Writer and pundit Christopher Hitchens. Soul singer Amy Winehouse. Boxer Joe Frazier. Musician Gil Scott-Heron. Musician Clarence Clemons. Laotian general Vang Pao. Director Sidney Lumet. Painter Helen Frankenthaler. Painter Lucian Freud. “60 Minutes” commentator Andy Rooney. First Lady Betty Ford. Actress Elizabeth Taylor. Canadian politician Jack Layton.
Time magazine lists many who passed on in 2011 as does the New York Times magazine, the Los Angeles Times and many other sources. Here are ten figures (some admittedly idiosyncratic choices on my part — this is by no means a comprehensive list and I apologize if I’ve not mentioned someone who you think should be noted) who have made a difference in how we live, in what kind of place the world is, in what we dream of being, in what we imagine could possibly be.
Who has passed on in 2011 who will you miss; who has affected your thinking, your life?
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