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Alan Greenberg, James Garner, Robert Newhouse: Obits This Week

Former CEO of Bear Stearns Cos. Alan Greenberg
Greenberg pauses during an interview in New York on June 2, 2010. Photographer: Jonathan Fickies/Bloomberg

July 26 (Bloomberg) -- This week’s notable deaths included the Bear Stearns Cos. chief executive who transformed a small bond shop into the fifth-largest U.S. securities firm before it collapsed in 2008; a U.S. actor who starred in the television series “The Rockford Files” and movies including “Victor Victoria;” and a running back for the Dallas Cowboys who played in three Super Bowls, winning one. Below are summaries of these and other obituaries from the past week.

Alan C. “Ace” Greenberg, 86, took over New York-based Bear Stearns in 1978, when it was a private partnership, and took it public in 1985. The company’s forced sale to JPMorgan Chase & Co. in 2008 followed a bank run by clients that left it on the verge of bankruptcy. Died July 25 of complications from cancer at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.

James Garner, 86, was best known for playing an Old West card shark on the television series “Maverick” from 1957 to 1962 and a private detective in “The Rockford Files” from 1974 to 1980. His movie credits included “The Great Escape” (1963), “Victor Victoria” (1982) and “The Americanization of Emily” (1964). Died July 19 of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles.

Robert Newhouse, 64, was a running back who spent his 12-year National Football League career playing for the Dallas Cowboys and appeared in three Super Bowls. In 1978, he became the first back to throw a touchdown pass in a Super Bowl, helping the Cowboys win the NFL title. Died July 22 of complications caused by heart disease.

Karl Albrecht, 94, was a German billionaire who co-founded the Aldi discount supermarket chain in the 1960s. He amassed a fortune of about $21 billion, making him the 35th-wealthiest person in the world. Died July 16 in Essen, Germany.

Joep Lange, 59, the head of global health at the Academic Medical Center of the University of Amsterdam, was a prominent HIV/AIDS researcher. A former president of the International AIDS Society, he advocated for affordable treatment in poor nations and was an early proponent of using a combination of antiretroviral drugs to treat AIDS patients. Died on July 17 in the downing of Malaysian Air Flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine, on his way to the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne.

Therese Brouwer, 50, was a Dutch managing director at ING Groep NV who specialized in arranging financing for energy projects in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She died on July 17 aboard Malaysian Air Flight MH17 along with her husband, Charles Smallenburg, 55, and their children Werther, 12, and Carlijn, 15.

Nicholas Valtz, 39, was a managing director at Goldman Sachs Group Inc., where he worked since 2000. As a cross-asset sales executive, he helped manage clients’ orders and presented product ideas for various types of securities. Died July 20 in Napeague Harbor on the eastern end of Long Island after .

Dan Borislow, 52, created the MagicJack, a device that connects to a computer’s USB port or router to enable voice calls over the Internet. He founded MagicJack Vocaltec Ltd. and served as its chief executive officer until Jan. 1, 2013. Died July 21 after playing in a soccer game in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Norberto Odebrecht, 93, was a Brazilian engineer who in 1944 started what is now the biggest construction company in Latin America. Odebrecht SA is involved in building projects in more than 26 nations, including highways in Angola and the expansion of Miami International Airport. Died July 19 of heart disease in the Brazilian state of Bahia.

Geoffrey H. Bobroff, 70, was a U.S. money-management consultant who founded Bobroff Consulting Inc. in 1993. His career in the industry spanned five decades, and he was often quoted in articles about investment trends. Died July 20 of an apparent heart attack while en route to a hospital.

To contact the reporter on this story: Steven Gittelson in New York at sgittelson@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Charles W. Stevens at cstevens@bloomberg.net David Henry, Laurence Arnold

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