The week’s passages
A roundup of the week’s notable obituaries, Sept. 22-27.
Spc. Joshua J. Strickland, 23, of Woodstock, Ga., assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, was one of three U.S. soldiers killed Sept. 22 by an Afghan wearing a security-forces uniform in Gardez, Paktia province.
Evelyn Lowery, 88, a pioneer in civil rights and women’s empowerment and the wife of civil-rights leader the Rev. Joseph Lowery, died Thursday in Georgia after suffering a stroke the previous week.
Ruth Patrick, 105, a scientist whose research on freshwater ecosystems led to groundbreaking ways to measure pollution in rivers and streams — assessing living things, not just water chemistry — died Monday in Lafayette Hill, Pa.
Alvaro Mutis, 90, a celebrated Colombian-born writer considered a towering figure of Latin American letters, died Sept. 22 in Mexico City.
Michael Moses Ward, 41, known as Birdie Africa when as a child he survived Philadelphia’s 1985 MOVE bombing, which killed his mother and 10 others, died Sept. 20 on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. It appeared he drowned accidentally in a hot tub.
A. Knighton Stanley, 76, a civil-rights leader who helped bring Jesse Jackson to prominence as an activist in the 1960s and who became a political force in Washington, D.C., as pastor of Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ for nearly 40 years, died of a heart attack Sept. 21 in Atlanta.
David Hubel, 87, a Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist whose astonishing map of the visual cortex pulled back the curtain on one of the brain’s most mysterious functions, the power of sight, died of kidney failure Sept. 22 in Lincoln, Mass.
Stan Stephens, 78, an Alaska tourism leader whose passion for Prince William Sound led him, after the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill, to become an environmental steward, working to ensure the Sound was protected, died of amyloidosis Sept. 21.
Christopher Koch, 81, an award-winning Australian author whose 1978 novel “The Year of Living Dangerously” was the basis of the atmospheric, award-winning film about intrigue in Indonesia, died of cancer Sept. 23 in Hobart, Tasmania.
Oscar Espinosa Chepe, 72, a high-ranking Cuban economist and diplomat who became a critic of Fidel Castro in the 1990s but chose to remain in Cuba, despite harassment and imprisonment, died of liver disease Monday in Madrid, where he was undergoing treatment.
Luciano Vincenzoni, 87, an urbane Italian screenwriter who worked with Billy Wilder, Dino De Laurentiis and other giants of film but to his dismay was best known for writing two spaghetti westerns starring a young Clint Eastwood, died of cancer last Sunday in Rome.
Carolyn Cassady, 90, a writer who entered the American consciousness in 1957 as a character in Jack Kerouac’s novel “On the Road,” and decades later chronicled her life as a member of the Beat Generation, died Sept. 20 in Bracknell, England, after an emergency appendectomy.
Thomas E. Hutchinson, 77, an engineering professor who created scratch-and-sniff technology and later invented a device to help disabled people communicate by sending commands to a computer through the movement of their eyes, died Sept. 2 in Charleston, S.C. He had stroke complications and other ailments.