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Hall of Fame NFL running back Hugh McElhenny dies at 93

When he retired, Mr. McElhenny was one of three players to have gained more than 11,000 all-purpose yards.

Tony Siragusa, who helped Ravens win Super Bowl, dies at 55

Tony Siragusa, the charismatic defensive tackle who helped lead a stout Baltimore defense to a Super Bowl title, has died. The cause of death was not immediately available.

James Rado, who co-created groundbreaking ‘Hair,’ dies at 90

Mr. Rado co-wrote the story and lyrics of the genre-twisting musical.

Ronald Berman, humanities endowment chairman, dies at 91

A specialist in Renaissance and Restoration drama, Dr. Berman spent much of his career teaching English literature at the University of California San Diego.

Dr. Paul M. Ellwood Jr., architect of the HMO, is dead at 95

Dr. Ellwood conceived of — and in 1970 coined the term HMO to describe — a partnership in which doctors are paid for the number of patients they see, not for each service given, and whose enrolled members are guaranteed access to network doctors and comprehensive care for fixed annual premiums.

Clela Rorex, who issued first same-sex marriage licenses, dies

Considered a pioneer in the gay rights movement, Ms. Rorex faced vicious backlash in Boulder after issuing six of the licenses.

Jean Entine, activist and ally for Boston’s women of color, dies at 79

A longtime activist in Cambridge and the founder of the Boston Women’s Fund, Jean Entine helped direct money to organizations ignored by larger philanthropic groups.

George Lamming, a Caribbean writer who explored the end of colonialism, dies

Mr. Lamming's calling was to address the crimes of history, unearth and preserve his native culture, and forge a “collective sense” of the future.