Gen. Frank Peterson, at 83; Marines’ first black pilot

General Petersen said he turned to the military because he had hoped to escape racial prejudice in his native Kansas.

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General Petersen accumulated over 4,000 hours in fighter and attack aircraft.

Darryl Dawkins was double-teamed by  L.A. Lakers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson in the 1982 NBA Finals.

Darryl Dawkins, at 58; former NBA star

‘‘Darryl touched the hearts and spirits of so many with his big smile and personality, ferocious dunks, but more than anything, his huge, loving heart,’’ his family said. ’

Dr. Duke helped create Life Flight, Texas’s first air-ambulance service, in 1976.

Dr. James H. Duke Jr., at 86; Texas Trauma Surgeon

Dr. Duke inspired an ABC television series, “Buck James,” starring Dennis Weaver as a Texas-talkin’, straight-shootin’ country doctor working at a university hospital in Houston.

Coach Adolph Rupp with top players Cliff Hagan, Lou Tsioropoulos (number 16), and Frank Ramsey in 1954.

Lou Tsioropoulos, at 84; helped Celtics win first two titles

‘‘He was a fun guy and probably would have had a longer career as a Celtic if it wasn’t for injuries,” said former teammate Tommy Heinsohn.

Mr. Blumenfeld was as kind and gentle in person as he was fierce on a written page.

Samuel Blumenfeld, at 89; conservative writer and phonics advocate

Mr. Blumenfeld, of Waltham, wrote books promoting his “Alpha-Phonics” method of teaching children to read.

Ms. Borders was working on the 81st floor on Sept. 11, 2001.

Marcy Borders, at 42; survivor in iconic image of Sept. 11

Ms. Borders was shown covered in dust in an iconic photo taken after the 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City.

Ms. Mcdonald, shown in 1980, was encouraged by Anne Sexton, a poet with a similar power to shock.

Cynthia Macdonald, at 87; poet mixed humor, dark imagery

Ms. Macdonald’s idiosyncratic blend of humor and the grotesque made her a distinctive voice on the US poetry scene.

A photo of an unconscious Ms. Boynton Robinson drew attention to the movement.

Amelia Boynton Robinson, at 104; beaten at Selma march

Ms. Boynton Robinson was among those beaten during the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., in March, 1965.

Jerome G. Miller, shown with truant boys in 1972, shook up the system for juvenile offenders in this state and others.

Jerome Miller, 83; altered treatment of juvenile offenders

Dr. Miller, then state commissioner of youth services, placed troubled youths in a range of settings in what became known as the “Massachusetts experiment.”

// Anna Kashfi, 80; actress was Marlon Brando’s first wife

Ms. Kashfi appeared in several Hollywood films, but became better known for playing a continuing role in a real-life soap opera.

// Merl Reagle, 65; created quirky crossword puzzles

Mr. Reagle’s clues set off spirited cerebrations from his fans rather than frustrated surrenders to dictionary arcana.

// Jeanne Otto, 86; founded Association of Camp Nurses

Ms. Otto, of Cambridge and Salem, also served as an assistant professor at Northeastern University.

// Doudou N’diaye Rose, 85; opened world’s ears to Senegalese rhythms

Mr. Rose was skilled on a variety of native African drums, but he was especially known as a virtuoso of the sabar.