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Kenneth Welsh, Memorable as a Villain on ‘Twin Peaks,’ Dies at 80
Arts, Yesterday

In a long career onstage (including Broadway), in movies and on television, he ranged across genres, from sketch comedy to science fiction.

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Frank Gilbert, Preservationist in New York and Beyond, Dies at 91
New York, Yesterday

He fought to spare Grand Central Terminal from the fate that befell Penn Station. He also helped draft a landmarks preservation law that became a model across the country.

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Robert J. Vlasic Dies at 96; Made a Fortune by Making Pickles Funny
Business, Yesterday

His company took a lighthearted approach to its products, with a wisecracking stork as its mascot, and became the market leader.

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Vangelis, Composer Best Known for ‘Chariots of Fire,’ Dies at 79
Arts, May 20

A master of the synthesizer, he won an Oscar for that film’s score, and his memorable theme song became a No. 1 pop hit.

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Marshall Arisman, Illustrator Who Found Beauty in Violence, Dies at 83
Arts, May 20

Mr. Arisman, whose work appeared in The New York Times and other major periodicals, was a storyteller who mined his personal biography for inspiration.

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Roger Angell, Who Wrote About Baseball With Passion, Dies at 101
Sports, May 20

In elegantly winding articles for The New Yorker loaded with inventive imagery, he wrote more like a fan than a sports journalist.

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Suzi Gablik, Art Critic Who Took Modernism to Task, Dies at 87
Arts, May 20

As a collage artist and reviewer, she was an it-girl of avant-garde art. But she turned on that world in 1984 with her salvo of a book, “Has Modernism Failed?”

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Robert Goolrick Dies at 73; Became a Successful Novelist Late in Life
Books, 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.

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Bob Neuwirth, Colorful Figure in Dylan’s Circle, Dies at 82
Arts, May 19

He was a recording artist and songwriter himself, but he also played pivotal roles in the careers of Bob Dylan and Janis Joplin.

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Elspeth Barker, Author of a Beloved if Unsung Novel, Dies at 81
Books, May 19

Her “O Caledonia,” a Gothic coming-of-age story set in Scotland, has been called “one of the best least-known novels of the 20th century.”

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Kwaku Ohene-Frempong, Expert in Sickle Cell Disease, Dies at 76
Health, May 19

When his baby boy was diagnosed with the illness, he made it his mission to combat it. He later took his expertise back to his native Ghana.

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Alexander Toradze, 69, Idiosyncratic Pianist, Is Dead
Arts, May 19

A defector to the U.S., he was admired for his prowess in the Russian repertory, but his individualistic approach “was not for everyone — or for all repertoire.”

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Ben Roy Mottelson Dies at 95; Shed Light on the Shape of Atoms
Science, May 19

He shared the 1975 Nobel Prize in Physics for discoveries of forces that can distort the shape of an atomic nucleus, with implications for human-made nuclear fission.

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Donald K. Ross, Leading Public Interest Lawyer, Dies at 78
U.S., May 19

A Ralph Nader acolyte, he galvanized students in the 1970s and promoted social change through legislation, legal action and political pressure.

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Ray Scott, Creator of the Super Bowl of Bass Fishing, Dies at 88
Sports, May 18

He turned bass fishing into a professional sport with the championship Bassmaster Classic and other tournaments, using his showmanship skills to excite fans.

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Rosmarie Trapp of the ‘Sound of Music’ Family Dies at 93
Arts, May 18

She was the last surviving daughter of the baron and the would-be nun depicted in the stage musical and 1965 film.

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John L. Canley, Belated Medal of Honor Recipient, Dies at 84
U.S., May 18

He was the first living Black Marine to be awarded America’s highest military decoration — 50 years after he demonstrated valor in Vietnam.

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Maggie Peterson, a Memorable ‘Andy Griffith Show’ Guest, Dies at 81
Arts, May 17

As Charlene Darling, a member of the musical Darling family, she appeared in five episodes, beginning with one in which her character became smitten with Mr. Griffith’s.

