Thomas M. Menino, Boston’s longest serving mayor, dies at 71


// Menino through the years

Menino helped turn Boston into a hub of 21st-century innovation.

Colonel Broughton, shown returning from a mission in 1967, wrote several well-received books about his exploits.

Jack Broughton, 89; pilot accused of covering up strafing

Colonel Broughton flew more than 200 jet-fighter missions in the Korean and Vietnam Wars and received the Air Force Cross.

Mr. Kinnell divided his time between Vermont’s country life and New York City.

Galway Kinnell, 87; innovative, influential poet won Pulitzer

Mr. Kinnell was recognized with both a Pulitzer Prize and an American Book Award for a body of poetry that pushed deep into the heart of human experience.

Ms. Dorkenoo began campaigning against the practice in the early 1980s.

Efua Dorkenoo, at 65; led effort to abolish genital cutting

Ms. Dorkenoo started organizations to battle the tradition of genital cutting of girls and women, mainly in Africa and the Middle East.

Walter Brown of the Boston Athletic Association starts the race as elite runners leave the starting line at the start of the 105th running of the Boston Marathon Monday, April 16, 2001 in Hopkin

Walter F. Brown, at 69; fired Marathon’s starting pistol

Mr. Brown fired the starter’s pistol at the Boston Marathon every year from 1991 until declining health forced him to step aside.

Ms. Strassman starred alongside Rick Moranis (left) and Robert Oliveri in 1992’s ‘Honey, I Blew Up the Kid.’

Marcia Strassman, at 66; portrayed wife in ‘Welcome Back, Kotter’

Ms. Strassman played nurse Margie Cutler on the first season of ‘‘M.A.S.H.’’ before her breakout role in ‘‘Welcome Back, Kotter.’’

Mr. Sata ran on a promise to protect Zambia’s workers from exploitation by China. Above, campaigning in 2006.

Michael Sata, 77; Zambian leader had a humble start

Mr. Sata rose from sweeping British railroad station platforms for a living to leading his nation.

Mr. Burgard helped aspiring reporters and editors through the contacts he had forged.

Stephen D. Burgard, 66; directed Northeastern journalism school

Mr. Burgard, of Arlington, wrote extensively about the confluence of media, religion, and government.

William B. O’Brien, at 90; priest set up drug rehab center

Monsignor O’Brien opened the first Daytop treatment residence in 1963 on Staten Island with his three partners.

Mr. Mulaudzi won a gold medal in the 800 meters at the 2009 World Athletics Championships in Berlin.

Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, at 34; champion runner from S. Africa

Mr. Mulaudzi won the world title in 2009. He was also South Africa’s flag bearer at the opening ceremony at the 2004 Athens Olympics.