Deaths in January - 2015
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The first popularly elected African American to the U.S. Senate, Edward W. Brooke III died January 3 at the age of 95. He wrote Bridging the Divide: My Life.
Conservative scholar Harry V. Jaffa died January 10 at the age of 96. A few of his books include Crisis of the House Divided and A New birth of Freedom.
Dr. Thomas Graboys died January 5 at the age of 70. He wrote Life in the Balance: A Physician's Memoir
Satirical cartoonist Martin Honeysett died January 21 at the age of 71. His books include Micro Phobia: How to Survive Your Computer, The Best of Honeysett and The Joy of Headaches: How to Survive the Sexual Revolution.
Advocate for children's television Peggy Charren died January 22 at the age of 86. She wrote Changing Channels: Living (Sensibly with Television).
Former fiction editor for Playboy, Alice K. Turner died January 17 at the age of 75. Her books include The History of Hell and The Playboy Book of Science Fiction.
Television personality Joe Franklin died January 24 at the age of 88. His books include Classics of the Silent Screen and Joe Franklin's Encyclopedia of Comedians.
Famed Canadian figure skater Toller Cranston died January 24 at the age of 65. His books include Zero Tollerance and When Hell Freezes Over Should I Bring My Skates?.
Canadian actor Don Harron, famous for his role on Hee Haw, died January 17 at the age of 90. A few of his books include Charlie Farquharson's History of Canada and The Outhouse Revisited.
A priest who advocated for reform Rev. Richard P. McBrien died January 25 at the age of 78. A few of his books include Catholicism, Lives of the Popes and Lives of the Saints.
Inventor and broadcaster Bob Symes died January 19 at the age of 90. He wrote Eureka!: Book of Inventing.
Mid-east journalist David Landau died January 27 at the age of 67. His books include Piety and Power and Kissinger: The Uses of Power.
Public policy specialist Martha A. Derthick died January 12 at the age of 67. She wrote Up in Smoke, Agency Under Stress and Policymaking for Social Security.
Indian cartoonist R. K. Laxman died January 26 at the age of 93. His books include The Best of Laxman and The Tunnel of Time.
Popular and prolific poet Rod McKuen died January 29 at the age of 81. His many collections include Listen to the Warm and Stanyan Street and Other Sorrows: Poems.
Long time director of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, author John Leggett died January 25 at the age of 97. His books include Ross & Tom; Two American Tragedies and A Daring Young Man: A Biography of William Saroyan.
Whew! Rough week for writers.
The creator of the birth control pill Carl Djerassi died January 30 at the age of 91. His autobiography was called The Pill, Pygmy Chimps, and Degas' Horse.
Theologian John Thurmer died January 25 at the age of 89. He wrote A Detection of the Trinity and The Son in the Bible and the Church.
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