The week’s passages
A roundup of notable obituaries for the week ending Dec. 14.
William Booker, 90, one of the first black military aviators, known as the Tuskegee Airmen, died Nov. 30 at a Kirkland nursing home after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. After World War II he became an electrical engineer and inventor, raised his family in Seattle’s Montlake neighborhood and worked for Boeing for 34 years.
Tom Chambers, 70, who served on the Washington State Supreme Court from 2000-2012 and wrote important opinions about the state’s foster-care system and the right to an attorney, died of mouth and throat cancer Wednesday at his home along Lake Sammamish.
Jim Hall, 83, one of the leading jazz guitarists of the modern era, who strongly influenced protégés such as Pat Metheny and Bill Frisell, died in his sleep Tuesday in Manhattan.
Betty Quadracci, 75, co-founder of the Wisconsin-based Quad/Graphics printing business, former publisher of Milwaukee Magazine and a champion of the arts, died Monday in Wisconsin. She had pneumonia.
Jack Fishman, 83, a chemist and medical researcher who helped develop naloxone, a powerful medication that has saved countless people from potentially fatal overdoses of heroin and other narcotics, died Dec. 7 in Remsenburg, N.Y. No cause was given.
Ichiro “George” Azumano, 95, who as a Japanese American was discharged from the Army and confined in an internment camp in World War II, and who then spent the rest of his life working to improve U.S.-Japanese relations through his Portland travel agency, died Monday.
Wilfred Billey, 90, a Navajo Code Talker who joined the Marines as a teen to hang out with his friends, died Thursday in Farmington, N.M. He was an educator and rancher.
Lawrence McCarthy, 49, a Wall Street trader who, as an executive at Lehman Brothers, was said to have predicted that credit-default-swap traders were “working on bringing down the whole world,” died of an aneurysm Thursday in New York City. He left Lehman in 2007, a year before its bankruptcy.
Allen Rosenberg, 82, a coxswain-turned-coach whose innovations in rowing technique helped produce Olympic and world champions, died Dec. 7 in Silver Spring, Md. He had Lewy body dementia, a progressive brain disorder.
Eleanor Parker, 91, who was nominated for Academy Awards three times for her portrayals of strong-willed women and played a scheming baroness in “The Sound of Music,” died Monday in Palm Springs, Calif.
Edouard Molinaro, 85, a French film director best known for his groundbreaking, gay-themed comedy “La Cage aux Folles,” died of pulmonary illness Dec. 7 in Paris.
Joseph Napolitan, 84, a campaign consultant (John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson) whose use of polling and media ads heralded the rise of independent strategists like himself and the waning power of party organizations in American political campaigns, died Dec. 2 in Agawam, Mass. He had prostate cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
Shane Del Rosario, 30, a mixed martial-arts fighter, died in Orange County, Calif., on Monday, nearly two weeks after the heavyweight suffered sudden cardiac arrest, which his doctors believe was caused by a congenital heart disorder.
Michael G. Kammen, 77, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian who explored the conflicting strains of American culture with irony and an appreciation of the quirky, died Nov. 29 in Ithaca, N.Y. He had been in failing health.