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William McFeely, Pulitzer-Winning Historian, Dies as 89
Books, Yesterday

The author of acclaimed biographies of Ulysses S. Grant and Frederick Douglass, he also helped establish Yale’s black studies department.

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Tony Brooker, Pioneer of Computer Programming, Dies at 94
Technology, Yesterday

After meeting Alan Turing, Mr. Brooker went to work at the University of Manchester and wrote the programming language for the first commercial computer.

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Don McDonagh, Dance Critic and Author, Dies at 87
Arts, Yesterday

In his reviews in The New York Times, he championed experimental choreographers emerging in the 1960s and ’70s.

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Elisabeth Sifton, Editor and Tamer of Literary Lions, Dies at 80
Books, Yesterday

She was also a publisher and an author whose memoir affirmed that her father, the theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, had popularized the Serenity Prayer.

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Danny Aiello, Actor in ‘Do the Right Thing,’ Dies at 86
Movies, Yesterday

A memorable character actor on both stage and screen, Mr. Aiello won an Academy Award nomination for his role in Spike Lee’s 1989 film.

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Richard Easton, Stage Veteran and Tony Winner, Dies at 86
Theater, December 12

He won theater’s top prize for his performance in “The Invention of Love,” one of numerous Broadway roles.

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William Luce, Playwright, Dies at 88; Wrote ‘Belle of Amherst’
Theater, December 12

He specialized in one-character dramas, portraying luminaries like Emily Dickinson, John Barrymore, Lillian Hellman, Zelda Fitzgerald and Isak Dinesen.

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Danny Kronenfeld, Champion of the Homeless, Is Dead at 87
New York, December 12

He founded a groundbreaking shelter for families and later spent 16 years in charge of the historic Henry Street Settlement.

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Edna Smith Primus, Lawyer in Pivotal Rights Case, Dies at 75
U.S., December 12

She successfully challenged a professional reprimand and in the process helped redefine free speech rights for lawyers and advocacy groups.

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George Laurer, Who Developed the Bar Code, Is Dead at 94
Technology, December 11

Every purchase evokes his design of the rectangular Universal Product Code. But although it became ubiquitous, he received no royalties.

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Terry de Havilland, Cobbler to the Stars, Is Dead at 81
Fashion, December 11

He made python boots for Nureyev, black leather thigh-high boots for Jacqueline Onassis and platforms for Kate Moss that spelled out a vulgarity in crystals.

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Leonard Goldberg, Producer of Hit TV Shows, Is Dead at 85
Arts, December 11

His partnership with Aaron Spelling gave the world “Charlie’s Angels,” “Fantasy Island” and many other series. On his own, he created “Blue Bloods.”

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Philip McKeon, Actor on ‘Alice,’ Dies at 55
Arts, December 11

He played the son on the CBS sitcom, which starred Linda Lavin as an aspiring singer turned waitress.

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Reinhard Bonnke, the ‘Billy Graham of Africa,’ Dies at 79
World, December 11

He was a German-born evangelist whose open-air Christian revivals drew millions of followers, many of them hoping to be healed of their afflictions.

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Kim Woo-choong, Who Strove to Be ‘Automotive Genghis Khan,’ Dies at 82
World, December 11

The Daewoo founder’s mad-rush corporate expansion symbolized South Korea’s rise as an Asian tiger. Daewoo’s collapse offered a bracing reality check.

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Yuri M. Luzhkov, 83, Dies; Mayor at Dawn of Post-Soviet Moscow
World, December 10

An energetic leader, he steered the Russian capital out of its gloom, dominating Moscow’s political system while his wife became the richest woman in the country.

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Johann Baptist Metz, Theologian of Compassion, Dies at 91
World, December 10

One of the most influential Catholic theologians of the 20th century, he challenged his fellow German Catholics to face the reality of Auschwitz.

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Fitzhugh Mullan, Foe of Health Care Disparities, Dies at 77
Health, December 10

As a doctor, he saw the inequities in the system at first hand; as a writer and administrator, he called them out.

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Roxette Singer Marie Fredriksson Is Dead at 61
Obituaries, December 10

As part of the Swedish duo, who gained fame in the 1980s and ’90s, Ms. Fredriksson was known for her breathy voice and dynamic onstage presence.

