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

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 20:09:28 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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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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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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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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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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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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Maurice Bluestein, Who Modernized the Wind Chill Index, Dies at 76

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 00:35:47 GMT

Maurice Bluestein in 2014 with a textbook he helped write, “Thermodynamics and Heat Power.”While shoveling his daughter’s driveway one winter day, Dr. Bluestein, a scientist, realized something: The wind chill index was wrong.

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Hal Tulchin, Who Documented a ‘Black Woodstock,’ Dies at 90

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 22:30:54 GMT

Sly Stone performing at the Harlem Cultural Festival in 1969, as shot by Hal Tulchin.Mr. Tulchin shot an estimated 40 hours of footage of a landmark Harlem event in 1969, most of which the public has never seen.

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Gastone Moschin Dies at 88; Played a Doomed Don in ‘Godfather Part II’

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 16:54:20 GMT

Gastone Moschin as Don Fanucci in "The Godfather Part II."Mr. Moschin, an Italian character actor, had the role of Don Fanucci, a dapper crime boss gunned down by Vito Corleone, in Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather Part II.”

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Grant Hart, Hüsker Dü Drummer and Singer, Dies at 56

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 23:01:18 GMT

The band Hüsker Dü: from left, Greg Norton, Grant Hart and Bob Mould.Mr. Hart, along with Bob Mould and Greg Norton, started Hüsker Dü, an early member of the hardcore movement, in the late 1970s in Minnesota.

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Frank Vincent, Mobster on ‘The Sopranos’ and in ‘Goodfellas,’ Dies at 80

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 23:05:30 GMT

Frank Vincent in 2004 as Phil Leotardo with Vincent Curatola as Johnny Sack in a scene from “The Sopranos.”Mr. Vincent, a character actor who specialized in tough-guy roles, had a particularly memorable scene in “Goodfellas.”

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Gary Wadler, Expert on Doping in Sports, Dies at 78

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 00:03:01 GMT

Dr. Gary Wadler, second from left in 2006, as part of the House Government Reform Committee’s Zero Tolerance panel that focused on athletes and steroid use.Dr. Wadler was among the doctors and scientists who emerged in the 1980s and ’90s as sports organizations struggled to keep pace with athletes’ illicit drug use.

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J.P. Donleavy, Acclaimed Author of ‘The Ginger Man,’ Dies at 91

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 20:49:56 GMT

The novelist and playwright J. P. Donleavy at Levington Park, the County Westmeath, Ireland, estate where he had lived since the 1970s.Mr. Donleavy’s first novel, which he called a celebration of “resolutely careless mayhem,” provoked controversy but came to be regarded as a classic.

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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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Pete Domenici, Long a Powerful Senate Voice on Fiscal Policy, Dies at 85

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 16:13:54 GMT

Pete Domenici, right, in 1989 during a Senate Budget Committee meeting.An influential six-term senator from New Mexico, Mr. Domenici was a plain-spoken master of budget, tax and nuclear power issues.

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Douglas Dowd, 97, Antiwar Activist and Critic of Capitalism Is Dead

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 20:21:51 GMT

Douglas Dowd, right, at a news conference in Chicago before a march against the Vietnam War in 1969 with Sidney Peck, left, and Stewart Meacham.Professor Dowd’s views were largely shaped by his disappointment that the United States had, as he saw it, failed to live up to its ideals.

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5 Shows That Sealed Peter Hall’s Stage Legacy

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 22:39:43 GMT

Sir Peter HallRecalling the original critical response to pathbreaking productions directed by the founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

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