FROM THE ARCHIVES

CALIFORNIA LIVES Notable Obituaries From the Archives
Former Chinese vice premier who oversaw handover of Hong Kong to China dies at 90

The former Chinese vice premier and top diplomat who oversaw the handover of Hong Kong from Britain to China has died in Beijing at 90, state media announced Wednesday.

Citing an official statement, the New China News Agency said Qian Qichen died of an unspecified illness late Tuesday.

Read more
Anne Morrissy Merick, who fought for female reporters during the Vietnam War, dies at 83

Anne Morrissy Merick, who successfully took on one of America’s most powerful military leaders in a fight for equal treatment of female reporters during the Vietnam War, has died at the age of 83.

Morrissy Merick died May 2 of complications from dementia in Naples, Fla., her daughter Katherine Anne Engleke said.

ABC had assigned Morrissy Merick to cover the war in 1967 when U.S. commander Gen.

Read more
Jacob Dekema, who reshaped Southern California with hundreds of miles of freeway, dies at 101

Jacob Dekema, whose zeal for building freeways and vision for connecting the dots in Southern California reshaped the area’s transportation landscape, has died at the age of 101.

A former Caltrans district director, Dekema’s legacy was particularly visible in San Diego County, which had but 25 miles of freeway when he arrived in 1955.

Read more
Tony Alamo, Hollywood street preacher convicted of sexually abusing girls, dies at 82

Tony Alamo, a one-time Hollywood street preacher whose apocalyptic ministry grew into a multimillion-dollar network of businesses and property before he was convicted of sexually abusing young girls he considered his wives, has died in prison at age 82.

Read more
Richard 'Racehorse' Haynes, colorful Texas lawyer who got millionaire clients off the hook, dies at 90

Houston lawyer Richard "Racehorse" Haynes, famed for his flamboyant but successful trial defenses of millionaire and billionaire clients in some of Texas' most notorious murder cases, has died.

Haynes died Friday at his home in the East Texas town of Trinity after years of declining health, said family spokesman Chris Tritico, a Houston criminal defense lawyer Haynes once mentored. He was 90.

Read more
Sculptor Magdalena Abakanowicz, whose headless human forms are displayed across the U.S., dies at 86

Renowned sculptor and fiber artist Magdalena Abakanowicz, Poland's leading visual artist whose work can be seen across the United States, has died at the age of 86.

Abakanowicz's work was notable for her larger-than-life headless human figures, arranged in crowds in open spaces.

She primarily used thick fibers, hardened with synthetic resins. But she also worked with metals, stone and wood.

Read more
64°