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William Powell, ‘Anarchist Cookbook’ Writer, Dies at 66

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:58:04 GMT

William Powell, as seen in the documentary “American Anarchist.”The author was an angry teenager when he began research on the book, which outlined weapon use, bomb-building techniques and drug manufacturing.

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William McPherson, Book Critic and Novelist, Dies at 84

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 23:05:28 GMT

William McPherson in a photograph from 1977.The Pulitzer Prize winner wrote for The Washington Post and was the author of the acclaimed novel “Testing the Current.”

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Arthur Blythe, Jazz Saxophonist Who Mixed Sultry and Strident, Dies at 76

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:00:20 GMT

Arthur Blythe at the North Sea Jazz Festival in 1984 in The Hague, the Netherlands.A standard-bearer of the New York jazz avant-garde in the late ’70s, he had a vibrato-thickened style and was a spokesman for jazz’s Afrocentric vanguard.

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Ahmed Kathrada, Anti-Apartheid Activist in South Africa, Dies at 87

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:19:59 GMT

Ahmed Kathrada, right, with former President Nelson Mandela and his daughter Zindzi Mandela in Johannesburg in 2010.He spent 26 years in prison, many alongside his close friend Nelson Mandela, for resisting white minority rule.

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

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:41:25 GMT

Mr. Minor in 1956. “No Southern newspaperman has done more for civil rights and civil liberties,” a fellow reporter said.Mr. Minor was already known for exposing corrupt Mississippi politicians when he became one of the South’s leading news voices on the civil rights movement.

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Don Hunstein, Who Photographed Great Musicians, Dies at 88

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:44:56 GMT

Don Hunstein in an undated photograph.As a staff photographer for Columbia Records, Mr. Hunstein shot Bob Dylan, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday and many others.

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Christine Kaufmann, Actress in ‘Town Without Pity,’ Dies at 72

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 23:17:46 GMT

Christine Kaufmann in the 1961 film “Town Without Pity.” She won a Golden Globe Award for her role.Ms. Kaufmann, who was born in Austria, won a Golden Globe Award for her Hollywood debut in the film and later married Tony Curtis.

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‘Power Must Be Taken’: Excerpts From ‘The Anarchist Cookbook’

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 23:29:53 GMT

The book, published by William Powell in 1971, styled itself as a guide for would-be revolutionaries and had information on explosives, guns and drugs.

Darlene Cates, the Mother in ‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape,’ Dies at 69

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 21:35:39 GMT

Darlene Cates and Johnny Depp in “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.”She was spotted on a talk show discussing her obesity and had never acted professionally before being cast as Johnny Depp’s mother in the 1993 film.

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Paul Novograd, Who Owned Manhattan’s Last Public Livery, Dies at 73

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 22:13:45 GMT

Paul Novograd at the Claremont Riding Academy in Manhattan in 2007, the year the stables closed. The business began in 1892.Mr. Novograd reluctantly closed his family’s Claremont Riding Academy in 2007. Opened in 1892, it was billed as the oldest continuously operating stable in New York City.

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David Storey, Novelist and Playwright Lauded on Both Sides of Atlantic, Dies at 83

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 22:19:17 GMT

David Storey, author of “The Changing Room,” outside the Morosco Theater in 1973.Mr. Storey’s plays often reflected Britain’s class tensions but resonated with audiences around the world and with people of all backgrounds.

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Agustina Castro, Sister of Fidel and Raúl, Dies at 78

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:09:11 GMT

Agustina del Carmen Castro Ruz, the youngest of seven Castro siblings, never served in the Cuban government and kept a low profile.

Santiago Barberi Gonzalez, a Colombian Fashion Star, Dies at 40

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:31:16 GMT

Santiago Barberi Gonzalez at the Berluti men’s wear fall 2017 show in January in Paris.The designer was the charismatic president of one of the largest purveyors of crocodile handbags in the world.

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Roger Wilkins, Champion of Civil Rights, Dies at 85

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 18:00:21 GMT

Roger Wilkins in an undated photo.Mr. Wilkins waged a decades-long war against racism as a government official, a foundation executive, a journalist, an author and a professor.

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Robin O’Hara, Producer of Independent Films, Dies at 62

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 14:41:44 GMT

Robin O’Hara, center, on the set of “Gummo.” She was a co-producer.Ms. O’Hara got her start as a producer in the mid-1980s at the Kitchen, the experimental performance space in Chelsea.

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Postscript: When David Met Brooke: The Ultimate New York Power Couple

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 09:23:14 GMT

Brooke Astor and David Rockefeller at her 100th birthday party at his estate in Westchester County, in 2002.For years, he was the frequent companion of the equally fabled Mrs. Astor. Then, in her final years, he also became her protector in an ugly, tabloid-ready fight with her son.

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William Keeler, Cardinal Who Championed Sexual Abuse Victims, Dies at 86

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 00:48:47 GMT

Cardinal William H. Keeler at St Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City in 2005.The former archbishop of Baltimore spoke up for victims of sexual abuse by priests, and is credited with improving Catholic-Jewish relations.

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Bernie Wrightson, Artist and a Creator of Swamp Thing, Dies at 68

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 21:38:46 GMT

Bernie Wrightson, comic artist, in an undated photograph.Mr. Wrightson, who learned his craft by studying comics and taking correspondence courses, loved to meet fans and attend conventions.

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Boris V. Shekhtman, Who Taught Russian to Journalists and Diplomats, Dies at 77

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 21:55:18 GMT

Boris V. Shekhtman’s teaching methods were intended for everyday face-to-face exchanges.Mr. Shekhtman was instrumental in recasting the way foreign languages were taught.

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Gershon Kekst, Leader in Wall St. Public Relations, Dies at 82

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 23:30:17 GMT

Gershon Kekst in 1983. He pioneered a public relations niche that has become a huge industry in its own right, with dozens of competitors now vying to advise on mergers and financial crises.For more than five decades in public relations, Mr. Kekst forged relationships with business moguls and the bankers and lawyers who advised them on takeovers.

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An Obituary Six Years in the Making for Jimmy Breslin

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:15:59 GMT

Jimmy Breslin, who died at 88 on March 19, reported at a Brooklyn building collapse in 1999.The Times has long made a practice of keeping a deep reservoir of advance obits ready.

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Anatoly S. Chernyaev, Key Aide and Gorbachev’s ‘Alter Ego,’ Dies at 95

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 04:00:18 GMT

Anatoly S. Chernyaev at home in 2012.Mr. Chernyaev advised Mikhail S. Gorbachev on foreign and domestic affairs and played a central role in his attempt to liberalize and modernize the Soviet Union.

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Dr. Lewis Rowland, Leading Neurologist on Nerve and Muscle Diseases, Dies at 91

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 23:04:09 GMT

Dr. Lewis P. Rowland with residents at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. In 1973, he went to Columbia, where he was chairman of the neurology department for 25 years, retiring in 1998.Dr. Rowland, who had a special interest in A.L.S., or Lou Gehrig’s disease, refused to be interrogated by investigators in the McCarthy era.

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Peter Kwong, Authority on Chinese Immigration, Dies at 75

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:52:03 GMT

Peter Kwong.Professor Kwong was a scholar, journalist, documentary filmmaker and author, charting the history of Chinese newcomers in the United States.

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