Obituaries

 
 

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.

Namibian independence leader imprisoned with Mandela dies at 92

By Emily Langer, Washington Post on June 14, 2017, at 6:45 a.m.
Andimba Toivo ya Toivo, a Namibian independence leader whose struggle against his country’s South African rulers landed him for 16 years in the infamous Robben Island prison, where with his steadfastness he earned the admiration of Nelson Mandela, a fellow inmate, died June 9.

Samuel V. Wilson, Army lieutenant general and spymaster, dies at 93

By Emily Langer, Washington Post on June 13, 2017, at 7:03 a.m.
Samuel V. Wilson, a retired Army lieutenant general who led the Defense Intelligence Agency in the mid-1970s, encouraging intelligence officers to be more “Sherlock Holmes” than “James Bond,” died June 10 at his home in Rice, Virginia. He was 93.
James Stewart, diving officer at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, in a January 1985 file photo.

Jim Stewart, Scripps diver who opened the sea to scientists, dies at 89

By Gary Robbins, The San Diego Union-Tribune on June 11, 2017, at 8:51 a.m.
Stewart helped open the world’s oceans to scientists in the 1950s and 1960s by training them to use some of the first scuba equipment.
Actor Adam West poses for photographers at a ceremony where he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, April 5, 2012.

Adam West, the actor forever known as TV’s Batman, dies at 88

By Matt Schudel, The Washington Post on June 10, 2017, at 12:17 p.m.
Adam West, the actor who played the title role in the kitschy 1960’s “Batman” television series, has died at age 88 after a struggle with leukemia.

Michael A’Hearn, astronomer who put spacecraft on collision course with comet, dies at 76

By Bart Barnes, The Washington Post on June 10, 2017, at 9:46 a.m.
Michael A’Hearn, the chief architect and director of an intentional space collision of a comet and spacecraft to advance the eternal human search for the secrets of the solar system, died May 29 at his home in University Park, Maryland. He was 76.

Glenne Headly, versatile actress who starred in ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,’ dies at 62

By Adam Bernstein, The Washington Post on June 10, 2017, at 9:22 a.m.
Glenne Headly, a versatile stage actress who had a promising start to her Hollywood career in the con-artist comedy “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” and who later worked extensively in television, with appearances in the miniseries “Lonesome Dove” and on shows such as “ER” and “Monk,” died June 8. She was 62.

Angela Brodie, scientist who helped make major advances in breast cancer treatment, dies at 82

By Adam Bernstein, The Washington Post on June 10, 2017, at 9:06 a.m.
Angela Brodie, an English-born scientist whose seminal research into a compound that blocks estrogen production helped generate a new class of drugs to treat breast cancer and was credited with saving thousands of lives, died June 7 at her home in Fulton, Maryland. She was 82.