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

Marty Lederhandler, 92. Associated Press photographer who captured on film every U.S. president from Herbert Hoover to Bill Clinton, covered the D-Day landing in 1944 and climaxed a 66-year career with an iconic shot of the Sept. 11, 2001, World Trade Center attacks. March 25.

Jaime Escalante, 79. Transformed a tough east Los Angeles high school by motivating students to master advanced math, became one of the most famous teachers in the U.S. and inspired the movie "Stand and Deliver." March 30.

Morris Jeppson, 87. Weapons test officer aboard the Enola Gay who helped arm the atomic bomb dropped over Hiroshima. March 30.

APRIL:

Corin Redgrave, 70. Actor in dozens of plays, television shows and movies including "A Man for all Seasons" and "Four Weddings and a Funeral." Brother of Vanessa and Lynn Redgrave. April 6.

Wilma Mankiller, 64. First female leader of the Cherokee Nation, from 1985 to 1995. April 6.

J. Bruce Llewellyn, 82. Became one of the country's most successful black businessmen in retailing, bottling and media. April 7.

Meinhardt Raabe, 94. Played the Munchkin coroner in "The Wizard of Oz" and proclaimed in the movie that the Wicked Witch of the East was "really most sincerely dead." April 9.

Lech Kaczynski, 60. An anti-communist activist who became Polish president. He died with other officials in a plane crash in Russia. April 10.

Anna Walentynowicz, 80. A union activist whose 1980 dismissal from a Gdansk shipyard touched off strikes that led to the founding of the Solidarity movement and the eventual toppling of Polish communism. April 10. Plane crash.

Dixie Carter, 70. Star of the television series "Designing Women" who had roles in a host of other television shows. April 10.

Benjamin L. Hooks, 85. An attorney and pastor who became the South's first black state trial court judge since Reconstruction and then led the flagging NAACP in a strong rebound. April 15.

Guru (Keith Elam), 48. Influential rapper known for intellectual themes, a monotone delivery and his combination of jazz sounds with hip-hop beats. April 19. Cancer.

Dorothy Height, 98. The leading female voice of the 1960s civil rights movement and a key participant in historic marches with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. April 20.

Keli McGregor, 48. President of baseball's Colorado Rockies and a former NFL football player. April 20. Found dead in hotel room of natural causes.

Juan Antonio Samaranch, 89. A former Spanish diplomat and shrewd dealmaker whose 21-year term as president of the International Olympic Committee was marked by unprecedented growth of the games. April 21.

Elizabeth Post, 89. Etiquette expert and author of books and magazine columns. April 24.

Franklin Mieuli, 89. His deerstalker cap, substantial beard and casual style made him one of the NBA's most colorful figures in his 24 years as owner of the Golden State Warriors. April 25.

MAY:

Jean Louis Dumas, 72. Ran luxury brand Hermes for nearly three decades and was hailed as an emblem of French style. May 1.

Lynn Redgrave, 67. Actress who became a 1960s sensation as the free-thinking title character in "Georgy Girl." May 2. Breast cancer.

Dave Fisher, 69. Lead singer of the Highwaymen, the popular 1960s folk group. May 7. Bone marrow disease.

Lena Horne, 92. Jazz singer known for signature song "Stormy Weather" and for her triumph over bigotry that allowed her to entertain white audiences but not socialize with them. May 9.

John Shepherd-Barron, 89. Scotsman credited with inventing the world's first automatic cash machine. May 15.

Ronnie James Dio, 67. Singer whose soaring vocals and poetic lyrics broke new ground in heavy metal music. May 16. Stomach cancer.

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