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Klaus Kertess Dies at 76; Curator and Gallerist Gave Major Artists a Start

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 16:08:47 GMT

Klaus Kertess in an undated photograph.Mr. Kertess was known for having an eye, and a nose, for developing talent, like Brice Marden and Chuck Close.

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Dennis Byrd, Former Jets Player, Is Killed in Car Crash in Oklahoma

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 04:24:00 GMT

Dennis Byrd spoke at a ceremony retiring his number during a Jets game in 2012.Byrd, 50, a former defensive lineman, had recovered after being temporarily paralyzed in a 1992 game.

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Anthony Foley, 42, Dies; Carried a Rugby Club and Raised a Cup

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:31:03 GMT

Irish rugby star Anthony Foley in 2004. He later coached his former club team.Foley achieved international renown by leading his underdog Munster rugby club to a European championship, then became the team’s coach.

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Pierre Étaix, Director and Slapstick Actor, Dies at 87

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 00:22:16 GMT

Pierre Étaix at his home in France in 2015.Legal issues prevented the films of Mr. Étaix from being screened for decades.

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Stephen Bollenbach, Who Spared Donald Trump From Personal Bankruptcy, Dies at 74

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 23:55:56 GMT

Stephen Bollenbach, then chief executive of Hilton Hotels, at the company’s headquarters in Beverly Hills, Calif., in 1997.Mr. Bollenbach was long praised for his financial skills, having been the first Hilton Hotels chief executive outside of the Hilton family.

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Joseph L. Birman, Physicist Who Aided Dissident Scientists, Dies at 89

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 14:49:17 GMT

Joseph L. Birman, a professor of theoretical physics, was widely known for his work to help refugee scientists.Dr. Birman was instrumental in the creation of a program that helped refugee scientists restart their careers in the United States in the 1990s.

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Bhumibol Adulyadej, 88, People’s King of Thailand, Dies After 7-Decade Reign

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 19:49:21 GMT

King Bhumibol Adulyadej is followed by Queen Sirikit (second from left) and Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn (left) as he leaves a hospital in 2011.The king, one of history’s longest-reigning monarchs, was a unifying figure in a deeply polarized country.

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Dr. Yutaka Yoshida, a U.S. War Hero of Japanese Descent, Dies at 104

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 00:42:24 GMT

Dr. Yutaka Yoshida was a police officer in Hawaii when World War II erupted. After serving in the United States Army during the war, Dr. Yoshida attended medical school and became a surgeon.Dr. Yoshida, who became a surgeon after earning a Silver Star during World War II, had been a police officer tasked with rounding up Japanese in Hawaii after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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Leo Beranek, Engineer Involved in Internet Precursor, Dies at 102

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 19:58:59 GMT

Leo L. Beranek shook hands with President George W. Bush after receiving a National Medal of Science for Engineering in 2003.Bolt, Beranek & Newman, the company he helped found, built the first computer-based network, which paved the way for the creation of the internet.

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Quentin Groves, Former Auburn Star, Dies in His Sleep at 32

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 19:29:22 GMT

Quentin Groves (54) with Brandon Cox (12), Josh Thompson (97) and then Auburn Coach Tommy Tuberville after beating Clemson in the 2007 Chick-Fil-A Bowl.Groves, a defensive end, was visiting Trinidad, his wife’s native country.

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Louis Stettner, Photographer of Everyday Poetry

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 22:50:19 GMT

Mr. Stettner, who died on Thursday at 93, had an unerring eye for life in New York and Paris, the two cities he called his “spiritual mothers.”

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Louis Stettner, Who Photographed the Everyday New York and Paris, Dies at 93

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 20:14:23 GMT

Louis Stettner in a self portrait from 1949.Mr. Stettner, who considered the two cities his “spiritual mothers,” chronicled the poetry of daily life, with his subjects unaware of his presence.

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James F. Colaianni, a Theologian Opposed to Priest Celibacy, Dies at 94

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 00:27:28 GMT

James F. Colaianni in 1968, after he left Ramparts magazine.Mr. Colaianni, who was an editor at Ramparts magazine in the 1960s, also campaigned against the use of napalm during the Vietnam War.

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Don Ciccone, Songwriter and Lead Singer of the Critters, Dies at 70

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 00:10:22 GMT

Don Ciccone performing in New York City in 2010.Mr. Ciccone also sang with the Four Seasons and was musical director and bassist for Tommy James and the Shondells.

