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Harriet Frank Jr., Writer of Challenging Screenplays, Dies at 96
Movies, Yesterday

She and her husband, Irving Ravetch, were among Hollywood’s most successful and literate script writers, collaborating on movies like “Hud” and “Norma Rae.”

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Arnold Aronson, Who Revitalized Saks in the ’80s, Dies at 85
Business, Yesterday

He transformed a venerable retail chain with a “dowager image” by courting baby boomers, renovating its flagship store and expanding its national reach.

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Bob Shane, Last of the Original Kingston Trio, Dies at 85
Arts, January 27

The group spearheaded a commercially successful folk revival in the late 1950s and early ’60s, with Mr. Shane singing lead most of the time.

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Pete Stark, Fighter in Congress for Health Care, Dies at 88
U.S., January 27

Hailing from a liberal corner of California, he was a major voice in health care debates, but an acid tongue may have scuttled his advancement.

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Michou, Whose Drag Cabaret Was the Toast of Paris, Dies at 88
Style, January 27

Since 1956, his jewel box of a club in storied Montmartre has drawn a host of luminaries, turning the proprietor himself into one.

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Bill Ray, Photographer of Indelible Moments, Dies at 83
Arts, January 27

He captured Marilyn Monroe singing “Happy birthday, Mr. President,” Elvis Presley as an Army private, scenes of war and urban unrest, and much more.

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Seamus Mallon, Advocate for Peace in Northern Ireland, Dies at 83
World, January 27

Mr. Mallon spent his life campaigning for an end to killings and abuses by all sides in the conflict known as the Troubles.

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Jason Polan, Fast-Drawing Artist of the Offbeat, Dies at 37
Arts, January 27

His projects included a quixotic quest to sketch everyone in New York City.

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Kobe Bryant’s Brilliant and Complicated Legacy
Sports, January 26

Bryant, who died with his daughter Gianna in a helicopter crash on Sunday, was an unquestioned basketball great, but his legacy is not so straightforward.

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Rhona Wurtele, One of Canada’s ‘Flying Twins’ Ski Champions, Dies at 97
Obituaries, January 26

With her sister, Rhoda, she won many American and Canadian competitions, and later the two taught thousands of people to ski.

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Nina Griscom, Model, Entrepreneur and ‘It Girl’ of the ’80s, Dies at 65
Obituaries, January 26

At home in high society and gossip columns, she also worked regularly as a TV host, designer, writer and home décor entrepreneur.

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Clayton Christensen, Guru of ‘Disruptive Innovation,’ Dies at 67
Business, January 25

He broke ground with his assertion that the factors that helped the best companies succeed were also the reasons some of those same companies failed.

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Margo Lion, Producer of ‘Hairspray’ and More, Dies at 75
Theater, January 25

In an era when big-budget theater was an increasingly corporate affair, Ms. Lion was a proudly independent producer.

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Frieda Caplan, Who Enlivened the Produce Aisle, Dies at 96
Food, January 24

She helped introduce kiwi, jicama and countless other unfamiliar fruits and vegetables to American consumers.

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Claudio Roditi, Lyrical Jazz Trumpeter, Is Dead at 73
Arts, January 24

The Brazilian-born Mr. Roditi fused in his playing the gentle lilt of samba with the drive of the post-bop trumpet tradition.

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Sonny Grosso, Cop Who Severed ‘French Connection,’ Dies at 89
Movies, January 23

He and his partner broke the heroin case that inspired that 1971 film. After he retired, he became a movie and television producer and consultant.

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Frederic Berman, Protector of Renters in New York, Dies at 92
New York, January 23

He helped institute safeguards for tenants of 1.4 million rent-controlled apartments in the ’60s and was a key player behind the Rent Stabilization Law.

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George Herbert Walker III, 88, Dies; Ambassador and Cousin of Presidents
U.S., January 23

A St. Louis businessman and philanthropist, he helped Republican politicians, including his cousins George H. W. and George W. Bush.

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Carol Serling, Rod’s Wife and Tender of ‘Twilight Zone’ Flame, Dies at 90
Arts, January 23

Rod Serling, who created “The Twilight Zone,” died in 1975. His wife — in publishing, academic and screen ventures — helped keep his spirit alive.

