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Ahmed Kathrada, Anti-Apartheid Activist in South Africa, Dies at 87

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:19:59 GMT

Ahmed Kathrada, right, with former President Nelson Mandela of South Africa in Johannesburg in 2010.He spent 26 years in prison, many alongside his close friend Nelson Mandela, for resisting white minority rule.


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David Storey, British Novelist and Playwright, Dies at 83

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:46:10 GMT

David Storey, author of “The Changing Room,” outside the Morosco Theater in 1973.Mr. Storey’s plays often reflected Britain’s class tensions but resonated with audiences around the world and with people of all backgrounds.


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Paul Novograd, Who Owned Manhattan’s Last Public Livery, Dies at 73

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 03:51:44 GMT

Paul Novograd at the Claremont Riding Academy in Manhattan in 2007, the year the stables closed. The business began in 1892.Mr. Novograd reluctantly closed his family’s Claremont Riding Academy in 2007. Opened in 1892, it was billed as the oldest continuously operating stable in New York City.


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Christina Vella, Author of Sizzling Works of Narrative History, Dies at 75

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:32:26 GMT

Christina VellaThe writer recounted the story of the Baroness de Pontalba, a New Orleans-born heiress shot by her French father-in-law in a dowry dispute.


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Roger Wilkins, Champion of Civil Rights, Dies at 85

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 18:00:21 GMT

Roger Wilkins in an undated photo.Mr. Wilkins waged a decades-long war against racism as a government official, a foundation executive, a journalist, an author and a professor.


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Robin O’Hara, Producer of Independent Films, Dies at 62

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 14:41:44 GMT

Robin O’Hara, center, on the set of “Gummo.” She was a co-producer.Ms. O’Hara got her start as a producer in the mid-1980s at the Kitchen, the experimental performance space in Chelsea.


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Don Hunstein, Who Photographed Great Musicians, Dies at 88

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:44:56 GMT

Don Hunstein in an undated photograph.As a staff photographer for Columbia Records, Mr. Hunstein shot Bob Dylan, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday and many others.


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Santiago Barberi Gonzalez, a Colombian Fashion Star, Dies at 40

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:31:16 GMT

Santiago Barberi Gonzalez at the Berluti men’s wear fall 2017 show in January in Paris.The designer was the charismatic president of one of the largest purveyors of crocodile handbags in the world.


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Agustina Castro, Sister of Fidel and Raúl, Dies at 78

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:09:11 GMT

Agustina del Carmen Castro Ruz, the youngest of seven Castro siblings, never served in the Cuban government and kept a low profile.



Postscript: When David Met Brooke: The Ultimate New York Power Couple

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 09:23:14 GMT

Brooke Astor and David Rockefeller at her 100th birthday party at his estate in Westchester County, in 2002.For years, he was the frequent companion of the equally fabled Mrs. Astor. Then, in her final years, he also became her protector in an ugly, tabloid-ready fight with her son.


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William Keeler, Cardinal Who Championed Sexual Abuse Victims, Dies at 86

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 00:48:47 GMT

Cardinal William H. Keeler at St Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City in 2005.The former archbishop of Baltimore spoke up for victims of sexual abuse by priests, and is credited with improving Catholic-Jewish relations.


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Bernie Wrightson, Artist and a Creator of Swamp Thing, Dies at 68

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 21:38:46 GMT

Bernie Wrightson, comic artist, in an undated photograph.Mr. Wrightson, who learned his craft by studying comics and taking correspondence courses, loved to meet fans and attend conventions.


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Boris V. Shekhtman, Who Taught Russian to Journalists and Diplomats, Dies at 77

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 21:55:18 GMT

Boris V. Shekhtman’s teaching methods were intended for everyday face-to-face exchanges.Mr. Shekhtman was instrumental in recasting the way foreign languages were taught.


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Gershon Kekst, Leader in Wall St. Public Relations, Dies at 82

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 23:30:17 GMT

Gershon Kekst in 1983. He pioneered a public relations niche that has become a huge industry in its own right, with dozens of competitors now vying to advise on mergers and financial crises.For more than five decades in public relations, Mr. Kekst forged relationships with business moguls and the bankers and lawyers who advised them on takeovers.


