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Originally published Friday, November 23, 2012 at 3:06 PM

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The week's passages

Larry Hagman, 81, the North Texas native who played the conniving and mischievous J. R. Ewing on the popular prime-time television soap...

Larry Hagman, 81, the North Texas native who played the conniving and mischievous J.R. Ewing on the popular prime-time television soap "Dallas" from 1978 until 1991, and who became a TV star in the 1960s starring in the sitcom "I Dream of Jeannie," died Friday at a Dallas hospital of complications from his recent battle with throat cancer.

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Donaldson, 55, of Redmond, who was once ranked the second-best women's chess player in the world, and who moved to Seattle after eloping in 1988 with the captain of the U.S. chess team when they were both playing at a tournament in Greece, died Nov. 18, nine months after being diagnosed with brain cancer.

Bryce Courtenay, 79, best-selling Australian author whose books drew on his early-life experiences in Africa, died of stomach cancer Thursday in Canberra. He started writing in midlife; his debut novel, "The Power of One," published in 1989, was translated into 12 languages and became a hit movie.

Ken MacDonald, 95, an attorney who took on discrimination and represented clients targeted by McCarthy-era witch hunts, died Monday in Seattle. He once helped force the city to allow the African-American singer and activist Paul Robeson to appear at Civic Auditorium and headed the Washington State Board Against Discrimination.

Warren B. Rudman, 82, the moderate and sometimes combative Republican senator from New Hampshire who waged a frustrating fight to balance the federal budget and who helped lead a federal panel that warned of a terrorist strike against the United States only months before the 9/11 attacks, died on Monday night in Washington, D.C., of complications of lymphoma.

Bonita Lynn Fields Elder, 68, former Mouseketeer who showcased her dancing skills on the 1950s "The Mickey Mouse Club" and later performed on Broadway, died Nov. 17 in Richmond, Ind., after a two-year battle with throat cancer.

Leah Gottlieb, 94, who started with a single sewing machine in the new nation-state of Israel and rose to become one of the world's most renowned designers of women's bathing suits, died Nov. 17 at her home in Tel Aviv. The company Gottlieb and her family started — Gottex, for Gottlieb and textiles — sold more than 1 million swimsuits a year at its peak, in the 1970s and 1980s.

Billy Scott, 70, a rhythm and blues singer, died from pancreatic and liver cancer Nov. 17 at his home in Charlotte, N.C. With his wife, Barbara, in 1966 he began recording as The Prophets. Their first gold record was 1968's "I Got the Fever." Other hits included "California" and "Seaside Love."

Thomas W. Wolfe, 93, who as a Treasury Department official managed the United States' move off the gold standard and its economic consequences, died of liver failure Nov. 5 in Fairfax, Va.

Richard Robbins, 71, the composer who created memorable scores for such films as "A Room With a View," "Howards End" and "The Remains of the Day" during a quarter-century collaboration with director James Ivory and producer Ismail Merchant, died Nov. 7 at his home in Rhinebeck, N.Y., of Parkinson's disease.

Art Ginsburg, 81, the delightfully dorky TV chef known as Mr. Food, died of pancreatic cancer at his home in Weston, Fla., on Wednesday. He enticed viewers for decades with a can-do focus on easy weeknight cooking and the tagline "Ooh! It's so good!"

Edwarda O'Bara, 59, who spent more than 40 years in a coma in her Miami Gardens, Fla., home, always cared for by her mother and then by her sister, and who inspired a book, died Wednesday.

Bryce Bayer, 83, retired Kodak scientist and inventor of a widely used color filter array that bears his name, died Nov. 13 in Brunswick, Maine.

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