Others who were part of Star Trek from the beginning also died in 2015 and sadly will not be part of the anniversary year. George Clayton Johnson wrote "The Man Trap," the first episode to air--marking the exact anniversary date of September 8, 1966. Cinematographer Howard A. Anderson, Jr. ran the Anderson Company, the lead special effects house for TOS, beginning with the first pilot, "The Cage."
Bruce Hyde appeared as Lt. Kevin Riley in two early TOS episodes, and was one of the few previously introduced characters (in gold shirts, at least) to be killed--he was murdered in "The Conscience of the King." Hyde later went against type to have a distinguished academic career as a professor of communications.
Also appearing in "The Conscience of the King"was David-Troy, who had studied acting with Leonard Nimoy.
Others from TOS include writer Don Mankiewicz ("Court Martial") actor Carolynne Barry ("Arena"), actor Gregg Palmer ("Spectre of the Gun") and stunt player Eddie Hice ("Day of the Dove," "Wink of An Eye").
In 2015 Star Trek: The Next Generation lost actor Theodore Bikel, who played Worf's father, and Rusty McClennon, who served as Michael Dorn's stunt double as Worf.
Penny Juday was art department coordinator for Star Trek features from Star Trek VI through Star Trek: Nemesis. She had cameos in "Generations" and "Insurrection," and as a dedicated archivist she was also a fan favorite.
The only television science fiction saga to rival Star Trek in longevity is the British series Doctor Who. In 2015 it lost Anthony Read, who was its script editor in the classic Tom Baker period of the late 70s. He supervised the season-long Key of Time episodes (with Mary Tamm as the female Time Lord Romana) and he welcomed a young writer to Doctor Who named Douglas Adams, who juggled some of the best classic Who episodes with his other project, A Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
In 2015 the series also lost actor Kenneth Gilbert (one of many actors on Doctor Who--usually playing villains--who also played classical parts with the Royal Shakespeare Company) as well as actors Rex Robinson, Clifford Earl, David McAlister, Hugh Walters, stunt players Derek Ware and Richard Bonehill, and director Fiona Cummings.
had a career as a producer and playwright. In 1952, the same year he began acting in the Superman series, he appeared in the film Kid Monk Baroni, which starred Leonard Nimoy.
May they rest in peace. Their work lives on, into the future.