Janet Packer, 64; concert violinist, inspiring teacher

Janet Packer led the strings department at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge for 12 years.

Ms. Packer was a longtime violinist with symphonies as well as a beloved teacher, in her private studio and at Longy School of Music in Cambridge.

Mr. Sample’s band, Jazz Crusaders, sought to synthesis such genres as electronic funk, pop music, and jazz.  As a studio musician, he worked with B.B. King, Marvin Gaye, and others.

Joe Sample, 75; pianist was pioneer in fusion of jazz, funk

Mr. Sample was a founding member of the genre-crossing Jazz Crusaders who helped pioneer the electronic jazz-funk fusion style.

Mr. Rees was president of George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate in Virginia for almost two decades.

James Rees, at 62; keeper of George Washington’s legacy

Mr. Rees spent nearly his entire career at Mount Vernon, and for nearly two decades was the president of the founding father’s estate.

After retiring in 1992, Ms. Perrin continued to write for the Globe, including “The Q&A Corner” for the food section.

Gail Perrin, 75; former Globe living, food editor

Ms. Perrin, of Peabody, wrote about everything from the White House to lobstering in the waters off Beals Island, Maine.

Frank Torre (right) was nearly nine years older than his brother Joe, and was long his mentor.

Frank Torre, 82; starred in World Series for Braves

Mr. Torre helped put little brother Joe on a path that led to Joe Torre’s induction into the Hall of Fame.

Thomas Hale Boggs Jr.’s father had served as House majority leader.

Thomas Hale Boggs Jr., at 73; storied Democratic lobbyist

Mr. Boggs was a driving force in transforming the law firm now known as Squire Patton Boggs into one of Washington’s most influential.

Yoshiko Yamaguchi was known as Rikoran, a symbol of Japan’s war-time dreams

Rikoran, at 94; Japan’s WWII film idol had duplicitous career, life

Known as Shirley Yamaguchi in the United States, the Japanese film idol symbolized Japan’s wartime dreams of Asian conquest.

Leonard Fein, at 80; illuminated roles of America’s Jews

Cofounding the magazine Moment in the 1970s, Dr. Fein became one of the nation’s most visible writers and thinkers about Jewish ideas and issues.

Cosimo Matassa, at 88; recorded New Orleans R&B

Mr. Matassa recorded New Orleans rock and rhythm and blues from the 1950s to the 1970s.

Bob Crewe, 83; songwriter, producer

Mr. Crewe helped write ‘‘Big Girls Don’t Cry,’’ ‘‘Walk Like a Man,’’ ‘‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,’’ and other top 10 hits for Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

Mr. Houston was Robert Stafford’s chief of staff from 1959 until 1989.

Houston family photo

Neal Houston, 87; ex-chief of staff to Vt. GOP congressman

Mr. Houston served nearly three decades as chief of staff to Republican Robert Stafford.