By her own admission, Ann Hopkins could be abrasive, vulgar, relentless, and impatient in the office.
Milton Edgerton, trailblazing plastic surgeon for children and transgender patients, dies at 96
Dr. Edgerton was widely recognized as one of the most daring and influential plastic surgeons in America.
Gabe Rivera, lineman paralyzed in crash, dies at 57
Mr. Rivera, whose career was ended by a car crash in his NFL rookie season, was nicknamed “Senor Sack.’’
Nancy Sinatra Sr., first wife of Frank Sinatra, dies at 101
Mrs. Sinatra was the childhood sweetheart of Frank Sinatra who became the first of his four wives and the mother of his three children.
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Mike Denneen, 54, of Watertown, who died July 10, was a producer and recording engineer whose sharp instincts guided musicians and bands, and cofounder of Somerville’s Q Division studio.
Mr. Ycaza won 2,367 races from 10,561 mounts and rode such acclaimed thoroughbreds as Ack Ack, Damascus, Dr. Fager, and Sword Dancer.
Bert Bennett Jr. was a powerbroker in North Carolina Democratic politics for 40 years who helped guide the careers of former governors Terry Sanford and Jim Hunt while pressing a forward-thinking mantra among state leaders.
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William McBride, doctor who warned of thalidomide’s risks, dies at 91
William McBride’s later career was marred by accusations of falsified research results and other misconduct.
Pat Swindall, 67, congressman who lost seat amid perjury scandal
Mr. Swindall was a Republican trailblazer in Georgia before his political career was derailed.
Henry Morgenthau III, 101, award-winning WGBH producer who turned to poetry
Mr. Morgenthau spent more than two decades as an executive producerat WGBH-TV, where programs he guided received Emmy and Peabody awards.
Ray Emery, 35, NHL goalie known for aggressive style
Mr. Emery helped the Ottawa Senators reach the final in 2007 and won the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2013.
Ralph Paige, 74, advocate for black farmers in the South
Mr. Paige helped the farmers stay on their land, obtain access to loans, and sue the federal government.
‘See ya later, suckas!’ The obituary of a 5-year-old boy in his own words
Garrett Matthias, 5, thought about what his funeral would look like one day. He did not want a solemn gathering; he wanted a carnivallike atmosphere.
Jeremy Gold, 75, actuary who warned of pension crisis
Mr. Gold decades ago warned of the financial debacles now slowly playing out among the cities and states that sponsor pension plans for their workers.
Alan Johnson, 81, choreographer for Broadway and Mel Brooks
Mr. Johnson choreographed solo shows and revues for performers including Ann-Margret, Bernadette Peters, Tommy Tune, and Shirley MacLaine.
Christine Noestlinger, 81, Austrian children’s book author
Ms. Noestlinger was best known for her children’s books such as “Fiery Frederica” and “Fly Away Home.”
Robby Müller, inventive cinematographer, dies at 78
Robby Müller’s inventive use of lighting and artful approach to composition were consistent elements of films by directors like Wim Wenders and Jim Jarmusch.
Tom Gallagher, diplomat who became a gay activist, dies at 77
Tom Gallagher used to say that during his long career as a Foreign Service officer, he worked in countries where he might have been imprisoned or worse if officials learned he was gay.
Jenny Phillips, writer and award-winning filmmaker, dies at 76
Jenny Phillips, 76, who died July 9, was a writer and award-winning filmmaker.
Bill Watrous, trombonist and bandleader, dies at 79
A Connecticut native, Mr. Watrous was heard on studio recordings by artists including Quincy Jones, Prince, and Frank Sinatra.
Oliver Knussen, composer of ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ opera, dies at 66
The British composer had a long affiliation with the Tanglewood Music Center.
Frank Ramsey, NBA’s original ‘sixth man’ who won seven titles with Celtics, dies at 86
Mr. Ramsey loved playing practical jokes on his teammates but took the postseason very seriously.
Gudrun Burwitz, ever-loyal daughter of Nazi mastermind Heinrich Himmler, dies at 88
Ms. Burwitz, who was sometimes called a ‘‘Nazi princess’’ by supporters and detractors alike, remained unrepentant and loyal to her father to the end.
Lord Carrington, former UK foreign secretary, dies at 99
Lord Carrington was a versatile British politician who held senior posts under Conservative prime ministers from Winston Churchill to Margaret Thatcher and was secretary-general of NATO in the last years of the Cold War.
