The week’s passages
A roundup of notable obituaries from the week ending July 5.
Martha Nishitani, 94, a champion of modern dance in Seattle whose troupe toured the region extensively and whose University District studio for decades was a home for aspiring dancers, launching professional careers, died on June 5.
Paul Mazursky, 84, a talented writer, actor, producer and director, who showed the absurdity of modern life in such movies as “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice” and “An Unmarried Woman,” and who racked up five Oscar nominations, died of pulmonary cardiac arrest Monday in Los Angeles.
Louis Zamperini, 97, an Olympic distance runner and World War II veteran who after his bomber crashed survived 47 days on a raft in the Pacific and then torture and deprivation for two years in Japanese prison camps, died Wednesday in Los Angeles.
Richard Mellon Scaife, 82, a billionaire philanthropist and heir to the Mellon fortune who became one of America’s leading funders of conservative causes, died Friday in Pittsburgh. He had cancer.
Metropolitan Volodymyr, 78, who as head of Ukraine’s Orthodox Church is credited with stabilizing it during the tumultuous post-Soviet period, died Saturday after a long illness, the church said.
The Rev. Christian Führer, 71, the Lutheran “pastor in the denim vest” whose prayer meetings for peace grew into mass demonstrations in 1989 that inspired East Germans to take to the streets to demand their freedom, died Monday in Leipzig, Germany, of pulmonary fibrosis.
Walter Dean Myers, 76, of Jersey City, N.J., a best-selling and prolific children’s author who believed that the invisibility of people of color in literature discouraged kids from reading, died Tuesday in New York after a brief illness.
Lillian B. Rubin, 90, a sociologist and psychotherapist who wrote a series of popular books about the crippling effects of gender and class norms on human potential, died June 17 in San Francisco.
Stephen Gaskin, 79, a counterculture visionary who in 1970 led a caravan of hippies from California to establish one of the country’s longest-lasting communes, The Farm, in rural Tennessee, died there Tuesday, of natural causes.
Frank Cashen, 88, the baseball executive who built pennant-winning teams with the Baltimore Orioles and then transformed the New York Mets from perennial losers to the World Series champions of 1986, died Monday at a hospital near his home in Easton, Md., after a short illness.
The Rev. Alvaro Corcuera, 56, a Catholic priest who, from 2005, led his Legion of Christ religious order through the turmoil surrounding revelations that its founder (the Rev. Marcial Maciel) was a pedophile and a fraud, and also through three years of Vatican receivership, stepping down in 2012 because of a brain tumor, died Monday in Mexico City.
Nancy Garden, 76, the prolific author whose enduring “Annie on My Mind,” in 1982, was among the first young-adult novels to portray a lesbian relationship, died of an apparent heart attack June 23 in Carlisle, Mass.
Samuel Henry “Errie” Ball, 103, who in 1934 played in the first tournament that would later be called the Masters, and who made a long career of teaching and playing golf, died Wednesday in Stuart, Fla.