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Jürgen Blin, Who Went 7 Rounds Against Ali, Dies at 79
Sports, May 16

In 1971, Blin was a working-class fighter from Hamburg and a top contender in Germany. Ali was coming off a loss to Joe Frazier and needed to get back in shape.

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Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, Master of the Santoor, Dies at 84
World, May 15

He single-handedly elevated a 100-string instrument little known outside Kashmir into a prominent component of Hindustani classical music.

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Katsumoto Saotome, Who Preserved Stories of Tokyo Firebombing, Dies at 90
World, May 15

He compiled six books of survivors’ recollections of the 1945 attack. He also founded (without government support) a memorial museum.

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Larry Woiwode, Who Wrote of Family, Faith and Rural Life, Dies at 80
Books, May 15

Raised in North Dakota and rural Illinois, he was a literary star in New York City in the 1970s. But he left the limelight to raise a family on a North Dakota farm.

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Jack Cakebread, Pioneering Napa Valley Winemaker, Dies at 92
Food, May 14

He was an auto mechanic with a sideline in photography when he and his wife bought a cattle farm in 1972. They turned it into one of America’s leading wineries.

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Lil Keed, Up-and-Coming Atlanta Rapper, Dies at 24
Arts, May 14

The musician, a protégé of Young Thug, died on Friday in Los Angeles, his label said.

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Carrie White, Hair Stylist to the Stars, Is Dead at 78
Style, May 14

Her Beverly Hills salon was a party scene where she roller-skated among her glamorous clientele, including Elizabeth Taylor and Warren Beatty.

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Teresa Berganza, Charismatic Star of the Opera Stage, Is Dead at 89
Arts, May 13

The Spanish mezzo-soprano was internationally acclaimed for her dramatic performances in the works of Mozart, Rossini and Bizet.

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Richard C. Wald, Leader in Print and Network News, Is Dead at 92
Business, May 13

He was the last managing editor of The New York Herald Tribune. When that newspaper folded, he went on to top jobs with NBC and ABC News.

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Randy Weaver, Who Confronted U.S. Agents at Ruby Ridge, Dies at 74
U.S., May 13

The 1992 standoff left his wife, his son and a U.S. marshal dead, and made him a reluctant hero of the anti-government far right.

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Val Broeksmit, 46, Who Blew the Whistle on Deutsche Bank, Dies
U.S., May 13

An itinerant musician, he leaked secret files to F.B.I. investigators looking at the bank’s ties to money laundering, the Trump Organization and Russia.

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Overlooked No More: Junichi Arai, Innovative Textile Designer
Obituaries, May 13

His experimentations with different materials and technology earned him widespread recognition as well as patents and awards.

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Henry Scott Stokes Dies at 83; Opened Japan to English Speakers
Books, May 13

A biographer of the nationalist novelist Yukio Mishima, he was Tokyo bureau chief for three major newspapers and, afterward, was no stranger to controversy.

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Robert C. McFarlane, Top Reagan Aide in Iran-Contra Affair, Dies at 84
U.S., May 13

As national security adviser, he pleaded guilty in an illegal scheme to aid Nicaraguan rebels in the 1980s. Guilt-ridden, he attempted suicide.

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Fred Ward, Star of ‘The Right Stuff’ and ‘Henry and June,’ Dies at 79
Movies, May 13

A versatile actor, he was best known throughout his long career for playing tough, resilient characters. But he also had a subtle side.

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Sheikh Khalifa, U.A.E. Ruler, Is Dead at 73
World, May 13

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan was a key figure in his country’s history and one of the world’s richest monarchs. But he had a stroke in 2014 and had stepped back from many public duties.

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Gino Cappelletti, Versatile Boston Patriots Star, Dies at 89
Sports, May 12

Playing wide receiver and kicking field goals and extra points, he played in all 10 years of the A.F.L.’s existence and scored a league-record 1,100 points.

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Joanna Barnes, Actress in ‘The Parent Trap’ and Its Remake, Dies at 87
Movies, May 12

In 1961, she played a vixenish fortune hunter. In 1998, she played the character’s mother. In between, she kept busy on TV and also wrote novels.

