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Originally published Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 6:01 AM

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The week's passages

A roundup of the week's notable obituaries.

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Sgt. Michael J. Knapp, 28, of Overland Park, Kan., from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, was killed by enemy rocket fire May 18 in Afghanistan's Kunar province. He had previously served in Kosovo.

Sgt. Jabraun S. Knox, 23, of Fort Wayne, Ind., and also from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, was killed in the same attack. He had previously served in Iraq.

2nd Lt. Travis A. Morgado, 25, of Edmonds, a Stryker Brigade team member from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, died Wednesday in Zharay, Afghanistan, after insurgents attacked his patrol with an improvised bomb. It was his first deployment.

Fred Leland, 74, who earned a reputation as a gruff but lovable underdog who relished beating the odds in more than three decades as an unlimited hydroplane driver, owner and builder, died of lung cancer Monday in Kirkland.

Margaret Ann Ceis, 86, the legendary West Seattle activist whose work for civil-rights and neighborhood causes helped change Seattle's political landscape, died Wednesday. Among her passions were school desegregation, fair housing and Democratic activism.

Robin Gibb, 62, of the Bee Gees, a wildly successful trio that helped define the disco subculture of the 1970s with such hits as "Stayin' Alive," "Night Fever" and "How Deep Is Your Love," died last Sunday of cancer. He had been hospitalized in London.

Bob Boozer, 75, a college star and 1960 Olympic gold medalist who played for the Seattle Sonics in 1969-70 and finished his career with a 1971 NBA championship with the Milwaukee Bucks, died of a brain aneurysm last Sunday in Omaha, Neb.

Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, 60, the Libyan intelligence officer convicted in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, that killed 270 people, whose 2009 release from prison because of terminal prostate cancer sparked international uproar, died last Sunday in Tripoli.

Eugene Polley, 96, an inventor whose best-known creation was the Zenith Flash-Matic, the cordless television remote control, which also had the first "mute" function, died last Sunday in Downers Grove, Ill.

Hal Jackson, 96, who broke through the color wall on the radio in Washington, D.C., in the 1930s and became the first black host on a national network in the '50s, died Wednesday in New York.

Lee Rich, 93, one of television's top producers, with shows such as "Dallas," "Knots Landing" and "The Waltons" in the 1970s and '80s, died Thursday of lung cancer in Los Angeles.

Paul Fussell, 88, an acclaimed literary scholar who won a National Book Award in 1976 for "The Great War and Modern Memory," died of natural causes Wednesday may 23 in Medford, Ore.

Retired Lt. Cmdr. Wesley Brown, 85, who endured racial taunts and merciless hazing to become the first African American to graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy, in 1949, died of cancer Tuesday in Silver Spring, Md.

Jean Pakter, 101, who as a doctor and health official made New York City a national model for providing safe, legal abortions and led an effort to educate women about birth control, prenatal nutrition and breast-feeding, died Tuesday in Manhattan.


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