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Tim Rossovich, actor and former NFL player, dies at 72

Mr. Rossovich was a consensus All-America defensive end at Southern California who played in the NFL before going on to an acting career.

Overlooked no more: Charley Parkhurst, gold rush legend with a hidden identity

Parkhurst, a New England native, was a legendary driver of six-horse stagecoaches during California’s Gold Rush — the “best whip in California,” by one account.

Albert Frère, Belgian master of multinational mergers, dies at 92

Mr. Frère’s multinational mergers and acquisitions helped solidify the economic integration of Europe.

Ex-Colombian president Belisario Betancur dies at 95

Betancur’s bold efforts to reach a peace deal with leftist rebels in the 1980s were undone by drug-fueled bloodletting and an explosion of violence backed by state security forces.

Mastanamma, YouTube sensation for her cooking channel, dies at 107

She specialized in adding flair to traditional Indian dishes, especially fish ones, but occasionally experimented with chicken pizza and chocolate cake.

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Ms. Swimmer was revered in the tribal lands of western North Carolina.

Amanda Swimmer, potter and keeper of Cherokee traditions, dies at 97

Ms. Swimmer was born in North Carolina at a time when Native American children were forced to attend boarding schools, as part of a national effort to assimilate them into mainstream culture.

Charles Harrison, designer who reshaped countless home items and View-Master, dies at 87

Mr. Harrison was a designer, not an inventor; his mission was refashioning consumer products so they could be mass-produced, pleasing to the eye, and conducive to easier living.

Pete Shelley performed at the Marvin Festival in Mexico City this past May.

Buzzcocks cofounder Pete Shelley dies at 63

On Thursday, the band confirmed ‘‘with great sadness’’ his death and called him ‘‘one of the U.K.’s most influential and prolific songwriters.’’

Andrei Bitov, Russian writer who chose not to flee, 81

Andrei Bitov, a Russian writer whose work, whether elaborate travelogue or intricate novel, was full of insights into his country’s history and literature, died Monday in Moscow. He was 81.

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Philip Bosco; prolific stage actor won Tony Award

Philip Bosco, a character actor who was a familiar face for years in movies, on television and especially on the Broadway stage, where he won a Tony Award and was nominated for five more, died Monday night at his home in Haworth, New Jersey. He was 88.

Dennis Krausnick (center) rehearsed playing Polonius, with Jason Asprey as Hamlet and Tina Packer as Gertrude in Lenox.

Dennis Krausnick, actor and playwright who helped found Shakespeare & Company, dies at 76

Mr. Krausnick taught thousands of students and also directed or acted in countless productions.

Mr. Fitzgerald posed next to the spotlight he manned on the night of the rescue in 1952 aboard motor lifeboat CG36500.


A quiet hero: Andy Fitzgerald, last surviving crew member from daring Cape Cod rescue, dies at 87 

Mr. Fitzgerald’s crew was awarded the Gold Lifesaving Medal, the Coast Guard’s highest honor, for its 1952 rescue of 32 men off an oil tanker, and was immortalized in the 2016 blockbuster “The Finest Hours.”

Ruth Haring, top chess player who led US federation, dies at 63

Ms. Haring played for the national women’s team in five consecutive Chess Olympiads and became a rare female president of the US Chess Federation.

Dr. Altizer questioned whether a benevolent God could exist.

Thomas Altizer, proponent of ‘God is dead’ theology, dies at 91

Mr. Altizer, who taught religion at Emory University in Atlanta, and others questioned whether a benevolent God could exist.

Mr. Berry played the accident-prone 1860s Army Captain Wilton Parmenter on the sitcom “F Troop” from 1965-67.

Ken Berry, star of sitcom ‘F Troop,’ dies at 85

The boyish television actor played nice guys with affable attitudes and a wide range of IQs on three popular sitcoms between 1965 and 1990.

Some of the notables Mr. Ritzenberg instructed were Jacqueline Kennedy, George H.W. Bush, and former Defense secretary Robert McNamara.

