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The week’s passages

A roundup of the week’s notable obituaries

Susan Agid, 71, who served as a King County deputy prosecutor, a King County Superior Court judge and a member of the state Court of Appeals with intelligence, toughness and humor, died of lung cancer Jan. 18 at her Seattle home.

The Rev. Milton P. Andrews Jr., 90, who spoke out for civil rights, protested the Vietnam War and angered parishioners and church leaders enough to get bounced out of several Washington parishes and eventually the Methodist Church, died Feb. 14 in Des Moines.

C. Everett Koop, 96, the pediatrician who became by far the best-known and most-influential person to serve as U.S. surgeon general, an enduring, science-based spokesman on issues such as AIDS and the risks of smoking, died Monday in Hanover, N.H.

Van Cliburn, 78, the celebrated pianist who performed worldwide but who is best remembered for winning a 1958 Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow that helped thaw the icy rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union, died of bone cancer Wednesday in Fort Worth, Texas.

Dale Robertson, 89, an Oklahoma native who became a star of television and movie Westerns, such as TV’s “Death Valley Days,” during the genre’s heyday, died of lung cancer and pneumonia Tuesday in La Jolla, Calif.

Bonnie Franklin, 69, whose portrayal of a pert but determined Ann Romano on the television show “One Day at a Time’’ in the 1970s and ’80s spun laughter out of the tribulations of a divorced woman juggling parenting, career, love life and feminist convictions, died Friday in Los Angeles of pancreatic cancer.

Stephane Hessel, 95, the spy for the French Resistance who survived the Nazi death camp at Buchenwald, helped write the U.N.’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights and authored “Time for Outrage,’’ which sold millions of copies across Europe and inspired the Occupy Wall Street movement, died overnight Tuesday in Paris.

Maj. Thomas C. “Tom” Griffin, 96, a B-25 bomber navigator in the audacious Doolittle’s Raid attack on mainland Japan during World War II (he parachuted into China afterward, eluded Japanese capture and returned to action), died Tuesday in a veterans’ home in northern Kentucky.

Bruce Reynolds, 81, the mastermind of the 1963 “Great Train Robbery’’ in Britain that brought its perpetrators cash, incarceration and pop-culture fame, died Thursday in South London after a brief illness.

Matt Mattox, 91, a dancer, choreographer and teacher who helped shape contemporary-jazz dance in the United States and Europe, died Feb. 18 in France.

Rex Scouten, 88, a discreet, efficient and politically savvy federal employee who served 10 commanders in chief, starting as a Secret Service agent for Harry Truman and ending as a White House curator for Bill Clinton in 1997, with a long stint as White House chief usher in the middle, died Feb. 20 in Fairfax, Va., of complications from hip surgery.

Allan Calhamer, 81, who as a Harvard student invented the alliance-building board game “Diplomacy,” which earned loyal fans in the U.S. and elsewhere and is still sold, died Monday in La Grange Park, Ill.

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