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Mr. McNamara with his son Brian at Station 3 in Newton in 2001.

Ray McNamara, firefighter who survived an explosion to inspire others, dies at 79

Critically burned and blinded, Mr. McNamara underwent about three dozen operations and always encouraged others to "do the next right thing."

André Leon Talley.

Influential fashion journalist André Leon Talley dies at 73

Mr. Talley was an influential fashion journalist who worked at Women’s Wear Daily and Vogue and was a regular in the front row of fashion shows in New York and Europe.

In a photo provided by the Harrison family, Mr. Harrison sat under the poster for one of his plays.

Paul Carter Harrison, whose ideas shaped Black theater, dies at 85

A playwright and scholar who in books, essays, and award-winning plays provided a theoretical structure for the Black performing arts, Mr. Harrison was 85.

Charles McGee was awarded an honorary rank of general in 2019.

Famed Tuskegee Airman Charles McGee dies at 102

Mr. McGee flew 409 fighter combat missions over three wars.

Dr. Willie was the Charles William Eliot professor of education, emeritus, at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Charles Willie, an architect of Boston’s ‘controlled-choice’ school desegregation plan, dies at 94

Dr. Willie, whose grandparents were enslaved, became a leading voice for equality and fairness.

Beatrice Mintz, pioneering scientist in cancer and genetics, dies at 100

Beatrice Mintz, a scientist who, in decades of single-minded devotion to her research, produced seminal findings about cancer, how it develops, how it may be treated and the genetics underlying those discoveries, died Jan. 3 at her home in Elkins Park, Pa. She was 100.

Iran’s Iraj Pezeshkzad, who wrote ‘My Uncle Napoleon,’ dies

Iraj Pezeshkzad, an Iranian author whose bestselling comic novel, “My Uncle Napoleon,” lampooned Persian culture’s self-aggrandizing and paranoid behavior as the country entered the modern era, has died. He was 94.

Mr. Belisle's teams won 26 consecutive state titles.

Longtime high school hockey coach Bill Belisle dies

Mr. Belisle, a Korean War veteran, started as coach at Mount Saint Charles Academy in 1975 and won 32 state titles.