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Barbara Proctor, first African-American woman to own an advertising agency, dies at 86

Barbara Proctor, first African-American woman to own an advertising agency, dies at 86

Elias M. Stein, mathematician of fluctuations, 87

Elias M. Stein, a mathematician who pioneered work in a field that was originally devised to describe the vibrations of strings but that proved to have a wide range of applications, including charting the fluctuations of stock markets and gravitational waves, died on Dec.

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver dies at 83

Oliver’s rapturous odes to nature and animal life brought her critical acclaim and popular affection.

Memorial service for Michael R. Deland

A memorial service for Michael R. Deland, former New England regional administrator for the US Environmental Protection Agency, will be held at 11 a.m. Jan. 31 in Trinity Church in Boston.

Mel Stottlemyre, Yankees’ ace during lean years, dies at 77

Mr. Stottlemyre also served as the pitching coach for New York Mets and Yankees teams that won the World Series.

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Leo Ribuffo, scholar of the far-right political movement, dies at 73

Leo Ribuffo, scholar of the far-right political movement, dies at 73

Clydie King, top-tier backup singer, dies at 75

Ms. King, who served as a central part of the musical ensemble around Bob Dylan in the early 1980s, also sang on such hits as the Rolling Stones’ “Tumbling Dice” and Linda Ronstadt’s “You’re No Good.”

Mr. Masinga, shown playing in the 1998 World Cup against France, was considered a giant of South African soccer.

Phil Masinga, famed former South Africa soccer striker, dies at 49

Mr. Masinga scored the goal in 1997 that took his country to the World Cup for the first time.

Michael Atiyah, mathematician in Newton’s footsteps, dies at 89

Mr. Atiyah united mathematics and physics during the 1960s in a way not seen since the days of Isaac Newton. He was 89.

Bob Kuechenberg started every game for the Dolphins team that went 17-0 in 1972.

Former Miami Dolphins guard Bob Kuechenberg dies at age 71

Former Miami Dolphins guard Bob Kuechenberg, a six-time Pro Bowl selection and member of the only NFL team to achieve a perfect season, died at age 71.

John Falsey, creator of several acclaimed TV series, dies at 67

Mr. Falsey cocreated some of the most innovative and acclaimed television series of the 1980s and ’90s, including “St. Elsewhere” and “Northern Exposure.”

Lamin Sanneh, scholar of Islam and Christianity, dies at 76

Mr. Sanneh was born into poverty in a tiny river town in Gambia and became a world-renowned scholar of Christianity and Islam.

Jessica Tcherepnine, exacting botanical artist, dies at 80

The British-born watercolorist’s meticulous, naturalistic depictions of flowers, fruits, and vegetables established her as one of the world’s leading creators of botanical art.

Judge Wald was the first woman to serve on the D.C. Circuit court.

Patricia Wald, pathbreaking federal judge who became chief of D.C. Circuit, dies at 90

Judge Wald became an assistant attorney general under President Jimmy Carter, who in 1979 appointed her to the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Mr. Jarman expanded the province of music, melding it with performance art in the Art Ensemble of Chicago.

Joseph Jarman, mainstay of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, dies at 81

The saxophonist, flutist, woodwind player, and percussionist helped expand the parameters of performance in avant-garde jazz.

Mr. Dain’s neighbors nominated him for a leading role in “Tanna” because they considered him the best-looking man in the village, one of the film’s directors said.

Mungau Dain, unlikely Pacific island film star, dies at 24

Mungau Dain who starred in “Tanna,” an Oscar-nominated film about his Pacific island homeland.

Mr. Barger saluted during the national anthem at the May commencement ceremony.

WWII vet who got degree delayed by nearly 7 decades dies at 97

Bob Barger flew planes for the Navy and received his college degree last spring, nearly 70 years after he last sat in a classroom.

Antal Bolvari, a two-time Olympic water polo champion from Hungary, dies at 86

Antal Bolvari scored a goal in Hungary’s famous 4-0 win over the Soviet Union in the “Blood in the Water” match at the 1956 Melbourne Games.

