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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.

Lorenza Mazzetti; wartime survivor became seminal filmmaker

Ms. Mazzetti helped create an influential British film movement and wrote “The Sky Falls,’’ a prizewinning novel based on her experiences.

Betty Pat Gatliff; her forensic sculptures solved crimes

By deftly reconstructing faces, Ms. Gatliff helped law enforcement identify scores of people who went missing or had been murdered.

Nelson Bryant, supreme chronicler of outdoor life,

Mr. Bryant, a resident of Martha’s Vineyard, wrote for almost four decades on his love for fishing, hunting, and outdoor life for The New York Times.

Ivan Passer, noted Czech director who came to Hollywood

Ivan Passer, a director who, along with Milos Forman and others, ushered in the filmmaking movement known as the Czech New Wave in the 1960s, then went on to direct American features including “Born to Win,” “Cutter’s Way” and “Creator,” died Thursday at his home in Reno, Nevada. He was 86.

Nancy Lewis, Monty Pythons’ ticket to America, 76

Ms. Lewis, a record executive, was instrumental in getting that troupe’s breakthrough show, “Monty Python’s Flying Circus,” broadcast on American television.