Violette Verdy, 82; former Boston Ballet artistic director

Violette Verdy worked with a student at the Boston Ballet Company’s studio in 1984.

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Miss Verdy, the French-born New York City Ballet star, was one of the leading ballerinas of the 20th century.

Dr. Wyatt “had a deep-seated interest in trying to help people,” his colleague Dr. Joseph Rizzo said.

John Wyatt, 69; pioneered retinal prosthetics at MIT

Dr. Wyatt worked to improve the lives of millions affected by blindness.

// Daniel Gerson, 49; scribe of ‘Monsters, Inc.,’ ‘Big Hero 6’

Mr. Gerson, born in New York, got his start as a writer for the NBC comedy “Something So Right.”

// Thornton Dial, 87; depicted black life in art

Mr. Dial was an untrained artist but saw his sculptures and paintings housed at prestigious institutions.

John Disley, 87; cofounded London Marathon

Mr. Disley was also a former Olympic bronze medalist in the steeplechase.

// Bill Buchanan, 90; was versatile Boston journalist

Mr. Buchanan was admired by his peers at the Herald Traveler, the Herald, the Daily Record, and the Globe.

// Dan Hicks, 74; leader of eclectic band Hot Licks

Mr. Hicks attracted a devoted following with music that was defiantly unfashionable, proudly eccentric, and foot-tappingly catchy.

// John Jay Hooker Jr., former RFK aide; at 85

Mr. Hooker, a larger-than-life figure in Nashville, spent his last days fighting to make physician-assisted suicide legal in Tennessee.