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Adolf Burger, 99; was forced by the Nazis to counterfeit cash

Mr. Burger was believed to be the last surviving concentration camp prisoner forced to make counterfeit pound notes in a plan to undermine Britain’s economy.

US hero John Glenn to lie in state in Ohio

Glenn will lie in state preceding a celebration of his life of military and government service and two history-making voyages into space.

Dave Edwards, 76, part of ‘Doomsday Defense’ for Dallas Cowboys

The linebacker helped lead the team to three Super Bowls.

Van Williams; played TV’s Green Hornet

Mr. Williams told The Toronto Star in 1997 that he had been reluctant to take the part because he worried that the series would be silly.

Peter Vaughan, 93, Maester Aemon in ‘Game of Thrones’

The British character actor often played rogues, but more recently he became familiar to audiences as a wise, blind mentor on the fantasy series “Game of Thrones.”

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Ms. Whitton had several roles on Broadway early in her career and turned to directing more recently.

Margaret Whitton, baseball fan and ‘Major League’ foil

Ms. Whitton, an avid baseball fan, played the owner who concocts a plan to move the Cleveland Indians to Florida in the 1989 baseball movie comedy.

William Goldberg. (Handout)

William Goldberg; lawyer helped immigrants prosper

“He wanted to advise, comfort, and encourage. He wanted to make you feel at ease through humor and respect, a firm handshake,’’ said daughter Debby.

Edward W. ‘Mike’ Kelley Jr., 84; worked to modernize Federal Reserve

Mr. Kelley served 14 years as a member of the Federal Reserve Board.

Mr. Nikitas (left) joined fellow candidates for lieutenant governor Gerry D’Amico and Evelyn Murphy during a 1986 forum.

Nicholas M. Nikitas, developer who ran for lieutenant governor; at 66

Mr. Nikitas, of Plymouth, ran as a Republican in the 1986 election.

Mr. Montalvan, with his service dog Tuesday, read from his book for a gathering in Coral Gables, Fla.

Luis Carlos Montalvan, 43; veteran, author criticized war in Iraq

Mr. Montalvan served two tours in Iraq and later wrote a best-selling book about it.

In an undated handout photo, Dr. Irving Fradkin (right) of Fall River awarded a college scholarship to a student as part of his Dollars for Scholars program in 1959.

Irving Fradkin, 95, of Fall River; founded Dollars for Scholars

Dr. Fradkin had been struck by how many of his young patients could not afford to go to college.

Dr. Sammy Lee, seen during US Olympic team festivities in New York, mentored Olympic diving champ Greg Louganis.

Sammy Lee, 96, 2-time Olympic diving champion

Dr. Lee later mentored four-time Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis.

Raynoma Gordy Singleton, 79, an early Motown force

Ms. Singleton was the business partner and second wife of Berry Gordy Jr., the record label’s founder.

Alice Drummond, character actress, dies at 88

Ms. Drummond played an array of older women, from mild-mannered to deranged, in blockbuster movies.

Harry Flournoy (left) and David Lattin, members of the 1966 NCAA National Champion Texas Western basketball team, after being named members of the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Class of 2007.

Harry Flournoy, 72, captain of groundbreaking NCAA championship team

Mr. Flournoy, a Fall River native, captained the first college basketball team to win the national championship with five black starting players.

What Mr. Sachs’ Manuel lacked in proficiency he made up for in earnestness and effort.

Andrew Sachs, 86, hapless waiter on ‘Fawlty Towers’

Mr. Sachs starred as Manuel, the earnest but bumbling waiter who was regularly recruited into the schemes of the hotel owner, Basil Fawlty, played by John Cleese.

Peng Chang-kuei.

Peng Chang-kuei, 98; chef credited with creating General Tso’s chicken

Mr. Peng’s dish, a staple at Chinese restaurants in the US, featured lightly battered pieces of dark chicken fried in a chili-accented sweet-and-sour sauce.

Mr. Sow’s imposing figures, bristling with energy, seemed to embody the fierce spirit of postcolonial Africa.

Ousmane Sow, 81, sculptor of African people

Mr. Sow, often called the Auguste Rodin of Senegal, was a physical therapist who became a full-time sculptor in his 50s.

Dr. Lee ministered to George H.W. Bush’s medical care and also advised him on public health policy.

Burton Lee, 86, Reagan AIDS panelist, Bush’s White House physician

Dr. Lee, a cancer specialist , also acted as a policy adviser to President George H.W. Bush.

Erich Bloch, 91, IBM pioneer, director of National Science Foundation

Mr. Bloch established himself as a preeminent engineer in computing at IBM, where he sharpened a competitive streak that he took to the sometimes fusty halls of government.

Mr. Huntsman also coached at Ohio University (1957-1970), Tennessee (1971-1985), and Texas (1985-1995).

Stan Huntsman, 84, track and field coach

Mr. Huntsman coached outstanding college track-and-field teams for 39 years and led a dominant US men’s team at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul.

Mr. Taimanov famously lost to Bobby Fischer in 1971 in the Candidates tournament.

Mark Taimanov, 90, virtuoso pianist and Soviet chess champion

Mr. Taimanov became one of the leading Soviet players after World War II, all while pursuing an equally successful career as a classical pianist.

Bruce Mazlish, 93, whose books fused psychoanalysis, history

Mr. Mazlish spent nearly his entire career at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 1976, file photo, Mary Tyler Moore attends a reception in Los Angeles with her husband, Grant Tinker, before she was honored by the Hollywood chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for outstanding achievement in the industry. Tinker, who brought

Grant Tinker; elevated TV, bolstered NBC

Mr. Tinker was the unseen hand behind many of the most stylish, critically acclaimed sitcoms and dramas on television.

