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John Wilpers, member of unit that captured Japan's Tojo, dies at 93

John Wilpers Jr., 93, the last known surviving member of a team of Army intelligence officers who arrested and thwarted the suicide of Hideki Tojo, the Japanese prime minister later executed for his war crimes during World War II, died of complications from dementia on Feb. 28 in Silver Spring, Md.

Donald A. Glaser, 86, who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1960 for inventing, at 25, an ingenious device called the bubble chamber to trace the paths of subatomic particles, died on Feb. 28 in Berkeley, Calif. His bubble chamber generated data that enabled physicists to figure out that most particles of matter, like protons and neutrons, are composed of even smaller particles known as quarks.

Lillian Cahn, 89, who founded Coach Leatherware in a New York loft in 1961 with her husband and went on to help produce the "shopping bag" tote and other handbags that became accessories in the wardrobes of well-heeled American women, died Monday in New York.

Roy Brown Jr., 96, the defiantly proud designer of the Ford Edsel, the chrome-encrusted, big-grilled set of wheels that went down as one of the worst flops in automotive history, died of pneumonia and Parkinson's disease on Feb. 24 in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Bobby Rogers, 73, who was born on the same day in the same Detroit hospital as the Motown crooner Smokey Robinson, with whom he harmonized in high school and eventually in the Hall of Fame singing group the Miracles, died of diabetes on March 3 in Southfield, Mich.

Mary Ellen Moore-Richard, 58, who was a member of the American Indian Movement during its militant actions of the 1970s and who, under the name Mary Crow Dog, later wrote a well-received memoir, Lakota Woman, died on Feb. 14 in Crystal Lake, Nev.

Otfried Preussler, 89, a German children's author whose books about wizards, witches and water spirits sold 50 million copies, died on Feb. 18 in Prien am Chiemsee, Germany.

John Wilpers, member of unit that captured Japan's Tojo, dies at 93 03/09/13 [Last modified: Saturday, March 9, 2013 12:50am]

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