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Micheline Dumont-Ugeux, 96, daring Belgian resistance fighter in WWII

Mrs. Dumont-Ugeux helped hundreds of Allied troops evade capture by Nazi forces as they sneaked across mountaintops and international borders.

Anthony Harvey, 87, ‘Lion in Winter’ director

Mr. Harvey also served as the editor on Stanley Kubrick’s “Dr. Strangelove.”

Bob Seidemann, 75, photographer of Grateful Dead

Mr. Seidemann went on to design more than 50 album covers.

Aline Griffith, 94, American-born spy, Spanish countess, and author of espionage tales

A self-confessed ‘‘adventure junkie,’’ the countess said she packed a pearl-handled pistol in her handbag for many years.

Hunter Harrison, 73, chief executive of railroad company CSX

Before joining CSX in March, Mr. Harrison was president and chief executive of Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. and the Canadian National Railway Company.

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Bruce Brown tried to control a surfboard with a mounted camera on it in 1963.

Bruce Brown, made iconic surfing films

Mr. Brown’s 1966 surfing documentary “The Endless Summer” molded the image of the surfer as a seeker and transformed the sport.

Kevin Robinson at the ESPY Awards in 2008.

Kevin Robinson, former BMX rider set world record in 2008

Kevin “K-Rob” Robinson, who set a world record for the longest power-assisted bicycle backflip, died suddenly of a stroke.

Charles Robert Jenkins in 2005 in Japan.

Charles Robert Jenkins, Army sergeant who defected to North Korea

Charles Robert Jenkins became a Cold War enigma after he defected to North Korea in 1965 and was held for nearly 40 years before being released in 2004.

Pat DiNizio was a lifelong fan of the Beatles.

Pat DiNizio, lead singer of the rock band the Smithereens, 62

Mr. DiNizio was known for such hits as “Blood and Roses” and “A Girl Like You.”

Barbara Boch in an undated photo.

Barbara Boch, philanthropist and matriarch of auto dealer family; at 86

Mrs. Boch was the rock of the Boch family, best known for its auto dealerships across the region.

Vera Katz, mayor who oversaw Portland’s flowering, dies at 84

Vera Katz was a refugee from Nazi Germany and a former Brooklynite who became a feminist force in Oregon and a three-term mayor of its largest city, Portland.

Sylvia Ferrell-Jones.

Sylvia Ferrell-Jones, former president and CEO of YW Boston, dies at 60

Ms. Ferrell-Jones previously worked in finance and real estate investment management.

In this Dec. 13, 1966, file photo, Tommy Nobis of the Atlanta Falcons poses.

Tommy Nobis, 74, dominate linebacker on lackluster Falcons’ teams

Tommy Nobis was the first player ever drafted by Atlanta in 1966 and a hard-hitting linebacker who went on to spend his entire 11-year career with the Falcons.

Mr. Loeb also hosted radio and television segments on personal finance.

Marshall Loeb, 88; editor shaped Money, Fortune magazines

Mr. Loeb turned a pair of floundering titles into some of the nation’s most successful publications.

Ms. Negri bid farewell to her colleagues during a 2012 event to mark her retirement.

Gloria Negri, 91; Globe reporter broke barriers with daring and panache

Ms. Negri, of Scituate, worked at the Globe for 53 years, breaking barriers for women in the newsroom who would follow.

Mr. Booker marched with protesters and covered the major racial crises and personalities of the 1950s and ’60s.

Simeon Booker, 99, pioneering reporter on race issues

Mr. Booker covered racial injustice and the civil rights struggle for readers of Jet and Ebony magazines and was The Washington Post’s first black reporter.

Mr. Clifford was convicted of indecent assault stemming from attacks on teenagers.

Max Clifford, 74, disgraced British celebrity publicist

Mr. Clifford, a confidant to the stars, fell from grace amid Britain’s investigation of past sexual abuse.

