A roundup of the week's notable obituaries
Staff Sgt. Kenneth Wade Bennett, 26, of Glendora, Calif., died Nov. 10 in Sperwan Gar, Afghanistan, when an enemy bomb exploded during combat operations. He served with the 53rd Ordnance Company, based at the Yakima Training Center, part of Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Staff Sgt. Rayvon Battle Jr., 25, a Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier from Rocky Mount, N.C., died Tuesday in Afghanistan. He served with the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division in Kandahar province and arrived in Afghanistan earlier this month. The cause of his death is under investigation.
Col. James L. Stone, 89, who as an Army platoon leader on a desolate hilltop facing overwhelming Chinese forces during the Korean War rallied his men, then stayed behind to cover their retreat despite being wounded three times, actions for which he was awarded the Medal of Honor, died of prostate cancer Nov. 9 in Arlington, Texas.
Alf Kumalo, 82, who became one of South Africa’s leading documentary photographers — a chronicler of apartheid and of South Africa’s emergence as a multiracial democracy — died Oct. 21 in Johannesburg.
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David Durk, 77, a New York police detective who with Officer Frank Serpico shattered the infamous blue wall of silence to expose widespread corruption in the city’s Police Department in the 1960s and ’70s, died of cardiac arrest Tuesday in Putnam County, N.Y.
Bernard Lansky, 85, the Memphis retailer who helped a young Elvis Presley establish his signature clothing style of pegged pants, two-toned shoes and other flashy duds in the 1950s, died Thursday at his Memphis home.
Susan Jeffers, 74, a psychologist who wrote 18 self-help books, the first of which, “Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway,” became an international phenomenon, died of cancer Oct. 27 in Santa Monica, Calif.
Will Barnet, 101, an artist who during an eight-decade career depicted the Great Depression’s victims in gritty prints, sojourned in abstraction and finally returned to a haunted realism for which he is best known, died Tuesday in New York City.
Cornel Lucas, 92, a British portrait photographer who created defining images of Brigitte Bardot, Katharine Hepburn, Gregory Peck and a host of other celebrities during the 1950s and ’60s, when publicity photos were the lifeblood of the star-making process, died Nov. 8 in London.
Henry Colman, 89, a TV producer and executive whose credits include “The Love Boat,” “Hawaii Five-O” and “Green Acres,” died Nov. 7.
Marshall J. Bouldin III, 89, a Mississippi portrait artist whose paintings hung in the White House and the halls of Congress, and whose subjects included 20th-century Southern political leaders, President Nixon’s daughters and William Faulkner, died Monday in Memphis, Tenn. He was 89.
Martin Fay, 76, a classically trained violinist who helped revive traditional Irish music as a founding member of the Chieftains, died Wednesday in Dublin.