Vera Katz was a refugee from Nazi Germany and a former Brooklynite who became a feminist force in Oregon and a three-term mayor of its largest city, Portland.
Barbara Boch, philanthropist and matriarch; at 86
Barbara Boch was a philanthropist with her late husband, the well-known car dealer Ernie Boch, and was the matriarch of her family.
Sylvia Ferrell-Jones, former president and CEO of YW Boston, dies at 60
Ms. Ferrell-Jones previously worked in finance and real estate investment management.
Tommy Nobis, 74, dominate linebacker on lackluster Falcons’ teams
Tommy Nobis was the first player ever drafted by Atlanta in 1966 and a hard-hitting linebacker who went on to spend his entire 11-year career with the Falcons.
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Mr. Loeb turned a pair of floundering titles into some of the nation’s most successful publications.
Mr. Booker covered racial injustice and the civil rights struggle for readers of Jet and Ebony magazines and was The Washington Post’s first black reporter.
Mr. Clifford, a confidant to the stars, fell from grace amid Britain’s investigation of past sexual abuse.
The Yankee slugger hit his record-setting 61st home run of 1961 off Mr. Stallard in the final game of the regular season.
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JoAnna McKee, 74, longtime Washington state medical marijuana activist
Ms. McKee went to sometimes difficult lengths to obtain the drug for the patients she served.
Bill Steinkraus, 92, equestrian who made Olympic history
Mr. Steinkraus was one of America’s most celebrated horse-show riders and the country’s first to win an Olympic individual gold medal in any equestrian discipline.
Perry Wallace, 69, college basketball pioneer
Mr. Wallace became the first black varsity basketball player in Southeastern Conference history in the 1960s.
Milton Glass, 88, who helped keep Gillette independent in corporate raider era
Mr. Glass fended off two hostile takeover attempts at Gillette in the 1980s as chief financial officer.
Rocker Hallyday idolized in native France, obscure elsewhere
Mr. Hallyday, known simply as Johnny, made generations of fans in his native France squeal, jump, and jive with his dazzling dress, pumping pelvis and tunes by American artists belted out in French.
Romania’s King Michael, 96; arrested his country’s Nazi dictator during WWII
The last suriving head of state from World War II had helped remove the Nazi puppet dictator from his country in 1944.
Prize-winning author-critic William Gass, 93, experimental writer
Mr. Gass was an award-winning essayist and translator, and an influence on many younger writers.
Gillian Rolton, 61, Australian who won gold despite broken bones
Ms. Rolton was repeatedly injured during the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, but remounted each time.
Ron Meyer, 76; was Patriots coach for ‘snowplow game’ in 1982
Mr. Meyer spent the better part of three seasons with the Patriots and also coached the Indianapolis Colts.
Ken Shapiro; his ‘Groove Tube’ a raunchy precursor to SNL
Ken Shapiro was a former child actor and director of the 1974 movie “The Groove Tube.”
Christine Keeler; central figure in British scandal
Ms. Keeler was at the center of a sensational political scandal in Britain, known as the Profumo affair, in the early 1960s.
Cofounder of ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ dies after ALS battle
The ALS Association says a man credited as one of the co-founders of the viral “Ice Bucket Challenge” that swept social media in 2014 died Nov. 25 after a long battle with the condition known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
George Makris, 96; to colleagues, he was ‘Mr. Northeastern’
Mr. Makris was hired as Northeastern University’s first athletic development director in 1977.
Mary Louise Hancock, 97, confidante and adviser to N.H. primary candidates
Ms. Hancock, of Concord, N.H., also worked in state and federal government for nearly 40 years.
Ikuko Burns, 81, sculptor and mainstay of Boston’s Japanese community
Mrs. Burns worked with the Japan Society of Boston and other organizations to welcome immigrants from her homeland to New England.
John Anderson, 95; stepped into spotlight with independent bid for president
Mr. Anderson, then a congressman from Illinois, bolted his party and ran against Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter in 1980.
Jerry A. Fodor, 82, philosopher who plumbed the mind’s depths
Dr. Fodor, who once was on MIT’s faculty, brought the workings of 20th-century computer technology to bear on ancient questions about the structure of human cognition.
Ernest Finney, 86, South Carolina’s first black chief justice
Justice Finney spent a lifetime breaking racial barriers in his home state.
