The week’s passages
A roundup of notable obituaries from the week ending March 22.
Jim Compton, 72, a respected television journalist who parlayed his local popularity into a stint on the Seattle City Council, was found dead Tuesday in North Seattle in his car, where he apparently had a heart attack the previous night.
Dr. Frank Kitamoto, 74, a dentist who was a leader of Bainbridge Island’s Japanese-American community and worked to spread awareness about wartime internment camps, died March 15 of heart and kidney complications at a Seattle hospital.
David Brenner, 78, the lanky, toothy-grinned “Tonight Show” favorite whose brand of observational comedy became a staple for other stand-ups, died March 15 in New York. He had cancer.
Vernita Gray, 65, a longtime gay-rights activist who wed her partner in Illinois’ first same-sex marriage, in November, died of cancer Tuesday in Chicago.
Ola L. Mize, 82, awarded the Medal of Honor for exceptional valor in the Korean War, died of lung cancer March 5 in Gadsden, Ala.
The Rev. Fred Phelps, 84, the virulently anti-gay preacher who drew wide, scornful attention for staging demonstrations at military funerals as a way to proclaim his belief that God is punishing America for its tolerance of homosexuality, died in Topeka, Kan., Wednesday. No cause was given.
The Rev. Joseph Fan Zhongliang, 97, the underground bishop of Shanghai, died there last Sunday after decades of imprisonment and house arrest. He was named bishop by Pope John Paul II, but the Chinese government does not recognize the Roman Catholic Church.
Ignatius Zakka Iwas, 80, who as patriarch of the Syrian Orthodox Church was leader of one of world’s oldest Christian sects, died Friday in Germany after a long illness.
Lawrence Walsh, 102, a former federal judge and a mainstay of the U.S. legal establishment who as an independent counsel exposed lawbreaking in the Reagan administration that gave rise to the Iran-contra scandal, died Wednesday in Oklahoma City.
Iola Brubeck, 90, who played an important behind-the-scenes role (manager, booker, publicist) in the success of her late husband, jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck, died March 12 in Wilton, Conn.
Hilderaldo Bellini, 83, Brazil’s captain when it won its first World Cup in 1958, died in São Paulo Thursday after a heart attack.
Robert Strauss, 95, a consummate Washington power broker, Democratic Party leader and trusted counselor to presidents of both parties, died Wednesday in Washington, D.C.
Khushwant Singh, 99 or 98, an Indian diplomat and a prolific, respected author and journalist who was one of his country’s best-known chroniclers of strife and slaughter, died Thursday in New Delhi.
Jack Fleck, 92, who produced one of golf’s greatest upsets by beating Ben Hogan in a playoff to win the 1955 U.S. Open, died Friday in Fort Smith, Ark.
Rachel Lambert Mellon, 103, an heir to the Listerine fortune and a horticulturalist, fine-arts collector and philanthropist who redesigned the White House Rose Garden, died Monday in Upperville, Va.
Oswald Morris, 98, a renowned British cinematographer who won an Academy Award for the 1971 musical “Fiddler on the Roof,” died Monday in Fontmell Magna village, Dorset, England.
Sam Lacey, 66, a former NBA All-Star who spent most of his career with the Kansas City Kings, died Friday in Kansas City, Mo. The cause had not yet been determined.
Dominic Galluscio, 55, a trainer with more than 1,000 winners during 34 years on the New York horse-racing circuit, died Monday of pancreatic cancer.
Clarissa Dickson Wright, 66, who rose to middle-aged fame as the co-star and co-chef of “Two Fat Ladies,” a popular British TV show known for its hosts’ irreverence and eccentricity, died March 15 in Edinburgh, Scotland. She had been ill for several months.
L’Wren Scott, 49, who was a model in Paris, then a top Hollywood stylist and finally a high-end fashion designer also known as the longtime girlfriend of Mick Jagger, was found dead Monday in Manhattan of suicide.
Beth Ray, 67, a longtime educator and wife of Oregon State University President Edward Ray, died Friday of lung cancer.