Tab Hunter, 86, Hollywood heartthrob in 1950s
Mr. Hunter, one of the last products of the Hollywood studio system, made an unlikely comeback in a very un-Hollywood film when he was almost 50.
Philippe de Baleine, 96, editor and worldly writer
In several books, Mr. de Baleine recounted journeys on historic railroad lines in West Africa, a region that was fertile ground for his travel writing.
Lola Schuss, 96; wrote of experiences surviving four concentration camps
Mrs. Schuss, whose parents and a sister died in the camps, lived on for decades and wrote of her ordeal in essays and poems.
Gillian Lynne, 92, choreographer of ‘Cats’
Ms Lynne was a renowned British ballerina before she turned to choreography.
Robert Ray, 89; helped Vietnam refugees relocate to Iowa
The former longtime governor of Iowa defined the state’s Republican politics for years.
Steve Ditko, 90, Spider-Man cocreator
Mr. Ditko, along with writer Stan Lee, introduced the world to Peter Parker and his alter ego in 1962 in an issue of ‘‘Amazing Fantasy.’’
Cardinal Tauran, 75, who announced pope’s election
Cardinal Tauran announced the election of Pope Francis to the world in 2013 with the famous phrase “habemus papam (we have a pope),” has died.
Lucy Fiandaca, 94, who transformed ‘any situation into love’
From her home to the Dante Alighieri Elementary School, Mrs. Fiandaca seemed to know nearly everyone she ran into throughout East Boston.
Ed Schultz, blunt-spoken political talk-show host, dies at 64
Mr. Schultz was a conservative whose politics moved left before he joined MSNBC’s lineup and then shifted again when he was hired by Russia’s state-financed international cable network.
Claude Lanzmann, chronicled the Holocaust in epic ‘Shoah’, dies at 92
The journalist and film director’s groundbreaking film relived the annihilation of Jews through the memories of witnesses.
Liliane Montevecchi, French cabaret star who won a Tony for ‘Nine,’ dies at 85
‘‘If any entertainer could be described as ‘Paris incarnate,’ it might be Liliane Montevecchi,’’ New York Times culture critic Stephen Holden wrote in 2016.
Doffie Arnold, an artist whose canvases sparkled with energy, dies at 94
Doffie Arnold, 94, who died May 29 and formerly lived in Concord, was an artist whose canvases sparkled with energy.
Leo Sarkisian, at 97; creator of VOA’s ‘Music Time in Africa’
Leo Sarkisian, a self-taught ethnomusicologist, was born in Lawrence and began his music studies in Greater Boston’s Armenian community.
Arvid Carlsson, 95; discovered a treatment for Parkinson’s
Dr. Carlsson proposed that the illness was related to a loss of dopamine, a chemical in the brain.
Anne Tolstoi Wallach, 89, novelist who drew from her advertising agency experience
In “Women’s Work,” Ms. Wallach chronicled the rise of a woman in a profession when sexism and gender discrimination were barriers.
Diana King, 90, who helped destigmatize dyslexia
Ms. King was a master teacher who helped generations of students struggling to read fluently, write, and spell — and being stigmatized for it.
James Denton, 66; journal editor and son of Vietnam POW led programs to advance democracy
Mr. Denton came to Washington in 1980, the same year his father, Jeremiah Denton Jr., was elected to the Senate as a Republican from Alabama.
Donald Ritchie, 73, record-setting ultrarunner
Mr. Ritchie’s inspiration helped to increase the number of ultrarunners by 1,000 percent over the past decade, according to the Guardian newspaper.
Miriam Bockman, 86, groundbreaking Manhattan Democrat
Ms. Bockman was the only woman to head the New York County Democratic organization and the first member of the party’s reform wing to do so.
Eugene Kim, 61, veteran AP writer of Today in History
Mr. Kim for 34 years wrote the Associated Press’s Today In History feature used by newspapers and broadcasters around the country.
Irena Szewinska, 72, Olympic gold sprinter of Poland
The Polish sprinter dominated women’s athletics for two decades, winning seven Olympic medals.
Constance Adams, 53, architect of space habitats
Ms. Adams gave up designing skyscrapers to develop structures that would help travelers live with reasonable comfort on the International Space Station, Mars, or the moon.
Harlan Ellison, pugnacious and prolific science fiction writer, dies at 84
His stories reflected a personality so intense that they often read as if he were punching his manual typewriter keys with his fists.
Jamsheed Marker, leading Pakistani diplomat, dies at 95
Mr. Marker was a figure in the negotiations that led to the Soviet military withdrawal from Afghanistan and the resolution of the conflict in East Timor.