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Lives Ended in Gaza
Interactive, Yesterday

Since the war started, more than 30,000 people have been killed during Israel’s bombardment and invasion. Here are some of their stories.

Iris Apfel, Eye-Catcher With a Kaleidoscopic Wardrobe, Dies at 102
Obits, Yesterday

She came to fame in the fashion world in her 80s and 90s, and her wildly eclectic closet of clothes formed a hit exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Robert M. Young, Filmmaker Who Indulged His Wanderlust, Dies at 99
Obits, March 1

The subjects of his documentaries included Indigenous peoples, civil rights sit-ins and the war in Angola. His narrative films included “Extremities” and “The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez.”

Günter Brus, Artist Who Shocked Postwar Austria, Dies at 85
Obits, March 1

A founder of a transgressive 1960s movement known as Viennese Actionism, he used his body as a canvas and blood and excrement as his materials.

Nancy Wallace, Fervent Savior of the Bronx River, Dies at 93
Obits, March 1

She helped transform a watery graveyard for automobiles, tires and appliances into an urban greenbelt for New York City and Westchester County.

Brian Mulroney, Prime Minister Who Led Canada Into NAFTA, Dies at 84
World, February 29

He signed the historic free trade agreement with the United States and Mexico but was shadowed by scandal.

Richard Abath, Guard at Center of Boston Art Museum Heist, Dies at 57
U.S., February 29

His decision to let in two robbers disguised as police officers enabled the greatest art theft in history — a crime that remains unsolved today.

Ali Hassan Mwinyi, Former President of Tanzania, Dies at 98
World, February 29

Handpicked by his socialist predecessor, Julius K. Nyerere, Mr. Mwinyi was credited with reforms, among them permitting the sale of mobile phones and computers.

Ramona Fradon, Longtime Force in the World of Comic Books, Dies at 97
Arts, February 29

One of the first women to work steadily in the field, she was best known for creating art for the superheroes Aquaman and Metamorpho.

Guy Alexandre, Transplant Surgeon Who Redefined Death, Dies at 89
Obits, February 29

His willingness to remove kidneys from brain-dead patients increased the organs’ viability while challenging the line between living and dead.

René Pollesch, Provocative Force in German Theater, Dies at 61
Obits, February 29

His avant-garde work, short on character and plot but long on verbal high jinks, could be irreverent, even goofy, but it was always intellectually serious.

Cat Janice, Singer Who Released a Dance Track From Hospice, Dies at 31
Styles, February 29

TikTok rallied around the singer, who revealed during her cancer treatment that she had transferred the rights to her final song to her son, as an inheritance of sorts.

Micheline Presle, Actress Known for ‘Devil in the Flesh,’ Dies at 101
Obits, February 28

A link to France’s first golden age of cinema, she drew international attention for a 1947 film that created a scandal in France and was banned in Britain for years.

Richard Lewis, Acerbic Comedian and Character Actor, Dies at 76
Obits, February 28

After rising to prominence for his stand-up act, he became a regular in movies and TV, most recently on “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

Nikolai I. Ryzhkov, Soviet Premier Who Presided Over Economic Chaos, Dies at 94
Obits, February 28

Mr. Ryzhkov, who ascended to the Soviet Union’s second most powerful post in 1985, took much of the blame for the economic collapse that led to the country’s dissolution in 1991.

Ole Anderson, Original Member of Four Horsemen Wrestling Team, Dies at 81
Express, February 28

The professional wrestler fought alongside Arn Anderson, Ric Flair and Tully Blanchard. He later spoke out against the commercialization of the sport.

Melvin Way, Outsider Artist Who Depicted Inner Mysteries, Dies at 70
Obits, February 27

He struggled with schizophrenia, but he drew praise for the intricate diagrams he drew on scraps of paper while living in New York City homeless shelters.

Bruce Newman, Leading Man of Antiques, Dies at 94
Obits, February 27

He oversaw Newel Galleries and its over-the-top treasures that embellished Broadway and Hollywood sets and the living rooms of movie stars and a first lady.

Pankaj Udhas, Bollywood Singer and Maestro of the Ghazal, Dies at 72
Express, February 27

His soulful renditions of ghazals, or traditional love poems, were featured on the soundtracks of hit Bollywood movies and moved generations of Indians.

Chris Gauthier, actor de ‘Érase una vez’ y ‘Eureka’, muere a los 48 años
En español, February 26

Gauthier apareció en decenas de programas de televisión y películas, como “Freddy contra Jason” y “Watchmen”.