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Jim Lehrer, Longtime PBS News Anchor, Is Dead at 85
Business, January 23

For 36 years, mostly teaming with Robert MacNeil, he offered an alternative to network evening news programs with in-depth reporting, interviews and news analysis.

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Jack Van Impe, End Times Preacher on TV, Is Dead at 88
U.S., January 22

Known for his prodigious memorization of the Bible, he mingled scripture with commentary on public affairs.

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Tom Railsback, Who Reconciled G.O.P. to Oust Nixon, Dies at 87
U.S., January 22

A moderate Republican congressman from Illinois, he forged a compromise on two articles of impeachment that passed the House Judiciary Committee in 1974.

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Lee Gelber, Dean of New York Tour Guides, Dies at 81
New York, January 22

“He knew our city better than anyone else,” a colleague said, “and made it his goal for everyone else to know it, too.”

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Michael I. Sovern, Who Led Columbia in Eventful Era, Dies at 88
New York, January 22

During his tenure, 1980-93, the university was restored to financial health, divested from companies tied to South Africa and admitted women to its college.

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Terry Jones, Monty Python Founder and Scholar, Is Dead at 77
Arts, January 22

In addition to being a charter member of the celebrated British sketch troupe, he was a director, a screenwriter and an authority on Chaucer.

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Morgan Wootten, Acclaimed High School Basketball Coach, Dies at 88
Sports, January 22

He had one of the best winning streaks, and was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

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Egil Krogh, 80, Nixon Aide, Dies; Authorized an Infamous Break-In
U.S., January 21

He regretted his role in the burglary of Daniel Ellsberg’s psychiatrist’s office and said he thought it had set the stage for Watergate.

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David Glass, Walmart Boss and K.C. Royals Owner, Dies at 84
Business, January 21

He introduced selling groceries alongside general merchandise in Supercenters, positioning Walmart to compete with Amazon today. His Royals won a World Series.

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David Olney, 71, Singer-Songwriter, Dies After Apparent Heart Attack Onstage
Arts, January 20

He wasn’t as famous as those who sang his songs, but he was revered by them. After he was stricken midsong, he stopped and said, “I’m sorry.”

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‘Chewing Gum Tycoon’ of Lotte Group, Shin Kyuk-ho, Dies at 98
World, January 19

Mr. Shin transformed a small business in postwar Tokyo into ​a ​corporate giant spanning South Korea and Japan.

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‘Chewing Gum Tycoon’ of Lotte Group, Shin Kyuk-ho, Dies at 98
World, January 19

Mr. Shin transformed a small business in postwar Tokyo into ​a ​corporate giant spanning South Korea and Japan.

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Jimmy Heath, 93, Jazz Saxophonist and Composer, Is Dead
Obituaries, January 19

Mr. Heath, whose compositions became part of the midcentury jazz canon, found new prominence in middle age as a co-leader of a band with his two brothers.

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Edith Kunhardt Davis, Author of ‘Pat the Bunny’ Sequels, Dies at 82
Books, January 19

She also wrote about the death of her son at 27, for which she — and he — blamed her because she had been an alcoholic when she was pregnant with him.

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Barry Tuckwell, French Horn Virtuoso, Is Dead at 88
Arts, January 18

He was widely considered to be the finest player of his era and was said to have “inspired every generation of horn player for the past 70 years.”

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Peter Larkin, Stage Designer With a Funky Asterisk, Dies at 93
Arts, January 18

His Broadway work won him four Tony Awards. A different audience knew another of his designs: the Parliament-Funkadelic Mothership.

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Norma Tanega, Who Sang About a Cat Named Dog, Dies at 80
Arts, January 17

She had only one hit record, but it was a memorable one: a quirkily titled song about freedom, dreaming and her cat, who really was named Dog.

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Ninez Cacho-Olivares, Journalist and Critic of Marcos, Dies at 78
World, January 17

She was among a cadre of newswomen who faced down the Philippine dictator. But she later unexpectedly turned around to support President Rodrigo Duterte.

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Lorenza Mazzetti, Wartime Survivor and Seminal Filmmaker, Dies at 92
Arts, January 16

She was spared by German soldiers seeking her uncle and protector, a cousin of Albert Einstein. She went on to help start the British New Wave in cinema.

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Christopher Tolkien, Keeper of His Father’s Legacy, Dies at 95
Books, January 16

As literary executor of the estate of his father, J.R.R. Tolkien, Mr. Tolkien compiled and edited such works as “The Silmarillion.”

