GERALD ASTOR, 81
A staff writer when SI was born in 1954, Astor became its first photo editor a year later. Under his watch the magazine began using more color photos, and he hired or develped some of SI's top shooters, including Walter Iooss Jr., Neil Leifer and John Zimmerman. After he left SI, Astor wrote a biography of boxer Joe Louis.
JACK FALLA, 62
Covering hockey, the sport he loved more than any other—he built a rink in his backyard every winter—Falla wrote with poignancy and insight. After he left SI in 1987, he taught communications and journalism at Boston University. His fifth book, Open Ice, a collection of essays about hockey and mortality, was published posthumously.
BARBARA LA FONTAINE, 76
Though she never learned to drive, La Fontaine wrote about auto racing—among many other sports—during her time at SI. She joined the staff in 1956 as a secretary and worked her way up to become the second female senior editor. Her most notable profiles as a writer were of Sonny Liston and Wilma Rudolph.
THEO WESTENBERGER, 57
By bringing laughter to the set, Westenberger put her subjects at ease, which led to several memorable portraits. Seven of her pictures graced the cover of SI, including shots of Bill Laimbeer and the 1992 Olympic Dream Team. Westenberger also took celebrity photos and was a sought-after travel photographer.