When Mr. Forzano was head coach of the Lions, he hired a young Bill Belichick to work on his staff.

Former Lions coach Rick Forzano dies at age 90

Mr. Forzano was the coach of the Detroit Lions during the mid-1970s and hired a young Bill Belichick to work on his staff.

Dr. Lewis L. Judd, advocate of brain science, dies at 88

Dr. Lewis L. Judd helped put in place the so-called Decade of the Brain, an ambitious research agenda focused on brain biology as the key to understanding and treating psychiatric problems.

FILE - In this May 28, 1963 file photo, a group of whites pour sugar, ketchup and mustard over the heads of Tougaloo College student demonstrators at a sit-in demonstration at a Woolworth's lunch counter in Jackson, Miss. Seated at the counter, from left, are Tougaloo College professor John Salter,and students Joan Trumpauer and Anne Moody. John Salter, who also used the name John Hunter Gray, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2019 at his home in Pocatello, Idaho. Relatives say he was 84 when he died Monday after an illness. (Fred Blackwell/The Clarion-Ledger via AP, File)

John Salter Jr., activist from lunch counter protest photo, dies at 84

A community organizer shown in an iconic photograph while challenging racial segregation at a Mississippi lunch counter in the 1960s has died at his home in Pocatello, Idaho.

FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 20, 2018 file frame photo Jakiw Palij, a former Nazi concentration camp guard, is carried on a stretcher from his home in the Queens borough of New York. German media report that Jakiw Palij, a former Nazi concentration camp guard who spent decades leading an unassuming life in New York City until his past was revealed, has died. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Westfaelische Nachrichten newspapers quoted German officials on Thursday confirming that Palij, who was deported to Germany in August, died in a care home in the town of Ahlen. He was 95. (ABC via AP, file)

Ex-Nazi camp guard deported by US dies at 95 in Germany

Jakiw Palij, a former Nazi concentration camp guard who lived an unassuming life in New York City for decades until his past was revealed and he was deported to Germany last year, has died.

Kwamie Lassiter; former Arizona safety who had four interceptions in key game

Kwamie Lassiter, the former Arizona safety who had four interceptions in the Cardinals’ season-ending victory that clinched a playoff berth in 1998, died Sunday. He was 49.

Dennis Johnson, creator of a rediscovered minimalist score

Dennis Johnson, a composer who in 1959 wrote a trailblazing minimalist work, a six-hour piano meditation of repeated notes and long pauses that went unheard for 50 years before being rediscovered, died Dec. 20 in Morgan Hill, California.

Boston, MA - 9/23/1988: New England regional administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Michael R. Deland sits in his office in the John F. Kennedy Federal Building in Boston on Sep. 23, 1988. (John Blanding/Globe Staff) --- BGPA Reference: 190109_BS_016

Michael R. Deland, former EPA administrator and key player in Boston Harbor cleanup, dies at 77

Mr. Deland of Marion, who died Jan. 8, was also an advocate for increased access for the disabled.

Joe Casely-Hayford, pioneering fashion designer

Mr. Casely-Hayford’s creations were coveted by such stars as Michael Jackson and Bono and was admired by Diana, Princess of Wales.

Anatoly Lukyanov, ex-Soviet parliament speaker, dies at 88

Anatoly Lukyanov, a Communist politician who as parliament speaker was imprisoned for his role in a coup attempt that precipitated the Soviet Union’s collapse, has died. He was 88.

Bernice Sandler, godmother of Title IX who championed women’s rights, dies at 90

Dr. Sandler devoted decades of her life to documenting, analyzing and stopping the forms of discrimination - subtle and overt - that held women back academically and professionally in educational settings.

Carlos Sánchez, 83, embodied Colombian coffee as Juan Valdez

For nearly four decades, Mr. Sánchez was one of the most recognizable pitchmen in the world.

Lessie Brown, oldest person in the US, dies at 114

Family members had attributed her long life to the fact that she ate a sweet potato nearly every day until she was well past 100.

Mrs. Simpson, in a beret at right at a fashion show, was known for her witty, no-nonsense mien in her quarter-century as fashion editor at Vogue.

