The week’s passages
A roundup of the week’s notable obituaries
Klaus Stern, 92, a German Jew who survived years in the concentration camps of World War II to make a new life in Seattle, but who kept sharing his stories with students and adults and helped found the nonprofit Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center, died last Sunday of complications from pneumonia.
Joyce Brothers, 85, the popular psychologist who pioneered the television advice show in the 1950s and went on to become an author, syndicated advice columnist and TV and film personality, died Monday of respiratory failure in Fort Lee, N.J.
Billie Sol Estes, 88, a flamboyant, legendary West Texas millionaire, friend of politicians and con man who spent 11 years doing three stretches in prison, was found dead Tuesday at his home in DeCordova Bend.
Jorge Rafael Videla, 87, who took power over Argentina in a 1976 coup and led a military junta that killed thousands of his fellow citizens in a dirty war to eliminate so-called “subversives,’’ died in his sleep Friday while serving life in prison.
Joseph Farman, 82, a British researcher whose single-minded and at times officially derided study of atmospheric changes in the Antarctic established the existence of a hole in the ozone layer over the South Pole approximately the size of the U.S. — one of the most important environmental discoveries of the 20th century — died May 11 in Cambridge, England. No cause was announced.
Ken Venturi, 82, who overcame dehydration to win the 1964 U.S. Open in dramatic fashion and spent 35 years in the booth for CBS Sports, died Friday in Rancho Mirage, Calif., where he had been hospitalized for two months with several ailments.
Chuck Muncie, 60, one of the NFL’s leading running backs of the late 1970s and early ’80s, whose career was cut short by cocaine abuse, died of a heart attack Monday in Perris, Calif. After he overcame his addiction, he worked to help disadvantaged children.
Jack Butler, 85, a Hall of Fame defensive back with the Pittsburgh Steelers, died May 11 in Pittsburgh from complications of a staph infection that lingered from the knee injury that ended his career in 1959.
Cynthia Brown, 60, one of the guiding forces at the international advocacy group Human Rights Watch, died of cancer last Sunday in Manhattan.
Kenneth Battelle, 86, the Park Avenue hairdresser who created Jacqueline Kennedy’s legendary bouffant, softened the golden locks of Marilyn Monroe and became a celebrity favorite, died last Sunday at his home in Wappingers Falls, N.Y. No cause was given.
Valtr Komarek, 82, the Czech politician and economist who helped overthrow the country’s communist regime, and who earlier was an adviser to the revolutionary Ernesto “Che’’ Guevara and minister of industry in communist Cuba, died Thursday in a Prague hospital. No cause was given.
Dick Trickle, 71, a short-track race star believed to have won up to 1,000 races but mostly remembered for mentoring many other NASCAR drivers to far greater success than his own, died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound Thursday in Concord, N.C. His brother says doctors could not ease his constant pain.