The week’s passages
A roundup of the week’s notable obituaries
Dr. Gregory Foltz, 50, a neurosurgeon whose focus and dedication to finding a cure for brain cancer led him to found and direct the Ben & Catherine Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment at Swedish Medical Center, died of pancreatic cancer June 27 in Seattle.
Lou Guzzo, 94, a longtime Northwest journalist (a Seattle Times critic and editor, then managing editor of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer) who was also known for his work on Gov. Dixy Lee Ray’s staff, and years on KIRO-7 television, died June 29.
Douglas C. Engelbart, 88, a visionary scientist whose singular epiphany in 1950 about technology’s potential to expand human intelligence led to a host of inventions — among them the computer mouse — that became the basis for both the Internet and the modern personal computer, died of kidney failure Tuesday in Atherton, Calif.
William Gray, 71, a Pennsylvania congressman who as majority whip became the nation’s highest-ranking African-American elected official, and who later headed the United Negro College Fund, died Monday while visiting London. The cause was not immediately known.
Rawleigh Warner Jr., 92, who as chairman of Mobil pushed it to acquire vast crude-oil reserves and to enhance its image by introducing “Masterpiece Theater” to public television, died June 26 in Hobe Sound, Fla.
Paul Smith, 91, a jazz pianist who accompanied singers such as Bing Crosby and Sammy Davis Jr., but who was best known for his long association both on record and on concert stages worldwide with Ella Fitzgerald, died on June 29 in Torrance, Calif.
Emilio Colombo, 93, who held top Italian government positions for nearly five decades and led his country as prime minister in the 1970s, died June 24 in Rome.
Jim Kelly, 67, who added an Afro, street swagger and a few memorable one-liners to martial-arts movies in the 1970s, most notably in a prominent role alongside Bruce Lee in “Enter the Dragon,” died of cancer June 29 in San Diego.
Donald Bevan, 93, whose caricatures of theater stars adorned the walls of Sardi’s on Broadway, and who with a colleague turned their World War II prisoner-of-war experience into the play “Stalag 17,” died May 29 in Studio City, Calif.
Margherita Hack, 91, an astrophysicist who explained her research on the stars in plain language for the public and who championed civil rights in her native Italy, died June 29 in Trieste.
The Rev. Norman Eddy, 93, a Yale-educated minister from Connecticut who settled in a blighted East Harlem neighborhood in 1951 and helped start a pioneering drug-treatment program, a tenants’ group, a housing project, a credit union and the myriad self-help organizations that have sustained his work there for more than 60 years, died June 21 in Manhattan.
Elisabeth Coleman, 68, one of 46 women who sued Newsweek on a sex-discrimination complaint in 1970, who then rose from researcher to correspondent and later served as press secretary to California Gov. Jerry Brown, died June 20 in New York City after a short illness.