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10 Notable Figures Who Died in 2011 (slideshow)

10 Notable Figures Who Died in 2011 (slideshow)
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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.

Osama bin Laden. Muammar el-Gaddafi. Kim Jong-il.

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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7:57PM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

I totally missed the sad news of passing Elena Bonner. She, as her late husband, was deeply respected for her exceptional honesty and standing up for what she believed it, afainst Soviet States.

7:57AM PST on Jan 14, 2012

Thanks fo rthe article.

10:55AM PST on Jan 13, 2012

Thanks for posting.

10:07AM PST on Jan 10, 2012

Signed and shared. :)

11:29AM PST on Jan 8, 2012

Steve Jobs had so much to give us beyond his technology. His thoughts on his approach to life are life changing.

8:34AM PST on Jan 8, 2012

Steve Jobs is @ the top of the list. In his life & in his dying he modeled exceptional human courage, dignity of spirit & one of a kind entrepreneurship. He codified the American ideal in spite of his humble beginnings, or perhaps because of of the same. He made it possible to continue to believe the American dream during his lifetime. One can only hope that the American dream will continue to survive under current conditions.....................

10:43AM PST on Jan 7, 2012

Inspiring, dedicated, tireless, courageous, just a few words out of many to describe what the world has lost. May they all rest in peace. And thank you for all you have done...

4:05AM PST on Jan 7, 2012

noted thanks!

7:06PM PST on Jan 6, 2012

Still missing Amy Winehouse.

Her music touched my soul and her death broke my heart.

5:30PM PST on Jan 6, 2012

Amazing, the power of one.

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