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A look back at the ones we lost in 2012

| Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, 11:51 p.m.
Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque, 28, of Monroeville. He’s a 2002 graduate of Norwin High School.
Lt. Col. Christopher 'Otis' Raible, in the 1990 Norwin yearbook, was killed Friday in an attack in Afghanistan.
FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010 picture, Whitney Houston accepts an award at the Warner Theatre during the 2010 BET Hip Hop Honors in Washington. Houston was the “top trending” search of the year, according to Google Inc. People around the globe searched en masse for news about the superstar singer's sad, accidental drowning (AP Photo/Nick Wass, file)
FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2009 file photo, Penn State coach Joe Paterno smiles as he walks the field before an NCAA college football game against Minnesota in State College, Pa. Paterno's death on Jan. 22, 2012, came less than three months after it was disclosed he had lung cancer and the child sex-abuse revelations shifted the ground at Penn State. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
FILE - This July 6, 1967 file photo shows the musical group, The Monkees, from left, Peter Tork, Mike Nesmith, David Jones, and Micky Dolenz at a news conference at the Warwick Hotel in New York.The Monkees will perform its first live shows since its star Davy Jones died in February. Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz, and Peter Tork announced Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, that the group will launch a 12-date U.S. tour in November. Jones died of a heart attack on Feb. 29. The group starred in its own NBC television show in 1966 as a made-for-TV band seeking to capitalize on Beatlemania sweeping the world. Jones rocketed to the top of the music charts with The Monkees, captivating audiences with hits including 'Daydream Believer' and 'I'm a Believer.'The tour kicks off Nov. 8 in Escondido, Calif. It wraps on Dec. 2 in New York. It will highlight Jones “in the show's multimedia content.” (AP Photo/Ray Howard, file)
This May 1, 1992 file photo shows Rodney King making a statement at a Los Angeles news conference. King, the black motorist whose 1991 videotaped beating by Los Angeles police officers was the touchstone for one of the most destructive race riots in the nation's history, has died, his publicist said Sunday, June 17, 2012. He was 47. (AP Photo/David Longstreath, file)
Family members say disco queen Donna Summer has died at the age of 63.
Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees arrives at the World Music Awards in Monte Carlo in this May 18, 2010 file photo. Gibb, who with his brothers Barry and Maurice formed the disco-era hit machine the Bee Gees, died Sunday at the age of 62. Reuters photo
Bob Charlotte / PR Photos
FILE - This Jan. 29, 1997 file photo shows author Ray Bradbury at a signing for his book 'Quicker Than The Eye' in Cupertino, Calif. Bradbury, who wrote everything from science-fiction and mystery to humor, died Tuesday, June 5, 2012 in Southern California. He was 91. (AP Photo/Steve Castillo, file)
Irene Jacob in the Rodef Shalom Biblical Garden Tuesday, July 3, 2012. She and her husband Walter founded and designed the garden twenty-six years ago. Heidi Murrin Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Jesse Cohen Obituary
John M. Roberts IV
This 2005 file photo shows Bryan Bell. Bell, 23, was killed in Afghanistan on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012. A 2006 graduate of Harbor Creek High School, Bell served in the U.S. Air Force's Explosive Ordnance Disposal division. (AP Photo/Erie Times-News, Jack Hanrahan) MAGAZINES OUT; TV OUT
Marine Lt. Col. Christopher K. Raible, 40, of North Huntingdon, Pa., died Sept. 15 at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, when insurgents breached the base using small-arms and rocket-propelled grenade fire. He was assigned to Marine Attack Squadron 211, Marine Aircraft Group 13, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward).
Army Capt. Michael Cean Braden, 31 The Lock Haven resident was killed in Bagram, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 1st Infantry Division Signal Company, Division Headquarters and Division Battalion. APRIL 18
Army Spc. Cameron James Stambaugh, 20 The Spring Grove resident was killed in Maidan Shahr, Wardak province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 978th Military Police Company, 93rd Military Police Battalion, Fort Bliss, Texas. JULY 8
Army Staff Sgt. Brandon R. Pepper, 31, of York, Pa., died July 21, in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, of unspecified causes. He was assigned to 4th Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, N.C.
Army Staff Sgt. Eric S. Holman, 39, of Evans City, Penn., died Aug. 15, in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to 192nd Ordnance Battalion, 52nd Ordnance Group, 20th Support Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.
Retired Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, former Archbishop of Philadelphia, attends a mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in this October 7, 2003 file photo. Bevilaqua died on January 31, 2012 at the age of 88, a press release from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia reported. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer (UNITED STATES - Tags: RELIGION OBITUARY)
Vidal Sassoon attends the '4 Inches A Project For Women About Women By Women' Benefit in West Hollywood. Picture: UK Press
Dr. Charles Copeland
Josephine Andiorio, Obit
Lauretta Phillips
Late American composer Marvin Hamlisch as photographed at Heinz Hall in Downtown Pittsburgh in October 2011. Hamlisch is one of only two people to win Oscars, Emmys, Grammys, Tonys, and the Pulitzer Prize for his work as a composer. He also won two Golden Globes. Hamlisch died Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, after a brief illness. Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review
FILE - In this June 21, 1974 , file photo former Nixon White House aide Charles W. Colson arrives at U.S. District Court in Washington to be sentenced for obstructing justice. Colson, the tough-as-nails special counsel to President Richard Nixon who went to prison for his role in a Watergate-related case and became a Christian evangelical helping inmates, has died. He was 80. Jim Liske, chief executive of the Lansdowne-based Prison Fellowship Ministries that Colson founded, said Colson died Saturday, April 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Bob Daugherty)
Fanfare. L-R, Sally Childs, Letitia Baldrige, and Mabon Childs at the cocktail reception for the Junior League held Wednesday, 5/1/02 at the Childs residence. TA-FF-BALDRIGE-1-5-6

