2013 began with the deaths of sportswriter Jean Giambrone, the first female writer awarded full press credentials at The Masters, and Daurene Lewis, Canada’s first black female mayor, followed a few months later by reporter Helen Thomas, the first female member of the White House press corps.
The year also lost Al Neuharth (USA Today founder), Aaron Swartz (Reddit co-creator) and Dave Gold (99 Cents Only Stores founder), as well as Giancarlo Martini, former F1 driver and co-owner of Team Minardi.
Hilary Koprowski, known for inventing the first effective live polio vaccine, Malcolm Renfrew, noted for his contribution to the development of Teflon, and Abraham Nemeth, known for developing a system for blind people to read and write mathematics, all sadly passed away.
Computer mouse inventor Douglas Engelbart, renowned audio engineer Ray Dolby, and electronic breathalyser inventor Tom Parry Jones also died, as did André Cassagnes, creator of Etch A Sketch, and Charles Foley, co-creator of Twister.
The year ended with the world coming together to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela, while the deaths of British politicianMargaret Thatcher and Venezuela’s president Hugo Chávezwere a little more divisive around the globe.
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