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Sunday, December 31, 2006

Those that left us in 2006 - August

AUGUST:

Bob Thaves, 81. Created quirky comic strip "Frank & Ernest." Aug. 1.

Johannes Willebrands, 96. Dutch cardinal, a key figure in Roman Catholics' efforts to improve relations with other Christians, Jews. Aug. 1.

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, 90. Soprano who won global acclaim. Aug. 3.

Susan Butcher, 51. Four-time Iditarod sled dog race winner. Aug. 5. Leukemia.

James A. Van Allen, 91. Physicist; discovered radiation belts surrounding the Earth. Aug. 9.

Mike Douglas, 81. Affable TV talk show host and singer. Aug. 11.

Bruno Kirby, 57. Character actor ("When Harry Met Sally.") Aug. 14.

Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu, 75. Queen of New Zealand's Maori population. Aug. 15.

Alfredo Stroessner, 93. He ruled Paraguay for decades with a blend of guile and force before his ouster in 1989. Aug. 16.

Joe Rosenthal, 94. Associated Press photojournalist who took picture of flag-raising on Iwo Jima. Aug. 20.

William Norris, 95. Co-founder of 1960s computer giant Control Data Corp. Aug. 21.

Maynard Ferguson, 78. Jazz trumpeter. Aug. 23.

Rocco Petrone, 80. Director of launch operations at Kennedy Space Center in the 1960s. Aug. 24.

Maria Esther de Capovilla, 116. Believed to be world's oldest person. Aug. 27; her successor in that category, Elizabeth "Lizzie" Bolden, died Dec. 11, also at 116.

Robert F. McDermott, 86. An Air Force Academy dean, chairman of the insurance giant USAA. Aug. 28.

William F. Quinn, 87. Hawaii's first governor after it became a state in 1959. Aug. 28.

Naguib Mahfouz, 94. First Arab writer to win Nobel in literature; symbol of liberalism in the face of Islamic extremism. Aug. 30.

Glenn Ford, 90. Actor who played strong, thoughtful protagonists ("The Blackboard Jungle.") Aug. 30.

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