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Herb Hardesty, Fats Domino’s Saxophonist, Dies at 91

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 15:59:35 GMT

Fats Domino, left, and his band, including the saxophonist Herbert Hardesty, center.Mr. Hardesty played on the sessions that created hits like “I’m Walkin’,” “My Blue Heaven,” “Ain’t It a Shame” and “Let the Four Winds Blow.”


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Mika Kurosawa, Leading Figure in Contemporary Dance in Japan, Dies at 59

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 02:38:29 GMT

Mika Kurosawa performing at the Kitchen in New York City in 2007.Ms. Kurosawa, who was born into a dance family, was rebelliously devoted to her art, but not to the trappings of fame or popularity.


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John Glenn, American Hero of the Space Age, Dies at 95

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 22:07:17 GMT

John Glenn with the Friendship 7 in 1962. He was hailed as a national hero and a symbol of the space age as the first American to orbit Earth.Mr. Glenn was a symbol of the space age as the first American to orbit Earth, then became a national political figure representing Ohio in the Senate.


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Greg Lake, of King Crimson and Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Dies at 69

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 01:14:21 GMT

Greg Lake in concert with Emerson, Lake and Palmer.Mr. Lake was instrumental in founding the band King Crimson, which is widely regarded as having produced the first progressive-rock album.


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Paul Elvstrom, 88, Olympian Who Powered Sailing by Leaning Over Waves

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 02:33:07 GMT

Paul Elvstrom at the 1948 Olympics in London, where he won his first of four consecutive gold medals. He also won 13 world titles in a distinguished career.Elvstrom won four consecutive Olympic gold medals and popularized the sport’s technique.


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Adolf Burger, Forced by the Nazis to Counterfeit Cash, Dies at 99

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 03:42:48 GMT

Adolf Burger, with a counterfeit 5-pound note from World War II, in 2008.Mr. Burger was put to work in a concentration camp operation to create fake pound notes in a Nazi effort to destabilize the British economy.


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Nguyen Ngoc Luong, Times Guide in Vietnam War, Dies at 79

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 22:12:06 GMT

A reporter from Stars and Stripes helped a wounded Nguyen Ngoc Luong to flee mortar fire on April 6, 1972.Mr. Luong’s small credits on photographs belied his other vital but unheralded journalistic contributions in bringing home the brutality of the war.


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Nancy Mairs, Who Wrote About Her Mental Illness and Multiple Sclerosis, Dies at 73

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 23:59:21 GMT

Nancy Mairs in 1986.Ms. Mairs chronicled her fears and hopes in intensely personal essays and memoirs, looking at her life, and her infirmities, with an unblinking eye.


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Dave Edwards, Part of Dallas Cowboys’ ‘Doomsday Defense,’ Dies at 76

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:25:41 GMT

Dave Edwards in 1975.Mr. Edwards, a linebacker known for his speed and aggressiveness, helped the team reach three Super Bowls and win the game in 1972.


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Doyle Owens, Founder of the Unclaimed Baggage Center, Dies at 85

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 03:50:09 GMT

The Unclaimed Baggage Center is not only a retail business but also a tourist attraction.Mr. Owens built his business on a traveler’s nightmare, selling the contents of lost luggage at his retail and tourist attraction in Scottsboro, Ala.


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Robert A. Wilson, 94, Whose Bookshop Was Poets’ Sanctuary, Dies

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 22:17:53 GMT

Robert A. Wilson in his home library in 1980.Among the figures he knew as owner of the Phoenix Book Shop in Greenwich Village were Gertrude Stein, W.H. Auden, William S. Burroughs, Edward Albee, Allen Ginsberg and Patti Smith.


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Luis Carlos Montalván, Advocate for Soldiers With PTSD, Dies at 43

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:18:37 GMT

Luis Carlos Montalván at a book signing in Coral Gables, Fla., in 2011, with his service dog, Tuesday.Mr. Montalván was an Iraq war veteran and best-selling author who toured the country with his service dog, Tuesday.


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Peter Vaughan, Maester Aemon in ‘Game of Thrones,’ Dies at 93

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 03:06:24 GMT

Peter Vaughan, left, with John Bradley in “Game of Thrones.”Mr. Vaughan had an acting career in films and British television for more than 50 years before his turn as the blind mentor to Jon Snow in the HBO series.


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Rashaan Salaam, Heisman Trophy Winner With Colorado, Dies at 42

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 02:20:51 GMT

Colorado running back Rashaan Salaam after winning the 1994 Heisman Trophy. He went on to have a brief N.F.L. career.Salaam, who was selected by the Chicago Bears in the first round of the 1995 N.F.L. draft, was plagued by injuries, fumbles and marijuana use.


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Robert R. Douglass, Longtime Adviser to Rockefeller Family, Dies at 85

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 02:02:32 GMT

Robert Douglass, then manager of Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller’s presidential campaign, in 1968.Mr. Douglass was counsel and secretary to Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller of New York and worked closely with the family for decades, including as an executive at Chase Bank.


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Death of Tamil Nadu’s Leader Leaves Power Vacuum in Southern India

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 01:55:03 GMT

Jayalalithaa Jayaram, 68, an imperious former starlet, died after a cardiac arrest and had groomed no successor.



Van Williams, TV’s Green Hornet, Dies at 82

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 01:25:57 GMT

Van Williams, left, with Bruce Lee as Kato, his valet and a martial arts expert, in the 1960s ABC series “The Green Hornet.”Before his most memorable television role as a masked vigilante, Mr. Williams played the detective Kenny Madison on two ABC series.


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Margaret Whitton, ‘Major League’ Actress, Dies at 67

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 01:19:37 GMT

Margaret Whitton and Charlie Sheen in “Major League II.”Ms. Whitton, who shifted to directing late in her career, was best known for her role as the owner of the Cleveland Indians, which played to her love of baseball.


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Jack Rudin, Patriarch of Family of New York Developers, Dies at 92

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:18:53 GMT

Jack Rudin helped persuade fellow property owners to prepay real estate taxes to replenish New York’s depleted coffers and founded the Association for a Better New York.Mr. Rudin was in the vanguard of a partnership of groups that helped spare the city from bankruptcy in the mid-1970s and figured prominently in its revival.


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Leonard B. Sand, Judge in Landmark Yonkers Segregation Case, Dies at 88

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 20:52:02 GMT

Judge Leonard B. Sand in 1985 with a map of Yonkers.The case in which the federal judge found that city officials had segregated public housing and schools along racial lines stretched 27 years.


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Robert Bennett, Broadcaster Who Charted a New Course, Dies at 89

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 01:41:33 GMT

One Robert Bennett show is said to have inspired “Cheers.”At a time when most local TV stations made big profits by airing reruns, Mr. Bennett executed an ambitious vision to create hours of original programming.


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Raynoma Gordy Singleton, an Early Motown Force, Dies at 79

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 18:41:31 GMT

Raynoma Gordy and Barney Ales, left, and Berry Gordy Jr., far right, in a Detroit nightclub around 1960.Ms. Singleton, Berry Gordy’s second wife and his partner in the label, helped run some operations, wrote arrangements, produced records and even signed Stevie Wonder.


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Sammy Lee, First Asian-American Man to Earn Olympic Gold, Dies at 96

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:49:56 GMT

Sammy Lee before the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. He won a gold medal and a bronze medal in diving at the 1948 Olympics in London. Dr. Lee battled racial discrimination even after he became a physician, won three Olympic medals in diving and served in the Korean War.


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