Leo Miller, 79, dedicated basketball coach and special education teacher

Mr. Miller coached Nauset Regional to 622 wins over 41 seasons.

Mr. Miller became one of eight high school basketball coaches in state history to pass the 600-win mark.

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Mark Schorr, 72, poet who led the Robert Frost Foundation

Mr. Schorr also had been a technical writer for companies including Wang Laboratories.

Brenda Barnes, 63, Pepsi executive who spurred a work-life debate

Ms. Barnes was chief executive of Pepsi-Cola North America in 1997 when she stepped down to spend time with family.

Sue Watson, 90, tireless advocate for liberal causes

Mrs. Watson was a founder of the organization that has since mushroomed into Grandmothers for a Brighter Future.

William Onyeabor, 70, elusive Nigerian funk musician

Beginning in 1977, Mr. Onyeabor recorded nine albums featuring heavy bass and slinky synthesizer lines.

William A. Hilliard, 89, pioneering black journalist

Mr. Hilliard was the Oregonian’s first black reporter; its first black executive editor, in 1982; and its first black editor-in-chief, in 1987.

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FILE -- Kevin Starr at his home in San Francisco, March 25, 2016. Starr, whose eight-volume history of California, collectively known as ÒAmericans and the California Dream,Ó traced the promise and the perils of his native state with a novelistÕs sense of narrative and character and a filmmakerÕs eye for colorful detail, died on Jan. 14, 2017, in San Francisco. He was 76. (Andrew Burton/The New York Times)

Kevin Starr, prolific chronicler of California’s history; at 76

Mr. Starr’s eight-volume work traced the promise and the perils of his native state.

Former Yugoslav army general Vlado Trifunovic spoke with the Associated Press in 2010.

Vlado Trifunovic, 78; general defied Serb orders to fight

Mr. Trifunovic’s treason conviction became a symbol of the senselessness of the 1990s Balkan conflict.

FILE Ñ Wayne Barrett, the longtime investigative columnist for the Village Voice, at home in New York, Jan. 19, 2011. Barrett, who exposed the misdeeds of developers, landlords and politicians for the alternative weekly for 37 years and wrote a biography of Donald Trump in 1992, died in Manhattan on Jan. 19, 2017. He was 71. (Chester Higgins Jr./The New York Times)

Wayne Barrett, 71, tenacious NYC reporter who followed Trump

Mr. Barrett, an investigative reporter at the Village Voice, was a scourge of New York City power brokers.

Ms. Peters began her career at 20.

Roberta Peters, 86, soprano with a dramatic entrance

Ms. Peters, who sang with the Met 515 times over 35 vigorous years, was internationally renowned for her high, silvery voice.

A native of Santa Monica, Calif., Mr. Ferrer was the son of Academy Award-winning actor Jose Ferrer and singer-actress Rosemary Clooney, and a cousin of George Clooney.Mr. Ferrer appeared on “NCIS: Los Angeles” and “Crossing Jordan.”

Miguel Ferrer, 61, ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ star

Mr. Ferrer brought stern authority to his featured role on CBS’s hit and, before that, to NBC crime drama “Crossing Jordan.”

George Beall, 79; led prosecution of Spiro Agnew

Mr. Beall, who served as the federal prosecutor for Maryland, died Jan. 15 at his home in Naples, Fla.

Professor Smith’s book “The Religions of Man” has sold more than 2 million copies.

Huston Smith, 97, author and explorer of faiths

Professor Smith taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, among other universities.

Miguel Ferrer  in 2015.

‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ star Miguel Ferrer dies at 61

 Miguel Ferrer, who brought stern authority to his featured role on CBS’ hit drama “NCIS: Los Angeles” has died.

Jon and Jim Mouradian built and repaired guitars in several shops, including in Winchester.

Jim Mouradian, 66; with heart and skill, he cared for guitarists’ sound

A virtuoso of musical repairs, Mr. Mouradian died during a performance with Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters.

Mr. Gautier, performing as Conrad Birdie in “Bye Bye Birdie” at Boston’s Shubert Theater. The play won a Tony Award for best musical and Mr. Gautier earned a nomination.

Dick Gautier, 85; comic actor, Tony Award nominee

For more than 50 years Mr. Gautier was primarily a scene-stealing supporting player on sitcoms.

Nicodemo Scarfo (lower right) faced a court hearing in Atlantic City, N.J., on racketeering and gambling charges.

