The week’s passages
A roundup of the week’s notable obituaries
Marv Harshman, 95, who spent 40 years coaching college basketball in Washington — at Pacific Lutheran, WSU and his final 14 years at the University of Washington — and was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1985, died Friday in Tacoma.
Frosty Westering, 85, who retired from football coaching with 305 career victories, led Pacific Lutheran to four national championships and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, died of congestive heart failure Friday.
Clayton Corzatte, 86, a veteran actor who graced many local stages — often with his wife, Susan Corzatte — and performed at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in a long career that included a Tony Award nomination, died April 6 after a two-year battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was 86.
Margaret Thatcher, 87, the first woman prime minister of Britain, who in 11 years in power transformed the political and economic landscape through a conservative free-market revolution bearing her name, Thatcherism, and who led Britain to victory in the Falklands war, died Monday after a stroke.
Jonathan Winters, 87, the cherub-faced comedian whose breakneck improvisations and misfit characters inspired the likes of Robin Williams and Jim Carrey, died Thursday in Montecito, Calif., of natural causes.
Annette Funicello, 70, the child star of TV’s “The Mickey Mouse Club’’ in the 1950s who teamed up with Frankie Avalon in the ’60s in a string of frothy beach movies, died Monday in Bakersfield, Calif., of complications of multiple sclerosis.
Elder Eldred G. Smith, 106, the oldest Mormon church general authority and oldest known Utahn, died April 4.
Robert Edwards, 87, a Nobel laureate from Britain whose in vitro fertilization research led to the first “test-tube baby” and has since brought millions of people into the world, died in his sleep Wednesday at his home just outside Cambridge.
Maria Tallchief, 88, a daughter of an Oklahoma oil family who grew up on an Indian reservation, made her way to New York and became one of the most brilliant American ballerinas of the 20th century, died Thursday in Chicago.
Lilly Pulitzer, 81, the socialite and accidental fashion designer who dreamed up the Lilly, the raucously colored, simply cut, printed frock that since the 1960s has filled the closets of women who live or wish to live in an eternal summertime, died April 7 in Palm Beach, Fla. The cause was not disclosed.
Besedka Johnson, 87, who became an actress at age 85 and won praise for her first and only role, in the movie “Starlet,’’ died April 4 in Glendale, Calif., of complications following surgery for a bacterial infection.
Andy Johns, 62, a sound engineer and producer who worked with Led Zeppelin, Van Halen and the Rolling Stones, and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, died April 7 in Los Angeles after treatment for complications from a stomach ulcer.
Ed Fisher, 86, whose culturally savvy cartoons were featured in The New Yorker for nearly 50 years, died April 3 in Canaan, Conn. He had Alzheimer’s disease.
Patricia McCormick, 85, the first woman in North America to be a professional bullfighter, receiving top billing from Mexico to South America in the 1950s and ’60s but never making it past apprenticeship rank — bullfighting’s glass ceiling — died March 26 in Del Rio, Texas.