Notable deaths

These are the most recent obituary items from LA Observed.

Tom Hayden, 76, author and political activist

tom-hayden-michigan.jpg Author, activist and former California state assemblyman and senator Tom Hayden has died in Santa Monica after a lengthy illness.

John Scott Finnell, 65, Doo Dah Parade's Snotty Scotty

thehankies.jpg Snotty Scotty and the Hankies led every single version of the Occasional Pasadena Doh Dah Parade.

Steven Owen, Los Angeles Sheriff's sergeant, 53

steven-owen-lasd.jpg Owen was shot and killed answering a home burglary call in Lancaster.

Gordon Davidson excerpt: 'Opening Night at the Taper'

Gordon_Davidson_Directing_C.jpg Davidson, the founding artistic director of Center Theatre Group, died at age 83. This is from an unpublished biography.

Ed Edelman, 85, retired supervisor and LA councilman

ed-edelman-cello-grab.jpg Edelman represented the Westside and the Fairfax area for 29 years and led the fight for children's services, AIDS treatment, mental health services and the arts.

Stanley Sheinbaum, 96, LA liberal leader

sheinbaum-jane-fonda.jpg From his home on Rockingham Avenue in Brentwood, where he and his wife Betty hosted countless salons and strategy meetings, Stanley Sheinbaum played a key role in LA and world events.

Joe Hicks, political commentator, was 75

joe-hicks-cai.jpg Joe Hicks, the co-founder of Community Advocates Inc. and a long-time media commentator on race and columnist in Los Angeles, died Sunday.

Bob Long, former TV news executive in LA

bob-long-voa.jpg Long worked on "The Big News" at KNXT and was VP and news director at NBC 4.

Saul Halpert, 93, longtime TV journalist in LA

saul-halpert-tarlau-nbc4.jpg Halpert reported for all three network stations in LA and hosted "KNBC News Conference."

Michel Richard, 68, formative LA chef

michel-richard.jpg The French-born chef built a national empire after his two hit Los Angeles eateries.

Bill Dwyre remembers sports editor Dave Moylan

dave-moylan.jpg The second of the two people most responsible for the acclaim received by the Los Angeles Times for its 1984 Olympic coverage died this week.

Mollie Lowery, 70, longtime angel of Skid Row

Mollie-Lowery.jpg Steve Lopez has written a lovely column on his friend, the Skid Row organizer and housing advocate and co-founder of the LAMP Community.

Melvin Durslag, 95, longtime LA sports columnist

durslag.jpg Durslag wrote about sports for the Hearst newspapers in Los Angeles from the time he was a freshman at USC in 1939 until the HerEx closed in 1989.

Carolyn See, 82, LA author and critic

carolyn-see.jpg See was "the defining voice for a certain kind of California experience in the mid-’70s and 1980s."

Media and book notes for a summer weekend

press-club-awards-banner-2016.jpg makingofdonaldtrumpcover.jpg sonia-saraiya.jpg Coming, goings, awards and Donald Trump. Plus that LAT photographer pleads no contest and gets community service.

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