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John Severson, Surfer Who Illustrated Allure of Waves, Dies at 83

Mon, 29 May 2017 00:56:37 GMT

John Severson working at San Onofre State Beach outside San Clemente, Calif., in 1959.Mr. Severson founded Surfer magazine in 1962 and created paintings, films and photographs depicting the surfing lifestyle.

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Gregg Allman, Influential Force Behind the Allman Brothers Band, Dies at 69

Sat, 27 May 2017 21:30:08 GMT

From left, Duane Allman, Dickey Betts, Gregg Allman, Jai Johanny Johanson, Berry Oakley and Butch Trucks in 1969.The singer, keyboardist and songwriter was a founder of the Allman Brothers Band and a composer of songs like “Whipping Post” and “Midnight Rider.”

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Jim Bunning, Hall of Fame Pitcher and Blunt-Spoken Senator, Dies at 85

Sat, 27 May 2017 18:49:41 GMT

Jim Bunning, then with the Tigers, pitching during the 1957 All-Star Game in St. Louis.After a 17-season career in the major leagues, mostly with the Tigers and the Phillies, Mr. Bunning became a fervently conservative politician in Kentucky.

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Nora Mae Lyng, Actress at the Heart of ‘Forbidden Broadway,’ Dies at 66

Thu, 25 May 2017 22:47:03 GMT

Fred Barton and Nora Mae Lyng spoofing “Sunday in the Park With George” in 1985 in “Forbidden Broadway.”Ms. Lyng not only inspired the show and starred in its original cast; she also invested her comic talent and meager financial resources in it.

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Jared Martin, Who Played Dusty Farlow on ‘Dallas,’ Dies at 75

Sun, 28 May 2017 22:57:55 GMT

Jared Martin in 1982 at a party for the series “Dallas” and “Knots Landing.”Mr. Martin also appeared in a number of popular television shows, including episodes of “The Love Boat,” “Magnum P.I.” and “Murder, She Wrote.”

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Zbigniew Brzezinski, National Security Adviser to Jimmy Carter, Dies at 89

Sat, 27 May 2017 02:23:36 GMT

Zbigniew Brzezinski in 1987. He had considerable influence in global affairs, both before and long after his official tour of duty in the White House.Mr. Brzezinski, who guided Mr. Carter during the Iran hostage crisis and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, had decades of influence in global affairs.

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Ronald D. Croatti, Uniform Company Chief and Undercover Boss, Dies at 74

Sat, 27 May 2017 03:22:23 GMT

Ronald D. Croatti in an undated photo.The family business he took over from his father now supplies uniforms to nearly two million people at 300,000 businesses worldwide.

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Denis Johnson, Who Wrote of the Failed and the Desperate, Dies at 67

Sat, 27 May 2017 14:18:50 GMT

Denis Johnson in 1976. He believed sobriety would compromise his work, but stopped using in the early 1980s.Mr. Johnson, the author of “Jesus’ Son,” peopled his novels, stories and poems with drifters, addicts, inmates and spies.

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An Appraisal: Denis Johnson’s Poetic Visions of a Fallen World

Fri, 26 May 2017 21:52:47 GMT

Denis Johnson, the poet and novelist whose work lent his desperate and sometimes crazed characters an almost mythic dimension.In this author’s universe, hallucinatory imaginings bleed into daily life, where reality itself can seem like a fevered nightmare.

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Jerry Perenchio, Entertainment Mogul Who Advised ‘Think Big,’ Dies at 86

Fri, 26 May 2017 02:19:39 GMT

Jerry Perenchio, left, with Jack Kent Cooke, the owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, and Muhammad Ali in January 1971. Mr. Perenchio and Mr. Cooke promoted the heavyweight title fight that year between Ali and Joe Frazier.Mr. Perenchio promoted the first Ali-Frazier fight, produced television shows with Norman Lear and turned Univision into the dominant Hispanic TV network in the United States.

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Michael Bliss, Historian Who Dispelled Myths of Insulin’s Discovery, Dies at 76

Fri, 26 May 2017 22:58:12 GMT

Michael Bliss, a Canadian historian whose work upset the commonly held wisdom surrounding the discovery of insulin.Professor Bliss unraveled the story behind the discovery of the hormone, which transformed diabetes from a death sentence into a manageable condition.