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An Obituary Six Years in the Making for Jimmy Breslin

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:15:59 GMT

Jimmy Breslin, who died at 88 on March 19, reported at a Brooklyn building collapse in 1999.The Times has long made a practice of keeping a deep reservoir of advance obits ready.


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Anatoly S. Chernyaev, Key Aide and Gorbachev’s ‘Alter Ego,’ Dies at 95

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 04:00:18 GMT

Anatoly S. Chernyaev at home in 2012.Mr. Chernyaev advised Mikhail S. Gorbachev on foreign and domestic affairs and played a central role in his attempt to liberalize and modernize the Soviet Union.


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Dr. Lewis Rowland, Leading Neurologist on Nerve and Muscle Diseases, Dies at 91

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 23:04:09 GMT

Dr. Lewis P. Rowland with residents at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. In 1973, he went to Columbia, where he was chairman of the neurology department for 25 years, retiring in 1998.Dr. Rowland, who had a special interest in A.L.S., or Lou Gehrig’s disease, refused to be interrogated by investigators in the McCarthy era.


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Peter Kwong, Authority on Chinese Immigration, Dies at 75

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:52:03 GMT

Peter Kwong.Professor Kwong was a scholar, journalist, documentary filmmaker and author, charting the history of Chinese newcomers in the United States.


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Dallas Green, Who Led the Phillies to Their First Title, Dies at 82

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:24:46 GMT

Dallas Green in 1981, the year after he managed the Phillies to a World Series title.Green was a hot-tempered baseball lifer who, in his later years, struggled to recover from the shooting death of his 9-year-old granddaughter.


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Skip Williamson, Underground Cartoonist, Dies at 72

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 23:33:43 GMT

Skip Williamson with a portrait of Snappy Sammy Smoot in 1971.Mr. Williamson, whose comics in the 1960s and ’70s reflected his radical politics, included savage caricatures and characters like Snappy Sammy Smoot.


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George Weinberg Dies at 87; Coined ‘Homophobia’ After Seeing Fear of Gays

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:09:12 GMT

Dr. George Weinberg, a psychotherapist who coined the term “homophobia” during the 1960s, died this week at age 87.Among Dr. Weinberg’s books were “Society and the Healthy Homosexual,” which rejected the prevalent idea that homosexuality was a psychological disorder.


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Mary Maples Dunn, Advocate of Women’s Colleges, Dies at 85

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:44:51 GMT

Mary Maples Dunn at Smith College in October 2012. She was its president for about 10 years.Ms. Dunn spent most of her career at women’s colleges, which had been established long before women were admitted to many universities throughout the United States.


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Chuck Barris, Producer and Personality of ‘Gong Show’ Fame, Dies at 87

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 07:06:56 GMT

Chuck Barris as host of “The Gong Show,” which he created. It became a phenomenon after its 1976 debut.The creative force and host of TV hits — as well as a songwriter, novelist and even an assassin, to hear him tell it — Mr. Barris knew there was an audience for lowbrow.


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Colin Dexter, 86, Dies; Creator of Inspector Morse, a Sleuth on Page and Screen

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 01:37:56 GMT

The author Colin Dexter in 2007.The British mystery writer indulged in the art for fun and never expected his character to attain such fame.


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Jerry Krause, Who Gave Michael Jordan His Supporting Cast, Dies at 77

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:31:19 GMT

Jerry Krause, the Chicago Bulls’ general manager, spoke to reporters after trading for Dennis Rodman in October 1995.The former Bulls general manager orchestrated the team’s dynasty of the 1990s, assembling the rosters that Jordan led to six N.B.A. championships.


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Morton Deutsch, Expert on Conflict Resolution, Dies at 97

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 18:31:05 GMT

Morton DeutschProfessor Deutsch, who founded the International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution, was known for his theory of cooperation and competition.


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