The week’s passages
A roundup of notable obituaries in the week ending Dec. 7
Nelson Mandela, 95, who emerged from more than a quarter of a century in prison to steer a troubled South Africa to its first multiracial democracy, uniting the country by reaching out to fearful whites and becoming a revered symbol of racial reconciliation around the world, died Thursday at home in the Johannesburg suburb of Houghton.
Fred Bassetti, 96, one of Seattle’s most renowned architects, who left his mark on big projects, worked to improve Seattle’s urban environment and inspired generations of architects and other urban thinkers, died Thursday at an Oregon hospital after complications from breaking his hip.
Lloyd Cooney, 90, of Yarrow Point, the longtime KIRO president who moved local news toward the future with live field reporting, videotape instead of film and helicopter TV and radio newsgathering, who delivered editorials about family values and limited government, and who parachuted, bungee-jumped and toured widely on his Harley, died Nov. 25, 19 days after his wife, Betty.
Douglas McBroom, 73, who as a Seattle lawyer won a lawsuit that paved the way for school football-safety changes that remain in effect today, and who served as a King County judge from 2000 to 2009, died Nov. 16 of a suspected pulmonary embolism.
Willis Wilson, 21, a star running back at Lakes High School in Lakewood, Pierce County, before joining the University of Washington Huskies as a walk-on, died Nov. 30 on Oahu after a wave overcame him in shallow water. He had transferred to join the Hawaii football team this year.
Bill Porter, 81, the door-to-door salesman in Portland whose decades of work despite the challenges of cerebral palsy were portrayed in an Emmy-winning TV movie, died of an infection Tuesday.
Judy Rodgers, 57, a chef whose San Francisco restaurant, Zuni Café, helped transform the way Americans think of food through its devotion to local, seasonal ingredients meticulously prepared, died of appendix cancer Monday in Berkeley, Calif.
Paul Crouch, 79, of Newport Beach, Calif., a televangelist who co-founded the Trinity Broadcasting Network and turned it into one of the world’s largest Christian television networks, died Nov. 30 of degenerative heart disease.
Paul Aussaresses, 95, a French army general who in his final years revealed the torture techniques he employed during the Algerian war for independence and defended them as appropriate, has died, it was announced Wednesday. No details were provided.
Peter Graf, 75, who as the coach and manager of tennis great Steffi Graf acquired the nickname Papa Merciless for his stern control over his daughter’s life, died of pancreatic cancer Nov. 30 in Mannheim, Germany.
Ahmed Fouad Negm, 84, a poet beloved as a colloquial but eloquent voice of Egypt’s poor and disenfranchised, who was jailed for 18 years for his political views, died Tuesday, his publisher said.
Karl Quilter, 84, a Salt Lake City-based sculptor whose works of the Angel Moroni stand atop more than 100 Mormon temples worldwide, died unexpectedly Nov. 27.