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Ewen Whitaker, Who Guided NASA to the Moon, Dies at 94

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 18:18:37 GMT

Ewen A. Whitaker, left with Gerard P. Kuiper and Raymond Heacock at the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, helped identify the landing spot for for NASA’s Apollo 12 mission.Mr. Whitaker had no formal training as an astronomer, but he used his unparalleled knowledge of the lunar surface to select landing sites for spacecraft.

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Gavin MacFadyen, 76, Mentor and Defender of WikiLeaks Founder, Dies

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 00:06:56 GMT

Gavin MacFadyen, right, an investigative journalist and documentarian, with the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in 2011.The American investigative journalist and documentarian was a core supporter of WikiLeaks and Julian Assange and provided support of whistle-blowers.

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Howard Davies, Theater Director in Britain and on Broadway, Dies at 71

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 00:18:58 GMT

Howard Davies in the 1990s.Mr. Davies won awards in Britain and enthusiastic reviews on Broadway, where he mounted “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” and “The Iceman Cometh,” among other productions.

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Michael Massee, 64, Screen Villain Haunted by the Accidental Death of Brandon Lee, Dies

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 18:24:01 GMT

Michael Massee, right, with Bill Pullman in “Revelations.”Mr. Massee, a character actor, took a long sabbatical after the deadly shooting on the set of “The Crow” in 1993 and then appeared in many TV and film roles.

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Pete Burns, Frontman for the Band Dead or Alive, Dies at 57

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 15:58:21 GMT

Pete Burns from the band Dead or Alive at a performance in 1985.Mr. Burns gained fame for the 1985 hit “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” and later became known for his plastic surgery.

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Junko Tabei, First Woman to Conquer Everest, Dies at 77

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:53:02 GMT

Junko Tabei on the summit of Mount Everest in May 1975.Ms. Tabei, a Japanese alpinist, was the first woman to reach the top of Mount Everest and the rest of the Seven Summits.

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Jack T. Chick, Cartoonist Whose Tracts Preached Salvation, Dies at 92

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 01:23:54 GMT

The cartoonist Jack T. Chick.Mr. Chick’s tracts were said to have sold more than 900 million copies while being attacked as instruments of hate speech.

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Jorge Batlle, Political Scion Who Led Uruguay, Dies at 88

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 01:51:45 GMT

President Jorge Batlle, left, with President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela in 2002.Mr. Batlle was the first Latin American leader to propose the partial legalization of drugs as a way to reduce trafficking, money laundering and profiteering by cartels.

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Prince Mikasa, Brother of Emperor Hirohito of Japan, Dies at 100

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 23:20:27 GMT

Prince Mikasa around 1930. He was the first Japanese royal to become a professor, and to get a driver’s license.Prince Mikasa, an Imperial Army veteran who became a pacifist, was the uncle of the current emperor and fifth in line to the throne.

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Kevin Curran, Writer and Producer for ‘The Simpsons,’ Dies at 59

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 22:51:07 GMT

Kevin CurranMr. Curran won three Emmy Awards for his work on the show and was a writer for “Late Night With David Letterman” in the ’80s, sharing in three Emmys.

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Simone Schaller, Hurdler Who Competed in 1932 Olympics, Dies at 104

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 19:15:13 GMT

Simone Schaller in 1936.Ms. Schaller was believed to be the be the last surviving competitor of the 1932 Summer Games and the oldest living Olympian.

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Stanley Silverstein, Co-Founder of Nina Footwear, Dies at 91

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 19:19:25 GMT

Stanley Silverstein at a Nina Footwear factory in Long Island City, Queens, in the early 1960s.Mr. Silverstein, a designer of women’s shoes that were both fashionable and affordable, started Nina Footwear with his brother Mike in 1953.

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Carlos Alberto Torres, 72, Scorer of Memorable Goal for Brazil, Dies

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 01:38:45 GMT

Carlos Alberto in 1970.Carlos Alberto, the captain of Brazil’s World Cup team in 1970, blasted home the goal after a pass from Pelé in a 4-1 win over Italy in the final.

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Bob Hoover, Aviator Whose Aerobatic Stunts Are Legend, Dies at 94

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 22:14:53 GMT

Bob Hoover with the F-100D Super Sabre, an aircraft that he tested for North American Aviation.Mr. Hoover, a pilot who escaped Nazi captivity in a stolen plane, forged a career studded with aeronautical achievements and feats of derring-do.

