Obituaries

11:12pm

Tue August 6, 2013
Sweetness And Light

Dick Kazmaier, 'A Honey Of A Guy'

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 3:24 am

Dick Kazmaier of Princeton University poses with the Heisman Trophy at New York's Downtown Athletic Club before the official presentation in 1951. Kazmaier, the last Ivy Leaguer to win the Heisman Trophy, died on Thursday.
John Rooney AP

You may never have heard of Dick Kazmaier. After all, he played in the Ivy League, never went to the NFL and filled a position, tailback, in a formation, the single-wing, that has long since disappeared.

But as the years have passed, that is what makes Kazmaier so special: that he best represented another time, when there was more whimsy and capriciousness to college athletics.

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9:03am

Tue August 6, 2013
The Two-Way

George Duke, Legendary Jazz Keyboardist, Dies

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 10:42 am

George Duke.
Courtesy of the artist

George Duke, the legendary jazz keyboardist, died on Monday, his publicist tells NPR.

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10:59am

Sat July 27, 2013
NPR Story

Ex-Rep. Lindy Boggs: Advocate For Women, Dedicated To Family

Originally published on Sat July 27, 2013 11:01 am

Cokie Roberts (far left) and Steve Roberts with Cokie's mother, Lindy Boggs, and children Lee and Rebecca in 1969.
Courtesy of Cokie and Steve Roberts

Lindy Boggs died Saturday morning. She was 97 years old, had served in Congress for close to 20 years and also as the U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, appointed by President Bill Clinton.

But those achievements, great as they are, do not begin to sum up the life and accomplishments of Lindy Boggs. As many of you know, she is part of our family at NPR: Her daughter is Cokie Roberts. And she has many friends here, as she does everywhere.

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9:33am

Sat July 27, 2013
The Two-Way

Former Louisiana Congresswoman Lindy Boggs Dies At 97

Originally published on Sat July 27, 2013 10:51 am

Former Democratic Rep. Lindy Claiborne Boggs attends the Distinguished Service Award ceremony at the Capitol in May 2006 in Washington, D.C.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Former Rep. Lindy Boggs, the first woman elected to Congress from Louisiana and an ardent civil rights campaigner, has died at age 97.

Boggs went to Congress after a special election to succeed her late husband, Thomas Hale Boggs, Sr., who had died in a plane crash in Alaska. She served in the House for nearly two decades.

She died of natural causes at her home in Chevy Chase, Md., according to her daughter, NPR senior news analyst and ABC News journalist Cokie Roberts.

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8:52am

Sat July 27, 2013
The Two-Way

Singer, Songwriter J.J. Cale Dead From Heart Attack At 74

Originally published on Sat August 3, 2013 7:12 am

J.J. Cale wrote hits including "After Midnight" and "Cocaine" for Eric Clapton.
R. Diamond WireImage/Getty Images

J.J. Cale, whose songs became hits for the likes of Eric Clapton and Lynyrd Skynyrd, has died at age 74 from a heart attack, his management agency's website announced.

Cale died at about 8 p.m. Friday at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, Calif., the Rosebud agency said Saturday.

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