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Juan Carlos Formell, buoyant heir of Cuban musical legacy, dies at 59

An acclaimed singer-songwriter, Juan Carlos Formell settled in New York after defecting from Cuba and eventually took over as bassist for his famous father, Juan Formell, in Los Van Van, one of the most influential bands of post-Revolutionary Cuba.

Amitai Etzioni, 94, dies; envisioned a society built on the common good

An Israeli American sociologist, Amitai Etzioni drew wide attention and storms of derision by fathering the communitarian movement, a vision of society in which people are asked to care less about their own rights than about one another.

Robin Wagner, set designer who won three Tony Awards, dies at 89

Robin Wagner, the inventive Tony Award-winning set designer of more than 50 Broadway shows, including the 1978 musical “On the Twentieth Century,” in which a locomotive appeared to be racing toward the audience with actress Imogene Coca strapped to the front of it, died Monday at his home in New York City. He was 89.

Ed Ames, singing star who became a familiar face on TV, dies at 95

Mr. Ames, a Malden native, was part of a chart-topping group with his brothers before developing successful careers as a solo artist and an actor.

Ian Hacking, eminent philosopher of science and much else, dies at 87

He was considered a giant of modern thought for game-changing contributions to the philosophies of science, probability and mathematics, as well as his widely circulated insights on issues like race and mental health.

William S. Edgerly, who revived State Street Bank’s fortunes, dies at 96

“Bill Edgerly was great for the City of Boston,” former mayor Raymond L. Flynn said of Mr. Edgerly's key leadership initiatives in civic affairs.

Stanley Engerman, revisionist scholar of slavery, dies at 87

His two-volume “Time on the Cross: The Economics of American Negro Slavery,” written with Robert W. Fogel, used data analysis to challenge what they called common characterizations of slavery, including that it was unprofitable, inefficient, and pervasively abusive.

Mary Pattiz, rock DJ during FM’s heyday, dies at 76

Then Mary Turner, Mary Pattiz was a silky-voiced DJ at KMET, the album-oriented rock station that was the soundtrack of Southern California in the 1970s and early ’80s, before leaving radio to become an addiction counselor and philanthropist.