Mary Jane Sawyer, at 89; traveler, led bell ringers

Mary Jane Sawyer was known for her love of music and mountain climbing.

Mrs. Sawyer led bell-ringing groups in Boston and Needham and organized group adventure vacations to China, Russia, and South Africa.

Working on an Army-Navy football game in 1963, Mr. Verna ran the first instant replay on television, a technological development that would change how sports were viewed.

Tony Verna, at 81; invented instant replay for television

Mr. Verna was directing the Army-Navy football game for CBS Sports in 1963 when he ran the first instant replay on television.

John Wilson often explored politics and justice in his print and sculptures.

John Wilson, at 92; artist spurred by social realities

Mr. Wilson, who grew up in Roxbury, painted, sculpted, and made prints out of his home studio in Brookline.

Jim Queeny frequently expressed joy at living a long and fruitful life.

Jim Queeny, 94; longtime Duxbury teacher, pilot, sailor

Mr. Queeny was mainstay at the Duxbury Yacht Club, where he shared with aspiring young sailors his love of the sea.

At 20th Century Fox, Mr. Hirschfield was quick to spot potential in the dawning home video market.

Alan J. Hirschfield, 79; led two film studios, one in crisis

Mr. Hirschfield saw Columbia Pictures through one of Hollywood’s most colorful and chronicled financial scandals.

Mr. Mayo-Smith introduced new ideas at Roxbury Latin.

Richmond Mayo-Smith, 92; educator, world literacy group head

Mr. Mayo-Smith, of Boston, chaired the World Education literacy organization and Common Cause of Massachusetts.

Tommy Mason ran the ball against the Colts. He scored 39 touchdowns for the Vikings.

Tommy Mason, 75; running back was first Vikings draft pick

Mr. Mason played 11 seasons in the NFL and was the Vikings’ first All-Pro player in 1963.

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King Abdullah sought to modernize the ultraconservative Muslim kingdom with incremental but significant reforms.

Dorothy Thomas, at 92; key in marrow transplant study

Mrs. Thomas was a partner in her husband’s Nobel Prize-winning research into bone marrow transplants.

Harry V. Jaffa, at 96; conservative scholar inspired Goldwater candidacy

A professor and author of political histories, Mr. Jaffa traced the nation’s origins to the philosophies of Aristotle and John Locke.

Joe Franklin, at 88; talk show host gave Pacino, others their break

Mr. Franklin often is credited with developing the standard TV talk show format, sitting behind a desk while interviewing celebrities.

Ward Swingle, at 87; jazz vocalist whose group tackled Bach

Mr. Swingle was an American jazz vocalist, conductor and arranger.

Richard McBrien, at 78; Notre Dame theologian noted for liberal stands

Rev. McBrien was known for his unabashed liberal stands on various church teachings and his popular books on Catholicism.

 Ray Lumpp played in a backcourt that included Dick McGuire, Max Zaslofsky, and Ernie Vandeweghe.

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Ray Lumpp, at 91; Olympic gold medalist played for Knicks

Mr. Lumpp was selected for the US Olympic basketball team that went on to win a gold medal at the 1948 London Games.

Mark Mansfield, at 56; the (almost) public face of the CIA

Mr. Mansfield became the not-quite-public face of a secretive agency, tasked with the job of neither confirming nor denying anything publicly.

Vince Camuto, at 78; founder of Nine West shoe company

Mr. Camuto was responsible for more items in the closets of many American women than they probably realized.