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Paul Oliver, 90, authority on the blues

Mr. Oliver, a Briton, wrote some of the earliest and most authoritative histories of one of America’s great indigenous musical forms.

Comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory, 84, dies

Mr. Gregory’s humor, grounded in politics, evolved into activism. His activism, seeking to change people’s lives, evolved into a concern with nutrition.

Jo Walker-Meador, 93; raised country music’s profile

Mrs. Walker-Meador was the Country Music Association’s longtime executive director and transformed it into a powerhouse in the music industry.

Arthur Finkelstein, 72, shadowy campaign mastermind and GOP operative

Mr. Finkelstein’s sharp, relentless attack ads helped elect dozens of conservative political candidates in the United States and abroad.

Frank Broyles; led Arkansas to gridiron glory

Mr. Broyles helped lift the University of Arkansas into the top ranks of college sports, most memorably by leading the Razorbacks to an undefeated season in 1964.

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Ms. Suleiman emerged as a rare female symbol of the rebellion.

Fadwa Suleiman, 47, actress and voice of Syrian opposition

Ms. Suleiman bridged gender and sectarian boundaries to personify the rebellion against President Bashar Assad.

Mr. Birkerts taught architecture at the University of Michigan from 1959-1990.

Gunnar Birkerts, 92, architect who gave shape to the unexpected

Mr. Birkerts, who died at his Needham home, extended the vocabulary of modernism using unexpected angular forms, folding planes, and ingenious, light-suffused interiors.

Joe Bologna made a film career in varied comedy roles, including “Blame It on Rio” and “Love Is All There Is.”

Joe Bologna, 82, actor from ‘Lovers and Other Strangers’ and ‘My Favorite Year’

He combined comedy and the tough-guy personality, and received the best reviews of his career, in “My Favorite Year” (1982), as King Kaiser.

Edward Allcard, 102, first solo sailor to crisscross the Atlantic Ocean

Mr. Allcard’s 1951 voyage came to an end when he tied up at Plymouth, England.

Lester Williams headed for the bench after making a fumble recovery in January 1986.

Lester Williams, 58, played for N.E. Patriots in 1980s

Lester Williams started in the franchise’s first Super Bowl appearance during the 1985 season.

William Withuhn, the Smithsonian’s transportation curator, dies at 75

Withuhn was an expert on all modes of transportation.

Kathleen A. Kelley, longtime head of the Massachusetts Federation of Teachers attends a board of education meeting at UMass Boston.

Kathleen Kelley, fierce advocate for teachers

Kathleen Kelley died Sunday at the age of 72.

Mrs. Galligan and her close friends — other suburban wives and mothers — found themselves wanting to do more than live as ladies who lunch.

Lauretta Galligan, 97, who served on Hood’s board as consumers’ voice

Mrs. Galligan also served on the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Board of Overseers and as a fund-raiser for Massachusetts General Hospital.

Andrew Ramsey, 22; his acting in the face of medical adversity inspired others

Mr. Ramsey “always lived courageously,” said his father.

A Harvard-trained lawyer, Mr. Chayet introduced listeners to legal issues from around the world and entertained them with what essentially were law school mini-tutorials.

Neil Chayet, 78, who educated WBZ listeners on the law

Mr. Chayet’s “Looking at the Law” introduced listeners to legal issues from around the world and entertained them with what essentially were law school mini-tutorials.

Mr. Rao believed that science — particularly aerospace science — could help his country solve its food shortages and eradicate its poverty.

U.R. Rao, 85, pioneer of India’s space program

Mr. Rao helped India propel its first satellites into space as a chairman of its space program.

Mr. Murray was diagnosed in 2014 with colon cancer he was told was incurable.

Bryan Murray, longtime NHL coach and general manager; at 74

Mr. Murray served as general manager in Anaheim, Florida, Detroit, and Ottawa, and he coached Ottawa to the Stanley Cup Final in 2007.

Mr. Kaiser was part of the umpiring crews for the 1987 and 1997 World Series and the 1991 All-Star Game.

Ken Kaiser, 72, colorful and imposing big league umpire

An old-school man in blue, Mr. Kaiser tried to control the game through force of personality and command of the rule book.

Ruth Pfau, a German nun who ministered to Pakistan’s leprosy patients, dies at 87

The German nun spent decades in Pakistan and built a medical campaign that helped curb one of the most stigmatized diseases in human history.

Dr. Robinson was named by Baylor University in 1996 as one of the 12 most effective preachers in the English-speaking world.

Dr. Haddon W. Robinson, 86, influential preacher

Dr. Robinson retired in 2012 from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, where he had served as a longtime professor of preaching.

Cathleen Morawetz, a New York University professor, with her colleague Harold Grad in 1964.

Cathleen Morawetz, mathematician with real-world impact

Dr. Morawetz’s work included insight that helped aeronautical engineers develop planes that can travel at supersonic speeds.

Virginia M. Bouvier played a key role in a peace treaty between rebels and the Colombian government in 2016.

Virginia Bouvier, who worked for peace in Colombia, dies at 58

Bouvier played a vital role in reaching a 2016 peace treaty between rebel guerrillas and the government.

Darren Daulton in a Phillies game from 1994.

Darren Daulton, NL champion catcher, dies from cancer at 55

Darren Daulton, the All-Star catcher who was the leader of the Philadelphia Phillies’ NL championship team in 1993, has died. He was 55.

Barbara Cook in concert at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Acclaimed singer and actress Barbara Cook has died at 89

Barbara Cook’s shimmering soprano made her one of Broadway’s leading ingenues and later a major cabaret and concert interpreter of popular American song.