The Tribune-Review explores some of the important lives that were lost in 2012:

Air Force Senior Airman Bryan Richard Bell, 23

The Erie resident was killed in Shir ghazi, Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron, Barksdale Air Force Base, La . JAN. 5

Army Capt. Michael Cean Braden, 31

The Lock Haven resident was killed in Bagram, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 1st Infantry Division Signal Company, Division Headquarters and Division Battalion . APRIL 18

Army Spc. Cameron James Stambaugh, 20

The Spring Grove resident was killed in Maidan Shahr, Wardak province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 978th Military Police Company, 93rd Military Police Battalion, Fort Bli ss, Texas. JULY 8

Army Staff Sgt. Brandon Robert Pepper, 31

The York resident was killed in Ghazni province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to Company B, 4th Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces Brigade , Fort Bragg, N.C. JULY 21

Army Staff Sgt. Eric Scott Holman, 39

The Evans City resident was killed in Ghazni province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 767th ORD Co., 192nd ORD Battalion, 52nd Ordnance Group, 20th Support Command, Fort Bragg, N.C. AUG. 15

Marine Corps Lt. Col. Christopher Keith Raible, 40

The North Huntingdon resident was killed in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to Marine Attack Squadron 211, Marine Aircraft Group 13, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward). SEPT. 15

Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque, 28

The Monroeville resident died of combat-related injuries near Kabul, Afghanistan. A Navy SEAL, he was assigned to an East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit . DEC. 8

Dr. Robert Sabatelle, 72

After retiring from his obstetrics and gynecology practice at Sewickley Valley Hospital, he was ordained a deacon and volunteered with the Helpful Hands Medical Mission. JAN. 18

Joe Paterno, 85

Iconic Penn State head football coach from 1966 to 2011, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2007. His career ended when the university dismissed him as the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal broke. JAN. 22

Joshua Whetzel Jr., 90

A Squirrel Hill native and longtime resident of Ligonier, for many years he was president of the board of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. JAN. 24

Anthony Bevilacqua, 88

Retired archbishop of Philadelphia, he was bishop of Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese from 1983 to 1988. JAN. 31

Don Cornelius, 75

Host and producer of the popular TV dance and music show “Soul Train.” FEB. 1

Angelo Dundee, 90

Long-time trainer of heavyweight champion boxer Muhammad Ali. FEB. 1

Bill Hinzman, 75

A Coraopolis native who portrayed the cemetery zombie in the 1968 classic horror film “Night of the Living Dead.” FEB. 5

Whitney Houston, 48

Award-winning singer and actress known for songs such as “I Will Always Love You” and her role in “The Bodyguard” movie. FEB. 11

Helen Jean Clark, 86

Joined Apollo Trust Co. as a teller in 1951 and rose to become the company's president and CEO. FEB. 14

