Obituaries

 
 

Simone Veil, French Holocaust survivor and stateswoman, dies at 89

By Emily Langer, The Washington Post on July 02, 2017, at 10:12 a.m.
Simone Veil, a French survivor of the Holocaust who became one of her country’s most influential stateswomen, shepherding the 1975 law that allowed abortion in France, pushing prison reform and other social causes, and promoting continental unity as the first female president of the European Parliament, died June 30. She was 89.

Loren Janes, prolific Hollywood stuntman who jumped from cliffs, trains and speeding cars, dies at 85

By Steve Marble, Los Angeles Times on July 02, 2017, at 9:55 a.m.
In a career that spanned decades and with a resume that included westerns, thrillers, comedies, dramas and science fiction, Janes was the person the studio could count on when the script called for someone to be thrown from a window, dropped into the ocean or shot dead outside a saloon.
British author and creator of the Paddington Bear character, Michael Bond, arrives for the world film premiere of "Paddington" at Leicester Square in central London, Nov. 23, 2014.

Paddington Bear creator Michael Bond dies aged 91

By Paul Sandle, Reuters on June 29, 2017, at 6:58 a.m.
Michael Bond, the British creator of Paddington Bear, a marmalade sandwich-loving refugee from Peru who entertained generations of children with his exploits in London, died on Tuesday aged 91 after a short illness.

Alain Senderens, world-renowned French chef who fed the less formal gourmand, dies at 77

By Emily Langer, The Washington Post on June 28, 2017, at 11:42 a.m.
Alain Senderens, a world-renowned French chef who helped transform his nation’s cuisine twice, first by popularizing the light, seasonal tastes of nouvelle cuisine in the 1960s, and again in recent years when he forfeited a three-star Michelin rating to feed the less formal gourmand, died June 25. He was 77.

Margaux Fragoso, author of searing memoir of childhood sexual abuse, dies at 38

By Matt Schudel, The Washington Post on June 28, 2017, at 9:45 a.m.
Margaux Fragoso, the author of a controversial memoir that provided an intimate and often disturbing look at her 15-year involvement with a pedophile starting when she was 7, died June 23 at a hospital in Mandeville, Louisiana. She was 38.
Former president of Botswana Ketumile Masire, speaks to the media at a news conference in Nairobi, Kenya, May 16, 2000.

Ketumile Masire, Botswana president known as model leader of model African nation, dies at 91

By Emily Langer, The Washington Post on June 25, 2017, at 9:36 a.m.
Masire, a cattle herder turned statesman who, as president of Botswana from 1980 to 1998, helped solidify his country’s standing as one of the most richly thriving nations in Africa.

NBC’s NY television reporter Gabe Pressman dies at 93

By Gabriella Borter, Reuters on June 24, 2017, at 8:26 a.m.
Gabe Pressman, a veteran reporter for NBC’s New York television affiliate and a pioneer of broadcast journalism who worked in the medium for more than 60 years, died at the age of 93, WNBC said on Friday.

Yuri Drozdov, Soviet spymaster who planted agents across the West, dies at 91

By Harrison Smith, The Washington Post on June 22, 2017, at 9:24 a.m.
The Foreign Intelligence Service, a KGB successor agency known as the SVR, announced his death but did not provide additional details.
Rapper Prodigy (C) of the group "Mobb Deep" performs during the J.A.M. Awards concert to benefit the late hip hop icon Jam Master Jay's Foundation for Music in New York, Nov. 29, 2007.

Prodigy, one half of New York rapper duo Mobb Deep, dies at 42

By Reuters on June 21, 2017, at 6:46 a.m.
Prodigy, one half of New York rapper duo Mobb Deep, died on Tuesday days after being hospitalized for complications related to sickle cell anemia, his publicist said. He was 42.

Carla Fendi, face of famous Italian luxury brand, dies at 79

By Philip Pullella, Reuters on June 21, 2017, at 6:38 a.m.
Carla Fendi, one of the five Italian sisters who transformed their parents’ small leather workshop into an international luxury fashion powerhouse, has died at the age of 79, the family said on Tuesday.

