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Warren Adler, ‘The War of the Roses’ author, dies at 91

Mr. Adler wrote thrillers, love stories, mysteries, and historical fiction but found a niche in depicting dysfunctional relationships.

Sally O’Neill, rights worker in Central America, dies at 68

Ms. O’Neill was a prominent human rights worker from Ireland who helped investigate the 1981 massacre in El Mozote, El Salvador, in which more than 900 civilians were slain.

Gene Wolfe, acclaimed science fiction writer, dies at 87

Mr. Wolfe’s works, full of inventive language, mysteries and subtly conveyed themes, are considered to be among the genre’s finest.

Jerrie Cobb, America’s 1st female astronaut candidate, dies at 88

As America’s first female astronaut candidate, pilot Jerrie Cobb pushed for equality in space but never reached its heights.

Monkey Punch, creator of megahit Japan comic Lupin III, dies at 81

Cartoonist Monkey Punch was best known as the creator of the Japanese megahit comic series Lupin III.

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Dr. Richard Green, who challenged psychiatry’s view of homosexuality, dies at 82

Dr. Green fought psychiatry’s classification of homosexuality as a mental disorder.

Former astronaut Owen Garriott, who flew on Skylab station, dies at 88

Dr. Garriott and his son, Richard, became the first US father-son space travelers.

Stanley Plumly, lyrical poet influenced by Keats, dies at 79

Stanley Plumly was an award-winning former poet laureate of Maryland whose poignant narratives were inspired by the beauty and transcendence of John Keats’s lyrical verse.

David Brion Davis, scholar of slavery, dies at 92

The Pulitzer Prize-winning historian documented the centrality of slavery in Western culture through a landmark trilogy.

H. Morse Payne Jr., an architect, teacher, and genealogist, dies at 96

H. Morse Payne Jr., 96, who died Jan. 9, was an architect in Boston, a college teacher, and genealogist.

Ms. Engel in her dressing room for the play “John.” Although she was best known from TV, she began her career onstage and enjoyed a late-in-life resurgence in the theater.

Georgia Engel, 70, gentle-voiced ‘Mary Tyler Moore’ actress

On “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” Ms. Engel played Georgette Franklin, girlfriend and eventually wife of the buffoonish TV newsman Ted Baxter.

Mr. Gross was a Princeton neuroscience professor.

Charles Gross, 83, husband to Joyce Carol Oates

Mr. Gross spent 43 years on the faculty of Princeton’s psychology department, where the university credited him with revolutionizing understanding of sensory processing and pattern recognition.

Paul Greengard, Nobel Prize recipient, neuroscientist

Dr. Greengard’s 15-year quest to understand how brain cells communicate provided new insights into psychological diseases and earned him a Nobel Prize.

Ms. Andersson’s emotionally complex role in “Persona” (1966) became the part that made her acting reputation.

Bibi Andersson, 83, luminous presence in Bergman films

The Swedish actress personified first purity and youth, then complexity and disillusionment, in 13 midcentury Ingmar Bergman films.

David Thouless, 84, Nobel-winning physicist who explored strange states of matter

Dr. Thouless used a blend of physical theory and mathematical insight to create knowledge applicable in computers, electronics, and materials science.

Mr. Morgan was a decorated World War II veteran.

Fred B. Morgan Jr., decorated WWII veteran and revered leader on Martha’s Vineyard, dies at 97

Fred B. Morgan Jr., 97, who died April 7, was a decorated World War II veteran and a revered civic leader on Martha’s Vineyard.

Donald Stewart, took over the College Board at a crucial time, dies at 80

A career educator, Mr. Stewart also was credited with reviving Spelman College.

Mr. Gregg (left) and Bart Starr chatted at the Wisconsin Pro Football Writers dinner in 1975.

Forrest Gregg, lineman for mighty Packers teams, dies at 85

Forrest Gregg, the great Hall of Fame lineman for the mighty Green Bay Packers of the 1960s that Vince Lombardi called the “finest player I ever coached,” died Friday at age 85.

Ivor Broadis, 96, oldest former England international

After serving in the Royal Air Force during World War II, Mr. Broadis played soccer for Carlisle, Sunderland, Manchester City, and Newcastle in a career that lasted until 1960.

Mr. Burgin, who wrote “Islands of the Damned: A Marine at War in the Pacific,” signed copies in Lancaster, Texas.

R.V. Burgin, 96, Marine whose book helped inspire HBO’s ‘The Pacific’

Mr. Burgin wrote the book ‘‘Islands of the Damned: A Marine at War in the Pacific.’’ His daughter says it was among several books that inspired the HBO miniseries that premiered in 2010.

Mr. Pinck wrote the memoir “Journey to Peking” about his months in China for the OSS. Above, Mr. Pinck and his group of friends, from left to right: interpreter Shum Hay, Colonel Chen, Mr. Pinck, provincial magistrate Chai Cho Man, and radio operator Lung Chiu Wah.

Dan C. Pinck, writer and OSS operative during World War II, dies at 94

Mr. Pinck, who wrote the memoir “Journey to Peking,” had lived for many years in Cambridge and previously resided in the South End.

Kitty Tucker, 75, who raised awareness of the Silkwood case

The public interest lawyer and antinuclear activist helped raise national awareness of nuclear power whistleblower Karen Silkwood’s death.

Joan Jones, force against racism in Nova Scotia, dies at 79

Ms. Jones was a low-key but determined crusader for racial justice and equality in Nova Scotia, whose black population has faced discrimination and hostility for centuries.

Lorraine Branham, shown at the 2014 dedication for the Newhouse Studio and Innovation Center, died April 2.

Lorraine Branham, journalism dean and mentor, dies at 66

Kelsey Davis was on the verge of dropping out of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University two years ago.

