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Originally published Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 6:01 AM

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The week's passages

Norbert Untersteiner, 86, a pioneer in polar-science research, chief of a team of scientists who in the late 1950s spent a year stationed...

Norbert Untersteiner, 86, a pioneer in polar-science research, chief of a team of scientists who in the late 1950s spent a year stationed on drifting pack ice in the Arctic, and a member of the University of Washington faculty for 35 years, died March 14 of prostate cancer.

Walter Gallagher, 88, a lifelong Seattle resident and a World War II veteran of the Navy who for nearly six decades was a fixture with his American Legion post at Memorial Day observances at Veterans' Memorial Cemetery in North Seattle, died March 16.

Dorothy Townsend, 88, the first female staff writer for the Los Angeles Times' city section and the lone woman on the team of dozens of reporters, photographers and editors that won a 1966 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Watts riot, died of cancer March 5 in Los Angeles.

Ruby Garrett, 94, who ran the last brothel standing in Butte, Mont., with a reputation for kindness toward her girls, and who also served time behind bars for killing a husband she said abused her and for tax evasion, died in Butte on March 17.

William Charette, 79, a Navy hospital corpsman who received the Medal of Honor during the Korean War for jumping on top of a wounded Marine to protect him from a grenade blast, died last Sunday in Lake Wales, Fla., of heart-surgery complications.

John Payton, 65, a lawyer and civil-rights advocate who as president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund guided it to several major victories before the Supreme Court, died Thursday in Baltimore of multiple myeloma.

Murray Lender, 81, who helped turn his father's small Connecticut bakery into a national company credited for introducing frozen bagels to many Americans, died Wednesday in Miami, Fla., of complications from a fall.

Samuel L. Glazer, 89, co-owner of the company that starting in 1972 revolutionized American mornings with the Mr. Coffee drip coffee maker, died March 12 in Cleveland of leukemia.

Ada Sharpton, 87, mother of civil-rights activist the Rev. Al Sharpton, died Thursday in Dothan, Ala., of Alzheimer's disease.

Lincoln Hall, 56, a mountaineer who was rescued a day after being given up for dead near the summit of Everest in 2006, died Wednesday in Australia. He had mesothelioma, a rare cancer which was attributed to childhood exposure to asbestos.

Mel Parnell, 89, who won more games for the Boston Red Sox than any other left-handed pitcher and who especially endeared himself to Sox fans as a Yankee killer, died of pneumonia Tuesday in New Orleans.

George Tupou V, 63, king of Tonga, who gave up most of his powers to bring a more democratic government to his Pacific island nation, died last Sunday in a Hong Kong hospital. The cause has not been released.

Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, 77, a former warlord who led Somalia's transitional government as president from 2004 to 2008 and was forced to resign as the country sank deeper into chaos, died of pneumonia Friday in Abu Dhabi.

Al Ross, 100, whose droll cartoons appeared in The New Yorker for more than 60 years, died Thursday in the Bronx.

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