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Bruce MacVittie, Ubiquitous Character Actor, Dies at 65
Theater, May 12

A co-founder of the Naked Angels troupe in New York, he was a familiar face in Off Broadway theater, in movies and on TV, often playing tough guys with tormented souls.

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Bob Lanier, a Dominant Center of the 1970s and ’80s, Dies at 73
Sports, May 11

Playing for the Detroit Pistons and the Milwaukee Bucks, he held his own against titans of the era like Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Willis Reed.

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Gloria Parker, Maestra of the Musical Glasses, Dies at 100
Arts, May 11

She played many instruments and appeared on radio and television, but she was best known for the skill that led to a role in Woody Allen’s“Broadway Danny Rose.”

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Alfred Baldwin, Lookout for Watergate Burglars, Dies at 83
U.S., May 10

A co-conspirator, he became an early witness for the government, which helped lead to the indictment of the burglars and linked them with the White House.

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Edward J. Bronson, Who Fought for Fairer Trials, Dies at 91
U.S., May 10

In cases like the Oklahoma City and Boston Marathon bombings, he favored a greater willingness to change trial venues to overcome bias and impact of publicity.

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Susan Jacks, Who Sang ‘Which Way You Goin’ Billy?,’ Dies at 73
Arts, May 10

Released in 1969, the song, by her group the Poppy Family, was one of the biggest hits to come out of Canada to that point.

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Midge Decter, an Architect of Neoconservatism, Dies at 94
Books, May 9

As a writer and intellectual, she abandoned liberal politics, challenged the women’s movement and championed the Reagan Republican agenda.

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Yuri Averbakh, Chess’s First Centenarian Grandmaster, Dies at 100
Sports, May 9

A Russian, he was one of the world’s best players during the Cold War of the 1950s, joining other top competitors as the pride of the Soviet Union.

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George Pérez, Who Gave New Life to Wonder Woman, Dies at 67
Obituaries, May 8

Working for both Marvel and DC, he created comic book series that brought superheroes together, and was co-creator of The New Teen Titans.

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Ric Parnell, Real Drummer in a Famous Fake Band, Dies at 70
Arts, May 8

The central characters in the mockumentary “This Is Spinal Tap” were comic actors, but Mr. Parnell was an actual professional musician.

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Mickey Gilley, Country Star Whose Club Inspired ‘Urban Cowboy,’ Dies at 86
Arts, May 7

His records regularly made the charts for two decades. But he was ultimately best known for his Texas nightclub, which was at the heart of a country music revival.

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Dr. Morton Mower, Inventor of Lifesaving Heart Device, Dies at 89
Science, May 7

With a colleague, he created a miniaturized defibrillator that could be implanted inside patients suffering from potentially fatal arrhythmia.

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Kevin Samuels, a Polarizing YouTube Personality, Dies at 57
U.S., May 7

Styling himself as an image consultant, Mr. Samuels aimed his advice at Black men and women, drawing a large following and a chorus of detractors who condemned his views as outdated and cruel.

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Johnnie A. Jones Sr. Dies at 102; a Civil Rights Lawyer Early On
U.S., May 6

In 1953, he represented defendants in the Baton Rouge bus boycott, a model for later activism, after returning from World War II as a wounded veteran of D-Day.

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Maria Marcus, Public Interest Lawyer and Mentor, Dies at 88
New York, May 6

She argued before the Supreme Court six times representing New York State, took on civil rights cases for the N.A.A.C.P. and taught at Fordham for decades.

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Ricardo Alarcon, Diplomat and Castro Confidant, Dies at 84
World, May 5

As Havana’s go-between with the U.S., he negotiated Elián González’s return to Cuba. He was also the country’s U.N. representative on two occasions.

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Sheldon Krimsky, Who Warned of Profit Motive in Science, Dies at 80
Science, May 5

He delved into numerous scientific fields — stem-cell research, genetic modification of food and DNA privacy among them — and sought to pinpoint the dangers.

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Stanislav Shushkevich, First Leader of Post-Soviet Belarus, Dies at 87
World, May 4

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.

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Neal Adams, Who Gave Batman a Darker Look, Dies at 80
Arts, May 4

He brought an earthy realism (and a new adversary or two) to the superhero characters he drew. He also championed the rights of comic book creators.