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Roxette Singer Marie Fredriksson Is Dead at 61
Arts, December 10

As half of the Swedish duo, which gained fame in the 1980s and ’90s, Ms. Fredriksson was known for her powerful voice and dynamic onstage presence.

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The Legacy of Paul Volcker
Business, December 10

The former Fed chair, who died Sunday at the age of 92, was remembered for having helped shape American economic policy for more than six decades.

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Pete Frates, Who Promoted the Ice Bucket Challenge, Dies at 34
U.S., December 9

The former college baseball player’s involvement in the viral trend helped raise more than $100 million toward fighting A.L.S.

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Paul A. Volcker, Fed Chairman Who Waged War on Inflation, Is Dead at 92
Business, December 9

Mr. Volcker helped shape American economic policy for decades, notably by leading the Federal Reserve’s brute-force campaign to subdue inflation in the 1970s and ’80s.

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René Auberjonois, a ‘Deep Space Nine’ Star, Dies at 79
Obituaries, December 8

The busy character actor was also known for “Benson,” “Boston Legal” and several Broadway roles.

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Margaret Lawrence, 105, Dies; Pioneering Black Female Psychoanalyst
Obituaries, December 8

She overcame many hurdles, including rejection by Cornell’s medical school, which told her a black man before her “didn’t work out.” (He had died.)

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Donald B. Marron, Financier, Art Collector and Philanthropist, Dies at 85
U.S., December 8

Mr. Marron began his Wall Street career as a teenager before leading some of its most powerful firms and becoming a force at the Museum of Modern Art.

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Bump Elliott, College Football Star and Coach, Dies at 94
Obituaries, December 8

An All-American halfback at the University of Michigan, he later coached the team and then became athletic director at the University of Iowa.

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Marvin Goodfriend, Trump Nominee to the Federal Reserve, Dies at 69
Business, December 8

He was a conservative monetary economist and a Carnegie Mellon professor who took on policy roles. His nomination lapsed after he failed to win Senate support.

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Caroll Spinney, Big Bird’s Alter Ego on ‘Sesame Street,’ Is Dead at 85
Obituaries, December 8

Besides the sweet-natured giant yellow bird, he also played the misanthropic bellyacher Oscar the Grouch.

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Juice WRLD, Rising Rap Artist, Dies at 21
Arts, December 8

The artist, whose real name was Jarad A. Higgins, died on Sunday in Illinois, the authorities said.

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Juice WRLD Dies at 21; Chicago Rapper Whose Star Was on the Rise
Arts, December 8

He began posting songs online while in high school. On hits like “Lucid Dreams,” he combined melodic hip-hop instincts with heavy-hearted angst.

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Ron Leibman, Tony Winner for ‘Angels,’ Is Dead at 82
Theater, December 6

In addition to his acclaimed turn as Roy Cohn on Broadway, he was known for his work in “Norma Rae,” “Slaughterhouse-Five” and other films.

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Winston Lawson, 91, Secret Service Agent With Kennedy in Dallas, Dies
U.S., December 6

The advance man for the Texas trip, he rode ahead of Kennedy’s limo, helped lift the president onto a stretcher and then lived a half-century with regrets.

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Jay Kriegel, a ‘New York City Patriot,’ Is Dead at 79
New York, December 5

A former whiz kid in Lindsay’s City Hall, he became a knows-everybody “process broker” with wide reach in civic affairs, broadcasting and real estate.

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Raeanne Rubenstein, Versatile Celebrity Photographer, Dies at 74
Arts, December 5

She had a knack for capturing her subjects, whether Andy Warhol in New York or Dolly Parton in Nashville, in ways that caught their essence.

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William E. Macaulay, 74, Booster of Tuition-Free Education, Dies
Education, December 5

A billionaire energy investor, he gave opportunities to thousands of select City University of New York students with a $30 million gift.

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Stephen Cleobury, Longtime Leader of Fabled Choir, Dies at 70
Arts, December 5

He led the King’s College Choir of England for 37 years, including during its famous Christmas Eve performances.

