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Judge Kass, at the Suffolk Courthouse.

Rudolph Kass, judge whose writing flair illuminated legal principles, dies at 90

Mr. Kass “was just a joy to read. He was so deft,” said Christopher J. Armstrong, a former state Appeals Court chief justice.

Jim "Mudcat" Grant was the first Black 20-game winner in the major leagues and a key part of Minnesota's first World Series team in 1965.

Mudcat Grant, American League’s first Black 20-game winner, dies at 85

Remembered as a leading right-hander of his time, Jim "Mudcat" Grant was also known for his intriguing nickname, his second career singing and dancing at nightspots, and his book profiling outstanding Black pitchers.

Chief Leonard Crow Dog listened during an orientation at Sitting Bull College in Cannon Ball, N.D., in 2016.

Lakota spiritual leader, activist Leonard Crow Dog dies

Chief Leonard Crow Dog, a renowned activist, fought for sovereignty, language preservation, and religious freedom, and lobbied for the American Indian Religious Freedom Act and Indian Self Determination Act, two laws that altered the relationship between Native Americans and the United States.

Violetta Elvin, glamorous Royal Ballet dancer, dies at 97

A young Soviet ballerina who brought her Bolshoi training and remarkable style to Britain’s Royal Ballet, Violetta Elvin was remembered in the British magazine Dancing Times as a “glorious and glamorous” dancer.

Judge Robert Katzmann.

Robert Katzmann, US judge with reach beyond the bench, dies at 68

Robert Katzmann, who as chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, based in New York, helped guarantee legal representation to immigrants, championed civic education and demystified judicial proceedings for the public, died Wednesday in a Manhattan hospital. He was 68.

In 2015, Mr. Dushman attended a wreath-laying ceremony at the Russian War Memorial in the Tiergarten district of Berlin.

Last of Soviet soldiers who liberated Auschwitz dies at 98

David Dushman, the last surviving Soviet soldier involved in the liberation of the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz, has died. He was 98.

Mr. Robinson held the first signed US edition of the book "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" during its unveiling in New York in 2005.

Richard Robinson, longtime Scholastic CEO, dies at 84

Richard Robinson, who as the longtime head of Scholastic Inc. shaped the reading habits of millions of young readers through such bestsellers as J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” novels and through a wide range of educational materials, reading clubs, and book fairs, has died. He was 84.

Mr. Williams, who starred as Linc Hayes in the TV series "The Mod Squad," appeared at an anniversary event for ABC's law enforcement theme shows in 1978.

Clarence Williams III, a star of ‘Mod Squad,’ dies at 81

Clarence Williams III, the reflectively intense actor who starred as Linc Hayes, the young, hip undercover police officer on ABC’s “The Mod Squad,” died Friday in Los Angeles. He was 81.