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Herbert Fingarette, contrarian philosopher on alcoholism, dies at 97

Fingarette defined heavy drinking as willful behavior rather than as a potential disease while plumbing the perplexities of personal responsibility.

Naomi Breslau, who studied post-traumatic stress, dies at 86

Dr. Breslau was one of the first scientists to study how the experiences of everyday life can cause serious psychiatric syndromes.

Caroline Rose Hunt, who turned inheritance into vast wealth, dies at 95

Ms. Hunt, a Texas oil heiress, quietly diversified her investments and became one of the nation’s wealthiest women in the 1980s.

William Goldman, screenwriting star and Hollywood skeptic, dies at 87

William Goldman won Academy Awards for his screenplays for “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and “All the President’s Men.”

David Pearson, NASCAR’s Silver Fox, has died at 83

Mr. Pearson was a three-time Cup champion and his 105 career victories trail only Richard Petty’s 200 wins on NASCAR’s all-time list.

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Katherine MacGregor, the scheming Mrs. Oleson of 'Little House,' dies at 93

Ms. MacGregor played petty, gossiping mother Harriet Oleson on TV’s “Little House on the Prairie.”

Roy Clark performed after being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tenn., in 2009.

Roy Clark, country guitar virtuoso, ‘Hee Haw’ star, dies at 85

The country star headlined the cornpone TV show ‘‘Hee Haw’’ for nearly a quarter century and was known for such hits as ‘‘Yesterday When I was Young’’ and ‘‘Honeymoon Feeling.”

Ron Johnson, All-Pro running back, dies at 71

Mr. Johnson became the first player in New York Giants history to gain at least 1,000 rushing yards in a season, achieving the milestone twice in the 1970s.

John D. Maguire, advocate of diversity in education, dies at 86

Long before Mr. Maguire was a civil rights activist or developed inclusive college admissions standards, he grew up in the segregated South with views on race that were far from enlightened.

Mr. Plank witnessed the atomic-bomb attack on Nagasaki.

Raymond Plank, coal miner’s son who prospered in oil, dies at 96

Mr. Plank witnessed the atomic-bomb attack on Nagasaki and then returned from the war to help found one of the nation’s largest independent oil and gas companies, Apache.

Mr. Rand with former president Barack Obama at the White House in 2009.

Barry Rand, barrier-breaking CEO at Avis, dies at 74

Mr. Rand became one of the few African-American chief executives of a Fortune 500 company when he took control of Avis, the rental car company, in 1999.

Dr. Mead was known for his “wisdom and warmth, and his discipline and depth of curiosity.”


Dana G. Mead, who formerly chaired the MIT Corporation, dies at 82

Dana Mead helped to bring diversity to MIT, and earlier had been a business leader and Army officer.

In this 1979 photo provided by Stratford Festival, Douglas Rain appeared as King Henry IV.

Douglas Rain, chilly voice of a computer named HAL, dies at 90

Mr. Rain performed for 32 seasons with the Stratford Festival in Ontario but was perhaps most famous for one faceless movie role — the voice of the HAL 9000 computer in “2001: A Space Odyssey.”

Fred Berry (center) was a prolific fund-raiser for nonprofits and even marked his retirement from the Legislature with a charitable gala.

Former state senator Frederick Berry, tireless advocate for the disabled, dies at 68

A former aide to Berry told the State House News Service that the Peabody Democrat died after a “brief illness.”

Mr. Lee posed with Lou Ferrigno (right) and Eric Kramer, who portrayed the Hulk and Thor, respectively, in a TV movie.

Stan Lee, colorful catalyst for comic-book industry’s rise, dies at 95

As chief writer and editor of Marvel Comics, Mr. Lee helped create some of the most enduring superheroes of the 20th century.

Mr. Lai was a prolific composer of soundtracks that were unabashedly romantic and melodic.

Francis Lai, film composer who won Oscar for ‘Love Story’ score, dies at 86

Mr. Lai composed the music for more than 100 films, including the 1966 hit French film ‘‘A Man and a Woman.’’

Boston, MA -- 08/01/15 -- Legendary comic artist Stan Lee signs a Captain America prop for a fan during the Boston Comic Con, held at the Seaport World Trade Center, on August 1, 2015, in Boston, Massachusetts. (Kayana Szymczak for the Boston Globe)

Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee dies at 95

Lee has for decades been revered as a comic book giant for his central role in creating the Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man, Iron Man, and other major Marvel characters.

