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Notable people who died in 2008

December 28, 2008

William 'Engineer Bill' Stulla, 97; children's show host in the 1950s and '60s whose program featured his popular red-light, green-light milk-drinking game (Aug. 12)

George Putnam, 94; pioneer television news anchorman and conservative commentator whose stentorian voice was familiar to millions of Southern Californians during his heyday in the 1950s and '60s (Sept. 12)

Charles M. Runyon, 86; aka Chucko the Clown, was a popular L.A. children's television show host in the 1950s and 1960s (Oct. 3)


Religious and spiritual leaders

Gordon B. Hinckley, 97; 15th president of the Mormon church, led its greatest expansion (Jan. 27)

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, 91; founder of the Transcendental Meditation movement (Feb. 5)

Thubten Jigme Norbu, 86; eldest brother of the Dalai Lama and a tenacious symbol of the Tibetan struggle for independence (Sept. 5)



Robert Fagles, 74; professor emeritus at Princeton University whose bold, flowing translations of Homer and Virgil made him a bestselling classical scholar (March 26)

Charles Moskos, 74; sociologist helped formulate the "don't ask, don't tell" policy toward gays in the military (May 31)

Leonid Hurwicz, 90; co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Prize in economics for developing a theory that helps explain how buyers and sellers can maximize their gains (June 24)

Randy Pausch, 47; terminally ill professor whose farewell lecture at Carnegie Mellon University became an Internet phenomenon and bestselling book that turned him into a symbol for dying well (July 25)

Henri Cartan, 104; noted French mathematician and teacher (Aug. 13)


Science and medical leaders

Judah Folkman, 74; groundbreaking cancer researcher (Jan. 14)

Joshua Lederberg, 82; Nobel Prize winner was a pioneer in genetics (Feb. 2)

Giuseppe Attardi, 84; Caltech professor of molecular biology whose work linked degenerative diseases and aging to genetic mutations (April 5)

John A. Wheeler, 96; leading 20th century physicist popularized notions about black holes, wormholes and quantum foam (April 13)

Albert Hofmann, 102; Swiss chemist discovered LSD (April 29)

Willis E. Lamb Jr., 94; physicist and Nobel Prize winner helped produce the modern field of quantum electrodynamics (May 15)

Michael E. DeBakey, 99; medical pioneer was the driving force in developing the field of cardiac surgery (July 11)

Victor A. McKusick, 86; Johns Hopkins University physician widely regarded as the father of medical genetics (July 22)

Adrian Kantrowitz, 90; cardiac surgeon performed the nation's first human heart transplant and developed lifesaving medical implants (Nov. 14)

Arthur R. Kantrowitz, 95; physicist and engineer whose research helped lead to nose cones in rockets and heart-assist pumps (Nov. 29)

D. Carleton Gajdusek, 85; pediatrician, virologist and anthropologist won the 1976 Nobel Prize in medicine but was also an unrepentant pedophile (Dec. 12)



Johnny Podres, 75; left-hander pitched Dodgers to first World Series title in Brooklyn (Jan. 13)

Bobby Fischer, 64; the reclusive chess genius became a Cold War hero when he dethroned the Soviet world champion in 1972 (Jan. 17)

Georgia Frontiere, 80; inherited the Los Angeles Rams football team from her husband, Carroll Rosenblum, and infuriated Southern California football fans when she moved the team to St. Louis (Jan. 18)

Larry Smith, 68; led USC to Rose Bowl appearances in his first three years as coach (Jan. 28)

Boyd Coddington, 63; his "American Hot Rod" TV reality show introduced the nation to the West Coast hot-rod guru (Feb. 27)

Art Aragon, 80; Los Angeles' charismatic "Golden Boy" boxer of the 1940s and '50s (March 25)

Will Robinson, 96; first black basketball coach in an NCAA Division I school (April 28)

E.J. "Buzzie" Bavasi, 93; former general manager of the Dodgers who guided the team through its transition from Brooklyn to L.A. (May 1)

Jim McKay, 86; eloquent sportscaster thrust into the role of telling Americans about the tragedy at the 1972 Munich Olympics (June 7)

Mando Ramos, 59; former lightweight boxing champion of the 1960s and '70s (July 6)

Gene Upshaw, 63; longtime director of the NFL Players Assn. and former star lineman with the Oakland Raiders (Aug. 20)

Phil Hill, 81; the only American-born driver to win the Formula One international auto-racing championship (Aug. 28)

Don Haskins, 78; Texas Western coach helped integrate college basketball when he started five black players in NCAA championship game against Kentucky in 1966 (Sept. 7)

"Preacher" Roe, 92; Dodgers pitcher in the late 1940s and early '50s known for throwing the spitball (Nov. 9)

Pete Newell, 93; Hall of Fame basketball coach won an NCAA championship and Olympic gold medal and later tutored some of the game's greatest big men (Nov. 17)

Slingin' Sammy Baugh, 94; record-setting passer, punter and defensive back who led the Washington Redskins to two NFL titles and whose wide-open style of play helped usher professional football into the modern era (Dec. 17)



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