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Bill Paxton, 61, star of action blockbusters

The affable actor starred in “Titanic” and “Apollo 13,” and later played the lead in the critically acclaimed television drama “Big Love.”

Ed Garvey, 76; lawyer led NFL players union

After leading the NFLPA, Mr. Garvey became a liberal political activist in his native Wisconsin.

Susan Storey Lyman, 97, chair of Radcliffe Board of Trustees

Mrs. Lyman advocated preserving Radcliffe’s independence.

Jerome Tuccille, 79, Trump biographer and libertarian author

Mr. Tuccille was a disaffected Roman Catholic looking for a new faith when he discovered the writings of Ayn Rand.

Lucille Horn, 96, infant who survived in sideshow incubator

Ms. Horn weighed barely 2 pounds when she was born, but her parents put their faith in a doctor at Coney Island.

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Ivor Nöel Hume, 89, archeologist of Colonial America

Mr. Nöel Hume unearthed the earliest extensive traces of British Colonial America, a town that had vanished after a massacre almost 350 years earlier.

Cardinal Desmond Connell (right) looked on during a 2002 news conference.

Desmond Connell, 90, cardinal linked to scandal

Cardinal Connell’s tenure as Dublin’s Roman Catholic archbishop was dominated by revelations of pedophilia in the priesthood.

Mr. Coryell’s late 1960s albums ‘‘Coryell’’ and ‘‘Spaces’’ were regarded as milestones in jazz fusion.

Larry Coryell, 73, master guitar player who flitted among genres

The much-in-demand sideman and leader forged his reputation on the musical vanguard in the late 1960s with a run of albums that set a foundation for jazz fusion.

The Three Mile Island nuclear power plant ouside Harrisburg, Pa., as seen in 1996.

Harold Denton, 80, regulator who calmed fears at Three Mile Island

Mr. Denton was hailed as a hero for his calm leadership and technical mastery during the most serious nuclear power accident in the country’s history.

Kaci Kullman Five, Nobel committee chair

Ms. Kullmann Five, a former member of the Norwegian parliament, which appoints the five-member Nobel committee, joined the panel in 2003.

Mr. Colmes joined the fledging Fox News Channel in 1996 and hosted the political talk show with Hannity for 12 years.

Alan Colmes, 66, liberal in ‘lion’s den’ of Fox News

The top-rated television commentator was cohost with conservative Sean Hannity of ‘‘Hannity & Colmes.’’

Mr. Bruna’s work has been translated into more than 50 languages in 85 countries and has spawned Miffy merchandise.

Dick Bruna, 89, author of Miffy books

Mr. Bruna was inspired to create Miffy after spotting a rabbit running in the woods on a trip he had made to the countryside.

Dr. Mildred Dresselhaus in 2007.

Dr. Mildred Dresselhaus, 86, much-honored MIT physicist, mentor to female scientists

Dr. Dresselhaus, a physicist and an institute professor emerita at MIT, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

This photo provided by Fox News, taken in 2014, shows Alan Colmes. Colmes, the radio and television host and commentator best known as the amiable liberal foil to the hard-right Sean Hannity on the Fox News Channel, has died. (Fox News via AP)

Alan Colmes, Fox News’ former liberal voice, dies at 66

Alan Colmes, the radio and TV host best known as the amiable liberal foil to Sean Hannity on Fox News, has died.

Kenneth J. Arrow of Harvard University carries his Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences after receiving it in solemn ceremonies in Stockholm, Sweden, Sunday, Dec. 10, 1972. On stage in the background are other Nobel laureates. Medals, diplomas and checks are presented to a record 11 prize winners, eight Americans, two Britons and one German. (AP Photo)

Kenneth Arrow, called one of leading modern economists

Dr. Arrow generated work that was technically forbidding even to mathematically oriented colleagues.

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Fritz Wiedergott, 82, hall of fame coach at St. Mark’s

“There is no question that Fritz was the most significant and influential individual in the 150 years of athletics at St. Mark’s,” said school historian Nick Noble.

Richard Schickel, 84; was film critic for Life, Time

Mr. Schickel wrote that two measures of a movie’s quality should be how much a viewer retains and how much one wants to see it again.

Brenda Buttner, Fox business host

Ms. Buttner served as CNBC’s Washington correspondent and hosted the network’s ‘‘The Money Club’’ before joining Fox News in 2000.

Ms. Cook oversaw more than $223 million in fund-raising at McLean.

Cathie Cook, 73, McLean Hospital VP and fund-raiser

Ms. Cook brought what she called “the extra verve of the added touch” to her work and her life.

Mr. Churkin sparred with US diplomats over whether to impose sanctions or take action to end the conflict in Syria.

Vitaly I. Churkin, 64, Russia’s UN ambassador

Mr. Churkin championed Moscow’s perspective on barbarity in Syria, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and other global flash points.

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 (far right, sitting next to his wife Martha) brought John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier together, and later, after their marriage, attended the baptism of their son, John F. Kennedy Jr., then only 13 days old.

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.

Mr. Abdel Rahman at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City during an interview in 1995.

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.

Mr. Thornton was a United Press International manager covering New England and New York.

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.”

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.