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Ann Hopkins, winner of a workplace bias fight, dies at 74

By her own admission, Ann Hopkins could be abrasive, vulgar, relentless, and impatient in the office.

Mike Denneen, whose sharp producing instincts guided musicians and bands, dies at 54

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.

Dr. Alan Rabson, influential cancer researcher, is dead at 92

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Fiery Hall of Fame jockey Manny Ycaza dies at 80

Mr. Ycaza won 2,367 races from 10,561 mounts and rode such acclaimed thoroughbreds as Ack Ack, Damascus, Dr. Fager, and Sword Dancer.

North Carolina Democratic powerbroker Bennett dies at 97

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.

Mr. Morgenthau spent more than two decades as an executive producerat WGBH-TV, where programs he guided received Emmy and Peabody awards.

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.

Mr. Emery won the Stanley Cup as a backup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2013.

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.

Mr. Paige was the longtime head of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund.

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.

Before dying from a rare form of cancer, Garrett Matttias requested his funeral have five bouncy houses as well as snow cones and Batman.

‘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.

In 1985, Mr. Gold became one of the first US actuaries to work on Wall Street, in the heyday of the corporate raid.

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.

Ms. Noestlinger won several prizes for her books.

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.

Mrs. Phillips sought Fidel Castro’s help in securing documents of Ernest Hemingway.

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.

Boston-4/10/13-Conductor Oliver Knussen rehearses the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Globe staff photo by John Tlumacki(lifestyle)

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.

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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.

FILE - In this March 6, 1938 file photo Chief of the German Police and Minister of the Interior Heinrich Himmler, with his daughter Gudrun on his lap, watch an indoor sports display in Berlin. Germany’s foreign intelligence agency is confirming that the daughter of top Nazi Heinrich Himmler, who led the SS, worked for it as a secretary in the early 1960s. The BND told Bild newspaper Friday that Gudrun Burwitz-Himmler, who herself was a notorious postwar supporter of the extreme right, served as a secretary from 1961 to 1963. (AP Photo)

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.

FILE- In this file photo dated Tuesday, Sept. 11, 1984, US President Ronald Reagan and NATO Secretary General Lord Carrington, left, pose for photographers in the Rose Garden prior to talks at the White House in Washington, D.C., United States. Peter Carrington, a long-serving British politician who was the last survivor of Prime Minister Winston Churchill's government, died aged 99 on Monday July 9, 2018, according to the House of Lords website. (AP Photo/Barry Thumma, FILE)

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.

Mr. Hunter with Natalie Wood (left) and Peggy Lee in 1955. He starred with Wood in two 1956 movies: “The Burning Hills,” a Western, and “The Girl He Left Behind.”

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.

After surviving the Holocaust and raising two children, Mrs. Schuss, at age 68, earned a bachelor’s degree.

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.

Ms. Lynne, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (center), and director Trevor Nunn posed with members of the cast of a revival of “Cats” in London in 2014.

Gillian Lynne, 92, choreographer of ‘Cats’

Ms Lynne was a renowned British ballerina before she turned to choreography.

Mr. Ray, a Republican, served as Iowa’s governor for 14 years.

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 Jean-Louis Tauran (center) announced the newly elected Pope Francis at St. Peter’s Basilica in 2013.

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.

Mrs. Fiandaca, who lived her entire life in East Boston, died at her home Monday of complications from pneumonia.

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.

Mr. Schultz, once a conservative radio talk show host, turned to the left before the turn of the century.

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.

(FILES) In this file photograph taken on May 11, 1985, French writer, journalist and movie producer Claude Lanzmann poses in his office in Paris. 92 year-old Lanzmann, died on July 5, 2018, according to his publishers. / AFP PHOTO / DERRICK CEYRACDERRICK CEYRAC/AFP/Getty Images

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.

Ms. Montevecchi (second from right) won a Tony for best supporting actress in “Nine.”

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.

Globe art critic Cate McQuaid wrote in 2002 that Mrs. Arnold “paints with unyielding passion.”

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.

Mr. Sarkisian (left) recorded the top musicians at Kabul Radio in Afghanistan in the 1950s.

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.

Dr. Carlsson, who proposed that Parkinson’s disease was related to a loss of dopamine, hugged his wife, Ulla Lisa, after he was named a recipient of a Nobel Prize.

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.

Ms. Wallach was paid an advance of $850,000 for “Women’s Work,” in which she chronicled the rise of a woman in a profession when sexism and gender discrimination were barriers.

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.

Ms. King said a summer spent helping children with dyslexia changed her life.

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.

Mr. Kim began his AP career in New York in 1981.

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 (center) sprinted to gold in record time in the women’s 400-meter race at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal.

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.

Mr. Ellison wrote more than 1,700 short stories and articles, at least 100 books, and dozens of screenplays and TV scripts.

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.