Mr. Stallard (right), a New York Met in 1963, spoke with Roger Maris at spring training. Maris hit his record-setting 61st home run off Stallard in the final game of the 1961 season.

Tracy Stallard, 80, Sox hurler who gave up Maris’s historic homer

The Yankee slugger hit his record-setting 61st home run of 1961 off Mr. Stallard in the final game of the regular season.

Ms. McKee was a fixture at marijuana policy hearings in the Legislature, where she often testified from her wheelchair, sporting a colorful eye patch and accompanied by her service dog.

JoAnna McKee, 74, longtime Washington state medical marijuana activist

Ms. McKee went to sometimes difficult lengths to obtain the drug for the patients she served.

At age 16, Bill Steinkraus holds two trophies he and his mount, Evening Star, won at the National Horse Show in New York City on Nov. 8, 1941.

Bill Steinkraus, 92, equestrian who made Olympic history

Mr. Steinkraus was one of America’s most celebrated horse-show riders and the country’s first to win an Olympic individual gold medal in any equestrian discipline.

Godfrey Dillard (left) and Perry Wallace during a 2016 appearance at Vanderbilt University.

Perry Wallace, 69, college basketball pioneer

Mr. Wallace became the first black varsity basketball player in Southeastern Conference history in the 1960s.

A colleague at Gillette during a period of hostile takeovers said Mr. Glass “was the reason the company was able to maintain its independence.”

Milton Glass, 88, who helped keep Gillette independent in corporate raider era

Mr. Glass fended off two hostile takeover attempts at Gillette in the 1980s as chief financial officer.

Johnny Hallyday (center) celebrated with singer Fats Domino (left) and boxer Ray Sugar Robinson following his performance at the Palais des Sports in Paris in 1962.

Rocker Hallyday idolized in native France, obscure elsewhere

Mr. Hallyday, known simply as Johnny, made generations of fans in his native France squeal, jump, and jive with his dazzling dress, pumping pelvis and tunes by American artists belted out in French.

King Michael, the last surviving head of state from World War II, died in Switzerland on Tuesday at age 96.

Romania’s King Michael, 96; arrested his country’s Nazi dictator during WWII

The last suriving head of state from World War II had helped remove the Nazi puppet dictator from his country in 1944.

Mr. Gass’s first book was ‘‘Omensetter’s Luck.’’

Prize-winning author-critic William Gass, 93, experimental writer

Mr. Gass was an award-winning essayist and translator, and an influence on many younger writers.

Gillian Rolton, 61, Australian who won gold despite broken bones

Ms. Rolton was repeatedly injured during the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, but remounted each time.

Former Patriots head coach Ron Meyer (right) with wide receiver Irving Fryar in 1984, before Meyer’s final season with the Patriots. Meyer, 76, died Tuesday.

Ron Meyer, 76; was Patriots coach for ‘snowplow game’ in 1982

Mr. Meyer spent the better part of three seasons with the Patriots and also coached the Indianapolis Colts.

Ken Shapiro; his ‘Groove Tube’ a raunchy precursor to SNL

Ken Shapiro was a former child actor and director of the 1974 movie “The Groove Tube.”

Christine Keeler.

Christine Keeler; central figure in British scandal

Ms. Keeler was at the center of a sensational political scandal in Britain, known as the Profumo affair, in the early 1960s.

Cofounder of ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ dies after ALS battle

The ALS Association says a man credited as one of the co-founders of the viral “Ice Bucket Challenge” that swept social media in 2014 died Nov. 25 after a long battle with the condition known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

George Makris.

George Makris, 96; to colleagues, he was ‘Mr. Northeastern’

Mr. Makris was hired as Northeastern University’s first athletic development director in 1977.

Ms. Hancock hosted dozens of Democratic candidates for president in her Concord, N.H., home.

Mary Louise Hancock, 97, confidante and adviser to N.H. primary candidates

Ms. Hancock, of Concord, N.H., also worked in state and federal government for nearly 40 years.

