The week's passages
A roundup of the week's notable obituaries
Two 2nd Stryker Brigade soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord were killed July 26 in a bomb attack near Khakrez, Afghanistan:
• 1st Lt. Sean R. Jacobs, 23, of Redding, Calif., was a West Point graduate on his first deployment.
• Sgt. John E. Hansen, 41, of Austin, Texas, previously served in the Air Force and in 2006 joined the Army. He served in Iraq from December 2007 to February 2009.
Josh Dickerson, 18, the O'Dea High School baseball player who chose to play the 2012 season rather than seek further treatment in his nearly three-year battle with rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancer that he knew would be fatal regardless, died July 27.
Tony Martin, 98, an actor and singer whose virile crooning style made him one of the most popular recording artists of the 1940s and 1950s and who had a long marriage to dancer Cyd Charisse, his cabaret-act partner for many years, died July 27 in Los Angeles.
Gore Vidal, 86, the author, playwright, politician and commentator whose vast and sharpened range of published works and public remarks were stamped by his immodest wit and unconventional wisdom, died of pneumonia Tuesday in Los Angeles.
Maeve Binchy, 72, a newspaperwoman turned best-selling author (more than 40 million of her books have sold worldwide) whose sprawling novels of Ireland portrayed women confronting all manner of adversity, died Monday in Dublin after a short illness.
William F. Milliken Jr., 101, a renowned aeronautical engineer, pilot and road racer who also helped dream up a car-flying James Bond movie stunt for "The Man with the Golden Gun," died July 28 in Williamsville, N.Y.
Sir John Keegan, 78, an Englishman widely considered the pre-eminent military historian of his era and the author of more than 20 books, died Thursday in Kilmington of an undisclosed illness.
Norman Alden, 87, a character actor in film and TV for more than 50 years, who played a soda jerk in "Back to the Future," a cameraman in Tim Burton's "Ed Wood" and the title role in just one film, "Andy," died July 27 in Los Angeles.
George A. Miller, 92, an iconoclastic scholar who helped topple the behaviorist school of psychology and replace it with cognitive science, a shift that amounted to no less than a revolution in the study of the human mind, died July 22 in Plainsboro, N.J.
Rita Miljo, 81, whose devotion to rescuing orphaned, injured and mostly reviled baboons earned her the sobriquet "the Mother Teresa of Baboons," died July 27 in a fire in her home on her 50-acre preserve in the Limpopo province of South Africa.
Mary Louise Milligan Rasmuson, 101, a philanthropist whose family foundation has awarded more than $200 million in grants to nonprofit Alaska organizations, died Monday in Anchorage.
James D. Watkins, 85, a Navy admiral during the Cold War who was later enlisted as energy secretary under the first President George Bush and as President Reagan's head of a presidential commission on AIDS, died July 26 in Alexandria, Va.
Suzy Gershman, 64, whose "Born to Shop" travel guides have helped readers find where to browse and buy from Paris to Hong Kong, died July 25 in San Antonio, Texas, after being diagnosed about a year ago with brain cancer. Since its launch in the mid-1980s, "Born to Shop" guides have been translated into a half-dozen languages and sold more than 4 million copies worldwide.
Joan Stein, 59, a Tony-winning theater and television producer who helped to launch several long-running Los Angeles stage productions, including "Love Letters," "Forever Plaid" and Steve Martin's "Picasso at the Lapin Agile," died Friday at a Los Angeles hospital. She was diagnosed four weeks ago with a rare type of cancer affecting the appendix, her husband said.
Mihaela Ursuleasa, 33, renowned Romanian pianist, died Thursday in Vienna, Austria, of a cerebral hemorrhage.