The week’s passages
A roundup of the week’s notable obituaries.
State Sen. Mike Carrell, 69, of Lakewood, Pierce County, who sponsored the “Becca laws” to identify at-risk youth so they could get help, died Wednesday in a Seattle hospital from complications related to his treatment for myelodysplastic syndrome, a blood disorder also known as pre-leukemia. The retired math and science teacher was first elected to the state House in 1994 and moved to the state Senate in 2004.
The Rev. Andrew Greeley, 85, a Roman Catholic priest and a prolific writer whose outpouring of sociological research, contemporary theology, sexually frank novels and blunt-spoken newspaper columns challenged reigning assumptions about American Catholicism, died in his sleep Wednesday in Chicago.
Rituparno Ghosh, 49, who directed award-winning films mostly dealing with the dilemmas of India’s urban middle class, died of cardiac arrest Thursday in Kolkata.
Bob Fletcher, 101, a Sacramento, Calif., farmer who braved public anger to save the farms of three interned Japanese-American families during World War II — working the acreage, paying mortgages and taxes, and returning the land and half the profits when the owners came back — died May 23.
Dr. Dean Brooks, 96, the longtime superintendent of the Salem, Ore., state psychiatric hospital where the Oscar-winning 1975 picture “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” was shot — who also secured film jobs for 89 patients and played a small role as the fictional hospital’s superintendent — died Thursday in Salem.
Henry Morgentaler, 90, a survivor of Nazi death camps of World War II who become Canada’s most heralded and vilified abortion doctor, who was assaulted and imprisoned for defying restrictive laws but who won the landmark decision by the Supreme Court of Canada that legalized abortion in 1988, died Tuesday in Toronto.
Bill Austin, 84, a Pro Bowl lineman for the New York Giants who later helped Vince Lombardi develop what became known as the Green Bay Packers power-sweep offense, died last week at his home in Las Vegas. No date or cause was announced.
Clarence Burke Jr., 64, the lead singer of the Five Stairsteps, a sibling R&B group once regarded as “the first family of soul” for a string of hits that included “O-o-h Child,” died last Sunday in Marietta, Ga. No cause was released.
John Hammons, 94, a prominent hotel developer and southwest Missouri philanthropist who rose from a poor Depression-era childhood to build a national real-estate empire, died last Sunday in Springfield, Mo.
Marshall Lytle, 71, the original bass player for Bill Haley & His Comets, one of the first bands to take rock ’n’ roll music mainstream, died in New Port Richey, Fla., on May 25. He had lung cancer.
John Bierwirth, 88, who led Grumman, one of the nation’s largest aircraft-makers, through challenging times in the 1970s and ’80s, died of congestive heart failure last Sunday in Freeport, N.Y.
James Tolbert, 86, one of the first black lawyers to represent black entertainers in Hollywood and who played a central role in an early effort to improve the way blacks were portrayed on film and increase their numbers behind the scenes, died April 22 in Los Angeles. He had Alzheimer’s disease.