Allie Ritzenberg, tennis pro who took D.C.’s elite to the court, dies at 100

Mr. Ritzenberg popularized the sport in the nation’s capital and made it chic as an instructor to, among others, Jackie Kennedy, George H.W. Bush, and countless other members of the city’s elite.

Bernardo Berolucci checked a scene during the filming of “The Last Emperor” in 1987.

Oscar-winning director Bernardo Bertolucci dies at 77

The Italian filmmaker won Oscars with “The Last Emperor” and the erotic drama “Last Tango in Paris.”

Mr. Pahinui played slack-key guitar, a fingerpicking style using loosened strings.

Cyril Pahinui, who carried a Hawaiian guitar legacy, dies at 68

The Hawaiian guitarist and singer preserved and extended the tradition of slack-key guitar.

In 1990, as the Cold War thawed, Ms. Beilina was among the first expatriate musicians to return to Moscow.

Nina Beilina, Soviet violinist and festival founder, dies at 81

Ms. Beilina emigrated from the Soviet Union in midlife and built a new following in the United States, playing top halls and founding her own ensemble.

Former President George H.W. Bush dies at age 94

George H.W. Bush, a patrician New Englander whose presidency soared with the coalition victory over Iraq in Kuwait, but then plummeted in the throes of a weak economy that led voters to turn him out of office after a single term, has died. He was 94.

Former president George H.W. Bush in 2008.

George H.W. Bush, a war hero and president, dies at 94

Bush, who died Friday, was a president and the father of a president, a World War II veteran, and a New England patrician whose political base was in Texas. He held a number of other roles in government, and was widely celebrated by both parties after his time in the White House.

US District Court Judge Joseph L. Tauro inside his chambers at the Moakley Courthouse.

Judge Joseph Tauro’s landmark rulings gave people more rights

The federal judge is known to many for ruling that the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional, but his rulings also aided the developmentally disabled.

Gloria Katz, a writer of ‘American Graffiti,’ is dead at 76

Gloria Katz went from a struggling screenwriter to a sought-after one when “American Graffiti” became a surprise hit of 1973.

Harry Leslie Smith visited the Calais migrant camps in France in 2016. Mr. Smith took up writing at age 87 and blossomed into a potent polemicist and agitator.

Harry Leslie Smith, ‘world’s oldest rebel,’ dies at 95

When he railed against the system, he came across as the voice of experience, even as he deftly managed the young media environments of Twitter and podcasts.

Patricia Quintana, champion of Mexican cuisine

Patricia Quintana, the chef and author whose work exalted the range and sophistication of Mexican cuisine, died Monday at her home in Mexico City. She was 72.

David Dumas, former Rhode Island House minority leader, dies

Former Rhode Island House Minority Leader David Dumas has died.

Vanderbilt tight end Turner Cockrell dies of cancer at 21

Vanderbilt tight end Turner Cockrell died Thursday at home after battling cancer for more than a year. He was 21.

Dr. Gerald Berenson, 96; traced heart disease to childhood

He initiated a four-decade survey that tracked 16,000 people from birth to adulthood.

Robert Morris, sculptor and a founder of the minimalist school, 87

Mr. Morris, through a range of media, became one of the most controversial American sculptors of the post-World War II era.

Ex-congressman, ex-Nashville mayor Richard Fulton dies at 91

Mr. Fulton, a Democrat, was elected to seven terms in Congress and served 12 years as mayor of Metro Nashville.

Rev. Thomas Keating, a founder of the contemplative prayer movement, dies at 95

Rev. Thomas Keating, 95, who died Oct. 25, was a founder of the contemplative prayer movement.

In the organization’s 40 years, Mr. Krausnick served as an actor, director, writer, and teacher.

Dennis Krausnick, a founding member of Shakespeare & Co., dies

Mr. Krausnick was married to the company’s founder and longtime artistic director Tina Packer.

