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Michael Novak, 83, Catholic scholar who championed capitalism

Mr. Novak abandoned the liberal politics he espoused in the 1960s to make the theological and moral case for capitalism.

Charles Bartlett, 95, reporter who brought Kennedys together

Mr. Bartlett won a Pulitzer Prize in 1956 for helping expose professional misconduct by the secretary of the Air Force.

Omar Abdel Rahman, 78, blind cleric who plotted terrorist attacks

Mr. Abdel Rahman became one of the most influential and fearsome theologians of the Islamist fundamentalism that swept the Middle East.

H.C. ‘Cal’ Thornton, 91, of Westport, longtime news service executive

Mr. Thornton was an executive with United Press International and later the Los Angeles Times-Washington Post News Service.

Irwin Stambler, 92; wrote rock music encyclopedia

Mr. Stambler was an engineer, but his love for music inspired him to write “The Encyclopedia of Pop, Rock and Soul.”

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Mr. Stepanian’s efforts to invest in urban neighborhoods brought him honors from the Organization for a New Equality.

Ira Stepanian, who guided Bank of Boston through rough waters to record profits, dies at 80

Mr. Stepanian led one of Boston’s most venerable financial institutions through the late-1980s recession and into record earnings.

Drummer Clyde Stubblefield, pictured in 2013, created one of the most widely sampled drum breaks ever.

Clyde Stubblefield, James Brown’s ‘funky drummer,’ dies at 73

Stubblefield’s drum break on “Funky Drummer” has served as the backbeat for countless hip-hop tracks.

Mr. Simon’s best-known film as a director was “Frank: A Vietnam Veteran.”

Fred Simon, 71, documentary filmmaker and professor

Mr. Simon taught filmmaking at Clark University in Worcester and Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston.

Ms. McCorvey (left), Jane Roe in the 1973 court case, and her attorney Gloria Allred held hands as they left the Supreme Court building in Washington after sitting in while the court listened to arguments in a Missouri abortion case.

Norma McCorvey, 69, woman at center of Roe v. Wade

Ms. McCorvey’s legal challenge under the pseudonym “Jane Roe” led to the US Supreme Court’s landmark decision that legalized abortion.

George ‘The Animal’ Steele, 79, wrestler in WWE Hall of Fame

At a Red Sox game in 2012, Mr. Steele pretended to take a bite from the baseball before throwing out a ceremonial first pitch.

Former professional wrestler George “The Animal” Steele bit the baseball before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before a game at Fenway Park in 2012.

George ‘The Animal’ Steele, 79, wrestler in WWE Hall of Fame

At a Red Sox game in 2012, Mr. Steele pretended to take a bite from the baseball before throwing out a ceremonial first pitch.

Mr. Michel, who valued conciliation, served as House minority leader for 14 years.

Robert Michel, 93, genial GOP leader

Mr. Michel, an affable Illinois congressman, served as leader of the Republican House minority for 14 years.

A scenic path in Idaho was one of two dozen routes named to the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Hall of Fame.

David Burwell, 69, first president of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, dies

Mr. Burwell, a Boston native, co-founded the organization that has led nationwide efforts to convert unused railroad corridors to trails and parklands.

Mr. Gerendas left his native Hungary in 1956 and moved to Montreal. He later moved to Massachusetts and founded Temptronic Corp., which pioneered new methods for controlled temperature testing.

Thomas Gerendas, 84, Holocaust survivor who founded Temptronic Corp.

After moving to Massachusetts, Mr. Gerendas founded the company using technology he created to revolutionize the way equipment is tested in extreme temperatures.

When his father died in 1964, Mr. Bard took over as manager until he was forced out in a power struggle in 2007.

Stanley Bard, 82, who ran Chelsea Hotel as a bohemian sanctuary

The Robin Hood of innkeepers, with a studied obliviousness and a congenital proclivity to see only the positive in the hotel, nurtured talented writers and artists.

In 2003, The New York Times described Ms. Smithers as “the real godmother of the new style of philanthropy.”

