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Sammy Lee, First Asian-American to Earn Olympic Gold, Dies at 96

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 04:56:37 GMT

Sammy Lee before the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. He won a gold medal and a bronze medal in diving at the 1948 Olympics in London.Dr. Lee battled racial discrimination even after he became a physician, won three Olympic medals in diving and served in the Korean War.

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C. Wyatt Dickerson, Businessman and Man About Washington, Is Dead at 92

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 02:38:42 GMT

C. Wyatt Dickerson and Nancy, his wife at the time, at Merrywood, their 22-acre estate in McLean, Va., around 1968.In the 1960s and 1970s, Mr. Dickerson and his wife, Nancy, were a powerful couple, hosting politicians and Hollywood stars.

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Irving Fradkin, Founder of Dollars for Scholars Program, Dies at 95

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 14:43:57 GMT

Dr. Irving Fradkin, right, awarding a college scholarship to a student in 1959. He started the Dollars for Scholars program after noticing how few of his young patients in Fall River, Mass., planned to attend college.Dr. Fradkin started the program on a card table in the 1950s. Since then it has provided more than $3.5 billion to over 2.2 million students and evolved into Scholarship America.

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Peng Chang-kuei, Chef Behind General Tso’s Chicken, Dies at 98

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 23:07:37 GMT

Lightly battered and fried in a chili-accented sweet-and-sour sauce, General Tso’s Chicken has been called “the most famous Hunanese dish in the world.”Mr. Peng, whose chicken has been called “the most famous Hunanese dish in the world,” left a lasting mark on the food scene.

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Andrew Sachs, Hapless Waiter on the BBC Sitcom ‘Fawlty Towers,’ Dies at 86

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 04:45:49 GMT

Andrew Sachs, who played the waiter Manuel in the BBC television series “Fawlty Towers,” in 1981.His earnest yet bumbling character, Manuel, was regularly recruited into the schemes of the hotel owner Basil Fawlty, played by John Cleese.

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Dr. Burton J. Lee, 86, Reagan AIDS Panelist and Bush’s White House Physician, Dies

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 01:16:49 GMT

Dr. Burton J. Lee III, White House doctor for George H.W. Bush, in 1992. He was credited with playing a key role on President Ronald Reagan’s commission on AIDS.Dr. Lee diagnosed the elder Mr. Bush’s thyroid condition, treated him after he vomited at a state dinner and earlier recommended government support for AIDS patients.

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Milt Moss, Actor in Classic Alka-Seltzer Ad, Is Dead at 93

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 23:32:25 GMT

Milt MossMr. Moss, who appeared in nightclubs and on TV, was best-known for saying “I can’t believe I ate that whole thing” in an antacid commercial.

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Alice Drummond, Character Actress, Dies at 88

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 02:12:06 GMT

Alice Drummond, shown in 1992, worked in theater, television and film productions.Ms. Drummond, a regular in Broadway and off Broadway productions in the 1960s and ’70s, had roles in films like “Ghostbusters,” “Awakenings” and “Doubt.”

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Ousmane Sow, Sculptor of Larger-Than-Life Figures, Dies at 81

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 01:28:32 GMT

Ousmane Sow on the Pont des Arts in Paris in 1999 with his works that were exhibited there.In his art, the Senegal-born Mr. Sow relied on his knowledge of the human anatomy from his years working as a physical therapist.

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Joe McKnight, Former Jets Player, Killed in Possible Road Rage Episode

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:23:11 GMT

Joe McKnight of the New York Jets in 2010.McKnight, 28, who was a standout at the University of Southern California, was shot multiple times, officials said.

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William A. Christenberry, Photographer of Rural South, Dies at 80

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 02:40:35 GMT

Mr. Christenberry in an undated photo.Few artists have been so identified with one small patch of terrain as Mr. Christenberry, who used Hale County, Ala., as the inspiration for many of his works.

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Nancy Meehan, 85, Evocative Dancer and Choreographer, Dies

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 02:23:25 GMT

Nancy Meehan in photograph from the 1970s. Her work often had nature themes.Tall and striking, combining sensuous grace with nuanced force, Ms. Meehan came to notice as a leading soloist in the Erick Hawkins troupe in the 1960s.

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Sebastian Leone, Borough President Who Championed Brooklyn, Dies at 91

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 02:09:27 GMT

Sebastian Leone in 1970, the year he became the Brooklyn borough president.Mr. Leone was borough president from 1970 to 1976, when Brooklyn did not enjoy the renown as a cultural center and thriving place to live that it has today.

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Michael James Delligatti, Creator of the Big Mac, Dies at 98

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 01:41:42 GMT

Jim Delligatti in an undated photo. When the buns for regular burgers didn’t fit his idea for a double-decker, he bought larger ones and cut them in three layers.He modeled the first McDonald’s double-decker on burgers at a Big Boy and introduced it in 1967 in Uniontown, Pa. A year later, it was on the menu nationwide.

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Keo Woolford, a Detective on ‘Hawaii Five-O,’ Dies at 49

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 23:52:02 GMT

Keo Woolford, at the Hawaii International Film Festival in November in Honolulu.Mr. Woolford, an actor and filmmaker, also starred in a one-man show that explored his Hawaiian heritage.

