The week’s passages
A roundup of the week’s notable obituaries.
Kip Tokuda, 66, a member of the state Legislature from 1994 to 2002, a former executive director of the Washington Council for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, and an honored activist who mentored civic and political leaders in Seattle’s Asian-American community, died of a heart attack July 13 while fishing on South Whidbey Island.
Kenneth L. Coskey, 83, a retired Navy captain and aircraft pilot who was shot down over North Vietnam and endured five years as a prisoner of war, died of Alzheimer’s disease June 29 in McLean, Va.
Sidney Berry, 87, a retired lieutenant general and a highly decorated Army combat veteran of the Vietnam and Korean wars who led the U.S. Military Academy when women were first admitted to West Point, and during a major cheating scandal in 1976, died of Parkinson’s disease on July 1 outside Philadelphia.
Eugene Wilkinson, 94, a retired vice admiral who helped guide the early development of the Navy’s nuclear-powered fleet and commanded the Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine, in the 1950s, died July 11 in Del Mar, Calif.
Cory Monteith, 31, who played a student and singing coach on the hit Fox musical comedy series “Glee,” but battled substance abuse, was found dead July 13 of an overdose of heroin and alcohol in a hotel room in Vancouver, B.C.
Nadezhda Popova, 91, a volunteer who flew 852 nighttime missions in plywood and canvas biplanes and rose to become deputy commander of the 588th Night Bombers, the all-woman Russian regiment that targeted German invaders in World War II, died July 8 in Moscow.
Marc Simont, 97, a Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator whose work adorned some of the most celebrated titles in children’s literature, died July 13 in Cornwall, Conn.
Laurie Frink, 61, an accomplished trumpeter who became a brass instructor of widespread influence and high regard, died of bile-duct cancer July 13 in Manhattan.
Bill Warner, 44, who was trying to beat his own land-speed record on a conventional motorcycle (311.945 mph), veered off the track going 285 mph or more Sunday in Limestone, Maine, and died in a hospital a short time later.
Herbert Allison Jr., 69, the former president of investment bank Merrill Lynch who was selected to run mortgage giant Fannie Mae after it was seized by the federal government in the financial crisis, then helped oversee the government’s rescue of the financial system, the Troubled Asset Relief Program, died of an apparent heart attack last Sunday in Westport, Conn.
Leonard Garment, 89, a top-shelf Washington lawyer whose most famous client was President Richard Nixon at the peak of the Watergate scandal, died July 13 in New York City. No cause of death was given.
James Lewis Carter “T-Model” Ford, a hard-living blues singer who taught himself to play guitar when he was 58 years old and his fifth wife had left him, died of respiratory failure Tuesday in Greenville, Miss. His age was quoted by the coroner as 89 and by a longtime friend as 93.