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Here is a roll call of some of the people who died in 2010. (Cause of death cited for younger people if available.)
Jean Biden, 92. Mother of Vice President Joe Biden. Jan 8.
Miep Gies, 100. Dutch office secretary who defied Nazi occupiers to hide Anne Frank and her family for two years and saved the teenager’s diary. Jan 11.
Teddy Pendergrass, 59. R&B singer who was one of the most successful figures in music until a car crash left him in a wheelchair. Jan. 13. Colon cancer.
Glenn W. Bell Jr., 86. Entrepreneur best known as the founder of the Taco Bell chain. Jan. 16.
Erich Segal, 72. Author of best-selling novel “Love Story” about a young couple dealing with love and bereavement. Jan. 17.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lynn Redgrave, 67. Actress who became a 1960s sensation as the free-thinking title character in “Georgy Girl.” May 2. Breast cancer.
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.
Ronnie James Dio, 67. Singer whose soaring vocals and poetic lyrics broke new ground in heavy metal music. May 16. Stomach cancer.
Art Linkletter, 97. Known on American television for his interviews with children and ordinary people. May 26.
Gary Coleman, 42. Adorable, pint-sized child star of the 1970s TV sitcom “Diff’rent Strokes” who spent the rest of his life struggling on Hollywood’s D-list. May 28. Brain hemorrhage.
Dennis Hopper, 74. Hollywood actor whose memorable career included “Rebel without a Cause” and “Easy Rider.” May 29. Prostate cancer.
Rue McClanahan, 76. Emmy-winning actress who brought the sexually liberated Southern belle Blanche Devereaux to life on the hit TV series “The Golden Girls.” June 3.
John Wooden, 99. Built college basketball’s greatest dynasty at UCLA and became one of the most revered coaches ever. June 4.
Jimmy Dean, 81. Country music legend for his smash hit about a workingman hero, “Big Bad John,” and an entrepreneur known for his sausage brand. June 13.
Sergei Tretyakov, 53. Former top Russian spy who defected to the U.S. after running espionage operations from the United Nations. June 13. Choked on a piece of meat.
Manute Bol, 47. Lithe 7-foot-7 shot-blocker from Sudan who spent 10 seasons in the NBA and was dedicated to humanitarian work in Africa. June 19.
Sen. Robert C. Byrd, 92. Rose from an impoverished childhood in West Virginia’s coal country to become the longest-serving senator in U.S. history. June 28.
George Steinbrenner, 80. Rebuilt New York Yankees dynasty over more than three decades of owning the franchise. July 13.
Patricia Neal, 84, the willowy, husky-voiced actress who won an Academy Award in 1963 for “Hud” and then survived several strokes to continue acting. Aug. 8.
Ted Stevens, 86. The longest serving Republican in the U.S. Senate; funneled billions of dollars to his remote state of Alaska. Aug. 9. Plane crash.
Edwin Newman, 91. NBC News correspondent for more than three decades who battled linguistic pretense and clutter in his best-sellers “Strictly Speaking” and “A Civil Tongue.” Aug. 13.
Eddie Fisher, 82. Pop singer who crooned love tunes in the 1950s but whose life was overshadowed by drug use, gambling and failed marriages to actresses Elizabeth Taylor and Debbie Reynolds. Sept. 22.
Tony Curtis, 85. Defiantly worked to mold himself from a 1950s heartthrob to a respected actor in such films as “Some Like It Hot.” Sept. 29.
Barbara Billingsley, 94. Played the mother of Beaver and Wally in “Leave it to Beaver.” Oct. 16.
Tom Bosley, 83. Actor best known for his role on “Happy Days.” Oct. 19. Lung cancer.
Bob Guccione, 79. Publisher of the adult magazine Penthouse. Oct. 20. Lung cancer.
Joseph Stein, 98. Turned a Yiddish short story into “Fiddler on the Roof.” Oct. 24.
Sheik Saqr bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, 90. Ruler in the United Arab Emirates federation and one of the world’s longest-reigning monarchs. Oct. 27.
Sparky Anderson, 76. Legendary baseball manager who led the Cincinnati Reds to back-to-back World Series championships. Nov. 4.
Leslie Nielsen, 84. Actor who starred in comedies such as “Airplane” and “The Naked Gun.” Nov. 28.
Ron Santo, 70. Former Chicago Cubs third baseman and broadcaster. Dec. 2. Complications of bladder cancer.
Elizabeth Edwards, 61. Closely advised her husband John Edwards in two bids for the presidency and advocated for health care even as her marriage publicly crumbled. Dec. 7. Cancer.
Mark Madoff, 46. Son of disgraced financier Bernard Madoff. Dec. 11. Suicide.
Richard Holbrooke, 69. U.S. diplomat who wrote part of the Pentagon Papers and was the architect of the 1995 Bosnia peace plan. Dec. 13.
Bob Feller, 92. Teenage pitching sensation, World War II hero and outspoken Hall of Famer. Dec. 15.