Dr. Pager with her son, Atticus, in their Cambridge home in 2016.

Devah Pager, a Harvard sociologist who documented bias in hiring, dies at 46

Dr. Pager was a rising star in the field of sociology.

Gérald Bloncourt, 91, Haitian photographer and activist

Mr. Bloncourt turned his zeal for social justice into photography that captured the humanity of immigrants and factory workers.

Grace Corrigan, shown here in a Globe file photo, spent years educating students about space.

Grace Corrigan, mother of Christa McAuliffe and education advocate, dies at 94

The Framingham resident met life’s reversals with candor, clarity, and a determination to keep doing good.

Paul Zimmerman (Dr. Z) dies at 86; chronicled football’s complexity

Mr. Zimmerman’s whose deep understanding of football informed his work at Sports Illustrated and influenced the way other reporters covered the sport.

Kitty O’Neil, deaf stuntwoman and speed racer, at 72

In December 1976, Kitty O’Neil, piloting a three-wheeled rocket-powered vehicle called the SMI Motivator, set a speed record which still stands.

Trailblazing African-American RB Wally Triplett dies at 92

Wally Triplett, the trailblazing running back who was one of the first African-Americans drafted by an NFL team, has died. He was 92.

Judith Kazantzis, British feminist poet and activist, dies at 78

Before she found her voice as a feminist poet, Judith Kazantzis, who grew up in one of Britain’s most prominent literary families, began writing as an escape from the humdrum life of a housewife.

Bob Naegele Jr. at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul in 2000, before the initial season of the Minnesota Wild. He was the lead investor and founding owner of the NHL team.

Bob Naegele Jr., founding owner of Minnesota Wild, has died at 78

Mr. Naegele was the lead investor in the expansion franchise that began play in 2000, eight seasons after the North Stars left Minnesota for Dallas.

MA - 11/13/1985: New England Patriots defensive coordinator Rod Rust talks to a player on Nov. 13, 1985. (Frank O'Brien/Globe Staff) --- BGPA Reference: 181107_MJ_006

Rod Rust, former New England Patriots head coach, 90

As defensive coordinator, Mr. Rust helped lead the team to its first Super Bowl in 1986.

Bernard Bragg, at 90; pioneering deaf actor who brought sign language to the stage

Mr. Bragg co-founded the National Theatre of the Deaf.

Mr. Marson cofounded the Andover Shop in 1948. He ran the company’s Andover location while his brother-in-law Charlie Davidson handled the other shop in Cambridge.


Virgil Marson, co-owner of legendary Andover Shop, dies at 94

Mr. Marson was a renowned, if discreet, figure in Greater Boston men’s clothing.

A boy looked at a model of Nintendo’s Super Mario at the Japanese game maker’s showroom in Tokyo in 2010.

Mario Segale, developer who inspired Nintendo to name Super Mario, dies at 84

Mario A. Segale, a Seattle-area real estate developer who unwittingly lent his name to perhaps the most famous video game character in history — Nintendo’s Mario — died at a local hospital on Oct.

FILE- In this May 18, 1971, file photo Evelyn Y. Davis offers up a bullet from an ammunition bandolier, which she wore at the Wilmington, Del., stockholders meeting of 20th Century-Fox Film Corp. Reaching for the shell is Charles M. Lewis. Davis, who owned stock in more than 80 public companies and liked to make a show of her presence at shareholder meetings, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018. She was 89. (AP Photo/Bill Ingraham, File)

Evelyn Y. Davis, attention-grabbing shareholder activist, dies at 89

The brash Ms. Davis owned stock in more than 80 public companies and rarely failed to make her presence known at corporate-investor meeting.

Mr. Hargrove regularly ranked at the top of critics’ and readers’ polls in jazz magazines.

Roy Hargrove, acclaimed trumpeter who embraced many styles, dies at 49

Mr. Hargrove explored Cuban and electronic music, R&B and hip-hop while performing with artists as diverse as Dizzy Gillespie, Stevie Wonder, and Common.

Mr. Marttila with John Kerry during a campaign event in the 1980s. Mr. Marttila “didn’t let you stray from the values,’’ Kerry said. “We always had an ethic of trying to win, but to win in a way that you could be proud of.

John Marttila, ‘savant’ among campaign managers, dies at 78

Mr. Marttila rewrote the Democratic Party’s campaign playbook in Massachusetts and beyond in ways that resonate nearly four decades later.

William Murtagh, 95, ‘pied piper’ of American historic preservation

Mr. Murtagh was appointed the first ‘‘keeper’’ of the National Register of Historic Places.

