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Former Walmart exec, Royals owner David Glass dies at 84

Former Walmart Inc. chief executive David Glass, who owned the Kansas City Royals for nearly two decades before selling the franchise last fall, died last week of complications from pneumonia. He was 84.

Christopher Tolkien, son of J.R.R. Tolkien and keeper of his legacy, dies at 95

Long after his father died in 1973, Mr. Tolkien worked to keep the stories that he created in “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” alive for readers.

Father John L. Doyle, a voice for the poor and immigrants, dies at 93

The Rev. John Doyle, 93, who died Jan. 12, advocated on behalf of the poor and immigrants in Boston, Brockton, and Bolivia.

Ralph Earle II, arms control expert and SALT II negotiator, dies at 91

Mr. Earle’s government service spanned three decades, beginning with his appointment in 1968 as a Pentagon aide for international security affairs.

George Nicolau, arbitrator in baseball’s collusion cases, dies at 94

His rulings led club owners to pay players $280 million in damages.

Gary Starkweather, inventor of the laser printer

The engineer and inventor helped bring the power of the printing press to the masses.

Rocky Johnson, professional wrestler and father of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson

Known as Soul Man, Mr. Johnson fought racism early in his career and later helped train his son.

Marion Chesney, aka Mystery Writer M.C. Beaton, Dies at 83

Marion Chesney, who in midlife began writing novels and produced more than 150, including mystery series written under the pseudonym M.C. Beaton that featured the endearing crime solvers Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth, died on Dec.