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Dorothy Malone Dies at 93; Star of TV’s ‘Peyton Place

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 00:35:51 GMT

Dorothy Malone with Rock Hudson in the 1956 movie “Written on the Wind.” Ms. Malone won an Academy Award for her performance.She won an Oscar for “Written on the Wind” but found her greatest fame on the small screen.


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Julius Lester, Chronicler of Black America, Is Dead at 78

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 02:11:56 GMT

Julius Lester in Amherst, Mass., in 1988, after he was forced out of his professorship at the University of Massachusetts for remarks criticizing James Baldwin.A captivating and often polarizing writer, Mr. Lester traveled through a labyrinth of religious and ethnic identities, including a conversion to Judaism.


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Joe Frank, Spinner of Strange Radio Tales, Is Dead at 79

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 05:16:12 GMT

Joe Frank, whose radio monologues brought listeners to strange new places, in an undated photograph.Delivered in a measured baritone, Mr. Frank’s monologues trod the line between fact and fiction and brought listeners into unusual territory.


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Herbert Schmertz, Innovative Public-Relations Man, Dies at 87

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 01:44:29 GMT

Mr. Schmertz at a presidential campaign event for Robert F. Kennedy, speaking at rear, in 1968.Mr. Schmertz promoted “advertorials” for Mobil Oil during the 1970s oil shortages and was instrumental in arranging its sponsorship of PBS programs.


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Christine Beshar, Trailblazing Lawyer, Dies at 88

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 23:59:06 GMT

Christine Beshar, the first woman to become a partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, in her office in 1973.She was one of the first female partners at a Wall Street law firm and, in another first, persuaded it to provide on-site emergency child-care.


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Stansfield Turner, C.I.A. Director Who Confronted Communism Under Carter, Dies at 94

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 22:49:18 GMT

Mr. Turner with aides in 1977. He later wrote that the C.I.A. he inherited was demoralized and disorganized after having been dragged into the Watergate scandal during the Nixon administration.Mr. Turner, who led the Central Intelligence Agency under President Jimmy Carter, started small covert actions that grew into some of the biggest battles of the Cold War.


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Peter Mayle, Who Wrote of ‘A Year in Provence,’ Is Dead at 78

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:32:47 GMT

Peter Mayle in an undated photo. “The chapters more or less wrote themselves,” he said of his best-selling book.Mr. Mayle, an Englishman, spawned a genre in 1989 with his travel memoir about renovating a house in Southern France.


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Deaths in 2017: Among the Luminaries, Fighters With a Cause

Sat, 30 Dec 2017 07:05:08 GMT

Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010, while he was still in prison in China, for his efforts to promote democracy. He died on July 13.Remembering Mary Tyler Moore, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lewis, Sam Shepard, Della Reese and many more, but also a remarkable roster of champions who pressed for change.


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William Bain Jr., 80, Business Consultant and Romney Mentor, Dies

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 19:50:27 GMT

William Bain Jr., right, and Mitt Romney in an undated photograph at Bain & Company’s offices in Boston. “It’s hard for me to imagine my life and career without Bill Bain’s mentoring,” Mr. Romney saidHe made Bain & Company, in Boston, a fierce competitor to some of the country’s leading firms. Mitt Romney was one of his most significant hires.


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Paul Booth, Antiwar Organizer and Union Stalwart, Dies at 74

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 22:49:46 GMT

Paul Booth speaking on the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in 2016.A chief architect of the 1965 march on Washington against the Vietnam War, he later became a key adviser to the nation’s largest public employee union.


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Roy Bennett, White Zimbabwean With Black Political Base, Dies in U.S. Helicopter Crash

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:40:39 GMT

Roy Bennett, a leader of the Movement for Democratic Change, in Zimbabwe in 2010. Mr. Bennett was killed in a helicopter crash on Wednesday in New Mexico.Mr. Bennett, 60, was a coffee grower whose farm was seized as part of the land redistribution program of Robert G. Mugabe. He was a formidable leader of Zimbabwe’s main opposition party.


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Terence Marsh, Who Gave Memorable Films Their Look, Dies at 86

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:25:37 GMT

Terence Marsh won an Academy Award for art direction for his work on the 1968 musical “Oliver!,” with Mark Lester as the orphan Oliver Twist. The sets “bring to crawly, scratchy life the streets and marketplace of early 19th-century London,” a critic wrote.He won Oscars for his art direction of “Dr. Zhivago” and “Oliver!” and was production designer of films ranging from “Basic Instinct” to “Spaceballs.”


