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The Rev. Denise Karuth, who tirelessly advocated for the disabled, dies at 64

As a disabled, would-be bus and subway rider, Rev. Karuth gathered firsthand wisdom to pass along to MBTA officials, who more than 30 years ago thought it would be too difficult to make public transportation more accessible.

Kenyan author, LGBT activist Binyavanga Wainaina dies at 48

One of Africa’s best-known authors and gay rights activists, Binyavanga Wainaina, has died at age 48, a colleague and friend said Wednesday.

Neus Català, dogged anti-Fascist and camp survivor, dies at 103

In e1939, when General Francisco Franco’s troops invaded Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War, Neus Català led 182 orphans in her charge out of the mayhem and across the snow-covered Pyrenees to safety in France.

Baby Jane Dexter, cabaret singer who brought poignancy to torch songs, dies at 72

Ms. Dexter first gained acclaim in the 1970s, when she appeared in New York nightclubs as a bluesy singer with a powerful voice and presence.

Thomas Silverstein, killer and poster child for penal reform, dies at 67

Thomas Silverstein, a violent white supremacist gangster who was held in isolation longer than any other American inmate in a federal prison and personified a campaign against solitary confinement as cruel and unusual punishment, died May 11 in Lakewood, Colorado.

Edwin Drummond, turned climbing into activism, dies at 73

Edwin Drummond, a mountaineer and poet who made international headlines by scaling landmarks like the Statue of Liberty as a form of protest, died April 23 at a care facility in Oakland, California.

Stanton T. Friedman, scientist who tracked UFOs, dies

Stanton T. Friedman, whose conviction that extraterrestrials have arrived on Earth led him to leave his career as a nuclear physicist to lecture widely about alien visitations, died May 13 in Toronto.

Gianni De Michelis, Italian politician tarnished by scandal, dies at 78

Giovanni De Michelis, a flamboyant Italian socialist and power broker in Rome who was caught up in Italy’s sweeping corruption scandal of the 1990s, died Saturday in Venice.