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Clyde Snow

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The year 2014 saw the deaths of a beloved actor born in Oklahoma and a forensic anthropologist who worked on cases including the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and victims of the Oklahoma City bombing.

Actor James Garner, who grew up in the Norman area, died in July at age 86 at his home in Los Angeles.

Garner was known for a low-key, wisecracking style, especially on his hit TV series "Maverick" and "The Rockford Files."

When Garner received the Screen Actors Guild's lifetime achievement award in 2005, he quipped, "I'm not at all sure how I got here."

He remained popular in his home state, attending the unveiling of a statue of him in Norman in 2006, where he said that early in his career some people gave him grief for being from the Sooner State.

"They'd say, 'oh, you're from Oklahoma,' and I'd say, 'damn right, I am. What are you going to do about it,'" Garner said.

Clyde Snow
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Clyde Snow, a forensic anthropologist who worked on cases ranging from the assassination of President John F. Kennedy to mass graves in Argentina, has died. He was 86.

Snow's wife, Jerry Snow, told The Associated Press her husband died Friday morning at Norman Regional Hospital in Norman, Oklahoma. Jerry Snow says her husband had lung cancer and emphysema.

Snow examined mass graves in countries such as Argentina, Bolivia, Peru and Croatia. He often helped build criminal cases against government leaders who carried out the killings.

He also assisted in identifying victims of the Oklahoma City bombing and the remains of serial killer John Wayne Gacy.

Jerry Snow says her husband will be remembered most for his great sense of humor and dedication to human rights.