“The agency is the most romantic segment of the intelligence community, but I began to lose faith in it and its purpose, in intelligence in general,” Mr. Marchetti said of the CIA.

Victor Marchetti, 88, disillusioned CIA officer who challenged secrecy rules

Mr. Marchetti co-wrote a best-selling book in the 1970s about the agency’s inner workings.

Mr. Fortune, who was a member of top jazz bands and also led his own, appeared on stage in 2005 in Manhattan.

Sonny Fortune, 79, saxophonist of urgency and grace

The alto saxophone was Mr. Fortune’s primary instrument, but he also was known for his command of the flute and clarinet.

Jockey Mike Smith (left) and Mr. Campbell held the Belmont Stakes trophy after Smith rode Palace Malice to victory in the 2013 Belmont Stakes in Elmont, N.Y.

Cot Campbell, who spurred the democratization of horse racing, dies at 91

The dapper racehorse owner and writer brought democracy to the sport of kings by pioneering shared ownership of thoroughbreds.

Mr. Chow also signed kung fu hero Jackie Chan and brought the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to the silver screen.

Raymond Chow, film producer who discovered Bruce Lee, dies at age 91

Mr. Chow also introduced the world to Jackie Chan and brought the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to the big screen.

María Irene Fornés, writer of spare, poetic plays,

María Irene Fornés, a Cuban-born American playwright, died Tuesday in Manhattan. She was 88.

Former Seattle Seahawks coach Jack Patera dies at 85

Jack Patera, the first head coach in the history of the Seattle Seahawks, has died at age 85.

01berhard -- Dr. William F. Berhard (white coat) and members of the Soviet Hyperbaric Oxygenation Group: Sergei N Yefuni, MD, Head of the Laboratory of Artificial Oxygenation of the Institute of Clinical and Experimental Surgery; Yuri M Lopuchin, MD, Rector of the Second Moscow Medical Institute; Head of the Section of Transplantation of Organs and Tissues of the Institute of Clinical and Experimental Surgery; Vladimir V. Lopalin, Engineer of the Institute of Clinical and Experimental Surgery; Andrei P. Meshkovski, Senior Chief Engineer of the section on Chemical- Pharmacological Preparations of the USSR Ministry of Health (interpreter of the group), March 2, 1966. (LeRoy Ryan/Globe Staff) --- BGPA Reference: 181030_MJ_002

Dr. William F. Bernhard, innovative surgeon who treated baby Patrick Kennedy, dies at 93

Dr. Bernhard’s efforts to save President Kennedy’s son focused increased medical attention and research on an infant respiratory ailment that is now much more treatable.

Willie McCovey, Giants’ Hall of Famer, dead at 80

Willie McCovey, the sweet-swinging Hall of Famer nicknamed “Stretch” for his 6-foot-4 height and those long arms, died Wednesday. He was 80.

Leicester City owner Vichai succeeded in soccer and business

Thai billionaire and Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who died when his helicopter crashed in a parking lot next to the soccer club’s stadium, was known to fans as a smiling, benevolent man who gave away free beers and hot dogs on his birthday and brought the club its fairy-tale English Premier League title in 2016. He was 60.

Ruth Gates, renowned coral scientist and conservation advocate, dies at 56

Dr. Gates first became transfixed by coral reefs through the color TV films of sea explorer Jacques Cousteau.

Ms. Shange’s ‘‘For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf’’ was nominated for a Tony Award in 1975.

Author Ntozake Shange of ‘For Colored Girls’ fame has died

Ms. Shange’s ‘‘For Colored Girls’’ has been influential to generations of progressive thinkers.

James “Whitey” Bulger arrived by Coast Guard helicopter in 2011 after an appearance in Boston federal court.


The long, deadly career of James J. ‘Whitey’ Bulger

His life played out like any number of the Hollywood movies it spawned, reflecting a Boston that is no more.

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Armond Colombo, legendary Brockton football coach, dies at 87

Mr. Colombo’s teams won nine Eastern Mass. Division 1 Super Bowl championships.

Eugene Peterson, whose Bible translations sold millions of copies, dies at 85

Rev. Peterson never led a church of more than 500 congregants, yet he quietly became one of the most influential religious thinkers of his time.

Ms. Shange in 2010.

Ntozake Shange, author of ‘For Colored Girls,’ has died

Ms. Shange’s most acclaimed theater piece was the 1975 Tony Award-nominated play.