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Coolio, ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ Rapper, Dies at 59
Arts, Today

From a bookish, asthmatic child to mainstream hitmaker, the West Coast M.C. charted a distinctive path to hip-hop stardom.

Bill Plante, CBS News’s Man at the White House, Dies at 84
Obits, Yesterday

He covered four presidencies in a 52-year career and never worried about “offending those in power in pursuit of answers,” one former White House press secretary said.

Hilaree Nelson, 49, a Top Ski Mountaineer, Is Dead in Avalanche
Obits, Yesterday

The first woman to lead a global team of adventurers, she made dozens of first descents from peaks around the world. Her body was found in Nepal on Wednesday.

Rita Gardner, an Original ‘Fantasticks’ Star, Is Dead at 87
Obits, Yesterday

In 1960 she originated the lone female role in an Off Broadway show that became part of theater history thanks to a record-setting run.

Valerie Maynard, Artist Who Celebrated Black Identity, Dies at 85
Obits, Yesterday

A sculptor and printmaker aligned with the Black Arts Movement, she tackled racism and oppression while reflecting on African American culture.

Sonia Handelman Meyer, Socially Conscious Photographer, Dies at 102
Obits, Yesterday

As a member of the Photo League in the 1940s and ’50s, she roved New York City, capturing the humanity of ordinary people. She was 87 when her work was rediscovered.

David Foreman, Hard-Line Environmentalist, Dies at 75
Obits, Yesterday

As a co-founder of the group Earth First!, he advocated slashing tires and downing power lines in an effort to return vast swaths of the country to their natural state.

Ray Edenton, ‘A-Team’ Studio Guitarist in Nashville, Dies at 95
Obits, September 27

In a career that spanned four decades, he played on thousands of sessions and accompanied many of the biggest names in country music.

Jim Florio, New Jersey Governor Undone by Tax Hike, Dies at 85
Obits, September 26

A Democrat, he had successes on gun control, the environment and property-tax relief, but after raising income and sales taxes, he lost a bid for re-election.

Nancy Hiller, Who Broke a Glass Ceiling in Woodworking, Dies at 63
Obits, September 25

One of the few women in her profession, she steadily built a quiet but forceful reputation as one of the best cabinetmakers in the country.

Greg Lee, a Key Member of Two U.C.L.A. Title-Winners, Dies at 70
Obits, September 25

A master of the assist, he played alongside Bill Walton and Jamaal Wilkes on teams that John Wooden led to the N.C.A.A. championship in 1972 and 1973.

Just Jaeckin, Whose ‘Emmanuelle’ Was a Scandalous Success, Dies at 82
Obits, September 25

His first film, the story of a young woman’s erotic adventures, was initially blocked by French censors but became a runaway hit.

Jim Post, Known for a Memorably ‘Groovy’ Hit Song, Dies at 82
Obits, September 24

He and his wife, Cathy Conn, had a Top 10 single with “Reach Out of the Darkness” as Friend & Lover in 1968. It’s still played today, but it was their only hit.

Roxanne Lowit, Fashion Photographer With a Backstage View, Dies at 80
Obits, September 24

Her candid shots at fashion shows captured stars of the industry as themselves and showed that the spectacle behind the curtain often rivaled the main event.

Pharoah Sanders, Whose Saxophone Was a Force of Nature, Dies at 81
Obits, September 24

He first gained wide recognition for his work with John Coltrane. He went on to a fertile, prolific career, releasing dozens of albums as a leader.

Louise Fletcher, 88, Dies; Oscar Winner for ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’
Obits, September 24

She was largely unknown to the public when she was cast as what the American Film Institute called one of cinema’s most memorable villains.

Donald Blinken, Ambassador, Financier and Art Patron, Dies at 96
Obits, September 23

He co-founded a venture capital firm, championed Mark Rothko, served in Hungary during a pivotal period and raised a future U.S. secretary of state.

Ilse Nathan and Ruth Siegler, Sisters and Survivors Together, Die 11 Days Apart
Obits, September 23

They stood by each other at Birkenau, married other Holocaust survivors, lived near each other in Alabama and remained close into their 90s.

Irwin Glusker, 98, Dies; Gave American Heritage Its Distinctive Look
Obits, September 23

A veteran art director, he was best known for his work at the lavish magazine of U.S. history that became a fixture in dens across the country.

Newton Harrison, a Founder of the Eco-Art Movement, Dies at 89
Obits, September 23

He and his wife produced work that blended marine biology, agriculture, urban planning and activism and that tackled, early on, the effects of climate change.

