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John Stott, one of the world's most influential evangelicals, dies at 90

John Stott, 90, one of the world's most influential figures in the spread of evangelical Christianity over the past half-century, died on July 27 in Surrey, England. The Anglican pastor wrote 50 books, including the 1958 classic Basic Christianity, which sold more than 2.5 million copies. His book royalties seeded Langham Partnership International, a nonprofit organization he founded that trains ministers in 100 countries.

Matthew J. Perry Jr., 89, who as a young lawyer had to wait in the balcony of his segregated local courthouse before a judge would hear his case, then went on to win hundreds of civil rights legal battles and to become the first black federal judge from the Deep South, died on July 29 in Columbia, S.C.

Frank Bender, 70, a forensic sculptor whose work helped identify the forgotten dead and apprehend the fugitive living, died of cancer on July 28 in Philadelphia. He was among the best known of the country's handful of forensic sculptors, an unusual craft that stands at the nexus of art, crime, science and intuition.

Rudolf Brazda, 98, believed to be the last surviving man to wear the pink triangle — the emblem sewn onto the striped uniforms of the thousands of homosexuals sent to Nazi concentration camps, most of them to their deaths — died Wednesday in Alsace, France.

Robert Ettinger, 92, pioneer of the cryonics movement that advocates freezing the dead in the hope medical technology will enable them to live again, died on July 23 in Clinton Township, Mich. His body was promptly frozen. He founded the Cryonics Institute in 1976.

James T. Molloy, 75, the 34th and last doorkeeper of the House of Representatives, known for heralding the opening of joint sessions of Congress by bellowing "Mr. Speaker, the president of the United States!" from the House chamber, died July 19 in Rochester, N.Y. He was elected to the post by House members in 1974 and held it until it was eliminated by Republicans in a cost-saving move after they won the 1994 elections.

Mary Michael Simpson, 85, the first Episcopal nun to be ordained a priest and the first ordained woman to preach a sermon in Westminster Abbey in London, died of kidney failure on July 20 in Augusta, Ga.

John H. Marburger III, 70, a physicist, former college president and Democrat who served as science adviser to President George W. Bush and was called on to defend his policies on birth control, stem cell research and climate change, died of non-Hodgkins lymphoma on July 28 in Port Jefferson, N.Y.

David Servan-Schreiber, 50, a psychiatrist and best-selling author whose cancer diagnosis at the age of 31 compelled him to explore and then popularize the use of natural and holistic methods in dealing with cancer and depression, died of brain cancer on July 24 in Feecamp, France.

John Stott, one of the world's most influential evangelicals, dies at 90 08/06/11 [Last modified: Saturday, August 6, 2011 7:50pm]
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