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Suzanne Mitchell, Who Made the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders a Global Brand, Dies at 73

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 02:56:16 GMT

“Obviously we don’t put the girls in those uniforms to hide anything,” Suzanne Mitchell told Sports Illustrated in 1978.Working for Tex Schramm in the 1970s, Ms. Mitchell replaced a squad of high school bobby-soxers with a scantily clad chorus line.

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Richard D. Trentlage, 87, Who Wrote ‘The Oscar Mayer Wiener Song,’ Dies

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 02:35:02 GMT

Richard D. TrentlageMr. Trentlage’s may not be a household name, but generations know his work writing advertising jingles for companies such as Oscar Mayer and McDonald’s.

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Oscar Brand, Folk Singer Whose Radio Show Twanged for Decades, Dies at 96

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 04:51:36 GMT

The folk singer and songwriter Oscar Brand in 2000.Mr. Brand wrote books and scores for musicals and films, but was best known for WNYC’s “Folksong Festival,” the longest-running radio show in history with a single host.

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Curtis Roosevelt, a White House Charmer as a Child, Dies at 86

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 23:40:15 GMT

Curtis Roosevelt at age 3, on his mother’s lap in 1933, arriving in Hyde Park, N.Y., with his sister and his grandfather, President Franklin D. Roosevelt.He and his sister were well known to Americans when they lived with their mother and grandparents in the White House in the 1930s.

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Shirley Jaffe, Geometric Artist of Joyful Forms, Dies at 93

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 01:05:20 GMT

Shirley Jaffe at her studio in Paris in 2015.An American who settled in Paris, Ms. Jaffe moved from Abstract Expressionism to a style rich in color and energy, finding a new audience in the 1990s.

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David Budbill, a Poet of Small-Town Vermont, Dies at 76

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 03:08:25 GMT

The poet David Budbill in his cabin in 1977.Mr. Budbill’s fictional creation Judevine, Vt., raised some hackles locally.

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Joseph Harmatz, Who Led Jewish Plot to Kill Germans After World War II, Dies at 91

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:09:15 GMT

Investigators in Nuremberg, Germany, examined the hiding place where arsenic was found in 1946 in a bakery that supplied captured SS officers.Harmatz, a survivor of the Vilnius ghetto in Lithuania, was the leader of a group that poisoned 2,200 imprisoned Germans by lacing their bread with arsenic.

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Shimon Peres, an Enduring Pillar From Israel’s Founding Era, Dies at 93

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:49:45 GMT

Mr. Peres, left, with Yitzhak Shamir in 1988 in Jerusalem.Mr. Peres helped build up his country’s military might, then worked as hard to establish peace with Israel’s Arab neighbors.

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Mary Weber Novak, Top California Vintner, Dies at 84

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:54:14 GMT

Mary Weber Novak at her home in 2006.Ms. Novak took over Spottswoode, her family’s vineyard, and turned it into a top producer of cabernet sauvignon and sauvignon blanc.

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Ronald P. Stanton, Trammo Founder Who Shared His Fortune, Dies at 88

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:02:40 GMT

Ronald P. Stanton, at 80.Mr. Stanton, who escaped from Nazi Germany with his mother when he was 9, made his money in petrochemicals and gave more than $300 million of it away.

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Agnes Nixon, Who Infused Her Soap Operas With Social Relevance, Dies at 93

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 22:36:37 GMT

Agnes Nixon, left, the creator of “All My Children,” with Susan Lucci in a 2011 episode of the show. Ms. Nixon played Agnes Eckhart, a longstanding board member of Pine Valley Hospital.Her “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” tackled drug addiction, abortion, child abuse and AIDS along with the usual soap tales of infidelity.

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Joe Browder, a Guardian of the Florida Everglades, Dies at 78

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 02:48:40 GMT

Joe Browder successfully lobbied to extend National Park Service protection to Biscayne Bay.Mr. Browder put together an eclectic bloc that prevented the construction of a jetport near Everglades National Park that would have been the world’s largest.

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Max Mannheimer, a Keeper of Holocaust Memory, Dies at 96

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 01:04:11 GMT

Max Mannheimer in Nuremberg, Germany, in May 2012. He urged the wider German public to support democracy.Mr. Mannheimer visited hundreds of schools and other institutions, advocating democracy and helping ensure that Germany’s World War II horrors were never repeated.

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Herschell Gordon Lewis, a Pioneer of Gore Cinema, Dies at 90

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:51:54 GMT

Poster for a double-feature of horror movies directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis.Mr. Lewis set the bar for low-budget horror in movies like “Blood Feast” that went on to inspire filmmakers like Wes Craven and Quentin Tarantino.

