The week’s passages
A roundup of the week’s notable obituaries
Brewster C. Denny, 88, great-grandson of Seattle’s founders, who after a career as a Navy man, intelligence analyst, diplomat and government adviser then established and directed the graduate school of public affairs at the University of Washington, his alma mater, died of natural causes June 22 at his Seattle home.
Bobby “Blue” Bland, 83, a singer who became one of the most popular, electrifying and influential rhythm-and-blues entertainers in the late 20th century and who modernized the genre by blending elements of traditional blues, gospel and pop balladry, died of congestive heart failure last Sunday in Memphis.
Bob Gilka, 96, who oversaw National Geographic photography for more than two decades and helped establish the magazine as one of the world’s premier sources of photojournalism, died Tuesday in Arlington County, Va.
Marc Rich, 78, a shrewd, swashbuckling oil trader who fled to Switzerland after being indicted on charges of widespread tax evasion, illegal dealings with Iran and other crimes, and who was later pardoned by President Clinton, setting off a whirlwind of criticism, died of a stroke Wednesday in Lucerne, his home for decades.
Richard Matheson, 87, the prolific sci-fi and fantasy writer whose “I Am Legend” and “The Shrinking Man” were transformed into films, died last Sunday in Los Angeles. No other details were provided.
Gary David Goldberg, 68, an Emmy-winning TV producer and writer who created the sitcom “Family Ties,” which made a star of Michael J. Fox, died of a brain tumor June 22 in Montecito, Calif.
William D. Hathaway, 89, a Maine congressman who unseated Margaret Chase Smith in the Senate in 1972 and later used his influence on Capitol Hill to push legislation that opened U.S. military academies to women, died of pulmonary fibrosis Monday in McLean, Va.
Michael Baigent, 65, a writer of fiction and nonfiction who gained attention for a failed lawsuit contending that “The Da Vinci Code” stole ideas from his own book, “The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail,” died of a brain hemorrhage Jun. 17 in Brighton, England.
Alan Myers, 58, the former longtime drummer for the band Devo, best known for “Whip It,” died of brain cancer Monday in Los Angeles.
Jim Hudson, 70, the former New York Jets safety who helped the team to its only Super Bowl title in 1969, died Tuesday in Austin, Texas. The cause was not disclosed.
Bert Stern, 83, a commercial photographer best known for his 1962 images of Marilyn Monroe in what became known as “The Last Sitting,” died Wednesday in Manhattan, after he had been hospitalized and then sent home.
James Martin, 79, a British philanthropist and technology guru who was once the highest-selling author on books about computing, was found dead by a kayaker in waters near his private island in Bermuda. An autopsy is pending; no crime is believed to be involved.
Curtis Tarr, 88, the head of the Selective Service System who oversaw the institution of a lottery for the draft during the Vietnam War (seen as fairer than decisions by local draft boards), died of pneumonia June 21 in Walnut Creek, Calif.
John L. Dotson Jr., 76, one of the nation’s first African-American publishers of a general-circulation daily, The Akron Beacon Journal, who also led it to a Pulitzer Prize, died of lymphoma June 21 in Boulder, Colo.