A roundup of notable obituaries from the week ending Jan. 22.
William B. “Bill” Cate, 91, who as leader of the Church Council of Greater Seattle forged bonds among denominations and worked for social justice, died of heart failure Jan. 13.
Bern Herbolsheimer, 67, a composer, pianist and teacher at the University of Washington and Cornish College of the Arts whose more than 500 compositions have spanned nearly all the classical genres, died of cancer in Seattle.
Bill Johnson, 55, who in 1984 became the first American man to win an Olympic gold medal in downhill skiing, died Thursday in Gresham, Ore. He’d had a series of strokes after a skiing accident in 2001 left him with severe brain damage.
Alfred James Peaches, 90, a Navajo Code Talker with the 6th Marine Division during World War II, died Jan. 16 in Flagstaff, Ariz.
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Ettore Scola, 84, an Italian film director known for his mix of caustic satire and farce in more than 40 movies, died in Rome on Tuesday after falling into a coma Jan. 17.
George Weidenfeld, 96, a native of Austria who became an influential British publisher and philanthropist after fleeing the Nazis, died Wednesday in London.
Glenn Frey, 67, Eagles co-founder, singer and songwriter, died Monday in New York City of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia. He co-wrote some of the Eagles’ most popular songs, including “Hotel California” and “Take It Easy.”
Francisco Alarcón, 61, Mexican-American poet and children’s author who worked his way from adult school to Stanford University, died Jan. 15 of stomach cancer in Davis, Calif.
Edmonde Charles-Roux, 95, a French writer who was among the founding editors of Elle magazine and a longtime editor of Vogue before turning to literature, died Wednesday in Marseille.
Yasutaro Koide, 112, the world’s oldest man, who was born the year the Wright brothers made their first flight, died Tuesday in Nagoya, central Japan.