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Kaci Kullmann Five, Head of Nobel Peace Prize Committee, Dies at 65

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:55:26 GMT

Kaci Kullmann Five, chairwoman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, in Oslo in 2015.A former member of the Norwegian Parliament, she presided over honors awarded to Tunisian pro-democracy organizations and to the president of Colombia.

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Richard Schickel, Movie Critic, Author and Filmmaker, Dies at 84

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 01:12:26 GMT

Richard Schickel and the actress Olympia Dukakis in a conversation in Los Angeles in 2003.Mr. Schickel reviewed films for Life magazine and wrote 37 books about the movies.

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Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s U.N. Ambassador, Dies at 64

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:43:28 GMT

Vitaly I. Churkin, the Russian ambassador to the United Nations, addressing the Security Council about Ukraine in 2015.Mr. Churkin, something of a legend in diplomatic circles with a caustic, wry wit, served at a time of mounting tensions between Washington and the Kremlin.

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Dick Bruna, Author of Miffy Books, Is Dead at 89

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:57:49 GMT

Dick Bruna in 2005 at the opening of an exhibition devoted to his Miffy books in The Hague.The Dutch writer and illustrator was known for children’s books depicting a sparely drawn round white rabbit who gained a worldwide following.

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Junie Morrison, a Funk Mastermind, Dies at 62

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 01:39:37 GMT

Junie Morrison on the cover of his “Bread Alone” album from 1980.He was an architect of hits by two pre-eminent 1970s funk outfits, the Ohio Players and Parliament-Funkadelic, and had a prolific career on his own.

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Michael Novak, Catholic Scholar Who Championed Capitalism, Dies at 83

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 18:34:16 GMT

Michael Novak at the American Enterprise Institute in 2003.A Roman Catholic social philosopher, Mr. Novak abandoned liberal politics to make the theological and moral case for capitalism in a series of books.

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Clyde Stubblefield, the ‘Funky Drummer’ for James Brown, Dies at 73

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 04:13:49 GMT

Clyde Stubblefield in 2010 in Madison, Wis.Mr. Stubblefield was best known for a drum solo near the end of a 1969 Brown song he “didn’t like” that became the ubiquitous breakbeat of hip-hop’s sampling era.

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Charles L. Bartlett, Journalist and a Kennedy Matchmaker, Dies at 95

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 23:45:39 GMT

Charles L. Bartlett, far right in the second row, with his wife, Martha, at the baptismal ceremony for Jacqueline and President-elect John F. Kennedy’s son, John Jr.Mr. Bartlett won a Pulitzer Prize for his national reporting but was remembered especially for hosting a dinner party in 1951 in which he introduced John F. Kennedy to Jacqueline Bouvier.

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Jamie Fox, a Backstage Force in New Jersey State Politics, Dies at 62

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:16:41 GMT

Jamie Fox, as the New Jersey transportation commissioner, in January 2015.Mr. Fox was a chief of staff or an adviser to four governors and a senator and was credited with legislative overhauls but was also charged after the George Washington Bridge scandal.

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Ivor Noël Hume, Archaeologist of Colonial America, Dies at 89

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 02:44:19 GMT

Mr. Noël Hume unearthing an artifact on a site at Carter’s Grove, a 17th-century plantation along the James River in Virginia.Mr. Noël Hume, a self-taught scholar, was the director of Colonial Williamsburg’s archaeological mission from 1957 to 1988.

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Omar Abdel Rahman, Blind Cleric Found Guilty of Plot to Wage ‘War of Urban Terrorism,’ Dies at 78

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 20:36:54 GMT

Omar Abdel Rahman at the Metropolitan Correctional Center during an interview in 1995.Mr. Abdel Rahman was convicted of a 1993 plot to destroy New York landmarks, kill hundreds of people and force the United States to abandon its support for Israel and Egypt.

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Norma McCorvey, ‘Roe’ in Roe v. Wade, Is Dead at 69

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 23:10:31 GMT

Norma McCorvey, right, with the lawyer Gloria Allred at a rally in support of abortion rights in Washington in 1989.Ms. McCorvey, the anonymous plaintiff in the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling, was a symbol for abortion rights, though she later changed her views.

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James Nichols, Linked to Oklahoma City Bombing, Dies at 62

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 17:59:14 GMT

James Nichols was briefly detained for more than a month after the 1995 bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City.The brother of conspirator Terry Nichols once hosted the bomber, Timothy McVeigh, at his Michigan farm, and was detained for more than a month during the investigation.

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Michael Rainey, Boutique Owner in Swinging London, Dies at 76

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:34:56 GMT

Michael Rainey in 1966. He opened his London boutique, Hung on You, the year before, and his designs became popular with celebrities and rock stars.Mr. Rainey opened his London boutique, Hung on You, in 1965 and his designs became popular with rock stars like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.

