The week’s passages
Aroundup of the week’s notable obituaries, Sept. 15-21.
Hiroshi Yamauchi, 85, the Japanese billionaire who kept the Mariners in Seattle in 1992, buying a majority stake and saving them from being sold and moved to Florida, died of pneumonia Thursday in Kyoto, Japan. He considered the purchase a gesture of goodwill to Seattle for serving as the U.S. launch point for his Nintendo video-gaming empire.
Pat McMahan, 83, who helped found the city of Mountlake Terrace and served as its first fire chief as well as on the Planning Commission and City Council, helped create the Snohomish County bus system and mentored many novice political activists, including a young Maria Cantwell, died Aug. 21 at home in Mountlake Terrace after a lengthy illness.
Ken Norton Sr., 70, a former heavyweight boxing champion who beat Muhammad Ali once — breaking his jaw — and fought him to two other extremely close decisions, died of congestive heart failure Wednesday near Las Vegas.
Eiji Toyoda, 100, a member of Japan’s foremost manufacturing family who is credited with developing Toyota Motors’ low-defect manufacturing processes and who helped spearhead its aggressive push into the U.S. auto market, died Tuesday in Toyota city, central Japan.
Donald Low, 68, the doctor and infectious-disease specialist who became the trusted public face of Toronto’s response to the SARS outbreak in 2003, died Wednesday. The outbreak killed 44 people in Toronto. He had been diagnosed with a brain tumor this year.
Joy Covey, 50, who helped take Amazon.com public as the Internet retailer’s chief financial officer, died Wednesday after her bicycle collided with a minivan near Portola Valley, Calif.
Stephen Malawista, 79, the infectious-disease researcher who orchestrated the detective work that in the 1970s led to the identification of Lyme disease, died of metastatic melanoma Wednesday in Hamden, Conn.
Chin Peng, 88, a Communist guerrilla leader whose bloody struggles for an independent Communist Malaysia pitted him against Japanese invaders, British colonialists and the government of his own newly sovereign nation, died of cancer Monday, in exile in Bangkok.
Candace Pert, 67, a neuroscientist and pharmacologist who in graduate school was credited with unlocking a chemical mystery of the brain — its opiate receptor — and became a noted researcher in the field of mind-body medicine, died of apparent cardiovascular arrest Sept. 12 in Potomac, Md.
Joseph E. Granville, 90, perhaps the most famous of a generation of market seers who made their own fortunes in the newsletter business, in his case The Granville Market Letter, died Sept. 7 in Kansas City, Mo.
Philip Berg, 84, of Beverly Hills, Calif., who founded the Kabbalah Centre, transforming a field once reserved for the most elite of Orthodox yeshiva scholars into a lucrative pop-culture phenomenon, died Monday. He had been in ill health since 2004.
Dexter Douglass, 83, one of the lead attorneys who represented Al Gore in Florida’s chaotic presidential election recount of 2000 that was stopped by the U.S. Supreme Court, died of bladder cancer Tuesday in Tallahassee, Fla.