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Barbara Blaine, Who Championed Victims of Priests’ Abuse, Dies at 61

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 00:32:44 GMT

Barbara Blaine, president of Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, at a news conference in Philadelphia in 2011. Adults showed photographs of themselves as children, when they said they had been sexually abused by priests.Ms. Blaine, who had been molested by a priest as a teenager, founded a national network of abuse survivors and became a voice for them.

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David Shepherd, Who Both Painted and Preserved Wildlife, Dies at 86

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 00:32:34 GMT

Mr. Shepherd in November 1970 with one of his elephant paintings, on loan from a London gallery and displayed at a New York sporting goods store.Mr. Shepherd, enraged by poaching and other abuses he witnessed while painting wild animals, formed his own conservation foundation.

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Edgar Smith, Killer Who Duped William F. Buckley, Dies at 83

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:25:45 GMT

Edgar H. Smith Jr., right, appearing with William F. Buckley on his television program, “Firing Line.” Mr. Buckley championed Mr. Smith’s release from death row but came to regret it.Sentenced to the electric chair for killing a 15-year-old girl in New Jersey, Mr. Smith won his freedom with help from the conservative commentator.

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Charles Bradley, a Late-in-Life Soul Music Star, Dies at 68

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 20:41:05 GMT

Charles Bradley performing in 2012 at the “All Tomorrow’s People” festival in Manhattan.The singer, once a small-time James Brown impersonator called Black Velvet, was known for his beleaguered rasp and passionate live performances.

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Pete Turner, Whose Color Photography Could Alter Reality, Dies at 83

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 22:44:58 GMT

With saturated colors, often on global assignments, Mr. Turner created spectacular images, some for the covers of record albums.

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Daniel Yankelovich, Master of Public Opinion Research, Dies at 92

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 21:15:01 GMT

Mr. Yankelovich speaking at the Gerald R. Ford Library in Ann Arbor, Mich., in February 1983. From left are former President Ford, former President Jimmy Carter and David Mathews, head of the Kettering Foundation, which promotes the study of democracy.Mr. Yankelovich demonstrated that psychology, sociology and statistical analysis could be harnessed in the service of business, government and the masses.

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Myrna Lamb, Feminist Playwright in an Unwelcoming Era, Dies at 87

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 16:09:39 GMT

Myrna Lamb, right, with the producer and writer Marnie Mueller while working on a 1974 production to commemorate the suffragette movement.Ms. Lamb’s works, staged at the Public Theater and elsewhere, often came under attack from male critics.

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Ritha Devi, Indian Classical Dancer and Teacher, Dies at 92

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 01:23:07 GMT

Ritha Devi in April 1972.Ms. Devi was a specialist in the Odissi form of dance, a once-neglected style that she helped popularize in America in the 1970s.

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Mohammed Mahdi Akef, Muslim Brotherhood Leader, Dies at 89

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 04:30:04 GMT

Mohammed Mahdi Akef in 2009.Mr. Akef had been sentenced to life imprisonment but was awaiting a retrial. He died in custody in Cairo.

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Marian Horosko, Dancer and Advocate for the Art, Dies at 92

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 21:31:36 GMT

Marian Horosko in an undated photograph. She began writing about dance even while still performing, sometimes sending dispatches to publications from the road.After a performing career that included eight years with New York City Ballet, Ms. Horosko wrote books and championed the health and other needs of dancers.

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Johnny Sandlin, 72, Allman Brothers Band Producer, Is Dead

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 14:45:02 GMT

Johnny Sandlin at his studio in Decatur, Ala.A onetime band mate of Duane and Gregg Allman, Mr. Sandlin worked with their band and many other artists in a career that began at Capricorn Records.

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An Obituary Written From Beyond the Grave? Not Quite

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 20:03:27 GMT

Because The Times prepares some obituaries for notable people in advance, in rare instances an obituary will appear by a writer who is already deceased.

Albert Speer Jr., Architect and Son of Hitler Confidant, Dies at 83

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 22:33:00 GMT

Albert Speer Jr. in 1987.The younger Mr. Speer ultimately had more influence on urban landscapes than his notorious father, from whom he sought to distance himself.

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Katherine M. Bonniwell, Life Magazine Publisher, Dies at 70

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 20:34:57 GMT

Katherine M. Bonniwell in an undated photograph.Ms. Bonniwell held a number of top positions at Time Inc. at a heady time for magazine publishing, paving the way for future female managers.

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Liliane Bettencourt, L’Oréal Heiress Vexed by Swindling Case, Is Dead at 94

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 22:19:12 GMT

Mrs. Bettencourt and her husband, André, arriving for a gala event at the castle at Versailles in November 1973.Mrs. Bettencourt, ranked as the world’s richest woman, tried to live down her family’s fascist associations, and her final years were overtaken by scandal.

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Bernie Casey, Who Glided From Football to Hollywood, Dies at 78

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:29:58 GMT

Bernie Casey portrayed the paralyzed former N.B.A. player Maurice Stokes in the 1973 movie “Maurie.”Mr. Casey was known for roles in “Revenge of the Nerds” and “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka” after eight years as an N.F.L. wide receiver. He was also an accomplished painter.

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Dr. Edmond Eger II, 86, Dies; Found Way to Make Anesthesia Safer

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:32:59 GMT

Dr. Edmond I. Eger II in 2007 at Massachusetts General Hospital with a painting depicting the first public demonstration of ether anesthesia.Dr. Eger and colleagues developed a technique to determine the proper dosage of anesthesia in operating rooms all over the world, saving an untold number of lives.

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Lillian Ross, Acclaimed Reporter for The New Yorker, Dies at 99

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 21:31:38 GMT

Lillian Ross in 1998.One of her rules of journalism was, “Do not call attention to yourself.” Yet she did just that in a memoir about her long affair with her celebrated editor.

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Jake LaMotta, ‘Raging Bull’ in and Out of the Ring, Dies at 95

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 19:22:08 GMT

Jake LaMotta, left, in a bout against Sugar Ray Robinson on Feb. 23, 1945 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Robinson won the fight on a decision.LaMotta, who learned to box in a reformatory, won the middleweight championship and inspired an acclaimed film in which he was played by Robert De Niro.

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Charles Owens, Golfer, Dies at 85; Novel Putter Brought Late Success

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 22:56:16 GMT

Charles Owens poses with one of his long putters on a golf course in Tampa, Fla., in 2012.Owens overcame segregation, severe injuries and, with a long putter, the “yips” to win on the Senior PGA Tour.

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

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 20:09:29 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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