July 18.

98. She was the Navy’s first fe­male ad­mi­ral, be­com­ing a trail­blazer as the Navy opened up more op­por­tu­ni­ties for women. July 21.

66. A charis­matic and de­mand­ing CEO who en­gi­neered two long-shot cor­po­rate turn­arounds to save car­mak­ers Fiat and Chrysler from near-cer­tain fail­ure. July 25. Com­pli­ca­tions from surgery


85. The Trinidad-born No­bel lau­re­ate whose pre­cise and lyri­cal writ­ing in such nov­els as “A Bend in the River” and “A House for Mr. Biswas” and brit­tle, mis­an­thropic per­son­al­ity made him one of the world’s most ad­mired and con­tentious writ­ers. Aug. 11.

76. The undis­puted “Queen of Soul” who sang with match­less style on such clas­sics as “Think,” “I Say a Lit­tle Prayer” and her sig­na­ture song, “Re­spect,” and stood as a cul­tural icon around the globe. Aug. 16. Pan­cre­atic can­cer.

80. A charis­matic global di­plo­mat and the first black African to be­come United Na­tions sec­re­tary-gen­eral who led the world body through one of its most tur­bu­lent pe­ri­ods. Aug. 18.

81. He faced down his cap­tors in a Viet­nam pris­oner of war camp with de­fi­ance and later turned his re­bel­lious streak into a 35-year po­lit­i­cal ca­reer that took him to Congress and the Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion. Aug. 25.

91. A play­wright who was a master of com­edy whose laugh-filled hits such as “The Odd Cou­ple,” “Bare­foot in the Park” and his “Brighton Beach” tril­ogy dom­i­nated Broad­way for decades. Aug. 26.


91. The comic side­kick to lead­ing men on the sit­coms “I Dream of Jean­nie” and “The Bob Ne­whart Show.” Sept. 4.

82. The hand­some film and tele­vi­sion star known for his ac­claimed per­for­mances in “De­liv­er­ance” and “Boo­gie Nights,” com­mer­cial hits such as “Smokey and the Ban­dit” and for an ac­tive off-screen love life. Sept. 6.


68. The ho­tel bus­boy who came to Robert F. Kennedy’s aid when the New York se­na­tor was fa­tally shot in Los An­ge­les. Oct. 1.

96. An ex­per­i­men­tal physi­cist who won a No­bel Prize in physics for his work on sub­atomic par­ti­cles and coined the phrase “God par­ti­cle.” Oct. 3.

65. He co-founded Mi­cro­soft with his child­hood friend Bill Gates be­fore be­com­ing a bil­lion­aire phi­lan­thropist who in­vested in con­ser­va­tion, space travel, arts and cul­ture and pro­fes­sional sports. Oct. 15. Com­pli­ca­tions of non-Hodgkin’s lym­phoma.

56. A pi­o­neer­ing coral reef sci­en­tist who ded­i­cated much of her ca­reer to sav­ing the world’s frag­ile and de­te­ri­o­rat­ing un­der­wa­ter reef ecosys­tems. Oct. 25.

89. The mur­der­ous Bos­ton gang­ster who ben­e­fited from a cor­rupt re­la­tion­ship with the FBI be­fore spend­ing 16 years as one of Amer­ica’s most wanted men. Oct. 30. Killed in prison.


95. The cre­ative dy­namo who rev­o­lu­tion­ized comic books and helped make bil­lions for Hol­ly­wood by in­tro­duc­ing hu­man frail­ties in su­per­heroes such as Spi­der-Man, the Fan­tas­tic Four and the In­cred­i­ble Hulk. Nov. 12.

85. The coun­try star, gui­tar vir­tu­oso who head­lined the corn­pone TV show “Hee Haw” for nearly a quar­ter cen­tury and was known for such hits as “Yes­ter­day When I was Young” and “Hon­ey­moon Feel­ing.” Nov. 15. Com­pli­ca­tions from pneu­mo­nia.

87. The Os­car-win­ning screen­writer and Hol­ly­wood wise man who won Academy Awards for “Butch Cas­sidy and the Sun­dance Kid” and “All the Pres­i­dent’s Men” and summed up the mys­tery of mak­ing a box of­fice hit by declar­ing “No­body knows any­thing.” Nov. 16.

81. The founder and owner of the Hous­ton Tex­ans was one of the NFL’s most in­flu­en­tial own­ers. Nov.


94. His pres­i­dency soared with the coali­tion vic­tory over Iraq in Kuwait, but then plum­meted in the throes of a weak econ­omy that led vot­ers to turn him out of of­fice af­ter a sin­gle term. Nov. 30.


91. A hu­man rights pi­o­neer and dis­si­dent who chal­lenged the Soviet and Rus­sian regimes for decades, de­mand­ing that they free po­lit­i­cal pris­on­ers and es­tab­lish demo­cratic rights. Dec. 8.

75. She starred in the top-rated sit­com “Lav­erne & Shirley” be­fore be­com­ing the trail­blaz­ing di­rec­tor of smash-hit big-screen come­dies such as “Big” and “A League of Their Own.” Dec. 17. Com­pli­ca­tions from di­a­betes.


Evan­ge­list Billy Gra­ham, shown in 1996 dur­ing a cru­sade in Char­lotte, N.C., died Feb. 21 in Mon­treat, N.C.


Bar­bara Bush is shown next to Ge­orge H.W. Bush at a 2009 base­ball game in Hous­ton. The Bushes died in 2018.

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