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Peter Peterson, billionaire and philanthropist, dies at 91

Peter G. Peterson was a billionaire and business executive who became one of the most prominent voices to argue for entitlement reform and reducing the U.S. national debt.

John T. Cacioppo, 66, scholar of loneliness

Dr. Cacioppo’s research into human bonds and connections expanded the horizons of psychology.

Keith O’Brien, 80, Scottish cardinal ousted in sex scandal

The cleric acknowledged that he had engaged in the very sort of homosexual behavior he had earlier denounced.

Adrian Lamo, 37, hacker who reported Chelsea Manning to the FBI

Mr. Lamo also was known for breaking into the computer networks of The New York Times and other major corporation.

Nokie Edwards, 82, whose guitar drove the Ventures

Mr. Edwards’s virtuosic electric guitar playing helped define the surf-rock style of the immensely popular instrumental band.

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Mr. Charles took notes after a 7-0 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1967.

Ed Charles, 84, a mainstay of the Miracle Mets

The 1969 Mets relied on the smile and the wisdom of Mr. Charles.

Joaquin Avila, 69, advocate of Hispanic voting rights

The lawyer and civil rights advocate helped level barriers that kept Hispanic-Americans from voting, getting jobs, and going to school.

Ms. Slaughter, the oldest sitting member of Congress, had represented New York for more than three decades.

Rep. Louise Slaughter, 88, N.Y. Democrat who championed women’s rights

Ms. Slaughter became a top lieutenant for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as the first and only woman to lead the powerful Rules Committee.

In 2017, the Goethe Institute awarded Ms. Nasrallah the Goethe Medal, an honor presented to non-Germans.

Emily Nasrallah, 86, Lebanese novelist and activist

The prize-winning Lebanese writer’s novels struggled with bigotry against women, the horrors of civil war, and the vacuum left by fleeing refugees.

Rabbi Hager led the US branch of the Viznitz, with about 30,000 members.

Rabbi Mordechai Hager, 95, leader of large Hasidic sect

Rabbi Hager settled many of his followers in a relatively bucolic upstate enclave to escape New York City’s temptations and decadence.

Tom Benson, owner of New Orleans Saints

Tom Benson, a successful auto dealer who brought the New Orleans Saints their only winning seasons and the “Benson Boogie,” has died. Benson, who has also owned the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans since 2012, was 90.

Michael Getler, Washington Post editor who became incisive in-house media critic, dies at 82

Michael Getler, Washington Post editor who became incisive in-house media critic, dies at 82

Dr. Wyman was best known for his book ‘‘The Abandonment of the Jews.’’

David S. Wyman, Holocaust scholar, dead at 89

David S. Wyman, a leading scholar of the U.S. response to the Holocaust whose “The Abandonment of the Jews” was a provocative, best-selling critique of everyone from religious leaders to President Franklin Roosevelt, died Wednesday at age 89

Mr. Garrido (center) won 1,975 games, an NCAA record, across five schools.

NCAA champion baseball coach Augie Garrido dies at 79

Wherever Augie Garrido went in his six decades in college baseball, wins and championships always followed.

Ken Flach, tennis star; played on top-ranked men’s doubles team in 1980s

Mr. Flach won three major titles with Robert Seguso and the pair captured the gold medal in doubles at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

Togo West Jr., Army secretary in time of transition

As secretary of the Army in the 1990s, Togo D. West Jr. oversaw its wrenching post-Gulf War conversion to a truncated peacetime fighting force that granted women more combat roles and vowed to shield them from sexual abuse.

Dr. Hawking delivered an address at Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre in April 2016.

Stephen Hawking, 76, ground-breaking physicist

Dr. Hawking’s best-selling book “A Brief History of Time” helped make him the most celebrated scientist since Albert Einstein.

Mr. Avila was awarded a MacArthur Foundation ‘‘Genius Grant’’ in 1996.

