The week’s passages
A roundup of the week’s notable obituaries
Booth Gardner, 76, one of the most popular politicians in Washington state history, who served two terms as governor championing education, health care, social services and the environment, and later became the public face of a successful “Death with Dignity” campaign, died March 15 at his Tacoma home of complications of Parkinson’s disease.
Adeline Smith, 95, an elder of the Lower Elwha Klallam who helped the tribe publish its first written dictionary, train two generations of Klallam language teachers, and bring down two dams on the Elwha River to restore the salmon runs where she had grown up, died Tuesday.
James Herbert, 69, the British horror writer whose best-sellers included “The Rats’’ and “The Fog,’’ died Wednesday in Sussex. No cause was disclosed.
Henry Bromell, 65, a novelist and short-story writer who brought a literary quality to some of the most acclaimed dramatic TV series of the last two decades, including “Homeland” and “Northern Exposure,” died Monday in Santa Monica, Calif., apparently of a heart attack.
Francis Ruddle, 83, a Yale University geneticist from whose laboratory sprang the first transgenic mammal — a mouse with added foreign DNA — died of a heart condition March 10 in New Haven, Conn.
Chinua Achebe, 82, the internationally celebrated Nigerian author, statesman and dissident whose “Things Fall Apart” has sold more than 10 million copies and been translated into 45 languages, died Thursday in Boston after a brief illness.
Paul Rose, 69, a strident Quebec separatist leader who in October 1970 helped kidnap and, he claimed, strangle a provincial official, inflaming a crisis that pitted terrorists against the Canadian prime minister, Pierre Trudeau, died of a stroke March 14 in Montreal.
George Lowe, 89, the last surviving climber from the 1953 team that made the first successful ascent of Mount Everest, died Wednesday in Ripley, central England, after an illness.
Zillur Rahman, 84, Bangladesh’s figurehead president (a prime minister holds executive power), died Wednesday in Singapore, where he was being treated for respiratory problems.
Harry Reems, 65, the male star of the 1972 cultural phenomenon “Deep Throat,” the movie that brought pornography to mainstream audiences, died Tuesday in Salt Lake City. His wife said he had pancreatic cancer.
Pietro Mennea, 60, a 1980 Olympic sprint champion from Italy who held the world record in the 200 meters for 17 years, died Thursday in a Rome clinic. No cause was given.
Bobbie Smith, 76, a singer with the Detroit soul group the Spinners (whose hits included “Could It Be I’m Falling in Love,” “I’ll Be Around” and “Games People Play”), died of flu and pneumonia complications last Sunday in Orlando, Fla.
Erwin Harris, 91, an American ad executive who, when cheated of his advertising fee by the Cuban government, obtained a court order and in 1960 and ’61 scoured the East Coast, confiscating Cuban government property, including Fidel Castro’s plane, died in Miami on March 9.