Hilary Mantel, Prize-Winning Author of Historical Fiction, Dies at 70
Books, September 23

The two-time Booker Prize-winning author was known for “Wolf Hall” and two other novels based on the life of Thomas Cromwell.

Maarten Schmidt, First Astronomer to Identify a Quasar, Dies at 92
Obits, September 22

His 1963 breakthrough revealed one of the furthest objects from Earth and opened new questions about the evolution of the universe.

Saul Kripke, Philosopher Who Found Truths in Semantics, Dies at 81
Obits, September 21

A leading 20th-century thinker, he published a landmark work at 32. Known for lecturing extemporaneously without notes, he dazzled colleagues with the breadth of his ruminations.

Allan M. Siegal, Influential Watchdog Inside The Times, Dies at 82
Obits, September 21

As a top editor who was both feared and revered at the newspaper for decades, he left a deep imprint as its arbiter of language, taste, tone and ethics.

Allan M. Siegal, Influential Watchdog Inside The Times, Dies at 82
Business, September 21

As a top editor who was both feared and revered at the newspaper for decades, he left a deep imprint as its arbiter of language, taste, tone and ethics.

John Train, Paris Review Co-Founder and Cold War Operative, Dies at 94
Obits, September 21

His career, ranging from literature to finance to war, and from France to Afghanistan, seemed to cover every interest and issue of his exalted social class.

John W. O’Malley, Leading Catholic Historian, Dies at 95
Obits, September 20

He wrote groundbreaking histories of the Second Vatican Council, the late medieval church and the Jesuits, of which he was a member.

Jack Charles, Grandfather of Aboriginal Theater, Dies at 79
Obits, September 20

One of Australia’s leading Indigenous actors, he had a resonant voice, a charismatic personality and a troubled personal life that often landed him in jail.

Arnold Tucker, 95, Celebrated but Overshadowed Quarterback, Is Dead
Obits, September 20

Though he helped lead Army to three national titles, he was eclipsed by two storied running backs, and his death in 2019 was largely overlooked.

Maury Wills, Master of the Stolen Base, Is Dead at 89
Obits, September 20

His speed (and his bat) helped the Los Angeles Dodgers win four pennants and three championships. He was voted the National League’s M.V.P. in 1962.

Valery Polyakov, Who Took the Longest Journey in Space, Dies at 80
Obits, September 19

Seeking to demonstrate the safety of long space missions, he worked out on his trip and returned 437 days later looking “like he could wrestle a bear,” one astronaut said.

Alain Tanner, Leading Director in Swiss New Wave, Dies at 92
Obits, September 19

With his brainy works of neorealism, he made films that helped establish Switzerland as a film center in the 1970s.

Virginia Dwan, Behind-the-Scenes Force in the Art World, Dies at 90
Obits, September 18

At her galleries and with her financial resources, she supported artists working on art’s frontiers and later donated works to museum collections.

Kevin M. Cahill, 86, Dies; Tropical Disease Expert With a Political Bent
Obits, September 17

He treated celebrities, advised a governor and saved an Irish historical society. But he died under a cloud of sexual assault allegations.

Maximilian Lerner, Whose Espionage Skills Helped Win a War, Dies at 98
Obits, September 17

An Austrian immigrant, he was one of the so-called Ritchie Boys, who were trained at a secret Army intelligence camp to serve in World War II.

Henry Silva, Actor Who Specialized in Menace, Dies at 95
Obits, September 17

He was forever cast as a thug, a hit man or some other nefarious character. But he took pride in his ability to play each bad guy differently.

Herbert Kohler, Plumbing Mogul Who Created a Golf Mecca, Dies at 83
Obits, September 16

The billionaire chief of a family company known for its bathtubs, toilets and faucets, he brought championship play to a tiny Wisconsin town.

John Stearns, Feisty Met Catcher for a Decade, Is Dead at 71
Obits, September 16

Despite being frequently injured, he was named to the All-Star team four times. He could hit, field and — unlike most catchers — steal bases.

Jorja Fleezanis, Violinist and Pioneering Concertmaster, Dies at 70
Obits, September 16

“Being a concertmaster is terribly demanding,” she once said, “but women can handle the job as well as men can. I know that.”

Lowry Mays, Who Revolutionized the Radio Industry, Dies at 87
Obits, September 16

He built his company, Clear Channel Communications, from a single struggling station into one of the world’s biggest media empires.

