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The week’s passages

A roundup of notable obituaries from the week ending March 15.


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Kurt Chew-Een Lee, 88, one of the first Asian-American officers in the Marine Corps, whose bravery in the Korean War brought him the Navy Cross, the Silver Star and an enduring place among Marine heroes, died March 3 in Washington, D.C., possibly of a heart attack.

Hunein Maassab, 87, a researcher who over decades developed a nasal-spray flu vaccine, FluMist, more effective than flu shots and now in widespread use, died Feb. 1 in North Carolina. No cause was announced.

Reubin Askew, 85, who as governor of Florida from 1971 to 1979 left enduring legacies in open government and ethics and championed gender and racial equality, died Thursday in Tallahassee. In recent months he’d had a stroke and pneumonia.

Ahmed Tejan Kabbah, 82, who as president of Sierra Leone oversaw the end of the country’s brutal civil war, died Thursday in Freetown.

William Clay Ford, 88, owner of the NFL Detroit Lions, a philanthropist and the last surviving grandson of Henry Ford, who helped steer the company into a modern-design era, died of pneumonia last Sunday in Grosse Pointe, Mich.

Mohammed Qasim Fahim, 57, Afghanistan’s influential vice president who was a leading commander in the alliance that fought the Taliban, died of natural causes last Sunday in Kabul.

William R. Pogue, 84, the pilot of a record-setting U.S. mission in space and one of the few astronauts ever to go on strike, while in orbit, to demand more time for contemplating the universe from Skylab (they got it), died March 3 in Cocoa Beach, Fla.

Ophelia Devore-Mitchell, 91, a former model, agent, charm-school director and newspaper publisher who almost single-handedly opened the modeling profession to African Americans, died Feb. 28 in Manhattan.

Hal Douglas, 89, among the top voice-over artists of a generation, who narrated thousands of movie trailers in a gravelly baritone, died of pancreatic cancer March 7 in Lovettsville, Va.

Larry Burrough, 66, an Ellensburg resident who in his newspaper-editing career helped The Orange County Register win a 1996 Pulitzer Prize, died of a brain tumor Monday in Yakima.

Shawn Kuykendall, 32, a college-soccer standout who after an MLS career moved to coaching in the D.C. area, then fought a vigorous, public battle against thymic cancer, died Wednesday.

Joe McGinniss, 71, the author and reporter who skewered the marketing of Richard Nixon in “The Selling of the President 1968” and tracked his personal journey from sympathizer to scourge of convicted killer Jeffrey MacDonald in the blockbuster “Fatal Vision,” died of prostate cancer Monday in Worcester, Mass.

Wendy Hughes, 61, an Australian actress known internationally for her roles in “My Brilliant Career” and other movies, died of cancer March 8 in Sydney.



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