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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.”

Alexei Leonov, first man to walk in space, dies at 85

Alexei Leonov, the Russian cosmonaut who became the first man to walk in space, a thrilling feat that nearly cost him his life but raised Soviet prestige during the Cold War space race against the United States, died Friday in Moscow.

Masaichi Kaneda, Japan’s ‘emperor’ of baseball, dies at 86

Masaichi Kaneda started each of the thousands of innings he pitched during his illustrious career in Japan the same way. He walked to the mound, dropped his glove, grabbed the rosin bag, tossed it a few times, dropped it and then picked up his glove.

Karen Pendleton, an original Mouseketeer, dies at 73

Karen Pendleton charmed young baby boomers in the 1950s as one of the original Mouseketeers on Walt Disney’s television series “The Mickey Mouse Club.”

Stephen Swid, music licensing innovator, dies at 78

Stephen Swid, an investor and businessman whose varied career included deals for furniture and carpeting companies, an independent film distributor and the “21” Club, but who became best known for transforming SESAC, once an obscure licensing organization, into an influential force in the music industry, died Sunday at his home in Manhattan.

Deborah Marrow, a Getty leader with global reach, dies 70

Dr. Marrow, who as the longest-serving executive at the J. Paul Getty Trust, and the only woman to serve as its president, started far-reaching programs to promote scholarship and diversity in the arts, died Oct.

Bjorn Thorbjarnarson, surgeon to Warhol and the shah of Iran, 98

Bjorn Thorbjarnarson, a New York surgeon who famously treated the shah of Iran and Andy Warhol before becoming a central figure in a widely publicized lawsuit over Warhol’s death after surgery in 1987, died Oct. 4 in Warren, New Jersey.