The week’s passages
A roundup of notable obituaries for the week ending Jan. 11.
Fred Cordova, 82, of Seattle, an outspoken advocate for economic justice, racial equality and ethnic identity who also founded and led local and national organizations for Filipino Americans — prompting U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott to praise him as “an irreplaceable part of Seattle’s civil-rights history and a giant within its Filipino community” — died Dec. 21 of complications from an illness.
Franklin McCain, 73, a research chemist and sales executive who as a college freshman in 1960 helped spark a movement of nonviolent sit-in protests across the South by occupying a segregated Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C., died Thursday in Greensboro of respiratory complications.
Eusebio da Silva Ferreira, 71, who was born into poverty in Mozambique and became one of the world’s top soccer scorers, died of heart failure last Sunday in Lisbon, Portugal.
Run Run Shaw, 106, who built the Shaw Bros. movie studio into the largest in Asia in the 1960s and ’70s, popularized the kung fu genre around the world and later became a major philanthropist, died Tuesday in Hong Kong.
Dale Mortensen, 74, a native of Enterprise, Ore., and a longtime Northwestern University professor who shared the Nobel economics prize with two other Americans in 2010 for their work explaining how unemployment can remain high despite a large number of job openings, died Thursday in Wilmette, Ill. No cause of death was given.
C.T. Hsia, 92, a scholar who helped introduce modern Chinese literature to the West in the 1960s, providing the first English translations of writers who are now widely recognized, died Dec. 29 in Manhattan.
Amiri Baraka, 79, a poet and playwright of pulsating rage, whose long illumination of the black experience in America was called incandescent in some quarters and incendiary in others, died Thursday in Newark, N.J. He had been ill for some time.
Al Porcino, 88, lead trumpeter in some of the most celebrated big bands in jazz, died Dec. 31 in Munich after a fall.
Carmen Zapata, 86, a TV, stage and film actress who responded to the dearth of challenging roles for Latinos by launching a bilingual theater company in Los Angeles four decades ago, died last Sunday in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley. She had heart problems.
Jerry Coleman, 89, a former fighter pilot who played in six World Series as an infielder for the New York Yankees but who made his most lasting mark as a broadcaster, first for the Yankees and then more indelibly for the San Diego Padres, died last Sunday in San Diego of complications from a fall.
Larry Speakes, 74, who became the public face of Ronald Reagan’s presidency when a would-be assassin’s bullet gravely wounded his boss, press secretary James Brady, and who served in that position from 1981 to 1987, died Friday in Cleveland, Miss. He had Alzheimer’s disease.
Anna E. Crouse, 97, a onetime actress whose fondest Broadway dream — a healthy Manhattan theater district and affordable tickets for young people — was realized when she helped establish the TKTS booth in Duffy Square, died Dec. 29 in Manhattan.
Saul Zaentz, 92, accomplished movie and music producer (he won best-picture Oscars for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “Amadeus” and “The English Patient”), died Jan. 3 in San Francisco.