Roni Stoneman, Country Music’s ‘First Lady of the Banjo,’ Dies at 85
Obits, February 26

A featured player on “Hee Haw” and a member of the famed Stoneman Family, she was the first woman to play modern bluegrass banjo on a phonograph record.

Paul L. Gioia, Who Oversaw Nuclear Power in New York, Dies at 81
Obits, February 26

As head of the state’s Public Service Commission, he clashed with Gov. Mario Cuomo over the management of two troubled power plants and was ousted by him.

Chris Gauthier, ‘Once Upon a Time’ and ‘Eureka’ Actor, Dies at 48
Express, February 26

Mr. Gauthier appeared in dozens of television shows and films, including “Freddy vs. Jason” and “Watchmen.”

Joan Holden, 85, Playwright Who Skewered Rich and Powerful, Dies
Obits, February 26

As the principal writer for the Obie-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe, she created iconoclastic left-wing satire that courted both chuckles and outrage.

Jacob Rothschild, Banker Who Broke From His Fabled Family, Dies at 87
Obits, February 26

The fourth Baron Rothschild, he left the family banking dynasty to start his own company, becoming a powerful financier, patron of the arts and philanthropist.

Lee Hoyang, Prolific K-Pop Producer and Songwriter, Dies at 40
Express, February 26

Professionally known as Shinsadong Tiger, he created the upbeat, catchy and danceable musical style that defined K-pop in the early 2010s.

Peter Anthony Morgan, Grammy-Winning Reggae Singer, Dies at 46
Express, February 26

Known as “Peetah,” he and other children of the singer Denroy Morgan formed the group Morgan Heritage in the 1990s.

Kenneth Mitchell, Known for ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Captain Marvel’ Roles, Dies at 49
Express, February 26

Mr. Mitchell, a Canadian actor who appeared on “Star Trek: Discovery,” had A.L.S.

Zong Qinghou, Beverage Tycoon in China, Dies at 79
Business, February 25

A bitter but successful battle with Danone of France for control of a joint venture made him the richest person in China for a time.

Henry Rono, Record-Breaking Distance Runner From Kenya, Dies at 72
Obits, February 24

Twice denied Olympic glory by his nation’s boycotts of the Games, he wrote himself into track history in 1978 by breaking four records in just 81 days.

Steve Paxton, Who Found Avant-Garde Dance in the Everyday, Dies at 85
Obits, February 24

With Judson Dance Theater and as the founder of contact improvisation, he expanded the possibilities of what dance could be, developing works around basic tasks like walking.

Chuck Mawhinney, 74, Dies; Deadliest Sniper in Marine Corps History
Obits, February 23

He put the experience behind him after he returned from the Vietnam War. But fame finally caught up to him in the 1990s.

Marc Pachter, Who Revived National Portrait Gallery, Dies at 80
Obits, February 23

He helped raise more than $20 million to keep Gilbert Stuart’s famous painting of George Washington on display in the capital rather than allow it to be auctioned off.

Claude Montana, Fashion Designer Whose Look Defined the ’80s, Dies at 76
Obits, February 23

With meticulous tailoring and a taste for leather, he was the architect of the decade’s highly structured and eroticized tough-chic style.

Alfred Grosser, Champion of French-German Reconciliation, Dies at 99
Obits, February 23

A German-born Jew who became a French writer and activist, he devoted his life to healing the divide between two historic enemies after the trauma of World War II.

Roger Guillemin, 100, Nobel-Winning Scientist Stirred by Rivalries, Dies
Obits, February 23

In the race to identify the hormones used to control bodily functions, he battled with his former partner. They later shared the glory.

Robert Macbeth, Founder of Harlem’s New Lafayette Theater, Dies at 89
Obits, February 22

He created a vibrant space for actors and playwrights that became a seedbed for the emerging Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and ’70s.

Niklaus Wirth, Visionary Software Architect, Dies at 89
Obits, February 22

Pascal, the programming language he created in the early days of personal computing, offered a simpler alternative to other languages in use at the time.

Steven Wise, Champion of Animal Rights, Is Dead at 73
Obits, February 22

He filed lawsuits to define chimpanzees as persons and to establish their right to what he called “bodily liberty” over confinement.

Hydeia Broadbent, H.I.V. and AIDS Activist, Dies at 39
Obits, February 22

Born with H.I.V. in 1984, she began raising awareness on television when she was 6 years old.

