The week's passages
A roundup of the week's notable obituaries
Marion Oliver McCaw Garrison, 95, a longtime supporter of the arts, for whom the Seattle Opera's home is named, died Tuesday in Seattle of what family members described as a brief illness.
Nick Hall, 33, a four-year climbing ranger at Mount Rainier National Park, died on the mountain June 21 while helping save four climbers after two of them had fallen into a crevasse. A former Marine who was originally from Patten, Maine, he had previously worked with the Ski Patrol at Stevens Pass.
David Fenton, 67, a former Tukwila City Council member remembered for his service to the city, his sense of humor and his patronage of local restaurants, died last Sunday when police said his motorcycle struck a light pole on West Marginal Way.
Yitzhak Shamir, 96, the one-time underground Jewish fighter and long-serving Israeli prime minister whose unyielding belief in the right of Jews to all of the biblical land of Israel often exasperated U.S. policymakers, died Saturday in Herzliya, north of Tel Aviv. He had Alzheimer's disease.
Nora Ephron, 71, who as a screenwriter was nominated three times for Academy Awards, for "Silkwood," "When Harry Met Sally" and "Sleepless in Seattle," and was the rare woman to write, direct and produce Hollywood movies, and who also wrote essays, memoirs and novels, died of leukemia Tuesday in Manhattan.
Joan Scott, 91, who in the 1950s learned scriptwriting by being the "front" for her husband, the blacklisted screenwriter Adrian Scott, and then had a career in her own right, under another pseudonym (she was also blacklisted), for such shows as "Lassie" and "Have Gun — Will Travel," died June 19 in Woodland Hills, Calif.
Don Grady, 68, who played Chip and Ernie's wholesome, heartthrob big brother Robbie on the long-running television sitcom "My Three Sons," died of cancer Wednesday in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Joan Dunlop, 78, a global leader in addressing women's issues who helped prod the United Nations to define a woman's right to say no to sex as an essential human right, died of breast cancer Friday in Lakeville, Conn.
Gad Beck, 88, whose dangerous life as a half-Jewish gay man in the capital of Nazi Germany during World War II represents one of the 20th century's more unusual stories of human survival, (his autobiography, "An Underground Life: Memoirs of a Gay Jew in Nazi Berlin," was written with Frank Heibert), died last Sunday at a senior-citizens home in Berlin.
Judy Agnew, 91, the wife of former Vice President Spiro T. Agnew, who resigned in 1973 after being charged with income-tax evasion, died June 20 in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Lesley Brown, 64, who in 1978 gave birth to the world's first child born through in-vitro fertilization, died June 6 in Bristol, England, after a short illness.
George Randolph Hearst Jr., 84, chairman of the Hearst Corp. and the eldest grandson of publishing tycoon and corporation founder William Randolph Hearst, died Monday in Palo Alto, Calif., of complications after a stroke.