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Josie Rubio, 42, Dies; Wrote of Dating While Terminally Ill
Obituaries, December 4

Her essay in The New York Times drew a wide readership; she also chronicled her life with terminal cancer in a blog, finding humor amid despair.

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Howard Cruse Dies at 75; His Cartoons Explored Gay Life
Arts, December 4

He described his experiences as a gay man in a comic strip and an acclaimed semi-autobiographical graphic novel, influencing many other cartoonists.

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Joe Smith, Career-Making Record Executive, Is Dead at 91
Arts, December 4

He spanned musical eras in presiding, all told, over three major labels, nurturing acts from Peter, Paul and Mary to the Grateful Dead to Queen.

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Carolyn Konheim, Foe of All That Befouled a City, Dies at 81
Obituaries, December 4

Finding her sons’ clothes speckled with soot, a history teacher was transformed into an influential New York environmentalist with pollution in her sights.

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Allan Gerson, Who Sought Justice for Terror Victims, Dies at 74
U.S., December 4

A lawyer and the son of Jewish refugees from Poland, he helped families of those killed in the Lockerbie bombing hold Libya accountable.

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D.C. Fontana, First Female ‘Star Trek’ Writer, Dies at 80
Arts, December 3

Ms. Fontana, who was part of the “Star Trek” universe from its early days, was best known for her work on Spock, the half-human, half-Vulcan Starfleet officer portrayed by Leonard Nimoy.

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Wayne Merry, Climber Who Conquered El Capitan, Dies at 88
Sports, December 3

In 1958 he and two others became the first to scale a 2,900-foot granite wall in Yosemite National Park in California that many considered practically unclimbable.

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Gary Regan, Maestro of Mixology and Cocktail Culture, Dies at 68
Food, December 3

A British-born son of publicans, he became a bartender in New York, a saloonkeeper, an author of 18 books and a columnist and commentator.

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André Daguin Dies at 84; Chef Made Gascony (and a Dish) Famous
Food, December 3

His menu, most notably the grilled duck breast, made a region of southwest France a required stop for traveling food lovers.

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Perry Hoffman, 75, Dies; Saw Family Support as Key to Psychiatric Care
Health, December 2

Dr. Hoffman established a family network to help people with borderline personality disorder, a support system that become a model for other conditions.

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Robert K. Massie, Narrator of Russian History, Is Dead at 90
Books, December 2

Mr. Massie wrote readable and respected biographies of Russian royals, including “Nicholas and Alexandra,” which became a movie.

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Mariss Jansons, Who Led Top Orchestras, Dies at 76
Arts, December 2

He drew memorable performances from symphonies in Munich, Amsterdam, Oslo, Pittsburgh and elsewhere.

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Shelley Morrison, ‘Will & Grace’ Actress, Dies at 83
Obituaries, December 2

Ms. Morrison’s portrayal of the memorable maid Rosario, who stood up to her socialite boss, made her a fan favorite.

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Shelley Morrison, ‘Will & Grace’ Actress, Dies at 83
Arts, December 2

Ms. Morrison’s portrayal of the memorable maid Rosario, who stood up to her socialite boss, made her a fan favorite.

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Michael Howard, Eminent British Military Historian, Dies at 97
Obituaries, December 1

A decorated soldier in World War II, he helped reshape the study of war and was knighted in 1986 for his academic work.

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Marilyn Saviola, Disability Rights Advocate, Is Dead at 74
Health, December 1

Polio left her in a wheelchair. It also started her on a lifelong fight to change perceptions and break down real-world obstacles.

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Irving Burgie, Who Wrote Calypso Hits for Harry Belafonte, Dies at 95
Arts, December 1

He and Mr. Belafonte were behind the calypso craze of the 1950s. Mr. Burgie was also a singer, under the name Lord Burgess.

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Seymour Siwoff, Master of Sports Statistics, Is Dead at 99
Sports, November 29

As head of the Elias Sports Bureau, which he took over in 1952, he supervised record-keeping for baseball, football and other professional sports.

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Dr. Janette Sherman, 89, Early Force in Environmental Science, Dies
Health, November 29

In one case, discovering that autoworkers shared the same diseases, she pinpointed the cause as chemicals in the factories — not, as was thought, cigarettes.

