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Marina Ratner, Émigré Mathematician Who Found Midlife Acclaim, Dies at 78
Science, Yesterday

Dr. Ratner defied the notion that the brightest in her field do their best work when they are young.

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Barbara Sinatra, Philanthropist and Singer’s Widow, Dies at 90
Culture, Yesterday

Ms. Sinatra, who was married to Frank Sinatra from 1976 until his death in 1998, founded a nonprofit center in California to help abused children.

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Keith Baird, Linguist Who Fought the Use of ‘Negro,’ Dies at 94
Metro, Yesterday

Mr. Baird, a native of Barbados who became a teacher and administrator in New York City schools and at various colleges, argued for the term Afro-American.

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Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara, Longevity Expert, Dies at (or Lives to) 105
Science, Yesterday

The advice of Dr. Hinohara, who cautioned against early retirement and advocated climbing stairs regularly, helped make Japan the world leader in longevity.

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Margaret Bergmann Lambert, Jewish Athlete Excluded From Berlin Olympics, Dies at 103
Obits, Yesterday

She was a dominant, German-born world-class athlete, but the Nazis said she had not qualified for the 1936 Games.

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Bo Pilgrim, Founder of Pilgrim’s Pride Poultry Products, Dies at 89
Business, July 24

Mr. Pilgrim joined a brother in taking over a Texas feed store owned by their father and transformed it into a company with 35,000 employees and operations in 17 states and Mexico.

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John Kundla, Winning Coach of Fledgling Lakers, Dies at 101
Sports, July 23

Kundla led the Minneapolis team to five titles in the N.B.A. and its immediate precursor.

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Peter Doohan Dies at 56; Had One of Wimbledon’s Biggest Upsets
Sports, July 23

Doohan, an Australian whose victory over Boris Becker came 30 years ago July 1, recently learned he had Lou Gehrig’s disease.

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John Heard, the Frazzled Father in ‘Home Alone,’ Dies at 71
Culture, July 22

Mr. Heard played pained characters in dramas but was best known as the dad who embarked on a family trip to Paris without his youngest son.

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Scharlette Holdman, a Force for the Defense on Death Row, Dies at 70
National, July 22

Ms. Holdman was a pioneer in unearthing legal reasons to spare the lives of the convicted, often working on the cases of those convicted of heinous crimes.

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Clancy Sigal, Novelist Whose Life Was a Tale in Itself, Dies at 90
Culture, July 21

Jailed at 5, blacklisted in Hollywood, the author of “Going Away” fell in with R.D. Laing and Doris Lessing.

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Ralph Regula, Long-Serving Ohio Congressman, Dies at 92
National, July 21

Mr. Regula, who served 18 terms in the House of Representatives, played a key role in creating the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

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The Female Warlord Who Had C.I.A. Connections and Opium Routes
Foreign, July 21

Born to royalty in Burma, Olive Yang, who died last week at 90, rejected her birthright to become a cross-dressing warlord and opium trafficker.

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Kenneth Jay Lane, Jewelry Designer Who Made a Fortune Faking It, Dies at 85
Styles, July 20

Over six decades, Mr. Lane built a global business by making it acceptable and chic for women to wear glittering jewelry of unabashed deception.

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Chester Bennington, Linkin Park Singer, Is Dead at 41
Culture, July 20

The frontman was known for his piercing scream and free-flowing anguish. His death is being investigated as a possible suicide.

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Raymond Sackler, Psychopharmacology Pioneer and Philanthropist, Dies at 97
Business, July 19

Purdue Pharma, a company led by Dr. Sackler and his brothers, made the painkiller OxyContin. His donations put his name on schools, museum galleries and a planet.

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Sam Glanzman, Comic-Book Artist Inspired by His War Service, Dies at 92
Culture, July 19

A writer and artist whose richly detailed work recreated the battles, camaraderie and down times of war in the Pacific.

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Betty Dukes, Greeter Whose Walmart Lawsuit Went to Supreme Court, Dies at 67
Business, July 18

Ms. Dukes, who filed suit on behalf of 1.5 million female workers, was portrayed as the epitome of a low-paid worker taking on a huge corporation.

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Bracha Graber, Who Spurred Changes in New York Foster Care, Dies at 68
Metro, July 18

Rebuffed by her bosses at a city child welfare agency, Ms. Graber filed a lawsuit that led to a bureaucratic overhaul.

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Frances Gabe, Creator of the Only Self-Cleaning Home, Dies at 101
National, July 18

Equal parts quixotic dreamer and accomplished visionary, Ms. Gabe made the house do its own scrubbing.

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S. Allen Counter, Who Championed an Unsung Black Explorer, Dies at 73
National, July 17

An explorer himself, Dr. Counter reclaimed the reputation of Matthew Henson, who reached the North Pole with Robert Peary.

