A roundup of the week's notable obituaries
Robert C. Macauley, 87, a paper manufacturer who founded a charity, AmeriCares, that has delivered more than $10 billion in medicine, food and humanitarian aid to alleviate crises in more than 140 countries, died of emphysema Dec. 26 in North Palm Beach, Fla.
Billy Taylor, 89, an acclaimed jazz pianist and composer who became one of the genre’s most ardent advocates through radio, television and the landmark Jazzmobile arts venture, died of a heart attack Tuesday in Manhattan.
Teena Marie, 54, the “Ivory Queen of Soul” who developed a lasting legacy with her silky pipes and with hits like “Lovergirl,” “Square Biz” and “Fire and Desire” with mentor Rick James, died Dec. 26, apparently of natural causes, in Pasadena, Calif.
Helen Maynor Scheirbeck, 75, an American-Indian activist who expanded educational opportunities and led efforts for greater self-determination by Indians, and who later became a top official of the National Museum of the American Indian, died Dec. 19 in Ocean Pines, Md., of stroke complications.
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Robert S. Chandler, 74, who dealt with complex problems as superintendent of many of the country’s largest national parks, including Olympic National Park in Washington in the 1980s, died of multiple myeloma Dec. 23 in Bakersfield, Calif.
Agathe von Trapp, 97, a retired kindergarten helper and the eldest daughter of the von Trapp family made famous in “The Sound of Music,” died Tuesday in Maryland, where she lived in Brooklandville.
Geraldine Doyle, 86, a homemaker who as a 17-year-old factory worker became the inspiration for a World War II recruitment poster that evoked female power and independence under the slogan “We Can Do It!,” died of arthritis complications Dec. 26 in Lansing, Mich.
Ray Aardal, 83, a former Kitsap County commissioner, chairman of the Washington State Transportation Commission and Bremerton restaurant owner whose political career ended in 1988 when he served jail time for sexual abuse of a teenage girl, died of an undisclosed illness Dec. 16 in Grants Pass, Ore., where he had relocated.
Alfred E. Kahn, 93, a Cornell University economist best known as the chief architect and promoter of deregulating the nation’s airlines, died of cancer Monday in Ithaca, N.Y.
Rusty McNeil, 81, who toured the country for 15 years teaching American history by singing folk music with her husband while they raised their five children and a succession of dogs in a converted school bus, died Dec. 15 in Riverside, Calif., of stroke complications.
Bud Greenspan, 84, the filmmaker whose documentaries soared as triumphantly as the Olympic Games he chronicled for more than six decades, died of Parkinson’s disease Dec. 25 in New York City.
Isabelle Caro, 28, a French actress and model whose nude, emaciated image in a shock ad campaign helped rivet global attention on the problem of anorexia in the fashion world and beyond, died Nov. 17 after returning to France from a job in Tokyo. She had spent years in and out of hospitals.
Ronald Lee Herrick, 79, who donated a kidney to his dying twin brother 56 years ago in what is recognized as the world’s first successful organ transplant (his brother lived an additional eight years), died Monday in Augusta, Maine, of complications following heart surgery in October.
John Warhola, 85, the older brother who helped raise pop-art icon Andy Warhol and later helped establish the Andy Warhol Museum in their native Pittsburgh, died of pneumonia Dec. 24 in Pittsburgh.