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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)


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)


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)


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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