Davy Jones, 66

British actor and musician who rose to fame as a singer with the TV pop group “The Monkees.” FEB. 29

Andrew Breitbart, 43

Conservative American publisher, commentator, author, and editor who owned five websites including MARCH 1

James Quinn Wilson, 80

American academic, political scientist, and an authority on public administration. MARCH 2

Lauretta Phillips, 82

She established the B.D. Phillips Jr. and Lauretta G. Phillips Philanthropic Fund at The Pittsburgh Foundation to honor her late husband. MARCH 9

Earl Scruggs, 88

Bluegrass musician known for perfecting and advancing the three-finger banjo picking style named for him. MARCH 28

Mike Wallace, 93

Journalist and original correspondent for the long-running CBS program “60 Minutes.” APRIL 7

Dick Clark, 82

TV and radio host of “American Bandstand,” which ran from 1957-87. He hosted ‘Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve,” broadcast worldwide from New York's Times Square. APRIL 18

Charles Colson, 80

White House counsel who was convicted in Watergate scandal. Founder of Prison Fellowship. APRIL 21

Dr. Charles Copeland, 80

Clinical professor of surgery from Forest Hills, he established the state's first burn and trauma center in 1967 at UPMC Mercy. MAY 8

Josephine Andiorio, 95

The Squirrel Hill resident worked for 44 years at Mount Mercy College, which became Carlow University. Using tuition assistance benefits the school offered employees, she earned a college degree at age 70. MAY 8

Vidal Sassoon, 84

Revolutionary British hairdresser known for creating “wash and wear” styles such as the “wedge bob.” MAY 9

Donna Summer, 63

Disco singer known for hits including “Bad Girls,” “Hot Stuff” and “Last Dance.” MAY 17

Robin Gibb, 62

British singer and songwriter who performed with his twin Maurice and older brother Barry in the Bee Gees. MAY 20

Eugene Polley, 96

Engineer for Zenith Electronics Co. who invented the Flash-Matic wireless TV remote control. MAY 20

Jesse Cohen, 89

A West Point graduate, the Squirrel Hill resident helped establish a chapel at the military academy for Jewish cadets. He was president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. JUNE 2

Richard Dawson, 79

English-born actor who starred in the TV comedy series “Hogan's Heroes.” He also hosted the TV game show “Family Feud,” where he became known for kissing the female contestants. JUNE 2

John M. Roberts IV, 91

The Sewickley Heights resident earned a master's degree in business from Harvard University and helped run his family's jewelry business, the former John M. Roberts & Sons Jewelers. JUNE 4

Ray Bradbury, 91

Science fiction and fantasy author who wrote iconic books such as “Fahrenheit 451” and “The Martian Chronicles.” JUNE 5

Rodney King, 47

His beating at the hands of Los Angeles police officers was captured on video and broadcast worldwide. The subsequent acquittal of the officers sparked riots in the city in 1992. JUNE 17

Yitzhak Shamir, 96

An Israeli politician and the seventh Prime Minister of Israel, serving two terms, 1983–84 and 1988–1992. JUNE 30

Andy Griffith, 86

Actor who became best known for starring roles in the “The Andy Griffith Show” and “Matlock.” JULY 3

Ernest Borgnine, 95

Won an Oscar for the 1955 film “Marty” and starred in the 1960s TV sitcom “McHale's Navy.” JULY 8

Kitty Wells, 92

Country music singer who scored hits with “It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels” and “Making Believe.” JULY 16

William Raspberry, 76

A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and columnist for “The Washington Post,” he focused on public affairs and often wrote about racial issues. JULY 17

J. Evans Rose Jr., 80

A prominent attorney, the Sewickley resident was a mentor to Govs. Tom Corbett, Tom Ridge and Dick Thornburgh. JULY 20

John J. Petrelli, 87

A craftsman and master stonemason whose work left a mark in churches, schools, parks, homes and cemeteries in South Hills neighborhoods. JULY 22

Sally Ride, 61

Physicist and astronaut who became the first American woman in space on June 18, 1983, on the space shuttle Challenger. JULY 23

Sherman Hemsley, 74

Actor who portrayed George Jefferson on the TV shows “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons.” JULY 24

Gore Vidal, 86

Playwright, novelist and political commentator best known for his novel “Myra Breckinridge” and the screenplay for the film “Ben-Hur.” JULY 31

