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Eugene Cernan, Last Human to Walk on Moon, Dies at 82

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 01:24:31 GMT

Eugene A. Cernan on the last human mission on the moon’s surface, in December 1972.A ferocious competitor, Mr. Cernan rocketed into space three times, went to the moon twice and shattered aerospace records on the Earth and the moon.

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Kevin Starr, Prolific Chronicler of California’s History, Dies at 76

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:09:55 GMT

Kevin Starr, a historian whose writing focused on California. “He captured the spirit of our state and brought to life the characters and personalities that made the California story,” said Gov. Jerry Brown. “His vision, like California itself, was bigger than life.”In an eight-part opus about his home state, Mr. Starr showed how “the California of fact and the California of imagination shape and reshape each other.”

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James S. Ackerman, Author of Enduring Books on Architecture, Dies at 97

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:30:40 GMT

James S. Ackerman in an undated photograph.Mr. Ackerman’s passion for architecture was kindled while serving in Italy with the Army. His studies of Michelangelo and Palladio are classics in the field.

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Nicky Scarfo, Mob Boss Who Plundered Atlantic City in the ’80s, Dies at 87

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:34:55 GMT

Nicky Scarfo in 1982. Mr. Scarfo had a volatile temper and a penchant for wanton violence and vengeance as he rose to become head of what was known as the Bruno-Scarfo crime family.Mr. Scarfo purged two dozen fellow mobsters during his reign in Philadelphia and South Jersey and milked casino profits in Atlantic City.

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Leslie W. Dunbar, White Civil-Rights Leader of the ’60s, Dies at 95

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 23:54:00 GMT

Leslie W. Dunbar speaking to the Loyal Democrats of Mississippi Convention in 1968.Historians compared him to other leading white liberals like Ralph McGill, the anti-segregation publisher of The Atlanta Constitution.

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Looking Back: A Reporter Born in the Ottoman Empire, Forged in Little Rock

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 19:20:31 GMT

Farnsworth Fowle reading the Turkish newspaper Ulus.The correspondent Farnsworth Fowle captured the fury of a white mob in 1957 when nine black children arrived to integrate an Arkansas high school.

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2016 Was a Bad Year for Celebrity Deaths, by These Measures

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 01:13:19 GMT

Confirming an unusual number of deaths in a given year is tricky, since celebrity is a subjective quality. But several media tallies point to a trend.

Among Deaths in 2016, a Heavy Toll in Pop Music

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 16:45:42 GMT

Clockwise from top left: Janet Reno, Edward Albee, Fidel Castro, Florence Henderson, Muhammad Ali, Nancy Reagan, Leonard Cohen, Bill Cunningham, John Glenn, Prince and Elie Wiesel.The deaths of David Bowie, Prince and Leonard Cohen drew considerable attention in a year that also claimed Muhammad Ali and Fidel Castro.

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Bishop Eddie L. Long, Accused of Sexual Misconduct, Dies at 63

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:39:58 GMT

Bishop Eddie L. Long preached at Easter services at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta in April 2006.Bishop Long was known for preaching a “prosperity gospel” that said the faithful would be rewarded with wealth.

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Hans Berliner, Master Chess Player and Programmer, Dies at 87

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:51:58 GMT

Arnold Denker, left, in 1988 became the first grandmaster to lose to a computer, which was designed by Hans Berliner, right.The ex-computer science professor, a correspondence chess champion, won what has been called one of the greatest games ever. It lasted three years.

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Dick Gautier, Who Played a Rock Star in ‘Bye Bye Birdie,’ Is Dead

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:40:43 GMT

Dick Gautier as the vain Conrad Birdie in the 1960 Broadway musical “Bye Bye Birdie.”The comic actor, who was also known for his role as a robot on the TV show “Get Smart,” was 85.

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Jimmy Snuka, Ex-Pro Wrestler Known as Superfly, Dies at 73

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 01:37:13 GMT

Jimmy Snuka, center, known as Superfly, battling Chris Jericho in a 2009 WrestleMania bout.An acrobatic performer in the ring, he was charged with murder late in life, but the case was thrown out shortly before his death because he was declared mentally unfit.

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Conservationist Bud Lilly, ‘a Trout’s Best Friend,’ Dies at 91

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:39:45 GMT

Lilly fishing the Madison River in Montana in May 1996. Angling trips with his father when he was a boy fueled a lifetime passion. Lilly became an outfitter, a writer and a fishing shop owner.Mr. Lilly, a fly fisherman, outfitter and retailer, came to embrace catch and release in order to protect the fish population in his native Montana.

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Tony Rosato, of 1981-82 ‘Saturday Night Live’ Cast, Dies at 62

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 19:01:53 GMT

Tony Rosato in a January 1982 sketch on “Saturday Night Live.”Mr. Rosato’s comedy career, which began in Toronto with the Second City troupe, ground to a halt because of mental illness and his incarceration.

