| Sep 18, 2010
Set in and around Berkeley, "Parenthood" unfolds principally in three family residences that vary in architectural style.
The first is the house of Zeek and Camille Braverman (Craig T. Nelson and Bonnie Bedelia). "They have lived there 30 years, filled...
| Apr 24, 2011
He was a onetime plumber who gained unexpected renown pursuing his lifelong avocation as a fossil hunter who discovered some of the world's most significant dinosaur fossils.
From Mexico to Montana, self-taught paleontologist and archaeologist Harley...
| Jan 5, 2011
Miriam Seegar Whelan
Actress became an interior designer
Miriam Seegar Whelan, 103, an actress from the early days of talking films who was married to director Tim Whelan, died Sunday of age-related causes at her home in Pasadena, said her daughter-in-...
| Sep 8, 2010
David Dortort, the creator and producer of "Bonanza," the long-running television western that was untraditional in its emphasis on relationships over violence and that helped spur public demand for color TVs, has died. He was 93.
| Aug 10, 2010
Robert Aitken, an influential American Zen master and writer who emphasized a path to enlightenment through social action, died of pneumonia Thursday in a Honolulu hospital. He was 93.
His death was confirmed by Roland Sugimoto, administrator of Honolulu...
| Jul 27, 2010
David Blackwell, a preeminent mathematician and the first black scholar in the National Academy of Sciences, died July 8 at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley. He was 91 and had had a series of strokes.
Blackwell was known as a problem-solver...
| Apr 10, 2011
John McCracken, an artist whose fusion of painting with geometric sculpture in the mid-1960s came to embody an aesthetic distinctive to postwar Los Angeles, died Friday in New York. He was 76.
McCracken had lived in Santa Fe, N.M., since 1994 and,...
| Oct 10, 2010
William W. ("Bill") Norton, a successful screenwriter whose post- Hollywood life took a turn as dramatic as the fast-paced action movies he once wrote when he became a gunrunner for rebels in Northern Ireland, died Oct. 2 in Santa Barbara. He was 85.
| Aug 8, 2010
Gerson Goldhaber, a UC Berkeley physicist who played a key role in identifying some of the fundamental particles of nature, then switched careers and helped show that the universe is expanding rather than contracting, died of natural causes at his home in...
| Sep 27, 2010
Alvin Lawson, an English professor at Cal State Long Beach who spent decades studying unidentified flying objects and questioning the beliefs of people who said they had been abducted, has died. He was 80.
Lawson died Sept. 8 at Western Medical Center in...
| Aug 7, 2010
Donald P. Shiley, who was the co-inventor of an artificial valve that revolutionized heart surgery and who later used his fortune to support medical research, the arts and education, has died. He was 90.
Shiley died July 31 in San Diego after several...