Ms. Le Guin brought literary depth and a tough-minded feminine sensibility to the genre.
Wyatt Tee Walker, 88; was MLK’s strategist and a leader in Harlem
The Rev. Walker, a Brockton native, preached against intolerance and racial inequality for six decades.
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Mr. Masekela collaborated with many musicians, including Paul Simon and Herb Alpert.
Unsung for seven decades, the real Rosie the Riveter was a California waitress.
Mr. Rhodes played an escaped convict on the sitcom “Soap” and a brusque doctor on the recent reboot of “Battlestar Galactica.”
Mr. Selby was one of the last of Africa’s renowned white hunters.
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John Coleman, 83, meteorologist who helped launch Weather Channel
Mr. Coleman, the original meteorologist on ABC’s ‘‘Good Morning America,’’ later drew people’s anger for his open distrust of climate change.
Jonathan Fine, 86, a founder of Physicians for Human Rights
The group grew into a worldwide advocacy organization that has investigated and documented the medical effects of war crimes and mass atrocities in more than 60 nations.
Peter Mayle, 78, wrote ‘A Year in Provence’
The book relates Mr. Mayle’s and his wife’s month-by-month encounters with local builders, lawyers, truffle hunters, boar hunters, and more.
Dorothy Malone, 93, Oscar winner and mom on ‘Peyton Place’
Ms. Malone won hearts of 1960s television viewers as the long-suffering mother in the nighttime soap “Peyton Place.”
Bradford Dillman, 87, multifaceted and prolific actor of stage and screen
Mr. Dillman burst to acclaim as the pensive Edmund Tyrone in the original Broadway run of Eugene O’Neill’s ‘‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night.’’
Timothy O’Connor, 81, first modern Democratic Vt. House speaker
Mr. O'Connor was elected speaker of the House in 1975, becoming the first Democrat in that position since the 1850s.
Paul Bocuse, 91, globe-trotting master of French cuisine
The master chef defined French cuisine for more than a half-century and put it on tables around the world.
Julius Lester, 78, UMass professor emeritus, writer, and activist
In the books he wrote, Lester often stepped back to examine his life and the complicated politics of race and religion.
Marlene VerPlanck, 84, commercial ‘jingle queen’
VerPlanck recorded thousands of commercials before becoming known as a jazz singer and acclaimed interpreter of American popular song.
Gualtiero Marchesi, 87, renowned and feisty chef
Not many chefs earn the coveted three-star rating from the Michelin Red Guide. Almost none who do later tell Michelin to buzz off.
Admiral Stansfield Turner, who led major CIA overhaul as director of central intelligence, dies 94
Admiral Turner helped usher in a new technological age at the agency.
Mathilde Krim, mobilizing force in an AIDS crusade; at 91
Ms. Krim’s appeals to conscience helped raised funds and international awareness of the disease.
Kathleen Karr, 71; children’s writer entwined history and humor
Ms. Karr sailed the Nile, learned to box, and ensconced herself in library archives to research her novels.
Cyrille Regis, 59; pioneering black soccer defied racists in England
Mr. Regis played in an era when English stadiums were inhospitable for black players, who were targeted with racist chants and bananas.
Hugh Wilson, 74, creator of ’70s sitcom ‘WKRP in Cincinnati’
Mr. Wilson worked his way into comedy writing after starting out in advertising.
Drew Bledsoe says Washington State QB, who died in apparent suicide, was ‘a great friend and mentor to my son’
Tyler Hilinski died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.
Jo Jo White, 71, former Celtics All-Star
Mr. White, a seven-time NBA All-Star, was a member of two NBA championship teams.
Shawn Brimley, military strategist who led a Pentagon modernization push, dies at 40
Shawn Brimley was a senior Pentagon and White House official who pressed the US military to embrace a future of increasingly rapid technological change.
Edwin Hawkins, 74, gospel singer of ‘Oh Happy Day’
The Grammy-winning singer merged gospel and secular sounds.
