At a glance: Recent deaths of witnesses to JFK assassination


Posted on August 15, 2009 at 4:45 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 16 at 4:34 PM

The last five years have witnessed the death of many players in the events surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy:

Charles R. Baxter

Died: March 10, 2005

Role: Parkland Memorial Hospital surgeon who tried to save JFK

Paul Bentley

Died: July 21, 2008

Role: Dallas detective who helped capture Lee Harvey Oswald

Ted Callaway

Died: March 10, 2005

Role: Oak Cliff used-car salesman who rushed to the scene where police Officer J.D. Tippit was shot by Oswald

Joe R. Cody

Died: June 28, 2008

Role: Dallas police officer who bought the gun that Jack Ruby later used to kill Oswald

Nellie Connally

Died: Sept. 1, 2006

Role: Texas first lady who rode in the presidential limousine with Gov. John Connally

J. Carl DayDied: Oct 16, 2008

Role: Dallas police investigator who was photographed lifting Oswald's rifle above his head

Vincent E. DrainDied: June 11, 2008

Role: FBI special agent assigned to the Parkland trauma room where JFK died

Andy Hanson

Died: Oct. 29, 2008

Role:Dallas Times Herald photographer who covered the Ruby trial

D.V. Harkness

Died: April 4, 2007

Role: Dallas motorcycle police sergeant assigned to search boxcars in the rail yard near the grassy knoll. His arrest of three transients figured into many conspiracy theories.

Ed Hogan

Died: Feb. 12, 2007

Role: Longtime WFAA-TV (Channel 8) broadcaster who later reported from Parkland for ABC News

The Rev. Luther Holcomb

Died: Nov. 19, 2003

Role: Scheduled to deliver invocation at the Dallas Trade Mart luncheon where JFK was to have spoken

Lady Bird Johnson

Died: July 11, 2007

Role: Traveled with Vice President Lyndon Johnson behind the presidential limousine in Dallas

Karl King

Died: July 25, 2005

Role: Radio broadcaster and UPI stringer who witnessed Oswald's shooting

M. Nick McDonald

Died: Jan. 27, 2005

Role: Dallas police officer who arrested Oswald at the Texas Theatre

Ike Pappas

Died: Aug. 31, 2008

Role: New York radio reporter who witnessed Oswald's shooting

Fay Puckett

Died: Sept. 21, 2008

Role: Daughter of the woman who operated the Oak Cliff rooming house where Oswald was living at the time of the assassination

Earl Ruby

Died: Feb. 6, 2006

Role: Brother of nightclub owner Jack Ruby, who shot and killed Oswald

Pierre Salinger

Died: Oct. 16, 2004

Role: JFK's White House press secretary, who was en route to Japan with Cabinet secretaries at the time of the shooting

Hugh Sidey

Died: Nov. 21, 2005

Role:Time correspondent and JFK friend who was in the motorcade

Cecil Stoughton

Died: Nov. 3, 2008

Role: White House photographer who captured LBJ taking the oath of office aboard Air Force One

Malcolm Summers

Died: Oct. 8, 2004

Role: Assassination witness who is seen in the Zapruder film standing opposite the grassy knoll

Pat Towner

Died: Aug, 29, 2005

Role: One of several family members who witnessed the assassination

Jack ValentiDied: April 26, 2007

Role: LBJ aide who was traveling with the presidential party on the visit to Dallas

Marilyn Willis

Died: April 16, 2004

Role: Witness whose husband took a JFK assassination photograph that was much studied by investigators and conspiracy theorists

SOURCES: The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza; Dallas Morning News research