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Mother of Raven Saunders, shot-put silver medalist, dies.
Sports, Today

Clarissa Saunders had been in Orlando, Fla., for a watch party for her daughter’s competition in the Tokyo Games, NBC reported.

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Louise Fishman, Who Gave Abstract Expressionism a New Tone, Dies at 82
Obits, Today

Her paintings infused a once-male-dominated genre with a feminist, lesbian sensibility.

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Joan Ullyot, Debunker of Limits on Women Who Run, Dies at 80
Obits, Today

Dr. Ullyot argued in her research, and showed over miles and miles in competition herself, that, yes, women are built to run marathons. Olympic officials finally agreed.

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Robert Dennison, Parole Board Chief Turned Inmate Advocate, Dies at 75
Obits, Today

After growing disillusioned with the board he had run, he became, a colleague said, “a vocal critic of the arbitrary and arcane parole system.”

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Willie Winfield, Angelic-Voiced Doo-Wop Singer, Is Dead at 91
Obits, Today

For more than 60 years, he sang with various incarnations of the Harptones. “His voice was unique,” one concert producer said, “and it lasted his whole life.”

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Lynn C. Franklin, Literary Agent and Memoirist on Adoption, Dies at 74
Obits, Yesterday

She represented Desmond Tutu and Deepak Chopra, but the book closest to her was the one she wrote about giving up her baby and then reuniting with him.

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Paula Caplan, 74, Dies; Feminist Psychologist Took On Her Profession
Obits, Yesterday

She argued that categorizing premenstrual syndrome or feelings of guilt as disorders resulted from sexism in a field dominated by men.

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El legado de Johnny Ventura: el merengue moderno
en Español, Yesterday

El cantante, que gobernó la capital de República Dominicana, ayudó a darle al merengue un sentido renovado de libertad con tempos acelerados y letras sin censura.

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George Forss, 80, Photographer Discovered on the Streets of N.Y., Dies
Obits, Yesterday

He was peddling his black-and-white photos of New York City’s majesty for $5 each in the 1980s — until a famous photographer came upon them in “astonishment.”

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Jay Pickett, Veteran Soap Opera Actor, Dies at 60
Express, Yesterday

His credits included “General Hospital,” “Days of Our Lives” and “Port Charles.” He died while filming a western in Idaho, where he was raised.

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Reynold Ruffins, Push Pin Studios Graphic Artist, Dies at 90
Obits, August 1

With Milton Glaser, Ed Sorel and Seymour Chwast, he was part of a movement that upended the ’50s era advertising style with witty, faux-nostalgic imagery.

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Frenchy Cannoli, Ardent Evangelist for Hashish, Dies at 64
Obits, July 31

He left France at 18 for a nearly two-decade sojourn to India, Nepal, Mexico and Morocco to learn the secrets of making hash and became an authority.

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Richard Lamm, Governor and Early Abortion Rights Supporter, Dies at 85
Obits, July 30

He spearheaded the passage of a liberal abortion law in Colorado before Roe v. Wade, and he helped stop the 1976 Winter Olympics from being held in the state.

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Roberto Calasso, Renaissance Man of Letters, Dies at 80
Obits, July 30

A Florentine by birth, he was a polymath as an author and publisher (Kafka, Vedic philosophy, Greek mythology) who reached a wide international readership.

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Chuck E. Weiss, Musician Who, in Love, Inspired a Hit Song, Dies at 76
Obits, July 30

He and Tom Waits and Rickie Lee Jones were inseparable in the late ’70s, and when Mr. Weiss’s romantic life took a turn, Ms. Jones memorialized it in “Chuck E.’s in Love.”

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Ruth Pearl, Mother of Murdered Reporter Daniel Pearl, Dies at 85
Obits, July 30

A reluctant celebrity, she was thrust into the spotlight after his brutal death, and created a foundation in his memory to promote cultural understanding.

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Carl Levin, the Senate Scourge of Corporate America, Dies at 87
Obits, July 29

The longest-serving U.S. senator in Michigan history, Mr. Levin was regarded by colleagues and Washington observers as a paragon of probity.