Robert Leiken, political scientist whose scholarship bucked party lines, dies at 78

By Harrison Smith, The Washington Post on June 21, 2017, at 6:37 a.m.
Robert S. Leiken, a prominent political scientist whose scholarship shaped the national debate and policy decisions on the Nicaraguan Contra war of the 1980s, died June 7 at a hospital in Boston. He was 78.

Tony DiCicco, who coached US women’s soccer team to 1999 World Cup title, dies at 68

By Matt Bonesteel, The Washington Post on June 21, 2017, at 6:37 a.m.
DiCicco was lauded by his players for tailoring his coaching style toward women, making sure his players with children were getting enough family time and cognizant of the relationships that needed to be built between him and his players.

Philip Gossett, musical sleuth who revived forgotten operas, dies at 75

By Emily Langer, The Washington Post on June 18, 2017, at 9:21 a.m.
Philip Gossett, a musical sleuth who combed European libraries to recover, reassemble and revive forgotten works of the 19th-century masters Rossini and Verdi, a labor that allowed modern-day listeners to experience music unheard for a century or more, died June 13 at his home in Chicago. He was 75.

Arthur Jackson, Medal of Honor recipient for WWII ‘one-man assault’ at Peleliu, dies at 92

By Adam Bernstein, The Washington Post on June 18, 2017, at 9:04 a.m.
Arthur J. Jackson, who received the Medal of Honor for killing 50 Japanese soldiers and silencing a dozen enemy pillboxes during the battle of Peleliu, and almost two decades later was forced out of the service after covering up his slaying of an alleged Cuban spy, died June 14 in Boise, Idaho. He was 92.

Patricia Knatchbull, prince’s cousin injured in 1979 IRA bomb attack, dies at 93

By Adrian Higgins, The Washington Post on June 18, 2017, at 8:49 a.m.
Patricia Knatchbull, a cousin of Prince Philip who survived an Irish Republican Army bombing that killed her father and teenage son, died June 13 at her home in southeast England. She was 93.

Martin Wolfe, doctor specializing in tropical and travel medicine, dies at 82

By Matt Schudel, The Washington Post on June 18, 2017, at 8:39 a.m.
Martin S. Wolfe, a tropical disease specialist who founded one of the country’s first medical practices devoted to ailments incurred in travel and who, in the 1970s, accompanied Henry Kissinger as his personal physician, died June 15 at his home on Block Island, Rhode Island. He was 82.

Stephen Furst, who played Flounder in ‘Animal House,’ dies at 63

By Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times on June 18, 2017, at 8:34 a.m.
Stephen Furst, best known for his role as the hapless Delta House fraternity pledge Kent “Flounder” Dorfman in the landmark comedy “National Lampoon’s Animal House,” has died. He was 63.
FILE PHOTO: Ernestina Herrera de Noble, head of Argentinian daily Clarin, is presented with her award for publishing achievement in Paris May 31. REUTERS/File Photo

Herrera de Noble, publisher of Argentine paper Clarin, dies at 92

By Reuters on June 15, 2017, at 6:39 a.m.
Ernestina Herrera de Noble, publisher of Argentina’s most widely circulated newspaper and one of the country’s wealthiest women, died in Buenos Aires.

Anita Pallenberg, Keith Richards’ former girlfriend and muse to the Rolling Stones, dies at 73

By George Varga, The San Diego Union-Tribune on June 15, 2017, at 6:38 a.m.
Anita Pallenberg, the former girlfriend of Keith Richards and Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones, and — briefly — a paramour of Mick Jagger, died Tuesday at 73.

Armstrong-era UCI chief Verbruggen dies at 75

By Reuters on June 15, 2017, at 6:35 a.m.
The former president of the international cycling union (UCI), Hein Verbruggen, who was in charge during the reign of disgraced doping offender Lance Armstrong and spearheaded preparations for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, has died aged 75.