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Obituaries

Dr. Patricia Bath, whose patents advanced cataract treatment, dies at 76

Dr. Patricia Bath, a pioneering ophthalmologist who became the first African-American female doctor to receive a medical patent after she invented a more precise treatment of cataracts, has died. She was 76.

Benjamin J. Lambert IV, financial advisor and civic leader, dies at 52

Benjamin J. Lambert IV, a member the prominent Lambert family whose many members have long contributed to the civic, social and political fabric of the Richmond area, died Monday, June 3, 2019, at his residence in the Midlothian section of ...

Legendary queen of Creole cuisine, Leah Chase, dies at 96

New Orleans chef and civil rights icon Leah Chase, who created New Orleans’ first white-tablecloth restaurant for black patrons, broke the city’s segregation laws by seating white and black customers together and introduced countless tourists to Southern Louisiana Creole cooking, ...

Willie Lee Ford Jr., a founder of The Dramatics, dies at 68

Willie Lee Ford Jr., one of the founders of the soul group, The Dramatics, whose bass voice anchored their best known hits in the 1970s, died Tuesday, May 28, 2019. He was 68.

Dr. Roy A. West, former Richmond mayor, educator, dies at 89

Dr. Roy A. West, a decisive and outspoken man known for his strong opinions and who exercised power at City Hall as mayor while playing an influential role in public education in Richmond, has died.

Dr. John E. Settle Jr., retired veterinarian, dies at 79

Dr. John Edwin Settle Jr. cared for untold numbers of dogs, cats and other pets for more than 30 years at the veterinary hospital he founded and ran in Henrico County.

Kenneth A. Merritt Sr., who helped Maggie L. Walker High win 1971 state championship, dies at 66

Kenneth Archie Merritt Sr., the point guard who helped Maggie L. Walker High School to the State Group AAA state basketball championship in 1971, died Wednesday, May 15, 2019.

James T. ‘Jim’ Burch, longtime college basketball official, dies at 91

James T. “Jim” Burch, whose career as a college basketball official spanned nearly 60 years, died Sunday, May 19, 2019, at his home in Apex, N.C. He was 91.

Rev. Cessar L. Scott Sr., longtime head of the Baptist General Convention of Virginia, dies at 74

For three decades, the Rev. Cessar L. Scott Sr. ranked among the foremost African-American clerics in Virginia. When Rev. Scott spoke, people listened as he represented more than 1,000 congregations as executive minister of the Richmond-based Baptist General Convention of ...

Minister Abdul Rahman Aquil Muhammad, former Southern Regional Representative for the Nation of Islam, dies at 87

A janazah prayer service for Minister Abdul Rahman Aquil Muhammad, a teacher, organizer and confidante of the late Nation of Islam leader Minister Elijah Muhammad and a longtime aide to his successor, Minister Louis Farrakhan, was held Saturday, April 27, ...

Shirley J. Logan, former RPS principal, succumbs at 81

Shirley Jefferson Logan was the kind of person who saw the best in everyone, her family said. Her positive approach was important to her work as a principal at the now-closed Clark Springs Elementary School and at Ginter Park Elementary ...

VUU’s Jackie Jackson of Harlem Globetrotters fame dies at 79

Jackie Jackson of the Harlem Globetrotters was a legendary fan favorite. It didn’t matter whether the basketball game was inside or out, serious or more for fun. Mr. Jackson, known to most as “Jumpin’ Jackie Jackson,” died Sunday, May 5, ...

Gino Marchetti, NFL Hall of Fame defensive end, dies at 93

Gino Marchetti was a strong man on the football field. He also cast a powerful vote against social injustice. Mr. Marchetti, who was elected to the NFL Hall of Fame in 1972, died Monday, April 29, 2019, in Paoli, Pa., ...

Charles W. Howell Jr., longtime community advocate and health administrator, dies at 91

Since 1975, the federal government has been issuing income tax refunds to low-income working individuals and families through an anti-poverty initiative called the Earned Income Tax Credit, or EITC.

Judge Damon J. Keith, civil rights and judicial icon, dies at 96

U.S. Appeals Court Judge Damon J. Keith, who decided many of the nation’s most important school desegregation, employment discrimination and government surveillance cases during his more than 50 years on the federal bench, died Sunday, April 28, 2019, at his ...

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