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Johnny Ventura, Who Created the Sound of Modern Merengue, Dies at 81
Obits, July 29

The “Elvis of Merengue” released more than 100 albums and won six Latin Grammys. For a time, he was mayor of the capital of the Dominican Republic.

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Floyd Cooper, Illustrator of Black Life for Children, Dies at 65
Obits, July 29

He sought to revive and recount chapters of African American history that he felt weren’t taught enough in classrooms.

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Albert Bandura, Leading Psychologist of Aggression, Dies at 95
Obits, July 29

He was most known for his Bobo doll experiment, in which children mimicked adults in attacking an inflatable doll. The work challenged basic tenets of psychology.

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Ron Popeil, Inventor and Ubiquitous Infomercial Pitchman, Dies at 86
Express, July 29

Mr. Popeil became a well-known presence on TV, hawking products that people didn’t know they needed, including the Veg-O-Matic and the Inside-the-Shell Egg Scrambler.

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Dusty Hill, Long-Bearded Bassist for ZZ Top, Dies at 72
Obits, July 28

The band, known for its hard-charging, blues-inflected rock, was one of the biggest acts of the 1980s, selling more than 50 million albums.

George Rhoads, Designer of Fantastical ‘Ball Machines,’ Dies at 95
Obits, July 28

In his ingeniously conceived sculptures, balls seem to travel randomly and trigger various sounds. “Each pathway that the ball takes,” he said, “is a different drama.”

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Joey Jordison, Slipknot Drummer, Dies at 46
Express, July 28

Mr. Jordison’s explosive, virtuosic playing and elaborate solos, sometimes performed atop a hydraulic riser, made him a fan favorite.

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Robert Ellison, Ceramics Collector With a Giving Streak, Dies at 89
Obits, July 28

The more than 600 works he gave to the Met enriched the museum’s collection enormously.

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Dr. J. Allan Hobson, Who Studied the Dreaming Brain, Dies at 88
Obits, July 28

He disputed the Freudian view that dreams held encrypted codes of meaning, believing instead that they resulted from random firings of neurons in the brain.

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Jimmy Elidrissi, Waldorf Bellhop for Five Decades, Dies at 74
Obits, July 27

A Moroccan immigrant’s goal was to make guests, including nine U.S. presidents, feel right at home amid the grandeur of a landmark Manhattan hotel.

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Michael Enzi, Long-Serving U.S. Senator From Wyoming, Dies at 77
Express, July 27

A four-term senator, Mr. Enzi was a consistent conservative with a consensus-seeking style. He died after a bicycle accident in Gillette, Wyo., the city where he began his political career.

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Sally Miller Gearhart, Lesbian Writer and Activist, Dies at 90
Obits, July 26

She fought anti-gay policies alongside Harvey Milk, wrote influential books, including science fiction, and founded a women-only refuge in the woods.

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Elliot Lawrence, Award-Winning Conductor, Dies at 96
Obits, July 26

He led a big band, conducted on Broadway, collected Emmys and for nearly 50 years led the orchestra on the annual Tony Awards broadcast.

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Rabbi Yoel Kahn, Oral Scribe for the Grand Rabbi, Dies at 91
Obits, July 26

For decades he memorized virtually verbatim the speeches and discourses of Rabbi Menachem Schneerson and meticulously compiled them into about 150 volumes.

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Steven Weinberg, Groundbreaking Nobelist in Physics, Dies at 88
Obits, July 25

His discoveries deepened understanding of the basic forces at play in the universe, and he took general readers back to its dawn in his book “The First Three Minutes.”

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Bob Moses, Crusader for Civil Rights and Math Education, Dies at 86
Express, July 25

Mr. Moses developed a reputation for extraordinary calm in the face of violence as he helped to register thousands of voters and trained a generation of activists in Mississippi in the early 1960s.

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Rodney Alcala, the ‘Dating Game’ Serial Killer, Dies
Express, July 24

A longhaired photographer who lured women by offering to take their picture, Mr. Alcala, 77, had been convicted of five murders in Orange County, Calif., and two in New York, all in the 1970s.