Adele Smithers, 83; empowered charity benefactors

Ms. Smithers expanded on her husband’s bequests to help recovering alcoholics at a Manhattan treatment center.

Raymond Smullyan, 97; created logic puzzles

Dr. Smullyan’s greatest legacy might be the devilishly clever logic puzzles he devised, presenting them in numerous books or just in casual conversation.

Harold G. Moore Jr. talked about his experiences to a class at the US Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.

Harold Moore Jr., 94, Army general memorialized in ‘We Were Soldiers’

General Moore’s leadership in one of the earliest and bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War saved scores of lives.

Miles Cahn, 95, cofounder of Coach handbags

Mr. Cahn and his wife, Lillian, founded Coach in 1961 after buying a small Manhattan wallet manufacturer and renaming it.

Mr. Beara was the security chief in the Bosnian Serb army headquarters.

Ljubisa Beara, 77, convicted of genocide in Srebrenica

Mr. Beara, a former senior Bosnian Serb security officer, was accused of involvement in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre.

Mr. Lux, who graduated from Emerson College and began his teaching career there as poet-in-residence, taught for 27 years at Sarah Lawrence College in New York.

Thomas Lux, 70, poet known for his generosity as a writer, teacher

Mr. Lux, who formerly taught at Emerson College and Sarah Lawrence College, was noted for his support of other poets.

Mr. Krasa met his wife, Hana, after he escaped from a death march of Auschwitz prisoners in January 1945.

Edgar Krasa, 92, Holocaust survivor kept alive the story of Terezin’s chorus

Mr. Krasa told the story of the chorus who performed Verdi’s “Requiem” in a Czechoslovakia concentration camp.

Mr. Jarreau earned Grammys for pop vocal and jazz vocal performances in the same year.

Al Jarreau, 76, singer who spanned worlds of jazz, pop, and R&B

Mr. Jarreau, a versatile and virtuosic vocalist, sold millions of records and won numerous Grammys.

Benny Goodman (right) was among the many luminaries with whom Mr. Asmussen (left) performed.

Svend Asmussen, 100, early master of jazz violin

Mr. Asmussen’s collaborators over more than 70 years included Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman.

Mr. McNelly completed 744 marathons, the same number of his destroyer in World War II.

Don McNelly, 96, a master of marathons

Mr. McNelly was known worldwide for powering through marathon runs and running up record totals into his 70s and 80s.

Buchi Emecheta, 72, Nigerian novelist

Ms. Emecheta gave voice to African women struggling to reconcile traditional roles with the demands of modernity.

Lev Navrozov, 88, literary translator and Soviet dissident

Mr. Navrozov smuggled out his study of Lenin and Stalin’s campaigns of terror when he emigrated to the United States.

Dr. Rosling once described himself not as an optimist, but as a “very serious possiblist.”

Hans Rosling, 68, doctor who used statistics to educate millions

A self-described “edutainer,” Dr. Rosling captivated vast audiences in TED Talks and TV documentaries.

Mr. Gedda, a celebrated Swedish singer, kept his career going until he was well into his 70s.

Nicolai Gedda, 91, celebrated opera tenor

Mr. Gedda was one of the most versatile, and professionally long-lived, tenors of his era.

Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch hoisted the Stanley Cup after the Red Wings won their second consecutive NHL championship in 1998.

Mike Ilitch, 87, team owner who went to bat for Detroit

The billionaire businessman founded the Little Caesars pizza empire and won praise for keeping the Red Wings and Tigers in the city.

Alec McCowen, 91, West End and Broadway star

Mr. McCowen had global success with a one-man show about the life of Jesus.

In 2002, Ms. Gillen’s life-sized statue of Moore was dedicated on Nicollet Mall, a pedestrian mall near where Moore threw her tam in the opening credits of her 1970s TV show, ‘‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show.’’

Gwendolyn Gillen, 76, Wis. artist who cast Mary Tyler Moore sculpture

Ms. Gillen’s bronze sculpture of Mary Tyler Moore tossing her hat became a downtown Minneapolis landmark.

