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Charles Townes, 99; Nobel winner pioneered laser technology

While at Columbia University, Charles H. Townes explained a maser he invented that was a precursor to the laser.

Associated Press/File 1955

Mr. Townes’s research made it possible to play CDs, scan prices at the supermarket, and even witness the birth of stars.

Colleen McCullough in 1977, the year “The Thorn Birds” was published.

Colleen McCullough, 77; wrote ‘The Thorn Birds’

Ms. McCullough’s fiction was prized by readers for its propulsive plots, sympathetic characters, and sheer escapist potential.

Dallas Taylor was seen on the cover of “Déjà Vu.”

Dallas Taylor, 66; drummer for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Mr. Taylor overcame addictions to drugs and alcohol to become a counselor for other addicts.

Mary Jane Sawyer was known for her love of music and mountain climbing.

Mary Jane Sawyer, 89; traveler, led bell ringers

Mrs. Sawyer led bell-ringing groups in Boston and Needham and organized group adventure vacations to China, Russia, and South Africa.

Luke Martin Jr. at the 2013 unveiling of a monument to his father’s regiment.

Luke Martin Jr., 97; son of ex-slave, Union vet

Mr. Martin died 179 years after his father was born.

Rod McKuen’s song for ‘The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie’, won an Oscar nomination.

Rod McKuen, 81; Oscar-nominated poet, performer

Mr. McKuen’s music, verse, and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and ’70s made him one of the best-selling poets in history.

Bill Kearns taught in Somerset and Weymouth, and coached at Tufts.

Bill Kearns, 93, of Milton; longtime baseball scout

Mr. Kearns also coached and taught at Somerset and Weymouth high schools.

Dorothy Thomas, 92; key in marrow transplant study

Mrs. Thomas was a partner in her husband’s Nobel Prize-winning research into bone marrow transplants.

Harry V. Jaffa, 96; conservative scholar inspired Goldwater candidacy

A professor and author of political histories, Mr. Jaffa traced the nation’s origins to the philosophies of Aristotle and John Locke.