Deaths of note from around the world:
William G. Blair, 87: A former reporter, foreign bureau chief and public relations director for The New York Times. Died Monday in Manhattan of cancer.
Deborah Raffin, 59: A film actress, veteran of television miniseries and entrepreneur whose company, Dove Books-on-Tape, became a major force in the audio book industry. Died Wednesday of leukemia at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.
Elena Akhmilovskaya Donaldson, 55: A chess champion in both the Soviet Union and her adopted country, the United States, and once ranked among the world’s top female players. Died Sunday in Kirkland, Wash., of brain cancer.