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Robert Boyle, 88, writer, watchdog of rivers, wildlife

Mr. Boyle became the unofficial guardian of the Hudson River as a crusading conservationist and a founder of a widely replicated watchdog group called Riverkeeper.

Al Vecchione; helped build ‘PBS NewsHour’

Mr. Vecchione, an immigrant’s son, was an unlikely helmsman of the ‘‘NewsHour’’ program.

Dina Merrill, 93, an heiress, a rebel, and, briefly, a Hollywood star

Starting in the 1950s, Ms. Merrill appeared in more than 100 films and television programs.

Bill White, 77, defenseman who starred for Chicago, Team Canada

He formed an imposing tandem on the Black Hawks’ blue line with Pat Stapleton and helped the team reach the playoffs in all seven of his seasons in Chicago.

Roxcy Bolton, 90, feminist who fought for Equal Rights Amendment

Ms. Bolton was credited with founding the nation’s first rape treatment center and helped persuade forecasters not to name tropical storms after only women.

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Mrs. Fritz, a Wheaton College graduate, visited places where her subjects had lived as part of her thorough research.

Jean Fritz, 101, prolific author of history books for children

Part of Mrs. Fritz’s inspiration for exploring American history came from her childhood, which was spent in China.

William Brohn, 84, who made Broadway orchestras sing

Mr. Brohn worked on more than a dozen Broadway shows and won a Tony in 1998 for “Ragtime.”

Jerry Canterbury, 78, whose paralysis led to informed consent laws

Mr. Canterbury’s case led to a landmark court ruling that fundamentally transformed how doctors deal with patients in evaluating the risks of potential treatment.

Stanley Greene, teller of uncomfortable truths, dies at 68

Greene’s fearlessness in the most perilous of places made him one of the leading war photographers of his generation.

Dr. Colten also held campaign and fund-raising events with a group known as the Obama Mamas.

Mary Ellen Colten, 68, director of Center for Survey Research at UMass Boston

Dr. Colten combined scholarly studies with political activism, including with a group of friends known as the Obama Mamas.

Ms. Dick at her home in Point Reyes Station, Calif., in November 2010.

Anne R. Dick, 90, memoirist and writer’s muse

The events and emotions of her marriage to Philip K. Dick turn up again and again in his novels, transfigured into science fiction.

Mr. Vidov’s work caught the eye of international filmmakers, but his efforts to work abroad were blocked by the Soviets.

Oleg Vidov, 73, Soviet actor who defected to US

Mr. Vidov, a matinee idol in the Soviet Union, enjoyed a long film and TV career in Hollywood.

Mr. Rolde (center) led two campaigns to save Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

Neil Rolde, 85, Maine politician, historian

Mr. Rolde was a former state representative who worked to save Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

Wilburn Ross, 94; broke German assault alone

Sergeant Ross fought back eight German counterattacks during a World War II battle in France.

FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010, file photo, musician Chris Cornell of Soundgarden performs during the Lollapalooza music festival in Grant Park in Chicago. According to his representative, rocker Chris Cornell, who gained fame as the lead singer of Soundgarden and later Audioslave, has died Wednesday night in Detroit at age 52. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

Chris Cornell, 52, singer and founder of Soundgarden, Audioslave

The powerful, dynamic singer died Wednesday night in Detroit of an apparent suicide.

Mr. Ailes founded Fox News in 1996 and built it into a very successful platform for conservative commentators.

Roger Ailes, 77, media guru and political strategist

The communications maestro created and ruled Fox News Channel for two decades before being ousted last year for alleged sexual harassment.

Mr. Bolan (left) played the silent partner to the flamboyant Roy M. Cohn (center) in their politically potent law firm.

Thomas A. Bolan, 92, understated force in New York law

Mr. Bolan was a founder of the Conservative Party in New York.

Eddie Williams led the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies for more than three decades.