Charles Stendig Dies at 99; Introduced Fanciful Furniture From Abroad
Obits, February 21

For nearly two decades he traveled to factories throughout Europe, sometimes behind the Iron Curtain, to bring modern furniture to Americans.

Jimmy Van Eaton, Purveyor of the Sun Records Beat, Dies at 86
Obits, February 21

His drumming lent spontaneity and imagination to the unfettered sound of seminal rock ’n’ roll records by Jerry Lee Lewis and others.

Ewen MacIntosh, a Star of the British Sitcom ‘The Office,’ Dies at 50
Obits, February 21

He was best known for his portrayal of the lackluster accountant Keith Bishop on Ricky Gervais’s celebrated series.

Ameen Sayani, Pioneering Radio Star in India, Dies at 91
Express, February 21

One of the first voices heard on the airwaves in Asia, he became recognized by generations of listeners in India over 42 years of broadcasting Bollywood music.

Monica Hickey, Doyenne of Bridal Gowns, Dies at 100
Obits, February 20

As the director of salons at Henri Bendel, Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue, she spent decades outfitting brides-to-be for their grand ceremonies.

Lefty Driesell, Hall of Fame College Basketball Coach, Dies at 92
Obits, February 20

He built Maryland into a national powerhouse and became the first coach to win more than 100 games at each of four major college programs.

Damo Suzuki, Singer Who Ignited the Experimental Band Can, Dies at 74
Obits, February 20

His free-spirited music ignored genre boundaries. “If you’re a creative person,” he once said, “it’s important to break rules.”

Rabbi Jules Harlow, 92, Dies; Helped Redefine Conservative Jewish Prayer
Obits, February 19

Rabbi Harlow’s prayer books, including “Siddur Sim Shalom,” became the standards of worship in Conservative synagogues across North America.

William Beecher, Who Revealed Secret Cambodia Bombing, Dies at 90
Obits, February 18

His New York Times scoop enraged the Nixon White House, which ordered a tap on his phone. He later won a Pulitzer Prize for The Boston Globe.

Charles V. Hamilton, an Apostle of ‘Black Power,’ Dies at 94
Obits, February 18

He popularized the term “institutional racism" and, with Stokely Carmichael, wrote a book in 1967 that was seen as a radical manifesto.

Alvin Moscow, Shipwreck Chronicler and Prolific Collaborator, Dies at 98
Obits, February 17

After writing a best seller about the sinking of the Andrea Doria, he was a co-author with Richard M. Nixon, Patty Hearst, William S. Paley and others.

Randy Sparks, Founder of the New Christy Minstrels, Dies at 90
Obits, February 17

With a keen eye for young talent, he helped boost the careers of Steve Martin, John Denver, Kenny Rogers and many other performers.

Joe Louis Dudley, Pioneering Hair Care Entrepreneur, Dies at 86
Obits, February 16

Starting in their kitchen, he and his wife at the time built a thriving company making beauty products for Black consumers. They also founded a string of cosmetology schools.

Charles Sallis, 89, Dies; Upended the Teaching of Mississippi History
Obits, February 16

He collaborated on a textbook so unsparing in its review of the state’s grim past that it was barred from schools almost as soon as it appeared.

Ross Gelbspan, Who Exposed Roots of Climate Change Deniers, Dies at 84
Obits, February 16

A longtime investigative journalist, he wrote books and articles that documented a campaign of disinformation intended to sow doubt about global warming.

Don Gullett, Ace for the Big Red Machine, Dies at 73
Obits, February 16

With a fastball that recalled his idol, Sandy Koufax, he helped lead the Cincinnati Reds and then the New York Yankees to World Series titles in the 1970s.

Here’s What We Know About the Cause of Navalny’s Reported Death
Foreign, February 16

The Russian authorities have issued sparse details of what they said happened to Aleksei A. Navalny, the opposition leader who they announced had died in prison.

Aleksei Navalny, Russian Opposition Leader, Dies in Prison at 47
World, February 16

The Kremlin’s fiercest critic, whose work brought arrests, attacks and a near-fatal poisoning in 2020, had spent months in isolation.

Frank Kitson, 97, Dies; Helped Shape the Conflict in Northern Ireland
Obits, February 15

A British general whose specialty was counterinsurgency, he was accused of using unduly hard-edge tactics against Irish Republican forces during the era known as the Troubles.

Don Catlin, Who Ran an Elite Antidoping Laboratory, Dies at 85
Obits, February 15

A medical doctor and an expert in pharmacology, he ran drug testing for sports leagues and the Olympics, unlocking the chemical codes for previously undetectable designer steroids.

Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez, the Diva of ‘Diva,’ Dies at 75
Obits, February 14

A soprano who rose from South Philadelphia to the opera houses of Europe, she was memorably seen and heard in a 1981 film considered a paragon of cinematic style.

Angela Chao, C.E.O. of Family’s Shipping Company, Is Dead at 50
Obits, February 14

Ms. Chao, whose sister Elaine Chao was President Trump’s secretary of transportation, led Foremost Group, operator of a global fleet of freighters. She died in a car crash.

Joel Belz, Trailblazer in Christian Journalism, Is Dead at 82
Obits, February 14

Inspired by Time, he founded World magazine, covering politics, the arts and other subjects from a “God’s-eye” view.

William Post, Who Helped Create Pop-Tarts, Dies at 96
Obits, February 14

A bakery manager in Michigan, he worked with Kellogg’s to create the snack in 1964. It became a timeless American classic.

A Divided France Splits Over a National Hero
Foreign, February 14

Robert Badinter, the former minister who abolished the death penalty, was honored in Paris after his death on Friday, but members of the far left and right were told they were unwelcome.

Dries van Agt, Former Dutch Prime Minister, Dies at 93
Obits, February 14

As justice minister he weathered a hijacking crisis and later pushed to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He and his wife died in a joint act of euthanasia.

Bob Moore, Who Founded Bob’s Red Mill, Is Dead at 94
Obits, February 13

A former gas station owner, he was learning to read the Bible in its original languages when he changed course and started what became an artisanal-grains powerhouse.

Larry Taylor, Vietnam War Pilot Lauded for Daring Rescue, Dies at 81
Obits, February 13

His evacuation of four besieged U.S. Army Rangers was belatedly recognized last September with the Medal of Honor.

David Bouley, Influential New York Chef, Dies at 70
Dining, February 13

At restaurants like Montrachet and Bouley, he channeled French nouvelle cuisine to create the New American style.

Kelvin Kiptum, Marathon World Record-Holder, Is Dead at 24
Express, February 13

Kiptum, who came tantalizingly close last year to breaching the mythical two-hour barrier in the marathon, was killed in a car accident in Kenya.

Bob Edwards, Longtime Host of NPR’s ‘Morning Edition,’ Dies at 76
Obits, February 12

He was “the voice we woke up to” for a quarter century, delivering news and interviews in a rich baritone that reached millions of listeners.

Cecilia Gentili, Transgender Activist, Performer and Author, Dies at 52
Obits, February 12

Once an undocumented sex worker and addict, she was a powerful advocate for marginalized people, and an irresistible story teller.

Ellen Gilchrist, Writer With an Eye on the South’s Foibles, Dies at 88
Obits, February 11

In her novels and story collections, she took a sharp, lightly ironic look at the class from which she came, the Southern upper bourgeoisie.

Steve Ostrow, Manhattan Bathhouse Impresario, Dies at 91
Obits, February 11

The Continental Baths, which he opened in 1968, became a pivot point in Manhattan’s gay history and a launchpad for a young Bette Midler.

Brian McConnachie, Humor Writer ‘From Another Planet,’ Dies at 81
Obits, February 11

A contributor to National Lampoon, “Saturday Night Live” and “SCTV,” he had a patrician presence that belied a whimsical and sometimes anarchic wit.

John Bruton Dies at 76; Negotiated for Peace as Irish Prime Minister
Obits, February 9

He made strides to end the sectarian violence that plagued Northern Ireland through the 1990s by collaborating with both Britain and the Irish Republican Army.

Henry Fambrough, Last of the Original Spinners, Dies at 85
Obits, February 9

He was a mainstay of the group that was known for hits like “Could It Be I’m Falling Love,” from its inception in 1954 until his retirement last year.

Brooke Ellison, Prominent Disability Rights Advocate, Is Dead at 45
Obits, February 9

One of the first quadriplegic Harvard graduates, she became an author, professor and powerful voice for disabled people.

Lance Larson, Who Lost a Disputed Olympic Swim Race, Dies at 83
Obits, February 9

He had the fastest time in the 100-meter freestyle final. But after a corps of judges couldn’t choose a winner, the chief judge declared one. It wasn’t Larson.

Richard Gambino, 84, Dies; Fought Discrimination Against Italian Americans
Obits, February 9

He directed the Italian American studies program at Queens College — the first of its type in American academia — and wrote about his ethnic group in “Blood of My Blood.”

