John G. Sperling, 93, a pioneer of for-profit education who turned a $26,000 investment into the multibillion-dollar University of Phoenix, calling himself "an unintentional entrepreneur and an accidental CEO," died of sepsis Aug. 22 near San Francisco. Over four decades he turned the university into one of the largest education ventures in the world.
William Greaves, 87, a producer and director who helped bring an African-American perspective to mainstream America as a host of the ground-breaking TV news program Black Journal and as a documentary filmmaker, died Monday in New York. Black Journal, a monthly hourlong National Educational Television newsmagazine, began in 1968 in response to a call by the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders to expand coverage of black affairs.
Helen Bamber, 89, who at age 19 traveled alone to post-World War II Germany to care for former inmates of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp and became one of the world's most relentless advocates for the victims of war, genocide and torture over the next seven decades, died Aug. 21 in London.
Hashim Khan, who learned to play squash barefoot in what is now Pakistan and broke class and racial barriers to become a seven-time world champion in the 1950s, a record that stood for more than a generation and helped launch a family dynasty of players, died of congestive heart failure Aug. 18 in Aurora, Colo. He was widely believed to be 100, possibly 104.