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Richard Oldenburg, 84; led expansion of Museum of Modern Art

Mr. Oldenburg oversaw blockbuster exhibitions of Picasso, Matisse, and Cézanne.

Al Swift, Washington congressman who helped pass ‘motor voter’ law; at 82

Mr. Swift’s 1993 bill is credited with helping millions of Americans register to vote.

Agnes-Marie Valois, 103; French nun was known as ‘Angel of Dieppe’ in World War II

Sister Agnes cared for nearly 2,000 wounded Canadian soldiers after a disastrous Allied raid along the French coast.

Douglass Shand-Tucci, 76, architectural historian of Boston

His first major book, “Built in Boston,” was published in 1978.

Joan Konner, 87, TV documentarian and journalism dean

Ms. Konner became the first woman to lead the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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Verne Troyer, best known as ‘Mini-Me’ in Austin Powers, has died

A statement provided by Mr. Troyer’s spokesperson says the 49-year-old actor died Saturday.

Swedish DJ-producer Avicii was a pioneer of the contemporary Electronic Dance Movement and a rare DJ capable of worldwide arena tour.

Avicii, 28, electronic dance music producer and DJ

Avicii’s real name was Tim Bergling. He became famous with his 2011 hit “Levels” and was part of a wave of DJs who achieved pop-star levels of prominence.

Mr. Sioufi had spent his life dabbling in the arts and had no interest in Egypt’s political scene until “the kids” — his words — started risking their lives on the streets in 2011.

Pierre Sioufi, 56; sheltered ‘the kids’ of the Arab Spring

Mr. Sioufi was a big, kind-hearted bohemian who played down his own role in a revolt that he did all he could to abet and encourage.

Mr. Bruce was in charge of a bruising offensive line when Ohio State won the

Earle Bruce, 87; coached Ohio State after mentor fell from grace

Mr. Bruce embraced the task of following Woody Hayes, and went on to have his own Hall of Fame career.

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David Bonetti, 70, incisive and at times inciting critic of art and architecture

Mr. Bonetti worked for the Boston Phoenix, Berkshire Fine Arts, and newspapers in San Francisco and St. Louis.

In a photo provided by Miami University, Karen Dawisha in 2010. Dawisha, a Russia scholar who researched Vladimir Putin’s circle of trusted friends from St. Petersburg in the 1990s and, in a 2014 book, labeled the state they plotted out a “kleptocracy,” died on April 11, 2018, in Oxford, Ohio. She was 68. The book, “Putin’s Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia?,” made accusations so grave that Cambridge University Press refused to publish it. (Miami University via The New York Times) -- NO SALES; FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY WITH NYT STORY OBIT DAWISHAX BY ELLEN BARRY FORAPRIL 17, 2018. ALL OTHER USE PROHIBITED. --

Karen Dawisha, 68; traced roots of Russian corruption

Ms. Dawisha researched Vladimir Putin’s circle of trusted friends from St. Petersburg in the 1990s and labeled the state they plotted out a “kleptocracy.”

FILE - In this May 19, 1988, file photo, Harry Anderson poses after a press conference in New York. Authorities said, Monday, April 16, 2018, that actor Harry Anderson of

Harry Anderson, ‘Night Court’ actor who bottled magic on screen and off, dies at 65

Anderson spent nine seasons presiding over a fictional Manhattan courtroom that played host to a steady stream of oddballs.

Bruno Sammartino, 82, ‘good guy’ in roughtumble ring

Bruno Sammartino was heavyweight champion of the World Wide Wrestling Federation for a record 11 years in the 1960s and ′70s.

Mr. Kasell helped inaugurate ‘‘Morning Edition’’ at NPR in 1975. He later worked on “Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me!”

Carl Kasell, NPR broadcaster who brought gravitas and goofiness to the airwaves; at 84

Mr. Kasell’s voice, resonant and reassuring and with a lilting trace of his North Carolina tobacco country heritage, helped define NPR as an emerging force in news broadcasting.

Dick Lynch (right) with his son, Mike, in 1971.

Dick Lynch, 91, longtime inspirational coach at Swampscott High School

Mr. Lynch, the father of the WCVB-TV sportscaster, worked to bring out the best in all his students and athletes.

Barbard Bush watched as her husband, President George H.W. Bush, congratulated their son, George W. Bush, when he was inaugurated as Texas governor in 1999.

Barbara Bush, matriarch in a political dynasty, dies at 92

Mrs. Bush was the first woman since Abigail Adams to be the wife of one president and mother of another.

Mr. Anderson was found dead Monday in his Asheville, N.C., home.

‘Night Court’ star Harry Anderson, 65, found dead

Anderson was best known for playing an off-the-wall judge working the night shift of a Manhattan court room.