Ralph Solecki, who found humanity in Neanderthals, 101

Ralph Solecki, an archaeologist whose research helped debunk the view of Neanderthals as heartless and brutish half-wits and inspired a popular series of novels about prehistoric life, died March 20 in Livingston, New Jersey. He was 101.

Undated shot of William Jacobs on Cape Cod. 10billjacobs

William Jacobs, biology professor who survived being lost in Yosemite, dies at 99

William Jacobs was a longtime biology professor who survived being lost in Yosemite for 11 days in February 1946.

Lawrence Rhodes, Celebrated Dancer and Renowned Teacher, Dies at 79

Lawrence Rhodes, one of American ballet’s greatest male dancers, who won high praise in the 1960s and ′70s in both classical showpieces and dramatic dance studies of modern angst, died March 27 in New York. He was 79.

Jacob Stein, lawyer in Watergate and Lewinsky cases, dies at 94

Jacob Stein was a Washington lawyer who participated in two of the most dramatic episodes of the modern US presidency, winning the only high-profile acquittal in the Watergate affair and helping obtain immunity for former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

Doolittle Raider Lieutenant Colonel Richard ‘‘Dick’’ Cole, with a B-25 at a Raiders’ reunion.

Richard Cole, last WWII Doolittle Raider, dies at 103

Retired Lieutenant Colonel Richard “Dick” Cole, the last of the 80 Doolittle Tokyo Raiders who carried out the daring US attack on Japan during World War II, died Tuesday at a military hospital in Texas.

Marilynn Smith, Hall of Famer and LPGA founder, dies at 89

Marilynn Smith, one of the 13 founders of the LPGA Tour whose 21 victories, two majors and endless support of her tour led to her induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame, died Tuesday.

Charles Van Doren, a quiz show whiz who wasn’t, dies at 93

Charles Van Doren was a Columbia University English instructor and a member of a distinguished literary family who confessed to Congress and a disillusioned nation in 1959 that his performances on a television quiz show had been rigged.

Cho Yang-ho, who expanded Korean Air amid scandals, dies at70

Cho Yang-ho, whose 27 years as president of Korean Air brought substantial growth to the carrier but also a dizzying series of scandals, died Sunday in Los Angeles.

Seymour Cassel had a 60-year career and roles in more than 100 films.

Actor Seymour Cassel, frequent Cassavetes collaborator, dies at 84

Character actors aren’t often called larger-than-life, but Seymour Cassel was just that.

Marshall Sloane.


Marshall M. Sloane, founder of Century Bank, dies at 92

Mr. Sloane, of Brookline, who died April 6, founded Century Bank in Somerville 50 years ago.

Ly Tong, who hijacked planes to fight communism in Vietnam, dies at 73

Mr. Tong, a self-described ‘‘freedom fighter’’ who made a daring escape from a communist ‘‘reeducation’’ camp and was granted asylum in the United States, died in San Diego.

Mr. Busch was speaker of the Maryland House for 15 years.

Maryland House Speaker Busch, a Chesapeake Bay defender, dies

Michael Busch, a champion of the Chesapeake Bay and progressive causes during his record-tenure as Maryland’s Democratic House speaker, battled for the environment up until the end of his life.

Mr. Blackburn was head coach at Newton North High School for three decades.

Jim Blackburn, legendary running coach at Newton North, dies at 80

Jim Blackburn, 80, of Newton, who died March 19, was a legendary longtime running coach at Newton North High School.

Bill Isles, cofounder of The O’Jays, dies of cancer at 78

Bill Isles, an original member of the chart-topping R&B group The O’Jays, has died at his Southern California Home. He was 78.

Dr. Brenner (left) received the Nobel Prize in Medicine from King Carl Gustaf of Sweden in Stockholm.

Sydney Brenner, who helped decipher genetic code, dies at 92

Sydney Brenner, a Nobel Prize-winning biologist who helped decipher the genetic code and whose research on a roundworm sparked a new field of human disease research, has died. He was 92.

Ms. English broke through in 1994 with “Nite Life,’’ which became a club staple.

Kim English, 48, who blended gospel with dance music

Dance music’s euphoria and church music’s rapture have been conceptual relatives for years, but Ms. English’s joyful 12-inch singles often made the connection explicit.

Vonda N. McIntyre, champion of women in science fiction, dies at 70

Ms. McIntyre’s tales featured female protagonists and she also wrote five “Star Trek” novels.

Mr. Hollings’s colorful political career ended when he retired from the Senate in 2005.

Ernest ‘Fritz’ Hollings, former US senator from South Carolina, dies at 97

The silver-haired Democrat who helped shepherd South Carolina through desegregation as governor and went on to serve six terms in the US Senate.

Gerry Stickells, who helped make rock shows spectacles, dies at 76

Mr. Stickells was a car mechanic in southeast England who drove local rock groups to their engagements in his van when, in 1966, he met Chas Chandler, Jimi Hendrix’s manager.

Mona Lee Brock, emergency counselor to farmers, dies at 87

When the farm crisis of the 1980s swept across the nation’s fields and plains, Mrs. Brock was moved to act.

Mr. Tuttle delicately tattooed a flower on Jutta Kay’s shoulder in his Los Angeles office.

Lyle Tuttle, who recast tattooing’s image pore by pore, dies at 87

Mr. Tuttle found his own kind of international fame by catering to celebrities while helping to move tattooing, as he put it, from the “back alley” into mainstream acceptability.

David Fechheimer, one of the nation’s leading private investigators, dies at 76

Mr. Fechheimer was spurred overnight by the fictional gumshoe Sam Spade to switch careers from being an aspiring English teacher.