Actor Ty Hardin arrives for the Academy Award presentations in Santa Monica, Calif.

Ty Hardin, star of ‘Bronco’ Western, dies at 87

Ty Hardin, who roamed the West searching for adventure in the television series “Bronco” in the late 1950s and early ‘60s, died Thursday in Huntington Beach, California.

Mrs. Aronson’s twin loves of music and art formed a creative counterpoint as she performed and painted.

Georgianna Nyman Aronson, at 86; captured Supreme Court justices in portraits

Mrs. Aronson was an artist whose talents were widely sought and whose portrait series is part of the collection at New England Law-Boston.

Haruo Nakajima, shown in 2014, was a stunt actor in samurai films when he was approached to play Godzilla.

Haruo Nakajima, actor who played original Godzilla, dies

Haruo Nakajima, the actor who stomped in a rubber suit to portray the original 1954 Godzilla, helping to make the Japanese monster an iconic symbol of the nuclear era, has died. He was 88.

New England Patriots head coach Dick MacPherson charged onto the field after the team won on a field goal in overtime at Foxboro Stadium in 1991.


Dick MacPherson, 86; ‘Mr. Enthusiasm’ turned around Patriots

Mr. MacPherson also revitalized the football programs at Syracuse University and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Musician Glen Campbell has died at 81.

Glen Campbell, superstar entertainer of ’60s and ’70s, dies at 81

Glen Campbell, the grinning, high-pitched entertainer who had such hits as ‘‘Rhinestone Cowboy’’ and spanned country, pop, TV, and movies, has died.

Don Baylor, 68; played a key role on 1986 Red Sox team

Mr. Baylor, the DH on the pennant-winning ballclub, succumbed to a 14-year fight with multiple myeloma.

Mr. Dudman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Elizabeth Pond of the Christian Science Monitor in Saigon after their release by the Viet Cong in Cambodia in 1970.

Richard Dudman, 99, intrepid reporter

Mr. Dudman, a St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter, was held for a month in Cambodia by the Viet Cong and published excerpts from the Pentagon Papers.

Michael Bradfield, 83; lawyer helped shape US economic policy

Mr. Bradfield helped steer the economy through financial crises while working at the Federal Reserve and elsewhere in Washington.

Mr. Albert with former Channel 5 coanchors Chet Curtis (left) and Natalie Jacobson in 2009, at his retirement party.

Dick Albert, who charmed TV viewers with weather forecasts, dies at 73

“We don’t live in fear of the great storms. We respect them,” Mr. Albert told viewers.

David E.H. Jones, 79. scientist whose alter ego challenged conventions

Daedalus was the imaginary inventor created by Dr. Jones, who conceptualized — and sometimes built — kooky contraptions to tweak laymen and scientists.

Ted Stanley, 77; his fentanyl lollipop treated chronic pain

Dr. Stanley’s lollipop offered a palatable means of delivering a synthetic opioid analgesic, mostly to cancer patients.

Leonard Lavin, 97, Alberto-Culver founder and a horse breeder

Mr. Lavin built a small beauty supply firm into the billion-dollar Alberto-Culver Co.

A photo of Mr. Zuidema during World War II.

Albert Zuidema, 98, B-17 pilot survived being shot down during World War II

Mr. Zuidema also had his left leg amputated while he was in German custody.

Fred Leighton, 85, his antique jewelry was coveted on the red carpet

Mr. Leighton’s pieces became coveted accessories for actresses like Nicole Kidman and Lupita Nyong’o.

Mark White was the governor of Texas from 1983 until 1987.

Mark White, 77; as Texas governor, led move for education reform

Mr. White’s reforms included teacher pay raises and competency tests, elementary school class size limits, and creation of the state’s basic skills graduation test.

Judith Jones, 93, editor of Julia Child

Ms. Jones worked for decades with John Updike and Anne Tyler and helped introduce English-language readers to “The Diary of Anne Frank.”

Mr. Hardy played Winston Churchill in at least half a dozen films and TV series.

Robert Hardy, at 91; British stage, screen actor

Mr. Hardy played Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge in the “Harry Potter” movies.

FILE - An Oct. 29, 2015 file photo of Robert Hardy, star of All Creatures Great and Small and the Harry Potter films, speaking in London. The veteran British stage and screen actor who played Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge in the

Robert Hardy, who played Cornelius Fudge in ‘Harry Potter,’ dies at 91

Robert Hardy, a veteran British stage and screen actor who played Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge in the “Harry Potter” movies, has died.

Larry Eldridge.

Larry Eldridge, at 84; former Christian Science Monitor sports editor

Larry Eldridge, 84, of West Newton, began his four decades as a journalist as a copy boy at the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Mr. Parseghian began coaching football at Notre Dame in 1964.

Ara Parseghian, 94, beloved Notre Dame coach

He walked away from coaching at the age of 51 after winning two national championships, but never really left Notre Dame.

Jeff Brotman.

Jeff Brotman, Costco chairman and co-founder; at 74

Mr. Brotman helped kick off a movement that spread warehouse-style shopping to much of the world.

Marian Diamond, 90, pioneering researcher on brain ‘plasticity’

Dr. Diamond, a neuroscientist, was the first to show that the brain’s anatomy can change with experience.

Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara, 105, longevity expert

Dr. Hinohara cautioned against gluttony and early retirement, and vigorously championed annual medical checkups, climbing stairs regularly, just having fun.

Sonia Paine, in an undated photo.

Sonia Paine, 95; her antiques shop in Brookline inspired customers

Mrs. Paine was often called upon to simultaneously be a saleswoman, appraiser, and grief counselor.