Obituaries, 6th- 13th of September 2012

Sid Watkins, J. Christopher Stevens, Peter Lougheed, Eli Zborowski, Ron Taylor have passed away. May their souls rest in Peace.


Professor Sid Watkins, the neurosurgeon who transformed Formula One racing has passed away this week, aged 84. Between 1978-2004, Watkins was in charge of safety for the sport's world governing body, FIA and was responsible for greatly improving driver-care following track accidents. He performed a roadside tracheotomy on Mika Häkkinen in 1995 and played a part in saving the lives of Martin Donnelly in 1990 and Gerhard Berger a year earlier after his Ferrari became engulfed in flames. Born in Liverpool on September 6th 1928, Watkins dreamed of a medical career from an early age, graduating from Liverpool University with an MD in 1956. He later attended Oxford where he trained as a neurosurgeon before becoming a Professor at Syracuse State University, New York. In 2002 he was awarded an OBE. Watkins is survived by his second wife, three sons and two daughters

 


.American ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens was killed this week at the age of 52. His death came following an attack on the Benghazi U.S. Consulate building, becoming the first American ambassador to be killed on the job since 1988. Three others also lost their lives. A popular figure in the Arab world, Stevens was born April 18th 1960 in California and graduated from San Francisco's UC Hastings College of Law in 1989. He was fluent in French and Arabic and before various Middle Eastern political roles had volunteered for the Peace Corps in the Atlas Mountains, Morocco.

 


Former premier of Alberta, Peter Lougheed passed away this week at the age of 84. Famed for transforming the economy of his province through the exploitation of its oil and gas reserves, Lougheed, despite his relatively small size, previously played professional football in Canada before his political rise in the 1970's. Born on July 26th 1928 in Calgary, he went on to graduate in law from Harvard before his foray into football. Lougheed is survived by his wife, four children and seven grandchildren.

 


Holocaust survivor Eli Zborowski, who went on to dedicate his life to raising awareness of history's darkest hour has passed away aged 86. He arrived in the US in 1952 and a year later founded the American and International Societies for Yad Vashem as a memorial to the Jewish deaths and to ensure that they would never be forgotten. Zborowski also established a newspaper on Holocaust issues and was honored by Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. Born on September 20th 1925 in Poland's Zarki, he was imprisoned by the Nazi's in a ghetto with his family in 1939, before being hidden by Christians in 1942. After the war, he helped to transport Jews to Palestine. Zborowski is survived by his second wife, a daughter, son, brother, a sister and seven grandchildren.

 


A shark conservationist who shot footage for the movie "Jaws" has passed away this week aged 78. Australian Ron Taylor filmed the famous scene where the shark bursts through the cage using a small stuntman, and cage, in order to make the real life monster fish appear larger. His talent for capturing ferocious marine life became much sought after for documentaries and movies such as the horror film "Orca." Born in Sydney on March 8th 1934, Taylor would become a champion spearfisherman and diver, before turning his hand to filmmaking and conservation. He is survived by his wife and former career partner, Valerie.

 

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