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Originally published Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 6:00 AM

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The week's passages

Jonathan West, 91, a World War II veteran who was among the first African Americans to serve in the Marines, died in Bend, Ore. A Tuskegee Institute graduate...

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Jonathan West, 91, a World War II veteran who was among the first African Americans to serve in the Marines, died in Bend, Ore. A Tuskegee Institute graduate and a mechanical engineer who later worked in education, he and his wife had retired in Seattle before moving to Bend six months ago.

Hans Werner Henze, 86, a prolific German composer who came of age in the Nazi era and grew estranged from his country while gaining renown for richly imaginative operas and orchestral works, died Oct. 27 in Dresden, Germany, where he was due to attend the premiere of a ballet set to one of his scores. No cause was specified.

Letitia Baldrige, 86, the social secretary to first lady Jacqueline Kennedy who became known as a "doyenne of decorum" and chief arbiter of good manners in modern America, died Monday in Bethesda, Md. She had severe osteoarthritis with cardiac complications.

Betty Anne Ward McCaskill, 84, the mother of U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and a political trailblazer in her own right, died Monday in St. Louis after a long struggle with heart and kidney problems.

Bill Dees, 73, a songwriter whose tunes were recorded by Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn and other country-music greats, but especially by Roy Orbison, with whom he co-wrote the hit "Oh, Pretty Woman," died in Mountain Home, Ark., Oct. 24. No cause of death was released.

John Cooper Fitch, 95, a race-car driver best remembered for his patented barrier of sand-filled barrels, which is believed to have saved more than 17,000 lives on the highways, died Monday in Lakeville, Conn.

Arnold Greenberg, 80, who began his career selling pickles and herring from a New York City storefront and went on to become a founder of Snapple, the international beverage giant, died of cancer Oct. 26 in Manhattan.

Richard Nelson Current, 100, a prolific and award-winning Abraham Lincoln scholar who for decades was a leader in his field and helped shape a more realistic view of the president, died Oct. 26 in Boston.

Danny Sims, 75, the music producer, publisher and promoter, who heard Bob Marley in 1968 and promptly signed him to his first international contract, setting him on the road to becoming the first reggae superstar, died of colon cancer Oct. 3 in Los Angeles.

Anthony P. Browne, 70, a onetime rock 'n' roll manager turned interior designer whose star clientele included media magnate Oprah Winfrey and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, died Oct. 13 in the District of Columbia. He had a tumor near the optic nerve.

Lebbeus Woods, 72, an architect whose works were rarely built but who influenced colleagues and students with defiantly imaginative drawings and installations that questioned convention and commercialism, died Tuesday in Manhattan. No cause of death was given.

Millie Parsons, 99, who was hired in 1939 as a junior clerk-typist at FBI headquarters and never called in sick during her record-breaking 62 years, nine months and two days of working there, died Oct. 21 at home in Silver Spring, Md.

Mitchell Lucker, 28, frontman for the death-metal band Suicide Silence, died Thursday of injuries from a motorcycle crash in Southern California.


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