Don Pardo, Corey Griffin, Albert Reynolds: Obituaries This WeekDavid Henry
This week’s notable deaths included a veteran NBC television announcer whose voice introduced “Saturday Night Live” each week; a 27-year-old former Bain Capital LLC manager killed in a diving accident; and a former Irish prime minister who helped broker peace in Northern Ireland. Below are summaries of these and other obituaries from the past week.
Don Pardo, 96, was a former NBC radio announcer who switched to television to work on the U.S. broadcaster’s programs “The Price Is Right,” “Jeopardy!” and “Saturday Night Live” in a six-decade career that began in 1944. Even after retirement, Pardo lent his voice to “Saturday Night Live” with the introduction: “Live, from New York, it’s Saturday Night!” Died Aug. 18 in Tucson, Arizona.
Corey Griffin, 27, started at Bain Capital as an analyst in an internship program for the Boston-based company’s venture-capital unit in 2009. He was recently hired as director of strategic initiatives at RANE, a New York-based information company, and raised more than $100,000 for the ALS Association through the Ice Bucket Challenge. He died on Aug. 16 after jumping off a two-story building into Nantucket Harbor.
Albert Reynolds, 81, was Ireland’s prime minister when he signed the Downing Street Declaration with U.K. Prime Minister John Major, an agreement that affirmed the right of Irish people to self-determination. He served as prime minister in two coalition governments before his second administration fell in 1994. Died Aug. 21 after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
Thomas Carroll, 72, spent 15 years as chief auditor and senior vice president at Newark, New Jersey-based Prudential Financial Inc. and worked there when it became a public company following 125 years of ownership by policyholders. Survivors include his partner of 14 years, actress Stefanie Powers, who starred in the “Hart to Hart” television series. Died Aug. 12.
Simin Behbahani, 87, was an Iranian poet who was nominated twice for the Nobel Prize in Literature and was sometimes censored by Iranian authorities. In 2011, U.S. President Barack Obama cited words from one of her poems as part of his message to improve relations with the Islamic Republic. Died Aug. 19 of heart failure.
B.K.S. Iyengar, 95, was an Indian yoga teacher whose students included cricket star Sachin Tendulkar and Belgium’s Queen Mother. A yoga practitioner for 80 years, Iyengar combined eight distinct yoga practices into a single routine and pioneered the use of props like belts and ropes to help students adjust to his poses. Died Aug. 20 in Pune, India.
James Jeffords, 80, was a Republican representative and senator who broke with his own party by voting against Ronald Reagan’s tax cuts and against George H.W. Bush’s nomination of Clarence Thomas for the Supreme Court. He left the Republican Party in 2001 to become an independent, ending the party’s control of the Senate, and voted against the Iraq War in 2002. Died Aug. 18 in Washington.