Rex Scouten, 88, a former household staff director at the White House who worked for 10 presidents, from Harry S. Truman to Bill Clinton, and never accepted any of the offers he received to publish a memoir about his 50 years in the service of presidential privacy, died on Feb. 20 in Fairfax, Va.
Dale Robertson, 89, who parlayed an easy drawl and a way with horses that he acquired as a boy in Oklahoma to become a popular and strong-minded star of westerns on television and in the movies during the genre's heyday, died of complications of lung cancer and pneumonia on Tuesday in San Diego.
Bruce Reynolds, 81, the mastermind of the 1963 "Great Train Robbery" in Britain that brought its perpetrators cash worth the equivalent of about $60.5 million today, incarceration and pop-culture fame, died on Thursday in London. The robbery of the mail train by a gang of 15 men ranks among the most daring exploits of modern times.
Cleotha Staples, 78, the eldest sibling in the highly influential gospel group the Staple Singers, died of Alzheimer's disease on Feb. 21 in Chicago.
Denis Forman, 95, a television executive who served as steward to some of the most ambitious and popular British programs ever made, including The Jewel in the Crown, Brideshead Revisited and the celebrated 7 Up documentary series, which has revisited the lives of a group of Britons at seven-year intervals, died on Feb. 24 in London.
Stephane Hessel, 95, a concentration camp survivor and member of the French resistance whose 32-page book Time for Outrage in 2010 became a bestseller and an inspiration for the Occupy Wall Street movement, died on Tuesday in Paris.
John Merwin, 66, who learned to fish, then learned to write, then learned to write about fishing and spent the rest of his life doing so with distinction in magazines and books, died on Feb. 20 in Lebanon, N.H.