Mr. Walsh wrote three irreverent books about his craft, noting evolutions and devolutions of language.
Hugh Hardy, 84; New York architect had a theatrical flair
Mr. Hardy breathed exuberant new life into some of the city’s storied theatrical landmarks, including Radio City Music Hall and New Amsterdam Theater.
Mary Maples Dunn, 85, former Smith College president who also led Radcliffe
Dr. Dunn guided Smith (1985-95) though difficult financial times en route to doubling its endowment.
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Mr. Cotton worked with Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf and helped establish his instrument as an integral part of modern blues.
Mr. McGuinness fought to end British rule in Northern Ireland, negotiated a sweeping peace treaty, and climbed to the top of the province’s political system.
With brick-hard words, Mr. Breslin leveled the powerful and elevated the powerless for more than 50 years.
Mr. Walcott portrayed the lush, complex region with a precise language that echoed the classics of literature.
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Jimmy Breslin, voice of gritty New York journalism, dies at 88
Breslin was a fixture for decades in New York journalism and a character right out of his own work.
Chuck Berry, legend who formed the bedrock of rock ’n’ roll, dies at 90
How influential was Mr. Berry? John Lennon stated, “If you tried to give rock ’n’ roll another name, you might call it ‘Chuck Berry.’ ’’
Rev. J. Donald Monan, 92, former Boston College president
The Rev. J. Donald Monan was president of Boston College for 24 years and led the school through an unprecedented period of academic and financial growth.
Ed Burke, 76, longtime owner of Mission Hill nightclub
Mr. Burke, whose namesake club was named best neighborhood bar by Boston magazine in 1990, died of congestive heart failure March 9.
Igor Shafarevich, 93, eminent Russian mathematician
Dr. Shafarevich had a central role in the anti-Soviet dissident movement during the height of the Cold War but was later criticized as his writings became stridently nationalistic.
Royal Robbins; rock climber set standards
Mr. Robbins, who also founded the outdoor clothing company bearing his name, was known for his exploits on the rock face and the respect he brought to both the task and the setting.
Ed Whitlock; marathoner set records into his 80s
Mr. Whitlock had no coach, followed no special diet or medical regimen, and did no stretching except on race day.
Dan Lilley, 79; lawyer took on notorious Maine cases
Mr. Lilley was known as a tough, old-school defense attorney and was sometimes called a maverick in the courtroom.
Lloyd Conover, 93, inventor of tetracycline
Dr. Conover started his research at Pfizer in 1950, when pharmaceutical companies were racing to find new antibiotics.
Jay Lynch, 72, key figure in revolution
Mr. Lynch, who had a wry, deadpan sense of humor, held strong views about the importance of underground comics.
George Olah; earned Nobel for work on hydrocarbons
Dr. Olah’s advances in the understanding of hydrocarbons — molecules made of carbon and hydrogen — have been used in an array of applications.
Bob McKay, tireless advocate for more affordable housing
Mr. McKay “had a low-key way of getting things done,” said Dan Wuenschel, former executive director of the Cambridge Housing Authority.
Amy Krouse Rosenthal, 51; wrote with whimsy and, ultimately, poignancy
Ms. Rosenthal completed more than 30 books, including journals, memoirs, and best-selling picture stories ‘‘Uni the Unicorn’’ and ‘‘Duck! Rabbit!’’
Mark E. Josephson, 73, renowned Beth Israel cardiologist
Dr. Josephson‘s research led to new ways of diagnosing and treating irregular heartbeats.
Jonathan Moore, 84; helped create Harvard’s Shorenstein Center
Mr. Moore served in a variety of significant government positions during the administrations of six presidents.
Joni Sledge, 60, member of Sister Sledge
Ms. Sledge, with her sisters, recorded the enduring dance anthem ‘‘We Are Family.’’
Anthony Beilenson, 84, congressman who fought for abortion rights
Mr. Beilenson in 1967 persuaded fellow California legislators to approve what was then one of the nation’s most permissive abortion rights bills.
Howard Hodgkin, 84, renowned British painter
Mr. Hodgkin’s bold paintings fused abstraction with the glorious beauty of nature.
