Elaine Hofer-Hermanson, dead at 82, wanted her ashes scattered in Lake Michigan — a fitting finale for a pioneering commodore with the Coast Guard.
Martin McGuinness, once the IRA’s most highly esteemed militant, used his formidable clout to bury the hatchet with his Protestant enemies.
The former IRA commander led the paramilitary movement toward reconciliation and went on to serve as Northern Ireland’s deputy first minister.
Artists Skip Williamson and Jay Lynch — two seminal figures in the underground comics movement, both with strong ties to Chicago — have died.
Jeffrey Walker, an assistant Cook County public defender with a “burning desire to fight for the underdog,” has died at 59.
The legendary label cited pneumonia as the cause of death. Mr. Cotton died at St. David’s Medical Center in Austin, Texas.
Ralph Otwell, who died March 8 at 90, was a top Chicago Sun-Times editor from 1968 to 1984, during which the paper won six Pulitzer Prizes.