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Marcus Leatherdale, Portraitist of Downtown Manhattan, Dies at 69
Arts, May 4

He was the Cecil Beaton of New York City’s demimonde during the AIDS years, making elegant portraits of Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Madonna.

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Judy Henske, a Distinctive Voice on the Folk Scene, Dies at 85
Arts, May 4

Her versatile vocals were a trademark, as was her comic stage patter. The character Annie Hall owed her a debt.

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George D. Gould, a Pillar in N.Y.’s Fiscal Rescue, Dies at 94
New York, May 4

As a Republican Wall Street financier recruited by Mayor Beame, he helped make the city’s effort to restore stability more credible.

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Erich Barnes, Star Defensive Back for the 1960s Giants, Dies at 86
Sports, May 4

A speedy cornerback who also played for the Chicago Bears and the Cleveland Browns, he was often matched against the league’s best wide receivers.

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David Walden, Computer Scientist at Dawn of Internet, Dies at 79
Technology, May 3

In 1969, he was part of a team of young engineers who built the first machine to switch data among computers using the Arpanet, the precursor to the internet.

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Irving Rosenthal, Low-Profile Force on the Beat Scene, Dies at 91
Books, May 3

He published Ginsberg, Kerouac and Burroughs in the late 1950s. The university that oversaw his journal was not pleased with the “Naked Lunch” excerpt.

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Rob Stein, Who Changed How Politics Is Funded, Dies at 78
U.S., May 3

In the wake of Republican electoral victories in 2004, he convened major liberal donors to finance a network of political groups aligned with Democrats.

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Norman Y. Mineta, First Japanese American Cabinet Member, Dies at 90
U.S., May 3

Interned during World War II, he went to Congress and later served in the cabinets of Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

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David Birney, Who Starred on TV’s ‘Bridget Loves Bernie,’ Dies at 83
Arts, May 2

The sitcom, about an interfaith marriage, drew criticism from Jewish groups and was canceled after one season. He fared better onstage than in television.

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Ron Galella, Celebrity-Hounding Photographer, Dies at 91
Business, May 2

He personified the paparazzi — brazen and relentless in chasing the famous, particularly Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. But his pictures also came to be admired.

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Kathy Boudin, Radical Imprisoned in a Fatal Robbery, Dies at 78
New York, May 1

She had a role in the Brink’s heist by the Weather Underground that left two police officers dead. But she became a model prisoner and, after being freed, helped former inmates.

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Régine, Whose Discotheque Gave Nightlife a New Dawn, Dies at 92
Arts, May 1

Credited with opening the first disco, she built an empire of glittering playgrounds for the Beautiful People in Paris, New York and beyond.

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Naomi Judd, of Grammy-Winning the Judds, Dies at 76
Arts, April 30

The country music duo, made up of Naomi and Wynonna Judd, was to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday.

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Fuad El-Hibri, Who Led a Troubled Vaccine Maker, Dies at 64
Business, April 30

His company, Emergent BioSolutions, won a lucrative contract to produce Covid vaccines but then had to throw out millions of contaminated doses.

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Justin Green, Who Put Himself Into His Underground Cartoons, Dies at 76
Arts, April 30

“Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary,” his epic autobiographical story of Catholic guilt and neurosis, “made comics grow up,” a colleague said.

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Philip J. Hilts, 74, Dies; Reporter Exposed a Big-Tobacco Cover-up
Business, April 29

In one of many scoops for The Times, he revealed how the tobacco industry had kept secret its own research showing that nicotine was harmful and addictive.

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Overlooked No More: Ady Fidelin, Black Model ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’
Obituaries, April 29

She appeared in hundreds of Man Ray’s photos, was friends with Picasso and is believed to be the first Black model to appear in a major American fashion magazine.

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Catherine Spaak, Darling of Italian Cinema in the ’60s, Dies at 77
Movies, April 29

Born in France, she moved to Italy as a teenager and began a long acting career, which extended to Hollywood in the movie “Hotel.”

