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Originally published Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 6:10 AM

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The week’s passages

A roundup of notable obituaries from the week ending June 14.


Justin Clouse, 22, an Army corporal from the town of Sprague, southwest of Spokane, was among five soldiers killed in Afghanistan on Monday by what is being investigated as friendly fire. He was on his second tour of duty in that country.

Tomas Villanueva, 72, who for decades advocated for farmworkers in Washington, from the state Capitol to the orchards of Central Washington, working to improve wages, working conditions, health care and housing, and helping found and lead the United Farm Workers of Washington, died June 6.

Ruby Dee, 91, one of the most enduring actresses of theater and film, whose public profile and activist passions made her, along with her husband, Ossie Davis, a leading advocate for civil rights both in show business and in the wider world, died Wednesday at home in New Rochelle, N.Y.

Bob Welch, 57, a flame-throwing right-hander for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Oakland Athletics who overcame alcoholism to win 211 games, including 27 in 1990, a single-season total no other pitcher has reached in the past 40 years, died of a heart attack Monday in Seal Beach, Calif.

Phyllis Patterson, 82, a former history and English teacher who brought 16th-century Europe to Southern California in the 1960s when she and her husband, Ron, founded the first contemporary Renaissance Faire, died of dementia complications May 18 in San Rafael, Calif.

Eric Hill, 86, whose effort to entertain his young son with a simple drawing of a mischievous dog named Spot blossomed into a popular series of children’s books that have sold more than 60 million copies, died June 6 in Templeton, Calif. after a short illness.

Myles J. Ambrose, 87, who was President Richard Nixon’s first drug czar, but who resigned before he could take the helm of the government arm he had helped shepherd into being, the Drug Enforcement Administration, died of an apparent heart attack June 3 in Leesburg, Va.

Glenn A. Britt, 65, the longtime chief executive of Time Warner Cable, whose career encompassed the shift from televisions with rabbit ears to streaming video, died of melanoma Wednesday in Manhattan.

Martha Hyer, 89, an Oscar-nominated actress who performed alongside the likes of Frank Sinatra and Humphrey Bogart (the latter most notably in “Sabrina,”) and later gained notoriety for her extravagant lifestyle, died May 31 in Santa Fe, N.M.

Alexander Imich, 111, a Polish-born psychic researcher who was certified as the oldest man on earth, died last Sunday in Manhattan.

Karlheinz Böhm, 86, an actor turned humanitarian who devoted many years to helping the people of Ethiopia, died May 29 in Grödig, Austria. He had Alzheimer’s disease and chose euthanasia, which is legal in his country.

Jay Holcomb, 63, who led bird-rescue efforts at some of the world’s biggest oil spills during his leadership at International Bird Rescue, died of kidney cancer this past week in Modesto, Calif.

Michael Schmidt, 68, a German photographer known for presenting stark black-and-white images in dramatic sequence, to powerful emotional effect, in such projects as a tour of the global food industry, died May 24 in Berlin. No cause was given.



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