Died in 2007

Jan 1 Tillie Olsen an American writer associated with the political turmoil of the 1930s and the first generation of American feminists.
Jan 1 Leon Davidson a chemical engineer and scientist, one of the team that developed the atomic bomb.
Jan 1 Darrent Williams an American football player for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League.
Jan 1 Roland Levinsky an academic researcher in biomedicine and a university senior manager. His last post, which he held at the time of his death, was as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Plymouth in the United Kingdom
Jan 1 Julius Hegyi an American conductor and violinist.
Jan 2 Robert C. Solomon an American professor of philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin.
Jan 2 David Perkins (geneticist) an American geneticist, a member of the faculty of Stanford University for more than 58 years, from 1948 until his death in 2007. He received his PhD in Zoology in 1949 from Columbia University. A member of the National Academy of Sciences, he served as President of the Genetics Society of America in 1977. In a scientific career that spanned more than six decades, Perkins collaborated on more than 300 papers. His associates included many graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who went on to scientific careers throughout the world
Jan 2 Paek Nam-sun the North Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1998 until his death. He was one of the few North Koreans to frequently be in the international spotlight
Jan 2 A. Richard Newton the dean of the University of California, Berkeley College of Engineering.
Jan 2 Teddy Kollek an Israeli who served as the mayor of Jerusalem from 1965 to 1993, and founder of the Jerusalem Foundation. Kollek was re-elected five times, in 1969, 1973, 1978, 1983 and 1989. After reluctantly running for a seventh term in 1993 at the age of 82, he lost to Likud candidate and future Prime Minister of Israel Ehud Olmert
Jan 2 Elizabeth Fox-Genovese a feminist American historian particularly known for her writing about women and society in the Antebellum South. She became a primary voice of the conservative women's movement. She was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2003
Jan 2 Garry Betty President and CEO of EarthLink, a large American Internet service provider, from 1996 until his death. During his leadership of EarthLink, Betty grew the customer base from just under 100,000 members to over 5 million
Jan 2 Mauno Jokipii a Finnish professor at the University of Jyväskylä in history specializing in World War He was a thorough investigator and a prolific author. Among his works were studies of the local history of Jyväskylä and the university
Jan 3 János Fürst a Hungarian-born conductor and violinist.
Jan 3 Earl Reibel a Canadian ice hockey forward who played primarily as a center with the Detroit Red Wings, as well as the Chicago Black Hawks and Boston Bruins.
Jan 3 Sergio Jiménez a Mexican actor who became famous after portraying the character of El Gato in the film Los caifanes. His last work was directing the telenovela La fea más bella. Sergio also worked in his "actor's studio" that he operated with actress Adriana Barraza. He is known in the Mexican community as "El Profe"
Jan 3 Cecil Walker an Ulster Unionist Member of Parliament for North Belfast from 1983 to 2001.
Jan 3 William Verity Jr. a U.S. administrator and steel industrialist. He served as the Secretary of Commerce between 1987 and 1989, under President Ronald Reagan
Jan 3 William Jencks an American biochemist. He was noted particularly for his work on enzymes, using concepts drawn from organic chemistry to understand their mechanisms
Jan 4 Osman Waqialla Arabic: عثمان وقيع الله‎, Sudanese artist, calligrapher.
Jan 4 Sandro Salvadore an Italian footballer.
Jan 4 Marais Viljoen the last ceremonial State President of South Africa from 4 June 1979 until 3 September 1984. Viljoen became the last of the ceremonial presidents of South Africa when he was succeeded in 1984 by Prime Minister W. Botha, who combined the offices in an executive presidency
Jan 4 Jan Schröder a Dutch professional road and track cyclist.
Jan 4 John Smyth (snooker referee) one of snooker's leading referees in the 1970s and 1980s. He officiated in two World Snooker Championship finals, including the first to be held at the Crucible Theatre in 1977. The second came in 1982 when Alex Higgins won his second world title. He also oversaw the match in which Kirk Stevens compiled a maximum 147 break at the 1984 Wembley Masters
Jan 4 Lewis Hodges a pilot for Special Operations Executive in the Second World War, and later achieved high command in the Royal Air Force and NATO.
Jan 4 Gren one of Wales's best-known and longest-serving newspaper cartoonists.
Jan 4 Gáspár Nagy a Hungarian poet and writer.
Jan 4 Ben Gannon (producer) an Australian film, television and stage producer.
Jan 4 Helen Hill an American animation filmmaker and social activist who lived in New Orleans, Louisiana. When her final film, The Florestine Collection, was released in 2011, curators and critics described her as "one of the most well-regarded experimental animators of her generation."
