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The week’s passages

A roundup of notable obituaries for the week ending Nov. 23.


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Nan Campbell, 87, a neighborhood activist whose involvement in Bellevue politics continued long past her two City Council terms and service as the city’s first female mayor, died unexpectedly Tuesday at Overlake Hospital Medical Center. She had cracked her pelvis while fleeing a fire in her apartment building Nov. 5.

Ben Taskar, 36, a national expert in machine learning who joined the faculty of the University of Washington Computer Science and Engineering Department this year, died last Sunday of an apparent heart attack.

Frederick Sanger, 95, a British biochemist whose discoveries about the chemistry of life led to the decoding of the human genome and to the development of new drugs like human-growth hormone, earning him two Nobel Prizes, a rare distinction, died Tuesday in Cambridge, England.

Doris Lessing, 94, the uninhibited and outspoken novelist who won the 2007 Nobel Prize for a lifetime of writing that shattered convention, both social and artistic, died last Sunday in London.

Vern Mikkelsen, 85, a Hall of Fame forerunner of the modern-day power forward who helped lead the Minneapolis Lakers to four NBA championships in the early 1950s, died of prostate cancer Thursday in Wayzata, Minn.

Michael Weiner, 51, the plain-speaking, ever-positive labor lawyer who took over as head of the powerful baseball-players union four years ago and smoothed its contentious relationship with management, died Thursday in Mansfield Township, N.J., of an inoperable brain tumor.

Sylvia Browne, 77, a psychic and author who for decades made predictions about politics, celebrities and crime victims — sometimes right, sometimes not, frequently on TV — died Wednesday in San Jose, Calif., of undisclosed causes. (She told Larry King in 2003 that she would live to be 88.)

Mavis Batey, 92, one of Britain’s World War II breakers of Germany’s communications codes, whose vital contributions remained classified for decades, died Nov. 12.

Fred Kavli, 86, a philanthropist, physicist and entrepreneur who launched a foundation to support science research and award prizes of $1 million to scientists, died Thursday in Santa Barbara, Calif., from complications of surgery for a rare form of cancer.

The Rev. T.J. Jemison, 95, a civil-rights pioneer who organized a 1953 bus boycott in Baton Rouge, La., that foreshadowed the one set off by Rosa Parks in Montgomery, Ala., and who went on to lead the nation’s largest black Baptist organization into liberal-political activism, died Nov. 15 in Baton Rouge.

Billy Hardwick, 72, the first bowler to win the triple crown, all three of the most prestigious Professional Bowlers Association tournaments, died of a heart attack Nov. 16 in Bradenton, Fla.

Diane Disney Miller, 79, Walt Disney’s last surviving child and one of his inspirations for building the Disneyland theme park, died Tuesday in Napa Valley, Calif., of injuries from a fall. She founded the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco.

Barbara Park, 66, a former class clown who channeled her irreverence into the million-selling mishaps of grade schooler Junie B. Jones, died of ovarian cancer Nov. 15 in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Georges Lautner, 87, a director whose films from the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, often hilarious and wildly popular and still adored, are part of the French canon, died Friday. No cause was announced.

Adrienne Asch, 67, an internationally known bioethicist who, while supporting abortion rights, opposed the use of prenatal testing and abortion to select children free of disabilities, a stance informed partly by her own experience of blindness, died of cancer Tuesday in Manhattan.



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