The week’s passages
A roundup of notable obituaries from the week ending Nov. 10
John “Bud” Hawk, 89, an Army sergeant who received the Medal of Honor for his heroism during the Normandy campaign that led to the Allied liberation of France in World War II, died of stroke complications Monday at his home in Bremerton. He grew up on Bainbridge Island and after the war was a teacher and elementary-school principal in Washington schools.
Charlie Trotter, 54, a celebrity chef and restaurateur who won 10 James Beard Awards, wrote 10 cookbooks and hosted his own public-television series, died Tuesday after he was found unresponsive at his Chicago home. An autopsy found no signs of foul play or trauma; a final determination of cause of death is pending.
John Spence, 95, a diver often credited as the first U.S. combat “frogman” in World War II and an important figure in the rigorous training that led to the establishment of the Navy SEALs, died Tuesday in Bend, Ore. Only after top-secret classification was lifted in the late 1980s did the public, or his own family, know of his wartime experiences.
Ace Parker, 101, a star running back in the National Football League who could do just about everything on a football field in the days of leather helmets and 60-minute men, died Wednesday in Portsmouth, Va. He was the oldest living member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Editta Sherman, 101, a portrait photographer dubbed the “Duchess of Carnegie Hall” while living in an artist’s studio over the famed auditorium for six decades, died in her sleep Nov. 1 in Manhattan.
George Magovern, 89, a cardiovascular surgeon who pioneered artificial heart valves, died Monday in Pittsburgh. He was best known for coinventing a sutureless heart valve, first used in 1962, which reduced the time of such surgeries, increasing the odds that patients would survive.
The Rev. Dr. Eugene S. Callender, 87, a Presbyterian minister and civil-rights advocate known for starting an innovative series of “street academies” for disadvantaged New York City youths that became a model for nontraditional educational programs nationwide, died Nov. 2 in Manhattan.
Clifford Nass, 55, a sociologist who was among the first to sound alarms about the dangers of chronic multitasking and the decline in the kind of face-to-face interactions he so unabashedly enjoyed with students and colleagues at Stanford University, collapsed after a hike and died Nov. 1 near South Lake Tahoe, Calif.
Gérard de Villiers, 83, a French popular novelist whose raffish, long-running spy-thriller series, SAS, sold more than 100 million copies and became a kind of drop-box for real-world secrets from intelligence agencies around the world, died of cancer Thursday in Paris.
Chana Mlotek, 91, an impassioned sleuth and archivist of Yiddish music whose song collections allowed thousands to imbibe the mirthful and mournful melodies of the shtetl, ghetto and Yiddish theater, died Monday in New York.
Bobby Parker, 76, a soul-blues singer and guitarist whose recordings from the late 1950s and 1960s — notably the propulsive groove of “Watch Your Step” — influenced performers as varied as John Lennon, Carlos Santana and the band Led Zeppelin, died of a heart attack Oct. 31 in Bowie, Md.
William J. Coyne, 77, a Pennsylvania Democrat who championed struggling U.S. cities and the poor during his 22 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, died last Sunday in Pittsburgh of complications from a fall in August.
Nalini Ambady, 54, a social psychologist whose research on the surprising accuracy of first impressions was popularized by Malcolm Gladwell in “Blink,” his best-selling nonfiction book of 2005, died of leukemia Oct. 28 in Boston.