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Yasuhiro Nakasone, Assertive Prime Minister of Japan, Dies at 101
Obituaries, November 28

He called for a stronger military and a larger global role for Japan and was one of the few Japanese leaders to win recognition on the world stage.

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Marion McClinton, Interpreter of August Wilson, Dies at 65
Theater, November 28

He directed numerous productions of Wilson plays, including two on Broadway, but some of his best work was done in regional theaters.

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Robert F.X. Sillerman Dies at 71; Built Entertainment Empires
Arts, November 28

A brash figure in the financial pages, he bought and sold lucrative radio and concert businesses and controlled the Elvis Presley estate.

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Garth C. Reeves, Activist Newspaper Publisher, Is Dead at 100
Obituaries, November 28

He advanced the cause of civil rights through the venerable Miami Times, the city’s most influential black newspaper, which his father founded in 1923.

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Garth C. Reeves, 100, Activist Newspaper Publisher, Is Dead
Obituaries, November 28

He advanced the cause of civil rights through the venerable Miami Times, the city’s most influential black newspaper, which his father founded in 1923.

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Garth C. Reeves, 100, Activist Newspaper Publisher, Is Dead
Obituaries, November 28

He advanced the cause of civil rights through the venerable Miami Times, the city’s most influential black newspaper, which his father founded in 1923.

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James Holloway III, Navy Chief Under Three Presidents, Dies at 97
U.S., November 28

A combat veteran of three wars, he led an inquiry that criticized the planning behind a failed 1980 mission to rescue hostages in Iran.

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James Holloway III, Navy Chief Under Three Presidents, Is Dead at 97
U.S., November 28

A combat veteran of three wars, he led an inquiry that criticized the planning behind a failed 1980 mission to rescue hostages in Iran.

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James Holloway III, 97, Dies; Navy Chief Under Three Presidents
U.S., November 28

A combat veteran of three wars, he led an inquiry that criticized the planning behind a failed 1980 mission to rescue hostages in Iran.

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Marilyn Yalom, Feminist Author and Historian, Is Dead at 87
U.S., November 27

In books about the history of wives, the history of the breast and other subjects, she examined how cultural forces led over time to feminist thinking.

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Frank Biondi Dies at 74; Headed Major Entertainment Companies
Business, November 27

Over his career Mr. Biondi was chief executive at HBO, Viacom, Universal Studios and the television and movie division of Coca-Cola.

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Evelyne Daitz Dies at 83; Ran a Vital Photography Gallery
Arts, November 27

She took over the Witkin in Manhattan after the death of its founder and kept it going for 15 years.

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William Ruckelshaus, Who Quit in ‘Saturday Night Massacre,’ Dies at 87
U.S., November 27

As deputy attorney general he refused Nixon’s order to fire the special prosecutor Archibald Cox in the Watergate scandal. He was earlier the E.P.A.’s first leader.

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George Clements, Priest and Activist, Is Dead at 87
U.S., November 27

He worked to advance black causes within the Catholic Church. In 1981 he drew national coverage and consternation in the church when he adopted a child.

‘Japanese Maple’ by Clive James
Obituaries, November 27

Clive James’s 2014 poem is a poignant meditation on his impending death. He has died at 80 in England.

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Clive James, 80, Literary Critic Who Took His Wit to TV, Dies
Books, November 27

A transplanted Australian, he had a zest for the knockout punch as he sparred with all things cultural, creating a pungent comic persona on British television.

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Clive James Dies at 80; Literary Critic Took His Wit to TV
Books, November 27

A transplanted Australian, he had a zest for the knockout punch as he sparred with all things cultural, creating a pungent comic persona on British television.

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Jonathan Miller, Bold Director of Theater and Opera, Is Dead at 85
Theater, November 27

Known for his radical restagings of classic works, Mr. Miller was also a doctor who periodically left the stage to practice medicine.

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Dorothy Seymour Mills, Uncredited Baseball Historian, Dies at 91
Books, November 26

She collaborated with her first husband on an acclaimed three-volume history of the game. But it took 50 years for her contribution to be fully acknowledged.