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Erich Bloch, Who Helped Develop IBM Mainframe, Dies at 91

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 22:49:48 GMT

Stephen W. Dunwell, left, and Erich Bloch with a model of an IBM computer that was announced in 1960.In 1964, he transformed computing with the System/360, the foundation for the modern operating system that would host various software programs.

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Grant Tinker, Former Chairman of NBC, Dies at 90; Made Network a Ratings Powerhouse

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 22:02:33 GMT

Grant Tinker in 1982.Mr. Tinker, whose MTM Enterprises produced hit shows in the 1970s, revamped NBC’s prime-time lineup in the 1980s with series like “Cheers” and “Hill Street Blues.”

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Bruce Mazlish, Who Fused Psychoanalysis and History in His Books, Dies at 93

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:00:02 GMT

Prof. Bruce Mazlish of M.I.T. in 1972, the year he published his best-known book, “In Search of Nixon: A Psychohistorical Inquiry.”Mr. Mazlish created controversy with psychoanalytic biographies of living world leaders, including one about Richard M. Nixon.

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Al Brodax, Who Steered the Beatles’ ‘Yellow Submarine’ to the Screen, Dies at 90

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 03:06:07 GMT

Al Brodax, a television producer, was quick to see the cartoon potential of the Fab Four.Mr. Brodax, a television producer, sold the Beatles’ manager, Brian Epstein, on the idea of a cartoon series and struck a deal for the animated film, a psychedelic classic.

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Russell Oberlin, 88, Dies; Led Renaissance of Countertenor in U.S.

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 01:44:13 GMT

Russell Oberlin in an undated publicity photo. He began his professional life singing toilet-paper jingles on the radio.Lauded for his sensitive phrasing, crystalline diction and vibrato-rich tone, Mr. Oberlin helped spur the modern renaissance of the countertenor.

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Obama to Send Aide to Fidel Castro’s Funeral

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 20:57:34 GMT

Benjamin J. Rhodes, center, a deputy national security adviser to President Obama, in Buenos Aires in March. He will attend the funeral for Fidel Castro in Cuba.Benjamin J. Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser, will join the top American diplomat in Cuba at the funeral, an official said, citing the countries’ “complicated” relationship.

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Harry Flournoy Jr., 72, Dies; a Captain of First All-Black Starting Five to Win N.C.A.A. Title

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 04:06:43 GMT

Harry Flournoy Jr. at Texas Western College, which he helped lead to a national championship with five black starting players in 1966.The 1965-66 Miners were the first team to win the national championship with five black starting players, defeating an all-white Kentucky team.

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David Hamilton, Photographer Known for Nude Images of Girls, Dies at 83

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:00:03 GMT

David Hamilton in front of two of his works at a 2006 exhibition, “David Hamilton — Painted Photography,” at the gallery Gut Altenkamp of ADO Gardinen in Aschendorf, Germany.Mr. Hamilton, whose soft dreamy style defined his photographs fashion and advertising assignments in the 1960s, was the target of rape allegations.

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Joe Esposito Dies at 78; Spent 20 Years Assisting Elvis Presley

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 01:16:47 GMT

Joe Esposito with Elvis Presley around 1963 at a birthday party for Tom Parker, Presley’s manager.Mr. Esposito met Elvis Presley when they were serving in the Army on a base in Germany and went on to be a friend and personal organizer.

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Mark Taimanov, World-Class Chess and Piano Player, Dies at 90

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 01:15:00 GMT

Mark Taimanov playing in the quarterfinals of a 1971 chess tournament, which he lost to Bobby Fischer, who was at his height.Mr. Taimanov was a classical pianist and former Soviet chess champion whose lopsided loss to Bobby Fischer in 1971 cost him his government salary.

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My Three Days With Fidel

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 19:20:46 GMT

Richard Eder, a former New York Times foreign correspondent, recalls when he interviewed Fidel Castro in 1964.

Ron Glass, Who Played a Dapper Detective on ‘Barney Miller,’ Dies at 71

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 02:18:09 GMT

Ron Glass, seated, as Ron Harris on the television comedy “Barney Miller,” which aired from 1975 to 1982.Mr. Glass was nominated for an Emmy Award for supporting actor in 1982 for his performance on the series. He also played a mysterious preacher on “Firefly.”

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Pauline Oliveros, Composer Who Championed ‘Deep Listening,’ Dies at 84

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 02:43:12 GMT

Pauline Oliveros in 2015. Taking up the accordion as her principal instrument, she also learned to play violin, piano, French horn and tuba.Ms. Oliveros also addressed the theme of gender inequality repeatedly and tenaciously.

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Fritz Weaver, Tony-Winning Character Actor, Dies at 90

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 02:19:16 GMT

Barnard Hughes, left, and Fritz Weaver in Lanford Wilson’s “Angels Fall.” Mr. Weaver won a Tony for his role in Robert Marasco’s “Child’s Play” about the malevolent environment at an exclusive Roman Catholic school for boys.

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