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Originally published Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 6:20 AM

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The week’s passages

A roundup of notable obituaries from the week ending April 12.


Stephanie Camp, 46, a University of Washington history professor, well-known feminist historian and author of a groundbreaking book on enslaved women in the antebellum South, died of cancer April 2.

Robert E. Hull, 68, an award-winning architect who co-founded The Miller Hull Partnership, was chairman of the architecture department at the University of Washington and designed a number of local landmarks, including Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center, died Monday after complications from a stroke.

Mickey Rooney, 93, Hollywood’s top box-office draw in the late 1930s to early 1940s, who spent nine decades singing, dancing and acting in films, on television and on stage, died last Sunday in North Hollywood.

Jim Flaherty, 64, Canada’s former finance minister and a fixture on the world financial stage who stepped down just three weeks ago, died of a heart attack Thursday in Ottawa.

Zeituni Onyango, 61, President Obama’s Kenya-born aunt (the step­sister of Obama’s father) who received asylum in the U.S. in 2010 after years of living illegally in Boston, died there Tuesday. She had cancer and respiratory problems.

Peter Matthiessen, 86, an elegant novelist and a rugged naturalist, the only writer to win the National Book Award in both fiction and nonfiction, died of leukemia April 5 in Sagaponack, N.Y.

Mary Cheever, 95, an accomplished author and poet best known as the enduring spouse and widow of John Cheever, died Monday in Ossining, N.Y.,

Arthur Smith, 93, a country musician and composer known for “Guitar Boogie” and for “Feuding Banjos,” a bluegrass tune that became “Dueling Banjos” in the film “Deliverance,” died Thursday in Charlotte, N.C.

Edmond Harjo, 96, a retired schoolteacher, classical pianist, member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma and one of the last surviving members of the code talkers, who used their Native languages to foil the enemy in World Wars I and II, died March 31 in Ada, Okla.

James Hellwig, 54, a professional wrestler known in the 1990s as the Ultimate Warrior, collapsed and died Tuesday in Scottsdale, Ariz. An autopsy was planned.

Wayne Henderson, 74, a trombonist and composer who was a founding member of the Jazz Crusaders (later called the Crusaders), which became leading performers of jazz-funk, died April 5 in Culver City, Calif., of heart failure triggered by diabetes.

Sue Townsend, 68, the writer who sold millions of books about the angst-ridden teen diarist Adrian Mole and sent Queen Elizabeth II into exile on a public housing estate, died Thursday in Leicester, England, after a stroke.

Massimo Tamburini, 70, a largely self-taught artisan who designed the Ducati 916 and the MV Agusta F4, considered two of the most desirable motorcycles ever made, died of lung cancer last Sunday in San Marino, Italy.

Chuck Stone, 89, whose influential columns in the Philadelphia Daily News denounced racism, political corruption and police brutality and who helped found and lead the National Association of Black Journalists, died of heart failure last Sunday in Chapel Hill, N.C.



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