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Jack Ramsay, Al Feldstein, Bob Hoskins: Obituaries This Week

Jack Ramsay, Who Coached Trail Blazers to NBA Title, Dies at 89
Head Coach Jack Ramsay of the Portland Trail Blazers watches his team play during an NBA game circa 1980. Photographer: Jim Cummins/NBAE via Getty Images

May 3 (Bloomberg) -- This week’s deaths included the hall of fame coach who led the Portland Trail Blazers to their only NBA title; the former Mad magazine editor who established its unique brand of satire; and a British actor who mixed charm and menace in a wide range of roles. Below are summaries of these and other obituaries from the past week.

Jack Ramsay, 89, led the National Basketball Association’s Portland Trail Blazers to the championship in 1977. An analyst at ESPN, he was inducted into the sport’s hall of fame in 1992. Died April 28 of cancer in Naples, Florida.

Al Feldstein, 88, ran Mad magazine for 28 years, starting in 1956. The publication provided a satiric view of politics and popular culture and made Mad’s gap-toothed mascot, Alfred E. Neuman, an underground hero. Died April 29 at his home in Paradise Valley, Montana.

Bob Hoskins, 71, was a British actor best known for working with animated co-stars in “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” (1988). He received an Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of an ex-convict who drove an escort to her clients in “Mona Lisa” (1986). Died April 30 of pneumonia after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

George Heilmeier, 77, led a team in the 1960s at Radio Corp. of America that created liquid crystal displays, paving the way for flat-panel screens for computers and television sets. Died April 21 of a stroke at the Medical Center of Plano, Texas.

Edmund Abel, 92, was a mostly self-taught engineer who changed the way people brewed their coffee when he created Mr. Coffee for Cleveland-based North American Systems Inc. Although the machine, introduced in 1972, turned percolators into relics, Abel had assigned the patent to his employer and didn’t profit from its popularity. Died April 21 of natural causes at his home in Rocky River, Ohio.

Earl Morrall, 79, came off the bench to start 11 games as quarterback for the Miami Dolphins during their perfect season that culminated with the National Football League title in 1973. He spent 21 seasons in the NFL and led the Baltimore Colts to the 1968 Super Bowl, losing to Joe Namath and the New York Jets. Died April 25.

Emilio Riva, 87, was an Italian billionaire who co-founded Milan-based Riva Group, Italy’s largest steelmaker. Since July 2012, the company has battled charges of violating environmental laws, threatening the family’s fortune. Died April 29.

Paul Ramsay, 78, was an Australian billionaire who made his fortune from a network of private hospitals. Ramsay Health Care Ltd., which began in 1964 with a single facility in Sydney, now operates in five countries. The company said in a May 2 statement that he died overnight in his home town of Bowral in New South Wales after recently suffering a heart attack.

Richard S. Foote, 50, was a New York City-based chartered financial analyst specializing in mergers and acquisitions at Berkshire Capital Securities LLC. His latest assignment for the investment bank involved serving as chief executive officer of Denver-based HF2 Financial Management Inc. Died April 25 of a heart attack.

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