| Mar 16, 2009
Ron Silver, the Tony Award-winning actor who amassed an impressive list of roles based on real-life figures in movies including "Reversal of Fortune" and "Ali," died Sunday. He was 62.
Silver, a longtime liberal political activist who became an outspoken...
| Sep 22, 2011
Norma Holloway Johnson, a trailblazing former chief judge of the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., who gained national prominence when she oversaw the grand jury investigation into President Clinton's relationship with intern Monica Lewinsky, has...
| Jul 3, 2013
| 12:52 PM
SAN FRANCISCO — Doug Engelbart, the inventor of the computer mouse and developer of early incarnations of email, word processing programs and the Internet, has died at the age of 88.
The Computer History Museum, where Engelbart had been a fellow...
| Oct 15, 2012
WASHINGTON — Arlen Specter, who in 30 years representing Pennsylvania in the Senate offended Republicans and Democrats in almost equal measure with maverick votes and a frank cockiness that finally ended his career in politics, died Sunday at his...
| Feb 9, 2009
Donald C. Alexander, the Internal Revenue Service commissioner who successfully fought the Nixon administration's attempts to use tax audits and investigations to punish its political enemies, died of cancer Tuesday at his home in Washington, D.C. He...
| May 9, 2012
He had already been proclaimed "the Picasso of children's books" by Time magazine when Maurice Sendak, then in his 30s, wrote and illustrated "Where the Wild Things Are," a dark fantasy that became one of the 10 bestselling children's books of all time....
| Jan 26, 2009
Richard Sklar, an engineer who as general manager of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission from 1979 to '83 oversaw the city's water, power and sewer operations as well as its public transportation network, has died. He was 74.
Sklar, who led the...
| Dec 21, 2009
Napoleon A. Jones Jr.
Judge in San Diego Scouts case
Napoleon A. Jones Jr., 69, the federal judge who ruled in a San Diego case that the Boy Scouts were a religious group and couldn't lease city land, died Dec. 12 at his home in northern San Diego...
| Mar 21, 2010
Liz Carpenter, an author and former press secretary to First Lady Lady Bird Johnson, died Saturday at an Austin, Texas, hospital after contracting pneumonia earlier in the week, said her daughter, Christy Carpenter. She was 89.
On Nov. 22, 1963,...
| Mar 26, 2011
| 8:47 PM
Geraldine A. Ferraro, the savvy New York Democrat who was embraced as a symbol of women's equality in 1984 when she became the first woman nominated for vice president by a major party, died Saturday at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She was...
| Dec 3, 2008
Odetta, the classically trained folk, blues and gospel singer who used her powerfully rich and dusky voice to champion African American music and civil rights issues for more than half a century starting in the folk revival of the 1950s, has died. She was...