The week’s passages
A roundup of notable obituaries from the week ending March 1
Richard Daugherty, 91, a Washington State University archaeologist who led the 11-year excavation of Ozette village — an ancient site that had been buried by a landslide on the Olympic Peninsula — and who partnered closely with the Makah tribe on the project, died of bone cancer Feb. 22.
Joseph A. Dear, 62, the chief of staff to Washington Gov. Gary Locke, who later served as executive director of the Washington State Investment Board and then won worldwide recognition as chief investment officer of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System when he was able to restore it to health after the financial crisis, died of prostate cancer Wednesday in Sacramento.
Harold Ramis, 69, a writer, director and actor whose boisterous but sly silliness helped catapult comedies like “Groundhog Day,” “Ghostbusters,” “Animal House” and “Caddyshack” to commercial and critical success, died Monday in the Chicago area of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a blood-vessel disease.
Alice Herz-Sommer, 110, an accomplished concert pianist who performed for the Nazis during her two years at Theresienstadt concentration camp and who was thought to be the oldest survivor of the Holocaust, died last Sunday in London.
Paco de Lucía, 66, of Spain, one of the world’s greatest flamenco guitarists who found new audiences by blending flamenco with jazz and other genres, died of a heart attack Wednesday in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
Rostislav Belyakov, 94, chief designer of MiG fighter jets, the backbone of the Soviet and then Russian air force, died Friday in Moscow.
Roy Simmons, 57, a lineman for the Giants and the Redskins and one of only a handful of NFL players to have said publicly that they were gay — all after their playing careers ended — died of pneumonia Thursday in the Bronx.
Dale Gardner, 65, who as an astronaut helped haul two stranded satellites into the space shuttle during a 1984 spacewalk, died Feb. 19 in Colorado Springs. No cause of death was released.
Jim Lange, 81, a career radio man who became the first host of the popular TV-game show “The Dating Game,” where he appeared for more than a decade, died of a heart attack Tuesday in Mill Valley, Calif.
Peter A. Rona, 79, an oceanographer who discovered vast mounds spewing hot smoke at the bottom of the Atlantic, exciting interest in deep-sea mining and the origins of life on Earth, died of multiple myeloma Feb. 19 in Plainsboro, N.J.
Henry Casso, 82, a civil-rights leader in New Mexico whobecame a noted educational scholar and a founder of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, died Tuesday in Albuquerque. He had several illnesses.
Huber Matos Benitez, 95, who helped lead the Cuban Revolution as one of Fidel Castro’s key lieutenants before his efforts to resign from the government landed him in prison for 20 years, died Thursday in Miami.
Chokwe Lumumba, 66, a human-rights activist, prominent attorney and mayor of Jackson, Miss., died Tuesday in Jackson. A cause of death wasn’t immediately clear.