A roundup of notable obituaries from the week ending June 13.
Dr. Lester R. Sauvage, 88, a Seattle heart surgeon and author who performed more than 10,000 surgeries in his career and founded what’s now known as the Hope Heart Institute in 1959 to advance research, education and awareness of heart disease and treatment, died June 5 in his sleep, of complications of Parkinson’s disease.
Christopher Lee, 93, the physically towering British movie actor who lent his distinguished good looks, Shakespearean voice and aristocratic presence to a gallery of villains, from a seductive Count Dracula to a dreaded wizard in “The Lord of the Rings,” died last Sunday in London.
Ornette Coleman, 85, the alto saxophonist and composer who was one of the most powerful and contentious innovators in the history of jazz, died of cardiac arrest Thursday in New York.
Ronnie Gilbert, 88, an exuberant folk singer whose career with the Weavers was temporarily derailed by the Red Scare of the 1950s, died June 6 of natural causes in Mill Valley, Calif.
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Marguerite Patten, 99, a government home economist who taught ration-pinched British families how to make a satisfying meal out of practically nothing during World War II, and later became one of the country’s first television chefs and the author of more than 170 cookbooks, died June 4 in Richmond, Surrey.
Eugene Kennedy, 86, a psychologist and former priest who emerged in the 1970s as a powerful voice for reform and modernization of the Roman Catholic Church, died June 3 in St. Joseph, Mich., of heart and kidney failure.
Vincent T. Bugliosi, 80, who prosecuted cult leader Charles Manson and several acolytes for the murders of actress Sharon Tate and six others in 1969, then became a best-selling writer of true-crime books, died of cancer June 6 in Los Angeles.
Robert Chartoff, 81, the Oscar-winning movie producer behind the boxing classics “Rocky” and “Raging Bull,” died Wednesday in Santa Monica, Calif. He had pancreatic cancer.
Ruth Duskin Feldman, 80, who as a child spent nearly 10 years on the nationally syndicated radio program and subsequent TV show “Quiz Kids,” and later wrote a sobering book about what happens to gifted children as they age, died May 18 in Ontario of heart failure.
Hermann Zapf, 96, a prominent calligrapher and designer of around 200 typefaces, whose work is seen around the world, died June 4 in Darmstadt, Germany.
Fred Anton Maier, 76, who set several world records in speed skating and won Olympic gold at 5,000 meters in Grenoble, France, in 1968, died of cancer Tuesday in southern Norway.
Madame Carven (Marie-Louise Carven-Grog), 105, an admired post-World War II fashion designer, died Monday in Paris.
Henry Carr, 73, a sprinter who won two gold medals in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and later played defensive back for the New York Giants, died of cancer May 29 in Griffin, Ga.
James Last, 86, whose “happy sound” style of light orchestral entertainment appealed to a wide audience in his native Germany and abroad, died Tuesday in Palm Beach, Fla., after a short illness.