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Wm. Theodore de Bary, Renowned Columbia Sinologist, Dies at 97
Culture, July 17

Professor de Bary, an authority in particular on Confucius, was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama.

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Martin Landau, Actor Who Won an Oscar for ‘Ed Wood,’ Dies at 89
National, July 16

Mr. Landau, who gained fame in the 1960s TV series “Mission: Impossible,” but then struggled to find work, enjoyed a career revival in film decades later.

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George Romero, Father of the Zombie Movie, Dies at 77
Culture, July 16

Mr. Romero created the modern zombie genre with his 1968 cult film, “Night of the Living Dead.”...

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Bob Wolff, Sports Broadcaster for Nearly 80 Years, Dies at 96
Sports, July 16

Mr. Wolff called Don Larsen’s perfect game, the Giants-Colts 1958 N.F.L. title game, baseball’s Game of the Week in the ’60s and the Knicks’ N.B.A. championship runs.

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Charles W. Bachman, Business Software Innovator, Dies at 92
Business, July 16

Mr. Bachman was a pioneer in the field of database management software, and modern digital commerce sites like Amazon and eBay owe an intellectual debt to his work.

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Maryam Mirzakhani, Only Woman to Win a Fields Medal, Dies at 40
National, July 16

Dr. Mirzakhani, a mathematician at Stanford University, was the only woman and only Iranian ever to win what is often described as the Nobel Prize of mathematics.

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Hootie Johnson, Who Opposed Letting Women Into Augusta National, Dies at 86
Sports, July 16

Mr. Johnson’s clash with a women’s rights activist underscored how social discrimination could affect women’s professional ambitions.

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Babe Parilli, Standout Quarterback, Dies at 87
Sports, July 15

A two-time all-American under Coach Bear Bryant at the University of Kentucky, Parilli also played for 15 years in the National Football League and the American Football League.

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Jean-Jacques Susini, Right-Wing Extremist in Algeria, Dies at 83
Foreign, July 14

He opposed Algerian independence from France, plotted to assassinate President Charles de Gaulle, and belonged to an group that used terrorism tactics.

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Gus Trowbridge, Turned King’s Integration Dream Into a School, Dies at 82
Metro, July 14

Mr. Trowbridge and his wife, Marty, followed Martin Luther King Jr.’s ideals in founding Manhattan Country School in 1966.

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Christopher Wong Won, Rapper and a Founder of 2 Live Crew, Dies at 53
Culture, July 14

The musician, the first notable rapper of Asian descent, found himself in the middle of controversy when his group’s work was labeled as obscene.

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Irina Ratushinskaya, Soviet Dissident and Writer, Dies at 63
Culture, July 13

Ms. Ratushinskaya composed some 250 poems in prison, many drafted with burned matchsticks on bars of soap.

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Keith Conners, Psychologist Who Set Standard for Diagnosing A.D.H.D., Dies at 84
Science, July 13

After devising a scale for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Dr. Conners later expressed dismay over how loosely the label was being applied.

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Meechy Monroe, a YouTube Star for Her Natural Hair Lessons, Dies at 32
Styles, July 13

Ms. Monroe achieved online fame with style tutorials that empowered black women to forgo harsh chemicals and embrace the so-called natural hair movement.

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Liu Xiaobo, Chinese Dissident Who Won Nobel While Jailed, Dies at 61
Foreign, July 13

Mr. Liu, who was convicted in 2009 of inciting subversion and sentenced to prison, was given medical parole recently to be treated for late-stage cancer.

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Liu Xiaobo, Chinese Dissident Who Won Nobel While Jailed, Dies at 61
Foreign, July 13

Mr. Liu, who was convicted in 2009 of inciting subversion and sentenced to prison, was given medical parole recently to be treated for late-stage cancer.

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Chuck Blazer, Central Figure in FIFA Scandal, Dies at 72
Sports, July 13

Mr. Blazer was a gregarious American soccer official who pleaded guilty to a range of charges as part of a federal investigation.

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Ilya Glazunov, Painter Entranced by Russia’s Past, Dies at 87
Culture, July 12

Mr. Glazunov ran afoul of both Socialist Realist practitioners and progressives, but won a devoted following after the collapse of Communism.

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Jack Shaheen, Who Resisted and Cataloged Stereotyping of Arabs, Dies at 81
National, July 12

Dr. Shaheen began his campaign against xenophobia in films and on television in 1974, documenting and mitigating negative images of Arabs and Muslims.

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Neil Welch, F.B.I. Mastermind in Abscam Sting Operation, Dies at 90
National, July 11

The political investigation ensnared a senator and seven congressmen. He also negotiated the surrender of the escaped killer of Kitty Genovese.

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Jim Bush, Title-Winning Track Coach at U.C.L.A., Dies at 90
Sports, July 11

Bush’s outspoken comments sometimes threatened to overshadow his accomplishments.