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Lucia Perillo, Whose Illness Shaped Her Poetry, Dies at 58

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 22:16:43 GMT

The poet Lucia Perillo learned she had multiple sclerosis when she was 30.When asked about her multiple sclerosis, Ms. Perillo, who wrote piercingly about mortality, said: “I don’t battle M.S. I relent to its humiliations.”

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Bobby Vee, Pop Idol Known for ‘Take Good Care of My Baby,’ Dies at 73

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 23:07:10 GMT

Bobby Vee in an undated photo. He placed 38 singles in the Billboard Hot 100 from 1959 to 1970.One of a crop of dreamboat singers promoted in the late 1950s and early ’60s, he got his first big break when he filled in for Buddy Holly and others after their plane crashed.

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Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad al-Thani, Former Emir of Qatar, Dies at 84

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:03:09 GMT

Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad al-Thani in 1988.As the Gulf nation’s leader from 1972 to 1995, Sheikh Khalifa oversaw Qatar’s independence from Britain and the rapid modernization of its economy.

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Gordon Hamilton, Climate Scientist, Dies at 50 in Antarctica Accident

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:10:39 GMT

Gordon Hamilton in 2010.Dr. Hamilton, who was studying changes in sea levels, died when his snowmobile went into a crevasse.

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Tom Hayden, Civil Rights and Antiwar Activist Turned Lawmaker, Dies at 76

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:46:57 GMT

Tom Hayden speaking in Lincoln Park in Chicago during the Democratic National Convention in August 1968.Mr. Hayden, one of the nation’s most visible radicals in the 1960s and early ’70s, was a founder of Students for a Democratic Society and a former husband of Jane Fonda.

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Sandra Lee Bartky, at the Vanguard of Feminist Philosophy, Dies at 81

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 22:15:26 GMT

Sandra Lee Bartky was a pioneer in her field and the author of several books, including “Femininity and Domination,” published in 1990.Professor Bartky argued that women subconsciously submitted to men’s unnatural standards for their bodies, what she called the “tyranny of slenderness.”

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Steve Dillon, Comic Artist Who Helped Create ‘Preacher,’ Dies at 54

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 01:09:34 GMT

Preacher, which ran for 66 issues and ended in 2000, told the story of Jesse Custer, a disillusioned man of God from Texas, who becomes imbued with the spirit of Genesis.Mr. Dillon also worked on the character Judge Dredd for the British comic book 2000 AD and the Marvel character The Punisher.

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Kevin Meaney, Veteran Stand-Up Comedian, Dies at 60

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 03:13:50 GMT

Kevin Meaney performing at the Carolines on Broadway 20th Anniversary Comedy Concert at Carnegie Hall in 2003.Mr. Meaney, who impersonated famous singers from the charity hit song “We Are the World,” also appeared regularly on television shows, including “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock.”

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Annemarie Huste, a Kennedy Chef Who Said Too Much, Dies at 73

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 03:15:48 GMT

Annemarie Huste at her Manhattan home in 1968. She was Jacqueline Kennedy’s chef until she chose to speak to the press.Ms. Huste, Jacqueline Kennedy’s personal cook, was fired for disclosing details about the family to the press.

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Junko Tabei, 1st Woman to Climb Everest, Dies at 77

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 02:21:33 GMT

Junko Tabei was the first woman to stand on the summit of Mount Everest, in 1975.The first woman to climb Mount Everest didn't stop there.

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Kigeli V, the Last King of Rwanda, Dies at 80

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 18:48:03 GMT

Kigeli V, a towering presence at 7 feet 2 inches, reigned for less than two years.The monarch, who reigned for less than two years and spent over 50 in exile, ended up a pauper in Washington.

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Nicole Haran, 47, Who Helped Create a Theater Troupe and Web Series, Dies

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 03:09:05 GMT

Nicole Haran with her writing partner Maccabee Montandon, near his apartment on Ocean Parkway, a set for their web series.Ms. Haran directed her first film, “Dive,” last year and was still in graduate school when she and three classmates founded the Barefoot Theater Company.

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David Bunnell, Whose Magazines Were Tech World Must-Reads, Dies at 69

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 03:11:14 GMT

Bill Gates, left, demonstrating software on a personal computer for the magazine publisher David Bunnell.Mr. Bunnell rode the early wave of personal computers, establishing PC Magazine, Macworld and other magazines and contributing to the industry’s explosive growth.

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