Obituaries

Clarence Beavers, pioneering black paratrooper and smoke jumper, dies at 96
His unit battled forest fires and helped topple racial barriers in the military during World War II.
 
Simeon Booker, intrepid chronicler of civil rights struggle for Jet and Ebony, dies at 99
(The Washington Post, December 10, 2017; 12:33 PM)
 
Johan Steyn, British jurist who condemned U.S. policies at Guantanamo, dies at 85
(The Washington Post, December 9, 2017; 6:02 PM)
 
William H. Gass, acclaimed novelist who was ‘magician of the word,’ dies at 93
(The Washington Post, December 7, 2017; 6:30 PM)
 
Johnny Hallyday, who helped bring rock and roll to France, dies at 74
(The Washington Post, December 6, 2017; 6:11 PM)
 
Christine Keeler, key figure in 1960s British sex-and-spy scandal, dies at 75
(The Washington Post, December 5, 2017; 9:14 PM)
 
Jean d’Ormesson, an ‘immortal’ of the Académie Française, dies at 92
(The Washington Post, December 5, 2017; 4:10 PM)
 
Michael I, last king of Romania and a Cold War exile, dies at 96
(The Washington Post, December 5, 2017; 7:00 AM)
 
John B. Anderson, fiery independent candidate in 1980 presidential race, dies at 95
(The Washington Post, December 4, 2017; 2:50 PM)
 
Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemen’s authoritarian leader snared in proxy-war intrigue, dies at 75
(The Washington Post, December 4, 2017; 1:50 PM)
 
Marianne Means, political columnist and trailblazing White House correspondent, dies at 83
(The Washington Post, December 3, 2017; 6:30 PM)
 
Perry Wallace, first black basketball player in Southeastern Conference, dies at 69
(The Washington Post, December 3, 2017; 4:10 PM)
 
Frank Duggan, advocate for victims’ families of 1988 airplane disaster over Lockerbie, dies at 79
(The Washington Post, December 3, 2017; 10:32 AM)
 
Les Whitten, investigative reporter arrested by FBI and spied on by CIA, dies at 89
(The Washington Post, December 2, 2017; 4:37 PM)
 
Vincent Scully, Yale scholar who explored architecture’s humanizing force, dies at 97
(The Washington Post, December 1, 2017; 5:48 PM)
 
Jim Nabors, who played TV’s hapless hayseed Gomer Pyle, dies at 87
(The Washington Post, November 30, 2017; 7:01 PM)
 
Harry Pregerson, federal judge who placed conscience before law, dies at 94
(The Washington Post, November 30, 2017; 6:44 PM)
 
Wesley Fox, Marine who received Medal of Honor for Vietnam campaign, dies at 86
(The Washington Post, November 29, 2017; 6:19 PM)
 
Shadia, popular Egyptian actress and singer, dies at 88
(The Washington Post, November 29, 2017; 11:16 AM)
 
W. Marvin Watson Jr., a top White House aide to Lyndon B. Johnson, dies at 93
(The Washington Post, November 28, 2017; 11:43 AM)
 
Carol Neblett, star soprano who once bared all for opera, dies at 71
(The Washington Post, November 27, 2017; 6:45 PM)
 
Armando Hart, Castro loyalist during Cuban revolution, dies at 87
(The Washington Post, November 27, 2017; 12:16 PM)
 
Rance Howard, character actor who appeared in movies by son Ron Howard, dies at 89
(The Washington Post, November 26, 2017; 1:34 PM)
 
Wayne Cochran, extraordinary showman of ’60s rhythm-and-blues, dies at 78
(The Washington Post, November 25, 2017; 5:44 PM)
 
Tommy Keene, power-pop songwriter and star of ’80s D.C. music scene, dies at 59
(The Washington Post, November 24, 2017; 6:06 PM)
 
George Avakian, groundbreaking jazz producer and record executive, dies at 98
(The Washington Post, November 23, 2017; 7:57 PM)
 
Maurice Hinchey, N.Y. congressman who championed environmental issues, dies at 79
(The Washington Post, November 23, 2017; 7:23 PM)
 
Howard Schaffer, South Asia specialist and ambassador to Bangladesh, dies at 88
(The Washington Post, November 23, 2017; 10:51 AM)
 
Jon Hendricks, master of vocalese and ‘poet laureate of jazz,’ dies at 96
(The Washington Post, November 22, 2017; 9:50 PM)
 
Wally McNamee, prizewinning news photographer, dies at 84
(The Washington Post, November 22, 2017; 1:36 PM)