The undersized but speedy receiver helped propel the Philadelphia Eagles to the 1960 NFL championship.
Lawrence Martin-Bittman, who spread disinformation as a spy before teaching at BU, dies at 87
In retirement, Mr. Martin-Bittman turned to painting watercolors.
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In a retort to the postmodernism precept “less is more,’’ Mr. Venturi asserted “Less is a bore.”
The Emmy Award-winning writer and producer for “M.A.S.H.” and other hit television shows worked at a time when African-Americans were practically unheard-of in network writing rooms.
The Italian physician and geneticist laid the groundwork for such DNA-testing companies as 23andMe and Ancestry.com.
Ira Sabin was a bebop drummer who in 1970 started what became JazzTimes magazine, one of the world’s leading jazz publications.
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Big Jay McNeely, R&B’s ‘King of the Honkers,’ dies at 91
His wailing tenor saxophone and outrageous stage antics helped define the sound and sensibility of early rock ‘n’ roll.
Joseph D. Ketner II, curator at Rose Museum and Emerson College
Mr. Ketner believed in the transformative nature of art, and his work offered audiences a chance to be moved.
Arthur Mitchell, who blazed a stunning trail across the dance world, dies at 84
Arthur Mitchell was the first African-American ballet dancer to find international stardom before cofounding the influential Dance Theatre of Harlem.
David Salamone, 28; contracted polio from vaccine and helped spur changes in US immunization policy
Mr. Salamone was one of the last polio patients in America, and his suffering led to a change in federal policy that banished the disease altogether.
Walter Mischel, psychologist who designed famous ‘marshmallow test,’ dies at 88
Dr. Mischel’s test allowed a child to eat a treat right away, or get a second treat as reward for waiting alone in a room for 15 to 20 minutes before taking that first bite.
Freddie Oversteegen, Dutch resistance fighter who killed Nazis through seduction, dies at 92
She, her sister, and a onetime law student sabotaged bridges and rail lines with dynamite, shot Nazis, and donned disguises to smuggle Jewish children across the country and sometimes out of concentration camps.
John Wilcock, 91, pioneer of the underground press
The British journalist and travel writer’s stops included The Village Voice, The East Village Other, and the Underground Press Syndicate.
‘X-Files’ actor Peter Donat dead at 90
The Canadian actor who played Agent Fox Mulder’s father in “The X-Files” had roles in TV shows, films, and onstage.
Tom Frost, 82, mountaineer who designed a cleaner climb
Mr. Frost was a renowned rock climber who made daring first ascents up the towering El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.
Paul Lewis, 55, BU football star who went on to work with at-risk youths
Mr. Lewis was president of Positive Approaches, which provided workshops for neighborhood and school-based groups in Boston and Providence.
Broadway and West End star Marin Mazzie dies at 57
Ms. Mazzie, a three-time Tony Award nominee, was known for powerhouse Broadway performances in “Ragtime,” ‘‘Passion,” and “Kiss Me, Kate.”
Andre Blay, who put movies on videotape, dies at 81
Andre Blay’s innovative idea of marketing Hollywood movies on videocassettes sparked an entertainment industry bonanza and a revolution in television viewing.
Kenneth E. Sullivan, a fund-raiser and educator after an early-onset Alzheimer’s diagnosis, dies at 52
Mr. Sullivan and his family have raised more than $100,000 for research, primarily through Sully’s Foot Patrol, which participates annually in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
Billy O’Dell, pitcher for Giants, Orioles, dies at 85
Mr. O’Dell won 105 games in a 13-year career.
Diane Leather, first woman to run mile under 5 minutes, dies at 85
The goal of breaking five minutes became “something of a Holy Grail” for Ms. Leather, her husband once wrote.
Jeff Lowe, pathfinder up the face of mountains, dies at 67
Mr. Lowe tackled routes that seemed impossible to other climbers and with as little equipment as he could.
Singer Rachid Taha, who fused Arabic music and rock, dies at 59
Mr. Taha also at times wore blue contact lenses to protest anti-Arab prejudice in his adoptive France.
William Hennessey, longtime teacher and principal in Boston’s schools, dies at 92
Mr. Hennessey helped his wife, Alice, and their neighbors found the West Roxbury Friends of Rosie’s Place.
Henry Bawnik, survivor of death camps and an inferno at sea, dies at 92
After coming to the US, Mr. Bawnik labored as a construction worker and owned dry-cleaning businesses.
