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REMEMBERING

Notable people who died in 2008

December 28, 2008

Gerald Schoenfeld, 84; longtime head of the Shubert Organization helped bring numerous works to Broadway, including "A Chorus Line," "Cats" and "Amadeus" (Nov. 25)

William Gibson, 94; Tony Award-winning playwright best known for "The Miracle Worker," the story of Helen Keller and her teacher, Anne Sullivan (Nov. 25)

Harold Pinter, 78; English playwright and Nobel Prize winner whose original style changed the face of 20th century theater (Dec. 24)

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World figures

George Habash, 82; founder of Arab nationalism and architect of infamous airline hijackings in the 1960s and 1970s (Jan. 26)

Suharto, 86; former dictator of Indonesia who ruled ruthlessly for 32 years (Jan. 27)

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Writers and editors

Arthur C. Clarke, 90; visionary titan of science fiction who collaborated with Stanley Kubrick on "2001: A Space Odyssey" (March 19)

Clay Felker, 82; innovative founding editor of New York magazine was widely considered one of the great post-World War II magazine editors in America and a key figure in the emergence of New Journalism in the 1960s (July 1)

Alexander I. Solzhenitsyn, 89; Nobel laureate's writing mirrored the turmoil and repression of his beloved Russia (Aug. 3)

Mahmoud Darwish, 67; leading Palestinian poet was a political and cultural icon (Aug. 9)

Robert Giroux, 94; giant of 20th century publishing helped guide the careers of T.S. Eliot, Jack Kerouac and Susan Sontag (Sept. 5)

David Foster Wallace, 46; novelist, essayist and humorist best known for his tome "Infinite Jest" (Sept. 12)

Tony Hillerman, 83; author of the bestselling series of mystery novels set in the Southwest featuring Lt. Joe Leaphorn and Sgt. Jim Chee (Oct. 26)

Studs Terkel, 96; made his name listening to ordinary folks talk about their ordinary lives(Oct. 31)

Michael Crichton, 66; creator of "Jurassic Park" and "ER" was a towering figure in pop culture (Nov. 4)

Forrest J Ackerman, 92; author, editor and collector of memorabilia was considered the grand old man of science fiction (Dec. 4)

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Additional listings

More comprehensive lists of influential people who died in 2008 are available online, along with links to their obituaries.

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