The week’s passages
A roundup of the week’s notable obituaries
Bill Johnson, 69, a Seattle native and Ballard High graduate who served as president of the Machinists union at Boeing from 1992 to 2000 — leading the Machinists through their second-longest strike, helping increase diversity in union staff and creating a member-volunteer program for charitable works — died of cancer at his Seattle home March 8.
Richard McIver, 71, long the only African American on the Seattle City Council when he served from 1997 through 2009, and an advocate for Rainier Valley and underdeveloped parts of the city, died March 9 at Swedish Medical Center. He had been hospitalized recently for low blood pressure.
Ieng Sary, 87, who co-founded the communist Khmer Rouge regime responsible for the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million Cambodians in the 1970s, and who decades later became one of its few leaders to be put on trial, died of cardiac failure Thursday in Phnom Penh, before his case could be finished.
Ewald-Heinrich von Kleist, 90, the last-known surviving conspirator of Operation Valkyrie, the 1944 assassination plot that failed to kill Adolf Hitler but became a celebrated episode of German resistance during World War II, died March 8 in Munich.
Mildred Dalton Manning, 98, an Army nurse who was held captive for almost three years in the Philippines and who was the last known female military prisoner of war from World War II, died March 8 in Hopewell, N.J.
Jack Curran, 82, the basketball and baseball coaching great from New York City’s Archbishop Molloy High School who amassed enviable records and coached many future Olympians and pro athletes, died Thursday. He had lung and kidney problems.
Virginia “Ginny’’ Hill Wood, 95, a leading Alaska environmentalist who led a life of adventure beginning at a young age leading horseback trips in her native Washington state, bicycling through prewar Europe in 1938, serving as a WASP pilot during World War II, building Camp Denali and leading wilderness treks, died Friday in Fairbanks.
John J. Byrne, 80, who became an insurance-industry legend by saving Geico from the brink of bankruptcy in the 1970s and averting widespread financial damage, died of cancer Thursday in Etna, N.H.
Sybil Christopher, 83, a theater producer and nightclub founder and the wife whom Richard Burton left to marry Elizabeth Taylor, died March 7 in New York City.
Dorothy Atwood DeBolt, 89, who with her husband raised 20 children — 14 adopted, many of whom had physical or emotional disabilities — died Feb. 24 of cardiac arrest in El Cajon, Calif. The couple founded a nonprofit adoption agency for special-needs children.
Lilian Craig, 97, who carried on a live-in relationship with Sweden’s Prince Bertil for more than three decades because he was unable to marry a commoner, then married him and became Princess Lilian when she was 61, died last Sunday.
Ian M. Ross, 85, who helped perfect the transistor and then went on to lead Bell Laboratories, the legendary fount of technological marvels and Nobel Prize winners, died of pneumonia March 10 in New Smyrna Beach, Fla.
Cartha D. “Deke” DeLoach, 92, who as a top aide and confidant to J. Edgar Hoover was the FBI’s liaison to the White House and a powerful intermediary between Hoover and President Lyndon Johnson during an especially tense political era, died Wednesday on Hilton Head Island, S.C.