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Winifred Mayes, first woman in the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s string section, dies at 101

A talented cellist and teacher, Mrs. Mayes went on to become assistant principal with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Mary Catherine Bateson dies at 81; anthropologist on the lives of women

Once one of the most famous babies in America, Mary Catherine Bateson went on to be a cultural anthropologist who was the author of quietly groundbreaking books on women’s lives.

Shirley Abrahamson, trailblazing Wisconsin judge, dies at 87

Shirley Abrahamson, an indefatigable jurist known for her activist voice and tart dissents who was the first woman on the Wisconsin Supreme Court and later its first female chief justice, died Dec. 19 in Berkeley, California. She was 87.

Harold Bornstein, Trump’s former personal physician, dies at 73

Loquacious, hirsute, and eccentric, Bornstein was President Donald Trump’s personal physician from 1980 to 2017.

Siegfried Fischbacher, magician of Siegfried & Roy, dies at 81

The duo had begun working together as teenagers and ended up as headliners at their own 1,500-seat theater at the Mirage hotel in Las Vegas.

Barry Goldsmith, who escaped, dropped out, and came back

His life encompassed much of the modern American experience, from immigration and the promise of postwar abundance, through the tumult of the 1960s, to the search for meaning in a secular society — and finally, in the early 21st century, to the ravages of a pandemic.

Donald ‘Dee’ Rowe, coach, envoy of UConn basketball, dies

Mr. Rowe would spend half a century helping to build the basketball program at UConn. In every role he assumed, his calling cards were the same: a genial spirit, a bone-deep sense of loyalty, and an infectious love for the game.

Nancy Bush Ellis, who worked to elect her brother and nephew to the presidency, dies at 94

Mrs. Ellis was the sister of one president, the aunt of another, and the matriarch of her own part of the extended Bush family.