Obituaries

 
 

Arthur Finkelstein, shadowy campaign mastermind and GOP operative, dies at 72

By Matt Schudel, The Washington Post on Aug. 21, 2017, at 8:26 a.m.
Finkelstein’s sharp, relentless attack ads helped elect dozens of conservative political candidates in the United States and abroad and made him a kingmaker in Republican circles for decades.

Fadwa Suleiman, Syrian actress who led resistance to Assad regime, dies

By Emily Langer, The Washington Post on Aug. 21, 2017, at 8:24 a.m.
In the Syrian civil war that has taken 400,000 lives since it began in 2011, Suleiman was an eloquent and unrelenting voice of peaceful resistance.
Cast member Jerry Lewis (center) shakes hands with Cannes Film festival general delegate Thierry Fremaux (left) as he arrives on the red carpet with actor Kevin Pollak (right) for the screening of the film "Max Rose" during the 66th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 23, 2013.

Jerry Lewis, comedy king and master of slapstick, dies at 91

By Adam Bernstein, The Washington Post on Aug. 20, 2017, at 2:59 p.m.
Jerry Lewis, the high prince of low-brow comedy on stage and in movies as well as a fundraising powerhouse with his annual Labor Day telethon, died on Sunday of “natural causes” at the age of 91.

Former European weightlifting champion Velichko Cholakov dies at 35

By Reuters on Aug. 20, 2017, at 1:12 p.m.
At 6-foot-6, Cholakov was one of the tallest lifters of all time.
Activist Dick Gregory delivers a speech during a public viewing and funeral for legendary singer James Brown in Augusta, Georgia, Dec. 30, 2006.

Dick Gregory, cutting-edge satirist and uncompromising activist, dies at 84

By T. Rees Shapiro, The Washington Post on Aug. 20, 2017, at 10:53 a.m.
His expert timing and bold humor — often pulled from the day’s headlines — inspired the careers of comedians such as Bill Cosby and Richard Pryor.

Vern Ehlers, nuclear physicist who went to Congress, dies at 83

By Emily Langer, The Washington Post on Aug. 20, 2017, at 8:18 a.m.
The Almanac of American Politics credited the freshman Ehlers with bringing “to House Republicans, then entering their 40th year in the minority, a majority mindset.”

Paul Oliver, scholar who helped spur a blues revival, dies at 90

By Matt Schudel, The Washington Post on Aug. 20, 2017, at 8:17 a.m.
Oliver brought a rare sensitivity to African-American culture and treated the blues with a seriousness previously reserved for classical music and other fine arts.

Visionary engineer and Ford GT40 godfather Roy Lunn dies at 92

By Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press on Aug. 20, 2017, at 8:14 a.m.
Lunn had the unenviable assignment of fulfilling Ford’s goal of trouncing Ferrari’s exotic sports cars at Le Mans in the world’s most glamorous endurance race.

Former Laker and broadcaster Tommy Hawkins dies at 80

By David Wharton, Los Angeles Times on Aug. 18, 2017, at 7:02 a.m.
A fixture on the Southern California sports scene for five decades, the man known as “the Hawk” forged a career in television and radio when his playing days ended.

Bryan Murray, the first coach to lead the Caps to the playoffs, dies at 74

By Matt Bonesteel, The Washington Post on Aug. 14, 2017, at 7:25 a.m.
Murray, who passed away after a lengthy battle with incurable colon cancer, almost immediately turned the Capitals into a constant presence in the Stanley Cup playoffs, leading the team to its first seven postseason appearances.

William Withuhn, the Smithsonian’s transportation curator, dies at 75

By Matt Schudel, The Washington Post on Aug. 13, 2017, at 9:37 a.m.
William Withuhn, a licensed locomotive engineer who, during his 27 years as transportation curator at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, could have been called America’s official train collector, died June 29 at his home in Burson, California. He was 75.

Alan Peckolick, influential designer from Madison Avenue to Hollywood, dies at 76

By Matt Schudel, The Washington Post on Aug. 11, 2017, at 6:32 a.m.
Peckolick became a graphic designer out of desperation, after he was about to be kicked out of his college’s illustration program because of his poor drawing ability.
German-born nun Ruth Pfau attends a press conference at Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre in Karachi, Pakistan, Jan. 25, 2014.

German-born nun devoted to ending leprosy in Pakistan dies aged 87

By Syed Raza Hassan, Reuters on Aug. 11, 2017, at 6:24 a.m.
German-born nun Ruth Pfau, who devoted her life to eradicating leprosy in Pakistan, died on Thursday in the southern city of Karachi, a hospital official said. She was 87.
Former Argentine Agriculture Minister under the 1976-83 military dictatorship, Jorge Zorreguieta, enters an auditorium in a Buenos Aires hotel to attend a business forum, April 6, 2001.

Royal House: Father of Dutch Queen dies of cancer

By Reuters on Aug. 10, 2017, at 6:55 a.m.
Jorge Zorreguieta, the father of the Netherlands’ Argentine-born queen Maxima, has died in Buenos Aires of cancer at age 89, the Royal House said on Wednesday.

Virginia Bouvier, who worked for peace in Colombia, dies at 58

By Bart Barnes, The Washington Post on Aug. 10, 2017, at 6:53 a.m.
Virginia M. Bouvier, the chief of operations in Colombia for the U.S. Institute of Peace who played a vital role in reaching a 2016 peace treaty between rebel guerrillas and the government, died July 29 at a hospital in Washington.

Christian Millau, French food critic who championed nouvelle cuisine, dies at 88

By Harrison Smith, The Washington Post on Aug. 09, 2017, at 7:03 a.m.
Christian Millau, a French editor and food critic who championed the modern cooking style of nouvelle cuisine, a term he coined with writer Henri Gault and enshrined in a popular monthly magazine and series of feisty guide books, died Aug. 5 at 88.
Actress Barbara Cook arrives for the American Theatre Wing's 64th annual Tony Awards ceremony in New York, June 13, 2010.

Barbara Cook, luminous singer of Broadway stage, dies at age 89

By Nelson Pressley, The Washington Post on Aug. 09, 2017, at 6:24 a.m.
Cook’s life and career were marked by extremely sharp reversals.
Recording artist Glen Campbell is photographed at his home in Malibu, California, Aug. 4, 2008.

Glen Campbell, clean-cut country star and crossover hitmaker, dies at 81

By Adam Bernstein, The Washington Post on Aug. 09, 2017, at 6:20 a.m.
Glen Campbell, a guitar prodigy and ballad singer who dominated the polished, string-swelling countrypolitan sound of the late 1960s and 1970s and cultivated a clean-cut image at odds with his once-stormy personal life, died Aug. 8 in Nashville, Tenn.

Suzanne B. ‘Bunkie’ Hopkins, botanist and horticulturist, dies

By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun on Aug. 09, 2017, at 6:17 a.m.
Suzanne B. “Bunkie” Hopkins, a botanist and horticulturist who collected and sold rare plants, died July 27 at the Broadmead retirement community in Cockeysville from complications of a stroke.
Haruo Nakajima, who dressed in a rubber suit to play the original Godzilla, is seen in Tokyo, Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo May 12, 1966.

Actor who wore monster suit to play first Godzilla dies aged 88

By Reuters on Aug. 09, 2017, at 6:11 a.m.
The man who dressed in a rubber suit to play the original Godzilla, crashing through Japanese cities and destroying them with swipes of his massive tail, has died at the age of 88, film company Toho said on Tuesday.