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Carl Clark, WWII hero recognized 6 decades later, dies

Carl Clark, a California man who was recognized six decades after his bravery during World War II with a medal of honor that had been denied because he was black, died last week. He was 100.

Richard Solomon, Kissinger aide involved in ‘Ping-Pong diplomacy’ with China, dies at 79

Lawrence Murray, longtime arts reviewer and promoter from Boston to the Berkshires, dies 77

Lawrence Murray, 77, of North Adams, who died March 10, was a longtime arts reviewer and blogger in the Berkshires who formerly was an arts promoter in Boston, including a decade running ARTS/Boston.

Bill Minor, Journalist Who Was Called Conscience of Mississippi, Dies at 94

Bill Minor, whose courageous reporting helped open Americans’ eyes to everyday racial discrimination in the South in the 1960s and won him recognition as the “conscience of Mississippi,” died Tuesday in Ridgeland, Mississippi, outside Jackson. He was 94.

Tom Amberry, 94; podiatrist who made a record 2,750 consecutive free throws

Dr. Amberry traveled the globe teaching players young and old, amateur and all-star, how to master the throw.

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Mr. Kathrada spoke at the funeral service for South African leader Nelson Mandela.

Ahmed Kathrada, South African anti-apartheid activist; at 87

Mr. Kathrada spent 26 years in prison, many of them alongside Nelson Mandela, for resisting the white minority government.

Mrs. Syllm-Rapoport received her degree in 2015. She had been prevented from defending her thesis by the Nazis’ race laws in the 1930s.

Ingeborg Syllm-Rapoport, 104, Germany’s oldest doctorate recipient

Dr. Syllm-Rapoport earned the distinction almost 80 years after fleeing the Nazis.

Mrs. Regan attended the Patriots’ Super Bowl wins and became friends with owner Robert Kraft (above) and his late wife, Myra. Mrs. Regan “was a strong, valiant lady,” Kraft said.

Ann Regan, 93, a confidante to Boston’s powerful

Mrs. Regan was by the side of her son, George Regan Jr., as he built his public relations company.

Ms. Albright is shown with singer Frankie Laine. She played a detective’s often-stood-up girlfriend in ‘‘Peter Gunn.’’

Lola Albright, 92, sultry singer in ‘Peter Gunn’ series

Ms. Albright appeared in numerous B movies before being cast in the adult drama, which has become a cult classic.

Mr. Silvers at his office in 2012.

Robert Silvers, 87; edited New York Review of Books

Mr. Silvers helped create a literary magazine of lasting influence.

Mr. Kekst counseled many of the biggest deal makers during the merger boom of the 1980s.

Gershon Kekst, 82, leader in Wall Street public relations

For more than five decades, Mr. Kekst forged relationships with business moguls, as well as the bankers and lawyers who advised them.

A photo of Ms. Wheeler in the 1950s. Early in her acting career, she appeared on stage and television.

Bronia Wheeler, 91, actor, director, and teacher

Among Ms. Wheeler’s strengths was an appreciation of writing that was informed by her childhood as the daughter of immigrants.

John Herbers, 93, journalist on front lines of civil rights reporting

Mr. Herbers wrote with urgency about church burnings and bombings in the south, and he later covered politics and urban affairs.

Morton Deutsch, 97, expert on conflict resolution

Mr. Deutsch’s principles provided a theoretical framework for various Cold War negotiations.

Mr. Robbins was revered as a father of modern ornithology.

Chandler Robbins, 98, friend to birds and bird-watchers

Mr. Robbins, a Belmont native and a Harvard graduate, was revered as a father of modern ornithology.

Mother Divine led the International Peace Mission Movement.

Mother Divine, 91; former stenographer took over husband’s cult

Mother Divine, who led the International Peace Mission Movement, was a mysterious figure.

John W. Walsh, 68; fought for cure for lung disease

The disease killed Mr. Walsh’s mother and also afflicted his sister, twin brother, and him.

Mr. Hashian later played for Ernie and the Automatics.

Sib Hashian, 67, former drummer for Boston

Mr. Hashian, of Lynnfield, went from playing in North Shore bands to touring the world while drumming for Boston’s first two albums.

