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December 13, 2010
Dov Shilansky He began recitations of Holocaust victims' names Dov Shilansky, 86, a former Israeli Parliament speaker and advocate for memorializing victims of the Holocaust, died Thursday at a Tel Aviv hospital. The cause was not given. Shilansky served as speaker of the Parliament from 1988 to 1992. But possibly his longest-lasting legacy is a ceremony that has become part of Israel's observance of an annual memorial day for the 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust.
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November 23, 2010
Samuel Kunz, 89, one of the world's most-wanted Nazi suspects who was under indictment on allegations that he was involved in killing hundreds of thousands of Jews at a concentration camp in Germany-occupied Poland died Thursday, a court in Bonn announced Monday. The cause was not disclosed. Kunz's name had surfaced in past investigations, but the recent allegations came up in Germany as prosecutors were poring through World War II-era documents in preparation for the case against John Demjanjuk, a retired Ohio autoworker who is being tried in Munich.
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September 17, 2010
Funeral services for Jefferson Thomas, one of nine black students who integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., in 1957, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Holman United Methodist Church, 3320 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles. Thomas, who spent much of his adult life in Los Angeles, died Sept. 5 at 67.
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July 27, 2010
David Alexander Longtime president of Pomona College David Alexander, 77, who brought national standing to Pomona College during a two-decade tenure as president, died Sunday in Claremont after a long battle with cancer, the college announced. Alexander was Pomona president from 1969 to 1991. During that time, the college's endowment grew from $24 million to $296 million and the faculty increased from 130 to 156. He oversaw a campus expansion that added 15 major buildings.
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July 12, 2010 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
The Rev. Paul Sawyer, a Unitarian Universalist minister and peace and social justice activist whose landmark, onion-shaped former sanctuary in the San Fernando Valley was the site of one of the Merry Pranksters' famous "Acid Test" gatherings in the 1960s, has died. He was 75. Sawyer, who most recently was minister of Throop Unitarian Universalist Church in Pasadena, died June 23 at his home in Pasadena after a four-month battle with pancreatic cancer, said his wife, Susan.
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April 21, 2010 | By Alan Abrahamson
Juan Antonio Samaranch, the longtime president of the International Olympic Committee who led the Olympic movement out of turmoil to unprecedented influence and prosperity, only to see his legacy tarnished by the specter of doping in sports and a corruption scandal, has died. He was 89. Samaranch, a Spaniard who served as IOC president from 1980 to 2001, died Wednesday, hospital authorities in Barcelona told the Associated Press. He had been in failing health since he collapsed one day after the last of his four terms ended, in July 2001.
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March 9, 2010
Herbert Zeitlin , a longtime educational administrator who was president of West Los Angeles College in the 1970s, died March 2 of colon cancer at his home in Woodland Hills, said his daughter, Joyce Zeitlin Harris. He was 91. -- times staff and wire reports news.obits@latimes.com
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March 8, 2010
Violet Weber Fashion editor Violet Weber, 94, fashion editor of the Los Angeles Times' Home magazine from 1964 to 1975, died Feb. 22 at a Los Angeles nursing home from complications of old age, said her niece, Sue Kirschman. Born in 1915 in Sugar Grove, Pa., Weber moved to California during World War II to work in the burgeoning defense industry. Soon she began working as a publicist for MGM studios. Weber's interest in women's fashion led her to The Times' Home magazine, where she was responsible for the publication's extensive fashion stories and photo layouts.
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February 19, 2010
A memorial service for television producer and executive David Gerber, who died Jan. 2 at age 86, will be held Tuesday morning at 20th Century Fox Studios' Darryl F. Zanuck Theatre. Anyone interested in attending must call the studio at (866) 922-8923 by Sunday.
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February 17, 2010 | By Elaine Woo
Beth Shulman, a Washington, D.C., labor lawyer and author who championed the rights and welfare of low-wage earners, died Feb. 5 at Georgetown University Hospital. She was 60. Diagnosed last fall with a malignant brain tumor, she died of complications of pneumonia, said family spokeswoman Rochelle Lefkowitz. "Beth was a visionary, activist, strategist and chronicler on behalf of workers throughout her career," said Kathy Bonk, executive director of Communications Consortium/DC, a public interest media group that collaborated with Shulman on the Fairness Initiative on Low-Wage Work, a combined effort by 20 nonprofit organizations.
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