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David V. Picker, film executive behind hits, dies at 87

As a top executive at three Hollywood film studios David V. Picker played a significant role in bringing the Beatles, James Bond and more to movie screens.

Ken Kercheval, beleaguered Cliff on ‘Dallas,’ dies at 83

Ken Kercheval played perennial punching bag Cliff Barnes to Larry Hagman’s scheming oil baron J.R. Ewing on the hit TV series “Dallas.”

Mark Medoff, ‘Children of a Lesser God’ playwright, dies at 79

Mark Medoff‘s acclaimed play “Children of a Lesser God,” featuring a deaf central character, won the Tony Award for best play in 1980 and was turned into a 1986 movie that won an Oscar for its female lead, Marlee Matlin.

Gary Stewart, master of the reissue compilation, dies at 62

Gary Stewart was a scholarly music fan whose enthusiasm and attention to detail helped make Rhino Records the much-emulated gold standard for reissue compilations of the great, the faded and the forgotten.

Verena Lafferentz, last of Wagner grandchildren, dies at 98

Verena Wagner Lafferentz, the last surviving grandchild of Richard Wagner and one of the last people alive who knew Adolf Hitler intimately, died Friday at her home in Nussdorf, Germany.

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Henry Bloch, H&R Block’s cofounder, dies at 96

Henry Bloch appeared in the company’s television advertising from 1972 into the 1990s. ‘‘We’re America’s tax team,’’ he said. ‘‘Put us to work for you.’’

Billy McNeill, captain of soccer team that became the first British team to win the European Cup, dies at 79

Billy McNeill, the captain of Glasgow soccer club Celtic when it became the first British team to win the European Cup in 1967, has died.

David Hamburg (left), chair of an advisory group on conflict prevention, and Ibrahim Gambari, undersecretary-general for political affairs, at a United Nations briefing in 2006.

David Hamburg, honored for efforts to end global violence, dies at 93

David Hamburg, honored for efforts to end global violence, dies at 93

William J. Pape, ex-publisher of the Republican-American, dies at 87

The longtime editor and former publisher of Waterbury’s Republican-American newspaper has died, the newspaper’s managing editor Anne Karolyi said Sunday.

Mr. Adler’s dark comedy was the basis of a hit 1981 movie.

Warren Adler, ‘The War of the Roses’ author, dies at 91

Mr. Adler wrote thrillers, love stories, mysteries, and historical fiction but found a niche in depicting dysfunctional relationships.

Rev. Haywood, whose careers outside of church ranged from bricklayer to MBTA executive, was 78 when he died Feb. 16.


The Rev. Howard M. Haywood, Newton leader and affordable housing advocate, dies at 78

A tireless advocate for affordable housing in Newton and a driving force for the creation of the Myrtle Village development, he was honored by community leaders in December.

Sally O’Neill, rights worker in Central America, dies at 68

Ms. O’Neill was a prominent human rights worker from Ireland who helped investigate the 1981 massacre in El Mozote, El Salvador, in which more than 900 civilians were slain.

Gene Wolfe, acclaimed science fiction writer, dies at 87

Mr. Wolfe’s works, full of inventive language, mysteries and subtly conveyed themes, are considered to be among the genre’s finest.

The work of Mrs. Warren and her late husband inspired films such as “The Amityville Horror.”

Paranormal investigator Lorraine Warren dies at 92

Worldwide paranormal investigator and author Lorraine Warren’s decades of ghost-hunting cases with her late husband inspired such frightening films as “The Conjuring” series and “The Amityville Horror.”

Mr. McCord, shown in his mugshot, was a CIA agent before Watergate’s break-in.

James McCord, Watergate conspirator who linked break-in to White House, dies at 93

Mr. McCord died in 2017, but news of his death only surfaced last month. He worked for the CIA before Watergate.

Jerrie Cobb, America’s 1st female astronaut candidate, dies at 88

As America’s first female astronaut candidate, pilot Jerrie Cobb pushed for equality in space but never reached its heights.

