The week’s passages
A roundup of the week’s notable obituaries
Douglas Beighle, 80, who enjoyed two Seattle-area careers — as a lawyer and then an executive at Boeing — and who supported the arts and volunteered with local and global philanthropies, died Feb. 3 of natural causes while traveling in Myanmar as an ambassador for Partners Asia, a nonprofit that connects community leaders with global resources.
Vernon Robert Pearson, 89, a former Washington Supreme Court chief justice who retired in 1989 to live in Gig Harbor, died Feb. 4 of hip-surgery complications while suffering with heart disease.
Rabbi David Hartman, 81, one of the world’s leading Jewish philosophers and a promoter of both Jewish pluralism and interfaith dialogue, died last Sunday in Jerusalem after a long illness.
Zhuang Zedong, 72, three-time world table-tennis champion and a key figure in the groundbreaking “pingpong diplomacy’’ between China and the United States (he spoke to an American competitor and gave him a gift in 1971, during Cold War rivalry between the nations), died of cancer last Sunday.
Nevin S. Scrimshaw, 95, a nutritionist who improved the health of millions of children in developing countries by creating low-cost, vegetable-based foods for weaning infants, died Feb. 8 in Plymouth, N.H.
Charlie Morgan, 48, a chief warrant officer in the New Hampshire Army National Guard who fought to repeal the federal law barring her wife from receiving benefits to help care for their daughter, died of breast cancer last Sunday in Dover, N.H.
Donald Byrd, 80 a jazz trumpeter and bandleader who collaborated on dozens of albums with top artists and later enjoyed success with hit jazz-funk fusion records, died Feb. 4 in Dover, Del. No cause was given.
Ronald Dworkin, 81, one of the most-quoted legal scholars in the United States, and also an expert on British law, who argued that law should be founded on moral integrity, died of leukemia Thursday in London.
Keiko Fukuda, 99, who learned judo from its inventor and went on to become an instructor and the sport’s highest-ranked woman, died Feb. 9 in San Francisco.
Jake McNiece, 93, one of the last surviving members of the Filthy 13, who parachuted behind German lines just ahead of the D-Day invasion to destroy Nazi supply lines and escape routes (the movie “The Dirty Dozen” bore similar plot lines), died Jan. 21 in Chatham, Ill.
Rick Huxley, 72, the British bass player who was one of the founding members of the Dave Clark Five, died Monday. He had emphysema.
Alfred Fiandaca, 72, a U.S. fashion designer whose clients included Audrey Hepburn, Julie Andrews, and Ann Romney during her husband’s campaign, died of a cerebral hemorrhage Feb. 9 in West Palm Beach, Fla.
Shadow Morton, 71, a songwriter and producer of hit songs, including “Leader of the Pack,’’ who was almost single-handedly responsible for the wild success of the Shangri-Las, died of cancer Thursday in Laguna Beach, Calif.
Richard Collins, 98, a screenwriter who was blacklisted for several years before he cooperated with the Communist-hunting House Un-American Activities Committee, died Thursday in Ventura, Calif.