This week’s notable deaths included the co-founder of the Sequoia Fund; the last surviving creator of the American Football League and owner of the Buffalo Bills; a former U.S. secretary of defense; the prime minister of Spain who led the country from dictatorship to democracy; and a former New Yorker staff writer who wrote about the horrors of war.
Ralph C. Wilson Jr., the last surviving founder of the American Football League and only original AFL owner who had kept his team, New York’s Buffalo Bills, in its originating city, has died. He was 95.
Joan Mondale, the political spouse and avid potter known as “Joan of Art” for her cultural pursuits during her husband Walter’s four years as U.S. vice president under Jimmy Carter, has died. She was 83.
End-of-life cancer care, whether decided by doctor or patient, favors intensive treatment that may be shortchanging a person’s chance of greater comfort in their dying days, Dartmouth College researchers said.
Janet Stubbs was grateful when the nursing home recommended hospice care for her aunt Midge. Although Stubbs knew her aunt wasn’t dying, the offer of free, Medicare-paid hospice visits from a nurse and chaplain, plus an extra weekly bath, was too good to pass up.