Sunday, February 18, 2018
News Roundup

Chad Kellogg, an elite climber known for his speed, dies at 42

Chad Kellogg, 42, an elite climber known for his speed ascents of large mountains, died Feb. 14 after being struck on the head by a falling rock while descending Mount Fitz Roy in Patagonia, a region located at the southern end of South America.

Garrick Utley, 74, a globe-trotting newscaster who spent 30 years with NBC News as a foreign correspondent, weekend anchor, morning-show host and moderator of Meet the Press, died of prostate cancer Thursday in New York. He reported from about 75 countries in his multifaceted career.

Mavis Gallant, 91, an acclaimed short-story writer who was abandoned as a child and later left Canada for Europe, where she wrote about the dislocated and the dispossessed, died Tuesday in Paris. The New Yorker published more than 100 of her short stories.

Horst Rechelbacher, 72, the colorful founder of beauty-products company Aveda Corp. who lived a rags-to-riches story, died of pancreatic cancer Feb. 15 in Osceola, Wis. He started the company in 1978 and sold it to Estee Lauder for a reported $300 million in 1997.

Alison Jolly, 76, an American-born primatologist whose research in the forests of Madagascar shed new light on the evolution of social intelligence and helped disprove a long-standing scientific tenet that males were dominant in every primate species, died of breast cancer Feb. 6 in England.

M. Elizabeth Tidball, 84, a physiology professor at George Washington University whose surveys of graduates of women's-only colleges pointed to the advantages of such institutions and had an enduring influence on debates about academic and professional opportunities for women, died of pancreatic cancer Feb. 3 in Adamstown, Md.

Stuart Hall, 82, a pioneering British academic who argued that culture is in fact multicultural — not high or low, good or bad, or black or white, but a constantly shifting convergence reflecting the range of people who create and consume it — died Feb. 10 in London.

Mary Grace Canfield, 89, a character actor best known as part of the daffy Ralph-and-Alf brother-sister carpenter team on the TV comedy Green Acres, died of lung cancer Feb. 15 in a hospice in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Maggie Estep, 50, a novelist and spoken-word poet who helped popularize slam poetry on MTV, HBO and PBS in the 1990s, died of a heat attack Feb. 12 in Albany, N.Y.

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