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Jackie Mason, 93, Dies; Turned Kvetching Into Comedy Gold
Obits, July 24

He kept the borscht belt style of comedy alive long after the Catskills resorts had closed and eventually brought it, triumphantly, to Broadway.

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Purnell Choppin, 91, Dies; Researcher Laid Groundwork for Pandemic Fight
Obits, July 23

He explored how viruses multiply. An accomplished administrator, he also turned the Howard Hughes Medical Institute into a global biomedical powerhouse.

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Laura Foreman, Reporter Whose Romance Became a Scandal, Dies at 76
Obits, July 23

The disclosure of her relationship with a source while at The Philadelphia Inquirer ended her journalism career and prompted the paper to develop an ethics code.

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Alice Clark Brown, Black Star in a White Circus, Dies at 68
Obits, July 23

At a time when Ringling Brothers had few Black performers, she dazzled with aerial ballet and balanced on galloping elephants.

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Bruce Kirby, Who Transformed Sailing With a ‘Doodle,’ Dies at 92
Obits, July 23

On yellow legal paper, Mr. Kirby, a self-taught designer and Olympic sailor, came up with an impromptu design for a lightweight craft that changed the face of sailing.

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Arturo Schwarz, Refugee Who Became a Surrealism Tycoon, Dies at 97
Obits, July 23

After expulsion from Egypt left him penniless, he befriended André Breton and Marcel Duchamp and amassed an enormous collection of priceless art.

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Vladimir Menshov, Surprise Russian Oscar Winner, Dies at 81
Obits, July 23

His “Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears” was named best foreign-language film in 1980, beating Truffaut and Kurosawa. U.S. critics demurred.

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Harry Rosenfeld, Who Saw News in a ‘Third-Rate Burglary,’ Dies at 91
Obits, July 22

He assigned Woodward and Bernstein to follow the Watergate break-in for The Washington Post and fended off efforts to supplant them.

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Harry deLeyer, 93, Dies; He Saved a Horse and Made Him a Legend
Obits, July 22

A Dutch immigrant, he bought a plow horse for $80 in 1956 and named him Snowman. Two years later the pair won the show-jumping triple crown.

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Jerry Lewis, Master of the Congressional Earmark, Dies at 86
Obits, July 22

A powerful legislator, he became chairman of the House Appropriations Committee in 2005 but faced scrutiny from the Justice Department for his ties to a lobbyist.

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Kathy Andrade, Unionist Who Fought for Immigrant Workers, Dies at 88
Obits, July 21

Her work on behalf of garment workers helped prod organized labor to rethink its approach to an increasingly immigrant-based work force.

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Carol Easton, Biographer of Arts Figures, Dies at 87
Obits, July 20

Curious about creativity, she chronicled the lives of Agnes de Mille, Jacqueline du Pré, Samuel Goldwyn and Stan Kenton.

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Josef Silverstein, Scholar and Critic of Myanmar, Dies at 99
Obits, July 20

He focused on democracy and human rights in a strife-torn country both as an academic and as an on-the-ground adviser to rebel groups.

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Marjorie Adams, Who Went to Bat for a Baseball Pioneer, Dies at 72
Obits, July 20

Her great-grandfather is considered a founding father of the game, but his contributions were not well known. She campaigned to earn him a place in the Hall of Fame.

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Gil Wechsler, an Illuminating Fixture at the Met Opera, Dies at 79
Obits, July 20

Mr. Wechsler, the first resident lighting designer at the Met, created lighting designs that helped bring numerous operas to life.

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Rick Laird, Bassist at the Forefront of Fusion, Dies at 80
Obits, July 20

He played with jazz greats and helped make music history with the Mahavishnu Orchestra. But he gave it up in his 40s to become a photographer.

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Graham Vick, Director Who Opened Opera’s Doors, Dies at 67
Culture, July 19

The British director was no stranger to the prestige houses, but his calls to make opera more inclusive and available to everyone eventually found their moment.