Wakako Yamauchi, Japanese-American playwright, dies at 93
Wakako Yamauchi’s plays exploring the Japanese-American experience drew on her own life of relocation, rootlessness, assimilation, and internment during World War II.
Adam Clymer, political reporter, editor, and pollster, dies at 81
Mr. Clymer covered congressional intrigue, eight presidential campaigns, and the downfall of both Khrushchev and Nixon.
Ward Hall, king of the carnival sideshow, dies at 88
Mr. Hall beckoned customers with oddities and amazements, and withstood decades of cultural change.
Erik Hauri, scientist who found water on moon, dies at 52
Dr. Hauri was a longtime researcher at Washington’s Carnegie Institution for Science.
Carrie Dunsmore, attorney and writer of Queen of Booklandia blog, dies at 40
Ms. Dunsmore was a prolific reader, and she chronicled every book she read each year.
Bill Daily, who played oddballs on hit sitcoms, dies at 91
The comic actor was best known for his second-banana roles and off-kilter style of humor.
Samuel W. Bodman, 79; former Fidelity executive served as US energy secretary
When President George W. Bush nominated him in December 2004 to be the new US energy secretary, Dr. Bodman saw the position as the culmination of his career.
Rapper Mac Miller has died at age 26, family says
The platinum hip-hop star’s rhymes vacillated from party raps to lyrics about depression and drug use.
Jan Ellen Lewis, 69, expert on Jefferson’s other family
Dr. Lewis organized a groundbreaking conference to reassess Thomas Jefferson’s legacy after DNA testing showed that he had fathered children with Sally Hemings, one of his slaves.
Burt Reynolds, star of film, TV, and tabloids, dies at 82
Mr. Reynolds was known for his acclaimed performances in “Deliverance” and “Boogie Nights.”
Christopher Kennedy Lawford, actor who wrote about substance abuse and recovery, dies at 63
An actor and an author, Mr. Lawford devoted much of his time to advocating for substance abuse programs and studies.
Amway founder and Magic owner Richard DeVos dies at age 92
Billionaire Richard DeVos was the cofounder of direct-selling giant Amway, owner of the Orlando Magic, and father-in-law of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
Burt Reynolds, star of film, TV, and tabloids, dead at 82
Reynolds made scores of movies, ranging from lightweight fare such as the hits ‘‘The Cannonball Run’’ and ‘‘Smokey and the Bandit’’ to more serious films like ‘‘The Longest Yard’’ and ‘‘The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing.’’
Author, actor, and Kennedy scion Christopher Lawford dies at 63
Christopher Kennedy Lawford, who was born into political and Hollywood royalty, died of a heart attack Tuesday in Vancouver, Canada.
Alvin ‘Ab’ McDonald, scored Stanley-Cup winning goal for Chicago, dies at 82
The forward played 14 seasons, including one with the Boston Bruins.
Margaret Noble Sullivan of Canton, who won awards for local cable TV news, dies at 85
Ms. Sullivan was the first person to be hired at Canton Community Television.
Carole Shelley, a Tony winner and a Pigeon sister, 79
After her bubbly role in Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple,’’ Ms. Shelley won a Tony Award in 1979 for portraying a woman who develops an emotional connection to the disfigured title character in “The Elephant Man.”
Julie Graham, artist and Museum School teacher, at 71
Ms. Graham intertwined light with fragments of everyday life in her paintings.
Rachel Cowan, 77, innovative rabbi
Rabbi Cowan helped mixed-marriage couples, designed services to comfort the sick and dying, and injected contemplative practices into religious life.
Marie Severin, 89, versatile comic book artist
Ms. Severin’s confident hand drew most of the greatest heroes in the Marvel Comics pantheon at a time when women were rare in that field.
James Mirrlees, 82, Nobel laureate in economics who studied taxation
Dr. Mirrlees developed a mathematical model to find a point where government taxation would provide a shared benefit to society without being an onerous burden on individual workers.
Randy Weston, 92, pianist whose jazz compositions explored music’s African beginnings
Mr. Weston performed often in Boston and held residencies at Harvard University and New England Conservatory.
Dr. Elizabeth Connell, 92, authority on contraception
Dr. Connell had a longtime commitment to raising awareness about family planning and contraception.
Ellie Mannette, 90, father of the modern steel drum
Mr. Mannette sought to elevate and expand the craft of steel-pan music, and to share it with the world.