A roundup of notable obituaries from the week ending August 10.
Glen Campbell, 81, the affable superstar singer of “Rhinestone Cowboy” and “Wichita Lineman” whose appeal spanned country, pop, television and movies, died Tuesday in Nashville. Campbell announced in June 2011 that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
He managed to say goodbye to his life and career before his mind was overtaken by the disease in the best way he knew: Campbell was able to go out on one last big tour, star in a documentary and record an album of his favorite songs, fittingly called “Adios.” Three of his children sing on the album, which was released earlier this summer.
Arlene Gottfried, 66, whose arresting images of ordinary people in New York’s humbler neighborhoods earned her belated recognition as one of the finest street photographers of her generation, died Tuesday at her home in Manhattan. Her brother, comedian and actor Gilbert Gottfried, said the cause was complications of breast cancer.
Barbara Cook, 89, whose shimmering soprano made her one of Broadway’s leading ingénues as the librarian Marian opposite Robert Preston in “The Music Man” (1957) and then drove a second, longer career as a major cabaret and concert interpreter of popular American song, died Tuesday in Manhattan.
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Haruo Nakajima, 88, the Japanese actor who played the movie monster Godzilla in a dozen films and whose booming steps in a 200-pound rubber suit sent the denizens of Tokyo running into cinema history, died Monday.
George Bundy Smith, 80, a former civil-rights activist who in 2004 wrote the benchmark decision by New York’s highest court that, in effect, voided the state’s death penalty, died Aug. 5 at his home in Harlem.
“New York is no less deserving of a badge of shame for the role race played in capital punishment,” he wrote at the time.
Alan Peckolick, 76, who overcame a failed art school career to emerge as a leading designer of some the world’s most distinctive logos, died Aug. 3 in Danbury, Connecticut. The cause was brain damage sustained after a fall. He had Parkinson’s disease.
His typography distinguished familiar logos for AT&T (in lowercase letters beneath a globe encircled by undulating blue stripes) and GM (just the two initials underscored by a muscular solid bar), and the typefaces for company names, including Pfizer, Revlon and Mercedes-Benz.
Marshall I. Goldman, 87, who diagnosed deficiencies in Moscow’s economic policies for decades and was among the first Kremlinologists to predict the downfall of Mikhail S. Gorbachev, died on Aug. 2 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The cause was complications of dementia.