June Foray was an actress who gave voice to Rocky the Flying Squirrel and hundreds of other cartoon characters and was sometimes known as the “female Mel Blanc.” She died July 26 in a Los Angeles hospital. She was 99. Foray was the best-known woman among the voice performers who contributed so much to the classic cartoons of Warner Bros., Disney, Hanna-Barbera and other studios. She also did the voice of spy Natasha Fatale and Dudley Do-Right’s girlfriend Nell Fenwick on “Rocky and His Friends,” which later became “The Bullwinkle Show,” from 1959 to 1964. She was the voice of Cindy Lou Who in the 1966 TV holiday special “How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Grandmother Fa in Disney’s “Mulan” in 1998.
Barbara Sinatra was the fourth wife of legendary singer Frank Sinatra and a prominent children’s advocate and philanthropist who raised millions of dollars to help abused youngsters. She died July 25 of natural causes at her home in Rancho Mirage, Calif. She was 90. Sinatra founded the nonprofit Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center in Rancho Mirage with her husband’s help in 1986 to provide therapy and other support to young victims of physical, sexual and emotional abuse.
Lonnie “Bo” Pilgrim was the former CEO of Pilgrim’s Pride, which became the world’s largest poultry producer. He died July 21 at his home in Pittsburg, Texas. He was 89. Pilgrim, who was known for appearing on commercials in a pilgrim’s hat, took over as CEO of the company upon the death of his brother in 1966. Pilgrim’s Pride expanded into the world’s biggest poultry producer by 2007, but the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2009 and Pilgrim was replaced as CEO.
Martin A. “Marty” Sklar was a right-hand man of Walt Disney and central figure in the development and expansion of his company’s theme parks around the world. He died July 27 at his Hollywood Hills home. He was 83. Sklar had roles in the development of every Disney park, from the original Disneyland in Southern California in 1955 to the Shanghai Disney Resort last year. He was among the first to have the unique-to-Disney title of “Imagineer” when he became the company’s chief creative leader for theme parks.
Mervyn Rose was an Australian tennis player who won two Grand Slam singles titles and two Davis Cups before going into coaching. He died July 23. He was 87. Rose won the Australian Open in 1954 and the French Open in 1958 before turning pro. He coached a number of players, including Billie Jean King and Margaret Court. He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2001.
Waldir Peres was a goalkeeper for three Brazil World Cup teams. He died July 23 after a heart attack in the city of Mogi Mirim in Sao Paulo state in Brazil. He was 66. He was a member of the Brazil squads at the 1974 and 1978 World Cups and was the starter on the 1982 team.
John Kundla was a Hall of Fame coach who led the Minneapolis Lakers to five NBA championships. He died July 23 in Minneapolis. He was 101. Kundla, who was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995, was the oldest living Hall of Famer in any of the four major pro sports. He coached the Lakers in the 1940s and 1950s before they moved to Los Angeles, helping them become the NBA’s first dynasty. He left the Lakers after the 1958-59 season and coached at the University of Minnesota from 1959 to 1968.
Compiled from news service reports by Chris Carter, firstname.lastname@example.org