Among those who died in 2010 ...


Erich Segal, Yale University classics professor and author of Love Story, died Jan. 17, age 72.

J.D. Salinger, reclusive author of The Catcher in the Rye, died Jan. 27, age 91.

Dick Francis, British jockey and mystery novelist, died Feb. 14, age 89.

Harvey Pekar, writer of the American Splendor comic-book series, died July 12, age 70.

Daniel Schorr, journalist who was on President Richard Nixon’s enemies list, died July 23, age 93.

Belva Plain, author of Evergreen and other best-sellers, died Oct. 12, age 95.

Tony Judt, British historian, died Aug. 6, age 62.

Edwin Newman, television journalist and best-selling grammar scold, died Aug. 13, age 91.

Bob Guccione, high-living publisher of Penthouse, died Oct. 20, age 79.


Fess Parker, actor who portrayed Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett, died Mar. 18, age 85.

Art Linkletter, affable TV host and best-selling author, died May 26, age 97.

Dennis Hopper, volatile, substance-abusing actor and director of Easy Rider, died May 29, age 74.

Rue McClanahan, sassy charmer who starred in The Golden Girls, died June 3, age 76.

Arthur Penn, director of Bonnie and Clyde, died Sept. 28, age 88.

Tony Curtis, streetwise matinee idol who starred in Some Like It Hot, died Sept. 29, age 85.

Barbara Billingsley, the perfect mom on Leave It to Beaver, died Oct. 16, age 94.

Jill Clayburgh, actress who broke new ground in the role of An Unmarried Woman, died Nov.  5, age 66.

Dino De Laurentiis, Italian producer of hits and flops, died Nov. 10, age 91.

Leslie Nielsen, former leading man who enjoyed a career renaissance as a clown, died Nov. 28, age 84.


Teddy Pendergrass, soul singer and sex symbol, died Jan. 13, age 59.

Alexander McQueen, radical British fashion designer, died Feb. 11, age 40.

Malcolm McLaren, impresario and provocateur who introduced the Sex Pistols to the world, died April 8, age 64.

Lena Horne, singer, actress, civil-rights activist, died May 9, age 92.

Louise Bourgeois, French-born American sculptor, died May 31, age 98.

Mitch Miller, arranger, bandleader, and host of Sing Along With Mitch, died July 31, age 99.

Abbey Lincoln, jazz singer, died Aug. 14, age 80.

Dame Joan Sutherland, Australian coloratura soprano, died Oct. 10, age 83.

Solomon Burke, “the king of rock and soul,” died Oct. 10, age 70..


John Murtha, Democratic congressman from Pennsylvania, died Feb. 8, age 77.

Charlie Wilson, Texas congressman portrayed by Tom Hanks in Charlie Wilson’s War, died Feb. 10, age 76.

Alexander Haig, White House chief of staff under Presidents Nixon and Ford and Secretary of State under Ronald Reagan, died Feb. 20, age 85.

Stewart Udall, secretary of the Interior under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, died March 20, age 90.

Wilma Mankiller, first female Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, died April 6, age 64.

Lech Kaczynski, Polish president who perished in a plane crash with 96 on board, died April 10, age 60.

Benjamin Hooks, civil-rights leader who headed the NAACP from 1977 to 1992, died April 15, age 85.

Ted Stevens, combative, long-serving Republican senator from Alaska, died Aug. 9, age 86.

Dan Rostenkowski, Illinois Democratic congressman jailed  for corruption, died Aug. 11, age 82.

Nestor Kirchner, former president of Argentina, died Oct. 27, age 60.

Richard Holbrooke, hard-charging American diplomat, died Dec. 13, age 69.


Phoebe Prince, Irish high schooler who immigrated to Massachusetts and committed suicide, allegedly after schoolmates tormented her, died Jan. 14, age 15.

Jaime Escalante, crusading Los Angeles math teacher, died Mar. 30, age 79.

Eugene Allen, White House butler who served every president from Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan, died Mar. 31, age 90.

Daryl Gates, Los Angeles police chief, died April 16, age 83.

Moishe Rosen, Baptist minister and founder of Jews for Jesus, died May 19, age 78.

John Wooden, UCLA men’s basketball coach who led his teams to 10 NCAA championships, died June 4, age 99.

Manute Bol, 7-foot, 7-inch Sudanese star of the National Basketball Association and peace activist, died June 19, age 47.

George Steinbrenner, willful owner of the New York Yankees, died July 13, age 80.

Bobby Thomson, New York Giant whose “Shot Heard ’Round the World” won the 1951 National League pennant, died Aug. 16, age 86.

Jefferson Thomas, American civil-rights pioneer, member of the Little Rock Nine, died Sept. 5, age 67.

John Kluge, German-born American businessman, once the richest person in the U.S., died Sept. 7, age 95.

Mildred Jefferson, first African-American woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School, died Oct. 15, age 84.

Jule Sugarman, creator and director of the Head Start program, died Nov. 2, age 83.


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