Carol Field, 76, Italian food expert
Ms. Field’s classic cookbook “Italian Baking,” published in 1985, introduced Americans to regional breads like ciabatta and focaccia.
Stephen A. Ross, 73, lauded economist who taught at MIT
Professor Ross was best known for developing arbitrage pricing theory.
John Surtees, 83, former Formula One champion
Mr. Surtees also won 500cc motorcycle world titles in 1956, ’58, ’59, and ’60.
Dorothy Rice, 94, economist who paved the way for Medicare
Ms. Rice’s research also led to a more than $200 billion settlement with the tobacco industry.
Marian Javits, 92, arts patron and widow of New York senator
The bon vivant cut a singular figure in New York while her husband was mainly in Washington.
Simon Hobday, 76, offbeat US Senior Open champion
Mr. Hobday was known as Scruffy, for his distant acquaintance with the reasonably stylish attire favored in his calling. He loved night life, though his workday often began when the sun rose.
Joseph Nicolosi, 70, therapist who fought to ‘cure’ gays
Mr. Nicolosi was a major proponent of a treatment that has been disavowed by much of the psychological community.
Robert James Waller, 77, ‘Bridges of Madison County’ author
Mr. Waller’s best-selling, bittersweet 1992 romance novel was turned into a movie and later into a Broadway musical.
Fred Weintraub, 88, who showcased future greats at the Bitter End
The New York impresario advanced the careers of dozens of fledgling singers and comedians at his coffeehouse.
Lester Tenney, 96; survived World War II brutality
Dr. Tenney survived the Bataan Death March, followed by 3½ years of slave labor as a prisoner of the Japanese.
Henry A. Wood, 87, architect whose projects included Boston’s City Hall
Mr. Wood’s creative reach with architectural projects extended from Boston and Cambridge to Bangladesh and Thailand.
Lou Duva, 94, top boxing trainer and manager
The son of Italian immigrants, Mr. Duva and his family built the promotional company Main Events (founded in 1978) into one of boxing’s powerhouses.
Elizabeth Riely, 71; celebrated food, its place in our lives
A historian of food and a culinary journalist, Ms. Riely wrote books, formerly edited the Radcliffe Culinary Times, and worked as a freelancer.
Joseph Wilson Rogers Sr., 97, cofounder of Waffle House chain
Mr. Rogers and Tom Forkner opened the first Waffle House in suburban Atlanta in 1955, and the business expanded rapidly.
Nancy Willard, 80, prolific children’s book author
Ms. Willard‘s 70 books of poems and fiction enchanted children and adults alike with a lyrical blend of fanciful illusion and stark reality.
Frank Sugrue, 90, impressario of the Charles Playhouse
Mr. Sugrue and his then-partner, Michael Murray, launched Boston’s Off-Broadway theater movement.
Robert Osborne, 84, Turner Classic Movies host and film historian
Mr. Osborne was a genial ambassador for an otherwise vanished era in filmmaking.
Tommy Page, 46, former pop star and veteran music executive
Mr. Page recorded nine studio albums and had a No. 1 hit in 1990 with “I’ll Be Your Everything.”
Erna Ballantine Bryant, 87; led Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination
Throughout her professional life, Dr. Bryant tried to change the behavior and perceptions of people in Boston and across the country.
Dr. Thomas Starzl, 90, liver transplant surgery pioneer
Dr. Starzl performed the world’s first liver transplant in 1963 and the world’s first successful liver transplant in 1967.
Raymond Kopa, 85, soccer superstar in ’50s known as ‘Napoleon of football’
Mr. Kopa was gifted with spectacular dribbling skills and speed, qualities that have often led to comparisons with Lionel Messi.
Gustav Metzger, 90, pioneer of art that creates through destruction
Mr. Metzger’s concept of “auto-destructive art” inspired The Who’s Pete Townshend to smash his guitars.
Miriam Colon, 80, iconic Latina movie, theater actress
She appeared in more than 90 films, including alongside Marlon Brando and Al Pacino, and more than 250 television episodes.
Paula Fox, 93, novelist who chronicled dislocation
Ms. Fox’s best-known novel for adults is “Desperate Characters” (1970), about the disintegration of a marriage.