FILE - In this Saturday, April 2, 2005, file photo, Baltimore Cardinal William Keeler speaks to reporters before conducting Mass at The Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, in Baltimore. Keeler, who helped ease tensions between Catholics and Jews, has died. (AP Photo/, File)

Cardinal William Keeler, 86, leader of oldest US diocese

Cardinal Keeler, who had led the Baltimore archdiocese, devoted much of his clerical life to improving ties with people of other denominations.

Cardinal Miloslav Vlk; secretly aided Czechs

The Vatican in its tribute noted that Cardinal Vlk did hard farm work as a child in southern Bohemia.

Colin Dexter, 86, writer of the Inspector Morse series

Born in Stamford, central England, Mr. Dexter studied classics at Cambridge University and became a teacher and author of textbooks before turning to fiction.

Dallas Green, shown in 1996 when he was with the Mets, spent more than four decades with the Philadelphia Phillies, including managing the team to a World Series title in 1980.

Dallas Green, 82; fiery, towering manager was a fixture with Phillies

Mr. Green, who led the Philadelphia franchise to its first World Series title in 1980, also managed the Yankees and Mets.

FILE - In this Dec. 20, 2002 file photo, Chuck Barris, the man behind TV's

Chuck Barris, 87; famed for creating ‘Gong Show’

Mr. Barris sought to add to his already eclectic résumé with a made-up — or was it? — story about being an assassin for the CIA.

Fiora Corradetti Contino, 91, opera professor, conductor

Dr. Contino founded her first opera company when she was only 27 and became an accomplished maestra who conducted for 50 years.

 Mr. Krause and star guard Jordan won six NBA titles with the Chicago Bulls. Mr. Krause also served as a baseball scout.

Jerry Krause, 77; built Chicago Bulls dynasty with Michael Jordan

Mr. Krause never played or coached basketball, but he was an astute judge of talent as a scout for Major League Baseball teams and for NBA organizations.

FILE Ñ Dave Stallworth, of the New York Knicks, dribbles around Bill Cunningham of Philadelphia, March 8, 1970. Stallworth, a player known for overcoming the odds and helping to take the Knicks to the first league title in their history, died March 2017. He was 75. ()

Dave Stallworth, 75; overcame heart attack to win NBA title

Mr. Stallworth’s signature moment came at center, when he matched up against Wilt Chamberlain in the 1970 NBA finals.

Bill Walsh, 55, copy editor and witty authority on language

Mr. Walsh wrote three irreverent books about his craft, noting evolutions and devolutions of language.

Mr. Cotton, flanked by B.B. King (left) and Muddy Waters, sang at Radio City Music Hall.

James Cotton, 81, blues harmonica legend

Mr. Cotton worked with Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf and helped establish his instrument as an integral part of modern blues.

Mr. Brady restored Radio City Music Hall and other Manhattan buildings.

Hugh Hardy, 84; New York architect had a theatrical flair

Mr. Hardy breathed exuberant new life into some of the city’s storied theatrical landmarks, including Radio City Music Hall and New Amsterdam Theater.

Dr. Dunn (center) with then-Radcliffe Institute dean Drew Faust and Harvard University president Neil Rudenstine in 2000.

Mary Maples Dunn, 85, former Smith College president who also led Radcliffe

Dr. Dunn guided Smith (1985-95) though difficult financial times en route to doubling its endowment.

Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness (right) stood with former president Bill Clinton.

Martin McGuinness, at 66; Irish revolutionary turned statesman

Mr. McGuinness fought to end British rule in Northern Ireland, negotiated a sweeping peace treaty, and climbed to the top of the province’s political system.

Mr. Rockefeller headed uptown from his office in Manhattan in a cadillac limousine to a private luncheon in 1973.

David Rockefeller, ‘business statesman’ and former Chase Manhattan chairman; at 101

Mr. Rockefeller traveled so widely to meet foreign leaders that Fortune magazine described him in 1977 as “the nation’s leading business statesman.”

Mr. Breslin pushed people’s buttons with two-finger jabs at his keyboard at a roster of New York periodicals.

Jimmy Breslin, 88, legendary New York City newspaper columnist

With brick-hard words, Mr. Breslin leveled the powerful and elevated the powerless for more than 50 years

Mr. Walcott taught at Boston University and founded Boston Playwrights’ Theatre as a showcase for new plays.

