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Originally published June 7, 2014 at 6:04 AM | Page modified June 7, 2014 at 5:00 PM

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The week’s passages

A roundup of notable obituaries from the week ending June 7.


Pete Liddell, 84, a prizewinning photographer at The Seattle Times from 1966 to 1992, who also operated a small forge and loved collaborating with his sculptor wife on many projects, died of a heart attack May 6 at home in France, where they had lived since 2003.

Ciro de Quadros, 74, a Brazilian epidemiologist who navigated war zones and re-imagined outmoded public-health practices to lead an immunization campaign that eradicated polio in Latin America and the Caribbean, died of pancreatic cancer Wednesday in Washington, D.C.

Chester Nez, 93, the last of the original 29 Navajo code talkers — who developed an unbreakable code based on their language, then risked their lives on battlefields across the Pacific to send and decipher messages during World War II, died Wednesday in Albuquerque, N.M.

Elias Saavedra, who at 96 was one of the last survivors of the Bataan Death March — when tens of thousands of captured troops were forced to march through Philippine jungles to Japanese prison camps, and thousands perished en route — died Wednesday in San Rafael, N.M.

Yuri Kochiyama, 93, a civil-rights activist whose work led directly to the U.S. Senate’s agreement to pay reparations and apologize to Japanese Americans and others interned during the war (including Kochiyama herself), died June 1 in Berkeley, Calif.

Ann B. Davis, 88, the Emmy-winning actress who became the country’s most famous housekeeper as the devoted Alice Nelson of “The Brady Bunch,” died June 1 in San Antonio, Texas, a day after a fall in her home there.

Don Zimmer, 83, the stubby, muscled baseball lifer whose passion for the game endured through more than 60 years as a player, manager, coach and adviser, died Wednesday in Dunedin, Fla. He had kidney failure and other ailments.

Karen DeCrow, 76, a celebrated activist and civil-rights lawyer who led the National Organization for Women in the 1970s, died of melanoma Friday near Syracuse, N.Y.

Andrei N. Mironov, 60, was killed May 24 by artillery fire in Ukraine, where he was working as an interpreter for foreign journalists. He was also a passionate human-rights advocate and one of the last political prisoners of the Soviet era.

Susan Spencer-Wendel, 47, a reporter and writer whose best-selling book “Until I Say Goodbye” chronicled her fight to live joyfully — and she did — as she battled Lou Gehrig’s disease, died Wednesday in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Alexander Shulgin, 88, a respected chemist famed for dusting off a decades-old recipe for the psychedelic drug ecstasy (he studied it for medical use, not recreational), died of liver cancer Monday outside Lafayette, Calif.

Marilyn Beck, 85, a syndicated Hollywood columnist who for decades dished out celebrity gossip, died May 31 of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in Oceanside, Calif.

Jean Norris, 96, the volunteer for the blind who created Twin Vision, in which blind people could read Braille aloud from a classic children’s storybook while their sighted children, or parents, could follow along, page by page, with the printed version in the same volume, died April 30 in the L. A. community of Reseda, Calif.

Edward S. Finkelstein, 89, a master merchandiser who turned Macy’s into one of the nation’s smartest, fastest-growing department-store chains, only to see it wind up in bankruptcy court, died May 31 in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Mary Soames, 91, a memoirist and the last surviving child of the late British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and who served with the World War II Red Cross and then in London, Belgium and Germany with anti-aircraft batteries of the army’s Auxiliary Territorial Service, died May 31 in London.



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