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Arthur Cinader, Who Started J. Crew, Avatar of Preppy Style, Dies at 90

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:55:26 GMT

Arthur Cinader with his wife, Johanna, in the late 1980s.Mr. Cinader created a retail success story by catering to affluent consumers eager to signal a certain Ivy League pedigree in what they wear.

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Roy Dotrice, Nimble British Actor Familiar on Both Sides of Atlantic, Dies at 94

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 23:19:28 GMT

Roy Dotrice and Cherry Jones in “A Moon for the Misbegotten” at the Walter Kerr Theater on Broadway. Mr. Dotrice’s performance earned him a Tony Award.Mr. Dotrice, who began acting in a P.O.W. camp, had a long career in movies, on TV and onstage, winning his Tony in “A Moon for the Misbegotten.”

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Sima Wali, Champion of Afghan Women’s Rights, Is Dead at 66

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:18:50 GMT

Sima Wali as a delegate to United Nations-sponsored talks on Afghanistan in Konigswinter, Germany, in 2001. She battled what she called “gender apartheid” in Afghanistan, her native country.She wrote of women oppressed by the Taliban, “I carried with me their pleading voices and ultimately their screams, while the world looked away.”

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Richard Wilbur, Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Winner, Dies at 96

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:41:06 GMT

Richard Wilbur in 2006 in his home at the time in Cummington, Mass.Mr. Wilbur’s poems were praised for their beauty but were criticized for their “mildness.” He was named the nation’s second poet laureate.

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Mary Cochran, Dancer Who ‘Lit Up the Stage,’ Dies at 54

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 04:14:01 GMT

Mary Cochran in Sara Hook’s “Rue” in 2007.Ms. Cochran, the daughter of a dancer, performed with the Paul Taylor Dance Company for 12 years, then led the influential dance department at Barnard College for 10.

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William Lombardy, Chess Grandmaster Turned Priest, Dies at 79

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:25:48 GMT

William J. Lombardy in an undated photograph.The Bronx-born Mr. Lombardy was among the top players of his generation, but he gave up chess almost entirely to join the priesthood, which he later renounced.

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Terry Downes Dies at 81; Middleweight Champion Was Britain’s Pride

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 03:57:03 GMT

Terry Downes in his fight with a fading Sugar Ray Robinson in London in 1962. Downes won in a 10-round decision.Downes was a middleweight champion who fought all but two of his bouts in Britain, defeating a fading Sugar Ray Robinson in 1962.

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Lawrence Argent, Sculptor Who Was Big on Whimsy, Dies at 60

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 23:12:57 GMT

“I See What You Mean,” a sculpture by Lawrence Argent, peers into the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.Mr. Argent was especially known for “I See What You Mean,” a 40-foot-tall blue bear peering into the Colorado Convention Center.

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Grady Tate, Jazz Drummer Turned Vocalist, Dies at 85

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:09:36 GMT

Grady Tate performing at Merkin Hall in Manhattan in 1997.Celebrated for his versatility as a percussionist, Mr. Tate “never thought of singing as a career,” but somehow it happened.

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Bob Schiller, Writer on Beloved TV Comedies, Dies at 98

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 03:05:02 GMT

Bob Schiller, far left, on the set of “I Love Lucy” in the 1950s. With him, from left, are the writer Bob Carroll Jr.; the stars, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz; and the writers Madelyn Pugh Davis and Bob Weiskopf.Mr. Schiller, often teamed with Bob Weiskopf, had to his credit numerous episodes of “I Love Lucy,” “Maude” and “All in the Family,” among others.

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Vincent La Selva, Dauntless Founder of New York Grand Opera, Dies at 88

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 19:25:54 GMT

Vincent La Selva, conductor of the New York Grand Opera, in his office in New York in July 2001, when the company was performing 28 operas by Guiseppe Verdi at SummerStage in Central Park on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Verdi’s death.Mr. La Selva’s loftily named troupe, though intended as a people’s opera company, brought masterworks to Carnegie Hall as well as Central Park.

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Bunny Sigler, Philadelphia Soul Mainstay, Dies at 76

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 21:54:31 GMT

Bunny Sigler in 2009.A singer, songwriter and producer, Mr. Sigler was a key figure in the development of a sound characterized by lush arrangements and smooth vocals.

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Michel Jouvet, Who Unlocked REM Sleep’s Secrets, Dies at 91

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 19:32:54 GMT

Michel Jouvet in 1989. He helped define REM sleep as a unique state of consciousness common to humans and animals alike.Dr. Jouvet’s research, he wrote, showed that dreaming was “the third state of the brain, as different from sleep as sleep was from waking.”

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Holly Block, Director of the Bronx Museum, Dies at 58

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 00:13:44 GMT

Holly Block in 2010 with a sculpture by Vito Acconci in the lobby of the Bronx Museum of the Arts.Ms. Block moved just outside the white-hot center of the New York art world, where alternative spaces and smaller museums overlap and cross-fertilize.

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