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Roger Scruton, a Provocative Public Intellectual, Dies at 75
Books, January 16

A philosopher, author and columnist, he was an outspoken hero to conservatives in Britain and recently at the center of, in his words, a “hate storm.”

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George Nicolau, Arbitrator in Baseball’s Collusion Cases, Dies at 94
Sports, January 16

He found that team owners had twice conspired to impede the market for free agents in the 1980s. As a result of his rulings, owners had to pay $280 million.

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Marion Chesney, a.k.a. Mystery Writer M.C. Beaton, Dies at 83
Books, January 16

Her popular crime solvers Hamish Macbeth and Agatha Raisin were the focus of dozens of books, as well as TV series.

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Rocky Johnson, Pro Wrestler Who Trained His Son the Rock, Dies at 75
Sports, January 15

Johnson battled racism early on and introduced Dwayne Johnson to professional wrestling years before he became a famous actor.

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Sylvia Jukes Morris, Biographer of Clare Boothe Luce, Dies at 84
Books, January 15

She spent 33 years on the two-volume biography, examining 460,000 items at the Library of Congress that stretched 319 linear feet.

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Gary Starkweather, Inventor of the Laser Printer, Dies at 81
Technology, January 15

He originally received pushback from his employer, Xerox. But his invention eventually became nearly ubiquitous in every office and home.

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Betty Pat Gatliff, Whose Forensic Art Solved Crimes, Dies at 89
Science, January 14

She used clay to reconstruct the faces of the missing and murdered, in the hope of helping police departments learn who they were.

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Ivan Passer, Noted Czech Director Who Went to Hollywood, Dies at 86
Movies, January 14

A contemporary and friend of Milos Forman, he was part of the Czech New Wave before resettling in the United States.

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Gladys Bourdain, Who Helped Her Son Reach an Audience, Dies at 85
Food, January 14

A Times copy editor, she kick-started Anthony Bourdain’s career when she helped him get a tell-all article about the restaurant world published in The New Yorker.

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Ed Filipowski, 58, Pioneer of Fashion Public Relations, Dies
Fashion, January 13

“He was not emotional about fashion,” a colleague said. “He was steady.” He was also influential.

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Matty Maher, an Institution at an Institution, McSorley’s, Dies at 80
New York, January 13

As bartender, manager and owner, he helped the East Village saloon survive neighborhood blight and change its ways by admitting women and banning smoking.

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John Pawasarat, Used Data to Address Social Ills, Dies at 70
U.S., January 13

His research on driver’s licenses — who had them, who didn’t — was cited in voting rights disputes over whether requiring picture IDs was discriminatory.

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John Pawasarat Dies at 70; Used Data to Address Social Ills
U.S., January 13

His research on driver’s licenses — who had them, who didn’t — was cited in voting rights disputes over whether requiring picture IDs was discriminatory.

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Nancy Lewis, the Pythons’ Ticket to America, Dies at 76
Arts, January 13

The British troupe wasn’t well known in the United States until she began promoting its records and pushing to get “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” on PBS.

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Nelson Bryant, ‘Supreme Chronicler’ of Outdoor Life, Dies at 96
Sports, January 13

For nearly four decades, his lyrical columns for The Times brought readers to the banks of clear-running streams and the hushed glades of majestic forests.

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The Real Story of Faith Hope Consolo
New York, January 13

'She covered up who she really was,' said a friend.

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Ronald Melzack, Cartographer of Pain, Is Dead at 90
Science, January 12

The theory that he and a colleague devised deepened medicine’s understanding of pain and how it is best measured and treated.

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Sultan Qaboos, Quiet Peacemaker Who Built Oman, Dies at 79
World, January 10

The longest serving Arab ruler, Qaboos pulled Oman from poverty and brokered quiet talks between global foes.

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Sultan Qaboos, Who Built Oman Into a Prosperous Oasis of Peacemaking, Dies at 79
World, January 10

The longest-serving Arab ruler, Qaboos pulled his nation from poverty and brokered quiet talks between global foes.

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Courtney Everts Mykytyn, Crusader for School Integration, Dies at 46
Education, January 10

She challenged privileged white parents to send their children to schools with predominantly black and Latino student bodies.

