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Harry Selby, 92, renowned hunter and safari guide

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

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.

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.’’

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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.

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, 91

Mathilde Krim, who crusaded against the scourge of AIDS with appeals to conscience that raised funds and international awareness of a disease that has killed more than 39 million people worldwide, died Monday at her home in Kings Point, New York. She was 91.

Kathleen Karr, children’s writer who entwined history and humor, dies at 71

Kathleen Karr, children’s writer who entwined history and humor, dies at 71

Pioneering black soccer player Cyrille Regis, who defied racists, dies

Cyrille Regis forged a career with West Bromwich Albion and defied threats of violence to represent England’s national team, was named an MBE and won an FA Cup along the way.

Hugh Wilson, created ‘WKRP in Cincinnati,’ 74

Hugh Wilson, who created the CBS comedy “WKRP in Cincinnati” and directed the raucous hit film “Police Academy” in 1984, died on Sunday at his home in Charlottesville, Virginia. He was 74.

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.

Mr. Toyoda, son of Toyota’s founder, led the company’s climb to rank among the world’s top automakers.

Tatsuro Toyoda, 88, ex-Toyota head who led overseas drive

Mr. Toyoda, the automaker’s seventh president, stepped down from the position in 1995, while continuing in other posts.

Jerry Van Dyke (left) and his brother, Dick, laughed during a party in Los Angeles.

Jerry Van Dyke, 86, ‘Coach’ star and brother of Dick

The younger brother of Dick Van Dyke struggled for decades to achieve his own stardom before clicking as the dim-witted sidekick in television’s “Coach.”

The space agency said Mr. Young died Friday night at home in Houston following complications from pneumonia.

John Young, 87, NASA’s conscience, commander of first space shuttle flight

Mr. Young, the first agency astronaut to fly into space six times, walked on the moon in 1972.

Mr. Byrne was once dubbed ‘The Man the Mob Couldn’t Buy.’

Brendan Byrne, 93, former governor of New Jersey

Mobsters said that the former two-term governor was too ethical to be bribed.

Michael Dukakis joined those honoring Mr. Crane at the State House in 2016.

Robert Q. Crane, state’s longest-serving treasurer, dies at 91

Memorably dapper, Mr. Crane cultivated storied friendships that reached from the State House to City Hall to Boston’s sports arenas.

Mr. Cozza won 10 Ivy League football titles at Yale University.

Carmen Cozza, 87, Yale football coach and Ivy League winner

Mr. Cozza coached Yale to 10 Ivy League titles over 32 years and was part of the famed Harvard-Yale game in 1968.