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Public Figures Lost in 2004

News of the death of a favorite public figure touches each of us in different ways. Some of those we lost in 2004 are listed below. I am sure there are more but these are the people who touched my heart--sometimes with love and sometimes with wonder.

I felt profound sadness when I learned recently that actress Fay Wray had died earlier in August of 2004. She will be forever remembered as the lovely girl in King Kong's* huge hands.

Bob Keeshan (Captain Kangaroo), January 23 at age 76
Jack Paar, January 27 at age 85
Marge Schott, March 2 at age 75
Estee Lauder, April 24 at age 97
Tony Randall, March 17 at age 84
President Ronald Reagan, June 5 at age 93
Ray Charles, June 10 at age 73
Marlon Brando, July 1 at age 80
Rick James, August 6 at age 56
Fay Wray, August 8 at age 96
Julia Child, Auguts 14 at age 91
Laura Branigan, Aug. 26 at age 47
Janet Leigh, Oct. 3 at age 77
Rodney Dangerfield, Oct. 5 at age 82
Christopher Reeve, Oct. 10 at age 52
Pierre Salinger, Oct. 16 at age 79
Yasser Arafat, Nov. 11 at age 75

*KING KONG, 1933 black and white movie with Fay Wray.

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