Feb. 22. David Berger, 94. Class-action lawsuit pioneer who won major cases in the Three Mile Island nuclear accident.

Dennis Johnson, 52. Former NBA star who played on three championship teams.

Feb. 23. Donnie Brooks. 71. Had Top 10 pop hit with the love song "Mission Bell."

Feb. 24. Lamar Lundy, 71. Part of feared L.A. Rams defensive line in the '60s.

Herman Brix, 100. Olympic silver medalist in shot put who forged a film career under the name Bruce Bennett.

Feb. 28. Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., 89. Pulitzer-winning historian, Kennedy administration "court philosopher."


March 2. Joseph Metcalf III, 79. Navy vice admiral who led the U.S. invasion of Grenada.

March 3. Marjabelle Young Stewart, 82. Etiquette authority co-wrote "White Gloves and Party Manners."

March 4. Thomas Eagleton, 77. Former senator who resigned as George McGovern's running mate in 1972 after it was revealed he had been hospitalized for depression.

March 6. Ernest Gallo, 97. With his brother Julio built the world's largest winemaking empire.

March 10. Ernie Ladd, 68, football star with the San Diego Chargers who found lucrative work in pro wrestling.

March 11. Betty Hutton, 86. Singer-actress who brought brassy vitality to Hollywood musicals ("Annie Get Your Gun").

March 12. Vilma Ebsen, 96. A dancer who teamed with her brother Buddy on Broadway.

March 14. Stan Duke, 70. Southland sportscaster's crime of passion cut short his broadcasting career.

March 15. Bowie Kuhn, 80. Baseball commissioner during development of free agency, multimillion-dollar contracts.

March 16. Milton Wexler, 98, a visionary who led efforts to demystify Huntington's disease.

March 17. John Backus, 82. Developer of Fortran programming language that changed how people interacted with computers.

March 19. Luther Ingram, 69. R&B singer and songwriter best known for the hit "If Loving You Is Wrong (I Don't Want to Be Right)."

March 20. G.E. Patterson, 67. Presiding bishop of 6-million-member Church of God in Christ.