The week’s passages
A roundup of the week’s notable obituaries
Kenneth F. Holtby, 90, who before retiring as Boeing’s top technical engineer in 1987 was a key designer on aircraft that revolutionized the airline industry and general manager on three successive jets — the 747, 757 and 767 — died March 27.
Tom Huff, 80, of Gig Harbor, a Sears executive who became a state budget architect as a Republican in the state House from 1995 to 2000 and who more recently helped redraw the state’s political boundaries while on the Redistricting Commission, died last Sunday. He had pulmonary fibrosis.
George Weyerhaeuser Jr., 59, scion of the family that founded the Federal Way-based timber-products company that bears his name and a Tacoma civic and business leader in his own right, suffered a fatal heart attack last Sunday on his boat on Commencement Bay.
Pat Summerall, 82, the broadcaster who called 16 Super Bowls and was also the leading voice of the Masters and the U.S. Open tennis tournament, died of cardiac arrest Tuesday in Dallas.
Sal Castro, 79, a social-studies teacher who played a leading role in 1960s Chicano student walkouts to demand better education, died of thyroid cancer Monday in Los Angeles.
Bob Perry, 80, a homebuilder who became one of the largest Republican campaign donors in Texas and eventually the nation, gaining notoriety in 2004 as the top contributor to the ”Swift Boat’’ ad campaign attacking John Kerry, the Democratic presidential nominee, died in his sleep April 13 in Nassau Bay, Texas.
Hilary Koprowski, 96, a virologist who in 1950 became the first to prove it was possible to vaccinate against polio, died April 11 in suburban Philadelphia.
Frank Bank, 71, who played the sweet teenage nitwit Lumpy Rutherford on the 1950s-’60s hit sitcom “Leave It to Beaver,’’ died April 13 in Los Angeles. No cause was given.
George Beverly Shea, 104, a Grammy-winning gospel singer and songwriter who was a featured part of the Billy Graham crusades for more than 50 years, died Tuesday in Asheville, N.C.
John Galardi, 75, of Newport Beach, Calif., who built a fast-food empire with the Wienerschnitzel chain, where diners top hot dogs with chili, died April 13. He had pancreatic cancer.
Ali Kafi, 84, a leader in Algeria’s struggle for independence from France and then an ambassador, who was called from retirement to lead the country for two years after the 1992 military coup that launched a civil war with Islamic extremists, died Tuesday in Geneva of an undisclosed illness.
Carl Williams, 53, a heavyweight champion who built a reputation for climbing into the ring with the best fighters of his era, including Larry Holmes and Mike Tyson, died of throat cancer April 7 in Valhalla, N.Y.
Robert Byrne, 84, an international grandmaster, U.S. chess champion and chess columnist for The New York Times, died of Parkinson’s disease April 12 in Ossining, N.Y.
Nathan Azrin, 82, a behavioral psychologist whose practice, teaching and books affected a wide spectrum of human experience — from potty training to employee supervision to mental hospitalization — died of cancer March 29 in Pompano Beach, Fla.
Storm Thorgerson, 69, the English graphic designer whose eye-popping album art for Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin encapsulated the spirit of 1970s psychedelia, died Thursday of an undisclosed illness.