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Ursula K. Le Guin, 88, best-selling science fiction author

Ms. Le Guin brought literary depth and a tough-minded feminine sensibility to the genre.

Hugh Masekela, a titan of jazz in South Africa; at 78

Mr. Masekela collaborated with many musicians, including Paul Simon and Herb Alpert.

Naomi Parker Fraley, the real Rosie the Riveter, dies at 96

Unsung for seven decades, the real Rosie the Riveter was a California waitress.

Donnelly Rhodes, 81, prolific character actor

Mr. Rhodes played an escaped convict on the sitcom “Soap” and a brusque doctor on the recent reboot of “Battlestar Galactica.”

Harry Selby, 92, renowned hunter and safari guide

Mr. Selby was one of the last of Africa’s renowned white hunters.

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Mr. Coleman (left) and Frank Batten, chairman and chief executive of Landmark Communications, at a press conference in New York in 1981.

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.

Dr. Fine’s group shared a Nobel prize.

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.

Mr. Mayle moved to the Provence region of France in 1987 and the area became the subject of his best-known book.

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.

Ms. Malone with Anthony Quinn after the 1956 Academy Awards, when she was named best actress in a supporting role for her performance in “Written on the Wind.”

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.’’

Mr. O’Connor (right) was born in Brattleboro and served as a Democrat in the state House of Representatives from 1969 to 1981.

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.

French chef Paul Bocuse posed in front of the entrance of the brasserie La Coupole at the Petit Palais of Montreux, Switzerland.

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.

Professor Lester (left) collaborated with African-American illustrator Jerry Pinkney (right) on children’s books.

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.

Mr. Regis (left) was an imposing striker for West Bromwich and Coventry and other clubs.

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.

Items were left at a makeshift memorial for Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski outside Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash., Wednesday.

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.

Mr. White served as the point guard for the Boston Celtics for almost all of the 1970s.

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.

Mr. Hawkins won several Grammy Awards, but his biggest hit was not intended for a national audience.

Edwin Hawkins, 74, gospel singer of ‘Oh Happy Day’

The Grammy-winning singer merged gospel and secular sounds.

John Hennessey.

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.

Ms. LaSalle’s staples in her half-century-long career were songs involving lust.

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.

Mr. Clarke (right), with his Motörhead mates, Lemmy Kilmister (left) and Phil ‘Philthy Animal’ Taylor.

‘Fast Eddie’ Clarke, 67, Motörhead guitarist

Mr. Clarke was the last remaining member of the British band’s best-known lineup.

Ms. Chedekel, who lived in Newton, spent much of her career in Connecticut.

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.

Ms. O’Riordan had a high and breathy voice. Four of her Irish rock band’s albums reached the Billboard Top 20.

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.

In a handout photo, Dr. James Melius speaking at a legislative conference in Albany in 2016. Melius, an international expert on workplace medicine who advised the sponsors of a federal law that authorized billions of dollars for the medical care of first responders and others who got ill at Ground Zero, and the surrounding disaster area, after the Sept. 11 World Trade Center attacks, died on Jan. 1, 2018, at his home in Copake Falls, N.Y. He was 69. (New York State Laborers Union via The New York Times) -- NO SALES; FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY WITH OBIT MELIUS BY RICHARD SANDOMIR FOR JAN. 10, 2018. ALL OTHER USE PROHIBITED. --

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.

Mr. Harvey, an acclaimed umpire who worked in five World Series, was inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame in 2010.

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.

Mr. Borman received the Beacon Award for his contributions to the Beacon Hill community.

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.

Mr. Gurney was the first driver with victories in Formula One, IndyCar, and NASCAR’s top-level series.

Dan Gurney, 86, auto racing pioneer

Mr. Gurney was the first driver to win races in NASCAR’s top series, Formula One, and IndyCar.

Mr. Killen was serving three consecutive 20-year terms for manslaughter when he died.

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.

Edward M. Kennedy and Mr. Tunney, who were roommates at the University of Virginia Law School. headed to a Senate meeting in 1972.

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.

Dr. Fieve at his office at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in 1980. He began experimenting with lithium to mitigate depression in the 1950s.

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

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.

Mr. Merrick’s career began in Brookline and ended in Plainville as police chief.

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 on the Colorado River in 2010.

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 helped develop the fabled “Muscle Shoals sound.”

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 performed at Birdland in 2014.

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.

Mr. Balzer was a writer and executive coach.

Richard Balzer, 73; was executive coach, author, and collector

The range of Mr. Balzer’s creative curiosity was on display in books he published.

Mr. Appelfeld, in an undated photo.

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.

Ms. Cummins played a seductive, beret-wearing robber in ‘‘Gun Crazy.’’

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.

Dr. Farnsworth was a senior research ecologist at the New England Wildflower Society and a consultant to the US National Park Service, Forest Service, and Environmental Protection Agency.

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.

Mr. Thomas flute solo on ‘‘Nights in White Satin’’ is one of progressive rock’s defining moments

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.