The week’s passages
A roundup of notable obituaries from the week ending Nov. 2.
Robinson Risner, 88 a retired brigadier general and one of the nation’s most celebrated and decorated fighter pilots in the Korean and Vietnam wars, who survived 7½ years of abuse in the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” prison after being shot down in 1965, died Oct. 22 in Bridgewater, Va., from complications of a stroke two days earlier.
Lou Reed, 71, the singer-songwriter and guitarist whose work with the Velvet Underground in the 1960s had a major influence on generations of rock musicians, and who remained a powerful if polarizing force for the rest of his life, died of liver disease last Sunday in Southampton, N.Y.
William C. Lowe, 72, who was credited with fostering collaboration within the computer industry and led the team that developed IBM’s first PC, expanding the company’s reach beyond businesses and into people’s homes, died of a heart attack Oct. 19 in Lake Forest, Ill.
Marcia Wallace, 70, the bubbly comic actress who burnished the image of jaded, substance-abusing fourth-grade teachers as the Emmy Award-winning voice of Edna Krabappel for more than two decades on Fox’s animated hit “The Simpsons,” died of pneumonia Oct. 25 in Los Angeles.
Tadeusz Mazowiecki, 86, a pro-democracy writer and intellectual who helped form the Solidarity trade union movement and became Poland’s first post-communist prime minister, died Monday at a Warsaw hospital where he had been taken days earlier with a high fever.
Walt Bellamy, 74 an Olympic gold medalist, NBA Hall of Famer and four-time National Basketball Association All-Star, died Saturday, the Atlanta Hawks confirmed, but didnot release further details.
Michael Palmer, 71, a physician and best-selling suspense author whose “Extreme Measures” was adapted into a 1996 film, died Wednesday from stroke and heart-attack complications.
George Thomas Thornton, 84, the respected Oregon highway engineer who blew up an 8-ton dead beached whale with a half-ton of dynamite in 1970, raining chunks of blubber all around and gaining national attention thanks to a video, died Oct. 27 in Medford, Ore.
Nohad Toulan, 81, an internationally recognized urban planner and the founder of Portland State University’s School of Urban Studies and Planning, was killed, with his wife, in a traffic accident Monday in Montevideo, Uruguay.
Anca Petrescu, 64, the chief architect of Bucharest’s “Palace of the People,” a massive legacy of Romania’s late dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, died Wednesday in Bucharest of injuries from a September car accident.
William Harrison, 79, who adapted his fiction into the films “Rollerball” in 1975 and “Mountains of the Moon” in 1990, died of renal failure Oct. 22 in Fayetteville, Ark.
Srdja Popovic, 75, a Serbian lawyer and advocate of human rights and democracy during both the communist era and the rule of the late strongman Slobodan Milosevic, died Tuesday in Belgrade. No cause of death was given.
Jay Cochrane, 69, the Canadian tightrope walker who set two world records, died of pancreatic cancer Wednesday in Niagara Falls, Ontario.