The week’s passages
A roundup of the week’s notable obituaries
David Notkin, 58, a longtime professor and former chair of the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington who was known for his contributions to software engineering as well as his efforts to open the field of computing to women, died of cancer Monday.
George Jones, 81, the superstar who put 167 records on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart — a history-making 143 of them in the Top 40 — won two Grammy Awards and won admirers as diverse as Frank Sinatra, James Taylor and the Who’s Pete Townshend, died Friday in Nashville, Tenn., where he had been hospitalized for irregular blood pressure.
Bob Edgar, 69, a Methodist minister who pushed for liberal reforms as a six-term Pennsylvania congressman, was a leader of the National Council of Churches and president of the lobbying group Common Cause, died of a heart attack Tuesday in Burke, Va.
Richie Havens, 72, the veteran folk singer whose frenetic guitar strumming and impassioned vocals made him one of the defining voices and faces of Woodstock, and by extension, of 1960s pop music, died Monday of a heart attack in New Jersey.
Robert Earl Holding, 86, a Western entrepreneur who made his first fortune in the 1950s running a 24-hour service station in Wyoming and became a billionaire whose assets included oil refineries and ski slopes, among them Sun Valley Resort in Idaho, died April 19 in Salt Lake City of complications from a stroke in 2002.
Allan Arbus, 95, who played the wise, and wisecracking, psychiatrist Dr. Sidney Freedman on TV’s “M.A.S.H.,’’ died April 19 in Los Angeles.
Anna Merz, 83, a conservationist who founded a Kenya game reserve and sought to protect the rhinoceros from the systematic poaching that has severely depleted its numbers, died April 4 in a hospital in Melkrivier, South Africa. No cause was given.
E.L. Konigsburg, 83, who twice won one of the top honors for children’s literature, the Newbery Medal, died April 19 in Falls Church, Va., after a stroke.
Rick Camp, 60, who pitched for the Atlanta Braves from 1976-85, became a lobbyist, then served prison time for conspiracy to steal $2 million from a mental-health agency, was found dead in his Rydal, Ga., home on Thursday. Authorities were unclear on the cause of death.
Shakuntala Devi, 83, an Indian mathematical wizard known as “the human computer’’ for her record-setting ability to make incredibly swift calculations, died of respiratory and cardiac problems last Sunday in Bangalore.
Howard J. Phillips, 72, a pillar of conservative activism who ran for president three times on the ticket of the U.S. Taxpayers Party (later renamed the Constitution Party), which he helped found, died April 20 in Vienna, Va., of temporal frontal lobe dementia.
Zao Wou-ki, 92, a Chinese émigré whose abstract paintings made him one of the world’s most commercially successful living artists, died April 9 in Nyon, Switzerland.