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Ethel Paley, Champion of Nursing Home Patients, Dies at 99
Health, November 26

Well into her own advanced age, she guided nursing home residents and their surrogates in navigating a labyrinthine and sometimes abusive health care system.

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Barbara Hillary, 88, Trailblazer on Top (and Bottom) of the World, Dies
U.S., November 26

A retired nurse, she was the first black woman to reach both poles, doing so in her 70s after deciding that she wanted a little adventure in her life.

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Nick Clifford, Last of the Mount Rushmore Crew, Dies at 98
U.S., November 26

He was 17 when the monument’s sculptor, Gutzon Borglum, recruited him to play for a baseball team Borglum was forming. Oh, and he gave him a job on the mountain.

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Rabbi Henry Sobel, 75, Dies; Defied Brazil’s Military Rulers
World, November 25

The leader of the largest liberal Jewish congregation in Latin America, he took a stand when a journalist was killed by his torturers in 1975.

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Ethel Johnson, Early Black Wrestling Star, Is Dead at 83
Sports, November 25

Beginning in the 1950s, she and her two athletic sisters helped expand the demographics of the ring.

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Alfred E. Smith IV, 68, M.C. of Catholic Charity Roast, Dies
U.S., November 25

A great-grandson of a New York governor, he hosted an annual fund-raising dinner that draws the state’s power elite and White House hopefuls.

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John Simon, Wide-Ranging Critic With a Cutting Pen, Dies at 94
Arts, November 25

Prolific, erudite and caustic in his wit, he surveyed the entire cultural landscape — films, plays, books, art — and saw little that he liked.

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Dorothy Seiberling, Influential Arts Editor, Dies at 97
Obituaries, November 24

She championed Jackson Pollock and Georgia O’Keeffe and helped shape public opinion about the 20th century’s foremost avant-garde artists.

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Dorothy Seiberling, Influential Arts Editor, Dies at 97
Business, November 24

She championed Jackson Pollock and Georgia O’Keeffe and helped shape public opinion about the 20th century’s foremost avant-garde artists.

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Mary Previte, Grateful Survivor of a Concentration Camp, Dies at 87
U.S., November 24

Rescued in Japanese-occupied China, she sought out her saviors a half-century later. In New Jersey, she turned a youth detention center into a national model.

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Fred Cox, Vikings Kicker and an Inventor of Nerf Football, Dies at 80
Sports, November 22

He was a mainstay of a Vikings team that lost four Super Bowls and, while playing, helped create a squeezable foam toy that brought him decades of royalties.

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Gahan Wilson, Vividly Macabre Cartoonist, Dies at 89
Arts, November 22

His work — seen in National Lampoon, Playboy, The New Yorker and other magazines — was full of visual surprises and black humor.

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Guido Badano, Officer in the Andrea Doria Crash, Dies at 92
World, November 22

Mr. Badano scrambled to rescue passengers and fellow crew members when two ocean liners collided in 1956, resulting in the deaths of 51 people.

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Michael J. Pollard, Character Actor in ‘Bonnie and Clyde,’ Dies at 80
Movies, November 22

A familiar face in movies and on television, he rose to fame in 1967 as the outlaw couple’s dimwitted accomplice, earning an Oscar nomination.

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Jake Burton Carpenter, Who Ushered in Snowboarding as a Sport, Dies at 65
Sports, November 22

After his fascination with the Snurfer, a crude version of a snowboard created in the 1960s, he built the first successful snowboard company.

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Wat Misaka, 95, First Nonwhite in Modern Pro Basketball, Dies
Sports, November 21

A son of Japanese immigrants, he starred for the University of Utah on national championship teams before joining the Knicks for a short but history-making run.

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Tom Spurgeon, Who Surveyed the Comic Book World, Dies at 50
Business, November 21

A reporter, editor and author, he co-wrote a biography of Stan Lee, oversaw a comics festival and started an award-winning website.

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Branko Lustig, 87, Dies; Holocaust Survivor Turned Film Producer
Movies, November 21

Mr. Lustig’s experiences as a concentration camp inmate informed his work on “Schindler’s List,” for which he won an Academy Award.