FILE - In this April 17, 1968, file photo, Hal Greer (15) of the Philadelphia 76ers goes to the basket defended by Bill Russell (6) of the Boston Celtics, during an NBA basketball game at Boston Garden in Boston, Mass. Looking on is Larry Siegfried (20) of the Celtics. Greer, a Hall of Fame guard and the Philadelphia 76ers' career leading scorer, has died. The Sixers said Greer died Saturday night, April 14, 2018, in Arizona after a brief illness. He was 81.(AP Photo/File)

Hal Greer, 81, Hall of Fame guard who won title with Sixers

A consistently prolific scorer, Mr. Greer was one of the most brilliant pro guards of the 1960s.

Actor and former Marine Corps drill instructor R. Lee Ermey in 2014.

‘Full Metal Jacket’ sergeant R. Lee Ermey dies at 74

The former Marine made a career in Hollywood playing hard-nosed military men.

Mrs. Newton was the editor of the Needham Chronicle for about three years.

Phyllis Baker Newton, 94, journalist and entrepreneur

A longtime journalist who also launched a career counseling center in Needham to help women find jobs, Mrs. Newton died March 5 in Centerville.

A photo provided by University Of North Carolina School Of The Arts of John Ehle with his daughter Jennifer on the porch of their home in Mitchell County, N.C., in 1971. Ehle, whose historical novels set in the Appalachian Mountains were acclaimed for the authenticity of the charactersÕ lives, and whose work for the governor of North Carolina in the 1960s led to significant changes in arts education, died on March 24, 2018, at his home in Winston-Salem, N.C. He was 92. (University Of North Carolina School Of The Arts via The New York Times) -- NO SALES; FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY WITH NYT STORY SLUGGED OBIT EHLE BY SANDOMIR FOR APRIL 12, 2018. ALL OTHER USE PROHIBITED.

John Ehle, 92, literary master who rooted novels in Appalachia

Mr. Ehle’s historical novels were acclaimed for the authenticity of the characters’ lives.

Mr. Forman won an Academy Award for directing 1984’s “Amadeus,” which also won best picture.

Milos Forman, 86, Oscar-winning director of ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’

Mr. Forman challenged Hollywood with his subversive touch and twice directed movies that won the Oscar for best picture.

Mr. Bell hosted the popular radio talk show “Coast to Coast AM” until 2002. He broadcast the show from his radio station, KNYE, in Pahrump, Nev.

Art Bell, 72, radio show host

Mr. Bell was best known for a paranormal-themed nightly show syndicated on hundreds of stations in the 1990s.

Dr. Lewalski in her study in her home in Providence.

Barbara Kiefer Lewalski, at 87; groundbreaking female Ivy League professor was renowned scholar on Milton

Dr. Lewalski was the first woman to become a tenured English professor at Brown and Harvard universities.

Mr. Forman won an Academy Award for directing 1984’s “Amadeus,” which also won best picture.

Milos Forman, 86, Oscar-winning director of ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’

Mr. Forman challenged Hollywood with his subversive touch and twice directed movies that won the Oscar for best picture.

Dr. Melcher, who maintained his veterinarian’s license while serving in Congress, stood with his dogs Ben (left) and Max outside his Washington home in 2002.

John Melcher, 93; Montana Democrat sought compromises in Senate

Dr. Melcher narrowly lost a bid for a third term in 1988 just days after a wilderness bill he championed was vetoed by President Reagan.

FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2008, file photo, Patrick F. McManus, is seen in Spokane, Wash. McManus, a prolific writer best known for his humor columns in fishing and hunting magazines who also wrote mystery novels and one-man comedy plays, has died. He was 84. McManus' business partner Tim Behrens said Friday, April 13, 2018, that McManus died Wednesday evening, April 11 at a nursing facility in Spokane, Wash., where he had been in declining health. (Colin Mulvany /The Spokesman-Review via AP, File)

Patrick F. McManus, 84, outdoors humor columnist

Mr. McManus also wrote mystery novels and one-man comedy plays.

In an undated handout photo, Fran Bera, a consummate aviator, test pilot and flight instructor. Bera set altitude records, won transcontinental air races and stopped counting her flight hours at 25,000 logged. Two years after she last flew her Piper Comanche 260, Bera died at home in San Diego on Feb. 10, 2018, at age 93. (Handout via The New York Times) -- NO SALES; FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY WITH NYT STORY SLUGGED OBIT-BERA BY SLOTNIK FOR APRIL 12, 2018. ALL OTHER USE PROHIBITED. --

Fran Bera, recordbreaking pilot and flight instructor; at 93

Winner of more than a dozen air races, Ms. Bera once flew a small plane from California to Siberia on a whim.

