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Final goodbye: A roll call of some who died in '10

By Bernard McGhee

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 21 2010 1:36 p.m. MST

Jean Simmons, 80. Actress whose ethereal screen presence and starring roles with Hollywood's top actors made her widely admired. Jan 22.

J.D. Salinger, 91. Legendary author, youth hero and fugitive from fame whose "The Catcher in the Rye" shocked and inspired a world he increasingly shunned. Jan. 27.

FEBRUARY:

Frances Reid, 95. Played matriarch Alice Horton on "Days of Our Lives" for four decades. Feb. 3.

U.S. Rep. John Murtha, 77. The tall, gruff-mannered former Marine who became the de facto voice of veterans on Capitol Hill and later an outspoken and influential critic of the Iraq War. Feb. 8. Complications from gallbladder surgery.

Albert M. Kligman, 93. Dermatologist whose research led to discoveries including the acne and wrinkle drug Retin-A but whose pioneering work was overshadowed by his experiments involving prisoners. Feb. 9.

U.S. Rep. Charlie Wilson, 76. Texan who worked tenaciously to funnel millions of dollars in weapons to Afghan rebels who fought off the Soviet Union. Feb. 10.

Frederick C. Weyand, 93. Former Army Chief of Staff and the last commander of U.S. military operations in the Vietnam War. Feb. 10.

Alexander McQueen, 40. British fashion designer known for his daring and edgy style. Feb. 11. Suicide.

Doug Fieger, 57. Leader of the power pop band The Knack who co-wrote and sang on the 1979 hit "My Sharona." Feb. 14. Cancer.

Bill Gordon, 92. Designed the photogenic radio telescope in Puerto Rico that spotted the first planets beyond our solar system and lakes on one of Saturn's moons. Feb. 16.

Kathryn Grayson, 88. star of popular MGM musicals of the 1940s and '50s such as "Anchors Aweigh," ''Show Boat" and "Kiss Me Kate." Feb. 17.

John Babcock, 109. The oldest Canadian veteran of World War I. Feb. 18.

Alexander Haig, 85. Soldier and statesman who held high posts in three Republican administrations and some of the U.S. military's top jobs. Feb. 20.

Menachgem Porush, 93. Estemmed rabbbi and longtime leader of one of the most influential ultra-Orthodox factions in the Israeli parliament. Feb. 21.

MARCH:

Evaristo Porras, 62. Former high-flying Medellin cartel drug trafficker associated with Pablo Escobar in the 1980s. March 3. Heart attack.

Doris "Granny D" Haddock, 100. New Hampshire woman who walked across the country at age 89 to promote campaign finance reform and later waged a quixotic campaign for U.S. Senate. March 9.

Corey Haim, 38. Teen talent who started working in TV commercials at 10 and was a big-screen heartthrob at 15. March 10. Pneumonia.

Peter Graves, 83. Tall, stalwart actor whose calm and intelligent demeanor was a good fit to the intrigue of "Mission Impossible" as well as the satire of the "Airplane" films. March 14.

Jerome York, 71. Apple Inc. board member and a financial wizard credited with turning around Chrysler and IBM. March 18.

Roy Steinfort, 88. veteran newsman and former vice president of The Associated Press who turned the agency's radio operations into a service providing news to millions of listeners worldwide. March 21.

Margaret Moth, 59. CNN photojournalist who survived a near-fatal gunshot wound to the face while filming in Bosnia-Herzegovina during the wars there in the early 1990s. March 21. Colon cancer.

Robert Culp, 79. Actor who teamed with Bill Cosby in the racially groundbreaking TV series "I Spy" and was Bob in the critically acclaimed sex comedy "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice." March 24.

Johnny Maestro, 70. Performed the 1958 doo-wop hit "16 Candles" with The Crests and enjoyed a decades-long career with The Brooklyn Bridge. March 24.

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