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Obituaries: Pultizer Prize winner Jack Nelson, "popular culture" pioneer Ray Browne and noted biochemist Mildred Cohn

Jack Nelson, 80, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter for the Los Angeles Times who covered the civil rights movement in the South during the 1950s and 1960s, the Watergate scandal in the 1970s and national politics until 2001, died of pancreatic cancer Wednesday at his home in Bethesda, Md.

Ray Browne, 87, an Ohio university professor who was credited with coining the phrase "popular culture" and pioneering the study of such things as bumper stickers and cartoons, died Thursday in Toledo. He wrote and edited more than 70 books on popular culture, including The Guide to United States Popular Culture, published in 2001.

Dr. Ignacio V. Ponseti, 95, an orthopedist whose gentle, nonsurgical method of correcting clubfoot has become the global standard for treatment, helping thousands of children to walk, died of a stroke Oct. 18 in Iowa City, Iowa.

Nancy Spero, 83, a feminist artist whose works have been included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, died of respiratory complications from an infection Oct. 18 in New York.

Sheldon J. Segal, 83, who led the scientific team that developed Norplant, the first significant advance in birth control since the pill, and who also developed other long-acting contraceptives, died of congestive heart failure Oct. 17 in Woods Hole, Mass.

Mildred Cohn, 96, who overcame gender and religious discrimination to make major advances in biochemistry and who received the nation's most prestigious award in science, died of pneumonia Oct. 12 at a hospital in Philadelphia. She worked alongside four Nobel Prize-winning scientists early in her career.

Howard Unruh, 88, who carried out one of America's most infamous mass shootings, killing 13 people, three of them children, in a 20-minute, seemingly emotionless stroll through his neighborhood in Camden, N.J., in September 1949, died Monday at a nursing home in Trenton after 60 years' confinement.

Collin Wilcox-Paxton, 74, who played the poor Southern white girl who falsely accuses a black man of raping her in the 1962 film adaptation of Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird, died of brain cancer Oct. 14 in Highlands, N.C.

Clifford P. Hansen, 97, a Wyoming rancher who fought for Western interests as a governor and then a U.S. senator in what was popularly known as the sagebrush rebellion, died Tuesday at his home in Jackson, Wyo.

Obituaries: Pultizer Prize winner Jack Nelson, "popular culture" pioneer Ray Browne and noted biochemist Mildred Cohn 10/24/09 [Last modified: Saturday, October 24, 2009 7:42pm]
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