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Jeffrey Hart, influential and iconoclastic conservative, dies at 88

Dr. Hart was a profusely credentialed but contrarian conservative who bolted the Republican Party to support John Kerry and Barack Obama for president.

Wallace Broecker, who helped popularize term ‘global warming,’ dies at 87

Wallace Broecker was a geochemist who issued early warnings on global warming and later developed a sweeping, widely accepted model for how the oceans circulate heat and affect the Earth’s climate

Don Newcombe, fierce Dodger hurler who broke bats and barriers, dies at 92

The hard-throwing ace, one of the first black players in the major leagues, won the Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Player, and Cy Young awards.

Karl Lagerfeld, designer who defined luxury fashion, dies at 85

Creative director of Chanel since 1983 and founder of his own line, Mr. Lagerfeld was the definition of a fashion polyglot, able to speak the language of many different brands at the same time.

Raymond K. Price Jr., key Nixon speechwriter, dies at 88

Raymond K. Price Jr. helped write the first and last words of Richard M. Nixon’s presidency: his inaugural addresses and his resignation speech.

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George Mendonsa, whose Times Square kiss became an iconic photo, dies at 95

George Mendonsa was a sailor on leave when photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt captured his impromptu kiss in Times Square on Aug. 14, 1945.

The sailor in this iconic photo, George Mendonsa, has died. He was 95 and lived in Middletown, R.I.

R.I. man shown in iconic V-J Day kiss photo has died

George Mendonsa of Middletown, R.I., was two days shy of his 96th birthday when he died Sunday.

Dr. Boles was a trustee at New England Baptist Hospital.

Dr. Russell Boles Jr., a physician who was a healer of bodies and souls, dies at 96

Affiliated for decades with New England Baptist, Dr. Boles was the doctor of choice for patients from the Kennedy compound on Cape Cod to Mattapan.

Patricia Nell Warren, novelist of gay romance, dies at 82

Ms. Warren’s 1974 novel, “The Front Runner,” was one of the first widely popular books to feature an open romantic relationship between two men.

Mr. Littler, here celebrating the sinking of a putt at a Texas tournament, won 29 PGA titles.

Gene Littler, golfer with a gorgeous swing, dies at 88

Gene Littler, a quietly outstanding golfer who was known as Gene the Machine for an uncommonly smooth and consistent swing that propelled him to the 1961 U.S. Open championship, died Friday in San Diego.

Mrs. Radziwill (left) was the sister of former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Above: the sisters in London in 1965.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ sister Lee Radziwill dies at 85

Mrs. Radziwill shared the qualities of wealth, social status, and ambition with her older sister.

Most of actor Bruno Ganz’s work was in German-language films but he did appear in several American movies.

Bruno Ganz, 77, Swiss actor who starred in ‘Downfall’

The melancholy Swiss film actor played an angel longing for the visceral joys of mortality in “Wings of Desire” and a defeated Hitler with trembling hands facing his own mortality in “Downfall.”

Mr. Banks stood next to a statue of himself at the Britannia Stadium in Stoke, England.

Gordon Banks, 81, World Cup-winning England goalkeeper

Mr. Banks’s supreme feat of athleticism and agility for England in 1970 became known as the “save of the century.”

Mel A. Tomlinson, 65, ballet star and ‘Agon’ interpreter

Mr. Tomlinson was one of the few performers to star with three major companies — Dance Theater of Harlem, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and New York City Ballet.

A. Ernest Fitzgerald, 92, exposer of Pentagon waste

The tenacious Air Force cost expert was fired after testifying to Congress in 1968 that a new fleet of aircraft had soared $2 billion over budget.

In later appearances, Ms. Lee’s range of motion was diminished, but her spirit not at all.

Mable Lee, 97, tap-dancing ‘Queen of the Soundies’

Ms. Lee appeared in many “soundies,” short musical films made in the 1940s to be played on coin-operated jukeboxes.

President Barack Obama awarded the 2013 national Humanities Medal to Anne Firor Scott.

Anne Firor Scott, historian who illuminated lives of Southern women, dies at 97

Dr. Scott was best known for her work “The Southern Lady: From Pedestal to Politics, 1830-1930.”

Mr. Giordano became a scout after his brief playing career ended, beginning with the Kansas City Athletics in 1960.

Tommy Giordano, 93, beloved and longtime baseball scout

Mr. Giordano played only 11 games in the major leagues but spent more than seven decades in a variety of baseball roles.

Heidi Toffler spent years ignoring appeals from Alvin Toffler and her friends to take credit for her work publicly.

Heidi Toffler, unsung force behind futurist books, dies at 89

For decades Mrs. Toffler served an essential though anonymous collaborative role alongside her celebrated husband, Alvin.

This 1980 photo provided by Kathy Ballantine showed her grandmother Betty Ballantine, half of a groundbreaking husband-and-wife publishing team that helped invent the modern paperback and vastly expand the market for science fiction and other genres.

Paperback pioneer Betty Ballantine dead at 99

Mrs. Ballantine was the younger half of a groundbreaking husband-and-wife publishing team which also helped vastly expand the market for science fiction and other genres.

British author Andrea Levy in 2005.

‘Small Island’ author Andrea Levy dies of cancer at age 62

Ms. Levy’s novel “Small Island” won accolades for her story about the Windrush generation of immigrants that came to Britain from the Caribbean.

