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Reggie Lucas, versatile guitarist and producer

Reggie Lucas, a guitarist, songwriter and producer who was a member of Miles Davis’ electric band of the early and middle 1970s and who produced the majority of Madonna’s debut album, died Saturday at a New York hospital. He was 65.

Clint Walker, towering Western star, 90

The former real-life deputy sheriff was a towering, solitary figure on TV’s “Cheyenne.”

Dovey Johnson Roundtree, barrier-breaking lawyer, 104

Born to a family of slender means in the Jim Crow South, Rev. Roundtree was instrumental in winning a spate of advances for blacks and women in midcentury America, blazing trails in the military, the legal profession, and the ministry.

Philip Roth, 85, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist

Mr. Roth won the Pulitzer for fiction in 1998 for his book “American Pastoral.”

Bernard Lewis, 101, influential scholar of Islam

Mr. Lewis traced the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to a declining Islamic civilization, a controversial view that influenced world opinion.

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Miss Mann won 38 LPGA Tour titles, including two major championships.

Golfer Carol Mann, 77; won 38 titles on LPGA Tour

Miss Mann, winner of the 1965 US Women’s Open, was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1977.

Shown is the Robert Indiana sculpture

Robert Indiana, 89; turned ‘Love’ into enduring art

Mr. Indiana’s bold rendering of the word “Love” became one of the most recognizable artworks of the 20th century. He died Saturday at his home in Vinalhaven, Maine.

Bill Gold, 97; his posters captured movie magic

Mr. Gold, of Greenwich, Conn., created works for “Casablanca,” “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “Alien,” “Mystic River,” and hundreds of other films.

Mr. Cannon slipped by opponents at the start of his storied 89-yard punt return that helped LSU beat Mississippi in 1959.

Billy Cannon, 80; won Heisman Trophy and glory with LSU

Mr. Cannon led the Tigers to a national title in 1958 and won the Heisman in 1959, highlighted by his tackle-breaking 89-yard punt return that beat Ole Miss.

Ms. Morison and her “Kiss Me, Kate,” costar Alfred Drake played checkers backstage at the New Century Theatre.

Patricia Morison, 103, Broadway’s first Kate to be kissed

Ms. Morison conquered Broadway in the hit musicals “Kiss Me, Kate” and “The King and I” after finding limited success in Hollywood.

Howard Sachar, 90, GWU scholar and ‘trailblazer’ of Jewish history

Dr. Sachar was a second-generation historian whose most prominent works included the two-volume ‘‘A History of Israel.’’

Charles Assimakopoulos.

Charles Assimakopoulos, at 83; trained winning horses at Rockingham Park and Suffolk Downs

Mr. Assimakopoulos, who founded Yasou Stable Trust, became one of New England’s most successful trainers and owners.

Bobbie Louise Hawkins, 87, Beat poet and author

Ms. Hawkins’s work reverberated with her hardscrabble Texas childhood and her belated liberation from an overbearing husband.

Leah Napolin, 83; her ‘Yentl’ adaptation made Broadway

The play’s run on Broadway became a resonant symbol for the second-wave feminist movement in the mid-1970s.

Joseph Campanella, 93, ubiquitous character actor

Mr. Campanella’s TV career began in the 1950s and continued for decades on such shows as “Mannix,” “The Bold Ones,” and “One Day at a Time.”

Tom Murphy, acclaimed Irish playwright, dies at 83

Mr. Murphy was known for penning dark tales told with a rustic musicality and is credited with influencing a younger generation of Irish playwrights.

Cambridge, MA - 5/1/1991: Richard Pipes, the Baird professor of history at Harvard University, poses for a photo inside his study at the Widener Library on campus in Cambridge, Mass., May 1991. (Bill Greene/Globe Staff) --- BGPA Reference: 170516_ON_027

Richard Pipes, authority on Russia and Soviet Union, Reagan-era hardliner; at 94

Dr. Pipes was a participant in history as well as its student.

Paul Carlin, 86; postmaster general fought his firing

Mr. Carlin was a key player in the old Post Office Department’s shift from a federal agency to the semi-autonomous US Postal Service.

FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2012, file photo, Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive talks with reporters during the SEC basketball media day in Hoover, Ala. Slive, the former SEC commissioner who guided the league through a period of unprecedented success and prosperity, died Wednesday, May 16, 2018. He was 77. The Southeastern Conference said Slive died in Birmingham, Ala., where he lived with his wife of 49 years, Liz. The conference didn’t provide the cause of death. Slive retired in 2015 after 13 years as commissioner. He was battling prostate cancer at the time he stepped down. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)

Mike Slive, 77; pushed Southeastern Conference to collegiate successes

Under Mr. Slive’s leadership, the conference became the most powerful conference in college football.

