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Liliane Bettencourt, L’Oréal Heiress Vexed by Swindling Case, Is Dead at 94

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:58:38 GMT

Mrs. Bettencourt and her husband, Andre, arriving for a gala event at the castle at Versailles in November 1973.Mrs. Bettencourt, ranked as the world’s richest woman, tried to live down her family’s fascist associations, and her final years were overtaken by scandal.


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Jake LaMotta, ‘Raging Bull’ in and Out of the Ring, Dies at 95

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 19:22:08 GMT

LaMotta with his wife, Vikki, arriving at Penn Station in New York from Detroit, where he had defeated Marcel Cerdan to capture the world middleweight title in June 1949.LaMotta, who learned to box in a reformatory, won the middleweight championship and inspired an acclaimed film in which he was played by Robert De Niro.


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Lillian Ross, Acclaimed Reporter for The New Yorker, Dies at 99

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 21:31:38 GMT

Lillian Ross in 1998.One of her rules of journalism was, “Do not call attention to yourself.” Yet she did just that in a memoir about her long affair with her celebrated editor.


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Dr. Edmond Eger II, 86, Dies; Found Way to Make Anesthesia Safer

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:32:59 GMT

Dr. Edmond I. Eger II in 2007 at Massachusetts General Hospital with a painting depicting the first public demonstration of ether anesthesia.Dr. Eger and colleagues developed a technique to determine the proper dosage of anesthesia in operating rooms all over the world, saving an untold number of lives.


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Charles Owens, Golfer, Dies at 85; Novel Putter Brought Late Success

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 22:56:16 GMT

Charles Owens poses with one of his long putters on a golf course in Tampa, Fla., in 2012.Owens overcame segregation, severe injuries and, with a long putter, the “yips” to win on the Senior PGA Tour.


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Joyce Matz, Fervid Voice for Historic Preservation, Dies at 92

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 20:58:01 GMT

Joyce Matz spoke out against a proposed skyscraper on Madison Avenue at a Landmarks Preservation Commission hearing in 2006.St. Bartholomew’s Church, Lever House and the Town Hall were among the sites she helped protect against developers, including Donald J. Trump.


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Allan J. MacEachen, a Force in Bringing Public Health Care to Canada, Dies at 96

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 20:09:29 GMT

On a visit to Washington in 1975, Allan J. MacEachen, left, attended a performance at the National Theater with Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger.“Canadians are living in a country that Allan J. built, and they like it,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.


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Bobby Heenan, Professional Wrestling Personality, Dies at 72

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 23:32:46 GMT

Bobby Heenan with Andre the Giant, one of the many wrestlers he managed in addition to his work as a quick-witted commentator.Mr. Heenan, known as the Brain, managed some of wrestling’s top stars and was one of the most colorful commentators the business has seen.


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Bernie Casey, Actor Who Glided Away From Football, Dies at 78

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 01:53:01 GMT

Bernie Casey at a Manhattan restaurant in 1997.Mr. Casey was known for his work in “Revenge of the Nerds” and “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka” after an eight-year career as an N.F.L. wide receiver.


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John W. Lewis, China Expert and Vietnam War Critic, Dies at 86

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 20:05:47 GMT

John W. Lewis in an undated photograph. He believed that the United States had lost opportunities to ease tensions with North Korea.Professor Lewis opposed the war in Southeast Asia early on and later made unconventional peace overtures to Beijing and North Korea.


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Stanislav Petrov, Soviet Officer Who Helped Avert Nuclear War, Is Dead at 77

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 23:32:48 GMT

Stanislav Petrov in Dresden, Germany, in 2013.After a Soviet computer system warned that the Americans had launched a nuclear missile attack, he decided — correctly — that it was a false alarm.


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Gin Wong, Who Designed Futuristic Buildings in Los Angeles, Dies at 94

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 21:42:39 GMT

Gin Wong and Ron Wagley, the chief executive of Transamerica Insurance, with a model of the Transamerica Corporation’s pyramid-shaped building in San Francisco. Mr. Wong supervised its design.Perhaps best known for a Union 76 gas station in Beverly Hills, Mr. Wong also did design work for the Los Angeles airport and CBS Television City.


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Penny Chenery, Owner of the Triple Crown Winner Secretariat, Dies at 95

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:22:20 GMT

Penny Chenery celebrating after Secretariat won the Triple Crown in 1973.Ms. Chenery knew little about horse racing when she took over her father’s thoroughbred farm, but she became a major figure in the racing industry.


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Brenda Lewis, Versatile American Soprano, Is Dead at 96

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 23:33:02 GMT

Ms. Lewis in a 1967 telecast in the title role of “Lizzie Borden” by Jack Beeson.A singing actress known for performing work by contemporary composers, Ms. Lewis originated signal roles in the opera house and on the Broadway stage.


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Harry Dean Stanton, Character Actor Who Became a Star, Dies at 91

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 14:04:28 GMT

Harry Dean Stanton in the 1984 movie “Repo Man.”The gaunt, hollow-eyed Mr. Stanton had his breakthrough in “Paris, Texas.” As one critic wrote, he was able “to make everything he does seem immediately authentic.”


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Jerry Pournelle, Science Fiction Novelist and Computer Guide, Dies at 84

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 22:49:57 GMT

Jerry Pournelle in 1985.An aerospace consultant, advice columnist, blogger and best-selling author. (And maybe the first to write a novel on a word-processor.)


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Greg Escalante, Champion of ‘Lowbrow’ Art, Dies at 62

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:43:49 GMT

Greg Escalante outside Gregorio Escalante Gallery in Los Angeles in 2015.As a collector, gallery owner and general enthusiast, Mr. Escalante helped put the brash art of comics and California car culture into galleries.


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René Laurentin, Investigator of Celestial Visions, Dies at 99

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:50:42 GMT

The Rev. René Laurentin in the early 1960s. A theologian honored by the Vatican, Father Laurentin assessed reports of sightings of the Virgin Mary, from Lourdes to a Texas backyard.


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Katherine M. Bonniwell, Life Magazine Publisher, Dies at 70

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 19:47:12 GMT

Katherine M. Bonniwell in an undated photograph.Ms. Bonniwell held a number of top positions at Time Inc. at a heady time for magazine publishing, paving the way for future female managers.


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