Derek Walcott, 87, Nobel laureate whose poetry celebrated the Caribbean

Mr. Walcott portrayed the lush, complex region with a precise language that echoed the classics of literature.

Jimmy Breslin was photographed in his New York apartment in 2004. The famed newspaper columnist died Sunday.

Jimmy Breslin, voice of gritty New York journalism, dies at 88

Breslin was a fixture for decades in New York journalism and a character right out of his own work.

Chuck Berry performed

Chuck Berry, legend who formed the bedrock of rock ’n’ roll, dies at 90

How influential was Mr. Berry? John Lennon stated, “If you tried to give rock ’n’ roll another name, you might call it ‘Chuck Berry.’ ’’

From left, Rev. Donald Monan; Judge David S. Nelson, and House Speaker Thomas P.

Rev. J. Donald Monan, 92, former Boston College president

The Rev. J. Donald Monan was president of Boston College for 24 years and led the school through an unprecedented period of academic and financial growth.

Mr. Burke’s club was named best neighborhood bar by Boston magazine in 1990.

Ed Burke, 76, longtime owner of Mission Hill nightclub

Mr. Burke, whose namesake club was named best neighborhood bar by Boston magazine in 1990, died of congestive heart failure March 9.

Igor Shafarevich, 93, eminent Russian mathematician

Dr. Shafarevich had a central role in the anti-Soviet dissident movement during the height of the Cold War but was later criticized as his writings became stridently nationalistic.

This photo taken Nov. 15, 2009, shows Royal Robbins talking to guests at

Royal Robbins; rock climber set standards

Mr. Robbins, who also founded the outdoor clothing company bearing his name, was known for his exploits on the rock face and the respect he brought to both the task and the setting.

Ed Whitlock; marathoner set records into his 80s

Mr. Whitlock had no coach, followed no special diet or medical regimen, and did no stretching except on race day.

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2013, file photo, defense attorney Daniel Lilley, representing Mark Strong Sr., gives his opening statements in the Zumba prostitution case in York County Superior Court, in Alfred, Maine. Lilley, whose high-profile legal victories included winning an acquittal in 1990 for a woman who shot her husband 15 times, died Saturday, March 11, 2017. He was 79. (Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Portland Press Herald, Pool, File)

Dan Lilley, 79; lawyer took on notorious Maine cases

Mr. Lilley was known as a tough, old-school defense attorney and was sometimes called a maverick in the courtroom.

Lloyd Conover, 93, inventor of tetracycline

Dr. Conover started his research at Pfizer in 1950, when pharmaceutical companies were racing to find new antibiotics.

Jay Lynch, 72, key figure in revolution

Mr. Lynch, who had a wry, deadpan sense of humor, held strong views about the importance of underground comics.

This Oct. 20, 2014 photo provided by the University of Southern California shows George A. Olah during a reception in his honor in Los Angeles. Olah, winner of the 1994 Nobel Prize in chemistry for his groundbreaking research into the unstable carbon molecules known as carbocations, has died at age 89. USC said Olah died Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at his Beverly Hills, Calif., home. He taught at USC for many years. (Gus Ruelas/University of Southern California via AP)

George Olah; earned Nobel for work on hydrocarbons

Dr. Olah’s advances in the understanding of hydrocarbons — molecules made of carbon and hydrogen — have been used in an array of applications.

Bob McKay, tireless advocate for more affordable housing

Mr. McKay “had a low-key way of getting things done,” said Dan Wuenschel, former executive director of the Cambridge Housing Authority.

Ms. Rosenthal wrote more than 30 books but was perhaps best known for a tender essay she wrote a few weeks ago.

Amy Krouse Rosenthal, 51; wrote with whimsy and, ultimately, poignancy

Ms. Rosenthal completed more than 30 books, including journals, memoirs, and best-selling picture stories ‘‘Uni the Unicorn’’ and ‘‘Duck! Rabbit!’’

Dr. Josephson’s work advanced the treatment for arrhythmias.

Mark E. Josephson, 73, renowned Beth Israel cardiologist

Dr. Josephson‘s research led to new ways of diagnosing and treating irregular heartbeats.