Obituaries, 15th-21st of March 2013

James Herbert, George Lowe, Frank Thornton, Mohammed Zillur Rahman & Booth Gardner have passed away. May their souls rest in peace.

James Herbert: April 8, 1943 – March 20, 2013

Best-selling British horror author, James Herbert has passed away this week at the age of 69. He sold over 54 million books, having been translated into over 30 languages around the world. Born in London, UK, he left school aged 15 and secured a job with an advertising agency. His first book, “The Rats” was published in 1974 and his other works included “The Survivor,” “The Spear” and “The Secret of Crickley Hall.” Between 1974 and 1988, Herbert released on average a book each year and in 2010 was honored with the World Horror Convention Grand Master Award and in the same year was appointed as Officer of the Order of the British Empire. He is survived by his wife and three daughters.

George Lowe: January 15, 1924 – March 20, 2013

Mountaineer, explorer and film director, George Lowe, has passed away aged 89. He was the last surviving member of the 1953 British Mount Everest Expedition which resulted in Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay becoming the first climbers to the scale the world’s highest mountain. Lowe was born in Hastings, New Zealand and left school to become a teacher, spending holidays climbing his country’s Southern Alps which brought him into contact with Hillary. In 1989, Lowe, with others, founded the Sir Edmund Hillary Himalayan Trust UK to better the living standards of the Sherpa people of the Himalayas. He served as the charity’s chairman until 2003. Lowe is survived by his second wife and three sons from his first marriage.

Frank Thornton: January 15, 1921 – March 16, 2013

British actor, Frank Thornton, has passed away this week. He was 92. He will be most remembered for his roles in the TV comedies, “Are You Being Served?” “Grace & Favor,” and “Last of the Summer Wine.” Born in London, UK, he later enrolled in the London School of Dramatic Art and his first acting work came touring theaters in Ireland. He served in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War and after, continued acting. His first screen role came in 1954 in the film “Radio Cab Murder” and he later worked with the likes of Benny Hill, Frankie Howerd and Spike Milligan. Thornton is survived by his wife, daughter and three grandchildren.

Mohammed Zillur Rahman: March 9, 1929 – March 20, 2013

The serving President of Bangladesh, Mohammed Zillur Rahman, has passed away at the age of 84. He had held his position since 2009 and is the third Bangladeshi President to die in office. Born in the Kishoreganj District, he went on to graduate from Dhaka University. He was a part of the Bengali Liberation Movement in 1952 and the Government-in-exile during the Bangladesh Liberation War. In 1972, he became the General Secretary of the Awami League and was elected to parliament a year later. After being sworn into power as President in 2009, Rahman granted clemency to 21 people, compared with the four pardons that were given by his predecessors from 1972. Rhaman is survived by his son and two daughters.

Booth Gardner: August 21, 1936 – March 15, 2013

Booth Gardner, the 19th Governor of Washington State between 1985 and 1993, has passed away at the age of 76. A member of the Democrat Party, before his governorship, Gardner served in the Washington State Senate and was Executive of the Pierce County. He was known for his dedication to education and “green” issues. Born in Washington, he graduated from Washington University and the Business School of Harvard. As Governor of Washington, he signed into law a health care program that benefited the poor and developed land-use and growth-management policies that made the state one of the nation’s environmental leaders. He greatly increased funding to universities and lobbied for better legal protection for gay people. Gardner is survived by his son, daughter and eight grandchildren.   

 

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