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Marshall Loeb, 88; editor shaped Money, Fortune magazines

Mr. Loeb turned a pair of floundering titles into some of the nation’s most successful publications.

Simeon Booker, 99, pioneering reporter on race issues

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.

Max Clifford, 74, disgraced British celebrity publicist

Mr. Clifford, a confidant to the stars, fell from grace amid Britain’s investigation of past sexual abuse.

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.

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Godfrey Dillard (left) and Perry Wallace during a 2016 appearance at Vanderbilt University.

Perry Wallace, 69, college basketball pioneer

Mr. Wallace became the first black varsity basketball player in Southeastern Conference history in the 1960s.

A colleague at Gillette during a period of hostile takeovers said Mr. Glass “was the reason the company was able to maintain its independence.”

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.

Johnny Hallyday (center) celebrated with singer Fats Domino (left) and boxer Ray Sugar Robinson following his performance at the Palais des Sports in Paris in 1962.

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.

King Michael, the last surviving head of state from World War II, died in Switzerland on Tuesday at age 96.

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.

Mr. Gass’s first book was ‘‘Omensetter’s Luck.’’

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.

Former Patriots head coach Ron Meyer (right) with wide receiver Irving Fryar in 1984, before Meyer’s final season with the Patriots. Meyer, 76, died Tuesday.

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.

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.

George Makris, 96; to colleagues, he was ‘Mr. Northeastern’

Mr. Makris was hired as Northeastern University’s first athletic development director in 1977.

Ms. Hancock hosted dozens of Democratic candidates for president in her Concord, N.H., home.

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.

Mrs. Burns, who studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, showed her artwork in New England and Japan.

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.

Mr. Anderson initially did well against the major party nominees in polls but ended up with 6.6 percent of the popular vote.

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.

Justice Finney, a successful civil rights lawyer, spent a lifetime breaking racial barriers in South Carolina.

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.

Mr. Merrill offered tuition aid to those from underserved populations.

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.

A naval officer pinned an award on Leon Cooper’s jacket in 2016, when Cooper was honored during a White Sox game in Chicago.

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.

Mr. Scully in 1995 visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, which was designed by his former student, Maya Lin.

Vincent Scully, 97, eminent architecture historian

The Yale professor inspired generations of students ranging from David McCullough to Maya Lin.

Mrs. Ackerman was active in civic life on Cape Ann for nearly 50 years and taught more than 2,000 students.

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.

Mr. Watson, seen in his White House office, agreed to take the White House job only if he’d have unfettered access to Presdident Johnson, an adjacent office, and the privilege of disagreeing with him frankly in meetings.

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.

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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.

Fred Sharf, in his home library and collection room in Chestnut Hil, in 2009.

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.

Mr. Moore’s team won 63 races and two annual titles.

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.

Mr. Cochran turned to preaching in his 40s. He was the born-again pastor of the Voice of Jesus ministry near Miami.

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.

Mrs. Redd, who raised six children, persevered after her husband’s death and a fire that ravaged her home.

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.

Miracles (from left) Smokey Robinson, Mr. Moore, Claudette Robinson, and Bobby Rogers at the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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.

Artist Stephen Knapp used glass to refract and reflect beams of color.

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 performed at a Washington club in 2010.

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.

A friend and co-worker said Ms. Ryder-Kenna “didn’t have to toot her own horn. If you worked with her, you knew she was smart. Her energy was vibrant.”

Beth Ryder-Kenna, 31; committed to public service and social justice

Ms. Ryder-Kenna had worked for City Year and Combined Jewish Philanthropies.

Mr. Hyman was best known for his role as Bill Cosby’s father on “The Cosby Show.”

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.

Mr. Hvorostovsky, though a baritone, was hailed at times as a successor to Luciano Pavarotti.

Dmitri Hvorostovsky, 55, ‘rock star’ of opera

The Russian baritone was one of the most celebrated opera singers of the modern era, dazzling audiences with a voice that was by turns brooding and delicate.

As a state lawmaker, Maurice Hinchey helped pass the first US law to control acid rain.

Maurice D. Hinchey, 79, congressman and environmental advocate

Mr. Hinchey represented a New York district for 10 terms in Congress.

George Avakian was involved in virtually every facet of the music industry.

George Avakian, 98, record producer and talent scout

Mr. Avakian played a key role in the early careers of Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Keith Jarrett and Bob Newhart, among others.

Mr. Hendricks was a member of Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, a jazz vocal trio.

Jon Hendricks, 96, master of vocalese and ‘poet laureate of jazz’

Mr. Hendricks wrote witty lyrics for dozens of jazz tunes that otherwise had no words.