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Richard Ortner, Boston Conservatory’s final president, dies at 71

Mr. Ortner played a key role in the school's merger in 2016 with the Berklee College of Music.

Harold Bloom, critic who championed Western canon, dies at 89

The prodigious critic generated an outpouring of influential books that appeared not only on college syllabuses but also — unusual for an academic — on bestseller lists.

Philip Gips, creator of celebrated film posters, dies at 88

Mr. Gips, a graphic artist who created many celebrated movie posters, including those for “Rosemary’s Baby” and “Alien,” which hinted at the terror audiences would experience but gave away nothing of the films’ plots, died Oct. 3.

Mordicai Gerstein, award-winning children’s author and illustrator, dies at 83

Mr. Gerstein did not begin illustrating children’s books until he was nearly 40, after working for more than a decade in film and TV animation. He found in picture books a vehicle of expression far more magical than any television screen, one with limitless possibilities for exploration and discovery.

Carlos Celdran, Philippine activist and performance artist, dies at 46

Carlos Celdran, a Philippine cultural activist and performance artist who received national attention for his dramatic protest against the Roman Catholic Church’s stance on reproductive health, died Tuesday in Spain, where he had been living in exile.

Richard Jackson, who had an ear for children’s books, dies

Mr. Jackson, an editor who published books by Judy Blume, Paula Fox, Virginia Hamilton, and other award-winning authors that broadened the scope of children’s literature, then late in life became a children’s author himself, died Oct. 2.

Sara Danius, 57, first female head of Nobel’s literature award body

Ms. Danius was elected to a lifetime position on the Swedish Academy’s board in 2013 and became the body’s first female permanent secretary in 2015. She resigned the position in 2018.

Robert Forster, 78, Oscar nominee for ‘Jackie Brown’

The handsome and omnipresent character actor got a career resurgence and Oscar nomination for playing bail bondsman Max Cherry in “Jackie Brown.”