Mr. Polonsky in his studio in 2013, in a screen grab from a documentary directed by his son.

Arthur Polonsky, Boston Expressionist artist and teacher, dies at 93

A Globe art critic once called Mr. Polonsky “one of the authentic visionaries among figurative painters.”

Monkey Punch, creator of megahit Japan comic Lupin III, dies at 81

Cartoonist Monkey Punch was best known as the creator of the Japanese megahit comic series Lupin III.

Dr. Richard Green, who challenged psychiatry’s view of homosexuality, dies at 82

Dr. Green fought psychiatry’s classification of homosexuality as a mental disorder.

Former astronaut Owen Garriott, who flew on Skylab station, dies at 88

Dr. Garriott and his son, Richard, became the first US father-son space travelers.

Stanley Plumly, lyrical poet influenced by Keats, dies at 79

Stanley Plumly was an award-winning former poet laureate of Maryland whose poignant narratives were inspired by the beauty and transcendence of John Keats’s lyrical verse.

David Brion Davis, scholar of slavery, dies at 92

The Pulitzer Prize-winning historian documented the centrality of slavery in Western culture through a landmark trilogy.

H. Morse Payne Jr., an architect, teacher, and genealogist, dies at 96

H. Morse Payne Jr., 96, who died Jan. 9, was an architect in Boston, a college teacher, and genealogist.

Ms. Engel in her dressing room for the play “John.” Although she was best known from TV, she began her career onstage and enjoyed a late-in-life resurgence in the theater.

Georgia Engel, 70, gentle-voiced ‘Mary Tyler Moore’ actress

On “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” Ms. Engel played Georgette Franklin, girlfriend and eventually wife of the buffoonish TV newsman Ted Baxter.

Mr. Gross was a Princeton neuroscience professor.

Charles Gross, 83, husband to Joyce Carol Oates

Mr. Gross spent 43 years on the faculty of Princeton’s psychology department, where the university credited him with revolutionizing understanding of sensory processing and pattern recognition.

Paul Greengard, Nobel Prize recipient, neuroscientist

Dr. Greengard’s 15-year quest to understand how brain cells communicate provided new insights into psychological diseases and earned him a Nobel Prize.

Ms. Andersson’s emotionally complex role in “Persona” (1966) became the part that made her acting reputation.

Bibi Andersson, 83, luminous presence in Bergman films

The Swedish actress personified first purity and youth, then complexity and disillusionment, in 13 midcentury Ingmar Bergman films.

David Thouless, 84, Nobel-winning physicist who explored strange states of matter

Dr. Thouless used a blend of physical theory and mathematical insight to create knowledge applicable in computers, electronics, and materials science.

Mr. Morgan was a decorated World War II veteran.

Fred B. Morgan Jr., decorated WWII veteran and revered leader on Martha’s Vineyard, dies at 97

Fred B. Morgan Jr., 97, who died April 7, was a decorated World War II veteran and a revered civic leader on Martha’s Vineyard.

Donald Stewart, took over the College Board at a crucial time, dies at 80

A career educator, Mr. Stewart also was credited with reviving Spelman College.

Mr. Gregg (left) and Bart Starr chatted at the Wisconsin Pro Football Writers dinner in 1975.

Forrest Gregg, lineman for mighty Packers teams, dies at 85

Forrest Gregg, the great Hall of Fame lineman for the mighty Green Bay Packers of the 1960s that Vince Lombardi called the “finest player I ever coached,” died Friday at age 85.

Ivor Broadis, 96, oldest former England international

After serving in the Royal Air Force during World War II, Mr. Broadis played soccer for Carlisle, Sunderland, Manchester City, and Newcastle in a career that lasted until 1960.

Mr. Burgin, who wrote “Islands of the Damned: A Marine at War in the Pacific,” signed copies in Lancaster, Texas.