John W. Hennessey Jr., 92; brought gender and racial diversity to Dartmouth’s Tuck School
Mr. Hennessey was dean and associate dean of the business school in the 1960s and 1970s.
Denise LaSalle, 78; wrote and sang earthy blues songs
Ms. LaSalle’s half-century-long career delved in song into love, cheating, pleasure, and heartache, mixing romance with raunchiness.
‘Fast Eddie’ Clarke, 67, Motörhead guitarist
Mr. Clarke was the last remaining member of the British band’s best-known lineup.
Lisa Chedekel, 57, an esteemed, intrepid journalist
Ms. Chedekel, who lived in Newton, worked at the Hartford Courant and later formed a grant-driven, nonprofit health-news website.
Dolores O’Riordan, 46, lead singer of the Cranberries
Ms. O’Riordan wrote lyrics and often music for the band’s 1990s hits, including “Linger,” which remained on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for 24 weeks.
Dr. James Melius, 69, advocate for workers’ health
Dr. Melius advised the sponsors of a federal law that authorized billions of dollars for the medical care of first responders and others after the World Trade Center attacks in 2001.
Doug Harvey, 87, Hall of Fame umpire whom players called God
Mr. Harvey was a commanding presence and a symbol of excellence in a career spanning 31 National League seasons.
Bernard Borman, 85, civic activist who helped block Park Plaza project
Mr. Borman considered his efforts to be his most significant accomplishment as an activist.
Dan Gurney, 86, auto racing pioneer
Mr. Gurney was the first driver to win races in NASCAR’s top series, Formula One, and IndyCar.
Edgar Ray Killen, 92, ‘Mississippi Burning’ KKK leader
It took 41 years before Mr. Killen was convicted in the killings of three civil rights workers in Philadelphia, Miss.
John Tunney, 83, boxer’s son who won and then lost Senate seat
Mr. Tunney seemed to have a charmed political life until 1976, when he lost his seat after just one term to an unlikely challenger.
Ronald Fieve, 87; pioneered lithium to treat mood swings
Dr. Fieve also said that such gifted individuals as Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and Winston Churchill might have benefited from being bipolar.
Amey Amory DeFriez, 90; chaired Radcliffe board before merger with Harvard
Mrs. DeFriez received the Harvard Medal, awarded by the Harvard Alumni Association, for outstanding service to the Harvard community.
Ned Merrick, 72, former police chief, law enforcement leader
A past president of the Massachusetts Police and Massachusetts Chiefs of Police associations, Mr. Merrick began his career in 1970.
John Running, at 77; noted photographer
Mr. Running was celebrated for the humanity that was showcased in his photographs.
Anna Mae Hays, at age 97, Army’s first female general
General Hays was an Army nurse who served in a mud-caked jungle hospital in World War II.
Rick Hall, 85, record producer and engineer
Mr. Hall recorded some of the biggest acts of the 1960s and ’70s and helped develop the fabled “Muscle Shoals sound.”
Robert Mann, 97, a founder of the Juilliard Quartet
Mr. Mann helped launch the internationally renowned ensemble that engendered a chamber music revival in the US.
Kevin Mahogany, 59, jazz vocalist and ex-Berklee teacher
Mr. Mahogany’s rich, luxurious baritone at times evoked the sound of a baritone saxophone — his principal instrument as a youth.
Richard Balzer, 73; was executive coach, author, and collector
The range of Mr. Balzer’s creative curiosity was on display in books he published.
Aharon Appelfeld, 85; Holocaust survivor chronicled its traumas
Mr. Appelfeld leaped out a window, was taken in by a criminal gang, and found refuge with a prostitute to survive the Holocaust — all before turning 14.
Peggy Cummins, 92, star of noir classic ‘Gun Crazy’
The Welsh-born stage and film actress created an indelible performance as the lethal, beret-wearing robber.
Elizabeth Farnsworth, 54, research ecologist, writer, artist
Dr. Farnsworth shared what she observed in the world around her with everyone from serious scholars to would-be gardeners.
Ray Thomas, 76, founding member of the Moody Blues
Mr. Thomas died months before the band is due to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.