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The week’s passages

A roundup of notable obituaries from the week ending Oct. 19


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Tom Foley, 84, the Spokane Democrat who served 15 terms in the U.S. House and five years as House speaker, only to lose both jobs in the 1994 Republican election tide, died Friday in Washington, D.C., of complications from a stroke he suffered in December.

Jerome “Jerry” Heldman, 76, a bassist/pianist and an exceptionally talented and eccentric figure in Northwest jazz, died of pneumonia Oct. 11 in Yacolt, Clark County. He was the proprietor and also a performer at the Llahngaelhyn, a Seattle coffeehouse that hosted jazz from 1965 to 1968.

Oscar Hijuelos, 62, the Cuban-American whose 1989 novel “The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love” made him the first Latino to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, died of a heart attack Oct. 12 in Manhattan.

Ed Lauter, 74, a tall, balding character actor who carved out a niche in the 1970s playing mostly heavies in movies and TV and kept up a busy schedule with movie roles, died Wednesday in Los Angeles of mesothelioma, a form of cancer.

Maxine Powell, 98, who as the director of Motown Records’ in-house finishing school in the 1960s was considered in no small part responsible for its early success — instructing Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder and many others on poise and style — died Monday in Southfield, Mich.

Malcolm Renfrew, 103, a Spokane native who oversaw the DuPont team that developed Teflon in the late 1930s and pursued commercial applications for it, and who later taught at the University of Idaho, died Oct. 12, his birthday, in Moscow, Idaho.

Antonia Brenner, 86, an American nun who lived for decades in a notorious Mexican prison — counseling and helping inmates, even wading in to calm riots — died Thursday at the Tijuana convent of Eudist Servants of the 11th Hour, which she founded. She had been ill with a weak heart and myasthenia gravis.

Jim Bradford, 84, who spent much of his life at the Library of Congress as an assistant bookbinder and a researcher but who also twice won Olympic silver medals as a heavyweight weightlifter, died of congestive heart failure Sept. 13 in Silver Spring, Md.

Bum Phillips, 90, the homespun Texan coach and general manager who was caricatured as a cowboy but possessed a keen football mind that built the Houston Oilers into one of the National Football League’s leading teams of the late 1970s, died Friday at his ranch in Goliad, Texas.

U.S. Rep. C.W. “Bill” Young, 82, R-Fla., the longest- serving Republican in Congress (42 years), who rose to the top seat on the House Appropriations Committee and exerted his influence on defense and health spending, died Thursday in Bethesda, Md., of complications from a chronic injury.

Kumar Pallana, 94, an Indian plate spinner turned Texas yoga instructor turned — in his late 70s and long beyond — into a sought-after character actor in films by Wes Anderson, Steven Spielberg and others, died Oct. 10 in Oakland, Calif.

Sein Win, 91, a renowned journalist in Myanmar who championed press freedom and endured three stints in prison, died Thursday in Yangon.

Hans Riegel, 90, a second-generation German confectioner who helped the Haribo company bring gummi bears to candy lovers all over the world, died Tuesday in Bonn.

Takashi Yanase, 94, creator of one of Japan’s most beloved cartoon characters, Anpanman — a superhero with a head made of anpan, bread filled with red bean paste — died last Sunday in Tokyo.



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