In an undated photo provided by Taylor Dixson, Matt Marks, a founding member of the contemporary chamber orchestra Alarm Will Sound. Marks, a composer and French horn player whose critically-praised ensemble is known for its unusual stylistic breadth and commitment to innovation, died in St. Louis on May 11, 2018. He was 38. (Taylor Dixson/Alarm Will Sound via The New York Times) -- NO SALES; FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY WITH NYT STORY SLUGGED OBIT-MARKS BY SMITH FOR MAY 16, 2018. ALL OTHER USE PROHIBITED. --

Matt Marks, 38, cutting-edge composer and musician

Mr. Marks was a founding member of the contemporary chamber orchestra Alarm Will Sound.

October 3, 1976 / fromthearchive / Globe staff photo by Frank O'Brien / Fullback Sam Cunningham and wide receiver Darryl Stingley laugh with running back Andy Johnson as they celebrate a Patriot thrashing of the Oakland Raiders 48-17.

Andy Johnson, 65, former Patriots running back

Mr. Johnson played for the team from 1974-82.

Tom Wolfe, an acclaimed author, speaks as he visits the Washington & Lee University campus in Lexington, Va., in 2005.

Tom Wolfe, 88, creative chronicler of America’s idiosyncrasies

Mr. Wolfe exuberantly chronicled American culture before turning his satiric wit to such novels as “The Bonfire of the Vanities” and “A Man in Full.”

In 1957, Mr. Ford got a hand from Jack Burke Jr. as he donned the green jacket worn by Masters’ winners.

Doug Ford, former Masters and PGA champion; at 95

Mr. Ford, who was the oldest surviving Masters champion, won 19 times on the PGA Tour.

Jerrold Meinwald, 91; studied creatures’ chemical signals

Dr. Meinwald’s pathbreaking studies showed how creatures use chemicals to attract mates, repel predators, and send messages back and forth.

FILE - In this July 26, 2016 file photo, American author and journalist Tom Wolfe, Jr. appears in his living room during an interview about his latest book,

Tom Wolfe, pioneering ‘New Journalist,’ dies at 88

Wolfe chronicled everything from hippies to the space race before turning his sharp eye to fiction.

Mr. Pothier was stationed at Clark Field in the Philippines when Japan struck Pearl Harbor.

‘He came home and lived his life to the fullest.’ Mass. man who survived Bataan Death March dies at 99

Mr. Pothier received recognition for his valor in recent years. He was 98 when he was awarded a Bronze Star and was promoted to sergeant from corporal last fall.

Captain Medina said he had regrets but no guilt over the killings in Vietnam.

Ernest Medina, 81, Army captain acquitted in My Lai Massacre

Captain Medina was accused of overall responsibility for the March 1968 mass killings of unarmed South Vietnamese men, women, and children by troops he commanded.

Ms. Jowell, who battled cancer, called for better access to medical care.

Tessa Jowell, 70, politician who helped bring Olympics to London

The former British culture secretary used her cancer diagnosis to campaign for better treatment.

Ms. Kidder, playing the feisty reporter, starred alongside Christopher Reeve in the hit film “Superman” and three sequels.

Margot Kidder, 69, actress who found stardom playing Lois Lane

With a raspy voice and snappy delivery, Ms. Kidder brought the feisty reporter to life in the hit 1978 film “Superman” and three sequels.

Mr. Knox was carried off the field after his Seahawks defeated Miami in a playoff game in 1983.

Chuck Knox, 86, coach who put three struggling NFL teams in the running

Mr. Knox was a three-time coach of the year who believed so strongly in the running game that he earned the nickname Ground Chuck.

9/11/01--Endicott President Dick Wylie.

Endicott College president Richard Wylie 77; died days before commencement

Dr. Wylie, president of the college for 31 years, is credited with transforming it and boosting its enrollment and its endowment.

Doreen Simmons, 85, British-born authority on sumo wrestling

The British-born teacher of Latin and Greek settled in Japan in the 1970s and became a renowned authority on sumo wrestling.

Evgeni Vasiukov, 85, Russian chess grandmaster

Mr. Vasiukov was among the world’s best players for more than 15 years and won tournaments in five different decades.