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William Loren Katz, Historian of African-Americans, Dies at 92
Books, November 21

He documented the often overlooked contributions of black people in books for young adults, helping to refashion social studies curriculums across the country.

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Remembering National Book Award Winners of the Past
Books, November 20

On the day the 2019 honorees were unveiled, we recall recipients who have died in recent years.

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Thich Tri Quang, 95, Galvanizing Monk in South Vietnam, Dies
World, November 20

An orator with “eyes of a tiger,” he helped bring down American-backed governments in Saigon during the Vietnam War and pressed for democratic reforms.

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Walter J. Minton, Publisher Who Defied Censors, Dies at 96
Books, November 20

As president of Putnam’s, he broke ground with sexually explicit works like “Lolita” and “Fanny Hill,” worked with top authors and scored many best sellers.

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Raymond Poulidor, Cycling’s ‘Eternal Second,’ Is Dead at 83
Sports, November 20

He never won the Tour de France, cycling’s most important race, but a series of near misses made him a favorite of French fans.

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Jack O’Dell, King Aide Fired Over Communist Past, Dies at 96
U.S., November 19

He worked on fund-raising and voter registration for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Then President Kennedy insisted on his dismissal.

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Mustapha Matura, Caribbean Playwright in London, Dies at 79
Theater, November 19

His often satirical plays spoke for an alienated West Indian population in postwar Britain and for the people he left behind in Trinidad and Tobago.

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Vera Clemente, Flame-Keeping Widow of Baseball’s Roberto, Dies at 78
Sports, November 18

After her husband’s death in a plane crash in 1972, she carried on his humanitarian and philanthropic legacy.

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Kehinde Lijadu, 71, Outspoken Nigerian Songwriter, Is Dead
Arts, November 18

As the Lijadu Sisters, she and her identical twin, Taiwo, sang about injustice and hope and had a string of hit records in the 1970s.

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Terry O’Neill, Photographer of the Famous, Is Dead at 81
Arts, November 18

On an early assignment he shot a new group called the Beatles. He went on to photograph, among many others, Faye Dunaway — whom he later married.

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Bogaletch Gebre, Foe of Female Genital Mutilation, Dies at 66
Obituaries, November 17

Called “the woman who began the rebellion of Ethiopian women,” she helped thwart a barbaric practice that she had suffered and that had cost her sister’s life.

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Harrison Dillard, World’s Best Hurdler in the 1940s, Dies at 96
Obituaries, November 17

A four-time Olympic gold medal winner, he failed to qualify in the hurdles at the 1948 Olympic trials, but won gold in the 100-meter dash.

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Werner G. Doehner, Last Survivor of the Hindenburg, Dies at 90
U.S., November 16

He was 8 and traveling with his family when the German airship caught fire and crashed in New Jersey.

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Irv Noren, a Bridge Between DiMaggio and Mantle, Dies at 94
Sports, November 15

After a strong rookie year with the Washington Senators, he joined the Yankees to fill an outfield gap. He won three World Series rings with the team.

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Carol Brightman, 80, Dies; Profiled a Notable Writer and a Notable Band
Books, November 15

After publishing a biography of Mary McCarthy, she changed course and plunged into the world of the Grateful Dead and the group’s devoted fans.

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Carrie Saxon Perry, Barrier-Breaking Mayor, Dies at 87
U.S., November 14

The first African-American woman to run a major New England city, Hartford, she died a year ago, but the death was reported only recently.

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James I. Robertson Jr., Exacting Civil War Historian, Dies at 89
Books, November 14

Dr. Robertson, who wrote or edited dozens of books, was best known for his monumental biography of Stonewall Jackson.

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Noel Ignatiev, 78, Persistent Voice Against White Privilege, Dies
Books, November 14

In the journal Race Traitor and in a provocative book, Dr. Ignatiev argued that the white race should, in a sense, be abolished.

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Dr. Wayne Bardin, 85, Innovative Researcher on Birth Control, Dies
Science, November 14

He helped develop long-acting implanted contraceptive devices — like Norplant, Jadelle and Mirena — used by millions of women around the world.