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The Comedic Side of William Peter Blatty, the Author of ‘The Exorcist’

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 21:46:12 GMT

William Peter Blatty in 1971, the year “The Exorcist” was published. Before Mr. Blatty, who died on Friday, wrote the horror book, he was a master of comedy. His works include writing the screenplay of the second movie in the “Pink Panther” series.

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Zhou Youguang, Who Made Writing Chinese as Simple as ABC, Dies at 111

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 10:08:16 GMT

Zhou Youguang in Beijing in 2011. Late in life, he became an outspoken critic of the Chinese government.Mr. Zhou created the Pinyin system of Romanized Chinese, which vastly increased literacy in China and eased the agonies of foreigners studying the language.

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Tommy Allsup, Guitarist, Dies at 85; a Coin Toss Saved His Life

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 18:14:46 GMT

Tommy Allsup performing in the 50 Winters Later concert in 2009 commemorating Buddy Holly and others who died in a 1959 plane crash.A coin toss kept Mr. Allsup off a plane with Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens. The others died when the plane crashed.

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Buddy Greco, Singer Who Had That Swing, Dies at 90

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 22:02:22 GMT

Buddy Greco performing in 1966.Mr. Greco, who started with Benny Goodman, came into his own as a Las Vegas lounge singer with a propulsive, swinging style.

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William Peter Blatty, Author of ‘The Exorcist,’ Dies at 89

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 20:38:48 GMT

William Peter Blatty in 1971, the year “The Exorcist” was published. Mr. Blatty’s novel about a girl possessed by the Devil created the theological-horror genre, became a hit movie and destroyed its author’s hopes of ever writing comedy again.

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Antony Armstrong-Jones, Photographer and Earl of Snowdon, Dies at 86

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:25:56 GMT

Antony Armstrong-Jones shooting a film on old age in 1968.He married Princess Margaret, the sister of Queen Elizabeth II, in 1960, and plunged into a life of privileges, parties, quarrels and infidelities that ended in divorce 18 years later.

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Levi Felix, a Proponent of Disconnecting From Technology, Dies at 32

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 04:19:13 GMT

Levi Felix founded Digital Detox “to create more mindful, meaningful, and balanced lives, both online and off.”Mr. Felix championed the virtues of unplugging from smartphones and co-founded Digital Detox retreats and camps to help people reconnect in real life.

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Laurie Carlos, Actress in ‘For Colored Girls,’ Dies at 67

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 02:28:34 GMT

Laurie Carlos, center, performing with Jessica Hagedorn, left, and Deborah Artman in 1987.The inner lives of black women was often the focus of Ms. Carlos, a multifaceted award winner who was also a writer and director.

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Victor Lownes, 88, Playboy Executive Who Shaped Company’s Libertine Ethic

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 02:26:36 GMT

Mr. Lownes at a party with Playboy bunnies in London. As a company executive, he helped develop the Playboy Clubs chain.A professed rake and a friend of Hugh Hefner’s, Mr. Lownes helped to develop the chain of Playboy Clubs.

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John M. Richman, Chief of Kraft Who Oversaw Merger With Philip Morris, Dies at 89

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 02:00:04 GMT

After Philip Morris acquired Kraft, John M. Richman, shown in 1981, became vice chairman of the combined company and chief of its Kraft General Foods division.He turned what he considered an unacceptable offer of $11.5 billion into a $13.1 billion takeover to create the world’s largest consumer goods producer at the time.

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Martha Swope, 88, Who Etched Dance and Theater History in Photographs, Dies

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 21:36:22 GMT

Martha Swope in her apartment in 2012.Ms. Swope produced hundreds of thousands of images of performers in action, and by the time she retired, her studio contained more than a million images.

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Oliver Smithies, Tinkerer Who Transformed Genetics and Won a Nobel, Dies at 91

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 01:41:34 GMT

Oliver Smithies receiving a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, which he shared with two other scientists, in Stockholm in 2007.Dr. Smithies discovered a powerful tool for identifying the roles of individual genes in health and disease.

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Christopher Byron, Financial Writer and Author of ‘Martha Inc.,’ Dies at 72

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 23:45:15 GMT

Christopher Byron testifying on Capitol Hill in 2006 before the House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations subcommittee.Long before movies like “The Wolf of Wall Street” were popular fare, Mr. Byron was revealing the seamy underside of business in books about Martha Stewart and Time Inc.

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Jewel Plummer Cobb, 92, Dies; Led a California Campus

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 23:28:11 GMT

Jewel Plummer Cobb at her office at California State University, Fullerton, in 1988. The campus experienced a surge in growth during her tenure there.Dr. Cobb, the first black female president of Cal State, Fullerton, had been denied a New York college post in a move that led to bias accusations.

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Obituary: Vo Quy, Father of Environmental Conservation in Vietnam, Dies at 87

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 12:54:06 GMT

Vo Quy, center, and workers at the Vu Quang nature reserve in central Vietnam examined plant specimens in 1996.Dr. Quy helped create Vietnam’s first national park in the 1960s and served as an intermediary as the country and the United States moved to address the effects of Agent Orange.

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