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Life In Legacy - Week ending September 20, 2014

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Isidoro Alvarez, led Spanish department store chainTony Auth, ‘Philadelphia Inquirer’ editorial cartoonistThomas Hale Boggs Jr., prominent Washington, DC lobbyistGen. Yitzhak Hofi, Israeli general Rudolph Waters, fixture at Alcorn State University in Mississippi

Art and Literature

Tony Auth (72) Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist whose commentary had appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer since 1971. Auth won the Pulitzer for editorial cartoons in 1976 and was a finalist twice after that. He had been battling brain cancer and died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 14, 2014.

Business and Science

Isidoro Alvarez (79) head of Spain’s El Corte Ingles department store chain who turned the company into an international business with an annual turnover of about €14 billion ($18 billion). Alvarez worked at El Corte Ingles for 60 years and was its chairman for the past 25; under his leadership, the clothing store diversified and expanded abroad. He was hospitalized last week with respiratory problems and died in Madrid, Spain on September 14, 2014.


Rudolph Waters (82) former interim president (1994-95) of Alcorn State University in Lorman, Miss. A longtime dean and vice president, Waters worked at Alcorn for 48 years, starting as dean of students in 1957. He died in Vicksburg, Mississippi on September 14, 2014.

Politics and Military

Thomas Hale Boggs Jr. (73) pioneer in combining the practice of law and lobbying who led the Washington lobbying shop Patton Boggs for many years. Boggs was the son of former US congressman Thomas Hale Boggs Sr. (D-La.), House Majority Leader, and former Rep. Lindy Boggs (d. 2013), elected to her husband’s House seat after he was killed in a 1972 plane crash. Brother of journalist Cokie Roberts, the younger Boggs died of a suspected heart attack in Chevy Chase, Maryland on September 15, 2014.

Gen. Yitzhak Hofi (87) former Israeli general and Mossad chief who played a key role in his country’s daring 1976 commando rescue raid in Uganda. Hofi fought in Israel’s War of Independence in 1948 and rose through the ranks to become head of the northern command during the ‘73 Arab-Israeli war. He died in Jerusalem, Israel on September 14, 2014.

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