At Penguin, Mr. Mayer presided over a company where authors included Saul Bellow, Stephen King, and Don DeLillo. But he also cofounded Overlook Press, focusing on works otherwise “overlooked’’ by major publishers.

Publisher Peter Mayer dies at age 82

Mr. Mayer acquired such million-selling books as “Up the Down Staircase” and “Jonathan Livingston Seagull”

Bill Foley won the 1964 Mass. Amateur title.

Bill Foley, 80, amateur golf champion and Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund official

Mr. Foley was past president of the Massachusetts and New England golf associations.

Dr. Falkow shared a White House stage with President Obama when he received the National Medal of Science.

Stanley Falkow, 84; discovered how antibiotic resistance spreads

Over his long career Dr. Falkow won just about every major award in science, including the National Medal of Science.

Mr. Russell, who lived for many months among bears in eastern Russia, concluded that the animals were not naturally hostile to people.

Charlie Russell, 76, naturalist who befriended bears

Mr. Russell researched grizzly bears by living among them and argued for a view of the animals based on coexistence rather than fear.

Oldest person in US dies; Pennsylvania woman was 114

“She has an amazing spirit,” said a nursing home official last year of Delphine Gibson. “She’s always singing to us or sharing the gospel. She is a treasure to the nation.”

IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch (left) with Frank King and Canadian native Lombart Fox and Canada’s model.

Frank King, 81, an architect of the 1988 Winter Olympics

Mr. King’s worked helped change the face of Calgary, Alberta.

A photo provided by G.E. of Robert N. Hall, whose discoveries led to microwave ovens and supermarket scanners, at work at a General Electric laboratory in Niskayuna, N.Y., in the early 1960s. For all the widespread familiarity of what Hall wrought as a remarkably inventive physicist, his death, at 96, on Nov. 7, 2016, gained little notice. (G.E. via The New York Times) -- NO SALES; FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY WITH NYT STORY OBIT HALL BY DON R. HECKER OF MAY 11, 2018. ALL OTHER USE PROHIBITED. --

Robert Hall, 96; his inventions ubiquitous, but his death largely unnoticed

Mr. Hall’s legacy can be found at almost every checkout counter at every supermarket, drug store, and more.

Brooks Kerr, piano prodigy and Ellington expert

Mr. Kerr, who was legally blind, often served as the stand-in for the Duke when playing with his orchestra.

Daniel Cohen, who sought justice for Pan Am bombing victims

Mr. Cohen was a children’s book author whose 20-year-old daughter died in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing.

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2016 file photo, Anne V. Coates arrives at the 2016 Governors Awards in Los Angeles. Coates, an Oscar-winning film editor died Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at the Motion Picture Country Home and Hospital in Woodland Hills, Calif.. She was 92. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Anne V. Coates, 92; admired editor of acclaimed movies

Ms. Coates earned five Academy Award nominations, winning one for “Lawrence of Arabia.”

Anatole Katok, an American mathematician who was a leader in the theoretical exploration of dynamical systems, died April 30 at a medical center in Danville, Pa. He was 73. MUST CREDIT: Family photo.

Anatole Katok, mathematician who explored chaos theory; at 73

Dr. Katok was director of the Center for Dynamics and Geometry at Penn State University.

Christiane Collins, scholar who fought a Columbia gym

Christiane Crasemann Collins was a historian of urban planning who helped make a moment in history herself by defying a bulldozer bent on converting a West Harlem park site into a Columbia University gymnasium.

FILE - Edwin G. Burrows, left, and Mike Wallace are pictured in this undated file photo. Burrows, a historian who won a Pulitzer Prize with Wallace for an epic overview of New York City's early history, died Friday, May 4, 2018 at his home from complications of a Parkinsonian syndrome, said his daughter, Kate Burrows. He was 74. (AP Photo/File)

Edwin Burrows, 74, historian co-wrote ‘Gotham’

The Brooklyn College professor shared the Pulitzer Prize for the narrative “Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898.”

Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis and California Governor Deukmejian spoke in 1987.

George Deukmejian, former governor of California; at 89

Mr. Deukmejian‘s anti-spending credo earned him the nickname “The Iron Duke.”

In 1989, Paul J. McManus told The Boston Globe that “what you devote yourself to says an awful lot about your priorities.”

Paul J. McManus, 59, judge and longtime public defender

Judge McManus was seated on the Boston Municipal Court in 2015.