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Bill Walsh, 55, copy editor and witty authority on language

Mr. Walsh wrote three irreverent books about his craft, noting evolutions and devolutions of language.

James Cotton, 81, blues harmonica legend

Mr. Cotton worked with Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf and helped establish his instrument as an integral part of modern blues.

Martin McGuinness, at 66; Irish revolutionary turned statesman

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.

Jimmy Breslin, 88, legendary New York City newspaper columnist

With brick-hard words, Mr. Breslin leveled the powerful and elevated the powerless for more than 50 years.

Derek Walcott, 87, Nobel laureate whose poetry celebrated the Caribbean

Mr. Walcott portrayed the lush, complex region with a precise language that echoed the classics of literature.

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Jimmy Breslin was photographed in his New York apartment in 2004. The famed newspaper columnist died Sunday.

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 performed

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.’ ’’

From left, Rev. Donald Monan; Judge David S. Nelson, and House Speaker Thomas P.

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.

Mr. Burke’s club was named best neighborhood bar by Boston magazine in 1990.

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.

This photo taken Nov. 15, 2009, shows Royal Robbins talking to guests at

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.

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2013, file photo, defense attorney Daniel Lilley, representing Mark Strong Sr., gives his opening statements in the Zumba prostitution case in York County Superior Court, in Alfred, Maine. Lilley, whose high-profile legal victories included winning an acquittal in 1990 for a woman who shot her husband 15 times, died Saturday, March 11, 2017. He was 79. (Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Portland Press Herald, Pool, File)

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.

This Oct. 20, 2014 photo provided by the University of Southern California shows George A. Olah during a reception in his honor in Los Angeles. Olah, winner of the 1994 Nobel Prize in chemistry for his groundbreaking research into the unstable carbon molecules known as carbocations, has died at age 89. USC said Olah died Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at his Beverly Hills, Calif., home. He taught at USC for many years. (Gus Ruelas/University of Southern California via AP)

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.

Ms. Rosenthal wrote more than 30 books but was perhaps best known for a tender essay she wrote a few weeks ago.

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!’’

Dr. Josephson’s work advanced the treatment for arrhythmias.

Mark E. Josephson, 73, renowned Beth Israel cardiologist

Dr. Josephson‘s research led to new ways of diagnosing and treating irregular heartbeats.

Mr. Moore held positions in several agencies during the administrations of six US presidents.

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.

Ms. Sledge (second from left) posed with, from left, her niece Camille, producer Rodney Jerkins, and her cousin Amber.

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.

Mr. Hodgkin’s work has been shown in solo exhibitions around the world, including major retrospectives.

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.

An author of several textbooks on corporate finance and markets, Professor Ross was best known for developing arbitrage pricing theory in 1976.

Stephen A. Ross, 73, lauded economist who taught at MIT

Professor Ross was best known for developing arbitrage pricing theory.

John Surtees, seen on a practice run in 1957, was the only man to win world titles on two and four wheels. He captured the 1964 Formula One championship.

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 and her husband, Senator Jacob Javits, in 1974.

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.

Mr. Hobday, “a larger-than-life character,” loved nightlife but took his golf game seriously.

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.

Mr. Waller’s 1992 novel was turned into a movie starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood.

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.

Dr. Tenney posed with a drawing depicting him being hit with a sword by a Japanese officer during the Bataan Death March.

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.

Mr. Wood also bought and maintained a tattered mansion called Clingstone in Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay.

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.

Mr. Duva (left) celebrated Evander Holyfield’s winning of the heavyweight title with a knockout of James “Buster” Douglas in Las Vegas. Mr. Duva worked with 19 title holders.

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.

Ms. Riely edited the Radcliffe Culinary Times in addition to writing books.

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.

Waffle House cofounder Joseph Wilson Rogers Sr. sat in his office at the company’s headquarters in 2005.

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.

Mr. Sugrue, with assistant Jeanne Muller, helped found the theater in the late 1950s and moved it to a site in the Theatre District.

Frank Sugrue, 90, impressario of the Charles Playhouse

Mr. Sugrue and his then-partner, Michael Murray, launched Boston’s Off-Broadway theater movement.

Mr. Osborne, the public face of Turner Classic Movies, delivered revelatory tidbits before and after each screening.

Robert Osborne, 84, Turner Classic Movies host and film historian

Mr. Osborne was a genial ambassador for an otherwise vanished era in filmmaking.

Mr. Page spoke in 2014 during an event in New York.

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.”

Dr. Bryant was a longtime activist in education and civil rights.

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. Starzl’s performed the world’s first liver transplant in 1963 and the world’s first successful liver transplant in 1967.

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.

Mr. Kopa won the Ballon d’Or as the top European player in 1958.

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.

In 2015, former president Barack Obama presented the National Medal of Art to Ms. Colon for her work.

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.

Ms. Fox, a Newbery Medal winner, wrote a half-dozen novels for adults and more than 20 books for young people.

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.