The week's passages
Sue Schmitt, 66, a professor who in her 16 years as dean of Seattle University's College of Education secured millions in grant funding...
Sue Schmitt, 66, a professor who in her 16 years as dean of Seattle University's College of Education secured millions in grant funding and worked to connect the school to both local and global communities while also improving campus accessibility for people with disabilities, died Sept. 28.
Alex Karras, 77, a fierce and relentless All-Pro lineman for the Detroit Lions who had a second career as a television and movie actor, died Wednesday in Los Angeles. He had kidney disease, heart disease and stomach cancer, his family said, as well as dementia. He was among the more than 3,500 former players who are suing the NFL over the long-term damage caused by concussions and repeated hits to the head.
Basil Plumley, 92, a renowned and decorated career Army soldier, an infantryman who fought in World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam, and whose exploits were portrayed in a book and the movie "We Were Soldiers," died Wednesday in Georgia.
Turhan Bey, 90, whose dark good looks and soothing voice brought him fame in swashbuckling films of the 1940s, and who later became a fashion photographer, died of Parkinson's disease in Vienna Sept. 30.
Andrew Brimmer, 86, a Louisiana sharecropper's son and an economist who became the first black member of the Federal Reserve Board, died last Sunday in Washington, D.C., after a long illness.
Beano Cook, 81, the ESPN college-football commentator with an encyclopedic knowledge of the sport he dearly loved, died Thursday in Pittsburgh. He had diabetes.
Gary Collins, 74, an actor, television-show host and master of ceremonies for the Miss America Pageant in the 1980s, died of natural causes Saturday in Biloxi, Miss.
Sam Gibbons, 92, a World War II hero who in 44 years as a legislator in Florida and Washington, D.C., left a lasting imprint on social programs, world trade and health care, and who inadvertently inspired Tom Brokaw to write his best-seller "The Greatest Generation," died Wednesday in Tampa.
Eric Lomax, 93, who as an imprisoned British soldier was tortured by the Japanese during World War II and half a century later forgave one of his tormentors — an experience he recounted in a memoir, "The Railway Man" — died Monday in Berwick-upon-Tweed, England.
Sven Hassel, 95, a Danish-born writer whose 14 pulp novels depicting soldiers' lives in the German army during World War II — drawn, he said, from his own combat experiences — sold millions of copies worldwide, died Sept. 21 in Barcelona, Spain.
Keith Campbell, 58, a British cell biologist who helped usher into being one of the most famous animals in creation, Dolly the cloned sheep, died Oct. 5 in the Derbyshire region of England. The cause was not made public.
Harris Savides, 55, one of America's most respected cinematographers, died of brain cancer Tuesday in Manhattan.
Paddy Roy Bates, 91, who in an attempt to set up a radio station in 1966 occupied an abandoned wartime fort in the North Sea, christened it the sovereign Principality of Sealand, and declared himself monarch — of an unrecognized microstate still going strong — died of Alzheimer's disease Tuesday in Leigh-on-Sea in eastern England.