Mrs. Burns, who studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, showed her artwork in New England and Japan.

Ikuko Burns, 81, sculptor and mainstay of Boston’s Japanese community

Mrs. Burns worked with the Japan Society of Boston and other organizations to welcome immigrants from her homeland to New England.

Mr. Anderson initially did well against the major party nominees in polls but ended up with 6.6 percent of the popular vote.

John Anderson, 95; stepped into spotlight with independent bid for president

Mr. Anderson, then a congressman from Illinois, bolted his party and ran against Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter in 1980.

Jerry A. Fodor, 82, philosopher who plumbed the mind’s depths

Dr. Fodor, who once was on MIT’s faculty, brought the workings of 20th-century computer technology to bear on ancient questions about the structure of human cognition.

Justice Finney, a successful civil rights lawyer, spent a lifetime breaking racial barriers in South Carolina.

Ernest Finney, 86, South Carolina’s first black chief justice

Justice Finney spent a lifetime breaking racial barriers in his home state.

Les Whitten, 89, investigative reporter arrested by FBI and spied on by CIA

Mr. Whitten covered wars in the Dominican Republic and Vietnam before joining the staff of the country’s most popular daily news column in 1969.

Mr. Merrill offered tuition aid to those from underserved populations.

Charles Merrill Jr., 97, educator who founded Commonwealth School

Mr. Merrill advocated for integration in the years before court-ordered desegregation was a flashpoint for Boston’s public schools.

A naval officer pinned an award on Leon Cooper’s jacket in 2016, when Cooper was honored during a White Sox game in Chicago.

Leon Cooper, 98, who carried on a battle for Tarawa

Mr. Cooper became a leading advocate for the preservation of a battle site on the Pacific atoll of Tarawa and the return of Marines’ remains buried there.

Mr. Scully in 1995 visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, which was designed by his former student, Maya Lin.

Vincent Scully, 97, eminent architecture historian

The Yale professor inspired generations of students ranging from David McCullough to Maya Lin.

Mrs. Ackerman was active in civic life on Cape Ann for nearly 50 years and taught more than 2,000 students.

Carol Ackerman, 75, longtime teacher and volunteer

As a board member of the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Mrs. Ackerman played a pivotal role in bringing music into the lives of young people.

Mr. Watson, seen in his White House office, agreed to take the White House job only if he’d have unfettered access to Presdident Johnson, an adjacent office, and the privilege of disagreeing with him frankly in meetings.

W. Marvin Watson, 93, ran Lyndon Johnson’s White House

Mr. Watson ran the Johnson’s White House with the protective instincts of a loyalist, the privileged power of a confidant, and the efficiency of a drill sergeant.

Joseph L. White, 84; was pioneer in black psychology

Dr. White helped pioneer the field of black psychology to counter what he saw as rampant ignorance and prejudice in the profession.

Carol Neblett, 71, Metropolitan Opera star known for sensual portrayals of heroines

Ms. Neblett performed with Luciano Pavarotti and Plácido Domingo and appeared in the buff for a headline-grabbing staging of “Thaïs.”

S. Pitsuwan, 68; headed association of Asian envoys

Former Association of Southeast Asian Nations secretary general Surin Pitsuwan died Thursday of a heart attack in Bangkok.

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Jim Nabors, TV’s ‘Gomer Pyle’; at 87

Nabors’s husband said the star of TV’s “The Andy Griffith Show,” and “Gomer Pyle: USMC” died at his Hawaii home.

Wesley Fox, Marine who received Medal of Honor for Vietnam campaign; at 86

Mr. Fox received the medal for rallying his men during an operation that decimated enemy sanctuaries along the Laos border.

Fred Sharf, in his home library and collection room in Chestnut Hil, in 2009.

Frederic A. Sharf, 83, art collector, philanthropist, and writer

Mr. Sharf and his wife were known in the Boston area for their philanthropic work.