David Kahn, Leading Historian of Codes and Code Breaking, Dies at 93
Obits, February 9

His 1967 book, “The Codebreakers,” introduced the world to cryptology and inspired the emergence of private-sector encrypted communication.

Robert Badinter, Who Won Fight to End Death Penalty in France, Dies at 95
Obituaries, February 9

He spent decades as an esteemed defense lawyer but was best known as the justice minister who enacted a 1981 law abolishing capital punishment.

Seiji Ozawa, a Captivating, Transformative Conductor, Dies at 88
Obits, February 9

He led the Boston Symphony Orchestra for 29 years, toured widely and helped dispel prejudices about East Asian classical musicians.

Riad al-Turk, the ‘Mandela of Syria,’ Dies in Exile at 93
Obits, February 8

Imprisoned four times, he spent almost 20 years in Syria’s prisons, nearly 18 in solitary confinement, for speaking out against the Assad regimes. He died in France.

Walter Shawlee, the Sovereign of Slide Rules, Is Dead at 73
Obits, February 8

Used by engineers for centuries, they were displaced by pocket calculators and all but forgotten until Mr. Shawlee created a subculture of obsessives and cornered the market.

David Soukup, Advocate for Abused and Neglected Children, Dies at 90
Obits, February 8

While serving as a judge in Seattle, he was inspired to start an organization to help children who did not have unbiased advocates in court proceedings.

Si Spiegel, War Hero Who Modernized Christmas Trees, Dies at 99
Obits, February 8

The son of Jewish immigrants, he was a pilot in World War II who later created patents to mass-produce artificial conifers.

Dick Waterman, Promoter and Photographer of the Blues, Dies at 88
Obits, February 8

A “crackpot eccentric Yankee” from Massachusetts, he revived the careers of long-forgotten Southern artists during the blues boom of the 1960s.

Mojo Nixon, Who Mixed Roots and Punk Rock, Dies at 66
Obits, February 8

A self-described voice of “the doomed, the damned, the weird,” he was known for satirical songs like “Elvis Is Everywhere” and “Destroy All Lawyers.”

Aston Barrett, 77, Bass-Playing Force With Bob Marley and Wailers, Dies
Obits, February 7

Known by his nickname, Family Man, he was the group’s musical director, crafting the hypnotic rhythms and melodies that elevated reggae to global acclaim.

Clyde Taylor, Literary Scholar Who Elevated Black Cinema, Dies at 92
Obits, February 6

A leading figure in the field of Black studies in the 1970s, he identified work by Black filmmakers as worthy of serious intellectual attention.

Toby Keith, Larger-Than-Life Country Music Star, Dies at 62
Obits, February 6

He cultivated an in-your-face persona with hits like “Who’s Your Daddy?” and “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue.” He announced in 2022 that he had cancer.

Bob Beckwith, Firefighter Who Stood With Bush After 9/11, Dies at 91
Obits, February 5

Photographs showing him with the president atop a rubble-strewn fire truck came to represent America’s fortitude in the aftermath of the attack.

Inger McCabe Elliott, Who Famously Became Con Man’s Victim, Dies at 90
Obits, February 5

She was a successful designer. But she was probably best known for being duped in a scheme that inspired the play “Six Degrees of Separation.”

Hinton Battle, Three-Time Tony Winner in Musicals, Dies at 67
Obits, February 5

He won awards for his roles in “Sophisticated Ladies,” “The Tap Dance Kid” and “Miss Saigon” — the most ever in the category of best featured actor in a musical.

Robie Harris, Often-Banned Children’s Author, Is Dead at 83
Obits, February 5

Her children’s books on matters of sex and sexuality — notably “It’s Perfectly Normal” — became fodder for the culture wars.

Michael Watford, a Minister of Gospel House Music, Dies at 64
Obits, February 4

His signature hit, “So Into You,” was omnipresent in 1994 — the rare record “you heard at every club,” one D.J. said. But his time at the top was brief.

Hage Geingob, Namibia’s President, Dies at 82
Foreign, February 4

Mr. Geingob had also been Namibia’s first prime minister after the country gained independence from South Africa in 1990.

Matisyahu Salomon, 86, Dies; Rabbi Warned of Internet’s Dangers
Obits, February 3

As a supervisor at America’s largest yeshiva, he wielded influence across the world of ultra-Orthodox Jews. He feared that the internet jeopardized the observance of Jewish customs.