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John Rothchild, 74, Dies; Wrote About Personal Finance With Wit
Books, January 10

He worked with Peter Lynch on several guides to stock trading. He also wrote a guidebook that offered no advice at all.

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Alasdair Gray, Scottish Author of Daring Prose, Dies at 85
Books, January 10

He didn’t publish his first novel (which he illustrated himself) until he was 46. But his impact, as both a writer and an artist, has lasted.

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Georges Duboeuf, Creator of the Beaujolais Nouveau Craze, Dies at 86
Food, January 10

He almost single-handedly started the rush for the first wines of the Beaujolais harvest.

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Neil Peart, Drummer and Lyricist for Rush, Dies at 67
Arts, January 10

His drumming was at once intricate and explosive, expanding Rush’s power-trio dynamics. His lyrics transformed the band’s songs into elaborate suites.

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Harold Burson, a Giant in Public Relations, Dies at 98
Business, January 10

His skills were called upon in a Tylenol-tampering case and a devastating gas leak in India. In 1999, he was named the century’s most influential P.R. figure.

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J. Charles Jones, Civil Rights Activist, Is Dead at 82
U.S., January 10

He was a participant in many pivotal events of the 1960s, beginning with lunch-counter protests in Charlotte, N.C.

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Marian Finucane, 69, Dies; Influential Voice in Irish Radio
World, January 10

She took on sensitive subjects like homosexuality and contraception in a society dominated at the time by restrictive Roman Catholic teachings.

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She Was a Star of New York Real Estate, but Her Life Story Was a Lie
New York, January 10

Faith Hope Consolo had the entire press fooled, including us. Then a message came in.

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Pete Dye, ‘Picasso’ of Golf Course Design, Is Dead at 94
Sports, January 9

“His courses built for tournaments are hard,” Tiger Woods once said, “ but there’s a good reason for everything.”

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Edd Byrnes, Who Combed His Way to TV Stardom, Dies at 86
Arts, January 9

He became one of television’s first teen idols as Kookie, the hair-combing, jive-talking youth on the hit series “77 Sunset Strip.”

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Mamie Kirkland, Witness to an Era of Racial Terror, Dies at 111
U.S., January 9

She endured the horrors of the African-American experience — lynchings, riots, the Ku Klux Klan — and worked to ensure that they never slipped from collective memory.

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Frederick Richmond, 96, Dies; Congressman Undone by Corruption
U.S., January 9

A wealthy House member and a champion of liberal causes as a New York civic leader, he was forced to quit Congress in 1982 in a corruption scandal.

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Buck Henry, Who Helped Create ‘Get Smart’ and Adapt ‘The Graduate,’ Dies at 89
Movies, January 9

An unassuming screenwriter and actor, Mr. Henry thought up quirky characters with Mel Brooks and inhabited many more on “Saturday Night Live.”

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George Perles Dies at 86; Coach Revived Michigan State Football
Sports, January 8

Inheriting a moribund program, he led the Spartans to Big Ten titles and a Rose Bowl victory and later coached the Steelers’ “Steel Curtain” defense.

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Peter Kirstein, Father of the European Internet, Is Dead at 86
Technology, January 8

He was crucial to the spread of the protocols that underpin today’s internet (and gave Queen Elizabeth her own email address).

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Adela Holzer, Whose Fall From Grace Was Theatrical, Is Dead
Theater, January 8

She went from being “Broadway’s hottest producer” to “one of the cleverest and most successful white-collar criminals in the history of this state.”

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‘Ugly Betty’ Executive Producer, Silvio Horta, Dies at 45
Arts, January 8

He developed the comedy-drama “Ugly Betty,’’ which starred America Ferrera on ABC from 2006 to 2010.

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Bob Wade, Sculptor of the Outlandishly Large, Dies at 76
Arts, January 7

Known as Daddy-O, he created roadside, streetside and top-of-the-roof attractions in Texas and elsewhere.

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June Bacon-Bercey, 90, Pathbreaking Meteorologist, Is Dead
Science, January 7

She is widely believed to have been the first African-American female meteorologist to forecast weather on television.

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Jack Garfein, Director From Actors Studio’s Heyday, Dies at 89
Theater, January 7

His family perished in the Holocaust. He survived and came to the United States, where he worked with Ben Gazzara, George Peppard, Samuel Beckett and Arthur Miller.

