The week’s passages
A summary of notable obituaries for the week ending May 3.
Kenneth F. Bunting, 65, a distinguished journalist who led the Seattle Post-Intelligencer as managing editor, executive editor and associate publisher before it ceased print publication in 2009, died of a heart attack last Sunday in Columbia, Mo., where he had until recently served as executive director of the National Freedom of Information Coalition.
Jerry Manning, 58, artistic director since 2010 of the Seattle Repertory Theatre, where he had worked since 2000, died in a Seattle hospital Wednesday of complications after surgery for a congenital heart defect. He was widely credited with strengthening the theater despite the challenges of the recession.
Bob Hoskins, 71, the British film star who brought a singular mix of charm, menace and cockney accent to a variety of roles, including the bemused, live-action hero of the largely animated “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” died Tuesday of pneumonia, his family said, giving no further details.
Jack Ramsay, 89, the Hall of Fame coach who took the Portland Trail Blazers to their only NBA championship (in 1977) and who was regarded as one of pro basketball’s keenest coaching minds, died of cancer Monday in Naples, Fla.
Efrem Zimbalist Jr., 95, an actor who became a household name with two popular TV crime series, “77 Sunset Strip” and “The FBI,” died Friday in Solvang, Calif.
Gerald Guralnik, 77 one of six physicists who in the 1960s came up with a theory that nearly 50 years later would lead to the discovery of the Higgs boson, or the “God particle,” one of the most ambitious pursuits of modern physics, died of a heart attack April 26 in Providence, R.I.
Bassem Sabry, 31, one of Egypt’s most respected bloggers, who chronicled the country’s turmoil since its 2011 uprising, died Tuesday in an accidental fall from the balcony of a Cairo high-rise, according to security officials and media reports. Why he fell was unclear.
Dennis Kamakahi, 61, a prolific Hawaiian songwriter, an influential slack-key guitarist and a central figure in the 1970s cultural movement known as the Hawaiian renaissance, died of lung cancer Monday in Honolulu.
Walter R. Walsh, 106, a world-class marksman who became an FBI legend in shootouts with gangsters in the 1930s, an Olympic competitor and a trainer of generations of Marine Corps sharpshooters, died Tuesday at his home in Arlington, Va.
Frank Budd, 74, an Olympic sprinter who for a time was considered the world’s fastest human, with a record of 9.2 seconds in the 100-yard dash in 1961, died Tuesday in Marlton, N.J. No cause was given.
Al Feldstein, 88, who took over a fledgling humor magazine called Mad in 1956 and made it a popular, profitable and enduring wellspring of American satire, died Tuesday in Paradise Valley, Mont. No cause was given.
Stefanie Zweig, 81, the author of “Nowhere in Africa,” a best-selling autobiographical novel about the life of a Jewish family in Kenya after their escape from Nazi Germany, and the inspiration for an Oscar-winning film, died in Frankfurt, Germany, on April 25. No cause was given.
Juan Formell, 71, the Cuban composer, arranger and bass player who founded the group Los Van Van and made it into one of the world’s greatest dance bands, died on Thursday in Havana. No cause was given.