Wayne Kramer, Guitarist With the Incendiary MC5, Is Dead at 75
Obits, February 3

He was half of the twin-guitar attack that drove the influential Detroit band’s live performances and helped set the stage for punk rock.

Joe Madison, Radio Host and Civil Rights Activist, Dies at 74
Obits, February 2

On the air, he urged politically powerful guests to take action on human rights issues. Outside the studio, he joined protests, including a hunger strike in 2021.

Roger Donlon, Vietnam War’s First Medal of Honor Recipient, Dies at 89
Obits, February 2

Despite being wounded multiple times, he led the defense of a jungle outpost against a Vietcong assault, inspiring his smaller force to “superhuman effort.”

Alice Mackler, Sculptor Discovered in Her 80s, Dies at 92
Obits, February 2

Originally a painter, she worked low-level office jobs for most of her life. Later, she started making strange clay figures, and found fame at 81.

Carl Weathers, Who Played Apollo Creed in ‘Rocky’ Movies, Dies at 76
Obits, February 2

A former pro linebacker, he had a long acting career that reached beyond the boxing ring, appearing in action films, comedies and TV dramas and earning an Emmy nomination.

Don Murray, a Star in Films That Took on Social Issues, Dies at 94
Obits, February 2

An Oscar-nominated role opposite Marilyn Monroe in “Bus Stop” led to a long career in film and TV and onstage, in productions that grappled with race, drugs, homosexuality and more.

Albert K. Butzel, Lawyer and Protector of the Hudson, Dies at 85
New York, February 2

He led grass-roots lawsuits that defeated plans for Westway on Manhattan’s waterfront and a Storm King power plant. His legacy also includes the city’s Hudson River Park.

Sandra Milo, 90, Who Had Star Turns in Fellini Films, Dies
Obits, February 2

She was called Fellini’s muse. She claimed she was his lover. In a long career, she was best known for her performances in his movies “8 ½” and “Juliet of the Spirits.”

In China’s Covid Fog, Deaths of Scholars Offer a Clue
Interactive, February 5

The toll of China’s epidemic is unclear. But dozens of obituaries of the country’s top academics show an enormous loss in just a few weeks.

Sister André, World’s Oldest Known Person, Is Dead at 118
Foreign, January 18

A French nun, she lived through two world wars and the 1918 flu pandemic and, more than a century later, survived Covid-19. She enjoyed a bit of wine and chocolate daily.

Laura Anglin, a Leading New York State and City Official, Dies at 57
Obits, October 18

She was budget director in Albany and “was one of the unsung heroes” in helping to shape the pandemic response as a deputy mayor under Bill de Blasio.

Marc Lewitinn, Covid Patient, Dies at 76 After 850 Days on a Ventilator
Obits, September 9

While no definitive statistics exist, doctors say Mr. Lewitinn, a retired Manhattan store owner, likely remained on the device longer than any other Covid patient.

Joseph Hazelwood, Captain of the Exxon Valdez, Is Dead at 75
Obits, September 9

The tanker spilled millions of gallons of oil when it ran aground, causing one of the nation’s worst environmental disasters. He accepted responsibility but was demonized.

Dmitri Vrubel, Who Planted a Kiss on the Berlin Wall, Dies at 62
Obits, August 19

A Russian-born painter, he created a mural of the Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev smooching the East German leader Erich Honecker — and with it a tourist attraction.

Albert Woodfox, Survivor of 42 Years in Solitary Confinement, Dies at 75
Obits, August 5

His term in solitary was perhaps the longest in American history. He described how he kept his sanity, and dignity, in an acclaimed memoir.

Eli N. Evans, Who Wrote About Jews in American South, Dies at 85
Obits, August 2

His book “The Provincials” mixed memoir, travelogue and history to tell the story of a culture that many people never knew existed.

Vladimir Zelenko, 48, Dies; Promoted an Unfounded Covid Treatment
Obits, July 1

A self-described “simple country doctor,” he won national attention in 2020 when the White House embraced his hydroxychloroquine regimen.

Robert Goolrick Dies at 73; Became a Successful Novelist Late in Life
Obits, May 20

Being fired as an advertising executive freed him to write a blistering memoir about his Southern family and an erotic novel that became a best seller.

Stanislav Shushkevich, First Leader of Post-Soviet Belarus, Dies at 87
Obits, May 5

He helped formalize the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991, led his country until 1994, then became a vocal critic of his successor, Aleksandr G. Lukashenko.