The week’s passages
A roundup of the week’s notable obituaries
Mike Dunham, 69, who grew up in Walla Walla, worked in oil and insurance in the Seattle area and then became a co-owner of Dunham Cellars, in Walla Walla, died May 18 after a four-year battle with renal cell carcinoma, a form of kidney cancer.
Will Parry, 93, a Puget Sound-area labor activist and writer whose commitment to working people and social justice made him an inspiration to generations of progressive leaders, died May 13 in Seattle.
Vernon McGarity, 91, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for braving enemy gunfire to rescue wounded soldiers and destroy German weapons despite being wounded in the Battle of the Bulge in World War II, died Tuesday in Memphis, Tenn.
Ray Manzarek, 74, a founding member of the 1960s rock group The Doors whose versatile and often haunting keyboards helped set the mood for some of rock’s most enduring songs, died Monday in Rosenheim, Germany. He had bile-duct cancer.
Zach Sobiech, 18, a high-school student with bone cancer who, when he learned he didn’t have much longer to live, wrote a farewell song, “Clouds,’’ which became a YouTube sensation, died Monday at his home in Lakeland, Minn.
Wayne F. Miller, 94, a photographer who created a groundbreaking series of portraits chronicling the lives of black Americans in Chicago after serving with an elite Navy unit that produced some of the most indelible combat images of World War II and the devastation of Hiroshima, died Wednesday in Orinda, Calif.
Haynes Johnson, 81, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, television commentator and author known in particular for his long association with The Washington Post, died of a heart attack Friday in Bethesda, Md.
Bernard Waber, 91, a children’s-book author and illustrator whose most famous creation was a rope-skipping, ice-skating Manhattanite named Lyle who happened to be a crocodile, died Thursday in Baldwin, N.Y.
Heinrich Rohrer, 79, who shared the 1986 Nobel Prize in Physics for inventing a microscope that made it possible to see individual atoms and move them around, an achievement that led to vastly faster computing and greatly advanced molecular biology, died of natural causes Thursday in Wollerau, Switzerland.
Boruch Spiegel, 93, one of the last surviving fighters of the Warsaw ghetto uprising of 1943, in which a vastly outgunned band of 750 young Jews held off German soldiers for more than a month with crude arms and Molotov cocktails, died May 9 in Montreal.
Flynn Robinson, 72, a sharpshooting guard who came off the bench to add scoring punch for one of the greatest teams in NBA history, the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers, died Thursday in L.A. of multiple myeloma.
Georges Moustaki, 79, an Egyptian-born composer, singer and poet who wrote songs for Edith Piaf and other French stars, died Wednesday in Nice, France, after a long illness.