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Kurt Westergaard, 86, Dies; His Muhammad Cartoon Sparked Outrage
Obits, July 19

A caricature that many Muslims considered blasphemous prompted a debate over free speech and a massacre at the offices of a Paris magazine.

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Dr. Paul Auerbach, Father of Wilderness Medicine, Dies at 70
Obits, July 19

He pioneered a new branch of emergency medicine — when emergency rooms are nowhere to be found — and helped compile the definitive textbook on health care in the wild.

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John P. McMeel, Newspaper Syndicator With a Difference, Dies at 85
Obits, July 19

He and his business partner started in a basement, recruited a Yale student cartoonist named Garry Trudeau, and built the largest company of its kind.

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Gloria Richardson, Uncompromising Civil Rights Advocate, Dies at 99
Obits, July 18

Her efforts to refocus the movement on economic justice made her a bridge between more moderate leaders and Black Power activism.

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Shirley Fry Irvin, Tennis Star of the ’40s and ’50s, Is Dead at 94
Obits, July 18

The fastest player of her day, she played down her own ability but admitted, “Billie Jean King said I was her idol.”

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John Veronis, Who Brokered Major Media Transactions, Dies at 93
Obits, July 17

After working as a magazine executive, he helped launch Psychology Today and played a role in Rupert Murdoch’s $3 billion purchase of the company that owned TV Guide.

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Erin Gilmer, Disability Rights Activist, Dies at 38
Obits, July 17

She fought for a more compassionate health care system, bringing an extensive knowledge of policy and even more extensive firsthand experience as a patient.

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Barbara J. Litrell, 77, Dies; Publisher of Magazines for Women Who Work
Obits, July 17

As publisher, Ms. Litrell focused not on telling woman what to wear or how to cook, but on how to integrate into the work force.

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Biz Markie, Hip-Hop’s ‘Just a Friend’ Clown Prince, Dies at 57
Obits, July 16

An innovative yet proudly goofy rapper, he had an unlikely crossover hit with a tune that led one critic to call him (favorably) “the father of modern bad singing.”

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William H. Pauley III, Judge in Trump Hush Money Case, Dies at 68
Obits, July 16

He sentenced Michael D. Cohen to three years in prison for breaking campaign finance laws by helping to buy the silence of two women who said they had affairs with Donald J. Trump.

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William H. Regnery II, 80, Dies; Bankrolled the Rise of the Alt-Right
Obits, July 16

The reclusive heir to a Midwestern textile fortune, he sought, through funding and organizing, to upgrade and update white supremacy.

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Frank Askin, Fierce Defender of Civil Liberties, Dies at 89
Obits, July 16

A late bloomer in law school, he founded a constitutional rights clinic to guard against government overreach and was a longtime general counsel at the A.C.L.U.

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Overlooked No More: Rebecca Lee Crumpler, Who Battled Prejudice in Medicine
Obits, July 16

As the first Black woman to earn a medical degree in the United States, she persevered to make care accessible to women and Black communities, regardless of their ability to pay.

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Dennis Murphy, Impresario of Alternative Leagues, Dies at 94
Obits, July 16

He founded the American Basketball Association, which revolutionized the game, and participated in other imaginative, sometimes zany sports ventures.

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Christian Boltanski, Whose Art Installations Dazzled, Dies at 76
Obits, July 15

In often sprawling works that used old photos, discarded clothes and other found objects, he pondered loss, chance and memory.

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Raffaella Carrà, Saucy Superstar of Italian TV, Dies at 78
Obits, July 15

Known for her energetic dancing and singing as well as for conducting serious interviews, she was beloved by Italians of all generations.

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Oleg Briansky, Star Dancer Turned Star Teacher, Is Dead at 91
Obits, July 15

When his career was ended by a bad knee, he and his wife and fellow dancer opened what became one of the most prestigious ballet academies in America.

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Esther Bejarano, 96, Dies; Auschwitz Survivor Fought Hate With Hip-Hop
Obits, July 15

She played the accordion in the camp’s orchestra. Decades later, she spoke out against fascism and racism, using music as well as words.