Eddie Williams, 84, who ran leading black think tank for decades

Mr. Williams, who marshaled facts and figures to advocate for the political and economic advancement of black people, died Monday in Bethesda, Md.

Mr. Davis founded the African American Dance Ensemble and Dance Africa.

Chuck Davis, 80, African dance master choreographer

The master choreographer and teacher of traditional African dance styles founded dance companies in North Carolina and New York.

Ms. Taylor on her back deck.

Elizabeth Knox Taylor, 87, cofounder of the Mission Hill School

Ms. Taylor was a lifelong educator devoted to creating open classrooms and giving students opportunities for democratic decision making.

Mr. Boothe won an Emmy in 1980 for outstanding lead actor in a limited series or special.

Actor Powers Boothe, 68, known for ‘Deadwood’ and other dark roles

Mr. Boothe won an Emmy in 1980 for outstanding lead actor in a limited series or special for his performance depicting Jim Jones.

Brooklyn Bishop Thomas V. Daily, right, performs Palm Sunday mass Cathedral Basilica of St. James, Sunday, March 24, 2002, in New York. Daily has emerged as a key figure in the case of defrocked priest John J. Geoghan, who has been accused of molesting more than 130 children. Daily, once the second-highest official in the Boston archdiocese, sought to avoid a church scandal rather than investigate priests accused of molesting children according to a report Saturday in The New York Times. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) -- Library Tag 04212002 National

Thomas Daily, 89; faced criticism on oversight of pedophile priest

The legacy of Bishop Daily, a Belmont native, was the target of criticism over how he had handled the sexual abuse scandals.

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2016 file photo, Paramount CEO Brad Grey attends a special screening of

Brad Grey, 59; set up new way to create TV hit series

His sometimes contentious four-decade run in show business ended on a down note, but Mr. Grey may be remembered for helping to change how the gears of Hollywood grind.

Mr. Palermo had some tense moments on the field, including this argument with Orioles’ skipper Earl Weaver.  Asked to grade Weaver’s performance, he declared it “a perfect 10.’’

Steve Palermo, 67; popular umpire was shot while breaking up a robbery

Mr. Palermo grew up in Massachusetts and was one of the top umpires in Major League Baseball.

Mr. Hamilton and his wife, Susan, spent their honeymoon at the 1971 Daytona 500, where he won a qualifying race. He retired from full-time racing that year because of a neck injury.

Pete Hamilton, 74, local racer with ‘stars in his eyes’ who won Daytona 500

Mr. Hamilton, a graduate of the former Newton High School, started his racing career at the old Norwood Arena race track.

Yale Lary, 86; helped lead Lions to three titles

Mr. Lary was a Hall of Fame safety who also served in the Army.

Finnish President Koivisto (third left) joined European leaders — including Francois Mitterrand of France (far left) and Boris Yeltsin of Russia (far right) at a security conference in Helsinki.

Former Finnish President Mauno Koivisto; at 93

Mr. Koivisto, led the Nordic nation out of the shadow of its huge eastern neighbor, the Soviet Union, and into the European Union.

Nicholas Sand, 75, chemist sought to bring LSD to the world

Mr. Sand’s most celebrated product, known as Orange Sunshine for the color of the tablets it came in, became a signature drug of the late 1960s.

Henry Chung, 98; helped bring Hunan’s flaovrs to America

Mr. Chung opened one of the first US restaurants to specialize in spicy Hunanese cuisine.

Dr. Meltzer, an expert on the Federal Reserve and global markets, taught at Carnegie Mellon University.

Allan H. Meltzer, 89, conservative economist

Dr. Meltzer, a Boston native, was credited with coining the anti-bailout slogan, “Capitalism without failure is like religion without sin.”

Mr. Termeer posed for a portrait in June 2015 at his office in Marblehead. Termeer, who died Friday, was described by a former colleague as “the dean of the biotech community.”

Henri Termeer, key biotech leader who built Genzyme into an industry giant, dead at 71

Mr. Termeer helped build the Cambridge-based firm into a leading biotech company.

