A Look Back At the Obituaries From December 2015This month's list features a Nobel Prize winner (Alfred Gilman), a two-time near-Supreme Court Justice (Arlin Adams), and a high-flying luchador (Lizmark).
Lesley Gore, 'It's My Party' Singer-Songwriter, Dies At 68Gore's other hits include "She's A Fool," ''That's the Way Boys Are" and "Maybe I Know." She co-wrote with her brother, Michael, the Academy Award-nominated "Out Here On My Own" from the film "Fame."
Yuba City Veteran Was Oldest Survivor Of Pearl Harbor Attack From USS ArizonaRetired Navy Lt. Cmdr. Joseph Langdell died Feb. 4 at a nursing home in Yuba City, according to his son, Ted Langdell. A tally maintained by the USS Arizona Reunion Association, for which Langdell had served as president, identified him as not only the oldest Arizona survivor, but the last surviving officer from the naval ship that lost 1,177 men - nearly four-fifths of its crew - when it was bombed on Dec. 7, 1941.
Samuel Goldwyn Jr., 88, Was Champion For Independent Films As ProducerGoldwyn produced low-budget hits like "Mystic Pizza" starring Julia Roberts and "Cotton Comes to Harlem" in the 1970s and 1980s. His company was one of the largest indie film operations. As a producer, he was nominated for a best picture Academy Award in 2004 for "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World." His final production credit was for "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" in 2013.
Novelist Robert Stone, 77, Known For 'Dog Soldiers,' 'A Flag For SunriseStone's face - well-lined, framed by a sharp stare and weathered beard - was a testament to a life fully and painfully lived. He was a neglected and traumatized child who learned early not to trust reality, a lapsed Catholic consumed by questions of sin and redemption. Inspired to write novels after re-reading "The Great Gatsby" in his 20s, he identified so strongly with his characters he once broke down sobbing, at a college library, while working on "Dog Soldiers."
Tuskegee Airmen, Both 91, Enlisted Together, Died On Same Day In Los AngelesWhen World War II broke out, they enlisted in the Army and jumped at the chance to join the all-black group of soldiers known as the Tuskegee Airmen.
Edward Brooke, 95, Was First Black Elected To U.S. SenateBrooke was elected to the Senate in 1966, becoming the first black to sit in that branch from any state since Reconstruction and one of nine blacks who have ever served there - including Barack Obama.
Roy Tarpley, 50, Was Dallas Mavericks Center Whose Career Was Cut Short By Drug Abuse"If Roy had stayed healthy, he could have been one of the top-50 players ever," Brad Davis, the Mavericks' radio analyst and player-development coach who played with Tarpley, told The Dallas Morning News. "He could do it all - shoot, score, rebound, pass and defend. We're all sorry to hear of his passing."
Rod Taylor, 84, Known For 'The Time Machine,' '101 Dalmations'Taylor's breakthrough came in 1960 with "The Time Machine," George Pal's special effects marvel in which Taylor's dogged British inventor transports himself into a future where he witnesses world wars, nuclear annihilation and, finally, the rise of a new society.
Andrae Crouch, 72, Worked With Michael Jackson, Madonna, As Well As 'The Lion King'The Recording Academy, which awarded seven Grammys to Crouch during a career that spanned more than a half-century, said in a statement that he was "a remarkable musician and legendary figure" who was "fiercely devoted to evolving the sound of contemporary, urban gospel music."
Former Giants All-Star Pitcher Dead At 87