The week’s passages
A roundup of notable obituaries from the week ending Aug. 23
John Voorhees, 88, a mischievously droll writer for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and then The Seattle Times from the early 1950s to the 1990s who wrote about every facet of the arts, died Aug. 15.
B.K.S. Iyengar, 95, who began teaching yoga in the 1930s and helped lay the foundation for the explosive growth of yoga as practice and industry, opening institutes on six continents and attaining rock-star status, died Wednesday in Pune, India.
Don Pardo, 96, the radio man and TV game-show announcer who for 38 seasons was the voice of “Saturday Night Live,” died Monday in Tucson, Ariz.
Sophie Masloff, 96, a self-described “old Jewish grandmother” and Pittsburgh’s first female mayor, 1988-1994, who used humor and firm resolve to lead a city that was losing its steel industry, died there last Sunday.
Richard Dauenhauer, 72, of Alaska, an expert on Tlingit lore and language and a former Alaska poet laureate, who earned praise for preserving and recording Tlingit culture, died Tuesday of cancer in Juneau.
George V. Hansen, 83, a Republican whose open disdain for federal authority made him a popular figure in Idaho, where he was elected to Congress seven times, and who landed in federal prison twice for financial-disclosure violations and fraud, died Aug. 14 in Pocatello. He had circulatory and heart problems.
Deborah Sussman, 83, a designer whose bold color choices for thousands of 1984 Olympics signs, gateways, pylons, uniforms and venue exteriors were at first controversial but came to define the look of the Los Angeles event, died of breast cancer at home Tuesday in Los Angeles.
Derek Rieth, 43, a longtime percussionist for Portland band Pink Martini who played everything from bongos to finger cymbals, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound last week.
James Jeffords, 80, who as a U.S. senator from Vermont in 2001 tipped control of the Senate when he quit the Republican Party to become an independent and caucus with the Democrats, died Monday in Washington, D.C. He had been in declining health.
Licia Albanese, 105, a revered Metropolitan Opera soprano who achieved superstar status in the postwar era, died Aug. 15 in New York.
Robert Hansen, 75, who hunted down women in the Alaska wilderness in the 1970s — he confessed to killing 17 and raping 30 more and was serving a 461-year sentence — died Thursday in an Anchorage hospital. He had been in declining health.
Terence A. Todman, 88, who as U.S. ambassador to six nations and the first black person to head a geographic division of the State Department was known for candor, adroit negotiating and relentless efforts to bring more minorities to the Foreign Service, died Aug. 13 on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Albert Reynolds, 81, the straight-talking Irish prime minister who played a key role in delivering peace to Northern Ireland, died of Alzheimer’s disease Thursday in Dublin.
Edmund Szoka, 86, the Roman Catholic cardinal who was the former governor of Vatican City and the head of the Detroit archdiocese, died of natural causes Wednesday in Novi, Mich.