The week’s passages
A roundup of the week’s notable obituaries
Mary Shirley, 73, of Medina, a major arts benefactor who with her husband, Jon, was a driving force behind Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park and the Bellevue Arts Museum, and who was known for her caring demeanor, irreverent wit and passion for larger-than-life fun, died in January after a brief illness.
Patty Andrews, 94, the last surviving member of the singing Andrews Sisters trio, who hawked war bonds, entertained soldiers overseas and boosted morale on the home front during World War II, died Wednesday in the Los Angeles suburb of Northridge.
Ed Koch, 88, the brash, funny, opinionated three-term mayor who steered New York back from the brink of financial ruin and infused the city with new energy and optimism in the 1970s and ’80s, died of congestive heart failure Friday.
George Flett, 66, a member of the Spokane Tribe and an artist who based his mixed-media paintings on Spokane Indian legends, history and cultural events, died Wednesday of diabetes complications.
Xu Liangying, 92, a scientist and an advocate of democracy in China who was renowned for translating the works of Albert Einstein while banished to the countryside for denouncing Mao Zedong’s purge of intellectuals, died Monday in Beijing.
Max Kampelman, 92, a U.S. diplomat enlisted by Democratic and Republican presidents to negotiate Cold War treaties with the Soviet Union on nuclear weapons and human rights, died Jan. 25 in Washington, D.C.
Edward T. Luders, 84, a former representative who served in Democratic leadership in the Washington Legislature during the 1970s, died of cancer Jan. 25 in Spokane.
Nikolaos Dertilis, 94, the last jailed member of the military dictatorship that ruled Greece from 1967 to ’74, died Monday in Athens.
Pham Duy, 91, Vietnam’s most prolific songwriter, died last Sunday in Ho Chi Minh City.
Stanley Karnow, 87, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and journalist who produced acclaimed books and television documentaries about Vietnam and the Philippines in the throes of war and upheaval, died of congestive heart failure last Sunday in Potomac, Md.
Borislav Milosevic, 79, the brother of late Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic, and once the Yugoslav ambassador in Russia, died of heart problems Tuesday in Belgrade, Serbia.