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Klaus Schulze, Pioneering Electronic Composer, Is Dead at 74
Arts, April 29

In a prolific career spanning five decades, he helped pave the way for ambient, techno and trance music.

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Jacques Perrin, Soft-spoken Film Star and Producer, Is Dead at 80
Movies, April 29

A French actor, he was a heartthrob in the musical “The Young Girls of Rochefort,” a photojournalist in the thriller “Z” and a jaded director in the hit “Cinema Paradiso.”

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John DiStaso, Star Reporter of New Hampshire Primaries, Dies at 68
U.S., April 28

The dean of the state’s political press corps, he was well positioned to grill, vet and analyze a new crop of presidential candidates every four years.

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Kenneth Tsang, Veteran Hong Kong Actor, Dies at 87
Movies, April 28

Mr. Tsang, who was known for tough-guy supporting roles and ubiquitous hair dye advertisements, was found dead while in hotel quarantine.

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Rolando Hinojosa-Smith, Award-Winning Hispanic Novelist, Dies at 93
Books, April 27

A Texan raised in two cultures in the Rio Grande Valley border county, he wrote 15 novels about the area and became a major figure in Chicano literature.

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Cynthia Albritton, Rock’s ‘Plaster Caster,’ Dies at 74
Arts, April 27

She gained fame making sculptures of male rockers’ genitals, an attention-getting gimmick that she grew to regard as art and that became part of rock ’n’ roll lore.

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At 119, She Was a Symbol of How to Live With Wit and Vitality
World, April 27

Kane Tanaka, who died in Japan this month, survived two world wars, the 1918 influenza outbreak, paratyphoid and two rounds of cancer. She loved chocolate and hated losing at board games.

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Sid Mark, Disc Jockey Devoted to Sinatra for Six Decades, Dies at 88
Arts, April 26

He hosted four radio shows that focused on the singer, who at one concert singled him out in the audience and said, “I love him.”

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Geraldine Weiss Dies at 96; Blazed a Trail for Women in Investing
Business, April 26

She published her stock market newsletter for nearly four decades — initially as “G. Weiss,” to conceal her identity as a woman in a male-dominated industry.

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Donald Baechler, Painter of Cartoonish Collages, Is Dead at 65
Arts, April 26

His works, depicting crudely-drawn images of balloon-like faces, beach balls, flowers, globes or ice cream cones, brought him fame in New York in the 1980s.

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L. McCrae Dowless Jr., 66, Dies; Operative at Heart of Election Scandal
U.S., April 25

Federal prosecutors charged him with absentee-ballot tampering in North Carolina, and the state ordered a historic rerun of a federal election.

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Chris Bailey, Who Gave Australia Punk Rock, Dies at 65
Arts, April 25

His band, the Saints, introduced the country (and the world) to their raw sound just as the Sex Pistols were emerging in London and the Ramones in New York.

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Jim Hartz, NBC Newsman and Former ‘Today’ Co-Host, Dies at 82
Business, April 24

His role as Barbara Walters’s on-air partner lasted only two years, but viewers knew him for three decades as a correspondent, anchor and TV host.

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Orrin Hatch, Seven-Term Senator and a Republican Force, Dies at 88
U.S., April 23

Overcoming poverty and representing Utah, he became a powerful figure in Washington, helping to build a conservative majority on the Supreme Court.

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Hermann Nitsch, 83, Dies; Sought Artistic Transcendence in Blood and Guts
Arts, April 23

He was a founding father of the Viennese Actionists, a group of radical artists who used their bodies and other elements to upend art-making at the dawn of the 1960s.

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Laura Hales, Who Examined Her Church’s Tough Issues, Dies at 54
U.S., April 22

Her writings and her podcast on subjects like polygamy explored the history and doctrine of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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Umang Gupta, Who Paved Way for Indian Tech Executives, Dies at 73
Technology, April 22

He found success as an entrepreneur in Silicon Valley shortly after arriving there in 1978, then represented his fellow alumni from the Indian Institutes of Technology.

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Ursula Bellugi, Pioneer in the World of Sign Language, Dies at 91
Science, April 22

Her research advanced understanding of the brain and the origins of language — signed and spoken — and shed light on how humans communicate and socialize.

