Irven DeVore, celebrated Harvard anthropologist, dies at 79

Legend has it that students scalped spots in line to sign up for Dr. DeVore’s class, Science B-29, nicknamed “Sex.”

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Legend has it that students scalped spots in line to sign up for Dr. DeVore’s class, Science B-29, nicknamed “Sex.”

Catherine N. Stratton launched a lecture circuit at MIT but was most known for holding engaging gatherings.

Catherine Stratton, 100; promoted art, humanities at MIT

Mrs. Stratton, the wife of a former MIT president, “had an incredible impact in the area of the arts,” said one associate.

James Traficant served his constituents in Ohio for 17 years in Congress.  Known for his bombastic speaking style, he was expelled in 2002 after a corruption conviction.

James Traficant, 73; expelled from Congress

Mr. Traficant’s conviction for taking bribes and kickbacks made him only the second person to be expelled from Congress since the Civil War.

Skip E. Lowe inspired Martin Short’s bumbling character “Jiminy Glick.”

Skip E. Lowe, 85; low-budget talk-show host

Mr. Lowe’s public access talk show outlasted scores of other TV hosts, from Johnny Carson to Jay Leno.

Evanthea N. Condakes, at 94; fund-raiser who celebrated her Greek heritage

Mrs. Condakes was dedicated to the Greek Orthodox church and to preserving and displaying Greek art and artifacts at the MFA.

Mr. Jones (right) vied with the Celtics’ Robert Parish.

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Caldwell Jones, at 64; excelled on defense as NBA center

Mr. Jones was a beanpole of a center and power forward who blocked more than 2,200 shots in his 17-year pro career and played in three NBA Finals.

Michael Harari, at 87; Israeli led spy team that avenged ‘72 Olympic deaths

Mr. Harari led the hit squad that was sent to avenge the murders of 11 Israeli athletes by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Olympic Games.

Raul Alvarez Garin, at 73; professor led student protests in Mexico

Mr. Alvarez Garin was a leader in the 1968 student uprising that culminated in the massacre of protesters in Mexico City.