The week's passages
Betty Binns Fletcher, 89, a Tacoma native and UW law graduate who served as a judge on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals until her...
Betty Binns Fletcher, 89, a Tacoma native and UW law graduate who served as a judge on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals until her death and who was known as a strong believer in justice for the disadvantaged, died Monday in Seattle.
Bill Koutrouba, 70, of Spanaway, who served three tours in Vietnam as a combat medic, suffered from post-traumatic stress afterward, and then spoke up about it and became a pioneering advocate for providing PTSD care to his fellow veterans, died Oct. 13 at Madigan Army Medical Center after a long illness.
Les Smith, 93, a Medina businessman who owned a slew of successful businesses, including the now-legendary KJR-AM radio station, and who was part of the group that brought major league baseball back to Seattle in 1977 by establishing the Mariners, died Wednesday.
Russell Means, 72, a former leader of the American Indian Movement, who railed against broken treaties, fought for the return of stolen land and even took up arms against the federal government, then later played in several movies, died of throat cancer Monday in Porcupine, S.D.
Emanuel Steward, 68, a Hall of Fame boxing trainer who directed several world-champion fighters including Thomas Hearns, Lennox Lewis and current heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, died Thursday in a Chicago hospital, where he had been for several weeks. His family did not disclose the cause.
Jacques Barzun, 104, a pioneering cultural historian, reigning public intellectual and longtime Ivy League professor who became a best-selling author in his 90s with the acclaimed "From Dawn to Decadence," died Thursday in San Antonio, Texas.
Margaret Osborne duPont, 94, a tenacious and durable U.S. tennis champion who won six Grand Slam singles titles in the middle of the 20th century while becoming one of the most dominant doubles players of her era, died Wednesday in El Paso, Texas.
Donald Takayama, 68, one of the country's top competitive surfers in the 1960s who left a longer-lasting mark on the sport as a surfboard designer, died Monday from complications due to surgery. He had ongoing heart problems.
Aung Gyi, 93, a senior army officer who served briefly in Myanmar's post-coup military junta but later became a founder of the country's pro-democracy movement, died Thursday.
Eloy Gutierrez-Menoyo, 77, who went from fighting beside Fidel Castro as a rebel commander to spending 22 years in prison for trying to topple him, died of a heart attack Friday in Havana, where he had lived his last years as a tolerated dissident.
Chester Hansen, 95, a journalist by training who kept meticulous diaries as a top aide to Gen. Omar Bradley throughout World War II and after — diaries now archived as a treasure for historians — died Oct. 17 in Raleigh, N.C., after a stroke.
Wilhelm Brasse, 94, who as a young prisoner at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in World War II was forced to photograph many thousands of prisoners, but who disobeyed orders to destroy the photos — providing damning evidence of his captors' crimes — died Tuesday in Zywiec, Poland.
Antoni Dobrowolski, 108, the oldest known survivor of Auschwitz, a teacher imprisoned for teaching Poles, died last Sunday in Debno, Poland.
Paul Kurtz, 86, who founded an international center devoted to debunking psychics and UFOs and promoting science and reason over what he viewed as religious myths, died of natural causes Oct. 20 in Amherst, N.Y.
Hans Werner Henze, 86, a German composer whose prolific and wide-ranging work included a wealth of operas and 10 symphonies, died Saturday in Dresden. No cause was given.