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Kristen Richards, 69, Dies; Reshaped Architecture Journalism Online
Obits, July 14

Her ArchNewsNow website connected architects, designers and journalists with its curated list of must-read articles from around the world.

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Bernette Ford, Who Made Children’s Books More Diverse, Dies at 70
Obits, July 14

As a publishing executive and as an author, she sought to make sure that all children saw themselves in what they read.

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Charlie Robinson, Actor Best Known for ‘Night Court,’ Dies at 75
Obits, July 13

Mr. Robinson became a fan favorite as Mac, a levelheaded clerk surrounded by oddballs, on the long-running NBC courtroom comedy.

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Ahmed Jibril, Militant Palestinian Leader Behind Attacks, Dies at 84
Obits, July 13

He was considered a top security threat to Israel in the 1970s and ’80s, and his hijackings, kidnappings and attacks had enduring political effects.

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Priscilla McMillan, Who Knew Both Kennedy and Oswald, Dies at 92
Obits, July 13

A Cold War scholar, she met Oswald four years before Kennedy’s assassination and later wrote “Marina and Lee,” a book about him and his Russian wife.

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Paul Huntley, Hair Master of Broadway and Hollywood, Is Dead at 88
Obits, July 13

The many famous heads he worked on included those of Elizabeth Taylor and Carol Channing. Some actors requested him in their contracts.

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Allan Reiver, Who Built a Little Urban Oasis in New York, Dies at 78
Obits, July 13

When he saw a vacant lot three decades ago, he said, “I thought I could make something beautiful out of it.” The result was the Elizabeth Street Garden.

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Paul Orndorff, Wrestler Known as Mr. Wonderful, Dies at 71
Obits, July 12

The wrestler competed in the first WrestleMania, held in 1985 at Madison Square Garden.

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Jane Kaufman, Artist Who Celebrated Women’s Work, Dies at 83
Obits, July 12

A leader of what became known as the Pattern and Decoration movement, she made screens, wall hangings and quilts — a radical act in an age of minimalism.

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Byron Berline, Master of the Bluegrass Fiddle, Dies at 77
Obits, July 12

His updated version of an old-timey approach enhanced recordings by everyone from Bill Monroe to the Rolling Stones.

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Edwin Edwards, Flamboyant Louisiana Governor, Is Dead at 93
Obits, July 12

He served four terms, charmed voters with his escapades and survived a score of investigations before going to prison in 2002 for racketeering.

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William Smith, Action Star Known for His Onscreen Brawls, Dies at 88
Obits, July 11

In addition to his Hollywood legacy, the Missouri native was also a bodybuilder, a champion discus thrower and a published poet.

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Henry Parham, Who Fought in a Black Unit on D-Day, Dies at 99
Obits, July 11

He helped tell the story of the 320th Battalion, gaining recognition only late in his life. “I did what I was supposed to do as an American,” he said.

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Athan Theoharis, Chronicler of F.B.I. Abuses, Dies at 84
Obits, July 10

He found his way through the formerly unobtainable files of J. Edgar Hoover, whom he called “an insubordinate bureaucrat in charge of a lawless organization.”

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Thomas Cleary, Prolific Translator of Eastern Texts, Dies at 72
Obits, July 10

His renderings of classic works of Buddhism, Taoism and more brought them to a general Western readership.

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Jehan Sadat, 87, Widow of Egypt’s President and Women’s Advocate, Dies
Obits, July 10

Until her husband was assassinated in 1981, she pushed him to enact measures aimed at improving women’s rights and education.

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Haunani-Kay Trask, Champion of Native Rights in Hawaii, Dies at 71
Obits, July 9

She helped found the field of Hawaiian studies and pressed for Indigenous sovereignty. “We will die as Hawaiians,” she said. “We will never be Americans.”

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Yury Dokhoian, Chess Coach Who Guided Kasparov, Dies at 56
Obits, July 9

A Russian grandmaster, he spent a decade working with the longtime world champion, who said Mr. Dokhoian gave him “stability and confidence.” He died of the coronavirus.

