It's almost impossible for any of us to really pay attention to all those that have passed from the public eye. Whether they are famous or not, every year we seem to lose those that have contributed to society in ways that we may never realize. They are actors, musicians, entertainers, politicians, activists, scientists, and writers. They enrich our lives through their works, and without them, our lives would be just a little bit more empty. I would like to take this time to thank many of them for their contributions. I obviously can't include everyone on this list, so I will let those I can include, stand in for those I can't. Whether they are on this particular list or not, we owe all of them a big thank you.
Phil Everly, 1939-2014. American Musician, The Everly Brothers; "Wake Up Little Susie" & "All I Have to Do Is Dream".
Russell Johnson, 1924-2014. American Actor; Gilligan's Island.
Hal Sutherland, 1929-2014. American Animator; Sleeping Beauty & He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.
Arthur Rankin, Jr., 1924-2014. American Animator; The Hobbit, Mad Monster Party?, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, and a bazillion other TV Christmas specials.
Richard Bull, 1924-2014. American Actor; Little House on the Prairie.
Joan Mondale, 1930-2014. Former Second Lady of the United States of America.
John Henson, 1965-2014. American Puppeteer; The Muppet Show movies.
Glenn Edward McDuffie, 1927-2014. American World War II Veteran.
Joel Brinkley, 1952-2014. American Syndicated Columnist and Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist.
Berkin Elvan, 1999-2014. Turkish Student.
Ken Forsse, 1936-2014. American Inventor & TV Producer behind Teddy Ruxpin.
Vincent Lamberti, 1928-2014. American Chemist & Inventor of Dove Soap.
Frans van der Lugt, 1938-2014. Dutch Jesuit Priest Working in Syria.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 1927-2014. Colombian Novelist; One Hundred Years of Solitude & Love in the Time of Cholera.
John Ernest Dolibois, 1918-2014. American Ambassador to Luxembourg & Nuremberg Interrogator.
Jim Oberstar, 1934-2014. U.S. Congressman from Minnesota's 8th District.
Roger L. Easton, 1921-2014. Former Head of the Space Applications Branch of the Naval Research Laboratory. Creator of the Project Vanguard Satellite System, and Inventor of GPS.
Matthew Cowles, 1944-2014. American Actor; All My Children.
Stormé DeLarverie, 1920-2014. American Drag King, GLBT Activist & one of the Stonewall Rioters.
Maya Angelou, 1928-2014. American Author ( I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings), Poet ("On the Pulse of Morning"), Dancer, Stage Actress (Porgy & Bess, The Blacks), Film Actor (Roots), Singer ("Run Joe"), and Activist.
Ann B. Davis, 1926-2014. American Actress; The Brady Bunch.
Casey Kasem, 1932-2014. American DJ, Radio Host, and Voice Actor; American Top Forty, Scooby Doo: Where Are You?, Super Friends, & Transformers.