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Daedra Charles, 49, Hall of Fame Center for Tennessee, Dies

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 02:16:57 GMT

Tennessee center Daedra Charles tangled with Virginia’s Heidi Burge in the 1991 N.C.A.A. championship game in New Orleans. Tennessee won in overtime, 70-67.With Charles, the Lady Vols won two national championships under coach Pat Summitt. She went on to play on the Olympic team and in the pros.


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Lee Holley, Cartoonist of Teenage Life in ‘Ponytail,’ Dies at 85

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 04:14:48 GMT

Lee Holley, left, in 2000 with Hank Ketcham, creator of “Dennis the Menace,” in Los Angeles. Mr. Holley was a ghost illustrator of the comic strip.He was helping with “Dennis the Menace” when he created “Ponytail,” about a spirited girl in a postwar suburban world of boys, burgers and phone chats.


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Sergio Pitol, Inventive and Honored Mexican Author, Dies at 85

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 08:15:27 GMT

Sergio Pitol delivering a speech at the University of Alcala, near Madrid, in 2006, after receiving the Cervantes Prize, the most prestigious literary award in the Spanish-speaking world.Mr. Pitol won the prestigious Cervantes Prize for a body of work that blended genres. King Juan Carlos I of Spain said it “seduced us with the truth.”


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Rob Matthews, 56, Blind Paralympian Who Won 8 Gold Medals, Dies

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:31:46 GMT

Rob Matthews, right, ran with a guide in the men’s 1,500-meter event in the 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta. “Most of his guide runners became lifelong friends,” one of them said.A British runner competed at six Games for the disabled and broke 22 world records. “Running turned back the fear,” he said.


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Jean McFaddin, Who Made the Macy’s Parade What It Is, Dies at 75

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:26:52 GMT

Jean McFaddin leading the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade along Central Park West in 1995.Ms. McFaddin transformed a Thanksgiving tradition into a spectacular, then turned her hand to Santaland, a flower extravaganza and fireworks on the Fourth.


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Vittorio Taviani, 88, Dies; Made Acclaimed Films With Brother

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:53:02 GMT

Vittorio Taviani, right, and his brother Paolo in Manhattan in 2012 on the occasion of the United States premiere of their film “Caesar Must Die” at the New York Film Festival.His and Paolo Taviani’s movies drew notice in their native Italy and beyond; one, “Padre Padrone,” won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1977.


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Beatrix Hamburg, Barrier-Breaking Scholar, Is Dead at 94

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:51:06 GMT

Beatrix Hamburg, an important researcher on child development and psychology and the first black woman to graduate from Yale Medical School, in an undated photograph.At Vassar and then at Yale’s Medical School, Dr. Hamburg blazed trails for black women. Then came a distinguished career in child development.


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Bruno Sammartino, Durable Champ in WWE Hall of Fame, Dies at 82

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 18:39:13 GMT

Bruno Sammartino in a publicity photo from the mid-1960s.A popular, Verdi-loving Italian immigrant who dominated the ring for a record 11 years in the 1960s and ′70s and insisted that he never took a dive.


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Overlooked No More: Harriott Daley, the Capitol’s First Telephone Operator

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:58:10 GMT

Harriott Daley with a row of telephone operators in 1928. By the time she retired, she was supervising a corps of 50 loyal “hello girls.”Daley, who became a switchboard operator in 1898, made sure members of Congress were just a phone call away from their constituents.


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Barbara Bush: Matriarch of a Political Dynasty

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 01:04:50 GMT

Mrs. Bush didn’t shape policy, but she shepherded her family through decades of Republican campaigns, making it a mainstay of American politics.



Nathan Davis, Jazz Saxophonist and Educator, Is Dead at 81

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 23:54:46 GMT

The saxophonist Nathan Davis, who founded the jazz studies program at the University of Pittsburgh, in an undated photograph.The founding director of the University of Pittsburgh’s jazz studies program, he helped establish a place for African-American music in the academy.