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Roger Boesche, Professor Who Stirred Obama’s Interest in Politics, Dies at 69

Thu, 25 May 2017 23:45:37 GMT

Roger Boesche in 2007 at Occidental College in Los Angeles. In 2010, President Barack Obama said Mr. Boesche’s political science class had been his favorite.Asked in 2010 to name his favorite college course, President Barack Obama replied, “I had a wonderful political science class. I still remember the name of the professor, Roger Boesche.”

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At His Own Wake, Celebrating Life and the Gift of Death

Thu, 25 May 2017 09:00:29 GMT

Tormented by an incurable disease, John Shields knew that dying openly and without fear could be his legacy, if his doctor, friends and family helped him.

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Amy Reed, Doctor Who Fought a Risky Medical Procedure, Dies at 44

Thu, 25 May 2017 01:41:58 GMT

Dr. Amy J. Reed and her husband, Dr. Hooman Noorchashm, in 2014.Dr. Reed and her husband turned a personal calamity into a crusade to spare other women from the medical procedure that harmed her.

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Jacque Fresco, Futurist Who Envisioned a Society Without Money, Dies at 101

Thu, 25 May 2017 00:34:40 GMT

Jacque Fresco and a model of the Venus Project, which he began on 21 acres in Florida in 1980.A self-taught industrial designer, Mr. Fresco promoted an alternative society where resources would be distributed equitably by computers.

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Barbara Smith Conrad, Singer at Center of Integration Dispute, Dies at 79

Fri, 26 May 2017 00:48:15 GMT

Barbara Smith Conrad at her home in Manhattan in 2011.As a 19-year-old University of Texas student in 1957, Ms. Conrad became the focus of attention when a state legislator objected to her casting in a mixed-race production of “Dido and Aeneas.”

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Lisa Spoonauer, Actress in ‘Clerks,’ Dies at 44

Wed, 24 May 2017 22:26:00 GMT

Lisa Spoonauer in Kevin Smith’s first film, “Clerks.”‘Clerks,’ Kevin Smith’s first film, was a very low-budget project that became a surprise box-office success. Ms. Spoonauer stopped acting soon afterward.

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Rand Castile, Who Opened Doors for Asian Art, Dies at 78

Tue, 23 May 2017 19:35:28 GMT

Rand Castile with Alice Tully on opening night of the exhibition “The Great Age of Japanese Buddhist Sculpture, AD 600-1300,” at the Japan House Gallery in 1982.Mr. Castile worked on both the East and West Coasts, organizing artistic and cultural programs at Japan Society in Manhattan and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.

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An Appraisal: Roger Moore Was the Best Bond Because He Was the Gen X Bond

Tue, 23 May 2017 19:03:21 GMT

Mr. Moore in the Bond adventure “Moonraker” (1979). He was the oldest Bond ever hired, taking on the role when he was 45.Baby boomers keep reminding us about Sean Connery, but enough already. And millennials, you just need to listen to us.

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Cortez Kennedy, Hall of Fame Defensive Tackle, Dies at 48

Tue, 23 May 2017 21:34:08 GMT

Cortez Kennedy at the 2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony.Mr. Kennedy, who played his entire 11-year career with the Seahawks, weighed 300 pounds but possessed surprising quickness. He became the prototype for defensive linemen in the 1990s.

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Roger Moore, Who Played James Bond 007 Times, Dies at 89

Tue, 23 May 2017 21:04:47 GMT

Roger Moore in 1968. His first James Bond film was “Live and Let Die” (1973), and his last was “A View to a Kill” (1985).Mr. Moore was 45 when he inherited the role and had the longest run with it.

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Robert H. Boyle, a Watchdog of the Hudson River, Dies at 88

Tue, 23 May 2017 20:39:47 GMT

Robert H. Boyle, at his home in 2000, was a crusading conservationist and a founder of the widely replicated group Riverkeeper.Mr. Boyle, whose affection for the river and for fishing began in childhood, was a crusading conservationist and a founder of the widely replicated group Riverkeeper.

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Dina Merrill, Actress and Philanthropist, Dies at 93

Tue, 23 May 2017 22:15:05 GMT

Dina Merrill and Larry Blyden in “What Makes Sammy Run?”Ms. Merrill’s upper-class roles often reflected her own privileged background.

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G.I. Joe, It Turns Out, Had More Than One Father

Mon, 22 May 2017 22:28:45 GMT

G.I. Joes on display at the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in 2014.Stan Weston, who died on May 1, was credited as the creative force behind the action figure, but Lawrence Reiner, who died in 2001, also played a significant role.

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