The week’s passages
A roundup of the week’s notable obituaries
Sgt. 1st Class James Grissom, 31, originally from Hayward, Calif., and assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, died at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany March 21 of wounds from an enemy attack earlier in the month in Paktika province, Afghanistan.
Deke Richards, 68, born Dennis Lussier, the leader of the Motown songwriting and producing team responsible for some of the Jackson 5’s biggest hits, died of esophageal cancer last Sunday in Bellingham.
James M. Nabrit III, 80, a civil-rights lawyer who fought school segregation before the Supreme Court and helped ensure that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., was allowed to go forward, died of lung cancer March 22 in Bethesda, Md.
Anthony Lewis, 85, reporter, columnist and author, an indefatigable champion of civil liberties who became known during his decades with The New York Times for his Supreme Court coverage, and was twice a recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, died of renal and heart failure Monday in Cambridge, Mass.
Bebo Valdes, 94, a pianist, arranger and composer who was a musical lightning rod in Havana during the evolution of the mambo and a million-selling success during the last two decades of his life, died March 22, in Stockholm, Sweden, his primary home since 1963.
Virgil “Fire” Trucks, 95, who threw two no-hitters for the Detroit Tigers in the 1952 Major League Baseball season, died March 23 in Calera, Ala.
Harlon Hill, 80, remembered as the personification of an unheralded collegian who becomes a pro football star who helped propel the Bears to the NFL championship game in 1956 — died of lung disease Thursday in Florence, Ala.
Richard Griffiths, 65, one of the great British stage actors of his generation who for millions of movie fans will always be grumpy Uncle Vernon of the “Harry Potter’’ movies, died of heart-surgery complications Thursday in Coventry, England.
Don Payne, 48, an Emmy-winning writer and producer for “The Simpsons’’ who also wrote the hit movie, “Thor,’’ died Tuesday in Los Angeles of bone cancer.
Fay Kanin, 95, an Emmy Award-winning and Oscar-nominated screenwriter and former president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, died Wednesday in Santa Monica, Calif.
Margaret “Maggie” Wimsatt, 95, a planner and organizer of high-profile social events for the rich, the powerful, the well-connected and the well-known of the nation’s capital (she saved one party by fixing it before the guest of honor could be seated alongside both his ex-wife and ex-girlfriend), died March 13 in Rockville, Md.
Gordon Stoker, 88, who led the Jordanaires vocal group that backed Elvis Presley, died Wednesday in Brentwood, Tenn., after a lengthy illness.
Lori March, 90, the actress who reigned as the matriarch of the long-running daytime-television drama “The Secret Storm” for 13 years, died March 19 in Redding, Conn.