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The week’s passages

A roundup of notable obituaries from the week ending Aug. 9


Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, 55, U.S. deputy commander for training Afghan troops, was killed Tuesday near Kabul in an attack by a man in an Afghan army uniform. The native of upstate New York was believed to be the highest-ranking U.S. military official killed in action since that war began in 2001.

James S. Brady, 73, the White House press secretary who was shot in the head in the 1981 assassination attempt on President Reagan and then became a symbol of the fight for gun control, championing tighter regulations from his wheelchair, died Monday in Alexandria, Va. No cause was specified.

Jon Cavaiani, 70, a retired Army sergeant major and former prisoner of war who was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1974 for fending off an overwhelming number of enemy soldiers in Vietnam, allowing most of his men to escape, died of leukemia July 29 in Stanford, Calif.

Chung Eun-yong, 91, a Korean ex-policeman whose quest for justice for his two slain children led the U.S. Army in 2001 to acknowledge the 1950 massacre of Korean War refugees at No Gun Ri, died Aug. 1, the No Gun Ri Peace Foundation reported.

Jesse L. Steinfeld, 87, who became the first surgeon general forced out of office by a president after he campaigned hard against smoking during the Richard Nixon era, died Tuesday in Pomona, Calif., from a stroke about a month ago.

Dorothy Salisbury Davis, 98, an award-winning mystery author whose fascination with motivation, morality and manners powered the suspense novels she wrote for over a half-century, died last Sunday in Palisades, N.Y.

Ed Sprinkle, 90, a star defensive end for the Chicago Bears in the 1940s and 1950s whose forearm blows led to his being called the “meanest man” in football, died July 28 in Palos Heights, Ill.

Marilyn Burns, 65, a “scream queen” of low-budget horror flicks who shrieked her way into cult-movie fame in “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” in 1974, was found dead of apparently natural causes on Tuesday in Houston.

Laura Kostyra Plimpton, 59, who worked for more than 25 years for her older sister, the home-decorating business executive Martha Stewart, died of a brain aneurysm Wednesday in Norwalk, Conn.

Billie Letts, 76, a college English teacher and a late-blooming writer whose 1995 debut novel, “Where the Heart Is,” became a best-seller and was the inspiration for a Hollywood film, died Aug. 2 in Tulsa, Okla. She had pneumonia and leukemia.

Warren Bennis, 89, a world-renowned expert on leadership and a much-honored business professor at the University of Southern California who authored nearly 30 books, died of age-related causes July 31 in Santa Monica, Calif.

Wilfred Feinberg, 94, a U.S. Court of Appeals judge for the New York-based 2nd Circuit who ruled in major cases involving the Vietnam War and labor rights over his five decades on the bench died July 31 in Manhattan.

Peter Hall, 82, a British planner credited with developing the concept of enterprise zones to spur growth by reducing taxes and regulations in blighted urban areas, died July 30 in London.



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