A chronology of those who died in 2014
The Associated Press
Dec. 25, 2014
— Ann B. Davis, 88, who became the U.S.' favorite and most famous housekeeper as the devoted Alice Nelson on television's "The Brady Bunch," in San Antonio, Texas, after suffering a fall.
— Alexander Shulgun, 88, a respected chemist famed for dusting off a decades-old recipe for the psychedelic drug ecstasy, in Lafayette California. He had liver cancer.
— Doc Neeson, 67, the charismatic frontman for the seminal Australian rock band the Angels, in Sydney. He had brain cancer.
— Susan Spencer-Wendel, an American writer whose best-selling book "Until I Say Goodbye' chronicled her fight to live joyfully as she battled amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, in West Palm Beach, Florida.
— Eric Hill, 86, whose effort to entertain his young son with a simple drawing of a mischievous dog named Spot blossomed into a popular series of children's books that sold 60 million copies, in Templeton, California, after a short but unspecified illness.
— Rik Mayall, 56, one of a generation of performers who injected post-punk energy into British comedy, in London. No cause of death was given.
— Ruby Dee, 91, an acclaimed actor and civil rights activist whose versatile career spanned stage, radio, television and film, in New Rochelle, New York. No cause of death was given.
— Chester Nez, 93, the last of the Navajos who developed a code using their language that the Japanese were unable to break in World War II, in Flagstaff, Arizona of kidney failure.
— Elias Saavedra, 96, one of the last survivors of the Bataan Death March when tens of thousands of soldiers were forced to march to Japanese prison camps during World War II, in San Rafael, New Mexico, of natural causes.
— Rafael Fruebeck de Bergos, 80, one of Spain's most prestigious conductors who performed with orchestras around the world in Madrid. He had cancer.
— Jimmy Scott, 88, a jazzman with an ethereal man-child voice who found success late in life with an award-nominated album "All The Way," in Las Vegas. He had battled health problems stemming from a genetic hormone deficiency.
— Casey Kasem, 82, the internationally famous broadcaster with the cheerful manner and gentle voice who became king of the top 40 countdown with a show that ran for decades, in Los Angeles. He had advanced Parkinson's disease and Lowy Body disease, a form of dementia.
— Daniel Keyes, 86, whose novel "Flowers for Algenon" became a classroom staple that explored the treatment of the mentally disabled and the ethics of manipulating human intelligence in West Pam Beach, Florida, of complications from pneumonia.
— Charles Barsotti, 80, whose New Yorker magazine cartoons plumbed the human condition featuring characters like the psychiatrist dog and the pilgrim with the walking stick, in Kansas City, Missouri. He had brain cancer.
— Horace Silver, a pianist, composer and band leader with a tireless inventiveness who influenced generations of jazzmen with his distinctive hard bop sound, in New Rochelle, New York. No cause of death was given.
—Stephanie Kwolke, 90, a pioneering Dupont chemist who developed the tough fibers used in Kevlar body armor that helped save the lives of thousands of law enforcement officers and soldiers in Wilmington, Delaware. No cause of death was given.
— Gerry Goffin, 75, a prolific and multi-dimensional lyricist who with his then-wife and songwriter partner Carole King wrote such hits as "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," ''(You Make Me Feel Like) a Natural Woman," ''Up On The Roof," and "The Loco-Motion," in Los Angeles. No cause of death was given.
— Gerry Conlon, 60, who was unjustly imprisoned for an Irish Republican Army killing and inspired an Oscar-nominated film, in Belfast after a long battle with cancer.
— Jimmy C. Newman, 86, a Grand Ole Opry member known for mixing Cajun and country music, in Nashville, Tennessee. No cause of death was given.
— Fuad Ajami,68, a Middle East scholar who rallied support for the American invasion of Iraq and advised policy makers in the Bush administration, in Palo Alto, California. He had cancer.
— Steve Rossi, 82, one half of the comic duo of Allen & Rossi, which became a favorite of "The Ed Sullivan Show" and other American TV variety shows, in Las Vegas, Nevada. He had cancer of the esophagus.
— Felix Dennis, 67, a flamboyant publisher who co-edited the 1960s underground magazine Oz and went on to build a magazine empire, in Dorsington, England. He had cancer.
— Teenie Hodges. 68, a diminutive guitarist and songwriter of "Take Me to the River" songwriter who became a towering figure in the Memphis music scene, in Dallas of complications from emphysema.
— Eli Wallach, 98, a masterful character actor and early product of postwar Method-style theater who starred in "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" and "The Magnificent Seven," in New York of natural causes.
— Ramon Jose Velasquez, 97, a former Venezuelan president known for his opposition to dictatorship in the South American country, in Caracas. No cause of death was given.
— Anna Maria Matute, 88, an award-winning Spanish writer best known for her books set during the Spanish Civil War, in Barcelona. No cause of death was disclosed.
— Julius Rudel, 93, who was the general director and principal conductor for the New York City Opera for 22 years and led other operas around the world, in New York of natural causes.
— Howard Baker, 88, whose question "What did the president know and when did he know it" during Senate hearings on Watergate that brought down Richard Nixon's presidency sliced to the heart of the scandal, and who went on to become Senate majority leader and chief of staff to President Ronald Reagan, in Huntsville, Tennessee, of complications from a stroke.
— Mary Rodgers, 83, daughter of famed Broadway composer Richard Rodgers, who found her own fame as composer of "Once Upon a Mattress" and as author of the body-shifting book "Freaky Friday," in New York after a long, unspecified illness.
— Leslie Manigat, 83, a prominent figure in the Haitian political establishment whose rule as president was cut short by a military coup in 1988, in Port-au-Prince of an unspecified illness.
— Bobby Womack, 70, a colorful and highly influential R&B singer-songwriter who influenced artists from the Rolling Stones to Damon Albarn. No other details were available.
— Meshach Taylor 67, who played a lovable ex-convict surrounded by boisterous Southern belles in the American television sit com "Designing Women" and appeared in numerous other TV and film roles, near Los Angeles. He had cancer.
— Paul Horn, 84, an award-winning jazz flutist and New Age music pioneer, in Vancouver, British Columbia, after a brief, unspecified illness.
— Paul Mazursky, 84, the innovative and versatile director who showed the absurdity of modern life in films such as "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice" and "An Unmarried Woman," in Los Angeles of pulmonary cardiac arrest.
— Alvaro Corcuera, 56, a Roman Catholic priest who led the Legion of Christ religious order through the revelations that its founder was a pedophile and a fraud, in Mexico City. He had a brain tumor.