The week’s passages
A roundup of notable obituaries from the week ending Feb. 8.
Philip Seymour Hoffman, 46, an Oscar-winning actor who gave three-dimensional nuance to a wide range of sidekicks, villains and leading men on screen and on Broadway, died last Sunday of an apparent heroin overdose in New York City. He was long known to struggle with addiction.
Joan Mondale, 83, who used her grand platform as the wife of Jimmy Carter’s vice president to advocate for the arts with Congress and with the states, died Monday in Minneapolis. She had been in declining health.
Maximilian Schell, 83, the Austrian-born actor who won the best-actor Academy Award in 1962 for “Judgment at Nuremberg” and who also directed films, documentaries, plays and opera, died of natural causes Feb. 1 in Innsbruck, Austria.
Ralph Kiner, 91, a home-run-hitting Pirates idol and Hall of Famer who later charmed generations of baseball fans in the broadcast booth as a commentator and analyst with the New York Mets for more than a half century, died Thursday in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Louise Brough Clapp, 90, winner of 35 championships in Grand Slam tennis tournaments in the 1940s and ’50s, died Monday in Vista, Calif.
James J. Gallagher, 87, an authority on child development who was the chief architect of the Individualized Education Program, used in schools around the country to expand opportunities for students with physical or learning disabilities, died Jan. 17 in Chapel Hill, N.C. No cause was given.
Arthur Ortenberg, 87, who teamed with his wife, the late designer Liz Claiborne, and a third partner to build a billion-dollar enterprise in women’s clothing, died of pneumonia Monday in Manhattan.
Richard Bull, 89, who played shopkeeper and put-upon spouse Nels Oleson on TV’s “Little House on the Prairie,” died of pneumonia Monday in Los Angeles.
Keith Allen, 90, the first coach of the Philadelphia Flyers who became the general manager who built the organization’s Stanley Cup championship teams of 1974 and 1975, died Tuesday in Newtown Square, Pa.
Vasil Bilak, 96, a communist leader who invited Soviet troops to crush Czechoslovakia’s Prague Spring movement in 1968, died Tuesday in Bratislava, Slovakia.
Arthur Rankin Jr., 89, a producer-director in stop-motion animation with partner Jules Bass whose “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” became the longest-running Christmas TV special, died of natural causes Thursday in Harrington Sound, Bermuda.
Anne Heyman, 52, a philanthropist who raised millions to build a village for youths orphaned in Rwanda’s genocide, died Jan. 31 in Delary Beach, Fla., after falling from her horse during a jumping competition.