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Jay Dickey, 77, Ark. lawmaker who blocked gun research

But Mr. Dickey did an about-face in 2012. He declared that research could have been conducted without encroaching on the rights of legitimate gun owners.

Robert Pirsig, 88; fused Zen, motorcycles to travel inner worlds

Mr. Pirsig’s dense and discursive novel of ideas, “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,” became an unlikely publishing phenomenon.

Kate O’Beirne, feisty conservative commentator; at 67

Mrs. O’Beirne rose to prominence as a columnist and editor with the National Review and as a TV pundit.

Robert Pirsig, 88; fused Zen, motorcycles to travel inner worlds

Mr. Pirsig’s dense and discursive novel of ideas, “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,” became an unlikely publishing phenomenon.

Steve Schwartz, 74, longtime WGBH radio jazz host

Local jazz fans protested in 2012 when the station eliminated Mr. Schwartz’s Friday show.

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Ms. Moran and Scott Baio also appeared in the spinoff “Joanie Loves Chachi,” which lasted only 17 episodes.

Erin Moran, 56; played Joanie on ‘Happy Days’

Over the 10-year run of “Happy Days,” her character transformed from a young teenager who complained about being sent to her room to a major character on the show.

Erin Moran played Joanie Cunningham in the sitcoms ‘‘Happy Days’’ and ‘‘Joanie Loves Chachi.’’

Erin Moran, Joanie Cunningham from ‘Happy Days,’ dies at 56

The former child star played Joanie Cunningham in the sitcoms ‘‘Happy Days’’ and ‘‘Joanie Loves Chachi.’’

Lorraine Pearce, 82, first White House curator

Ms. Pearce, a decorative-arts historian, was hired by then-first lady Jacqueline Kennedy.

Mr. Hendricks taught in the art department at Connecticut College for decades.

Barkley L. Hendricks, 72, portraitist of a new black pride

The painter gave new representation to ordinary black men and women, memorializing them in portraits that echoed the grand manner of the old masters.

Mr. Hardin spoke to quarterback Roger Staubach as he sent Staubach into action during the 1964 Cotton Bowl.

Wayne Hardin, 91, Hall of Fame football coach at Navy

Mr. Hardin built standout programs at the US Naval Academy and Temple University, leading Navy to victory over Army five times in a row.

Magdalena Abakanowicz stands amid her cast-iron human figures as they were installed in Chicago’s Grant Park in 2006.

Magdalena Abakanowicz, 86, sculptor of brooding forms

Ms. Abakanowicz transformed sisal and burlap into brooding forms that evoked the weight of political oppression.

Jack Grinold.

Jack Grinold, longtime sports information director at Northeastern, dead at 81

Mr. Grinold spent more than 50 years at Northeastern University.

Tom Fleming; placed second twice at Boston Marathon

Mr. Fleming finished second at the Boston Marathon in 1973 and 1974 and six times was in the top 10.

1/3/1977 -- Cambridge, MA: MIT Professor Stephen Erdely. (Joseph Dennehy/Globe Staff)

Stephen Erdely, 95; MIT teacher known for musical duets

Dr. Erdely divided his career into four phases – before and after World War II, his years with the Cleveland Orchestra, and a final stage in MIT’s music department.

Frederick Borsch; bishop helped empower minorities

Despite opposition from the world’s Anglican bishops, he championed the ordination not only of celibate gay men and lesbians but also of those in committed monogamous relationships.

Augustin Bubnik, star, political prisoner

Czech ice hockey great Augustin Bubnik, whose international career was abruptly ended by communist persecution, died on Tuesday. He was 88.

Bruce Langhorne, inspiration for ‘Mr. Tambourine Man’

In his 2004 memoir, “Chronicles,” Bob Dylan said of Mr. Langhorne, “If you had Bruce playing with you, that’s all you would need to do just about anything.”

Dr. Mark Wainberg, 71, leader in AIDS fight

Dr. Wainberg studied an antiviral drug called 3TC, or Lamivudine, and found that it was effective against HIV.

Christopher Morahan, 87, producer and director of ‘The Jewel in the Crown’

Mr. Morahan was well known as a producer and director for stage and television.

Clifton James, 96, sheriff in 2 James Bond films

Mr. James often played a convincing southerner but loved working on the stage in New York during the prime of his career.

Henry Hillman, 98, Pittsburgh philanthropist, investor

The billionaire provided startup funding for private-equity firm KKR & Co. and Silicon Valley venture-capital company Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

As a writer, Mr. Madden didn’t flinch at taking on tough subjects.

Michael Madden, longtime Globe sports columnist, dies at 73

Mr. Madden was an award-winning writer who didn’t flinch at taking on tough subjects.

Ms. Morano sat on her bed with a photo of herself as a younger woman.

Emma Morano, the world’s oldest person, dies at 117

Ms. Morano was also believed to have been the last surviving person born in the 1800s.

Mr. Cerv sat near memorabilia in his home in Lincoln, Neb., in 1997. He got a hit in his only 1956 World Series at-bat for the Yankees, and belted 38 home runs for Kansas City in 1958.

Bob Cerv, 91, three-time Yankee who found stardom in Kansas City

Mr. Cerv found full-time work only after the Yankees sold him to the Athletics.