Dr. Gunderson trained and worked at McLean Hospital in Belmont.

Dr. John Gunderson, 76; pioneered defining and treating borderline personality disorder

Dr. Gunderson spent his career at McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Dudley O’Leary coached for three decades in Weymouth.

Dudley O’Leary, 89; hall of fame high school track coach in Weymouth

Starting in 1962, Mr. O’Leary was a track coach and physical education teacher at Weymouth and later the former Weymouth North high schools.

Lyndon H. LaRouche Jr. claimed that England’s Queen Elizabeth II was a drug trafficker.

Lyndon LaRouche Jr., 96; conspiracy theorist and presidential candidate

Mr. LaRouche built a political organization often likened to a cult and ran for president eight times, once while in prison for mail fraud.

Carol F. Reich, 83; charter school innovator

Ms. Reich and her husband helped pioneer the charter school movement in New York City.

Ron Miller, whose reign at Disney was troubled, dies at 85

Mr. Miller was involved in many projects at his father-in-law’s company between 1957 and 1984, but his time as chief executive was tumultuous and ended with his removal.

Dr. Leena Peck, orthodontics professor and art collector, dies at 73

Dr. Peck taught at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and collected Dutch and Flemish Old Master drawings.

Sibghatullah Mujadidi, anticommunist guerrilla who became Afghan president, dies at 103

Mr. Mujadidi was Afghanistan’s first president following the withdrawal of Soviet troops and the collapse in 1992 of Kabul’s pro-communist government.

Nancy B. Reich, scholarly champion of Clara Schumann, dies at 94

Mrs. Reich helped turn the musicological spotlight on female composers.

Manfred Eigen, Nobel-winning chemist who clocked speeds of fast reactions, dies at 91

Mr. Eigen was credited with helping to reveal the intimate details of chemical reactions that occur within time periods so brief as to seem all but nonexistent.

Mr. Clavijo took the reins of the New England Revolution in 2000.

Fernando Clavijo, former New England Revolution head coach, dies at 63

Mr. Clavijo guided the Revolution to its first playoff victory in the team’s five-year history.

French author and illustrator Tomi Ungerer attended the inauguration of his musuem in Strasbourg, France.

Tomi Ungerer, puckish artist and award-winning children’s writer, dies at 87

Tomi Ungerer, puckish artist and award-winning children’s writer, dies at 87

Pierre Nanterme, former CEO of Accenture; at 59

Mr. Nanterme’s eight-year run as chief executive greatly increased the company’s value.

Edward Zigler, an architect of the Head Start program and a scholar of childhood, dies at 88

Dr. Zigler, a psychologist, advised every president from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama.

Representative Walter B. Jones Jr. came to deeply regret his championing of the the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Walter Jones, ‘freedom fries’ congressman who became Iraq War critic, dies at 76

He held Dick Cheney in particular contempt for his role advocating the Iraq invasion.

David Williams II (pictured in 2012) died Friday, hours before his retirement party.

David Williams, 71, SEC’s first black athletic director

Mr. Williams, an ‘‘incomparable leader’’ at Vanderbilt, died Friday, hours before his retirement party.

Sergei Yursky, 83, Russian actor, stage director

Mr. Yursky, a renowned Russian film and stage actor, has been widely recognized as one of the most talented actors of his generation.

Walter H. Munk, scientist-explorer who illuminated the deep, dies at 101

Dr. Munk was sometimes called the “Einstein of the oceans” for his pioneering work in the study of waves, ocean circulation, tides, and irregularities in the Earth’s rotation.

Jan Wahl, children’s writer who attracted top artists, dies at 87

Mr. Wahl’s work over many decades was illustrated by eminent artists like Maurice Sendak, Norman Rockwell, and Edward Gorey.

Nehanda Abiodun, 68, black revolutionary who fled to Cuba

Ms. Abiodun was charged in the deadly botched robbery of a Brink’s armored truck in 1981 and then spent decades as a fugitive, a hero to would-be revolutionaries and a criminal to many others.

Barbra Siperstein, crusader for transgender rights, dies at 76

Ms. Siperstein died two days after a law bearing her name went into effect granting New Jerseyans the right to amend the gender on their birth certificates without proof of surgery.

Izzy Young, who presided over the folk revival, dies at 90

Mr. Young in 1961 presented the first New York concert by a young Bob Dylan.

Yukio Kawamoto, Japanese-American soldier whose parents were interned, dies at 99

Mr. Kawamoto interrogated enemy prisoners on islands of the South Pacific and tried to persuade Japanese soldiers holed up in fortified caves to surrender.

Albert Finney in a scene from “Erin Brockovich” from 2000.

Albert Finney, ‘Angry Young Man’ who became a Hollywood star, dies at 82

The British stage and film actor defined an era’s rage and frustration in dramas of blue-collar realism and social revolt.

Ron Joyce, force behind Tim Hortons doughnut shops, dies at 88

Mr. Joyce was a high school dropout and served as a police officer before bringing the chain to prominence.

For 59 years, John Dingell Jr. represented Michigan.


John Dingell Jr., a House ‘bull’ who served the longest, dies at 92

Mr. Dingell, a Michigan Democrat, pushed landmark legislation and exposed corruption in government.