The week’s passages
A roundup of notable obituaries from the week ending May 24.
Vincent Harding, 82, a historian, author and activist who worked behind the scenes but was considered a central figure in the civil-rights movement, and who worked very closely with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., died of an aneurysm Monday in Philadelphia.
Christine Quinn-Brintnall, 62, a three-term Washington state Appeals Court judge who resigned from her Tacoma-based seat in January while receiving treatment for melanoma, died Monday.
Ruth Ziolkowski, 87, who for decades carried on her late husband’s dream of honoring Native Americans by carving a huge likeness of the warrior Crazy Horse into the Black Hills in South Dakota, died of cancer Wednesday in Rapid City, S.D. The memorial project continues.
Jack Brabham, 88, the three-time Formula One champion who famously pushed his out-of-gas car to the finish to claim his first season title, and who is the only F1 driver to win a world championship in a car of his own construction, died Monday in Gold Coast, Australia.
William Worthy, 92, a journalist who defied U.S. travel bans to Cold War adversaries to report from Moscow, China and Cuba, among other destinations, and who fought landmark federal court battles to regain his passport and keep documents he’d gathered, died of Alzheimer’s disease May 4 in Brewster, Mass.
Sante Kimes, 79, a prolific and flamboyant con artist who with her son graduated to murder — some known and more suspected — was found dead of natural causes Monday in the New York state prison where she was serving life without parole.
Rupert Loewenstein, 80, a Bavarian aristocrat, titular prince and Oxford-educated banker who as longtime business manager for the Rolling Stones helped the band become rich as kings, died Tuesday in London. He had Parkinson’s disease.
Don Meyer, 69, one of the winningest coaches in college basketball, who came back from a near-fatal car accident and liver cancer before closing out a career spent mostly at Lipscomb in Tennessee and Northern State in South Dakota, died May 18 in South Dakota.
Tadeusz Rozewicz, 92, a poet who has been translated into 49 languages and was acclaimed as one of the greatest European poets of the 20th century, died April 24 near Wroclaw, Poland.
Gordon Willis, 82, a master cinematographer who worked on “The Godfather,” “Manhattan,” “All the President’s Men” and other seminal movies of the 1970s, died of cancer May 18 in North Falmouth, Mass.
Sam Greenlee, 83, who before he became a poet and novelist was one of the first African Americans to join the U.S. foreign service, died Monday in Chicago.
Radu Florescu, 88, a Romanian-born historian, professor and philanthropist who intrigued American popular culture by writing a book linking the fictional Count Dracula to the 15th-century Romanian prince Vlad the Impaler, died of pneumonia May 18 in Mougins, France.
Jerry Vale, 83, a singer who reached the top of the pop charts in the 1950s and ’60s with his interpretations of romantic ballads, died May 18 in Palm Desert, Calif., after a long illness.