Robert Taylor, 85, innovator who shaped modern computing

The Internet was the work of many inventors. But perhaps no one deserves more credit for that world-changing technological leap than Mr. Taylor.

Virginia Ames, 102, artist who helped found Torpedo Factory

Ms. Ames also created an oversize set of Revolutionary War era flags for display at the Library of Congress during the Bicentennial.

Mr. Ballhaus held the Honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement at the 2016 Berlinale Film Festival.

Michael Ballhaus, 81, German cinematographer

Mr. Ballhaus worked with Martin Scorsese on “Gangs of New York,” “Goodfellas,” and “The Departed.”

Joseph Rascoff; brought money management to rock ‘n’ roll

His company pioneered tour management that oversaw nearly everything but the artistic side.

Under Mr. Rooney, two stadiums were built in Pittsburgh, and the Steelers won six Super Bowl championships.

Dan Rooney, 84, popular Pittsburgh Steelers chairman

Mr. Rooney’s name also is attached to the NFL’s landmark initiative in minority hiring.

Joan See, 83, actress in TV ads

Ms. See capitalized on her success acting in commercials by creating a school to teach others how to do the same.

A longtime Boston nightclub impresario and wholesale fruit vendor, Mr. DiBella named the Peabody club in honor of his status as one of the top banana sellers in the area.

Louis DiBella, 91, whose Peabody nude dancing bar set a precedent

Mr. DiBella took on laws enacted to prevent nude dancing at his club, D.B.’s Golden Banana.

FILE- In this Nov. 3, 2012 file photo, comedian Charlie Murphy appears at

Charlie Murphy, 57, ‘Chappelle’s Show’ comic

The comedian, the older brother of actor and comic Eddie Murphy, also was a voice-over artist.

Patricia McKissack; wrote of black experience

Mrs. McKissack chronicled African-American history and Southern folklore in more than 100 early-reader and picture books

Frederick Lacey; battled Mafia, corrupt politicians

Mr. Lacy successfully prosecuted Mayors Hugh J. Addonizio of Newark and Thomas J. Whalen of Jersey City; John V. Kenny, the Hudson County party boss; and Mafia leaders.

Jazz and blues singer Linda Hopkins performs during a ceremony unveiling a new postage stamp honoring Hattie McDaniel, the first African American to win an Academy Award for her role in

Linda Hopkins, 92; blues singer won Tony for best actress

“I only sing songs where you can give vent to your feelings,” Mr. Hopkins said in 1976.

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2007, file photo, David Letterman, right, the host of

Dorothy Mengering, 95, beloved late-night mom

Ms. Mengering’s homespun sincerity proved to be a foil for the urban acerbity of her son, David Letterman.

Guitarist J. Geils performed with the J. Geils Band in Boston in 2011. Geils was found dead Tuesday at his Groton home.

J. Geils, 71, of Groton; guitarist led iconic band

Geils, born John Warren Geils, formed the popular Boston-area band in the late 1960s. He was 71.

Today, REI is the nation’s largest consumer cooperative.

Mary Anderson, 107, cofounder of outdoor cooperative REI

Mrs. Anderson and her husband helped grow the chain into the nation’s largest consumer cooperative.

Julian Stanczak, abstract painter; at 88

Mr. Stanczak rose to fame as a leading figure of the popular Op Art movement but slipped into obscurity when its reputation flagged.

Ms. Bermejo, a Buenos Aires native, taught for more than 32 years at Berklee College of Music.

Mili Bermejo, 65; gave voice to Latin-fused jazz in Boston and at Berklee

Ms. Bermejo came to Boston to study at Berklee and perform, but teaching became a parallel calling.

Dr. Montgomery, holding photographs of himself in 1943, parachuted into Normandy on D-Day as a member of the OSS with the 82nd Airborne.

Hugh Montgomery, 93, spy with exploits from battlefield to powder room

Dr. Montgomery, a Springfield native, became one of the most admired CIA officers of his generation.

Photos of Ms. Chacon reviewing the troops while pregnant became a symbol of a new era.

Carme Chacon, 46, Spain’s first female defense minister

Before taking charge of the Defense Ministry, Ms. Chacon had been minister of housing and a national lawmaker.

Hans Dehmelt, 84; received Nobel Prize for isolating electrons

Dr. Dehmelt developed methods to trap a single ion or electron, allowing for a more precise way to measure their properties.

Mrs. Hoppin held the position of director of admissions at the exclusive private school in Brookline for 24 years.

Caroline Parker Hoppin, 79; led efforts to make Park School more diverse

Mrs. Hoppin held the position of director of admissions at the exclusive private school in Brookline for 24 years.

Mr. Lang’s promise to give college scholarships to graduates of Public School 121 in New York received national publicity.

Eugene Lang, 98, investor who made college dreams a reality

Mr. Lang’s spur-of-the-moment promise to a sixth-grade graduating class that he would pay for their college education inspired a foundation.

Mr. Pigott-Smith was awarded the Order of the British Empire in March for his services to drama.

Tim Pigott-Smith, 70, actor who put Prince Charles on the throne

Mr. Pigott-Smith won accolades playing the title role in the West End and Broadway productions of “King Charles III.’’