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George Steele, ‘the Animal’ Wrestler and Mild-Mannered Teacher, Dies at 79

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 03:46:27 GMT

George Steele played a villain.A World Wrestling Federation mainstay known for his wild antics and his signature green tongue, Steele was a hated villain but was described as “truly nice.”

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Saloua Raouda Choucair, Early Exponent of Abstract Arabian Art, Dies at 100

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:43:29 GMT

The artist and sculptor Saloua Raouda Choucair in an undated photograph.Ms. Choucair, who worked in obscurity outside her native Lebanon for decades, contributed an Arab idiom to modernism with her sense of line and form.

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Abba Tor, Who Engineered T.W.A. Terminal at Kennedy Airport, Dies at 93

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 00:34:58 GMT

The skylight ribbons in the Trans World Flight Center at Kennedy International Airport emerged after the engineer, Abba Tor, told the architect, Eero Saarinen, that joints must be created between the concrete roof vaults.Mr. Tor helped the architect Eero Saarinen design a structure of reinforced concrete that reminded viewers of a bird in flight.

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Stuart McLean, Who Created Radio’s ‘The Vinyl Cafe,’ Dies at 68

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:23:54 GMT

Stuart McLean, the writer and host of “The Vinyl Cafe,” at his home in 2013.The Canadian humorist’s show was heard on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and on many public radio stations in the United States.

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Robert Michel Dies at 93; House G.O.P. Leader Prized Conciliation

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:14:29 GMT

Robert H. Michel in 1982. A Republican, he was the House minority leader from 1981 until 1995.Mr. Michel was the longest-serving Republican leader in the history of the House of Representatives. He retired right before his party won control.

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Irwin Stambler, 92, Dies; Reference Book Writer With Songs in His Heart

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 05:29:47 GMT

Irwin Stambler and his son Lyndon in an undated photo.Mr. Stambler wrote “The Encyclopedia of Pop, Rock and Soul,” a tome that established a standard for its breadth, accuracy and readability.

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Ren Xinmin, Pioneering Chinese Satellite Designer, Dies at 101

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:40:27 GMT

Ren Xinmin in an undated photo. He worked on several variations of the rocket that sent China’s first satellite into space.Dr. Ren, best known for designing China’s first satellite to be successfully launched, was the chief designer for six major space projects, according to the state news media.

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E. Clinton Bamberger, Lawyer With a ‘Fire for Justice,’ Is Dead at 90

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 02:34:11 GMT

E. Clinton Bamberger, in 1990, spent his career championing free legal counsel for poor people.His court challenge on behalf of a convicted murderer led to a precedent-setting Supreme Court ruling in 1963 that protected criminal defendants.

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David Axelrod, Music Producer Who Bridged Genres, Dies at 85

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:39:27 GMT

David Axelrod in an undated photograph.Mr. Axelrod’s influence can be heard in the work of Lou Rawls, Cannonball Adderley, Lauryn Hill and many others.

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Adele Smithers, Who Empowered Charity Benefactors, Dies at 83

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:36:28 GMT

Adele Smithers in 1999 outside what was then the Smithers alcoholism treatment center on East 93rd Street in Manhattan. She sued a hospital, saying part of her husband’s bequest for the center had been diverted.In an advance in philanthropy, Adele Smithers sued St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center over its administration of an endowment her husband had left.

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Max Ferrá, a Trailblazer for Latino Theater, Dies at 79

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 02:40:21 GMT

Mr. Ferra in 2013. He retired from Intar in 2004 and moved to Miami but continued to direct.The Cuban-born Mr. Ferrá was the first artistic director of the Intar Hispanic American Arts Center, an Off Broadway theater company that nurtures Latino playwrights.

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From Thomas Wolfe to Sid Vicious, Artists and the Chelsea Hotel

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 02:14:47 GMT

A plaque outside the Chelsea Hotel remembers Thomas Wolfe, who lived there shortly before he died in 1938.The creative people associated with the Bohemian retreat managed for 40 years by Stanley Bard also included Dylan Thomas, Arthur C. Clarke and Leonard Cohen.

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Stanley Bard, Who Ran Chelsea Hotel as a Bohemian Sanctuary, Dies at 82

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:09:08 GMT

Stanley Bard, longtime manager and part-owner of the Chelsea Hotel, with Mia Hanson, a photographer and hotel resident, in 2007, the year he was forced out of his role there.Mr. Bard, a Robin Hood of innkeepers, nurtured talented writers and artists and tolerated assorted deadbeats as manager and part-owner of the famed Manhattan hotel.

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