A roundup of the week's notable obituaries
Lance Cpl. Ramon Kaipat, 22, a 2007 graduate of Mount Tahoma High School who enlisted in the Marines the following year, died Wednesday in combat in the Helmand province of Afghanistan. It was his second combat deployment.
Spc. Philip Schiller, 21, of The Colony, Texas, a Stryker Brigade soldier from Joint Base Lewis McChord, died Wednesday of wounds suffered when his unit was attacked in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province.
Richard Beyer, 86, the UW economics grad student who became a master sculptor instead and who created “Waiting for the Interurban,” in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood, died Monday in New York City after a stroke in March. His wry works displayed a genius for joyful subjects and found their way to cities and collections throughout the Northwest and the world.
Nelson Fausto, 75, chairman of the University of Washington pathology department for 18 years and renowned for his innovative research on the regenerative power of the liver, died April 2 after a struggle with cancer.
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Carsten Lien, 86, of Seattle, who in a wide-ranging career was a vice president at Washington Mutual and at REI and was also a longtime advocate for wilderness, an author and former president of The Mountaineers, died April 7 of Parkinson’s disease.
Amy Tryon, 42, the equestrian from Duvall who won the bronze medal in team eventing at the Athens Olympics in 2004 and who was on the 2008 U.S. team as well, died Thursday in her sleep. The cause of death was not known.
Mike Wallace, 93, the CBS reporter who became one of the nation’s best-known broadcast journalists as an interrogator of the famous and infamous on “60 Minutes,” died April 7 in New Canaan, Conn.
Agustin Roman, 83, a priest who after being expelled from Cuba in 1961 became a spiritual leader and advocate for Cuban exiles and many other immigrants, and later became the first Cuban named a bishop in the U.S., died Wednesday in Miami of cardiac arrest.
Ahmed Ben Bella, 93, a farmer’s son who fought for France in World War II, turned against it in the brutal struggle for Algerian independence and rose to become Algeria’s first elected president after years of captivity and exile, died Wednesday at his home in Algiers.
Mark Lenzi, 43, an Olympic diver and gold medalist in the 1992 Games who became the first in his sport to score 100 points in a single dive, died April 9 in Greenville, N.C. He had a heart ailment, his mother said.
Elan Steinberg, 59, a child of Holocaust survivors who as executive director of the World Jewish Congress helped Nazi victims and their heirs reclaim more than $1 billion from long-abandoned Swiss bank accounts, died of lymphatic cancer April 6 in New York City.
Raymond Aubrac, 97, a major figure of the French Resistance who evaded the Nazis in a now-legendary escape led by his equally renowned wife, the late Lucie Aubrac, died Tuesday in Paris.
Jack Tramiel, 83, whose immensely popular Commodore computers helped ignite the personal-computer industry the way Henry Ford’s Model T kick-started the mass production of automobiles, died of heart failure last Sunday in Palo Alto, Calif.
Reed Whittemore, 92, twice a poet laureate of the United States, whose work’s calm, unruffled surface belied deep subversion below, died April 6 in Kensington, Md.
Lili Chookasian, 90, a contralto and longtime Tenafly, N.J., resident who sang with the Metropolitan Opera for 24 years, died Tuesday.