Frank Murphy, 93; longtime newspaper sports editor

Mr. Murphy was the sports editor of the News Tribune for more than 40 years.

Mr. Murphy was sports editor of the News Tribune, a former afternoon newspaper in Waltham, for more than 40 years.

Mr. Ryazanov directed almost 30 films, most of which were box-office hits.

Eldar Ryazanov, 88; Soviet-era film director

Mr. Ryazanov satirized and romanticized the life of ordinary Russians in his immensely popular comedies.

// Setsuko Hara, 95; Japanese film star

Ms. Hara was best known for her subtle portrayals of women torn between the demands of family and their own desires.

Norman Pickering, 99; refined the record player

Mr. Pickering‘s pursuit of audio clarity and beauty helped make phonograph records and musical instruments sound better.

Cynthia Robinson, 71; Sly and the Family Stone trumpeter

Ms. Robinson was an original member of the seminal psychedelic-funk-soul group.

Brent Cross, 58; executive at Cross Insurance

Mr. Cross, son of the company’s founder, supervised its expansion throughout New England.

// Jane C. Bradley, 87; helped Boston Symphony raise millions

Mrs. Bradley, of Manchester-by-the-Sea, served on the boards of the BSO and Harvard University.

// Olene Smith Walker, 85; served as Utah’s first female governor

Mrs. Walker prioritized education and later established an institute to help students pursue public service careers.

// John ‘Wacko’ Hurley, 85; organized St. Patrick’s Day parade

Mr. Hurley played a role in running the South Boston parade for more than 50 years.

// Maurice Strong, 86; was environmental pioneer

Mr. Strong’s work helped lead to the landmark climate summit that begins in Paris this week.

// George Genovese, 93; was former baseball scout

Mr. Genovese signed a number of eventual superstars, including Bobby Bonds, George Foster, and Gary Matthews.