FILE - In this Oct 1, 2005 file photo, Marta Becket dances

Marta Becket, at 92; dancer, artist brought ballet to deserted hall near Death Valley

The dancer and artist spent decades presenting one-woman shows at a remote Mojave Desert hall that she made famous.

Roger Walkowiak, 89, 1956 Tour de France champ

Mr. Walkowiak, the son of a Polish factory worker, created a major upset when he won cycling’s biggest race at the age of 29.

Ms. Gelb spent much of her career following the writer.

Barbara Gelb, 91, author, playwright, and journalist

Ms. Gelb, with her husband, Arthur Gelb, produced the first full-scale biography of the playwright Eugene O’Neill.

Asked how it felt to be the oldest American, Ms. Dunlap said, ‘‘I don’t feel any different.’’

Adele Dunlap, 114, oldest American

Ms. Dunlap became the country’s oldest person in July 2016 following the death of 113-year-old Goldie Michelson, of Worcester.

“He got to know every single student who came through the program,” student Nancy Allen recalled.

Timothy Edgar, 59, health communications professor at Emerson and Tufts

Dr. Edgar wanted to bring health care beyond this nation’s borders to people around the world.

Bernard Redmont, 98; acclaimed journalist served as BU dean

In his memoir, Mr. Redmont wrote that he had been “a reluctant candidate” when John Silber elevated him from the faculty to become dean of BU’s communications school.

Admiral Lyon enlisted in the Navy in 1942 while studying at Yale University.

Richard Lyon, 93; became first Navy SEAL admiral

‘‘He reminded me of James Bond,’’ said Kelly Sarber, who met Admiral Lyon as a child because her father was also a SEAL.

Mr. Hatch starred in the original “Battlestar’ series and had a role in a reprise.

Richard Hatch, star in ‘Battlestar Gallactica’

Mr. Hatch played Captain Apollo, a fighter pilot who was regularly featured with his best friend, Lieutenant Starbuck, played by Dirk Benedict.

‘‘I was trying to get an antiseptic mouthwash for extractions,’’ Dr. Schattner said in explaining Chloraseptic.

Robert Schattner; invented iconic sore-throat spray

‘‘It was trial and error,’’ Dr. Schattner said of creating Chloraseptic.

Mr. Colombo appeared at an Italian-American Civil Rights League event in Manhattan, near where his mob-connected father had been shot.

Anthony Colombo, 71; helped get ‘Mafia’ out of ‘The Godfather’

Mr. Colombo, a mobster’s son, successfully agitated to keep out any references to the Mafia during the classic film.

Dubbing himself The World’s Foremost Authority, Mr. Corey took scattered aim at blowhard pundits and pompous academics for half a century.

Irwin Corey, 102, the king of comedic confusion

Mr. Corey spent eight decades perfecting a mock-intellectual routine laced with malapropisms and non-sequiturs.

Dr. Rosenfeld estimated that products he helped develop resulted in consumer savings of $30 billion each year.

Arthur Rosenfeld, 90, physicist at forefront of energy-efficiency movement

Dr. Rosenfeld’s work helped reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and saved everyday Americans billions of dollars each year.

Mr. Liteky in 2008 in San Francisco. He returned the Medal of Honor over the US government's policies in Central America.

Charlie Liteky, received and later relinquished Medal of Honor; at 85

Mr. Liteky, a former priest turned peace activist, is likely the only recipient to return the award.

Mr. Driscoll coached at Malden Catholic, Medford High, and Wakefield High.


Charlie Driscoll left a hall of fame legacy on the ice

Mr. Driscoll racked up more than 300 wins coaching at Malden Catholic, Wakefield High, and Medford High.

Mr. Hartle is shown being helped into his dive gear, which weighed more than 200 pounds.

Ken Hartle, 103, Navy salvage diver at Pearl Harbor

Mr. Hartle had the grim task of retrieving bodies from ships sunk by the Japanese.

Nick Littlefield, a former chief of staff for Senator Edward M. Kennedy, spoke in 2009.

Nick Littlefield, 74; helped Kennedy shape health care legislation

Mr. Littlefield’s fingerprints can be seen on such bills as the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act.