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The week’s passages

A roundup of notable obituaries from the week ending March 8


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Frank Jobe, 88, the sports-medicine pioneer who was the first to perform what became known as Tommy John Surgery, deleting the words “career-ending” from the phrase “career-ending elbow injury,” died Thursday in Santa Monica, Calif., after being hospitalized recently with an undisclosed illness.

Sheila MacRae, 92, the actress and singer best known for playing Alice Kramden in the 1960s version of “The Honeymooners” — sketches with comedian Jackie Gleason on his variety show — died Thursday in Englewood, N.J.

Sherwin Nuland, 83, a surgeon and medical ethicist who opposed assisted suicide and wrote an award-winning book called “How We Die,” died Monday of prostate cancer in Hamden, Conn.

Alejandro Zaffaroni, 91, a prolific biotechnology entrepreneur and Silicon Valley legend who played a significant role in the development of the birth-control pill, the nicotine patch, the DNA chip and corticosteroids, died March 1 in Atherton, Calif.

Sean Potts, 83, who learned to play the tin whistle from his grandfather in the 1930s and for a time made an international career out of it as a founding member of the traditional Irish band the Chieftains, died on Feb. 11 in Dublin.

Lee Lorch, 98, a soft-spoken mathematician whose leadership in the campaign to desegregate Stuyvesant Town, a huge whites-only housing development in Manhattan, helped make housing discrimination illegal nationwide, died Friday in Toronto, Canada.

Geoff Edwards, 83, the 1970s and ’80s host of TV game shows including “Jackpot!” and two incarnations of “Treasure Hunt,” died of pneumonia Wednesday in Santa Monica, Calif.

Justin Kaplan, 88, an author and cultural historian who wrote a definitive, Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Mark Twain and spiced the popular canon as general editor of Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations, died last Sunday in Cambridge, Mass. He had Parkinson’s disease.

Alain Resnais, 91, the French filmmaker who helped introduce literary modernism to the movies and became an international art-house star with nonlinear narrative films like “Hiroshima Mon Amour” and “Last Year at Marienbad,” died March 1 in Paris.

Ralph M. Bahna, 71, who is credited with creating one of the first luxury business-class services on a major airline (TWA), and later became chairman of Priceline.com, died of heart failure Feb. 24 in Manhattan.

Carlos Gracida, 53, one of the most accomplished players in the history of polo, died Feb. 25 after falling from his horse during a match in Wellington, Fla.

Carmen Berra, 85, the wife of New York Yankees great Yogi Berra, died Thursday in New Jersey’s Essex County. No cause was given. The Berras had recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.



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