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Late departures

Late departures

Paul Volcker (right) and Ronald Reagan (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

Danny Aiello, 86

Dec. 12 Character actor who received an Oscar nomination for his role as a pizza shop owner in Do the Right Thing. He was married to his wife, Sandy Cohen, for 64 years.

Herman Boone, 84

Dec. 18 The coach depicted in the movie Remember the Titans, he overcame racial tensions to lead Alexandria, Va.’s T.C. Williams High School to the Virginia state championship in his first year as head coach.

Nick Clifford, 98

Nov. 23 Last surviving rock carver to work on the Mount Rushmore monument.

Lois Evans, 70

Dec. 30 The wife of Dallas Pastor Tony Evans, she founded a ministry to pastors’ wives.

Hayden Fry, 90

Dec. 17 Hall of Fame football coach who led the Iowa Hawkeyes to three Big Ten championships. He coached or hired as assistants many who went on to have notable coaching careers: ESPN said, “Fry is the trunk of the biggest coaching tree in modern college football.” 

Y.C. “Bert” Fung, 100

Dec. 15 Researcher known as the “father of biomechanics,” a field combining biology, engineering, and medicine that has led to advances like heart valves and prosthetics.

Leonard Goldberg, 85

Dec. 4 A Hollywood producer and programmer, he transformed television with shows like Starsky & Hutch, The Mod Squad, Charlie’s Angels, Fantasy Island, and Blue Bloods

Fred P. Graham, 88

Dec. 28 A lawyer who covered the O.J. Simpson trial and other high-profile criminal cases for Court TV.

Richard Hatcher, 86

Dec. 13 The first black mayor of a major American city (along with Carl Stokes of Cleveland, elected on the same day in 1967), he led Gary, Ind., for 20 years. 

Jerry Herman, 88

Dec. 26 A Tony Award–winning composer and lyricist who wrote the songs for Mame, La Cage aux Folles, and Hello, Dolly!

Gertrude Himmelfarb, 97

Dec. 30  Historian whose writings on Victorian virtues influenced debates over U.S. welfare reform.

Don Imus, 79

Dec. 27 Controversial and crude host of the Imus in the Morning radio talk show.

James “Radio” Kennedy, 72 

Dec. 15 The inspiration for the 2003 movie Radio, starring Cuba Gooding Jr.

George Laurer, 94

Dec. 5 IBM electrical engineer who developed the Universal Product Code (UPC), which transformed commerce. 

Robert K. Massie, 90

Dec. 2 The author of best-selling books about prerevolutionary Russia, including Nicholas and Alexandra. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his biography of Peter the Great.

Alonzo McDonald, 91

Nov. 21 A successful businessman and Carter White House “efficiency czar,” he acknowledged that God was “playing second string” in his life and set up a foundation to advance Christian thinking.

Sonny Mehta, 77

Dec. 30 He headed Alfred A. Knopf for more than three decades, publishing bestsellers including Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park.

Lee Mendelson, 86

Dec. 25 Emmy-winning producer of more than 50 Peanuts television specials, including A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Yasuhiro Nakasone, 101

Nov. 29  Postwar prime minister of Japan who wanted his country to have a stronger military.

Michael J. Pollard, 80

Nov. 20 Round-faced character actor who received an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor for his role as the getaway driver in Bonnie and Clyde.

Mary Taylor Previte, 87

Nov. 16 A great-granddaughter of missionary Hudson Taylor, she spent nearly three years in a ­Japanese prison camp.

John Robbins, 86

Nov. 27 The co-developer of a vaccine to protect infants from bacterial meningitis, a disease that killed more than 400,000 babies a year before the vaccine.

Joseph Segel, 88

Dec. 21 The businessman who founded the QVC shopping channel and Franklin Mint.

Paul Volcker, 92

Dec. 8 The cigar-smoking chair of the Federal Reserve in the 1980s, he used tight money policies to tame double-digit inflation and warned against rising ­government debt.