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The week’s passages

A roundup of notable obituaries from the week ending Oct. 26.


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Don James, 80, one of the most beloved figures in University of Washington football as its head coach from 1975 to 1992, died of pancreatic cancer last Sunday at his Kirkland home. He remains the Huskies’ winningest head football coach.

Reggie Rogers, 49, the standout University of Washington basketball player and All-American football star under coach Don James whose NFL career was shortened by substance abuse and tragedy — he killed three teens in a DUI crash — was found dead in his Seattle home Thursday. Cause of death has not been announced.

Marvin Durning, 84, a prominent environmental attorney who helped make way for Seattle’s Foster Island marsh trail and kept billboards off most parts of interstate highways in Washington, and who also ran unsuccessfully for Congress, attorney general and governor, died Oct. 16. He had Parkinson’s disease.

Irwin Treiger, 79, a tax attorney and Seattle native whose long civic service included helping the Seattle Symphony survive in the 1980s, being a trustee for the Samis Foundation, which has renovated historic buildings and funded Jewish education and culture, and being a director of the King County Multiple Sclerosis Society and numerous other charities, died last Sunday after a brief illness.

Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara, 100, Thailand’s Supreme Patriarch, who headed the country’s order of Buddhist monks for more than two decades, died Thursday in Bangkok.

William Sullivan, 90, a veteran U.S. diplomat who oversaw the “secret war” in Laos, later helped negotiate the end of U.S. military involvement in Vietnam and served as the last American ambassador to Iran, died Oct. 11 in Washington, D.C.

Hal Needham, 82, a veteran Hollywood stuntman who later embarked on a less-risky career as a director of action movies, including “Smokey and the Bandit” and “Cannonball Run,” died Friday in Los Angeles. No cause was released.

Bill Sharman, 87, who was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame twice, first as a sharpshooting guard who helped establish the Boston Celtics dynasty in the 1950s and then as the coach who led the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers to a record 33-game winning streak and the NBA title, died Friday in Redondo Beach, Calif., after a stroke the previous week.

Anthony Caro, 89, the leading British sculptor of his generation, who made huge sculptures with scrap metal, died of a heart attack Wednesday in London.

Kenneth Stanley “Bud” Adams, 90, eccentric oilman, owner of the Tennessee Titans and one of the founders of the American Football League, was found dead of natural causes Monday at his Houston home.

Augusto Odone, 80, an economist with the World Bank who, when his son Lorenzo was stricken with the rare and fatal disease ALD, helped develop “Lorenzo’s oil,” a treatment that defied medical orthodoxy and prolonged his son’s life, died Thursday in Acqui Terme, Italy. He had heart problems and other ailments.



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