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2012 Deaths

1/2/2013, 10:35 a.m.
      (Left) Bruce C. Bolling, a member of a powerful political dynasty in Boston who was the first African American elected president of the Boston City Council, died at his home in Roxbury after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was 67. (Right) Keith Cassim Elam, son of the late legendary hip-hop artist Keith “Guru” Elam, is shown here hugging his grandfather, Judge Harry J. Elam Sr., the first black Chief Justice of the Boston Municipal Court. Judge Elam passed away after an extraordinary legal career and legacy of social activism. He was 90.
      (Left) Community activist Jeanette Boone-Smith, 77, once served as Executive Assistant to then Lt. Governor John F. Kerry before founding the Four Corners Development Corporation. (Center) Donna Summer, the “Queen of Disco,” grew up in Mission Hill and never forgot her Boston roots. She went on to international fame and earned five Grammys before her death at the age of 63. (Right) Gretchen Lucinda (Flippin) Jackson, 93, of Milford, was the wife of the late Dr. Clarence Noel Jackson. Together, they owned and operated Douglas Square Pharmacy in Boston from the 1940s until his death in 1988. She later established the Gretchen Jackson Model Agency in the 1960s, which utilized both black and white models.
      (Left) Community activist Jeanette Boone-Smith, 77, once served as Executive Assistant to then Lt. Governor John F. Kerry before founding the Four Corners Development Corporation. (Center) Donna Summer, the “Queen of Disco,” grew up in Mission Hill and never forgot her Boston roots. She went on to international fame and earned five Grammys before her death at the age of 63. (Right) Gretchen Lucinda (Flippin) Jackson, 93, of Milford, was the wife of the late Dr. Clarence Noel Jackson. Together, they owned and operated Douglas Square Pharmacy in Boston from the 1940s until his death in 1988. She later established the Gretchen Jackson Model Agency in the 1960s, which utilized both black and white models.