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Barbara Remington, illustrator of Tolkien book covers, at 90

Barbara Remington, the illustrator who created the most widely recognized covers for J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy and “The Hobbit” — which she quickly executed before she even had the chance to read the books — died Jan.

Hall of Fame golfer Mickey Wright dies at 85

Ms. Wright won 82 LPGA tournaments including 13 majors.

Harry Gregg, former Man United player and Munich hero, dies at 87

Mr. Gregg was called the “hero of Munich” for rescuing two teammates as well as a baby and her pregnant mother from the burning fuselage in the 1958 air disaster that killed 23 people.

Rev. George Coyne, Vatican astronomer and Galileo defender, 87

Coyne challenged atheists, too, by insisting that science and religion could coexist.

A.E. Hotchner, author with a gift for famous friendships, dies at 102

Mr. Hotchner had a long and eclectic career as a lawyer, magazine editor, playwright, and the author of more than 20 books.

Oilman, former Texas governor candidate Williams dies at 88

Clayton Williams, a colorful Texas oilman and philanthropist whose 1990 run for governor was derailed after joking about rape and acknowledging he went a year without paying income taxes, has died. He was 88.

Charles O’Brien, who was dogged by Hoffa case, 86

Charles O’Brien, a close associate of the union boss Jimmy Hoffa who spent decades denying that he was involved in Hoffa’s disappearance and presumed murder in 1975, died on Thursday at his home in Boca Raton, Florida. He was 86.