A roundup of the week's notable obituaries
Dave Brubeck, 91, a giant of American music who was largely responsible for turning modern jazz into pop music, an adventurous composer, educator, pianist, band leader and ambassador for jazz who continued performing until a few months ago, died Wednesday near his Wilton, Conn., home.
Oscar Niemeyer, 104, the architect whose soaring buildings form the heart of Brasilia, the instant modernist capital built in the wilds of Brazil in the late 1950s, died Wednesday in Rio de Janeiro.
Maria Goodloe-Johnson, 55, who served 3-½ years as superintendent of Seattle Public Schools, leaving in March 2011, died Wednesday in Detroit. She had cancer.
David Oliver Relin, 49, co-author with Greg Mortenson of the best-selling book “Three Cups of Tea” — which came under scrutiny last year when “60 Minutes” and writer Jon Krakauer said it contained numerous falsehoods — killed himself in the rural community of Corbett near Portland, on Nov. 14, the deputy Multnomah County medical examiner confirmed last Sunday.
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Eileen Moran, 60, a visual-effects producer who helped create the look of a bevy of blockbuster movies — including “Avatar,” “King Kong,” the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy and the upcoming “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” — died of cancer last Sunday in Wellington, New Zealand.
Jack Brooks, 89, an irascible, cigar-chomping former Texas lawmaker who over his 42 years in Congress defied fellow Southerners by supporting civil rights, investigated abuses by Presidents Nixon and Reagan and repeatedly attacked government waste, died Tuesday in Beaumont, Texas. No cause was given.
Willis Whitfield, 92, who in 1962 invented the clean room — with scrubbed air that can protect electronic or nuclear work, desperately ill patients and any other human endeavor in which microscopic particles such as dust and germs cannot be allowed to interfere — died Nov. 12 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Besse Cooper, 116, who was listed as the world’s oldest person, died Tuesday in Monroe, Ga.
Ignatius Hazim, 92, the patriarch of a Damascus-based Eastern Orthodox church, the Greek Orthodox Church of the Antioch, died of a stroke Wednesday in a Beirut hospital.
Lars V. Hormander, 81, a Swede who won the most prestigious award in mathematics for his groundbreaking work on partial differential equations, which has found broad applications across many branches of physics, died Nov. 25 in Lund, Sweden.
Mona Ackerman, 66, whose experience as a clinical psychologist informed her advice column, “Dr. Mona Knows,” for The Huffington Post, died of ovarian cancer Wednesday in Manhattan.
Elisabeth Murdoch, 103, one of Australia’s leading philanthropists and the mother of News Corp. Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch, died Tuesday at her home near Melbourne.
Miguel Calero, 41, the former Colombia goalkeeper who played for more than a decade with Mexican club Pachuca, died Tuesday in Mexico City of stroke complications.
Reinhold Weege, 62, who created the popular Emmy-winning sitcom “Night Court” and wrote and co-produced “Barney Miller,” died Dec. 1 of natural causes at his home in La Jolla, Calif.
Chris Stamp, 70, who aspired to make a documentary about the rise of British rock in the 1960s and ended up helping discover and manage a raucous quartet called The Who, died Nov. 24 in Manhattan, of cancer.
Spain Rodriguez, 72, a cartoonist influential in the rise of underground comics, died of cancer Wednesday in San Francisco.
Kanzaburo Nakamura, 57, a Kabuki actor who helped boost the popularity of the Japanese art form, died Wednesday of acute respiratory distress syndrome.