Babs Simpson, taste-making fashion editor at Vogue

Small and fierce, Mrs. Simpson worked with many of the titans of fashion photography over her 25 years at Vogue.

Mr. Arens also served as ambassador to the United States and foreign minister.

Moshe Arens, Israeli statesman and ex-defense minister, dies at 93

Mr. Arens was one of the last of his country’s founding generation of right-wing Zionists died on Monday at his home in Savyon, Israel. He was 93.

Norman Birnbaum, a left-wing sociologist, professor, and journalist, dies at 92

Dr. Birnbaum championed progressive causes on both sides of the Atlantic and served as a veteran member of the editorial board at the Nation magazine.

Christine McGuire, eldest sister in popular 1950s trio the McGuire Sisters, dies at 92

The trio had a string of Top 20 hits in the 1950s that made them one of the most popular female singing groups of that time.

Eugeniu Iordachescu, Romanian engineer who saved churches from destruction

Called “the guardian angel” of churches, Mr. Iordachescu devised a way to save historic buildings from being destroyed by Nicolae Ceausescu.

‘Death Wish’ author Brian Garfield dead at 79

“Death Wish” novelist Brian Garfield, whose murderous classic about a right-wing vigilante launched a film franchise starring Charles Bronson, has died at age 79.

Mrinal Sen, 95, one of India’s leading directors

Mr. Sen was a central figure in the movement known as parallel cinema, a socially conscious alternative to splashy Bollywood films.

As defense secretary from 1977 to 1981, Mr. Brown, a scientist, served in an era of rising Soviet challenges.

Harold Brown, 91, defense secretary in Carter administration

The brilliant scientist helped develop America’s nuclear arsenal and negotiate its first strategic arms control treaty.

Mr. Loinger (left) was awarded the title of commander of the Legion of Honour in 2005.

Georges Loinger, 108, wartime rescuer of Jewish children

A physical education teacher in France, Mr. Loinger saved hundreds of Jewish children from deportation to concentration camps by helping smuggle them into Switzerland.

Mrs. Benoit could remember celebrating the end of World War I — when she had just turned 5.

Leona Benoit, a tireless advocate for peace, dies at 105

“It wasn’t anything I really wanted to do,” she said of her decision to form Stoughton Mothers for Peace in 1967, during the Vietnam War. “I just felt my conscience wouldn’t let me rest.”

William C. Thompson, pioneering black legislator and judge, dies at 94

Judge Thompson was in the vanguard of the black Democrats who staked their claim to elective office beginning in the mid-1960s.

Mr. Welsh compiled a 134-86-3 record at Virginia.

Hall of Fame college football coach George Welsh dies at 85

Mr. Welsh coached football at Virginia for 19 years.

Mr. Sawyer (second from left) was a member of the band Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show.

Ray Sawyer, ‘Cover of Rolling Stone’ singer, dies at 81

Mr. Sawyer cut a distinctive figure as a member of the band Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show thanks to his flamboyant style and attention-drawing eye patch.

Mr. Kelleher, a boisterous executive, instilled a spirit of fun in the company’s culture.

Herb Kelleher, co-founder of Southwest Airlines, dies at 87

Not many CEOs dress up as Elvis Presley, settle a business dispute with an arm-wrestling contest, or go on TV wearing a paper bag over their head.

Mr. Nordstrom became president of his family’s company in 2000.

Department store executive Blake Nordstrom dies at 58

Mr. Nordstrom led the upscale department store chain as co-president with his brothers Erik and Peter.

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2010 file photo, Neil Young, left, and his wife Pegi Young perform during the Bridge School Benefit concert in Mountain View, Calif. Young, who with fellow musician and then-husband Neil Young helped found the Bridge School for children with speech and physical impairments, has died. Young died of cancer Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, in California, according to spokeswoman Michelle Gutenstein-Hinz. She was 66. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)

Pegi Young, musician and activist, dies at 66

Ms. Young and her fellow musician and then-husband Neil Young helped found the Bridge School for children with speech and physical impairments.