Aaron Ruben — a writer, producer, and director who worked on shows like Andy Griffith Show and Sanford and Sondied Jan. 30 in Beverly Hills, Calif., from complications of pneumonia. The creator and producer of Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., was 95.

Ruben, who first entered the industry as a writer for radio comedies, also co-wrote the 1969 film The Comic. He also used his power in Hollywood for good — the advocate for troubled children was awarded with the Writers Guild’s Valentine Davies award in 2003 for his volunteer work.