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January 16, 2019

Jack Bogle, the founder of The Vanguard Group and creator of the index fund, died Wednesday. He was 89.

Vanguard is the world's largest mutual fund organization, now managing $4.9 trillion in global assets. When he created what is now known as the Vanguard 500 Index Fund, he was ridiculed by Wall Street, with the fund dubbed "Bogle's Folly." In his letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders in February 2017, billionaire investor Warren Buffet praised Bogle, saying that he was "frequently mocked by the investment-management industry," but "he helped millions of investors realize far better returns on their savings than they otherwise would have earned. He is a hero to them and to me."

Bogle grew up during the Great Depression, and studied economics at Princeton. He founded Vanguard in 1975, and served as chairman and CEO until 1996. Bogle also wrote 13 books about investing, with his final tome, Stay the Course: The Story of Vanguard and the Index Revolution, published in December. He is survived by his wife, Eve, and six children. Catherine Garcia

January 2, 2019

Blake Nordstrom, the co-president of Nordstrom, died on Wednesday. He was 58.

In December, Nordstrom announced he had been diagnosed with lymphoma but was still planning on working. The department store's chairman, Brad Smith, said in a statement that "everyone who worked with Blake knew of his passion and deep commitment to employees, customers, and the communities we serve." Nordstrom served as co-president alongside his brothers, Pete Nordstrom and Erik Nordstrom.

Born on Oct. 4, 1960, Nordstrom was the eldest of three sons. He worked his way up the ranks at the family company, which was founded by his great-grandfather, Swedish immigrant John Nordstrom, in 1901. Nordstrom spent the last few years overseeing corporate functions and Nordstrom Rack stores, and in November, he said he was focused on making Nordstrom the "best fashion retailer in a digital world." Nordstrom is survived by his wife, Molly; a son and a daughter; his father, Bruce; and his brothers. Catherine Garcia

December 29, 2018

A terminally ill toddler named Abdullah Hassan died Friday at a hospital in California. He was just 2 years old.

Hassan's story came to national attention because his mother, Shaima Swileh, was denied a visa to travel from Yemen to visit him in his final days. The boy and his father, Ali Hassan, both held American citizenship, but the Yemeni Swileh was unable to join them in the States because Yemen is among the eight nations listed in the Trump administration's revised travel ban.

With help from the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Sacramento, the family sued the State Department for a waiver. It was granted Dec. 18, and Swileh was able to see her son.

"We are heartbroken. We had to say goodbye to our baby, the light of our lives," Ali Hassan said Friday of his son's death. "We want to thank everyone for your love and support at this difficult time. We ask you to kindly keep Abdullah and our family in your thoughts and prayers." Bonnie Kristian

December 26, 2018

Major League Soccer coach Sigi Schmid died Tuesday in Los Angeles. He was 65.

Schmid was in need of a heart transplant, and was hospitalized three weeks ago, the Los Angeles Times reports. Schmid coached three MLS teams — the Seattle Sounders, the L.A. Galaxy, and the Columbus Crew — and had the most wins of any league coach in history, with 266 regular and postseason victories over 18 seasons. In 2015, he was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Born in Germany, Schmid moved to Southern California with his family when he was 4 years old. He earned a degree in economics from UCLA, and went on to coach the school's men's soccer team for 19 years, leading the Bruins to three NCAA championships. In September, he was fired from the Galaxy while the team was on a six-game losing streak, and at the time he said he was thinking about writing a book. "I know I've accomplished some things and I know I've won some titles, others have won more titles than me and that's fine," he said earlier this season. "What I'm the most proud of are players that I found or players that I've helped get to the next level. That's my greatest joy." He is survived by his wife, Valerie, four children, and several grandchildren. Catherine Garcia

December 18, 2018

Laverne & Shirley star Penny Marshall has died at 75, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.

The actress played Laverne DeFazio on the Happy Days spinoff before going on to direct A League of Their Own and Big. Her family says she died "peacefully on Monday night in her Hollywood Hills home due to complications from diabetes," per the Times.

Marshall kicked off her career with guest starring roles on The Odd Couple, which her brother Garry Marshall executive produced, and other comedies. After starring on Laverne & Shirley alongside Cindy Williams, she occasionally made cameo spots and took other guest roles on TV. Most of her attention went to directing, becoming the second woman ever to direct an Best Picture nominee with Awakenings. Big was the first film directed by a woman to make more than $100 million in the U.S. box office, per The Hollywood Reporter.

Marshall also loved sports, especially the Los Angeles Lakers, the Times details. A League of Their Own was about a professional women's baseball team, and her most recent project was a still-forthcoming documentary about NBA star Dennis Rodman. Following the news of Marshall's death, friends and admirers tweeted their appreciation and memories. Kathryn Krawczyk

December 16, 2018

Colin Kroll, the co-founder of Vine and HQ Trivia, was found dead Sunday inside his New York City apartment. He was 34.

Kroll was discovered by police officers after his girlfriend called and asked for a wellness check, CNN reports. The cause of death has not yet been determined.

HQ Trivia, a trivia game app, was launched in 2017. Kroll became CEO of HQ Trivia's parent company, Intermedia Labs, earlier this year after his business partner Rus Yusupov was forced out, Recode reports. Recently, Kroll was accused by an HQ Trivia employee of "inappropriate and unprofessional behavior;" the matter was investigated and "yielded no concerns," the company told Recode. Catherine Garcia

December 2, 2018

Former President George H.W. Bush will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda this week, a schedule released Saturday evening indicated.

An Air Force One plane will transport Bush's casket from Houston to Washington, and both houses of Congress will participate in an arrival ceremony at the Capitol building Monday. Wednesday morning, a funeral service will be held at the nearby National Cathedral with President Trump and first lady Melania Trump in attendence.

Bush will then be transported back to Texas for a second memorial service at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston on Thursday. He will be interred Thursday afternoon in College Station, Texas, next to his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, and daughter Pauline Robinson Bush, who was just 3 years old when she died in 1953.

A Saturday New York Times story shared the former president's final words before his death. Former President George W. Bush was on speaker phone with him to say goodbye, telling the elder Bush he'd been a "wonderful dad." "I love you, too," Bush Senior said to his son. Bonnie Kristian

October 15, 2018

Paul Allen, the philanthropist and co-founder of Microsoft, died Monday in Seattle from complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He was 65.

In a statement, his sister, Jody, said Allen was "a remarkable individual on every level." Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said Allen "created magical products, experiences, and institutions, and in doing so, he changed the world." Allen founded Microsoft in 1975 with Bill Gates, and after leaving the company, he founded Vulcan Inc., which oversaw his philanthropic and business endeavors.

One of the world's wealthiest people, Allen's net worth was estimated at more than $20 billion. He owned the Portland Trail Blazers and Seattle Seahawks, plus had a stake in the Seattle Sounders soccer team. Allen was diagnosed nine years ago with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and announced earlier this month he had started treatment for it again. Catherine Garcia

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