76, Feb. 7 | Rock drummer and actor who played Pete on the 1990s TV series Home Improvement. As a drummer he played with Bob Dylan, Johnny Rivers, Trini Lopez, and the First Edition with Kenny Rogers.
71, Sept. 18 | Medical researcher who developed a procedure to help pregnant women with diabetes deliver healthy babies.
83, Nov. 12 | Composer of modern church music staples, including “Pass It On” and “Oh How He Loves You and Me,” Kaiser wrote more than 300 copyrighted songs and arranged and produced numerous albums. He worked for years for Word Inc., a Christian music company in Waco, Texas, where he also directed the Baylor Religious Hour Choir from 1965 to 1970 and helped found DaySpring Baptist Church.
91, Jan. 27 | Founded IKEA in his native Sweden when he was 17 years old in 1943, and led the company as it grew into a furniture retailing giant.
94, Oct. 23 | Veteran character actor who appeared in more than 200 movies, most notably as TV news producer Mac Churchill in China Syndrome and as a real estate developer in Poltergeist.
84, April 17 | Public radio mainstay who wrote and read the news on NPR’s Morning Edition and took up comedy on Wait Wait ... Don’t Tell Me!
63, April 2 | Conductor, composer, and author who advocated Christian outreach in the world of classical arts and co-founded the Christian Performing Artists’ Fellowship (CPAF). He served as artistic director of CPAF’s MasterWorks Festival.
69, May 13 | Canadian actress who rose to stardom playing Lois Lane opposite Christopher Reeve in a series of four Superman movies. She was briefly homeless in the 1990s as she struggled with mental illness.
68, June 21 | Psychiatrist who became a speechwriter for 1980 Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale and then a writer and editor for the liberal New Republic. He moved to the right politically during the 1980s and became a prominent conservative columnist and commentator, supporting an aggressive foreign policy abroad and free-market policies at home. Krauthammer was a quadriplegic ever since suffering a spinal cord injury from a diving accident at age 22.
86, Nov. 7 | French composer who won an Academy Award for the theme song to the 1970 movie Love Story. Lai also wrote the theme song for Un homme et une femme (A Man and a Woman), which won the 1966 Academy Award for best foreign language film.
78, Jan. 8 | Singer-songwriter whose hit R&B singles included “Trapped by a Thing Called Love” and “Now Run and Tell That.” In 1986 she founded the National Association for the Preservation of the Blues.
96, Aug. 6 | Republican governor of Nevada (1967-1971) and U.S. senator (1974-1987). He led the unsuccessful effort against President Jimmy Carter’s Panama Canal treaty but later found success in advancing his friend President Ronald Reagan’s agenda on Capitol Hill and in helping convince Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos to step down in 1986.
94, March 22 | Entrepreneur who opened a store called Children’s Bargain Town in Washington, D.C., in 1948, and ran the company as it expanded into the retailing giant Toys R Us until he left the company in 1994. His death came days after Toys R Us announced it would end U.S. operations.
76, Aug. 24 | Entertainment reporter who began his career at the New York Daily News and People before moving to television where he helped start Entertainment Tonight. He became a household name as the creator and voice of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, which from 1984 to 1995 chronicled the extravagant lifestyles of celebrities and business moguls.
95, Nov. 12 | Running Marvel Comics, he helped create such characters as Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Hulk, the Avengers, and the X-Men and unify them into a single fictional universe