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James Parks Morton, Dean Who Brought a Cathedral to Life, Dies at 89
New York, January 7

Leading the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine for 25 years, he sought to make it central to urban life.

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Elizabeth Wurtzel, ‘Prozac Nation’ Author, Is Dead at 52
Books, January 7

Her startling 1994 memoir won praise for opening a dialogue about clinical depression and helped introduce an unsparing style of confessional writing that remains influential.

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John Baldessari, Who Gave Conceptual Art a Dose of Wit, Is Dead at 88
Arts, January 5

Through his hybrid works and teaching, he helped build the Los Angeles art scene, mentoring a who’s who of contemporary artists.

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Dr. Heather Ashton, 90, Dies; Helped People Quit Anxiety Drugs
Science, January 3

Her “Ashton Manual,” published in 1999, has become a cornerstone for people all over the world dealing with benzodiazepine dependence.

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Harry Kupfer, Director and ‘Opera King of Berlin,’ Dies at 84
Arts, January 3

He reimagined Wagner for the modern world, including a “Ring” focused on ecological destruction.

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Jack Sheldon, Trumpeter and ‘Schoolhouse Rock!’ Singer, Is Dead at 88
Arts, January 3

He played with leading jazz musicians. He bantered with Merv Griffin. But his best-known work may have been on a children’s cartoon series.

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Sam Wyche, Who Led Cincinnati to the Super Bowl, Dies at 74
Sports, January 3

He was praised as a hard-driving coach willing to go against the grain. He was also fined for keeping a female reporter out of the team’s locker room.

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Vaughan Oliver, 62, Dies; His Designs Gave Indie Rock ‘Physical Dimension’
Arts, January 3

Mr. Oliver’s album covers for the 4AD label were a fitting complement to music by influential alternative bands like Pixies and the Breeders.

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Syd Mead, 86, Maker of Future Worlds in ‘Blade Runner’ and More, Dies
Arts, January 3

In a wide-ranging career, he designed cars, restaurants and, most notably, the otherworldly look of science-fiction movies.

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Don Larsen, Yankee Who Pitched Only Perfect Game in World Series History, Dies at 90
Obituaries, January 1

He retired after 14 seasons with a losing record for his career, but for one day in 1956 he was the picture of perfection.

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David Stern, Transformative N.B.A. Commissioner, Dies at 77
Sports, January 1

His marketing vision turned the world’s premier professional basketball league into a global brand with its biggest stars as its ambassadors.

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Fazle Abed, Founder of a Leading Relief Agency, Dies at 83
World, January 1

Mr. Abed gave up a job as a senior executive at a multinational company to start BRAC after he saw his native land, Bangladesh, devastated by war.

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Woody Vasulka, Whose Video Art Extended Boundaries, Dies at 82
Arts, January 1

He deftly manipulated electronic images to produce otherworldly, sometimes jarring visions. He also founded, with his wife, a landmark performance space.

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Gen. Paul X. Kelley, Top Marine Tested by a Bombing, Dies at 91
U.S., December 31

As commandant from 1983 to 1987, he came to be viewed by many as an embodiment of the Marine Corps. But the deadly attack on a barracks in Lebanon proved personally traumatic.

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Peter Schreier, 84, Elegant German Tenor Who Also Conducted, Dies
Arts, December 31

He made a mark singing in Bach oratorios and Mozart operas. But he also forged a career on the podium — sometimes singing roles in productions he led.

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Gertrude Himmelfarb, Conservative Historian of Ideas, Dies at 97
Books, December 31

Her arguments that a little more virtuousness trumps any number of government social programs made her a hero to some and a bête noire to others.

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Sonny Mehta, Venerable Knopf Publisher, Is Dead at 77
Books, December 31

A voracious reader and an instinctive decision maker, Mr. Mehta could spot great books and, coming from a paperback world, had no qualms about pushing them.

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Barbara Testa Dies at 91; Her Discovery Rocked the Literary World
Books, December 30

Scholars had been searching for the manuscript for the first part of “Huckleberry Finn” for decades. Ms. Testa found it in her attic.

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Neil Innes, a Master of Musical Humor, Is Dead at 75
Arts, December 30

He worked with the Monty Python troupe and was known for his own projects, including the Beatles parody band the Rutles.