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A frail nun whose saintly life showed us the power of good, a local radio announcer who gave us a friendly voice to wake up to and a princess whose death touched us in a way that many found surprising. A roll call of those we lost in 1997.

Eddie Arcaro, 81
Jockey whose career stretched from the '30s to the '60s, twice riding to Triple Crowns and winning the Kentucky Derby five times.
William J. Brennan, 91
Retired Supreme Court justice whose intellect and charisma made him one of the most influential jurists in America's history.
Clint Buehlman, 85
Morning radio personality who helped Western New Yorkers rise and shine for 46 years.
Jacques Cousteau, 87
Explorer and inventor who shared his undersea adventures with millions of TV viewers worldwide.
Nancy Dickerson, 70
CBS News' first female correspondent whose 1960 breakthrough helped pave the way for a generation of women.
John Denver, 53
Singer of the 1970s whose love of the outdoors was reflected in hits like "Rocky Mountain High."
Diana, Princess of Wales, 36
Royal whose incomparable beauty, common touch and energetic efforts on behalf of AIDS patients and land-mine victims made her "queen of our hearts."
James Dickey, 73
Poet who achieved his greatest fame for his novel and Oscar-nominated movie "Deliverance."
Jeane L. Dixon, 79
Astrologer famed for her prediction that President Kennedy would die in office.
Chris Farley, 33
Gregarious comic who came to national attention on "Saturday Night Live."
Burt Flickinger Jr., 70
Successful businessman and philanthropist who spearheaded the effort to bring the 1993 World University Games to Buffalo.
Curt Flood, 59
Former St. Louis Cardinals outfielder who single-handedly took on baseball's long-standing rules that prohibited players from choosing which teams they would play for.
Allen Ginsberg, 70
Poet laureate of the Beat Generation whose writing and lifestyle shaped the music, politics and protests of the next 40 years.
Pamela Harriman, 76
U.S. ambassador to France who was born to the British aristocracy, married to American wealth and then earned her own place as a political doyenne.
Ben Hogan, 84
Golfer who won four U.S. Opens and come closest to capturing professional golf's "grand slam."
Charles Kuralt, 62
Avuncular CBS newsman whose "On The Road" reports celebrated offbeat America. Brian Keith, 75
Actor best known as Uncle Bill on the TV sitcom "Family Affair."
Buck Leonard, 90
Hall of Fame first baseman who was compared to Lou Gehrig but never played in the majors because of the color of his skin.
Burgess Meredith, 89
Supreme character actor who played a crusty old pug in the "Rocky" movies and waddled with aristocratic elan as the Penguin on TV's "Batman."
James A. Michener, 90
Author who guided millions of readers from the South Pacific to the fringes of space in giant, best-selling novels.
Robert Mitchum, 79
Brawny, blunt-spoken actor who starred in more than a hundred movies.
Laura Nyro, 49
Singer-songwriter of the '60s and '70s, writer of such hits as "Stoned Soul Picnic" and "Wedding Bell Blues."
Ann Odre, 73
Blasdell woman wounded in the 1981 attack on Pope John Paul II.
"Col." Tom Parker, 87
Flamboyant former carnival barker who helped guide Elvis Presley to stardom.
Lawrence Payton, 59
Member of the Four Tops who gave the Motown group its distinctive harmonies on hits such as "Baby I Need Your Loving."
Harold Robbins, 81
Author who wrote a string of steamy best-selling novels such as "The Carpetbaggers."
Leo Rosten, 88
Author whose 1968 bestseller "The Joys of Yiddish" introduced mainstream America to the subtleties of schmaltz and chutzpah.
Mike Royko, 64
Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper columnist whose biting sarcasm and empathy for the common man captured the gritty essence of Chicago for more than three decades.
Betty Shabazz, 61
Malcolm X's widow who witnessed his assassination in 1965 and went on to become a noted activist in her own right.
Albert Shanker, 68
Longtime leader of the nation's second-largest teachers union, the American Federation of Teachers.
Red Skelton, 84
Gentle clown-comedian who stumbled and bumbled his way through decades of prime-time television skits and more than 30 movies.
James Stewart, 89
Lanky, aw-shucks actor who embodied the small-town values of decency and moral courage in films such as "It's a Wonderful Life" and "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington."
Brandon Tartikoff, 48
Former NBC programming wizard who transformed prime-time television in the 1980s with such landmark shows as "Hill Street Blues" and "The Cosby Show."
Mother Teresa, 87
Roman Catholic nun revered for her tireless dedication to Calcutta's most wretched and for organizational skills that made her order a force worldwide.
Albert Thompson, 63
The first African-American to serve as Buffalo schools superintendent.
Paul E. Tsongas, 55
Former senator from Massachusetts who rebounded from cancer to become briefly the Democratic presidential front-runner in 1992.
Gianni Versace, 50
Italian designer who dressed celebrities the world over in his glamorous, sexy fashions.
Deng Xiaoping, 92
The last of China's Communist revolutionaries, who abandoned Mao's radical policies.

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