​Hail and farewell to those we lost in 2015

Mary Doyle Keefe was a telephone operator during the war who posed for Norman Rockwell's "Rosie the Riveter" in 1943. ("He said, 'I apologize, I made you very large,'" she recalled.) Her larger-than life-portrait inspires women still.

"Today, it's still a man's world ... and just look at it. Move over, gentlemen: Maybe you could use some help! This is Marlene Sanders."

Marlene Sanders led the way for women in broadcast news.

Evelyn Furtsch and her relay team sprinted to Olympic gold in Los Angeles in 1932. She led the way in sports.

Annis Jensen was a tough blocker in a tough sport: Roller derby! She was quite a jammer, too.

Farewell to Frank Gifford. As star receiver for the New York Giants, he was knocked out cold in 1960, by #60, Chuck Bednarik of the Philadelphia Eagles.

"Concrete Chuck," as he was known, also left the field this year.

Their historic collision was captured, back then, by a still photo. CBS' Tony Verna would change that three years later, by giving us "the instant replay."

"The game is beautiful and I love it, and that's the way I want to portray it."

Ed Sabol, founder of NFL Films, used all of Hollywood's tricks to bring football's bruising drama into our living rooms. He made football a national obsession. You can thank him (or blame him!) for that.

Yogi Berra loved baseball, passionately and exuberantly, as a player and as a manager. And he had a way with words, too: "When you come to a fork in the road, take it") which seemed to capture something true, while making no sense at all.

Yogi, the future ain't what it used to be!

Stuart Scott shared his exuberance for sports in his own inimitable style ("Boo-yah!"), and left us, too soon.

George Barris created the Munsters' coach, the Beverly Hillbillies' jalopy, and the Batmobile -- shiny, sleek, and super-charged, the better to propel superheroes Batman and Robin on their crimefighting missions.

Barris died this year at 89 ... but the Batmobile lives on ...

And even, occasionally, ferries other Caped Crusaders on high-minded missions. Lenny Robinson was one of those. His Batman brought a bit of joy to very ill children. He was a real superhero.

"I learned to put on these shoes and this jersey to feel like a superhero again."

And so was 19-year-old Lauren Hill, who lost her battle with brain cancer, but not before fulfilling her dream: playing college basketball.

"This has been the best day I've ever had," she said, after competing with the Mount St. Joseph University team.

"Gee, Superman!"

Jack Larson, your Jimmy Olsen was no superhero, but he did have a superhero friend. Good bye to you.

And to Yvonne Craig, who astonished everyone every time Batgirl came to save the day.

On "Star Trek," Yvonne Craig used her considerable charms to seduce Captain Kirk. Those charms didn't work so well on the ever-analytical Mr. Spock. ("You've worked out an infallible method for assuring permanent male fidelity. Interesting.")

A Vulcan salute to you, Leonard Nimoy ("Live long and prosper").