Barbara Proctor, first African-American woman to own an advertising agency, dies at 86
Verna Bloom, memorable in ‘Medium Cool’ and ‘Animal House,’ dies at 80
Ms. Bloom was born in Lynn and died Jan. 9 in Bar Harbor, Maine.
John Bogle, Vanguard founder, dies at 89
Mr. Bogle simplified investing for the masses by introducing the first index mutual fund for individual investors in 1976.
Stephen Winthrop, a leader in raising awareness about ALS — and a patient, too — dies at 60
Upon being diagnosed with ALS, Winthrop experienced “a blend of disbelief, anger, anguish, and fear,” he would recall. And then he got to work.
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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.
Oliver’s rapturous odes to nature and animal life brought her critical acclaim and popular affection.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hall of Fame college football coach George Welsh dies at 85
Mr. Welsh coached football at Virginia for 19 years.
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.
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.
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.
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.