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The week’s passages

A roundup of notable obituaries from the week ending June 21.


Philip Thiel, 93, a retired professor of architecture at the University of Washington who had advocated for a public plaza in the University District that could serve as a gathering place and a center for community festivals, died May 10 at his Seattle home of cancer of the thymus.

Stuart Vaughan, 88, founding artistic director of the Seattle Repertory Theater, who also directed the first productions of the New York Shakespeare Festival and launched a repertory theater in New Orleans and another that toured community centers and colleges, died of prostate cancer June 10 in High Bridge, N.J.

Horace Silver, 85, the prolific jazz pianist and composer who co-founded the legendary Jazz Messengers, pioneered the genre known as hard bop and mentored scores of musicians, died of natural causes Wednesday in New Rochelle, N.Y.

Casey Kasem, 82, who created and hosted one of radio’s most popular syndicated pop-music shows, “American Top 40,” died of Lewy body dementia last Sunday in a Gig Harbor hospital. His care while dying was the center of a legal battle between his wife and his children from a previous marriage.

Tony Gwynn, 54, a Hall of Famer appreciated throughout baseball for his wizardry with a bat and beloved in San Diego for his loyalty to his adopted city, died Monday in Poway, Calif., of mouth cancer he had attributed to his decades of chewing tobacco.

Stephanie Kwolek, 90, a pioneering woman in chemistry who at DuPont in 1965 invented Kevlar, the stronger-than-steel fiber used in spacesuits, airplanes and many other applications but most notably in bulletproof vests — saving thousands of lives so far — died Wednesday in Wilmington, Del.

Gerry Conlon, 60, who was imprisoned unjustly for an Irish Republican Army bombing and freed 15 years later, and whose story inspired an Oscar-nominated film, died of cancer Saturday in Belfast, Ireland.

Daniel Keyes, 86, the author of “Flowers for Algernon,” the story of a man with an IQ of 68 who temporarily becomes a genius after surgery — a book that inspired the film “Charly” — died of pneumonia last Sunday in Florida.

Gerry Goffin, 75, a lyricist who wrote more than 50 Top-40 hits, and with his then-wife Carole King wrote such hits as “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” and “The Loco-Motion,” died Thursday in Los Angeles. No cause was given.

Lorna Wing, 85, a British psychiatrist who was instrumental in identifying autism as a mental disorder of many gradations, affecting people across the spectrum of intelligence — and who gave autism in its mildest form the name Asperger’s syndrome — died of Alzheimer’s disease June 6 in Kent, England.

Chuck Noll, 82, who led the Pittsburgh Steelers to an unprecedented four Super Bowl wins in six seasons, died June 14 in Sewickley, Pa.

Stanley Marsh 3, 76, of Amarillo, Texas, the flamboyant oil-and-gas heir who commissioned the famed Cadillac Ranch buried-car art installation but who was also charged with sexually molesting teenage boys, died Tuesday. He had been hospitalized with various illnesses.

Ray Fox, 98, a premier ­NASCAR engine builder and top mechanic in the 1950s and ’60s, died last Sunday in Daytona, Fla.



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