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Jon Underwood, Founder of Death Cafe Movement, Dies at 44
Foreign, July 11

Mr. Underwood encouraged Britons to discuss, over tea and cake, their fear of death, and his efforts have spread to more than a dozen countries.

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Yuri Drozdov, Soviet Superspy Who Planted ‘Illegals’ in Other Countries, Dies at 91
Foreign, July 10

General Drozdov also played a key role in a famous exchange of captive spies between the Soviet Union and the United States.

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Elsa Martinelli, Italian Model and Actress, Dies at 82
Culture, July 10

Ms. Martinelli, described as “a kind of Audrey Hepburn with sex appeal,” was well known for starring opposite Kirk Douglas in “The Indian Fighter.”...

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Kenneth Silverman, Pulitzer-Winning Author, Dies at 81
Culture, July 10

Professor Silverman, a specialist in Colonial American literature, also wrote biographies of Edgar Allan Poe, Harry Houdini, Samuel B. Morse and John Cage.

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Joaquín Navarro-Valls, Ex-Vatican Spokesman, Dies at 80
Foreign, July 9

A fierce loyalist to Pope John Paul II, Mr. Navarro-Valls oversaw an extensive renovation of the Vatican’s press office and served as the pope’s wingman on foreign trips.

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Nelsan Ellis, ‘True Blood’ Actor, Dies at 39
Culture, July 9

Mr. Ellis starred in “True Blood” from 2008 to 2014 as a scene-stealing diner cook and dealer of addictive vampire blood in rural Louisiana.

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Spencer Johnson, ‘Who Moved My Cheese?’ Author, Dies at 78
Business, July 7

Mr. Johnson wrote pithy best-sellers, including one about the benefits of embracing change and another defining effective management.

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José Luis Cuevas, a Dark Master of Mexican Art, Dies at 83
Culture, July 7

One of Mexico’s most celebrated artists, Mr. Cuevas brought an existentialist vision, influenced by Goya and Breughel, to unsparing depictions of human suffering.

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Pierre Henry, Composer Who Found the Music in Sounds, Dies at 89
Culture, July 7

Mr. Henry abandoned notes in favor of ambient sounds — dripping water, car horns, bird calls, locomotive engines — which he manipulated with a tape recorder in surprising ways.

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David Vincent, the Sultan of Swat Stats, Dies at 67
Sports, July 6

Want to know the heaviest player to hit an inside-the-park homer? Mr. Vincent could tell you that and many other often-esoteric home run facts.

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Sheila Michaels, Who Brought ‘Ms.’ to Prominence, Dies at 78
National, July 6

Dissatisfied with other honorifics for women, Ms. Michaels undertook “a timid eight-year crusade” to usher the term back into being after decades of disuse.

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John R. Quinn, Archbishop and Liberal Voice in Church, Dies at 88
National, July 6

As leader of the San Francisco archdiocese in the 1980s and 1990s, Archbishop Quinn had a powerful voice on social and political issues.

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Gene Conley, Dual-Sport Threat With World Series and N.B.A. Titles, Dies at 86
Sports, July 5

Only two athletes have won championships in two major American professional sports. Conley was one.

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Heathcote Williams, Radical British Poet Who Helped Form Anarchist Nation, Dies at 75
Culture, July 5

Outraged at conformity and drawn to theatricality, Mr. Williams aimed to effect change with language.

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Denys Johnson-Davies, Translator of Arab Writers, Is Dead at 94
Culture, July 5

Mr. Johnson-Davies translated more than 30 Arabic novels, short-story collections and anthologies. He was best known for his work with Naguib Mahfouz.

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Morton Cohen, Scholar of Lewis Carroll and His Wonderland, Dies at 96
Culture, July 4

Mr. Cohen tracked down many of the women Carroll had corresponded with when they were young.

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Kelan Philip Cohran, a Musician Who Invigorated Chicago With Education and Activism, Dies at 90
Culture, July 4

Mr. Cohran helped found the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, which raised public consciousness through performances.

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Jan Fontein, Scholar of Asian Art, Is Dead at 89
Culture, July 3

The Dutch-born Mr. Fontein led the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, through major expansion as its director in the 1970s and ’80s.

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Darrall Imhoff, a Decorated Basketball Center, Dies at 78
Sports, July 3

Imhoff led California to the 1959 N.C.A.A. title, won an Olympic gold medal and had a long career in the N.B.A., including two seasons with the Knicks.

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Norman Dorsen, Tenacious Civil Rights Advocate, Dies at 86
National, July 2

Mr. Dorsen spent a long legal career focused on fighting for human rights, including before the Supreme Court, and led the A.C.L.U. for 15 years.

