The week’s passages
A roundup of the week’s notable obituaries
David Frost, 74, the British broadcaster whose interviews of historic figures such as Henry Kissinger, John Lennon and, most famously, Richard M. Nixon often made history in their own right, died Aug. 31 of a heart attack on the Queen Elizabeth as it sailed from England to the Mediterranean.
Barbara Coe, 79, head of the California Coalition for Immigration Reform, who long helped lead efforts to deny access to basic public services to anyone without legal U.S. residency, died of cancer Aug. 31 in Huntington Beach, Calif.
Judith Daniels, 74, who blazed a trail for women in publishing, was the first woman to be top editor of Life magazine, and founded and edited Savvy, a magazine for executive women, died of stomach cancer last Sunday in Union, Maine.
Tommy Morrison, 44, who displayed his hard-hitting boxing style as a protégé of Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky Balboa in the 1990 movie “Rocky V” and defeated George Foreman to capture a heavyweight boxing championship, but was banned from the ring in 1996 when he tested positive for HIV, died last Sunday in Omaha, Neb. No cause was given.
Jessie Lopez De La Cruz, 93, a longtime leader in the United Farmworkers of America and one of its first female members and organizers in the Fresno, Calif., area, died on Labor Day, Monday, in Kingsburg, Calif.
Ronald Coase, 102, who received the 1991 Nobel Prize in economics for observations that expanded economics to include the law, died Monday in Chicago. He had been the oldest living Nobel laureate.
John Kelsey, 93, a former Valdez, Alaska, mayor and businessman who helped rebuild the coastal community after a devastating 1964 earthquake and was instrumental in bringing the trans-Alaska oil-pipeline terminus there, died Aug. 27 in Anchorage.
Frederik Pohl, 93, who helped shape and popularize science fiction as an influential agent and editor and a prolific, award-winning author, died Monday in Palatine, Ill.
Zvonko Busic, 67, a Croatian nationalist who used fake explosives in 1976 to hijack a flight out of New York and planted a real bomb beneath Grand Central Terminal that killed a police officer, was found dead last Sunday in an apparent suicide in Rovanjska, Croatia, where he had lived since being paroled from a U.S. prison in 2008.
Jack Beal, 82, whose nudes, still lifes and public murals helped define the New Realism of the 1960s and ’70s, a school of painting notable for being unfashionable at the time, died of kidney failure Aug. 29 in Oneonta, N.Y.
Rochus Misch, 96, who as an SS staff sergeant was Adolf Hitler’s devoted bodyguard and the last remaining witness to the Nazi leader’s final hours, died Thursday in Berlin, where he had lived since being freed from a Soviet POW camp in 1954.
Martin L. Gross, 88, a writer whose books criticizing government spending and taxation became best-sellers in the 1990s and were embraced more recently by supporters of the tea party, died in Ocala, Fla., Aug. 21 after several recent strokes.