Frans Brüggen, pioneer in early music, Dies at 79

Mr. Brüggen was also a virtuouso recorder player.

New York Times/file 1978

Mr. Brüggen co-founded and conducted the influential Orchestra of the 18th Century.

// Sam Hunter, curator and museum founder, dies at 91

Mr. Hunter was an art historian (an authority on 20th-century art), a museum director, a curator, an art critic and an art adviser to museums, corporations and collectors.

// Philippine de Rothschild, at 80; ‘Baroness’ of Bordeauxs

Mrs. de Rothschild was an energetic and self-certain grande dame of Bordeaux wine who halted an acting career to run vineyards.

Theodore A. Oatis, at 67; real estate developer whose optimism was inspirational

Mr. Oatis continued to approach life with inspirational optimism and energy despite his diagnosis of colon cancer two years ago.

Oglala Sioux leader Gerald One Feather, dies at 76

Gerald One Feather was a former tribal president, and advocate for educational opportunities.

Frederick Ruffner Jr., titan of reference books, dies at 88

Frederick Ruffner was widely regarded as one of the foremost publishers of his kind.

Alexander Tanger was a senior executive for several stations, including WHDH.

Alexander M. Tanger, at 94; helped run radio and TV stations

Mr. Tanger bought a Rhode Island radio station and went on to help build a chain of television and FM radio stations.

Alan Landsburg, at 81; Emmy-winning producer

Mr. Landsburg produced 50 television films during four decades in Hollywood.

Mr. Akers was born in Boston and was a graduate of Needham High School.

John F. Akers, at 79; led IBM as PCS took bite out of mainframe business

Mr. Akers was chief executive and chairman of IBM during a turbulent time when the rise of PCs undercut the profitability mainframes.

Anne Godley St. Goar, 92; put her patients at ease

Dr. St. Goar practiced general internal medicine for about 25 years at the Bunker Hill Health Center.

Robert Sherrill, 89; journalist skewered political titans

Robert Sherrill, a self-described ‘‘independent radical’’ journalist, died Aug. 19 in Tallahassee, Fla.

Richard Attenborough, actor-director; at 90

Mr. Attenborough reinvented himself as a director after a distinguished stage and film acting career.

John Sperling, at 93; founder of University of Phoenix

Dr. Sperling battled for accreditation and respect for the University of Phoenix, the upstart for-profit college he founded in the 1970s.