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Doug Peterson, Trailblazer in the Design of Racing Yachts, Dies at 71
Sports, July 2

Peterson had his breakthrough when he borrowed money from his grandmother to build a boat that finished second in a premier international race in 1973.

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Herma Hill Kay, First Woman to Lead Berkeley Law Faculty, Dies at 82
National, July 2

Appointed as dean while California voters were seeking to end affirmative action in the 1990s, Ms. Kay championed the rights of women and minorities.

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Suzanne Wasserman, Historian of New York City and Filmmaker, Dies at 60
Metro, July 1

Ms. Wasserman became intrigued by the Lower East Side after moving to New York from Chicago.

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Simone Veil, Ex-Minister Who Wrote France’s Abortion Law, Dies at 89
Foreign, June 30

An Auschwitz survivor, Mrs. Veil was a vocal advocate for women’s rights who served as health minister and later as president of the European Parliament.

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Edward Kline, ‘Silent Partner’ in Aiding Soviet Dissidents, Dies at 85
Foreign, June 29

Mr. Kline helped to shepherd Andrei D. Sakharov’s memoirs into worldwide distribution and set up a publishing house in New York to print books that were banned by the Soviet authorities.

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Peter Berger, Theologian Who Fought ‘God Is Dead’ Movement, Dies at 88
National, June 29

Professor Berger was known for his work in what is called the sociology of knowledge — understanding how humans experience everyday reality.

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Roger D. Abrahams, Folklorist Who Studied African-American Language, Dies at 84
Culture, June 29

Professor Abrahams cast a wide net, from folk songs to street rhymes, chants, proverbs and other oral traditions, in the United States and the Caribbean.

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Gary DeCarlo, Who Sang ‘Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye,’ Is Dead
Culture, June 29

Mr. DeCarlo saw the song reach No. 1 on the pop charts in 1969 and live on as an indelible sports stadium taunt.

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Gary DeCarlo, Who Sang ‘Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye,’ Is Dead
Arts, June 29

Mr. DeCarlo saw the song reach No. 1 on the pop charts in 1969 and live on as an indelible sports stadium taunt.

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Dave Semenko, Gretzky’s On-Ice Bodyguard, Dies at 59
Sports, June 29

The forward was one of the toughest players in the N.H.L. in an era of hulking enforcers. And he fought three rounds against Muhammad Ali.

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Ketumile Masire, Who Shaped and Led a Vibrant Botswana, Dies at 91
Foreign, June 29

President Masire was instrumental in transforming his arid, destitute country into the envy of other African nations.

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Herve Filion, for Many Years Harness Racing’s Top Driver, Dies at 77
Sports, June 28

Mr. Filion would have won even more races were it not for a seven-year suspension that resulted from charges that were ultimately dropped.

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Anthony Young, Who Lost 27 Consecutive Decisions for Mets, Dies at 51
Sports, June 28

The pitcher maintained his dignity after breaking the major league record for futility, which made him a national celebrity in the early 1990s.

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Michael Bond, Paddington Bear Creator, Is Dead at 91
Culture, June 28

The character — disaster-prone but good-natured and always polite — was the hero of children’s novels, picture books and animated television series.

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Geri Allen, Pianist Who Reconciled Jazz’s Far-Flung Styles, Dies at 60
Culture, June 27

Ms. Allen’s dense but agile piano playing formed a bridge between jazz’s midcentury past and its stylistically diffuse present.

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Michael Nyqvist, a Star in ‘John Wick’ and the Swedish ‘Dragon Tattoo,’ Dies at 56
Culture, June 27

Mr. Nyqvist was a star in Swedish movies and television before playing villains in Hollywood thrillers. He also wrote about his search for his biological parents.

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Margaux Fragoso, Memoirist Who Wrote Hauntingly of Sexual Abuse, Dies at 38
Culture, June 27

“Tiger, Tiger,” Ms. Fragoso’s graphic account of her relationship with a much older man, was considered one of the more notable books of the year when it was released in 2011.

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Alain Senderens, a Chef Who Modernized French Food, Dies at 77
Foreign, June 27

Mr. Senderens, one of the most adventurous of the founding fathers of nouvelle cuisine, produced dishes that could entice and, on occasion, shock.

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Richard Benson, Photographer and Printer, Dies at 73
Culture, June 27

Mr. Benson believed in the painterly impact of reproducing the work of photographers like Irving Penn, Lee Friedlander and Helen Levitt on an offset printing press.

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Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz, Who Made Jewish Prayer Books Clear to All, Dies at 73
Metro, June 27

His company, ArtScroll Mesorah, provides prayer books and volumes of the Torah and Talmud for the Orthodox Jewish community written in everyday English.

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Hope Ryden, Wildlife Protector and Photographer, Dies at 87
Culture, June 26

Ms. Ryden developed a passion for photography during breaks abroad as a flight attendant, and became a full-time naturalist and animal-rights advocate.