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The week’s passages

A roundup of the week’s notable obituaries

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Thomas Vassar Jr., 62, called T.J., a beloved educator at Lakeside School, where he worked to make the school more diverse, and a two-term Seattle School Board member, died of pancreatic cancer Friday in Seattle.

Dayton Lee Alverson, 88, a longtime resident of Normandy Park and a trailblazing fisheries biologist who helped explore, launch and protect the North Pacific fisheries pursued by Seattle-based fleets, and who in his career worked for the federal government and then co-founded Natural Resources Consultants, died Jan. 19.

Frank Stagen, 78, of Seattle, chief executive officer of real-estate investment firm Nitze-Stagen & Co., who transformed the city with the conversion of the old Sears into Starbucks Center, the rebirth of historic Union Station and the remodeling of the Frye Art Museum, among other notable projects, died Jan. 16.

Stanley Frank Musial, 92, the St. Louis Cardinals star and baseball Hall of Famer who was one of the greatest players in the history of the sport, died Jan. 19 in Ladue, a St. Louis suburb.

David Purchase, 73, the Tacoma man who in 1988 started one of the nation’s first needle exchanges to prevent HIV-AIDS among drug users — which was quickly copied, and which he helped to spread nationally and globally — died Monday. No cause was given.

Cardinal Jozef Glemp, 83, the longtime head of Poland’s influential Roman Catholic Church at a time when it played a key role in the fight against communism, died of lung cancer Wednesday in Warsaw.

Donald F. Hornig, 92, who as a young scientist “baby-sat” the world’s first atomic bomb before its 1945 test — he sat with it overnight atop a 100-foot tower, during a lightning storm — and who became Brown University president and an adviser to three U.S. presidents, died Monday in Providence, R.I.

Ron Fraser, 79, of Miami, a coach who was a member of 10 different Halls of Fame, won two NCAA baseball championships and never had a losing record in a 30-year career with the Miami Hurricanes, died Sunday. He had Alz­heimer’s disease.

Khanh Nguyen, 86, a South Vietnamese general who briefly gained control of the government in a coup and went on to lead a “government in exile”’ in California, died of diabetes complications Jan. 11 in San Jose.

Linda Pugach, 75, who was blinded in 1959 when her married lover hired hit men to throw lye in her face — and who married him after his prison term — died of heart failure Tuesday in Queens, N.Y.

Taiho, 72, real name Koki Naya, considered the greatest sumo wrestler of postwar Japan, died of heart failure Jan. 19 in Tokyo.

Michael Winner, 77, the brash British director known for violent action movies starring Charles Bronson, including “The Mechanic’’ and the first three “Death Wish’’ films, died Monday in London. He had heart and liver ailments.

Dolours Price, 61, an unrepentant former member of the Irish Republican Army who went to prison for a 1973 London bombing and who recently claimed that her orders had come from Gerry Adams, the peace negotiator who denies having ever been in the IRA, died of unknown causes Thursday at her Dublin home.


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