John ‘Wacko’ Hurley, 85; organized St. Patrick’s Day parade

Mr. Hurley was a leader of the group that sponsored the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade.

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Mr. Hurley played a role in running the South Boston parade for more than 50 years.

Maurice Strong in 2003. Mr. Strong “will forever be remembered for placing the environment on the international agenda and at the heart of development,’’ said Achim Steiner, executive director of the UN Environment Program.

Maurice Strong, 86; was environmental pioneer

Mr. Strong’s work helped lead to the landmark climate summit that begins in Paris this week.

George Genovese appeared in 2008 at the

George Genovese, 93; was former baseball scout

Mr. Genovese signed a number of eventual superstars, including Bobby Bonds, George Foster, and Gary Matthews.

Mr. Lewis was carried off the court after his Cougars upset UCLA before 52,000 at the Astrodome in Houston in 1968.

Guy Lewis, 93; led Houston to consecutive NCAA title games

Mr. Lewis was best known for coaching the Phi Slama Jama teams of the 1980s.

// Milton Pitts Crenchaw, 96; original Tuskegee Airmen instructor

Mr. Crenchaw trained hundreds of members of the US military’s revered unit.

James C. McKay, 89; Reagan-era independent counsel

Mr. McKay, a Washington trial lawyer, investigated influence-peddling accusations in the 40th president’s administration.

// Gregory H. Adamian, 89; former Bentley College president

Mr. Adamiam, of Medford, expanded the campus and reputation of the school during his 21 years as president.

Charles M. Cawley, 75; founder of MBNA Corp.

Mr. Cawley, a Beverly native, turned the company into the world’s largest independent credit card issuer.

// David Canary, 77; veteran soap actor

Mr. Canary was best known for his role as twin brothers on “All My Children.”

Stephen Birmingham, 86; author of ‘Our Crowd’

Mr. Birmingham’s frothy books of social history were best-selling sagas of American aristocracy.