Ex-Rep. Ed Pastor, Arizona’s 1st Hispanic congressman, dies

Former U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor, who championed liberal causes as Arizona’s first Hispanic member of Congress but was known for his bipartisanship, died after suffering a heart attack, his family said Wednesday. He was 75.

Jane Maas, trailblazing woman in advertising’s ‘Mad Men’ era, dies at age 86

Jane Maas, trailblazing woman in advertising’s ‘Mad Men’ era, dies at age 86

Lady Trumpington, code breaker and irreverent politician, 96

LONDON — Lady Trumpington, who worked on the top-secret Bletchley Park code-breaking operation during World War II and later embarked on a political career that made her a celebrity in Britain in her 90s, died Monday. She was 96.

‘SpongeBob’ creator Stephen Hillenburg, 57

Mr. Hillenburg used his dual loves of drawing and marine biology to spawn the absurd undersea world of “SpongeBob SquarePants.”

Loretta McLaughlin.


Loretta McLaughlin, groundbreaking reporter and former Globe editorial page editor, dies at 90

Ms. McLaughlin was an award-winning medical reporter and the second woman to serve as the editor of the Globe’s editorial pages.

Mr. Jay in 2012.

Ricky Jay, magician who appeared in ‘Boogie Nights’ and ‘The Prestige,’ dies at 72

Mr. Jay was a revered sleight-of-hand magician who shined light on centuries of illusionists and consulted with Hollywood to make the impossible seem real.

Mr. Roeg in 2008.

Nicolas Roeg, 90, British film director

Mr. Roeg was known for making provocative films and working with rock stars Mick Jagger and David Bowie over a six-decade career.

Mr. McNair, an energy entrepreneur and philanthropist, was the owner of the Houston Texans.

Bob McNair, energy mogul who brought the NFL back to Houston

Mr. McNair built an energy empire that earned him a fortune he would spend on an NFL team and philanthropy and political causes.

Dr. Gross led the Christian college in Wenham from 1976 to 1991 and was dean for nine years before that.


Richard F. Gross, Gordon College’s sixth president, dies at 87

The responsibilities were significant, the accomplishments many during his tenure at the Christian college in Wenham, Mr. Gross and other college officials said.

Aaron Klug, 92, Nobel-winning scientist who examined molecular structure

Dr. Klug developed techniques that used electronic probes and crystallographic techniques to discern the architecture and atomic structure of some of the molecules essential for life.

Dr. Olivia Hooker testified before members of Congress in Washington in 2005.

Olivia Hooker, one of the last survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, dies at 103

Olivia Hooker, one of the last survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, dies at 103

Pablo Ferro, evocative title designer of ‘Dr. Strangelove’ and ‘Bullitt,’ dies at 83

Pablo Ferro, evocative title designer of “Dr. Strangelove” and “Bullitt,” dies at 83

Ali Rodriguez pictured in Caracas in 2009.

Venezuelan ambassador to Cuba Ali Rodriguez dies

Ali Rodriguez, an icon of Venezuela’s socialist revolution who went on to serve as a diplomat in top government posts, died on Monday.

Fernando del Paso in Guadalajara in 2007.

Fernando del Paso, expansive Mexican writer, is dead at 83

Fernando del Paso, a Mexican writer of baroque novels who in 2015 won the Miguel de Cervantes Prize, the most prestigious Spanish-language literary award, died Wednesday in Guadalajara, Mexico. He was 83.

Riccardo Levi-Setti, Holocaust survivor who uncovered trilobites and subatomic particles, dies at 91

While on the run, Dr. Levi-Setti developed a lifelong interest in fossils, possibly the result of scrambling across a fossil-filled rock pile while evading German patrols.

Dennis Wrong, 94, one of the last of the ‘New York Intellectuals’

The Canadian sociologist was part of a formidable cadre of mid-20th-century sophists who argued together as the New York Intellectuals.