Marvin Hamlisch, 68

Composer of songs including “The Way We Were” and “The Entertainer,” he is one of two people to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony and Pulitzer Prize. Principal pops conductor for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. AUG. 6

Sir Alfred Charles Bernard Lovell, 98

English physicist and radio astronomer, he constructed the then-largest steerable radio telescope in the world, the Lovell Telescope, which still operates. Knighted in 1961. AUG. 6

Helen Gurley Brown, 90

Author, publisher and businesswoman best known as editor-in-chief of the groundbreaking magazine “Cosmopolitan” from 1965 to 1997. AUG. 13

Phyllis Diller, 95

Comedienne and actress known for her stage persona of a housewife with wild hair and eccentric dress. AUG. 20

Neil Armstrong, 82

Astronaut with the Apollo space program, he became the first person to walk on the moon in July 1969. AUG. 25

Sun Myung Moon, 92

South Korean religious figure who founded the Unification Church and headed the international News World Communications. SEPT. 3

Michael Clarke Duncan, 54

Actor best known for roles in the films“The Green Mile,” “Armageddon” and “Kung Fu Panda.” SEPT. 3

John Christopher Stevens, 52

American diplomat and lawyer who was U.S. ambassador to Libya from June until his death in a terror attack at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. SEPT. 11

Andy Williams, 84

Popular singer who recorded “Moon River,” he scored 17 gold and three platinum albums. Hosted “The Andy Williams Show” from 1962 to 1971. SEPT. 25

Beano Cook, 81

A college football historian and analyst for ESPN, the Mt. Washington resident often was called the “cardinal” or “pope” of college football. OCT. 10

John “Dobie” Dobrinick, 73

The Trafford resident founded a funeral home, was director of the borough's emergency management department for more than 20 years, and president of the community's Lions Club. OCT. 10

Arlen Specter, 82

A U.S. senator for Pennsylvania from 1981 to 2011, he helped devise the “single bullet theory” as assistant counsel to the Warren Commission investigating President Kennedy's death. A Democrat who became a Republican in 1965, he switched back to the Democratic Party in 2009. OCT. 14

George McGovern, 90

The former Army Air Force pilot from South Dakota was the 1972 Democratic presidential nominee who lost to Richard Nixon in a landslide. OCT. 21

Ira Morgan, 70

A resident of Squirrel Hill, he became a successful real estate developer. OCT. 26

Letitia Baldrige, 86

American etiquette expert and public relations executive who was Jacqueline Kennedy's social secretary. She wrote a newspaper column, ran a public relations firm, and published books. OCT. 29

Larry Hagman, 81

Actor best known for starring roles in the hit TV shows “I Dream of Jeannie” and “Dallas.” NOV. 23

Marvin Miller, 95

Longtime executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, he contributed significantly to sports and labor law, in part by eliminating baseball's reserve clause to win free agency for players. NOV. 27

Zig Ziglar, 86

American author and motivational speaker. NOV. 28

Dave Brubeck, 91

Renown jazz pianist and composer best known for the song “Take Five.” DEC. 5

Irene Jacob, 84

A Point Breeze resident, she was a world-class horticulturist and founding director of Rodef Shalom Biblical Garden in Oakland. DEC. 6

Joe L. Allbritton, 87

Texas financier who became a television and newspaper baron in Washington and then transformed himself into the chief banker to Embassy Row. DEC 12

Daniel Inouye, 88

A Medal of Honor recipient, the Democrat was a senator from Hawaii from 1963 until his death. DEC. 17

Robert Bork, 85

A legal scholar, the Pittsburgh native was nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1987 by President Reagan but the Senate rejected his nomination. DEC. 19

Jack Klugman, 90

An actor who got his start in college drama at what was then the Carnegie Institute of Technology, he played the messy one in TV's “The Odd Couple” and the crime-fighting coroner in “Quincy, M.E.” DEC. 24

Charles Durning, 89

An Oscar-nominated character actor, he played everyone from a Nazi colonel to the pope to Dustin Hoffman's would-be suitor in “Tootsie.” DEC. 24

Norman Schwarzkopf, 78

Nicknamed “Stormin' Norman” for his deft military exploits, he served as commander of U.S. –led coalition forces during the 1991 Persian Gulf War and was credited with developing the plans used to route Sadaam Hussein's military forces following the invasion of Kuwait. DEC. 27

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