This week’s notable deaths included a former owner of New Jersey sports teams who recently bought the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper; an ex-New York Yankees coach who spent 60 years in Major League Baseball; and a leading black investment banker on Wall Street. Below are summaries of these and other obituaries from the past week.
Lewis Katz, 72, a former owner of the New Jersey Nets basketball team and New Jersey Devils hockey club, won control of the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper four days before his death. He was chief executive officer of Kinney System Holding Corp., the largest parking lot operator in the New York area, from 1990 until its sale in 1998. Died May 31 in a private jet crash in Bedford, Massachusetts.
Don Zimmer, 83, spent six decades in the major leagues, including 10 seasons as a coach for the New York Yankees. He was a member of six World Series championship teams as either a player or coach. Died June 4 following heart surgery in April.
Philip McNeal, 60, rose to managing director during his 30-year career at Manhattan-based JPMorgan Chase & Co. He was named one of the “75 most powerful blacks on Wall Street” by Black Enterprise magazine in 2011. Died May 27 of pancreatic cancer at his home in Montclair, New Jersey.
Alexander “Sasha” Shulgin, 88, was a biochemist and former Dow Chemical Co. researcher who designed psychotropic drugs including MDMA, better known by its street names ecstasy and molly. He promoted the substance to psychologists as a tool to help patients be more candid during therapy sessions. Died June 2 of liver cancer at his home in Lafayette, California.
Michael Stein, 74, co-founded New York-based Executive Monetary Management LLC, a financial advisory firm acquired by Neuberger Berman LLC in 2001. Clients included Michael Eisner, the former CEO of Walt Disney Co., singer Michael Bolton and record producer Clive Davis. Died May 30 in Manhattan.
Ann B. Davis, 88, was an Emmy-winning actress best known for playing the housekeeper on “The Brady Bunch” television show. The series, which aired between 1969 and 1974, lived on in sequels and in syndication. Died June 1 after falling at her home in San Antonio.
Yasuo Masumoto, 67, was chairman and president of Osaka, Japan-based Kubota Corp., a maker of farm and industrial machines. He implemented a strategy of expanding through acquisitions to compete against larger companies such as Deere & Co., based in Moline, Illinois. Died June 4 in a Tokyo hotel room.