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Geoffrey Hazard, Influential Arbiter of Legal Ethics, Dies at 88

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:13:24 GMT

Geoffrey C. Hazard Jr. teaching at the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2015. His academic career also took him to Yale, Berkeley, the University of Chicago and elsewhere.Professor Hazard, a scholar who taught a Supreme Court justice, was “one of the law’s wise men,” a former federal judge said.


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Hugh Wilson, Who Created ‘WKRP in Cincinnati,’ Dies at 74

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 23:49:04 GMT

Most of the cast of “WKRP in Cincinnati,” Hugh Wilson’s CBS comedy series about a radio station full of misfits.In addition to writing TV comedies, Mr. Wilson directed films, including “Police Academy” and “The First Wives Club.”


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Gualtiero Marchesi, Renowned (and Feisty) Chef, Dies at 87

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:28:11 GMT

Gualtiero Marchesi in 2017 in front of a current restaurant in Milan that bears his name. After achieving much success with his restaurants, he opened a cooking school to promote, as he put it, “high cooking as applied to everyday recipes.”His Milan restaurant became the first in Italy to receive a Michelin guide’s three stars, but later, feeling slighted, he repudiated rating systems.


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Jo Jo White, Deadeye Shooter for Boston Celtics, Dies at 71

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 21:32:16 GMT

The Boston Celtics’ Jo Jo White driving against Rick Barry of the Golden State Warriors in 1976.White played 10 seasons for the Celtics and helped lead the team to N.B.A. championships in 1974 and 1976.


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Joseph Rice, Bank Chief Who Fought Hostile Takeover, Dies at 93

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 02:44:58 GMT

Joseph A. Rice in 1988. “The prospect of a Wild West shooting spree is not an admirable one in our business,” he said of Bank of New York’s hostile bid for the Irving Bank Corporation, which he led as chief executive.Mr. Rice led the Irving Bank Corporation, which was acquired by Bank of New York after a corporate fight unusual for what had been a staid industry.


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Keorapetse Kgositsile, 79, South African Poet and Activist, Dies

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:44:37 GMT

Keorapetse Kgositsile in an undated photograph. In New York he fell in with writers and musicians, among them Hugh Masekela, Amiri Baraka (then known as LeRoi Jones) and Ishmael Reed.He received acclaim while living in the United States; when he returned to South Africa after the fall of apartheid, he was welcomed as a hero.


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Mathilde Krim, Mobilizing Force in an AIDS Crusade, Dies at 91

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 23:12:58 GMT

Dr. Mathilde Krim spoke about AIDS before the United Nations General Assembly in New York in 2011.Dr. Krim raised awareness of the scourge and money to fight it while lobbying governments and enlisting a broad spectrum of powerful allies.


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Edwin Hawkins, Known for the Hit ‘Oh Happy Day,’ Is Dead at 74

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:40:17 GMT

Edwin Hawkins in concert in the Allen Room of Jazz at Lincoln Center in 2008.His catchy song of praise, recorded on a two-track machine and “never intended for commercial purposes,” became a Top 10 hit in 1970.


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Dan Gurney, Driver and Builder of Racecars, Is Dead at 86

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:32:55 GMT

Dan Gurney driving to victory at the Daily Mail Race of Champions in Fawkham, England, in 1967.Gurney was the first driver to win races in all four of the major motor sports categories: Grand Prix, Indy car, Nascar and sports cars.


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Dolores O’Riordan, Lead Singer of the Cranberries, Dies at 46

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:59:44 GMT

Four of the Cranberries’ albums reached the Top 20 on the Billboard 200 chart.Ms. O’Riordan’s voice, high and breathy but more determined than fragile, lent an unmistakable sound to songs like the hits “Linger” and “Zombie.”


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Doug Harvey, Hall of Fame Umpire Players Called God, Dies at 87

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 03:40:38 GMT

Doug Harvey in 1980. The Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan said Harvey “was tolerant to a point, yet the players always knew he was in control.”Harvey was considered firm and fair during a 31-season career spent entirely in the National League. He worked five World Series and six All-Star Games.


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Julio Rocha, Jailed FIFA Official From Nicaragua, Dies at 67

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 00:23:34 GMT

Julio Rocha, left, a former president of the Nicaraguan soccer federation, with Sepp Blatter, a former president of FIFA, at a ribbon cutting for the national soccer stadium in Managua, Nicaragua, in 2011.Rocha, a former president of the Nicaraguan soccer federation, was convicted in the United States in a corruption scandal at FIFA and awaiting sentencing at the time of his death.


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Keith Jackson, Voice of College Football, Dies at 89

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 03:35:33 GMT

Keith Jackson in 1999. He prided himself on being concise and was loath to steal the spotlight from the football players.Mr. Jackson was synonymous with Saturday college football for millions of fans through five decades.


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