R.V. Burgin, 96, Marine whose book helped inspire HBO’s ‘The Pacific’

Mr. Burgin wrote the book ‘‘Islands of the Damned: A Marine at War in the Pacific.’’ His daughter says it was among several books that inspired the HBO miniseries that premiered in 2010.

Mr. Pinck wrote the memoir “Journey to Peking” about his months in China for the OSS. Above, Mr. Pinck and his group of friends, from left to right: interpreter Shum Hay, Colonel Chen, Mr. Pinck, provincial magistrate Chai Cho Man, and radio operator Lung Chiu Wah.

Dan C. Pinck, writer and OSS operative during World War II, dies at 94

Mr. Pinck, who wrote the memoir “Journey to Peking,” had lived for many years in Cambridge and previously resided in the South End.

Kitty Tucker, 75, who raised awareness of the Silkwood case

The public interest lawyer and antinuclear activist helped raise national awareness of nuclear power whistleblower Karen Silkwood’s death.

Joan Jones, force against racism in Nova Scotia, dies at 79

Ms. Jones was a low-key but determined crusader for racial justice and equality in Nova Scotia, whose black population has faced discrimination and hostility for centuries.

Lorraine Branham, shown at the 2014 dedication for the Newhouse Studio and Innovation Center, died April 2.

Lorraine Branham, journalism dean and mentor, dies at 66

Kelsey Davis was on the verge of dropping out of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University two years ago.

Ralph Solecki, who found humanity in Neanderthals, 101

Ralph Solecki, an archaeologist whose research helped debunk the view of Neanderthals as heartless and brutish half-wits and inspired a popular series of novels about prehistoric life, died March 20 in Livingston, New Jersey. He was 101.

Undated shot of William Jacobs on Cape Cod. 10billjacobs

William Jacobs, biology professor who survived being lost in Yosemite, dies at 99

William Jacobs was a longtime biology professor who survived being lost in Yosemite for 11 days in February 1946.

Lawrence Rhodes, Celebrated Dancer and Renowned Teacher, Dies at 79

Lawrence Rhodes, one of American ballet’s greatest male dancers, who won high praise in the 1960s and ′70s in both classical showpieces and dramatic dance studies of modern angst, died March 27 in New York. He was 79.

Jacob Stein, lawyer in Watergate and Lewinsky cases, dies at 94

Jacob Stein was a Washington lawyer who participated in two of the most dramatic episodes of the modern US presidency, winning the only high-profile acquittal in the Watergate affair and helping obtain immunity for former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

Doolittle Raider Lieutenant Colonel Richard ‘‘Dick’’ Cole, with a B-25 at a Raiders’ reunion.

Richard Cole, last WWII Doolittle Raider, dies at 103

Retired Lieutenant Colonel Richard “Dick” Cole, the last of the 80 Doolittle Tokyo Raiders who carried out the daring US attack on Japan during World War II, died Tuesday at a military hospital in Texas.

Marilynn Smith, Hall of Famer and LPGA founder, dies at 89

Marilynn Smith, one of the 13 founders of the LPGA Tour whose 21 victories, two majors and endless support of her tour led to her induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame, died Tuesday.

Charles Van Doren, a quiz show whiz who wasn’t, dies at 93

Charles Van Doren was a Columbia University English instructor and a member of a distinguished literary family who confessed to Congress and a disillusioned nation in 1959 that his performances on a television quiz show had been rigged.

Cho Yang-ho, who expanded Korean Air amid scandals, dies at70

Cho Yang-ho, whose 27 years as president of Korean Air brought substantial growth to the carrier but also a dizzying series of scandals, died Sunday in Los Angeles.

Seymour Cassel had a 60-year career and roles in more than 100 films.

Actor Seymour Cassel, frequent Cassavetes collaborator, dies at 84

Character actors aren’t often called larger-than-life, but Seymour Cassel was just that.

Marshall Sloane.


Marshall M. Sloane, founder of Century Bank, dies at 92

Mr. Sloane, of Brookline, who died April 6, founded Century Bank in Somerville 50 years ago.