Mr. Delligatti celebrated his birthday in 2008 with a cake that looked like a Big Mac.

Jim Delligatti, 98; invented iconic Big Mac sandwich

You probably don’t know his name, but you’ve almost certainly devoured his creation: two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame seed bun.

Mr. Marr coached for Milton Academy and Tabor Academy.

Dick Marr, 80, coach, mentor, league official

A close friend said Mr. Marr “thought outside the classroom or the game, taking his students and players to new dimensions in life.”

Mr. Weaver (right) joined other Tony winners Cleavon Little, best actor in a musical, Lauren Bacall, best actress in a musical, and Tammy Grimes, best actress for a play.

Tony-winner Fritz Weaver, TV and Broadway star, dies at 90

Mr. Weaver played Sherlock Holmes and Shakespearian kings on Broadway while creating memorable roles on TV and film.

Whitney Smith began collecting flags as a child, inspired by watching a ceremony on the Revolutionary War’s first battle.

Whitney Smith, 76; coined term for scholarly study of flags

Dr. Smith founded the Flag Research Center in Winchester and came up with the term vexillology.

Mr. Glass also portrayed Derrial Book, the spiritual shepherd with a cloudy past in the 2002 science-fiction series “Firefly.”

Ron Glass, 71, co-star of TV’s ‘Barney Miller’

Mr. Glass appeared in dozens of shows in a television and film career dating to the early 1970s.

Before turning to radio commentaries, Mrs. Page had been a print journalist and a weekly newspaper editor.

Ruth Page, 95; told radio listeners of nature’s beauty

Mrs. Page was a longtime Vermont Public Radio commentator on environmental issues.

epa05647914 (FILE) A file picture dated 14 May 2004 shows Cuban President Fidel Castro gesturing during a speech before a demonstration in front of the building of the US Interests Section in Havana, Cuba. According to a Cuban state TV broadcast, Cuban former President Fidel Castro has died at the age of 90 on 25 November 2016. EPA/ALEJANDRO ERNESTO

Fidel Castro, 90, nemesis to US and a leading figure in world politics

Mr. Castro imposed socialism on Cuba and survived assassination attempts, an invasion, and isolation as the stubborn nemesis of 10 US presidents.

Cliff Barrows, 93; directed music for Billy Graham’s evangelistic crusades

“Cliff Barrows has led more people in singing than any other man in the world,” Graham said in 1992.

Ms. Henderson built an impressive reputation with stage work prior to starring in “The Brady Bunch.’’

Florence Henderson, 82, upbeat mom of ‘The Brady Bunch’

Ms. Henderson began her career as a soprano in stage musicals in the 1950s but made a lasting impression on television.

US officials credited Mr. Alvarez with preventing ties with Venezuela from deteriorating even further.

Bernardo Alvarez, 60, Chavez’s envoy to US

Mr. Alvarez served as Venezuela’s ambassador to the United States between 2003 and 2010.

Al Caiola, 96, guitarist who played hit theme songs

Mr. Caiola recorded hit versions of the themes from the Westerns “The Magnificent Seven” and “Bonanza.”

Paul Sylbert, award-winning production designer

Mr. Sylbert won an Oscar for his work on Warren Beatty’s “Heaven Can Wait.”

Mr. Ferriss began his career with 22⅓
 consecutive shutout innings.

Boo Ferriss, 94; helped lead Sox to 1946 pennant

Mr. Ferriss, who was inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2002, was a pitching phenom until shoulder injuries cut short his career.

Ralph Branca; lost famed game, kept dignity

In Mr. Branca’s time with the Dodgers, ‘‘Dem Bums’’ of the early postwar era, at once maddening and beloved, were good yet never quite good enough.

Milt Okun, 92; propelled pop acts to stardom

In an interview with the website Artists House Music in 2011, Mr. Okun said his musical interests transcended pop.

Ruth Gruber, 105, champion and documenter of refugees

In an era when many female reporters were writing for the social pages, Dr. Gruber, as a photographer and reporter, was a dynamic exception.

Diana Balmori, center, attended a meeting on the development of Boston’s Pier 4 in 1985.

Diana Balmori, ecologically driven landscape designer

As an academic and author, Ms. Balmori spent much of her career railing against the idea that landscape architecture served simply to beautify buildings.

Mrs. O’Connor was photographed swinging a golf club after her wedding in 1963 as her husband, Robert, looked on.

Pippy O’Connor, 86, inspirational mentor for young golfers

Mrs. O’Connor was inducted into the New England Women’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2000.

Mr. Trevor’s plots often unfolded in Irish or English villages.

William Trevor, 88, writer who evoked the struggles of ordinary life

Mr. Trevor’s plots often unfolded in Irish or English villages whose inhabitants waged unequal battle with capricious fate.

Professor Forrester during a television interview at MIT.

Jay W. Forrester, of Concord, computer pioneer; at 98

Professor Forrester taught for decades at MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

Theodore F. Twardzik, 89, founder of Mrs. T’s Pierogies

Mrs. T’s Pierogies traces its roots to the church fairs of Mr. Twardzik’s childhood, when his mother would sell homemade pierogies.

As communications director at Fidelity Investments, Mrs. Donius dissected the complexities of finance with clarity. She also wrote for publications such as the Globe.

Mary Mulkerin Donius, 51, writer who brought joy to many

A master of the art of friendship, Mrs. Donius knew how to celebrate life and create fun.