Tomas Transtromer at 83; Swedish poet celebrated for imagery

Tomas Transtromer received the Nobel Prize in Stockholm in 2011, at age 80. He was a master of the metaphor.

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In famous collections such as the 1966 ‘‘Windows and Stones,’’ Mr. Transtromer used imaginative metaphors to describe the mysteries of the human mind.

// Charles Shaffer at 82; attorney for John Dean during Watergate

Before his high-profile representation of Dean, Mr. Shaffer served as a Justice Department lawyer during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations.

Mr. Hartman worked with four successive leaders of the Soviet Union in the ’80s.

Arthur Hartman at 89; US ambassador to Soviet Union

Hartman was Washington’s longest-serving ambassador to the Soviet Union and the Reagan administration’s point man in Moscow.

Mrs. Van Duyne’s nonprofit One With One arranged job interviews and taught immigrants to be self-sufficient.

Margaret Van Duyne, at 79; teamed immigrants with mentors

Mrs. Van Duyne’s nonprofit One With One arranged job interviews and taught immigrants to be self-sufficient.

Ms. Conford’s debut came out in 1971, and she was published the next 30 years.

Ellen Conford, popular children’s author, dead at 73

Conford’s comic tales were about everything, from the travails of high school to a girl’s summer camp crush.

Mr. Rooney lifted revenue at his company almost 40-fold.

Francis Rooney, 93; inspired Buffett to buy shoemaker

Mr. Rooney was in the shoe business for more than a half-century, boosting the revenue of Melville Corp. almost 40-fold as chief executive.

Carl Howard, at 107; engineer, musician, poet, philanthropist

Mr. Howard, of Bedford, became an engineer at his mother’s behest, and also composed music and wrote poetry all his life.

Ms. Nelosn and her partner, Wally, were both war opponents. They picnicked in 1946.

Juanita Nelson, at 91; civil rights activist advocated local food

Racial equality was important to Ms. Nelson, who became a civil rights activist, but in later years “it became her conviction that we have to get over race.”

Senator John F. Kennedy stood with Representative Robert W. Kastenmeier (center) and Senator William Proxmire of Wisconsin at a political event in Madison in 1960.

Robert Kastenmeier at 91; a liberal voice in House for 32 years

Kastenmeier was an early opponent of the Vietnam War and in 1976 earned the gratitude of authors when he managed the first general revision of copyright law since 1909.

Pentangle guitarist John Renbourn dies at 70

The masterful acoustic guitarist and founding member of the Pentangle died at his home in Scotland.

Mr. Metaxas was appointed to lead the Massachusetts agency for taxation in 1972.

Nicholas Metaxas at 86; expert on state’s tax laws

Metaxas worked for 35 years in the Massachusetts Department of Corporations and Taxation, where he was appointed commissioner in 1972.

Miriam Bienstock at 92; cofounder of Atlantic Records

Bienstock ran the business side of the fledgling label as it became an industry leader during the rise of rock ‘n’ roll.

Claude Brenner, of Lexington, was active in MIT activities, including service on the MIT Corporation.

Claude Brenner at 86; MIT board member and ‘Quiz Kid’

As a boy in Chicago, he had been one of the original “Quiz Kids” on a popular radio program.

Walter Channing Jr. reclined beside one of his wood sculptures in New York City in 1986.

Walter Channing Jr., at 74; vintner, artist, venture capitalist

Mr. Channing combined careers as a venture capitalist, sculptor and well-regarded vintner on Long Island.

Alberta Watson, at 60; Canadian film and TV actress

Ms. Watson was best known for her role on ‘‘24’’ as special agent Erin Driscoll during the Fox series’ 2004-05 season.

Chuck Bednarik played for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Chuck Bednarik, at 89; NFL hall of famer was intimidator

Mr. Bednarik was the Philadelphia Eagles’ Hall of Fame center and linebacker and one of the last NFL players to commonly play on both offense and defense.