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Guy Lafleur, Dynamic Star of the Montreal Canadiens, Dies at 70
Sports, April 22

He helped lead the team to five Stanley Cup titles and was the first player in N.H.L. history to score at least 50 goals and 100 points in six consecutive years.

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Mwai Kibaki, Kenya’s Third President, Dies at 90
World, April 22

He came to power promising to root out corruption and improve government transparency. But his tenure was blighted by widespread graft and a violent upheaval.

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A Graffiti Master’s Final Mural
Interactive, April 7

An influential artist from the Bronx died last week, just days before he had planned to bring together two crews to paint one last mural.

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Willie Garson Found a Home Playing the Canonical ‘Gay Best Friend’
Interactive, December 24

In a media climate when gay characters were usually flat, he found a playful middle ground.

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The Lives They Lived
Interactive, December 22

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

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Chucky Thompson Found Music Everywhere
Interactive, December 22

He helped a league of artists figure out how to sound royal and still grounded.

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Christopher Plummer’s ‘Strange Loyalties’
Interactive, December 22

Even after “The Sound of Music,” he believed his true calling was on the classical stage.

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2021 Was the Deadliest Year on Record for Trans Folks. Kiér Was Only 21.
Interactive, December 22

“She was figuring it out,” said her best friend. “But she never got to finish figuring it out.”

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Mary Wilson Refused to Let the Supremes Fall Apart
Interactive, December 22

She was not in the spotlight, but she was the one who kept them together.

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Cloris Leachman’s Golden Age Was Middle Age
Interactive, December 22

She was an actor for almost 80 years, winning Emmys into her 70s.

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Sally Miller Gearhart Strove for a Self-Sufficient, Women-Centered World
Interactive, December 22

A radical lesbian feminist, she helped build a haven without men in the California redwoods.

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The Devastating Observations of Janet Malcolm
Interactive, December 22

She could be harsh in her judgments but wrote with a deep understanding of human frailty.

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Brigitte Gerney Was Crushed by a 35-Ton Crane, and Lived
Interactive, December 22

New York knew her as the “Crane Lady,” but she never let herself be defined by the accident that gave her the nickname.

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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.

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Roger Berlind, 90, Dies; Broadway Impresario Who Amassed 25 Tonys
Obits, December 24

He played a role in producing more than 100 plays and musicals. And while he kept an eye on the bottom line, he could be seduced by sheer artistry.

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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Joseph Safra, Banker Who Was the Richest Brazilian, Dies at 82
Obits, December 16

An immigrant from Lebanon, he earned a reputation as a canny dealmaker overseeing a family banking empire reaching from São Paulo to Geneva to New York.

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John le Carré, Best-Selling Author of Cold War Thrillers, Dies at 89
Obits, December 13

Breaking from the James Bond mold, he turned the spy novel into high art as he explored the moral compromises of agents on both sides of the Iron curtain.

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David Kaiser, Rockefeller Heir Who Fought Exxon Mobil, Dies at 50
Obits, July 16

A great-great grandson of John D. Rockefeller, he steered one of his family’s philanthropies to a feisty stance on the oil giant’s role in climate change.

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Leonardo Villar, Venerated Brazilian Actor, Dies at 96
Obits, July 16

From telenovelas to a winner of the Palme d’Or, this member of Brazil’s cinematic royalty devoted himself entirely to his work.

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​Paik Sun-yup, Lightning Rod General in South Korea, Dies at 99
Obits, July 11

The country’s first four-star general, he was a war hero to the U.S. and South Korean militaries. But many saw him as a traitor who had collaborated with the Japanese.

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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.

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Charles Rogers, Former Detroit Lions Receiver, Is Dead at 38
Express, November 11

A star at Michigan State, he was the No. 2 pick in the 2003 N.F.L. draft. But his pro career was undone by drug use.

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William B. Branch, Playwright of the Black Experience, Dies at 92
Obits, November 5

An ill-treated war veteran, Frederick Douglass, colonial oppression: Mr. Branch’s Off Broadway work on race ranged widely. He also made a mark in TV.