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Peter L. Gerety, Oldest Archbishop Who Preached Social Justice, Dies at 104

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:33:41 GMT

In Newark, Archbishop Peter L. Gerety reached out to divorced, separated and remarried Catholics and conducted general absolutions at which he gave mass penance.Archbishop Gerety, who led the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark, preached for social justice and sought to give voice to women, the laity and lapsed churchgoers.

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Charles L. Schultze, 91, Dies; Advised Presidents on Economic Policy

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:15:13 GMT

Charles Schultze, President Johnson’s budget director, before a congressional panel in 1965.Mr. Schultze spent most of his career working on national economic and fiscal policy, as a government economic adviser, university professor and research fellow.

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Jean Shepard, a Female Country Voice With Muscle and Ambition, Dies at 82

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 02:35:06 GMT

Jean Shepard performing at the Jimmie Rodgers Memorial festival in Meridian, Miss., around 1958.Ms. Shepard, also an expert yodeler, joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1955, the third woman to do so.

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Last Word: Arnold Palmer

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 01:11:04 GMT

The golfer Arnold Palmer was one of the most celebrated and charismatic athletes of the 20th century.

Arnold Palmer, the Magnetic Face of Golf in the ’60s, Dies at 87

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 04:44:51 GMT

Palmer was 24 when he won the 1954 United States Amateur at the Country Club of Detroit.Palmer, who won seven major titles, captivated fans with his ferocious swing and fearless attitude, helping to inspire an American golf boom.

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Richard P. Cooley, Former Wells Fargo C.E.O., Dies at 92

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:25:20 GMT

Richard P. Cooley, former chief executive of Wells Fargo.For decades, Mr. Cooley was a prominent figure in West Coast banking, helping to turn Wells Fargo into a major regional bank.

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From the Memos of the ‘World’s Grumpiest Boss’

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:14:21 GMT

You ran out of cigarettes? You want to swear at work? Too bad, said Edward Mike Davis, the owner of Tiger Oil Company who was known as Tiger Mike.

Mike Davis, ‘World’s Grumpiest Boss,’ Dies at 85

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:11:26 GMT

Edward Mike Davis in 1965. His memos drew attention long after his oil company failed.The Houston oil and gas magnate, who owned Tiger Oil, gained notoriety as the author of blunt office memos that earned him the unofficial title.

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Walter L. Bush Jr., Longtime Hockey Executive, Dies at 86

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 21:05:50 GMT

Walter L. Bush Jr. pushed for the addition of women’s hockey to the Olympic Games.Mr. Bush was the president of U.S.A. Hockey from 1986 to 2003, and he was also a founder of the Minnesota North Stars franchise in the N.H.L.

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Marlins Pitcher Jose Fernandez Is Killed in a Boating Accident

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 23:19:34 GMT

Jose Fernandez, though very young, was on a Hall of Fame trajectory, with a 2.58 E.R.A. for his career and 589 strikeouts in just 471 ⅓ innings.A Coast Guard crew found the overturned boat and three bodies around 3:30 a.m. Fernandez, Miami’s ace, was 24.

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Stanley Dural Jr., Founder of Buckwheat Zydeco, Dies at 68

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 03:41:40 GMT

Stanley Dural Jr., known as Buckwheat, center, performing with Paul Simon at a 2005 benefit at Lincoln Center for victims of Hurricane Katrina. At left, Mr. Dural’s son, Sir Reginald M. Dural, plays rubboard.Founded in 1979, Buckwheat Zydeco mixed Louisiana Creole traditions with R&B and rock to become one of the world’s great party bands.

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Bill Nunn, Who Played Radio Raheem in ‘Do the Right Thing,’ Dies at 63

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:24:45 GMT

Bill Nunn as Radio Raheem in Spike Lee’s 1989 film, “Do the Right Thing.”Mr. Nunn starred in several movies by the director Spike Lee, but he made his greatest mark in the 1989 role as Radio Raheem.

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Bobby Breen, a Child Star Who Hit a High Note in the 1930s, Dies at 87

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 19:39:01 GMT

Bobby Breen and Louise Beavers in the 1936 film “Rainbow on the River,” which was the child actor’s second movie.Mr. Breen arrived on the scene as an 8-year-old boy with an angelic face, and was described as “the most alarming vocal phenomenon of the day.”

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Jack Garman, Whose Judgment Call Saved Moon Landing, Dies at 72

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 19:28:47 GMT

Jack Garman in 1968. He had a long career at NASA.Mr. Garman was at a back-room console on July 20, 1969, when Neil Armstrong told mission control of a possible computer systems overload. “As long as it doesn’t reoccur, it’s fine,” Mr. Garman said.

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