Obituaries, 13th-20th of September 2012

Russell E. Train, Haim Hefer, Steve Sabol, Santiago Carrillo, Joshua Morse III Have passed away. May their souls rest in peace.

One of the most prominent conservationists of all time, Russell E. Train has passed away this week at the age of 92. A leading figure of the World Wildlife Fund and head of the US Environmental Protection Agency, Train earlier played a massive advisory role to the government during the Nixon administration and was the brains behind the 1969 National Environment Policy Act. In 1972 he headed the US delegation at the UN Conference in Sweden, which was the first meeting of its kind. He was born on June 4th 1920 in Washington and went on to graduate from Columbia Law School. In 1991, Train was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, three daughters, a son and 12 grandchildren.

 


Israeli singer-songwriter, poet, playwright and national hero, Haim Hefer, has passed away this week aged 86. Born on October 29th 1925 in Sosnowiec, Poland, at the age of eleven his family moved him to Palestine where he later joined the elite Jewish military regiment, Palmach, whom he would often entertain with his music and lyrics. During the 50's Hefer attended the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where he majored in literature and philosophy. He is survived by his daughter and grandchildren.

 


Legendary NFL film-maker Steve Sabol has passed away at the age 69 after a battle with brain cancer. Born in Moorestown on October 2nd 1942, Sabol eventually joined his father's company NFL Films, and together during the 1960's the two would revolutionize the way the sport was filmed, turning it into an art form and propelling the sports' popularity to new heights. Father and son were in 2003 gifted the Lifetime Achievement Emmy, Steve won 35 of the awards in total throughout his career. He is survived by his parents, wife, son and sister. 

 


Former Spanish Communist leader Santiago Carrillo who opposed Franco has passed away from heart failure in Madrid this week at the age of 97. Born into a staunchly socialist Spanish family on January 18th 1915, Carrillo fought against Franco during his country's Civil War. In 1960 he became secretary general of the Spanish Communist Party while in exile until Franco's death. He spent the majority of his career attempting to modernize and moderate its political stance in order to ingratiate it into the mainstream politics of Europe. He was booted from the party leadership in 1985 after disagreements with the top brass. He is survived by his wife and three sons.

 


Educational Civil Rights campaigner Joshua Morse III has passed away this week aged 89. Morse, who was dean of Mississippi University's law School in the 1960's famously went against the segregation policy of the time and admitted the first black students, an act that would lead to an overhaul of the entire educational and judicial system of the state with black graduates then accepted into the state Bar. The first black graduate of the school, Reuben Anderson also became the first black president of the Mississippi Bar. Born in Mississippi on March 1st 1923, Morse graduated in law before joining the military during the Second World War. He is survived by his wife, son, two daughters and six grandchildren.

 

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