The week’s passages
A roundup of notable obituaries from the week ending Jan. 4.
Harold Simmons, 82, the Dallas billionaire and philanthropist who gave hundreds of millions of dollars to diverse causes — from conservative political campaigns such as Swift Boat Veterans for Truth to Planned Parenthood and other health concerns, died Dec. 28 at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.
Carter Camp, 72, a onetime activist with the American Indian Movement who was a leader in the Wounded Knee occupation in South Dakota, died of cancer Dec. 27 in White Eagle, Okla.
Bob Grant, 84, the right-wing talk-radio host whose testy, confrontational manner made him a dominant drive-time voice in New York for decades, and whose racist remarks drew boycotts, died Tuesday in Hillsborough, N.J.
Juanita Moore, 99, a groundbreaking actress and an Academy Award nominee for her role as Lana Turner’s black friend in the classic 1959 weeper “Imitation of Life,” died Wednesday at her home in Los Angeles.
Vito Rizzuto, 67, the dapper reputed Mafia boss of Canada, who authorities said ran a drug-smuggling operation that imported heroin and cocaine and distributed it in the United States, Europe and the Middle East, died of natural causes Dec. 23 in Montreal.
Kenneth Edelin, 74, a Boston gynecologist who was found guilty of manslaughter for a legal abortion in 1973, a conviction later overturned in a high-profile case that embodied the complexity of an enduring national debate, died of cancer Monday in Sarasota, Fla.
William Overstreet Jr., 92, the World War II fighter pilot who gained fame for flying beneath the arches of the Eiffel Tower in pursuit of a German aircraft, died last Sunday in Roanoke, Va.
The Rev. Robert Nugent, 76, the Roman Catholic priest who co-founded the New Ways Ministry with a goal of reconciling gays and lesbians with the wider church community, and endured Vatican censorship for it, died of lung cancer Wednesday in Milwaukie, Wis.
Patricia Ryan, 75, who started at Time as a typist in the secretarial pool and rose to become the managing editor of People and Life — a rare ascent for a woman in what was then a male-dominated company — died of lung cancer Dec. 27 in Boothbay, Maine.
Ian Barbour, 90, who as a young physicist entered divinity school and devoted the rest of his career to bridging the chasm between science and religion, writing books and earning the prestigious Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion, died in Minneapolis Dec. 24, five days after a stroke.
James Avery, 68, the bulky character actor who laid down the law at home and on the job as the Honorable Philip Banks in television’s “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” died Tuesday in Glendale, Calif., after complications from open-heart surgery.
George Goodman, 83, a journalist, business author and award-winning television host who under the pseudonym “Adam Smith” made economics accessible to millions of people on PBS, died Friday in Miami of the bone-marrow disorder myelofibrosis.
George Jacobs, 86, who from 1953 to 1968 was Frank Sinatra’s valet, traveling companion and pal, died in his sleep Dec. 28 in Palm Springs, Calif.
John W.V. Cordice, 95, of Queens, N.Y., a surgeon who was part of the medical team that saved the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. from a nearly fatal stab wound in 1958, died last Sunday.