Jan 4 Steve Krantz a film producer and writer who was most active from 1966 to 1996.
Jan 5 Momofuku Ando a Taiwanese-Japanese businessman who founded Nissin Food Products Co., Ltd. He is famed as the inventor of instant noodles and Cup Noodles
Jan 5 Chih Ree Sun a Chinese American physicist most noted with breaking new ground in modern physics as a professor at the State University of New York in Albany, he danced his way through life and spent time writing Chinese poetry after he retired.
Jan 6 Roberta Wohlstetter one of America's most important historians of military intelligence. Her most influential work is Pearl Harbor: Warning and Decision. The former secretary of defense, Donald Rumsfeld, is said to have required that his aides read Indeed, it was brought up during discussions of intelligence failures leading to the successful al-Qaeda attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon
Jan 6 Frédéric Etsou-Nzabi-Bamungwabi the Cardinal Archbishop of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. He was the DRC's foremost Roman Catholic prelate from 1991 until his death in 2007
Jan 6 Yvon Durelle an Acadian Canadian champion boxer.
Jan 6 Mario Danelo an American college football placekicker.
Jan 6 Sneaky Pete Kleinow an American country-rock musician, songwriter, and a motion picture special effects artist. He is best known as a member of the band the Flying Burrito Brothers and as a session musician for such artists as Joan Baez, Jackson Browne, The Byrds, Joe Cocker, Rita Coolidge, Eagles, The Everly Brothers, George Harrison, The Steve Miller Band, Joni Mitchell, The Rolling Stones, Ringo Starr, Stevie Wonder, Spencer Davis, Linda Ronstadt and many others
Jan 7 Bobby Hamilton an American stock car racing driver. A driver and owner in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series circuit and the winner of the 2004 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship, Hamilton owned Bobby Hamilton Racing. Hamilton's son, Bobby Hamilton, Jr., was also a NASCAR driver
Jan 7 Magnus Magnusson an Icelandic television presenter, journalist, translator and writer. He was born in Iceland but lived in Scotland for almost all of his life, although he never took British citizenship. He came to prominence as a BBC television journalist, and was best known as the presenter of the BBC television quiz programme Mastermind, which he hosted for 25 years
Jan 8 Jane Bolin the first African-American woman to graduate from Yale Law School, the first to join the New York City Bar Association, and the first to join the New York City Law Department. She became the first black woman to serve as a judge in the United States when she was sworn into the bench of the New York City Domestic Relations Court in 1939
Jan 8 David Ervine an Irish unionist politician from Northern Ireland and the leader of the Progressive Unionist Party. During his youth Ervine was a member of the Ulster Volunteer Force and was imprisoned for possessing bomb-making equipment. However whilst in jail he became convinced of the benefits of a more political approach to Ulster loyalism and became involved with the PUP. As a leading PUP figure Ervine helped to deliver the loyalist ceasefire of 1994
Jan 8 Yvonne De Carlo a Canadian American actress, singer, and dancer whose career in film, television, and musical theatre spanned six decades.
Jan 8 Iwao Takamoto a Japanese American animator, television producer, and film director. He was most famous as being a production and character designer for Walt Disney Productions films such as Sleeping Beauty, and later at Hanna-Barbera Productions, where he designed the characters for shows such as Scooby-Doo and eventually became a director and producer
Jan 8 Arthur Cockfield Baron Cockfield by turns a civil servant, a company director, a Conservative politician, and a European Commissioner. He served as Minister of State at the Treasury from 1979 to 1982, as Secretary of State for Trade from 1982 until 1983, as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster from 1983 until 1984, and as a member of the European Commission from 1984 to 1988
Jan 9 Yelena Petushkova a Russian and former Soviet equestrian who won three medals, of which one gold and two silver in dressage during the Summer Olympics.
Jan 9 Ion Dincă a Romanian communist politician and Army general who served as Deputy Prime Minister and Mayor of Bucharest under the Communist regime.
Jan 9 Elmer Symons a motorcycle enduro racer.
Jan 9 Jean-Pierre Vernant a French historian and anthropologist, specialist in ancient Greece. Influenced by Claude Lévi-Strauss, Vernant developed a structuralist approach to Greek myth, tragedy, and society which would itself be influential among classical scholars. He was an honorary professor at the Collège de France
Jan 10 Bradford Washburn an American explorer, mountaineer, photographer, and cartographer. He established the Boston Museum of Science, served as its director from 1939–1980, and from 1985 until his death served as its Honorary Director
Jan 10 Carlo Ponti an Italian film producer with over 140 production credits, and the husband of Italian movie star Sophia Loren.