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Luigi Cavalli-Sforza, who tracked genes through history, dies at 96

The Italian physician and geneticist laid the groundwork for such DNA-testing companies as 23andMe and

Ira Sabin, founder of JazzTimes magazine, dies at 90

Ira Sabin was a bebop drummer who in 1970 started what became JazzTimes magazine, one of the world’s leading jazz publications.

Arthur Mitchell, who blazed a stunning trail across the dance world, dies at 84

Arthur Mitchell was the first African-American ballet dancer to find international stardom before cofounding the influential Dance Theatre of Harlem.

David Salamone, 28; contracted polio from vaccine and helped spur changes in US immunization policy

Mr. Salamone was one of the last polio patients in America, and his suffering led to a change in federal policy that banished the disease altogether.

Freddie Oversteegen, Dutch resistance fighter who killed Nazis through seduction, dies at 92

She, her sister, and a onetime law student sabotaged bridges and rail lines with dynamite, shot Nazis while riding their bikes, and donned disguises to smuggle Jewish children across the country and sometimes out of concentration camps.

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John Wilcock, 91, pioneer of the underground press

The British journalist and travel writer’s stops included The Village Voice, The East Village Other, and the Underground Press Syndicate.

‘X-Files’ actor Peter Donat dead at 90

The Canadian actor who played Agent Fox Mulder’s father in “The X-Files” had roles in TV shows, films, and onstage.

Mr. Frost designed climbing hardware to protect rock from being gouged and scarred.

Tom Frost, 82, mountaineer who designed a cleaner climb

Mr. Frost was a renowned rock climber who made daring first ascents up the towering El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.

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Broadway and West End star Marin Mazzie dies at 57

Ms. Mazzie, a three-time Tony Award nominee, was known for powerhouse Broadway performances in “Ragtime,” ‘‘Passion,” and “Kiss Me, Kate.”

Andre Blay, who put movies on videotape, dies at 81

Andre Blay’s innovative idea of marketing Hollywood movies on videocassettes sparked an entertainment industry bonanza and a revolution in television viewing.

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Kenneth E. Sullivan, a fund-raiser and educator after an early-onset Alzheimer’s diagnosis, dies at 52

Mr. Sullivan and his family have raised more than $100,000 for research, primarily through Sully’s Foot Patrol, which participates annually in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

FILE - This is a March 8, 1962, file photo showing Billy O'Dell of the San Francisco Giants, at spring training camp in Casa Grande, Ariz. Former Major League pitcher Billy O'Dell, who won 105 games in a 13-year career, has died. He was 85 years. O'Dell pitched at Clemson before moving on to the majors. O'Dell died Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, at Newberry County Memorial Hospital in Newberry, S.C. (AP Photo/Ed Widdis, File)

Billy O’Dell, pitcher for Giants, Orioles, dies at 85

Mr. O’Dell won 105 games in a 13-year career.

Former British athletes Sir Roger Bannister, center left, and Diane Charles, center right, pose with school children during the launch of the Westminster Mile run, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Bannister's record of being the first man to run a sub-four minute mile and Diane Leather's (now Diane Charles) record of being the first woman to run a sub-five minute mile in May 1954, at Paddington Recreation Ground in London, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. The Westminster Mile run is to be held in May 2014 through the streets of London. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

Diane Leather, first woman to run mile under 5 minutes, dies at 85

The goal of breaking five minutes became “something of a Holy Grail” for Ms. Leather, her husband once wrote.

FILE - This Jan. 18, 2008, file photo shows world-renowned mountain climber Jeff Lowe in Ogden, Utah. Lowe's longtime partner, Connie Self, says he died Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, at a care facility in Fort Collins, Colorado, at age 67. (Scott G. Winterton/The Deseret News via AP, File)

Jeff Lowe, pathfinder up the face of mountains, dies at 67

Mr. Lowe tackled routes that seemed impossible to other climbers and with as little equipment as he could.

FILE - In this July 19, 2005 file photo, Algerian singer Rachid Taha sings on the main stage during the opening day of the Paleo Festival in Nyon, Switzerland. Rachid Taha, an Algerian singer who thrillingly blended Arabic music with rock and techno and at times wore blue contact lenses to protest anti-Arab prejudice in France, where he made his home, has died. He was 59. (Sandro Campardo, Keystone via AP, File)

Singer Rachid Taha, who fused Arabic music and rock, dies at 59

Mr. Taha also at times wore blue contact lenses to protest anti-Arab prejudice in his adoptive France.