Lenox, Massachusetts - 8/11/2015 - John Oliver, founding director of the Tanglewood Chorus, sits on stage after leading the chorus during a rehearsal at the Seiji Ozawa Hall in Lenox, Massachusetts, August 11, 2015. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)

John Oliver, 78; founded Tanglewood Festival Chorus

In his 45-year tenure with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Oliver shaped more than 1,000 performances without even being on the stage.

Highly regarded poet J.D. McClatchy has died at age 72

J.D. McClatchy was a revered and versatile man of letters praised as a poet, librettist, educator, editor and translator.

Peter Gruenberg; won Nobel for work that led to quicker computers

‘‘Without him, modern computers and smartphones as we know them today would be inconceivable,’’ a research center said.

Donald McKayle, Broadway and modern dance choreographer

Mr. McKayle, 87, was one of the first choreographers to weave the African-American experience into the fabric of modern dance.

Mitzi Shore, whose club was a comedy mecca, dies at 87

Mitzi Shore was the owner of the Los Angeles club the Comedy Store and one of the most influential figures in stand-up for more than four decades.

The Staple Singers (from left), Pervis, Cleotha, Pops, Mavis, and Yvonne, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Yvonne Staples, was part of ‘God’s greatest hitmakers’; at 80

Miss Staples performed with her sisters and their father on hits such as ‘‘Respect Yourself’’ and ‘‘I’ll Take You There.’’

Ivor Guest, 97; transformed study of dance history

Ivor Guest was a lawyer by training whose extensive research into ballet from 1750 to 1900 transformed the study of dance history.

In this Sept. 10, 2010, photo, Chuck McCann Motorcycle Charity Associates presents its 4th annual Leather Meets Lace event benefiting Iraq Star Foundation and Heroes Night Out at the Playboy Mansion Los Angeles. Actor and comedian McCann, who recorded the famous line

Chuck McCann, 83, madcap innovator of children’s TV

Mr. McCann later branched out as a character actor in films and TV.


Charles Austin, groundbreaking television reporter, dead at 73

Mr. Austin, a widely respected journalist who broke new ground when he became one of the first African-American television reporters in Boston, has died.


Charles Austin, groundbreaking television reporter, dead at 73

Mr. Austin, a widely respected journalist who broke new ground when he became one of the first African-American television reporters in Boston, has died.

Mr. Pepper coanchored the news on WBZ-TV from 1974-1981.

Tony Pepper, 79, former WBZ-TV coanchor and WRKO-AM talk show host

Mr. Pepper teamed up with Jack Williams at WBZ in 1975. “We worked well together and the ratings went up big time,” Williams said.

a calm moment in “Grave of the Fireflies,” Mr. Takahata’s wrenching World War II drama.

Isao Takahata, 82, leader in Japanese animation

Mr. Takahata made sophisticated animated films like the elegiac World War II drama “Grave of the Fireflies.’’

Dr. Crosby was viewed by peers as having launched a new discipline.

Alfred W. Crosby, 87, of Nantucket, pioneering environmental historian

To study the impact of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the new world in 1492, Dr. Crosby wove together culture, biology, ecology, and geography.

Eric Bristow, 60, the first superstar of darts

Mr. Bristow was a British laborer’s son who began mastering the pub game of darts as a teenager and became a dominant world champion in the 1980s.

Ms. Link channeled her enthusiasm into leading gun safety workshops and arduous survival expeditions.

Sheila Link, 84, sportswoman and firearms writer

Ms. Link transformed her life to pursue two passions — firearms and the outdoors — becoming a noted authority on both.

Carl Scheib, 91, youngest player in American League history

Mr. Scheib made his major league debut on Sept. 6, 1943, when he was 16 years, 8 months, and 5 days old.

Dr. Halle helped found MIT’s linguistics program, one of the most important in the world, and played a key role in bringing to the faculty Noam Chomsky, who became one of the field’s most significant figures.

Morris Halle, who helped found MIT’s linguistics program, dies at 94

An MIT institute professor emeritus, he was considered one of the field’s most influential scholars.

Mr. Taylor was capable of performances full of stillness. He could also go on full attack.

Cecil Taylor, 89, pianist who moved beyond jazz idiom

Mr. Taylor challenged the jazz tradition that produced him and became one of the most bracing, rhapsodic, abstract, and original improvisers of his time.

Senator Akaka obtained federal funds for Hawaii for education, energy, and native Hawaiian programs.

Daniel Akaka, 93, first native Hawaiian elected to Congress

Senator Akaka developed a reputation as a congenial legislator who made many friends while making few waves in pressing the interests of the 50th state.

In “Five Easy Pieces.’’ Ms. Anspach played a New Age intellectual who sleeps with Jack Nicholson’s character.

Susan Anspach, 75, daring actress in maverick films

The radiant and rebellious actress personified the 1960s-into-the-’70s counterculture in films like “Five Easy Pieces” and “Blume in Love.’’