The week’s passages
A roundup of the week’s notable obituaries, Sept. 8-14.
Zelmo Beaty, 73, a star center in the NBA who left the league to play for its upstart competitor, the ABA, where he immediately took the previously mediocre Utah Stars to victory in the 1971 championship series in his first season, died of cancer Aug. 27 at his home in Bellevue. He spent many years working as a substitute physical-education teacher for elementary schools in Seattle.
Ray Dolby, 80, an audio pioneer, American inventor and founder of Dolby Laboratories — an industry leader of audio technologies still used in music, movies and entertainment — died Thursday in San Francisco. He had Alzheimer’s disease and leukemia. He was a native of Portland.
Robert R. Taylor, 77, the entrepreneur who took soap out of soap dishes, put it in pump bottles and forever changed the way people wash up by creating and marketing Softsoap, died of cancer Aug. 29 in Newport Beach, Calif.
Cal Worthington, 92, the Stetson-sporting California car dealer who became one of the best-known salesmen in America with his unceasing television commercials beckoning drivers to “go see Cal, go see Cal, go see Cal,” died Sept. 8 in Orland, Calif.
E. Clay Shaw Jr., 74, a Florida Republican who served 26 years in the U.S. House and sponsored measures that promoted welfare reform, environmental restoration and a registry of missing children, died of lung cancer Sept. 10 in Fort Lauderdale.
Salustiano Sanchez-Blazquez, 112, the former musician and coal miner recognized as the world’s oldest man, died Friday in Grand Island, N.Y.
Don Nelson, 86, a screenwriter, film producer and jazz musician who co-wrote scripts for “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” — the classic 1952-66 television series centered on his brother Ozzie’s family — as well as for more than two dozen other films and TV series, died of an aortic aneurysm Tuesday in Studio City, Calif.
Demetrius Newton, 85, a civil-rights attorney who represented icons such as Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. and also was the first black person to serve as speaker pro tem of the Alabama House, died Wednesday in Birmingham after a long illness.
William C. Campbell, 90, a champion of golf’s amateur era who later led his sport’s two most prestigious governing organizations, the United States Golf Association and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, Scotland, died Aug. 30 in Lewisburg, W.Va.
Sunila Abeysekera, 61, a prominent advocate of human rights and economic justice who sought to bring the world’s attention to myriad acts of violence in her country, Sri Lanka, despite threats against her own life, died of cancer Monday in Colombo, the capital.