The week's passages
A roundup of the week's notable obituaries
Sgt. 1st Class Barett W. McNabb, 33, a Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier on his fourth overseas deployment, died Tuesday in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, in a roadside bomb attack. He was from Chino Valley, Ariz., and had previously served in Kuwait and twice in Iraq.
Alvin Jerome Thompson, 88, one of Seattle's earliest African-American physicians, a philanthropist, organizer, clinical professor at the University of Washington and doctor of internal medicine and gastroenterology, died May 21. He is credited with opening doors for more minorities to attend the UW and to work in medicine, improving care for underserved populations, and mentoring generations of health-care leaders.
Roger Jongewaard, 76, the longtime Mariners executive who presided over the drafting of Ken Griffey Jr. in 1987 and Alex Rodriguez in 1993, died Monday of a heart attack. He spent more than 40 years in the game, most recently scouting for the Florida Marlins.
Ann Rutherford, 94, an actress who became famous in the late 1930s as Mickey Rooney's sweetheart in the hugely successful Andy Hardy series and earned a role in Hollywood history as Scarlett O'Hara's sister Carreen in "Gone With the Wind," died Monday in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Elinor Ostrom, 78, who in 2009 became the first woman to receive the Nobel Prize in economics, in recognition of her work contending that individuals and communities could manage their own collective resources, died of cancer Tuesday in Bloomington, Ind.
Nayef bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud, 78, Saudi Arabia's crown prince and its hard-line interior minister, who was a late if zealous convert to the fight against al-Qaida and who took a dim view of democratic change, died Saturday in Switzerland.
Richard F. "Dick" Stolz, 86, who joined the CIA in 1950 and became one of the agency's most respected operatives, even coming back from retirement 1987-1990 to restore confidence and credibility in the agency after the Iran-contra scandal, died June 2 in Williamsburg, Va.
Henry Hill, 69, a hard-bitten mafioso who became a star witness in the prosecution of several top New York mob figures and whose criminal exploits were glamorized in the 1990 film "GoodFellas," died of a heart ailment Tuesday in Los Angeles.
Mehdi Hassan, 84, who popularized the art of ghazal singing and became an enormous star throughout the Muslim and Hindu worlds, died Wednesday in Karachi, Pakistan, after an extended illness.
Teofilo Stevenson, 60, one of the greatest amateurs in boxing history, the winner of three Olympic gold medals for Cuba and a national hero who shunned the prospect of turning pro, died of a heart attack Monday in Havana.
F. Herbert Bormann, 90, a plant ecologist whose research in a New Hampshire forest in 1971 documented a new environmental horror in the U.S. — acid rain — died of a lung infection June 7 in North Branford, Conn.
Judy Freudberg, 62, who entertained millions of children as a writer for Elmo, Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch and other residents of "Sesame Street" for 35 years and shared more than 15 daytime Emmys, died of brain cancer last Sunday in Manhattan.