Beverly W. Boorstein, 74, former Middlesex court judge

Mrs. Boorstein served as a probate and family court judge from 1992 to 2007. Once, in addition to her courtroom duties, she was photographed vacuuming her judge’s chambers at a time when funding was slender for janitorial services.

John Tlumacki/Globe staff/file 1995

Mrs. Boorstein saw the practice of law as more of a calling than a profession.

Harold Kroto, 76, Nobel Prize-winning chemist

The British scientist shared the prize for discovering an arrangement of carbon known as the buckyball.

// Carl Fredrik Reutersward, 81, Swedish sculptor

His twisted gun statue became an international symbol of peace the world over.

// Linda Tischler, 67; journalist wrote wryly about cancer

Ms. Tischler chronicled her cancer battle and also wrote for a range of publications, including the Boston Herald and Boston Magazine.

// Nera White, basketball star of 1950s and ’60s

Ms. White, who at 6 feet 1 inch could dunk the ball, personified every superlative of the sport.

George Weymouth, 79, conservationist, horse enthusiast and bon vivant

With two friends, Mr. Weymouth bought two parcels totaling 47 acres and created the Tri-County Conservancy.