Joaquin Avila, fought for Hispanic rights; at 69

Mr. Avila was former leader of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

Mr. Dodd posed in 1966 with his award for Show Business Personality of the Year. Mr. Dodd was knighted last year by Queen Elizabeth II.

Comic Ken Dodd, 90; his fame in Britain rivaled The Beatles

Mr. Dodd was famous for his rapid-fire one-liners, surreal imaginative flights of fancy, use of fanciful words, and marathon stand-up shows.

Dr. Brazelton said the joys infants provided was an animating force throughout his career.

Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, child care expert and pediatrician; at 99

Dr. Brazelton changed the way pediatric care and child development are practiced and taught, from Children’s Hospital to remote corners of the Third World.

Rapper Craig Mack, 47, known for ‘Flava in Ya Ear’

Mack’s 1994 album helped launch Diddy’s Bad Boy Entertainment label.

Mr. Givenchy with his models after an haute couture fashion show in Paris in 1995.

Hubert de Givenchy, 91; redefined fashion after WWII

Mr. Givenchy, a pioneer of ready-to-wear, designed Audrey Hepburn’s little black dress in ‘‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s.’’

Mr. Sarkis, who oversaw more than 30 dining destinations, died in Florida Sunday.

Charles Sarkis, 78; built a restaurant empire and owned Wonderland Greyhound Park

Mr. Sarkis chose very public ways to make his fortune, yet he was famously private.

Mr. Givenchy with his models after an haute couture fashion show in Paris in 1995.

Hubert de Givenchy, 91; redefined fashion after WWII

Mr. Givenchy, a pioneer of ready-to-wear, designed Audrey Hepburn’s little black dress in ‘‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s.’’

Mr. Franklin rode Spectacular Bid to the winner’s circle after their Preakness Stakes victory in 1979.

Ronnie Franklin, 58; rode Spectacular Bid to wins in 1979 Kentucky Derby, Preakness

Mr. Franklin, however, was blamed by the horse’s trainer for Spectacular Bid missing out on winning the Triple Crown.

Don Collins, 92, father of US Senator Susan Collins

Mr. Collins spent five terms in the Maine Legislature from the 1970s to the 1990s, and also served as mayor of Caribou.

Ms. Beer was the founding executive director of Artmorpheus and the Fairmount Innovation Lab.

Liora Beer, 65; helped artists, social entrepreneurs launch careers

Ms. Beer was an artist and founding executive director of Artmorpheus and the Fairmount Innovation Lab.

Helmut Maucher, 90, executive transformed Nestlé

Mr. Maucher worked his way up from a job in a milk production facility to chief executive of the world’s largest food company.

Mr. Magriel became fixated by backgammon, a 5,000-year-old board game.

Paul Magriel, 71, who was called the best in backgammon

Mr. Magriel, the former youth chess champion, traded game boards and later took up poker.

Dr. Sulston won a Nobel Prize for research on one of the lowliest of nature’s creatures.

John Sulston, 75, who helped decode the human genome

Dr. Sulston received a Nobel Prize in 2002 for painstaking observation of the development of every one of the thousand-odd cells of a nematode.

Chuck and Heather Campion with Caroline Kennedy at a 1998 event in the John F. Kennedy Library in Dorchester.

Chuck Campion, 62, adviser to Democratic presidential campaigns

Mr. Campion “was a great example of somebody who loved politics, and did it, and did it well,” Michael Dukakis said.

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Jan Geidt, a force behind the American Repertory Theater, dies at 80

Those who worked at the theater might be forgiven for not remembering Mrs. Geidt’s official title, because she did a little of everything.

Mr. Thone during a University of Nebraska-Lincoln College ceremony in 2003.

Charles Thone, 94, former Nebraska governor and congressman

Mr. Thone helped investigate the assassinations of President John Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr.

Kalman Aron; 93, his artistic talent spared him in the Holocaust

Then a teenager, Mr. Aron survived seven concentration camps by swapping sketches of his captors and their families for scraps of food.

