The week’s passages
A roundup of notable obituaries for the week ending Oct. 12.
1st Lt. Jennifer M. Moreno, 25, of San Diego, an Army nurse from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, was one of four soldiers killed last Sunday by an improvised bomb in the Zhari District of Kandahar province, Afghanistan.
Murray Guterson, 83, a Seattle native and one of the city’s most distinguished and beloved criminal-defense attorneys, died Oct. 4. He had Alzheimer’s disease.
Scott Carpenter, 88, one of NASA’s first seven astronauts and the second American to orbit the Earth, who later pioneered his way to the depths of the ocean with Sealab II, died Thursday in a Denver hospice of complications from a September stroke.
Ruth Benerito, 97, an Agriculture Department chemist who played a leading role in the development of wrinkle-free cotton in the 1960s, an innovation that simplified housework for millions of homemakers, reinvigorated the U.S. cotton industry and generally made the world appear less rumpled, died Oct. 5 in Metairie, La.
Cary Booker, 76, among the first black executives at IBM and the father of Cory Booker, the Newark, N.J., mayor who is running for U.S. Senate, died Thursday in Las Vegas. He recently had a stroke and suffered from Parkinson’s disease.
Paul Desmarais, 86, who transformed a bankrupt bus line into an international conglomerate with $527 billion in assets and, in the process, became one of Canada’s most powerful businessmen, died Tuesday at his country estate in the Charlevoix region of Quebec. No cause was announced.
Erich Priebke, 100, a former SS captain who was sentenced to life in prison for helping to organize the execution of 335 men and boys at the Ardeatine Caves in Italy in 1944, died Friday under house arrest at his home in Rome. He was the oldest surviving convicted Nazi war criminal.
Ovadia Yosef, 93, the rabbi who as the spiritual leader of the ultraorthodox Shas Party became a forceful figure in Israeli politics fighting for the interests of Jews of Middle Eastern and North African origin, died Monday in Jerusalem. Police estimate 700,000 people — almost one-tenth of Israel’s population of Israel — swept into the streets and onto rooftops along the route of the funeral procession.
Ralph Dungan, 90, a top aide to President Kennedy who later served as U.S. ambassador to Chile and as New Jersey’s chancellor of higher education, died Oct. 5 at his home in St. John Parish, Barbados.
Darris McCord, 90, a member of the Detroit Lions’ “Fearsome Foursome” that terrorized NFL offenses and a member of the Lions’ 1957 NFL championship team, died Wednesday in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. He had pancreatic cancer.
Mark “Chopper” Read, 58, one of Australia’s most colorful crime figures, who wrote more than a dozen books detailing his long career of violence, including “How to Shoot Friends and Influence People,” died of liver cancer Wednesday.
Robert C. Stebbins, 98, a biologist, conservationist, writer and illustrator considered the pre-eminent authority on the lungless salamander, the barking tree frog, the northern Pacific rattlesnake and hundreds of other amphibians and reptiles of the North American West, died Sept. 23 in Eugene, Ore.