Celebrity Deaths in Activism

  • Martin Litton, 97 (1917 - 2014)

    Martin  Litton

    The Associated PressPORTOLA VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Martin Litton, a bold whitewater navigator and even bolder advocate for preserving the wildlands of the American West, has died at age 97.Litton had been in hospice care and died Sunday at his home in Portola Valley, said Alison Sheehey, programs director at Sequoia ForestKeeper, where Litton was president.Litton was "active in protecting the...

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  • Raul Alvarez Garin (2014)

    Raul Alvarez Garin

    The Associated PressMEXICO CITY (AP) — Raul Alvarez Garin, a leader in the 1968 student uprising that culminated in the massacre of protesters in Mexico City, has died at age 73.Alvarez Garin died Friday in the capital after a yearlong battle with cancer, according to a Facebook statement posted by the Committee of the '68 Pro Democratic Liberties. He founded the group to demand punishment for...

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  • Lily McBeth (2014)

    Lily McBeth

    WAYNE PARRY, The Associated PressLITTLE EGG HARBOR, N.J. (AP) — Lily McBeth, the teacher whose battles with school boards in conservative areas of New Jersey made her a reluctant symbol of the transgender rights movement, has died. She was 80.McBeth died Sept. 24 near her home in Little Egg Harbor after a long illness, her daughter Maureen said."She was very much at peace with her life,"...

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  • Jay Holcomb (2014)

    Jay Holcomb

    CHANNING JOSEPH, The Associated PressSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jay Holcomb, who led bird-rescue efforts at some of the world's biggest oil spills during his leadership at International Bird Rescue, has died in California. He was 63.Holcomb died in Modesto, surrounded by family and friends, Andrew Harmon, a spokesman for the wildlife organization, said in a statement Wednesday. The cause of death was...

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  • Karen DeCrow, 76 (1937 - 2014)

    Karen DeCrow

    MICHAEL R. SISAK, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Celebrated activist and civil rights lawyer Karen DeCrow, who led the National Organization for Women in the 1970s, died Friday at her home near Syracuse. She was 76.Longtime friend Rowena Malamud confirmed DeCrow's death from melanoma.She said DeCrow, who started out as a journalist and was a prolific writer, was the "perfect model" for the...

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