The week’s passages
A summary of the week’s notable obituaries
Hugo Chávez, 58, the 14-year president of Venezuela who waged continual battle for his socialist ideals, bedeviled the United States and outsmarted his rivals time and again while using Venezuela’s vast oil wealth to his political advantage, died of cancer Tuesday in Caracas.
Donald Glaser, 86, the Nobel Prize-winning scientist whose bubble chamber allowed scientists to track elementary particles as they moved through liquid, died Feb. 28 in Berkeley, Calif.
Dirk Coetzee, 57, a former commander of an apartheid-era police unit that killed South African black activists, who then confessed and switched sides, died of kidney failure Wednesday in Pretoria.
Bobby Rogers, 73, a founding member of Motown group The Miracles and a songwriting collaborator with Smokey Robinson, died of diabetes complications last Sunday in Southfield, Mich.
“Stompin’ ” Tom Connors, 77, a country-folk singer who was one of Canada’s biggest cultural icons, died Wednesday of natural causes in Peterborough, Ontario.
Mohammad Mashayekhi, 99, an Iranian educator and university president who was active in efforts to democratize his country’s school system in the years before the Islamic revolution, died Feb. 14 in Washington, D.C.
Alvin Lee, 68, the British rock guitarist and founder of the band Ten Years After who burst to stardom in 1969 with a memorable Woodstock performance, died Wednesday in Spain, from complications following surgery.
Roy Brown Jr., 96, a Ford car designer whose signature creation, the ill-fated Edsel, became a synonym for bold, bad ideas, died Feb. 24 in Michigan.
Mary Ellen Moore-Richard, 58, who was a member of the American Indian Movement during its militant actions of the 1970s and who, as Mary Crow Dog, wrote a well-received memoir, “Lakota Woman,’’ died Feb. 14 in Crystal Lake, Nev. No cause of death was announced.
Robert McDaniel, 88, a retired Army colonel, aeronautical engineer and much-decorated combat helicopter pilot who in the Pentagon led an unsuccessful campaign against the Comanche, a costly helicopter project that he denounced as “flawed beyond recovery,” died of cardiac arrest Feb. 9 in Alexandria, Va. The program ended years later, with no Comanche ever taking flight.
Claude King, 90, a country singer-songwriter and an original member of the Louisiana Hayride, the Saturday-night show where Elvis Presley got his start, died Thursday in Shreveport, La.
Nancy Cooke de Herrera, 90, who studied Transcendental Meditation alongside the Beatles in India and then taught it in her Beverly Hills, Calif., home to celebrities, among others, died Feb. 28.