The week's passages
A roundup of the week's notable obituaries
Jerry Dowd, 60, who as president of Trident Seafoods helped guide one of the country's largest seafood companies and give Seattle another billion-dollar business, died Monday after a heart attack on a fly-fishing trip with his family in Alaska.
Harriet Ann Shrontz, 79, of Mercer Island, wife of former Boeing CEO and Chairman Frank Shrontz, an active supporter of local nonprofit organizations and a fervent Mariners fan who with her husband joined the team's ownership group, died of breast cancer Aug. 3.
Marvin Hamlisch, 68, a wunderkind composer for Broadway and Hollywood, winner of three Academy Awards in 1974 for "The Way We Were" and "The Sting," a Tony and a Pulitzer for the 1975 Broadway sensation "A Chorus Line," and four Emmys, collapsed and died Monday in Los Angeles after a brief illness.
William C. Reeves, 69, a CDC epidemiologist who fought his own federal agency to obtain funds to study chronic fatigue syndrome, and who earlier helped confirm that cervical cancer was caused by a virus, died Aug. 3 in Atlanta. Cause of death has not yet been determined.
James W. West, 98, a surgeon whose struggles with alcohol led him to develop treatments for addiction and eventually to become medical director of the Betty Ford Center, died July 24 in Palm Desert, Calif.
Martin Fleischmann, 85, the British chemist who stunned the world by announcing that he and a partner had achieved "cold" nuclear fusion in a glass bottle in 1989, then endured accusations of incompetence and fraud when most others couldn't replicate the feat, died Aug. 3 in Tisbury, England. He had Parkinson's disease.
Chavela Vargas, 93, a pre-eminent interpreter of the music of loss and longing known as ranchera, who defiantly shattered gender stereotypes and blazed a legendary path through 20th-century Mexican popular culture, died last Sunday in Cuernavaca.
Ben W. Heineman, 98, a lawyer and corporate leader who took over and modernized railroads and became a close confidant and adviser to President Lyndon Johnson, died last Sunday in Waukesha, Wis.
Roy S. Bryce-Laporte, 78, a sociologist who led one of the nation's first African-American studies departments, at Yale University, died July 31 in Sykesville, Md., after a series of strokes.
Anna Piaggi, 81, who as an oracular Italian fashion editor became known for an endless array of eye-popping, wildly colorful outfits of the most peculiar combinations, died Tuesday in Milan.
Judith Crist, 90, one of America's most widely read and influential film critics from the 1960s through the '80s, whose often-caustic reviews earned her a reputation as "the critic most hated by Hollywood," died Tuesday in Manhattan.
Robert Hughes, 74, who brought a muscular, confrontational writing style to the genteel world of art criticism, and whose books and television programs on art and the history of his native Australia brought him a worldwide following, died Monday in the Bronx of an unspecified illness.