Peter Davison, Orwell Scholar on a Monumental Scale, Dies at 95
Obits, September 15

A “super scholarly sleuth,” he devoted 35 years to editing 30 volumes of the author’s books, essays, letters, diaries and manuscripts.

Earl J. Silbert, Lead Prosecutor of Watergate Break-In, Dies at 86
Obits, September 15

He worked to secure several convictions, making early inroads in the investigation of a scandal that would bring down a president.

Fred Franzia, 79, Dies; Upended Wine Industry With Two-Buck Chuck
Obits, September 15

An unorthodox businessman, he took on the wine industry and its high markups, selling wine at prices many families could afford every day.

Paul T. Kwami, Fisk Jubilee Singers’ Longtime Director, Dies at 70
Obits, September 15

He took the storied Black musical group to new heights, including its first Grammy win and a National Medal of Arts.

Art Rosenbaum, Painter and Preserver of Folk Music, Dies at 83
Obits, September 14

As an artist and exponent of American traditional songs, he sought to blur the lines between outsider and insider art.

Melvin Sokolsky, Surrealist Fashion Photographer, Dies at 88
Obits, September 14

Models flew over Paris or floated in a bubble in his arresting images, seen in Harper’s Bazaar and other fashion bibles in the experimental ’60s.

Lily Renée Phillips, Pioneering Comic Book Artist, Dies at 101
Obits, September 14

A refugee from Nazi-annexed Austria, she started a new life in New York drawing powerful, glamorous heroines and broke barriers in a male-dominated field.

Rommy Hunt Revson, Creator of the Scrunchie, Dies at 78
Obits, September 14

A former nightclub singer, she developed the simple ornamental hair tie that quickly became a ubiquitous accessory.

Irene Papas, Actress in ‘Zorba the Greek’ and Greek Tragedies, Dies at 96
Obituaries, September 14

She was best known for commanding movie roles in the 1960s but received the greatest plaudits for playing heroines of the ancient stage.

Irene Papas, Actress in ‘Zorba,’ ‘Z’ and Greek Tragedies, Is Dead at 96
Obits, September 14

She was best known for commanding movie roles in the 1960s but received the greatest plaudits for playing heroines of the ancient stage.

Ken Starr, Independent Counsel in Clinton Investigation, Dies at 76
Washington, September 13

Mr. Starr’s investigation into President Clinton’s affair with a former White House intern propelled issues of sex and morality to the center of American life for more than a year.

Susan L. Solomon, Crusader for Stem Cell Research, Dies at 71
Obits, September 13

Vexed by lags in producing cures for diabetes and cancer, she helped raise $400 million to start a foundation that has made medical breakthroughs.

Jean-Luc Godard, 91, Is Dead; Bold Director Shaped French New Wave
Obits, September 13

The Franco-Swiss filmmaker and provocateur radically rethought motion pictures and left a lasting influence on the medium.

Javier Marías, uno de los mejores novelistas en español, murió a los 70 años
en Español, September 13

Autor de libros mayores como “Corazón tan blanco” y “Tu rostro mañana”, escribió una obra acogida por el gran público y también aclamada por la crítica.

Ramsey Lewis, Jazz Pianist Who Became a Pop Star, Dies at 87
Obits, September 13

His 1965 recording of “The ‘In’ Crowd” brought him to a place few jazz musicians reached in that era: the Top 10.

Javier Marías, to Many the Greatest Living Spanish Novelist, Dies at 70
Obits, September 12

A regular nominee for the Nobel, his books were as popular as they were lauded, filled with themes of mystery, betrayal and the moral weight of the past.

Lance Mackey, Four-Time Winner of Iditarod Race, Dies at 52
Obits, September 12

Despite struggling with cancer and substance abuse, he went on a run of consecutive victories in major dog sled races, setting a new standard for the sport.

William Klein, Who Photographed the Energy of City Life, Dies at 96
Obits, September 12

He built his reputation with dreamlike images of New York, Rome, Moscow and Tokyo and cast a satirical eye on fashion in a decade of work for Vogue.

Gwendolyn Midlo Hall, 93, Dies; Created Database of Enslaved People
Obits, September 11

A historian of colonial-era Louisiana, she dug deep into the archives to transform our understanding of the roots of American culture.

Diane Noomin, 75, Is Dead; Gave Underground Comics a Feminist Voice
Obits, September 11

Her best-known creation was a sendup of a certain kind of female stock character. But Ms. Noomin rendered her with compassion, and used her to tell important stories.

