Obituaries

 
 

Doug Coe, spiritual power broker who convened National Prayer Breakfast, dies at 88

By Emily Langer, The Washington Post on Feb. 22, 2017, at 8:05 p.m.
Doug Coe, an influential — if enigmatic — spiritual power broker who melded faith and politics died Feb. 21 at his home in Annapolis, Maryland. He was 88.

Steven Spielberg’s mother, Leah Adler, dies at 97

By Dave McNary, Reuters on Feb. 22, 2017, at 4:32 p.m.
Steven Spielberg’s mother, Leah Adler, known for operating The Milky Way restaurant in Los Angeles, died Tuesday at her Los Angeles home surrounded by her children. She was 97.

Kenneth Arrow, youngest to win Nobel for economics, dies at 95

By Laurence Arnold, Bloomberg on Feb. 22, 2017, at 1:02 p.m.
Kenneth Arrow, whose study of how the various parts of an economy work toward equilibrium won him the Nobel Prize in 1972 and established him as one of the founders of modern economics, has died, The New York Times reported. He was 95.

Omar Abdel Rahman, imprisoned ‘blind sheikh’ linked to terrorist efforts, dies at 78

By Matt Schudel, The Washington Post on Feb. 20, 2017, at 8:42 a.m.
Omar Abdel Rahman, the Egyptian-born “blind sheikh” and spiritual leader who was convicted in 1995 of being a mastermind of terrorist plots against the United States, and who was called the “godfather” of radical Islamist movements, died Feb. 18 at a federal prison in Butner, North Carolina, where he was serving a life sentence. He was 78.

E. Clinton Bamberger Jr., lawyer who won ‘Brady rule’ for criminal defendants, dies at 90

By Emily Langer, The Washington Post on Feb. 20, 2017, at 8:40 a.m.
E. Clinton Bamberger Jr., who as the lawyer for a death row inmate convinced the Supreme Court that prosecutors may not deny exculpatory evidence to a defendant, a seminal ruling in criminal law, died Feb. 12 in Baltimore. He was 90.

Warren Frost, character actor on ‘Seinfeld,’ ‘Twin Peaks,’ dies at 91

By Cynthia Littleton, Reuters on Feb. 20, 2017, at 8:39 a.m.
Warren Frost, the character actor best known for his role as Dr. Will Hayward on “Twin Peaks,” died Friday after a long illness at his home in Middlebury, Vt. He was 91.

Professional wrestler Ivan ‘The Russian Bear’ Koloff dies at 74

By Seth Kelley, Reuters on Feb. 20, 2017, at 8:38 a.m.
The professional wrestler known as the bearded nefarious character “The Russian Bear” Ivan Koloff is dead. He was 74.
Norma McCorvey, the anonymous plaintiff known as Jane Roe in the Supreme Court's landmark 1973 Roe vs. Wade ruling legalizing abortion in the United States, testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee along with Sandra Cano of Atlanta, the "Doe" in the Doe v. Bolton Supreme Court case, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., June 23, 2005.

Norma McCorvey, Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion, dies at 69

By Emily Langer, The Washington Post on Feb. 19, 2017, at 2:10 p.m.
Norma McCorvey, who was 22, unwed, mired in addiction and poverty, and desperate for a way out of an unwanted pregnancy when she became Jane Roe, the pseudonymous plaintiff in the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that established a constitutional right to an abortion, died Feb. 18 at an assisted-living facility in Katy, Texas. She was 69.

Michael Novak, theologian who made a spiritual case for capitalism, dies at 83

By Emily Langer, The Washington Post on Feb. 18, 2017, at 8:27 a.m.
Novak, who spent his formative years in the seminary, was widely recognized as one of the most influential Catholic theologians of his generation.

Robert Michel, longest-serving minority leader in US House, dies at 93

By Bob Levey, The Washington Post on Feb. 18, 2017, at 8:17 a.m.
Former U.S. Rep. Robert H. Michel of Illinois, a conservative Republican and genial politician who served as House minority leader for 14 years — a tenure marked, toward the end, by partisan rancor and intraparty warfare stoked by his firebrand successor, Newt Gingrich — died Feb. 17 at a hospital in Arlington, Virginia. He was 93.
Former professional wrestler George the Animal Steele throws out the first pitch before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park, Sept. 12, 2012.

WWE star George ‘The Animal’ Steele dies at 79

By Seth Kelley, Reuters on Feb. 18, 2017, at 8:15 a.m.
William James Myers, better known by his name in the WWE ring, George “The Animal” Steele, has died, WWE announced Friday morning. He was 79.

Former Patriots CB Myers dies at 38

By The Sports Xchange on Feb. 18, 2017, at 8:15 a.m.
Former NFL cornerback Leonard Myers died Friday after battling cancer. He was 38.

Hal Moore, Army general memorialized in book and film ‘We Were Soldiers,’ dies at 94

By Harrison Smith, The Washington Post on Feb. 13, 2017, at 7:55 p.m.
Musician Al Jarreau performs on stage at the Vienna State Opera House as part of the annual Vienna Jazz Festival in Vienna, Austria on July 5, 2007.

Al Jarreau, seven-time Grammy-winning singer, dies at 76

By Matt Schudel, The Washington Post on Feb. 12, 2017, at 4:41 p.m.
Al Jarreau, a Grammy Award-winning singer whose versatile tenor voice and vibrant stage style blurred the lines between jazz, soul and pop music, died Sunday at a Los Angeles hospital. He was 76.

Nicolai Gedda, ‘electrifying’ Swedish-born operatic tenor, dies at 91

By Matt Schudel, The Washington Post on Feb. 12, 2017, at 1:17 p.m.
Nicolai Gedda, a Swedish-born singer who was one of the most renowned lyric tenors of the 20th century, performing dozens of roles on the world’s leading opera stages, died Jan. 8 in Tolochenaz, Switzerland, where he lived. He was 91.

Tigers, Red Wings owner Ilitch dies at 87

By The Sports Xchange on Feb. 11, 2017, at 11:02 a.m.
Mike Ilitch, who founded the Little Caesars pizza empire before purchasing the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers, died at a local hospital Friday. He was 87.

Peter Mansfield, Nobel laureate who helped develop the MRI machine, dies at 83

By Matt Schudel, The Washington Post on Feb. 11, 2017, at 10:59 a.m.
Dr. Mansfield, who grew up in a London slum and was told by a school guidance counselor that he had no future in science, was a printer’s apprentice before his curiosity and determination led him to a life in science.
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Hans Rosling, the visualization pioneer who made data dance, dies

By Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post on Feb. 08, 2017, at 9:10 a.m.
Rosling’s dramatic rendition of an animated scatterplot on income and life expectancy has been viewed on YouTube more than 7.5 million times. Watch it and try not to get excited about the material.

Richard Hatch, ‘Battlestar Galactica’ star, dies at 71

By Lawrence Yee, Reuters on Feb. 08, 2017, at 6:49 a.m.
Richard Hatch, star of the original “Battlestar Galactica” and the Syfy remake, died on Tuesday after a battle with pancreatic cancer, his manager confirmed to Variety. He was 71.

Leonard Perroots, military intelligence director under Reagan, dies at 83

By Harrison Smith, The Washington Post on Feb. 07, 2017, at 7:44 a.m.
Leonard H. Perroots, an Air Force lieutenant general who directed the Defense Intelligence Agency from 1985 to 1988 and helped oversee efforts to locate Vietnam War servicemen who were still missing in action a decade after the conflict ended, died Jan. 29 at a hospital in Woodbridge, Virginia. He was 83.