The week’s passages
A roundup of the week’s notable obituaries.
George Halverson Fiore, 87, a major figure in Seattle music — a conductor, pianist, organist, vocal coach and lecturer who influenced countless singers, instrumentalists and listeners through work with the Seattle Symphony Chorale, Seattle Opera chorus, Northwest Boychoir and various churches and universities, died Tuesday after cardiac surgery.
Glenn Terrell, 93, president of Washington State University from 1967 to 1985, a calming presence during turbulent times, who was known as “the students’ president” for taking time to visit with students, faculty and staff as he walked to work, died Friday in Sequim.
Jean Berkey, 74, who as a Washington state senator was an advocate for seniors, open government, affordable health care and education, died Aug. 21 near Deception Pass after a brief illness.
Muriel Siebert, 84, whose success as one of Wall Street’s early, influential female analysts earned her the contacts and nest egg to become the first woman to buy a seat on the New York Stock Exchange, in 1967, died of cancer Aug. 24 in Manhattan.
Sheila Walsh, 83, the nun who knew everybody by name and lobbied relentlessly at the California capital in search of social justice for people living at the margins, died of a heart attack Aug. 15 in Sacramento.
Seamus Heaney, 74, the 1995 Nobel laureate in literature, who was often called the greatest Irish poet since Yeats, died in Dublin Friday, a day after falling and being hospitalized. He had suffered a stroke in 2006.
Anthony Pawson, 60, a Canadian cell biologist whose pathbreaking insights about how cells communicate resolved one of science’s oldest mysteries and helped spur the development of a class of drugs that target cancer, diabetes and other diseases, died Aug. 7 in Toronto. The cause was not disclosed.
Bruce C. Murray, 81, who as Jet Propulsion Laboratory director battled Washington and NASA over money, projects and policy, and worked to get more women in space and engineering, died of Alzheimer’s disease Thursday in Oceanside, Calif.
Vanoye Aikens, 96, a star dancer for the great choreographer Katherine Dunham, touring more than 50 countries over two decades with her and her African-American modern dance company, died Aug. 24 in Los Angeles.
William Glasser, 88, a psychiatrist, education-reform advocate and best-selling author whose unorthodox emphasis on personal responsibility for mental problems sold millions of books and earned him an international following, died of pneumonia Aug. 23 in Los Angeles.
Jesse Marcel Jr., 76, the physician who said that at age 10 he had handled debris from the 1947 crash of an unidentified flying object near Roswell, N.M. — his Air Force officer father woke him up to show him — was found dead Aug. 23 at his home in Helena, Mont.
John J. Gilligan, 92, a former Ohio governor and U.S. House member whose creation of the Ohio state income tax was his most lasting accomplishment and also the undoing of his political career, died Monday in Cincinnati.
Gylmar dos Santos Neves, 83, the Brazilian goalkeeper who help his country win World Cup titles in 1958 and 1962, died last Sunday in São Paulo of complications from a heart attack.
Soledad Mexia, 114, the oldest California resident, an American citizen who was also the oldest person born in Mexico (she moved to the U.S. as a child), died in Chula Vista, Calif., on Friday.