Nicodemo ‘Little Nicky’ Scarfo, 87, brutal mob boss in Philadelphia

Mr. Scarfo’s reign over the Philadelphia Mafia in the 1980s was one of the bloodiest in its history.

Singer-songwriter Buddy Greco, 50, and his wife Jackie Sabatino, 28, who was St. Louis Playboy Bunny of 1974, tell Los Angeles newsmen of their plans to get married next month in St. Louis, Jan. 19, 1977. It will be his fourth marriage and her second. (AP Photo/Wally Fong)

Buddy Greco, 90; seen as the ultimate lounge singer

Mr. Greco mixed talent, tenacity, and a hot temper in a career that lasted more than 80 years.

Leslie W. Dunbar, 95, white civil rights leader in the 1960s

Dr. Dunbar used his influence to support black voter registration in the South and antipoverty programs.

Lieutenant Zuk (right), with Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett (center) and Lynnfield Police Chief David Breen, held a conference on a murder-suicide in Lynnfield.

Norman Zuk, 63, State Police investigator on high-profile cases

Lieutenant Zuk, of Danvers, led the detective division in Essex County.

Lord Snowden, with Princess Margaret, greeted the Beatles before the premiere of their movie “Help.’’

Antony Armstrong-Jones, 86, former husband of Princess Margaret

A society photographer, the Earl of Snowdon continued to mix in royal circles even after his divorce.

The Rev. Long oversaw large growth at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church.

Eddie Long, 63, megachurch pastor embroiled in scandal

The Rev. Long‘s reputation was tarnished after former congregants accused him of sexual misconduct.

Dr. Smithies shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology for work targeting genes.

Oliver Smithies, 91, tinkerer transformed genetics and won a Nobel

Dr. Smithies discovered a powerful tool for identifying the roles of individual genes in health and disease.

Gene Cernan, 82, last astronaut to walk on the moon

Mr. Cernan, commander of Apollo 17, set foot on the lunar surface in December 1972.

Mr. Blatty was in a state of “financial desperation’’ when he wrote “The Exorcist,’’ which he called a detective story.

William Peter Blatty, 89, author of ‘The Exorcist’

Mr. Blatty’s book spent more than a year on The New York Times fiction bestseller list and later inspired the popular movie.

Dr. Dansinghani, in a photo taken as a teen, before she developed eating disorders.

Dr. Kamala Dansinghani, 44; wrote of her anorexia struggle

Dr. Dansinghani was valedictorian of her Dartmouth College class and a Harvard Medical School graduate.

Dr. Sperber also worked at Boston University as a specialist in urban education for the Silber administration, and as a professor of urban education.

Robert I. Sperber, 87, innovative leader of Brookline schools

In later years, Dr. Sperber was a special adviser to the president of Boston University.

Mr. Zhou’s Romanized Chinese writing became the international standard some 60 years ago.

Zhou Youguang, 111; created system of written Chinese

Mr. Zhou’s Pinyin vastly increased literacy throughout the country and eased the classroom agonies of foreigners studying Chinese.

Peter Nowell, 88; revolutionized cancer research by accident

Dr. Nowell helped uncover the first clear sign of a genetic cause of cancer in the simple process of cleaning slides bearing leukemic cells.

 Detective McDonald, with his wife, Patti, and son, Conor, received the Spirit of Giving Award from the Kelly Cares Foundation. The detective was paralyzed by a bullet in 1986.

Steven McDonald, 59, gun victim and peace advocate

Detective McDonald, paralyzed by a teenage shooter’s bullet, became an international voice for peace.

Jeremy Stone, 81; worked to advance arms control

Mr. Stone cajoled scientists and foreign-policy experts about the wisdom of limiting missile defense systems.

Roy Innis, 82; led Congress of Racial Equality and battled Al Sharpton

Mr. Innis tussled with other activists during a decadeslong tenure at the helm of the Congress of Racial Equality.

Tommy Allsup, 85; guitarist’s life turned on a coin flip

Mr. Allsup became a renowned backup player for Bob Wills, Kenny Rogers, and hundreds of other entertainers.

Mr. Chamberlain joined his ex-wife, Lindy, when she released a book on the plight of their missing daughter.

Michael Chamberlain, 72, father of baby killed by dingo

Mr. Chamberlain waged a decades-long battle to prove that, in fact, the dingo ate his baby.