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Patricia Barry, Actress on TV Since Its Early Days, Dies at 93

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 23:29:02 GMT

Patricia Barry and Val Dufour as a couple in “First Love,” a 1950s soap opera on NBC.Ms. Barry’s career’s was dominated by appearances on soap operas and shows like “The Twilight Zone.”

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Dario Fo, Whose Plays Won Praise, Scorn and a Nobel, Dies at 90

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:33:24 GMT

Dario Fo leading a master class at the Riverside Studios in London in 1984.The Nobel-Prize-winner is best known for the “Accidental Death of an Anarchist” and his one-man show “Mistero Buffo” (“Comic Mystery”).

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Jack Greenberg, a Courthouse Pillar of the Civil Rights Movement, Dies at 91

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 23:16:55 GMT

Mr. Greenberg, second from left, in 1952 during the second trial of Walter Lee Irvin, third from left, who had been sentenced to death in a rape case. Thurgood Marshall is at the far right.Mr. Greenberg, a member of a legal team assembled by Thurgood Marshall, was involved in more than 40 civil rights cases before the Supreme Court.

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Thomas Mikal Ford, Known for His Role in ’90s Sitcom ‘Martin,’ Dies at 52

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 01:02:58 GMT

Thomas Mikal Ford, left, in 1996 with other cast members of the television series “Martin.”He played the pragmatic yet charming Tommy, a friend of the title character, played by Martin Lawrence, who was often the subject of the jokes in the show.

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Benjamin Payton, Transformative Leader of Tuskegee University, Dies at 83

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 20:00:03 GMT

Benjamin F. Payton was president of Tuskegee University, founded in 1881 by Booker T. Washington, for nearly three decades.Dr. Payton turned the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama into a prominent historically black university over nearly three decades as its president.

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Donn Fendler, Who Was Lost in Wilds of Maine as a Boy, Dies at 90

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 01:35:08 GMT

Donn Fendler was honored by President Franklin D. Roosevelt with the Army and Navy Legion of Valor medal in 1940, a little over a year after his ordeal.The 12-year-old’s tale of survival gained him fame and honors and was turned into a book that became required reading for schoolchildren in the state.

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Alone in the Wild, and Then a Hero’s Welcome

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 01:19:13 GMT

At age 12, Donn Fendler became lost on Maine’s tallest mountain and then survived for days in the wild. He died on Sunday at age 90.

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Morton Silverstein, Documentarian Who Explored Social Ills, Dies at 86

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 23:38:25 GMT

Morton Silverstein, in an undated photograph.An Emmy Award winner, Mr. Silverstein said he was driven by a “sense of outrage at people being exploited and people without voices.”

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Aaron Pryor, Boxing Champion Who Defeated Addiction, Dies at 60

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 17:51:40 GMT

Aaron Pryor, right, threw a hard right at Alexis Argüello in Round 2 of their 1982 match, which was labeled the “Fight of the Decade.”Pryor, a junior welterweight, was 39-1 professionally, and memorably battled Alexis Argüello. He later overcame a career-ending addiction to cocaine.

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Herbert Irving, Sysco Co-Founder and $300 Million Hospital Donor, Dies at 98

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 23:00:06 GMT

Florence and Herbert Irving in 1991 with their collection of lacquerware.Mr. Irving co-founded the food services giant Sysco in 1969 and, with his wife, donated heavily for cancer care and research.

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Elizabeth F. Rohatyn, Supporter of Education and the Arts, Dies at 86

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 01:36:09 GMT

Elizabeth F. Rohatyn, who was a former chairwoman of the New York Public Library, at the main branch in 1995.Ms. Rohatyn was a former chairwoman of the New York Public Library and a board member of Lincoln Center, and helped low-income students go on to higher education.

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Jacob Neusner, Judaic Scholar Who Forged Interfaith Bonds, Dies at 84

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 00:22:00 GMT

Jacob Neusner in his library with a Babylonian Talmud in 2005. He wrote over 900 books.Professor Neusner, a leading historian of Jewish rabbinical texts, published over 900 books devoted to comparative religion, history and legal theory.

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Reginald K. Brack Jr., 79, Dies; Led Time Inc. Into Entertainment Era

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 22:43:21 GMT

Reginald K. Brack Jr. in 1990. He was credited with opening Time Inc.’s old-boy network to women and introducing many lifestyle magazine titles.Over almost four decades, Mr. Brack introduced lifestyle magazines like Discover and InStyle and broke down walls between the business and editorial sides of publications.

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