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Barbara Bush, Wife of 41st President and Mother of 43rd, Dies at 92

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 14:08:24 GMT

Barbara Bush with her husband and a very young George W. Bush in 1955 in Rye, N.Y., where Mrs. Bush grew up.Mrs. Bush avoided controversial issues while in the White House and became known for her straight talk, lack of pretension and self-deprecating humor.


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Barbara Bush: A Life in Photographs

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 23:26:31 GMT

Mrs. Bush was the wife of the 41st president, George Bush, and the mother of the 43rd, George W. Bush.


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Art Bell, Radio Host Who Tuned In to the Dark Side, Dies at 72

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:09:51 GMT

Art Bell in his home studio in Pahrump, Nev., in 1998. He once had the third-largest radio audience among talk-show hosts, after Rush Limbaugh and Dr. Laura Schlessinger.Reaching a nationwide audience from a home studio in the desert, he listened to callers’ accounts of the paranormal deep into the early hours.


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Ronald Dunbar, 78, Producer and Grammy-Winning Songwriter, Dies

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 22:29:44 GMT

Ron Dunbar, who worked with Berry Gordy, George Clinton and the songwriting and producing team Holland-Dozier-Holland, in an undated family photograph.Mr. Dunbar was credited for soul hits like “Band of Gold,” “Give Me Just a Little More Time” and “Patches,” which became a hit for Clarence Carter.


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Carl Kasell, NPR Newsman Who Discovered Laughs, Dies at 84

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 21:12:43 GMT

Carl Kasell during a newscast for NPR in December 2009. At 64, he began an improbable second career as “official judge and scorekeeper” of an NPR call-in comedy hour.Mr. Kasell started off as an anchorman and later in his career became an absurdist comedian on the popular quiz show “Wait Wait ... Don’t Tell Me.”


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Daphne Sheldrick, 83, Who Saved Orphaned Elephants, Is Dead

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 18:51:35 GMT

Daphne Sheldrick and her daughter Angela in Tsavo East National Park in Kenya in 1968. They posed with Eleanor, an orphaned elephant that was the subject of Ms. Sheldrick’s book, “An Elephant Called Eleanor.”A wildlife trust she established in Kenya took in young animals, including many who had lost their mothers to poachers.


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Bill Nack, Who Covered the Horses From Up Close, Dies at 77

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 19:25:59 GMT

Bill Nack in a stable in Virginia in 1993. In articles for Sports Illustrated and in a biography of Secretariat, he observed horse racing with a literary eye from the stable to the track.


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Karen Dawisha, 68, Dies; Traced Roots of Russian Corruption

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 02:53:52 GMT

Karen Dawisha in 2010. Her book “Putin’s Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia?” made accusations so grave that Cambridge University Press refused to publish it.A Russia scholar, she delved into Vladimir V. Putin’s circle of friends in 1990s St. Petersburg and found the blueprint for a “kleptocracy.”


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Harry Anderson, 65, ‘Night Court’ Actor Who Bottled Magic Onscreen and Off, Dies

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 20:45:01 GMT

Harry Anderson in 1988. He was nominated for three Emmys for his role as Judge Harry Stone on the NBC sitcom “Night Court.”As the zany Judge Harry Stone, Mr. Anderson spent nine seasons presiding over a fictional Manhattan courtroom and was nominated for three consecutive Emmys.


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David Edgerton, a Founder of Burger King, Is Dead at 90

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 01:32:11 GMT

David R. Edgerton, right, with his Burger King partner, James W. McLamore, in the 1960s beside a company plane.He and a partner created a flourishing fast-food chain only to sell it, for what proved to be a bargain price, just as the industry was about to soar.


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Mary Regula, Founder of Library Saluting First Ladies, Dies at 91

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 20:27:57 GMT

Mary Regula, left, the president and founder of the National First Ladies’ Library in Canton, Ohio, with Dr. Sheila Fisher, vice president, in the library’s lobby in 2006.She recruited her husband, an Ohio congressman, along with Hillary Clinton and others to help create a National Parks site in Canton, Ohio.