From left, Amanda Arroyo, Brady Moran, and Kiley O'Brien, first-graders at Cumberland Hills Elementary School, wrap up G.I. Joe figures that were launched with parachutes from the rotunda of the Rhode Island Statehouse in Providence, R.I., to open the 2010 International G.I. Joe Collectors' Convention, Friday, April 30, 2010. (AP Photo/Stew Milne) Library Tag 05012010 Metro

Stan Weston, 84; pitched G.I. Joe to Hasbro

When Mr. Weston approached the toy company, he believed he might be able to replicate the success of the Barbie doll.

Mr. Irvine finished his NBA head coaching career with a record of 100-190.

George Irvine, 69, former college standout, NBA coach

‘‘He had a great basketball mind,’’ said longtime Indiana Pacers executive Donnie Walsh.

Ms. Kaplan (right) and her sister, Juliet, celebrated Yvette’s 78th birthday during a trip to their native Budapest in 2016. The women survived the Holocaust and then fled Hungary.

Yvette Kaplan, 78, who offered comfort to Dana-Farber patients

Ms. Kaplan also spoke to student groups about her childhood in Budapest during the Holocaust.

Ms. Morrissy Merick was also The Cornell Daily Sun’s first female sports editor.

Anne Morrissy Merick, 83, pioneering Vietnam War journalist

Ms. Morrisy Merick successfully fought for equal treatment of female reporters during the war.

Professional street skater Rob Dyrdek (left) and Mr. Boykin appeared on “Total Request Live” in 2006.

Christopher Boykin, 45, half of the MTV odd couple ‘Rob & Big’

Mr. Boykin, known as Big Black, was the professional skateboarder Rob Dyrdek’s bodyguard and buddy.

Mr. Sherin spent four years at the Stamford Center for the Arts in Connecticut.

Edwin Sherin, 87, theater and ‘Law & Order’ director

Mr. Sherin directed James Earl Jones on Broadway in “The Great White Hope.”

Then-Boston Globe editor Robert Phelps in January 1975.

Robert H. Phelps, 97, who oversaw the Globe’s busing coverage

Mr. Phelps was a longtime editor at The Boston Globe and New York Times who oversaw the Globe’s coverage of school desegregation.

Thomas Melville, 86, antiwar protester and one of the ‘Catonsville Nine’

Dr. Melville, a former priest born in Boston, participated in a high-profile act of civil disobedience in 1968: the burning of military draft records.

Don Gordon, 90, McQueen’s sidekick on and off set

Mr. Gordon found steady work in the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s as a supporting actor, often playing tough guys.

Zvi Dor-Ner, 75, award-winning documentary producer at WGBH

Mr. Dor-Ner, who loved sailing and had an adventurous spirit, made it his mission to tell stories of daring.

Miriam Gannon, foster mother to more than 70 children; at 82

Mrs. Gannon and her husband, Matthew, adopted many of the children whom they fostered.

A.R. Penck, 77, German neo-expressionist of Cold War era

Mr. Penck’s work brought a new sense of historical and political drama to figurative painting.

Peter O’Toole and Ms. Lavi appeared together in 1965’s “Lord Jim.”

Daliah Lavi, 74, actress in both dramas and spoofs

Ms. Lavi, who spoke several languages, became an actress as a teenager while studying ballet in Sweden.

Mr. Holcomb also was a former world champion in both two-man and four-man competition.

Steven Holcomb, 37, US Olympic bobsledding star

Mr. Holcomb drove to three Olympic medals after beating a disease that nearly robbed him of his eyesight.

Mr. Kiefer, who had been the oldest living US Olympic champion, won gold at 18 years old at the Berlin Games.

Adolph Kiefer, 98, gold-medal backstroker in the 1936 Olympics

Mr. Kiefer might well have become one of America’s greatest Olympic champions if World War II had not intervened.