James Stewart Polshek, Quiet Giant of Modern Architecture, Dies at 92
Obits, September 10

He took a sensitive, socially conscious approach to projects including the Clinton library and the renovated entrance to the Brooklyn Museum.

Mable John, Soul Singer With a Star-Studded Résumé, Dies at 91
Obits, September 10

She was one of the first female acts signed to Motown, and her career later intersected with Isaac Hayes and Ray Charles. But she eventually heeded a higher calling.

Marsha Hunt, Actress Turned Activist, Is Dead at 104
Obits, September 10

She seemed well on her way to stardom until her career was derailed by the Hollywood blacklist. She then turned her attention to social causes.

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.

Sheila Tobias, Who Defined ‘Math Anxiety,’ Dies at 86
Obits, September 9

Feeling jittery about math — and altogether avoiding it — “is a serious handicap” that often affected women, she wrote in Ms. magazine in 1976, followed by a book on the subject.

Lars Vogt, Acclaimed Pianist and Conductor, Is Dead at 51
Obits, September 9

Piano technique for Mr. Vogt was a means to expression, not an end in itself. He avoided repertoire that called for mere virtuosity.

Thomas Carney, Crusty Bartender at Elaine’s, Dies at 82
Obits, September 9

Cracking wise, keeping tabs and keeping order, the head barman of New York’s famous saloon was a supporting character in one of the city’s longest-running shows.

Tina Ramirez, Founder of a Leading Hispanic Dance Troupe, Dies at 92
Obits, September 9

Her company, Ballet Hispánico, performed for audiences across the United States and beyond. It also trained countless dancers.

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.

Kurt Gottfried, Physicist and Foe of Nuclear Weapons, Dies at 93
Obits, September 9

As a founder of the Union of Concerned Scientists, he defended Soviet dissidents and advocated higher standards in government research.

How Queen Elizabeth II Preserved the Monarchy
The Daily, September 9

A look back at the life of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, who led her country and the royal family through moments of enormous upheaval.

Elizabeth Bailey, Who Helped Deregulate Airlines, Dies at 83
Obits, September 9

In a career full of firsts, she was the first woman to serve on the Civil Aeronautics Board as well as a distinguished economist and academic.

The Death of Queen Elizabeth: ‘We Shall Not Know Her Like Again’
Letters, September 8

Early reaction to the end of the 70-year monarchy. Also: Germany’s “moral failure”; women’s equality; Moosewood memories; homage to trees.

Muere la reina Isabel II, la monarca que más tiempo ha servido al Reino Unido. Tenía 96 años
en Español, September 8

Lideró su país durante siete décadas, con un compromiso inquebrantable con los rituales de su función en medio de épicos cambios sociales y económicos y de escándalos familiares.

Queen Elizabeth II Dies at 96; Was Britain’s Longest-Reigning Monarch
Obits, September 8

She ruled for seven decades, unshakably committed to the rituals of her role amid epic social and economic change and family scandal.

Bernard Shaw, CNN’s Lead Anchor for 20 Years, Dies at 82
Obits, September 8

He covered the Gulf War, anchored convention coverage and asked a revealing question of Gov. Michael Dukakis during a presidential debate in 1988.

Anne Garrels, Fearless NPR Correspondent, Dies at 71
Obits, September 7

She reported on conflicts around the world and for a time was the only American broadcast journalist reporting from Baghdad during the U.S. “shock and awe” bombing campaign in 2003.

Don Gehrmann, Whose Victory in a Mile Took 314 Days, Dies at 94
Obits, September 7

After a dead-heat finish in the 1950 Wanamaker Mile in New York and a series of yes-no-yes rulings, he was finally declared the winner almost a year later.

Dr. Ronald Glasser, Bard of the Vietnam War Wounded, Dies at 83
Obits, September 6

His “365 Days” offered unvarnished, vivid sketches of soldiers injured in the war. He said it was a book he felt compelled to write.

Peter Straub, Literary Master of the Supernatural, Dies at 79
Obits, September 6

A fan of Henry James and John Ashbery, he brought a poet’s sensibility to stories about ghosts, demons and other things that go bump in the night.

Frank Drake, Who Led Search for Life on Other Planets, Dies at 92
Obits, September 5

He was convinced that human beings would eventually connect with extraterrestrials, and he inspired others to share that belief.