Ms. Alston (third from left) arrived with her fellow members of the Crystals from the United States at London Airport in England in 1964.

Barbara Alston, 74, who sang with the Crystals

Ms. Alston sang lead on the band’s first two hits, “There’s No Other Like My Baby” and “Uptown.”

John Buchanan, 89, former GOP congressman later joined liberal lobbying group

Mr. Buchanan served eight terms in the House as a moderate Republican until being swept out of office by the religious right.

John Boyd, milliner who helped make Diana a fashion icon; at 92

Princess Diana became one of the world’s most photographed people, bringing global attention to Mr. Boyd and his hats.

Mr. Solomon built an empire of about 200 stores in 15 countries.

Russell Solomon, 92, founder of transformative Tower Records chain

Mr. Solomon’s shops became a global phenomenon and changed the way people consumed music.

Mr. Neblett opened his own accounting office after serving in the administration of Mayor Kevin White of Boston.

Roy E. Neblett, 86; ran accounting firm and worked in City Hall

Mr. Neblett, one of Mayor Kevin White’s key aides, spent more than eight years helping minorities gain entry to city government.

Mary Pennington Updike Weatherall, 88, an artist and first wife of John Updike

Mrs. Weatherall largely set aside painting while raising four children, only to return to it with renewed purpose during her second marriage.

In a photo provided by the University of California, San Francisco, Dr. Charles Wilson, a pioneering neurosurgeon. Wilson, who was known to perform as many as eight surgeries a day, all while building a leading brain tumor research center, died on Feb. 24, 2018. He was 88. (Paul Fusco/University of California, San Francisco Archives & Special Collections via The New York Times) -- NO SALES; FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY OBIT-WILSON BY SANDOMIR FOR MARCH. 3, 2018. ALL OTHER USE PROHIBITED. --

Charles Wilson, 88, top brain surgeon and researcher

Dr. Wilson became world renowned for excising pituitary tumors through the sinus in a surgery called transsphenoidal resection.

Mr. Astori, a defender, played 14 times for Italy’s national team.

Davide Astori, 31, Italian soccer player

The Fiorentina captain was found dead in his hotel room on Sunday after a suspected cardiac arrest before an Italian league match.

Mr. Stewart held an umbrella as teammate Bill Swaggerty poured champagne after the Orioles clinched the 1983 AL East title with a win at Milwaukee.

Sammy Stewart, 63, popular pitcher who fought addiction to crack cocaine

Mr. Stewart helped the Orioles win the 1983 World Series and pitched for the pennant-winning Red Sox in 1986.

Mrs. Scalcione slept at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church for a few years in an effort to protect it from being closed.

Gina Scalcione, 77; East Boston activist fought closing of local church

For decades, Mrs. Scalcione was on the front lines of community activism in the neighborhood, including protests against the closing of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.

Roger Bannister broke through a mystical barrier when he crossed the finish line in 3:59.4 in Oxford, England, in 1954.

Roger Bannister, 88, first runner to break 4-minute mile

Dr. Bannister’s milestone run, in 1954, was celebrated in his native Britain.

Cast members, including Mr. Stiers (rear right), celebrated the 10th season of “M*A*S*H,” a comedy-drama about a team of doctors and support staff during the Korean War.

David Ogden Stiers of ‘M*A*S*H’ dies at 75

Mr. Stiers played the pompous Major Charles Winchester III on the long-running series.

Mr. Stone was described as “a brilliant, tough, and principled diplomat.”

Galen L. Stone, 96, former US ambassador to Cyprus

Mr. Stone’s numerous educational and philanthropic endeavors included chairing the Board of Overseers at Northeastern University.

Mr. Lavery was one of New York City Ballet’s busiest and most acclaimed dancers until a spinal tumor sidelined him.

Sean Lavery, 61, ballet star in a shortened career

After his dancing career and an arduous rehabilitation from a spinal tumor, Mr. Lavery became a teacher and administrator at City Ballet.