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William Hennessey, longtime teacher and principal in Boston’s schools, dies at 92

Mr. Hennessey helped his wife, Alice, and their neighbors found the West Roxbury Friends of Rosie’s Place.

Mr. Bawnik, in Ahrensbök, Germany, in about 1945, later moved to the United States.

Henry Bawnik, survivor of death camps and an inferno at sea, dies at 92

After coming to the US, Mr. Bawnik labored as a construction worker and owned dry-cleaning businesses.

Wakako Yamauchi, Japanese-American playwright, dies at 93

Wakako Yamauchi’s plays exploring the Japanese-American experience drew on her own life of relocation, rootlessness, assimilation, and internment during World War II.

Adam Clymer in 1992.

Adam Clymer, political reporter, editor, and pollster, dies at 81

Mr. Clymer covered congressional intrigue, eight presidential campaigns, and the downfall of both Khrushchev and Nixon.

Ward Hall, king of the carnival sideshow, dies at 88

Mr. Hall beckoned customers with oddities and amazements, and withstood decades of cultural change.

Dr. Hauri with an ion microprobe. He used the instrument to examine slivers of shards.

Erik Hauri, scientist who found water on moon, dies at 52

Dr. Hauri was a longtime researcher at Washington’s Carnegie Institution for Science.

Ms. Dunsmore with her husband, Jon, and their children, from left, Nora (in carrier), Peter, and Nate, in Yosemite National Park in August 2014.

Carrie Dunsmore, attorney and writer of Queen of Booklandia blog, dies at 40

Ms. Dunsmore was a prolific reader, and she chronicled every book she read each year.

FILE - In a Sept. 5, 2007 file photo, Bill Daily arrives for TV Land's 35th anniversary tribute to

Bill Daily, who played oddballs on hit sitcoms, dies at 91

The comic actor was best known for his second-banana roles and off-kilter style of humor.

Dr. Bodman served as president and chief operating officer at Fidelity Investments, and then chairman and chief executive at Cabot Corp.

Samuel W. Bodman, 79; former Fidelity executive served as US energy secretary

When President George W. Bush nominated him in December 2004 to be the new US energy secretary, Dr. Bodman saw the position as the culmination of his career.

A family statement released through his publicists says Mac Miller died Friday, and there are no further details available on how he died.

Rapper Mac Miller has died at age 26, family says

The platinum hip-hop star’s rhymes vacillated from party raps to lyrics about depression and drug use.

Dr. Lewis was the first woman to chair the history department at Rutgers University’s Newark campus.

Jan Ellen Lewis, 69, expert on Jefferson’s other family

Dr. Lewis organized a groundbreaking conference to reassess Thomas Jefferson’s legacy after DNA testing showed that he had fathered children with Sally Hemings, one of his slaves.

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Burt Reynolds, star of film, TV, and tabloids, dies at 82

Mr. Reynolds was known for his acclaimed performances in “Deliverance” and “Boogie Nights.”

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Chris Lawford attends The Brent Shapiro Foundation Summer Spectacular on September 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for The Brent Shapiro Foundation )

Christopher Kennedy Lawford, actor who wrote about substance abuse and recovery, dies at 63

An actor and an author, Mr. Lawford devoted much of his time to advocating for substance abuse programs and studies.

Mr. DeVos used part of his fortune to bolster the GOP.

Amway founder and Magic owner Richard DeVos dies at age 92

Billionaire Richard DeVos was the cofounder of direct-selling giant Amway, owner of the Orlando Magic, and father-in-law of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

Burt Reynolds in the car from “Smokey and the Bandit,” circa 1970.

Burt Reynolds, star of film, TV, and tabloids, dead at 82

Reynolds made scores of movies, ranging from lightweight fare such as the hits ‘‘The Cannonball Run’’ and ‘‘Smokey and the Bandit’’ to more serious films like ‘‘The Longest Yard’’ and ‘‘The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing.’’

FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2012 file photo, Christopher Kennedy Lawford appears at the LA Friendly House Luncheon in Beverly Hills, Calif. Patrick Kennedy says Lawford died of a heart attack on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in Vancouver. He was 63. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision for LA friendly House/File)

Author, actor, and Kennedy scion Christopher Lawford dies at 63

Christopher Kennedy Lawford, who was born into political and Hollywood royalty, died of a heart attack Tuesday in Vancouver, Canada.

Alvin ‘Ab’ McDonald, scored Stanley-Cup winning goal for Chicago, dies at 82

The forward played 14 seasons, including one with the Boston Bruins.

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Margaret Noble Sullivan of Canton, who won awards for local cable TV news, dies at 85

Ms. Sullivan was the first person to be hired at Canton Community Television.

Carole Shelley, a Tony winner and a Pigeon sister, 79

After her bubbly role in Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple,’’ Ms. Shelley won a Tony Award in 1979 for portraying a woman who develops an emotional connection to the disfigured title character in “The Elephant Man.”

Ms. Graham said her “inspiration often springs from ‘the other side of the tracks’ — urban industrial areas, abandoned buildings, vernacular architecture, minimalist spaces, and clustered housing in foreign lands.’’

Julie Graham, artist and Museum School teacher, at 71

Ms. Graham intertwined light with fragments of everyday life in her paintings.

Rachel Cowan, 77, innovative rabbi

Rabbi Cowan helped mixed-marriage couples, designed services to comfort the sick and dying, and injected contemplative practices into religious life.

Incredible Hulk comic books were displayed at a store in New York City. Among Ms. Severin’s most notable superhero work were runs of The Incredible Hulk.

Marie Severin, 89, versatile comic book artist

Ms. Severin’s confident hand drew most of the greatest heroes in the Marvel Comics pantheon at a time when women were rare in that field.

Dr. Mirrlees sought to find a point where government taxation would provide a shared benefit to society without being an onerous burden on individual workers.

James Mirrlees, 82, Nobel laureate in economics who studied taxation

Dr. Mirrlees developed a mathematical model to find a point where government taxation would provide a shared benefit to society without being an onerous burden on individual workers.

“When the ancient ancestors of Africa touch you, you fall in love with the African culture,” Mr. Weston told the Globe in 2013. The pianist and composer performed often in Boston and held residencies at Harvard University and New England Conserv-atory.

Randy Weston, 92, pianist whose jazz compositions explored music’s African beginnings

Mr. Weston performed often in Boston and held residencies at Harvard University and New England Conservatory.

Dr. Connell promoted improving women’s reproductive health for more than 50 years.

Dr. Elizabeth Connell, 92, authority on contraception

Dr. Connell had a longtime commitment to raising awareness about family planning and contraception.

Ellie Mannette, 90, father of the modern steel drum

Mr. Mannette sought to elevate and expand the craft of steel-pan music, and to share it with the world.

Mr. Kobzon (right), who embraced Russia’s annexation of Crimea, sang a duet in 2014 with Alexandxer Zakharchenko, leader of the Donetsk People’s Republic set up by Russian proxies in eastern Ukraine. The European Union sanctioned him in 2015.

Iosif Kobzon, Russian crooner who bridged eras, dies at 80

Mr. Kobzon came out on top in three distinct chapters of his country’s history: the Soviet era, the brief window of freedom and chaos in the 1990s, and Vladimir Putin’s imperialist revival.

Ms. Finley’s calendar helped designers avoid conflicts with rivals’ New York shows.

Ruth Finley, put fashion shows on a schedule, dies at 98

Ms. Finley’s Fashion Calendar was the essential guide to the New York showrooms, department stores, theaters, and lofts where designers introduced collections.

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Paul Taylor, giant of modern dance, dies at 88

Mr. Taylor created a vast body of work that reflected both the giddy highs and the depraved lows of the human condition.

Mr. Heath was known for his drawings of tanks and other real-life subjects. “Russ may have been the best realist ever in comic books,” comic book historian Mark Evanier said.

Russ Heath, whose comics caught Lichtenstein’s eye, dies at 91

Mr. Heath was known for either inspiring or being outright copied by pop artist Roy Lichtenstein, depending on whom you ask.

Sterling Stuckey, charted African culture in slavery, dies at 86

The eminent black historian documented how uprooted Africans not only retained their culture while they survived slavery but eventually suffused the rest of American society with their transplanted folkways.