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James Kallstrom Dies at 78; Led F.B.I. Review of T.W.A. Crash
Obits, July 8

As the F.B.I. chief in New York, he spent 16 months investigating why Flight 800 crashed 12 minutes after takeoff, killing all 230 people on board.

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Danny Shanahan, Cartoonist With an Absurd Touch, Dies at 64
Obits, July 8

He drew about 1,000 cartoons for The New Yorker, populated by clowns, snowmen, cats, dogs, Elvis and more. But his career with the magazine ended under a cloud.

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Clare Peploe, Film Director Who Jumbled Genres, Dies at 79
Obits, July 8

She contributed to the movies of her husband, Bernardo Bertolucci, but occasionally made her own, including “Triumph of Love.”

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Rachmawati Sukarnoputri, 70, Sibling Rival in Indonesia Politics, Dies
Obits, July 8

A daughter of the founding president, Sukarno, she feuded with her older sister over who would inherit his mantle, losing that fight. She died of Covid-19.

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Dicky Maegle Dies at 86; Football Star Remembered for a Bizarre Tackle
Obits, July 8

He’s in the College Football Hall of Fame, but he’s probably best known for the Cotton Bowl game in which an opposing player left the bench to take him down.

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Richard C. Lewontin, Eminent Geneticist With a Sharp Pen, Dies at 92
Obits, July 7

He demonstrated that differences in DNA between groups of people were far smaller than originally believed. He was also a noted opponent of aspects of sociobiology.

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Robert Downey Sr., Filmmaker and Provocateur, Is Dead at 85
Obits, July 7

His movies, most notably “Putney Swope,” didn’t make a lot of money. But they attracted a lot of attention and influenced a lot of younger directors.

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Suzzanne Douglas, Star of ‘The Parent ’Hood,’ Dies at 64
Obits, July 7

Her four-decade acting career also included roles in the films “Tap” and “Inkwell,” as well as appearances on Broadway.

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Dilip Kumar, Film Star Who Brought Realism to Bollywood, Dies at 98
Obits, July 6

One of India’s earliest Method actors, he was the last survivor of a triumvirate of actors who ruled Hindi cinema in the 1950s and ’60s.

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Richard Donner, Director of ‘Superman’ and ‘Lethal Weapon’ Films, Dies at 91
Obits, July 5

The Bronx-born Mr. Donner was in his late 40s when he made his first megahit, about the Man of Steel, but others soon followed, including “The Goonies” and “Scrooged.”

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Terry Donahue, Who Led U.C.L.A. to Bowl Victories, Dies at 77
Obits, July 5

Over 20 years, he had more wins than any football coach in the school’s history, including seven consecutive bowl championships.

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Tom Reich, Who Negotiated Big Deals for Baseball Stars, Dies at 82
Obits, July 5

In the early days of free agency, he won multimillion-dollar salaries for players. Among his clients were Sammy Sosa, Ken Griffey and Dock Ellis.

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Peter Zinovieff, Composer and Synthesizer Innovator, Dies at 88
Obits, July 5

His powerful, affordable instruments made memorable sounds for Pink Floyd, Kraftwerk, David Bowie, King Crimson and many others.

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7 History-Making Women Who Died Last Year
Interactive, March 25

This Women’s History Month we’re looking back at the lives of a few women whose perseverance shaped the world for generations to come.

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Who I Lost
Interactive, March 5

One in three Americans knows someone who died from the coronavirus. We spoke to the people the pandemic left behind.

The Lives They Lived
Interactive, December 23

Remembering some of the artists, innovators and thinkers we lost in the past year.

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Cause of Life
Interactive, December 20

The more than 500,000 people we lost to the pandemic so far form a portrait of America. For this series of short films, we asked five people to celebrate the life of someone close to them.

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Those We’ve Lost
Interactive, April 16

The coronavirus pandemic has taken an incalculable death toll. This series is designed to put names and faces to the numbers.