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Howard Baker Jr., Eli Wallach, Rollin King: Obits This Week

Howard Baker, Senator Who Joined Reagan White House
Former Senator and White House chief of staff Howard Baker listens during hearings on the Independent Counsel Law in Washington on Feb. 24 1999. Photographer: George Bridges/AFP/Getty Images

This week’s notable deaths included a U.S. Senate majority leader who served as President Ronald Reagan’s chief of staff; a Tony Award-winning character actor who appeared in more than 100 movies; and a co-founder of Southwest Airlines Co., the largest domestic U.S. carrier in terms of passenger carried. Below are summaries of these and other obituaries from the past week.

Howard Baker Jr., 88, was a senator from Tennessee for 18 years before serving as Reagan’s chief of staff. He was best known for his role on the Senate Watergate committee and asking the key question about Richard Nixon’s involvement in the scandal: “What did the president know, and when did he know it?” Died June 26 at his home in Huntsville, Tennessee, of complications from a stroke he suffered on June 21.

Eli Wallach, 98, appeared in more than 100 movies, including “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” (1966) with Clint Eastwood, and received an honorary Academy Award for lifetime achievement in 2010. He won a Tony in 1951 for his performance in the Tennessee Williams play “The Rose Tattoo.” Died June 24.

Rollin King, 83, co-founded Dallas-based Southwest Airlines, which started service in 1971 as a no-frills, low-fare carrier. A former board member, he had served as executive vice president for operations and flew as a Southwest pilot. Died June 27.

Abigail Jones Feder, 51, was a JPMorgan Chase & Co. managing director who oversaw cash and bond investments for the bank’s private clients. She spent the first 15 years of her career with Morgan Stanley Dean Witter Investment Management, in Manhattan, where she rose to head of enhanced cash management. Died June 22 in Manhattan following a long illness.

Josiah O. Low III, 75, joined New York-based Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette in 1985 and led its corporate finance department as a managing director for 15 years. Most recently, he was a senior adviser to Catterton Partners, the Greenwich, Connecticut-based private-equity firm that manages $4 billion and has owned Restoration Hardware Inc. and Breyers Yogurt Co. Died June 20 at his home in Riverside, Connecticut, after suffering from cancer.

Paula Kent Meehan, 82, was a television actress who co-founded Redken Laboratories Inc. based in Canoga Park, California. In 1993, she sold Redken for an undisclosed sum to Cosmair Inc., L’Oreal’s U.S. distributor, which moved the company to New York City. Died June 23 at her home in Beverly Hills, California.

Rollin King, 83, co-founded Dallas-based Southwest Airlines Co., which started service in 1971 as a no-frills, low-fare domestic carrier. A former board member, he had served as executive vice president for operations and flew as a Southwest pilot. Died June 27.

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