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Walter Mercado, Celebrity Astrologer for Millions of Latinos, Dies
Express, November 3

For years, he kept Latino families glued to their televisions as he dramatically revealed their futures, as foretold by the stars.

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Kadri Gopalnath, 69, Dies; Brought the Saxophone to Indian Music
Obits, October 31

Drawn to an instrument that sounded exotic to him, he became one of the most prominent classical musicians in India.

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Paul Barrere, Longtime Member of the Band Little Feat, Dies at 71
Obits, October 28

A guitarist and singer, Mr. Barrere also wrote or co-wrote some of the critically acclaimed band’s best-known songs.

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Nene Pimentel, 85, Dies; Filipino Politician Stood Up to Marcos
Obits, October 24

Aquilino Pimentel Jr. helped end the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos as an organizer of the 1986 People Power Revolution.

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Woodie Flowers, Who Made Science a Competitive Sport, Dies at 75
Obits, October 24

His hands-on methods of teaching mechanical engineering at M.I.T. made him a star on campus (and on PBS) and led to student contests on a global scale.

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Ingo Maurer, Designer Known as a Poet of Light, Dies at 87
Obits, October 24

Mr. Maurer’s wonky fascination with technology led to lamps he made out of scribbled memos, tea strainers and incandescent bulbs with feathered wings.

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Ray Santos, a Pillar of Latin Jazz, Is Dead at 90
Obits, October 23

After playing saxophone with Machito, Tito Puente and Tito Rodriguez, he wrote arrangements for Linda Ronstadt and the movie “The Mambo Kings.”

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Jiggs Kalra, Food Writer Who Elevated Indian Fine Dining, Dies at 72
Obits, June 10

Through his newspaper columns and cookbooks, Mr. Kalra became a pioneer in Indian food writing and put the spotlight on little known chefs.

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Stanley Tigerman, Architect of Puckish Postmodernism, Dies at 88
Obits, June 4

He departed from the pristine monoliths spawned by followers of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, challenging the idea that they defined Chicago architecture.

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Lorraine Warren, Paranormal Investigator Portrayed in ‘The Conjuring,’ Dies at 92
Obits, April 19

She and her husband looked into that famed house of spookiness in Amityville, and their cases turned into films.

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Sally O’Neill, Rights Worker in Central America, Dies at 68
Obits, April 19

Ms. O’Neill and a colleague, Ana Paula Hernandez, were killed in a car crash while gathering information on the political crisis in Guatemala.

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Warren Adler, ‘The War of the Roses’ Author, Is Dead at 91
Obits, April 19

A late-blooming novelist, he had his greatest success with a comedy about a couple in a domestic free-for-all. It became a hit movie.

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Dr. Richard Green, 82, Dies; Challenged Psychiatry’s View of Homosexuality
Obits, April 17

At a time when being gay was classified as a mental disorder, Dr. Green defied the advice of his colleagues and took a professional risk by arguing otherwise.

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Georgia Engel, Gentle-Voiced ‘Mary Tyler Moore’ Actress, Is Dead at 70
Obits, April 15

After gaining fame as the blustery newsman Ted Baxter’s love interest, Ms. Engel went on to “Everybody Loves Raymond” and more.

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Sam Pilafian, Tuba Maestro of Multiple Genres, Dies at 69
Obits, April 12

Considered one of the world’s best tuba players, he forged a successful career as a soloist and was a founding member of the quintet Empire Brass.

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Jacob A. Stein, an Eminence Among Washington Lawyers, Dies at 94
Obits, April 11

He won a rare Watergate acquittal, gained immunity for Monica Lewinsky to testify against President Clinton and, in the Reagan years, investigated Edwin Meese.

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Lorraine Branham, Journalism Dean and Mentor, Dies at 66
Obits, April 11

As the first woman and first person of color to lead the Newhouse School at Syracuse, she helped students and faculty embrace the future — and diversity.

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Marilynn Smith, an L.P.G.A. Founder and Tour Champion, Is Dead at 89
Obits, April 9

She was one of 13 women who started a league of their own, having so little money at first that they traveled to tournaments in highway caravans.