Roman Herzog, 82, German president famed for ‘malaise’ speech

Mr. Herzog called for “confidence and joie de vivre” during a time of economic woes in Germany.

(FILES) This file photo taken on August 29, 2009 shows veteran British journalist Clare Hollingworth speaking to AFP in Hong Kong. Veteran British war correspondent Clare Hollingworth, who broke the news that World War II had started, died on January 10, 2017 at the age of 105. / AFP PHOTO / MIKE CLARKEMIKE CLARKE/AFP/Getty Images

Clare Hollingworth, 105, daring war reporter for decades

Ms. Hollingworth, the undisputed doyenne of war correspondents, broke news that Germany was ready to invade Poland in 1939.

Chip Harkness.

Chip Harkness, 99, last living founder of The Architects Collaborative

“We were on a mission to make a better world after the war,” Mr. Harkness told the Globe in 2002.

Willie Evans flipped through a scrapbook in 2008.

Willie Evans, 79, was barred from a bowl game because he was black

Mr. Evans’s teammates elected to boycott the Tangerine Bowl, instead of playing in the game.

Mr. Lilly’s clients included former President Carter and Tom Brokaw.

Bud Lilly, 91, fly-fishing legend, catch-and-release pioneer

Mr. Lilly, whose clients included former President Carter and Tom Brokaw, also was an ambassador for his home state of Montana.

Barbara Scannell.

Barbara Scannell, 89, famously forgave drunk driver who left son in coma

Mrs. Scannell hugged the driver who had injured her son, speaking words of kindness to put his mind at ease.

Mr. Rafsanjani was credited with seeking a less confrontational relationship with the United States and suggesting that “Death to America’’ slogans be dropped.

Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, 82, pragmatic Iranian leader

Mr. Rafsanjani navigated the opaque shoals of his country’s theocracy as one of its most enduring, wiliest, and wealthiest leaders.

Nat Hentoff in his New York apartment in 2009. The Roxbury raised Hentoff, known for his work at The Village Voice and for writing 35 books, died Saturday.

Nat Hentoff, a jazz critic, free speech advocate, and ‘Boston Boy’ memoirist, dies at 91

His was a life of improvisation, provocation, and dedication to free speech, rooted in a rebellious upbringing in Roxbury.

Mr. Weedon began honing his fund-raising skills for MIT in the 1950s and was a member of its corporation.

D. Reid Weedon Jr., 96; helped lead MIT, Museum of Science

As a consultant, Dr. Weedon kept tabs on how well American corporations were treating black workers in South Africa.

Mr. Puri at the premiere of “The Hundred-Foot Journey.”

Om Puri, 66, Indian character actor

Mr. Puri worked in critically acclaimed films at home and abroad, collecting a slew of awards.

Sam Lovullo (center left), Willie Nelson, and the cast of “Hee Haw” accepted the Entertainer's Award during the 2007 TV Land Awards in Santa Monica, Calif.

Sam Lovullo, 88, producer and cocreator of ‘Hee Haw’

Mr. Lovullo’s son Torey formerly was the bench coach for the Red Sox.

Mr. Soares (right) met Archbishop Desmond Tutu in South Africa in 1995.

Mario Soares, 92, Portugal’s former president

Mr. Soares helped steer his country toward democracy after a 1974 military coup.

Tommie Ferguson was later the equipment manager for the Los Angeles Angels.

Tommie Ferguson, at 86; former bat boy was among last links to Boston Braves era

Mr. Ferguson was the bat boy when the team won the 1948 National League pennant, its final championship during its Boston era.

Dewey Daane, member of Fed Reserve, Vanderbilt professor

Before joining the faculty at Vanderbilt in 1974, Dr. Daane had 35 years of combined government service in the Federal Reserve System and at the US Treasury Department.

George Kosana; was sheriff in ‘Night of the Living Dead’

‘‘It seemed to fit his personality,’’ a longtime friend recalled, describing Mr. Kosana as ‘‘cantankerous, amusing, blustery and sincere.’’

(FILES) This file photo taken on October 23, 2007 shows French conductor Georges Pretre leading a rehearsal on the stage of the Opera Bastille in Paris. French conductor Georges Pretre, who spent half a century at the head of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, died on January 4, 2016 at the age of 92, the Vienna Philharmonic announced. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS GUILLOT

Georges Prêtre, 92, conductor known for improvisation

Mr. Prêtre led many of the world’s leading orchestras during a remarkable 70-year career that lasted through October.