Joe Sutter, 95, whose team of 4,500 engineers took just 29 months to design and build the first jumbo Boeing 747 jetliner, creating a gleaming late-20th-century airborne answer to the luxury ocean liner, died of pneumonia Tuesday in Bremerton, Wash. The plane, introduced in 1968, would transform commercial aviation and shrink the world for millions of passengers by traveling faster and farther than other, conventional jetliners, without having to refuel.
Juan Gabriel, 66, a Mexican singer and showman who sold millions of albums and millions more concert seats on both sides of the border during nearly 50 years as one of his country's most popular entertainers, died of a heart attack Aug. 28 in Santa Monica, Calif. His ballads about love and heartbreak and bouncy mariachi tunes became hymns throughout Latin America and Spain and with Spanish speakers in the United States.
Joy Browne, 71, the syndicated radio and television psychologist who dispensed advice and earnest inspiration over the air for nearly four decades, died Aug. 27 in New York. Beginning in 1978 and continuing until her death, she reached millions of radio listeners. On TV, versions of her program appeared on CBS, with a studio audience, and on the Discovery Health cable channel.
Fred Hellerman, 89, a singer, guitarist and songwriter and the last surviving member of the Weavers, the quartet that in the '50s helped usher in the folk music revival, died Thursday in Weston, Conn. With songs like If I Had a Hammer and Goodnight Irene, the Weavers brought folk music to a mass audience, paving the way for singers like Joan Baez, Bob Dylan and Peter, Paul and Mary. The group's other members were Pete Seeger, Lee Hays and Ronnie Gilbert.
Rudy Van Gelder, 91, the audio engineer who helped shape the sound of modern jazz on thousands of recordings, including such timeless albums as John Coltrane's A Love Supreme, Lee Morgan's The Sidewinder and Herbie Hancock's Maiden Voyage, died Aug. 25 in Englewood Cliffs, N.J. In a tribute, the National Endowment for the Arts noted that he was "considered by many the greatest recording engineer in jazz" who "recorded practically every major jazz musician of the 1950s and 1960s."
Harry Fujiwara, 82, known to generations of wrestling fans as the villain Mr. Fuji, a bruising martial arts master whose signature move, hurling a handful of salt into his opponents' eyes, left them in tears, died Aug. 28 in Knoxville, Tenn. He was inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame in 2007.