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Richard Rockefeller, Ruby Dee, Bob Welch: Obituaries This Week

Richard Rockefeller, Billionaire’s Heir, Dies in Plane Crash
Richard Rockefeller in a file photo taken in Peru. Rockefeller, a son of philanthropist David Rockefeller Sr. and former chairman of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund Inc., died when his plane crashed after takeoff from the Westchester County, New York, airport. He was 65. Source: Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres

This week’s notable deaths included a son of David Rockefeller Sr., the world’s oldest billionaire; a black American actress whose work on stage and off involved fighting racial discrimination; and a Cy Young Award-winning Major League Baseball pitcher. Below are summaries of these and other obituaries from the past week.

Richard Rockefeller, 65, was the son of philanthropist David Rockefeller, a former chief executive officer of New York-based Chase Manhattan Bank and grandson of Standard Oil co-founder John D. Rockefeller. Richard Rockefeller was a physician in Portland, Maine, and past chairman of the U.S. advisory board of Doctors Without Borders. Died June 13, one day after visiting his father to celebrate the patriarch’s 99th birthday, when the single-engine plane he was piloting crashed after takeoff from the Westchester County, New York, airport.

Ruby Dee, 91, was an Academy Award-nominated actress and civil rights activist. She and her husband, actor Ossie Davis, were inducted in 1989 into the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Died June 11 at her home in New Rochelle, New York.

Bob Welch, 57, who received the American League Cy Young Award in 1990 with the Oakland Athletics, was the last major league pitcher to win more than 25 games in a season. He also played for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Died June 9 of a heart attack.

Glenn Britt, 65, the former chairman and CEO of New York-based Time Warner Cable Inc., oversaw its 2009 spinoff from its parent company and a fivefold increase in shareholder returns. Just weeks after his retirement on Dec. 31, the company agreed to be bought by Philadelphia-based Comcast Corp., the largest U.S. cable provider, in a deal valued at $45 billion. Died June 11 of cancer at his home in New York.

Karen DeCrow, 76, led the National Organization for Women from 1974 to 1977. She advocated for the Equal Rights Amendment, which was passed by Congress in 1972, although not ratified by a sufficient number of states to become law. Died June 6 of melanoma at her home in Jamesville, New York.

Benjamin Mophatlane, 41, was the co-founder and CEO of Johannesburg-based Business Connexion Group Ltd., an information technology service. Last month, he agreed to sell the company to Telkom SA SOC Ltd., South Africa’s largest fixed-line phone company, for $253 million. Died June 11 of cardiac arrest.

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