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Originally published Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 6:05 AM

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The week’s passages

A roundup of notable obituaries from the week ending Aug. 2.


Paul Schell, 76, whose 1998-2002 term as Seattle mayor was marked by crises from the WTO riots to Boeing’s corporate departure, but whose imprint as an enthusiastic city-builder can be seen in libraries, parks, community centers and public art, died last Sunday in Seattle after undergoing heart surgery.

Dale Schlueter, 68, a Tacoma native and 10-season NBA veteran who played with the Portland Trail Blazers in their inaugural 1970-71 season, died of cancer July 24 in Portland.

Bel Kaufman, 103, the fiction writer, educator and storyteller whose million-selling “Up the Down Staircase” captured the insanity, humor, pathos and poetry of the American high school, died last Sunday in New York City.

Theodore “Dutch” Van Kirk, 93, navigator on the Enola Gay and the last surviving member of its 12-man crew that in 1945 dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, the first nuclear bomb in the history of warfare, died Monday in Stone Mountain, Ga.

Anthony Smith, 88, a storied English explorer and author best known for crossing the Atlantic in 2011 on the Antiki, a log raft full of retirees (he was 85), died of respiratory failure July 7 in Oxford, England.

Joshu Sasaki Roshi, 107, a Japanese monk who moved to Los Angeles to teach Zen Buddhism, and who guided thousands of adherents, but who also was accused in 2012 of sexually abusing female students over decades (no criminal charges were filed), died in L.A. last Sunday.

Margot Adler, 68, a longtime correspondent for NPR who was also a recognized authority on, and a longtime practitioner of, neo-pagan spiritualism, died of cancer Monday in New York City.

James Shigeta, 85, who shared a 1960 Golden Globe as most promising newcomer and was male lead in the movie musical “Flower Drum Song” the next year, but who encountered Hollywood’s stigma against Asian leading men and never again played lead in a major film, died of pulmonary failure Monday in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Wallace “Wah Wah” Jones, 88, an NBA player and a multisport star (basketball, football, baseball) who helped the University of Kentucky win its first two national basketball titles and shared Olympic gold in basketball, died last Sunday in Lexington, Ky. No cause was given.

Dick Wagner, 71, the skilled guitarist who worked with Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, Kiss and Aerosmith, and also co-wrote many of Cooper’s hits, died of respiratory failure Wednesday in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Adm. Charles R. Larson, 77, the onetime commander-in-chief of military forces in the Pacific who became superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy to restore discipline after it was rocked by the largest cheating scandal in its history, died last Sunday in Annapolis, Md. He had leukemia.

Alan C. Greenberg, 86, a risk-chasing Wall Street titan who built Bear Stearns into a global investment-banking powerhouse and shared responsibility, many said, for its collapse in the recession in 2008, died of cancer July 25 in Manhattan.

Carlo Bergonzi, 90, one of the 20th century’s most distinguished operatic tenors, died July 25 in Milan.

Robert Drew, 90, a filmmaker and pioneer of the modern documentary whoschooled a generation of influential directors, died Wednesday in Sharon, Conn.



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