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Hal Greer, Hall of Fame Jump Shooter for 76ers, Is Dead at 81

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 22:32:15 GMT

Philadelphia 76ers guard Hal Greer drives past Bill Russell during a game against the Celtics in Boston in 1968. Greer was one of the most consistently prolific pro guards of the 1960s.In the era of Oscar Robertson and Jerry West, Greer was a brilliant and prolific star guard in his own right, leading Philadelphia to the 1967 title.


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R. Lee Ermey, Harsh Drill Instructor in ‘Full Metal Jacket,’ Dies at 74

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 03:51:19 GMT

R. Lee Ermey in 2006. In addition to “Full Metal Jacket,” his film credits include “Apocalypse Now,” “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” “Se7en” and the “Toy Story” franchise.He drew on his service as a Marine drill instructor, carrying shrapnel in his back, in playing a foulmouthed sergeant in Stanley Kubrick’s 1987 film.


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Gillian Ayres, Abstract Artist Besotted by Paint, Dies at 88

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:29:28 GMT

“Dance of the Ludi Magni,” a 1984 oil painting by Gillian Ayres. She was obsessed with painting, and used her hands, brushes, parts of cardboard boxes and brooms to arrange vivid, colorful images.Ms. Ayres had little patience for people seeking the meaning of her bold, colorful works. “I wish they’d just look. It’s visual.”


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Milos Forman, 86, Dies; Won Oscars for ‘Cuckoo’s Nest’ and ‘Amadeus’

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 21:46:40 GMT

Milos Forman outside his home in Warren, Conn., in 2009. “I’ve always done everything in my life to win,” he wrote in a memoir.A witness to turmoil in his Czech homeland, he was in the front rank of directors struggling to make commercial films with countercultural sensibilities.


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Tim O’Connor, Complex Resident of ‘Peyton Place,’ Dies at 90

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 15:35:29 GMT

The cast of the TV series "Peyton Place": Front, from left, Tim O'Connor, Mia Farrow and Ryan O'Neal. Top, from left, Ms. Malone, Ed Nelson, Barbara Parkins and Christopher Connelly.Mr. O’Connor, a familiar face on TV for decades, had his longest run as a convict-turned-newspaperman on an ABC prime-time soap opera.


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Helen Mayer Harrison, Leader in Eco-Art Movement, Dies at 90

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 23:11:03 GMT

Ms. Harrison with her husband, Newton Harrison, in their studio in Santa Cruz, Calif., in 2007.With her husband, Newton, she formed an artistic team that examined ecosystems, global warming and related subjects in innovative ways.


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Jean Marzollo, 75, Dies; Her ‘I Spy’ Books Challenged Children

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 22:26:51 GMT

Jean Marzollo in 2018. She wrote more than 150 children’s books, some factual, some fanciful, all for young — often very young — readers.The books, among more than 150 she wrote, sent millions of young readers searching for objects in elaborate photo collages.


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Charles McDew, 79, Tactician for Student Civil Rights Group, Dies

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 18:08:18 GMT

Charles McDew joined a celebrity fund-raiser for SNCC hosted by the singer and actor Theodore Bikel in 1963. From left, Ivanhoe Donaldson, Mr. McDew, the playwright Lorraine Hansberry, the singer Nina Simone, Mr. Bikel and the civil rights leader James Forman.A founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, he helped organize direct-action protests and looked beyond integration to voting rights.


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William Beinecke, Patron of Central Park and Yale, Dies at 103

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 00:19:25 GMT

William S. Beinecke waged a decades-long but successful campaign to persuade Yale University to create a business school.A former chief of S&H (dispenser of Green Stamps), he was the first chairman of the park conservancy and helped create the Yale School of Management.


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John Melcher, Montana Democrat in House and Senate, Dies at 93

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 22:16:38 GMT

Senator John Melcher, left, in 1972 with Senator George S. McGovern, the Democratic presidential nominee that year, during a snowfall in Billings, Mont. Mr. Melcher served 20 years in Congress.He embraced both economic development and environmental protections for a state rich in natural resources and pristine wilderness.


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