Obituaries

 
 

Former Rep. Eligio ‘Kika’ de la Garza dies at 89

By Eric Garcia, CQ-Roll Call on March 15, 2017, at 6:16 a.m.
Former Rep. Eligio “Kika” de la Garza died Monday at the age of 89.

Record-breaking marathoner Ed Whitlock dies at 86

By Reuters on March 14, 2017, at 6:33 a.m.
Ed Whitlock, an English-born Canadian runner who became the first septuagenarian to run a marathon in under three hours, died on Monday aged 86.

George Olah, USC scientist who won Nobel Prize in chemistry, dies at 89

By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times on March 14, 2017, at 6:29 a.m.
George Olah, a USC chemist and Nobel laureate who found new ways to study previously imperceptible stages in hydrocarbon-related chemical reactions, has died at his Beverly Hills home at age 89.

Amy Krouse Rosenthal, author of ‘You May Want to Marry My Husband,’ dies at 51

By Gregory Pratt, Chicago Tribune on March 14, 2017, at 6:28 a.m.
Amy Krouse Rosenthal, a Chicago author who wrote a heart-wrenching column called “You May Want to Marry My Husband” while battling ovarian cancer, died Monday at 51.

Robert James Waller, author of best-selling ‘Bridges of Madison County,’ dies at 77

By Matt Schudel, The Washington Post on March 13, 2017, at 6:21 a.m.
Robert James Waller, whose melodramatic novel “The Bridges of Madison County,” about the love affair of a roaming photographer and a lonely Iowa farm wife, died March 10 at his home in Fredericksburg, Texas. He was 77.

Lou Duva, boxing manager who threw punches in and out of the ring, dies at 94

By Matt Schudel, The Washington Post on March 13, 2017, at 6:20 a.m.
Lou Duva, a Hall of Fame boxing manager and trainer who guided more than a dozen fighters to world titles and whose pugnacious personality and promotional savvy made him one of the most colorful figures in his sport, died March 8 at a hospital in Paterson, New Jersey. He was 94.
One of the original members of the music group Sister Sledge',Joni Sledge performs "We Are Family" at the CD launch party for the "We Are Family" CD and DVD All-Star Katrina benefit CD in Los Angeles, Aug. 14, 2006

Joni Sledge, of ‘We Are Family’ group Sister Sledge, dies at 60

By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times on March 12, 2017, at 10:22 a.m.
Joni Sledge, who belonged to the four-sister disco-era group Sister Sledge, best known for its No. 1 hit “We Are Family,” died Friday at her home in Phoenix, a spokeswoman for the group announced. She was 60.

Dr. Fernando Astilla, retired New Orleans obstetrician, dies at 77

By Cathy Hughes, The Advocate on March 10, 2017, at 7:51 a.m.
Dr. Fernando Antonio Esmeralda Astilla, who delivered thousands of babies during more than 25 years as a New Orleans obstetrician, died Monday at his home in Houston, where he had lived six months a year since Hurricane Katrina. He was 77.

Robert Osborne, TCM Host and Film Historian, Dies at 84

By Reuters on March 07, 2017, at 5:59 a.m.
Film historian Robert Osborne, the effervescent primetime host of Turner Classic Movies since the cabler’s inception in 1994, has died. He was 84.

Thomas Starzl, groundbreaking transplant surgeon, dies at 90

By Karen Kane, Anita Srikameswaran and Sean Hamill, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on March 06, 2017, at 6:59 a.m.
Starzl, who performed the world’s first liver transplant, went on to achieve greater success after he joined the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1981 as a professor of surgery.

Ned Garver, star player for one of baseball’s worst teams, dies at 91

By Matt Schudel, The Washington Post on March 05, 2017, at 3:10 p.m.
Ned Garver, who was a standout player on one of baseball’s worst — and most colorful — teams, the old St. Louis Browns, and was the last major-league pitcher to win 20 games in a season for a team that lost 100 games, died Feb. 26 at a hospital in Bryan, Ohio. He was 91.

Rene Preval, two-time president of Haiti, dies at 74

By Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald on March 05, 2017, at 3:09 p.m.
Former Haitian President Rene Preval died March 3, his wife Elisabeth Delatour Preval confirmed to the Miami Herald. He was 74.

David Rubinger, Israeli photographer who captured ‘nation in the making,’ dies at 92

By Emily Langer, The Washington Post on March 05, 2017, at 3:05 p.m.
David Rubinger, a photojournalist whose image of Israeli paratroopers at the freshly captured Western Wall in 1967 came to represent, for many of his countrymen, the spirit of modern Israel, died March 2 in Jerusalem. He was 92.

Tommy Page, singer and music executive, dies at 46

By Seth Kelley, Reuters on March 05, 2017, at 3:04 p.m.
Tommy Page, the pop star-turned-music executive known for the song “I’ll Be Your Everything,” has died. He was 46.

A 95-year-old Holocaust survivor has a roommate – a granddaughter of Nazis

By Colby Itkowitz, The Washington Post on March 03, 2017, at 7:41 a.m.
When the Nazis ripped his family from their home in Poland, Ben Stern survived the ghettos and the concentration camps by never losing faith in human kindness. So now, at the end of his life, the 95-year-old has found an almost perfect antidote to how he was treated by the Nazis: Opening his home to one of their descendants.

Fred Fiske, Washington radio personality for six decades, dies at 96

By Paul Farhi, The Washington Post on March 03, 2017, at 7:38 a.m.
Fred Fiske, who entertained and informed generations of listeners with a gentlemanly personality and a pleasing tenor voice that he parlayed into the longest-running career in Washington radio history, died March 2 at a hospice center in Columbus, Ohio. He was 96.

Aileen Hernandez, former NOW president who fought for women’s and minority rights, dies at 90

By Emily Langer, The Washington Post on March 02, 2017, at 7:14 a.m.
Aileen Hernandez, a founding member and former president of the National Organization for Women who spent decades on the vanguard of the sometimes competing feminist and civil rights movements, died Feb. 13 at a memory-care facility in Tustin, California. She was 90.

Ivor Noel Hume, who dug up the colonial past at Williamsburg, dies at 89

By Matt Schudel, The Washington Post on March 01, 2017, at 8:13 a.m.
Ivor Noel Hume, a would-be British playwright who uncovered some of the most important artifacts of early British settlements in Virginia and who, during his three decades leading archaeological studies in Williamsburg, Virginia, helped redefine his field in the public mind, died Feb. 4 at his Williamsburg home. He was 89.

Sunny Hale, top-ranked polo player of peerless style and audacious speed, dies at 48

By T. Rees Shapiro, The Washington Post on March 01, 2017, at 8:13 a.m.
Sunny Hale, an American polo player whose peerless style and audacious speed made her the country’s top ranked woman in the sport and who was rated among the best athletes of any gender ever to play the game, died Feb. 26 at a hospital in Norman, Oklahoma. She was 48.

Neil Fingleton, ‘Game of Thrones’ giant and former basketball player, dies at 36

By Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times on Feb. 28, 2017, at 5:58 a.m.
Neil Fingleton, one of Britain’s tallest men and an actor who was best known for playing the giant Mag the Mighty on HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” has died.