Moon Landrieu, 92, Dies; New Orleans Mayor Championed Integration
Obits, September 5

He rose in local politics in the 1960s and ’70s by nurturing crosscultural connections, even as many other Southern leaders of his era exploited racial division.

Sterling Lord, Premier Literary Agent, Is Dead at 102
Obits, September 4

The list of well-known writers he represented is long. But his success began with an unknown named Jack Kerouac and his hard-to-sell novel “On the Road.”

Charlie Finch, Caustic Chronicler of New York’s Art Scene, Dies at 69
Obits, September 3

He exposed what he saw as pretension and bad art with passion and, at times, viciousness, winning fans but offending many.

Marilyn Loden, Who Championed a Feminist Metaphor, Dies at 76
Obits, September 3

She was asked to speak at a conference in 1978 about barriers faced by women in the workplace. She noted a barrier she called “the glass ceiling.”

Stanley Turkel, Manager and Avid Historian of Hotels, Dies at 96
Obits, September 3

A hotelier, a history maven and a New York civic activist, he chronicled hotels in extraordinary detail both in books and on a blog.

Earnie Shavers, Hard-Punching Heavyweight, Is Dead at 78
Obits, September 3

He won 68 bouts by knockout and fought some of the biggest names in boxing. He lasted 15 rounds against Muhammad Ali. But he never won a championship.

Archie Roach, Who Lived and Sang the Aboriginal Blues, Dies at 66
Obits, September 2

His song “Took the Children Away,” inspired by his childhood, shook Australians into confronting a grim era when their government tore apart Aboriginal families.

Richard Roat, Seen on ‘Cheers,’ ‘Friends’ and ‘Seinfeld,’ Dies at 89
Obits, September 2

A familiar TV face for years, he appeared on many of the most popular prime-time shows of recent decades.

Kazuo Inamori, Major Industrialist in Postwar Japan, Dies at 90
Obits, September 2

Founding two giant companies, he helped turn his country into an economic giant while encouraging employees to approach work with an almost spiritual devotion.

Barbara Ehrenreich, Explorer of Prosperity’s Dark Side, Dies at 81
Obits, September 2

Her book “Nickel and Dimed,” an undercover account of the indignities of being a low-wage worker in the United States, is considered a classic in social justice literature.

Amy Stechler, Documentarian Who Helped Define a Style, Dies at 67
Obits, September 1

She worked on early projects at Florentine Films, where Ken Burns, her husband for a time, would find fame with “The Civil War.”

How Gorbachev Changed the World
The Daily, September 1

Mikhail S. Gorbachev set out to reform the Soviet Union. But the social and economic forces he unleashed ended up destroying it.

Robert LuPone, Actor Who Became a Behind-the-Scenes Force, Dies at 76
Obits, August 31

After playing a critical Broadway role in “A Chorus Line,” he helped start the vibrant Off Broadway MCC Theater. TV watchers knew him from “The Sopranos” and “Law and Order.”

Charlbi Dean, Star of Top Winner at Cannes, Dies at 32
Obits, August 31

A South African-born actress and model, she had a breakout role in the satirical “Triangle of Sadness,” due in theaters in the fall.

Esther Cooper Jackson, Civil Rights Pioneer, Dies at 105
Obits, August 31

A feminist and a self-proclaimed revolutionary, she was in the forefront of the fledgling movement for economic and political equality in the 1940s.

Robert Kime, Decorator for Nobility and Other Notables, Dies at 76
Obits, August 31

A celebrated antiques lover with an understated, old-guard approach, his clients included Prince Charles and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Roland Mesnier, Pastry Chef to Five Presidents, Dies at 78
Obits, August 30

French born and French trained, he served up inventive and ambrosial desserts in the White House for more than two decades.

Mijaíl Gorbachov, líder soviético reformista, muere a los 91 años
en Español, August 30

Adoptó la glásnost y perestroika, reconsideró el legado de siete décadas de régimen comunista e impuso un nuevo rumbo. Bajo su liderazgo llegó el fin de la Guerra Fría y la disolución de la Unión Soviética.

Ruby C. Williams, Folk Artist With a Produce Stand, Dies at 94
Obits, August 30

Her colorful paintings started out as advertisements for her farm stand in Florida. Before long, her works found their way to art galleries.

Mikhail S. Gorbachev, Reformist Soviet Leader, Is Dead at 91
Obits, August 30

Adopting principles of glasnost and perestroika, he weighed the legacy of seven decades of Communist rule and set a new course, presiding over the end of the Cold War and the dissolution of the U.S.S.R.

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.