Les Whitten, 89, investigative reporter arrested by FBI and spied on by CIA
Mr. Whitten covered wars in the Dominican Republic and Vietnam before joining the staff of the country’s most popular daily news column in 1969.
Charles Merrill Jr., 97, educator who founded Commonwealth School
Mr. Merrill advocated for integration in the years before court-ordered desegregation was a flashpoint for Boston’s public schools.
Leon Cooper, 98, who carried on a battle for Tarawa
Mr. Cooper became a leading advocate for the preservation of a battle site on the Pacific atoll of Tarawa and the return of Marines’ remains buried there.
Vincent Scully, 97, eminent architecture historian
The Yale professor inspired generations of students ranging from David McCullough to Maya Lin.
Carol Ackerman, 75, longtime teacher and volunteer
As a board member of the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Mrs. Ackerman played a pivotal role in bringing music into the lives of young people.
W. Marvin Watson, 93, ran Lyndon Johnson’s White House
Mr. Watson ran the Johnson’s White House with the protective instincts of a loyalist, the privileged power of a confidant, and the efficiency of a drill sergeant.
Joseph L. White, 84; was pioneer in black psychology
Dr. White helped pioneer the field of black psychology to counter what he saw as rampant ignorance and prejudice in the profession.
Carol Neblett, 71, Metropolitan Opera star known for sensual portrayals of heroines
Ms. Neblett performed with Luciano Pavarotti and Plácido Domingo and appeared in the buff for a headline-grabbing staging of “Thaïs.”
S. Pitsuwan, 68; headed association of Asian envoys
Former Association of Southeast Asian Nations secretary general Surin Pitsuwan died Thursday of a heart attack in Bangkok.
Jim Nabors, TV’s ‘Gomer Pyle’; at 87
Nabors’s husband said the star of TV’s “The Andy Griffith Show,” and “Gomer Pyle: USMC” died at his Hawaii home.
Wesley Fox, Marine who received Medal of Honor for Vietnam campaign; at 86
Mr. Fox received the medal for rallying his men during an operation that decimated enemy sanctuaries along the Laos border.
Frederic A. Sharf, 83, art collector, philanthropist, and writer
Mr. Sharf and his wife were known in the Boston area for their philanthropic work.
Dave Cloutier, 78, first Maine native to play for Patriots
Mr. Cloutier, a former University of Maine star, played 12 games for the Boston Patriots in 1964.
NASCAR Hall of Famer, World War II veteran Bud Moore; at 92
Mr. Moore, the oldest member of the NASCAR hall, was awarded five Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars for his actions in combat.
Wayne Cochran, 78, extraordinary showman of ’60s rhythm-and-blues
With his gravelly voice, gravity-defying hairstyle, and outrageously dynamic performances, Mr. Cochran became a cult favorite.
Frances Redd, 95, special needs teacher who overcame tragedies
Mrs. Redd, of Roxbury, raised six children and persevered after her husband’s death and a fire that ravaged her home.
Pete Moore, 79; sang bass, penned melancholy hits for the Miracles
In the origin story of the Motown empire, the Miracles were founder Berry Gordy Jr.’s first great ensemble.
Stephen Knapp, 70, artist who created ‘lightpaintings’
Mr. Knapp used specially treated pieces of glass that he mounted on walls and in metal braces to refract and reflect dazzling beams of color.
Eric Salzman, 84, composer who championed avant-garde
Mr. Salzman was a music critic for several publications but was not content merely to write about others’ works and performances.
Tommy Keene, 59, power-pop songwriter and star of ’80s D.C. music scene
Mr. Keene recorded a dozen solo albums that were generally well received by critics but reached only a small, deeply devoted group of listeners.
Mary Adelman, 89, fixer of broken typewriters
For decades Mrs. Adelman’s shop, Osner Business Machines, was an emergency room for typists with bent keys, problematic platens, and ruined ribbons.
Beth Ryder-Kenna, 31; committed to public service and social justice
Ms. Ryder-Kenna had worked for City Year and Combined Jewish Philanthropies.
Earle Hyman, 91; played Bill Cosby’s father on ‘The Cosby Show’
Mr. Hyman broke racial stereotypes on Broadway and in Scandinavia in works by Shakespeare and Ibsen.