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Charles P. Lazarus, Toys ‘R’ Us Founder, Dies at 94

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 00:02:15 GMT

Charles Lazarus in his office in an undated photograph. He opened his first Toys “R” Us store in 1957.Mr. Lazarus parlayed a single store in Washington, D.C., into the world’s leading toy chain, but the company liquidated last week, burdened by debt.

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Julie Yip-Williams, Writer of Candid Blog on Cancer, Dies at 42

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 00:02:17 GMT

Julie Yip-Williams in a family photograph at her home in Brooklyn in January. “Rejoice in life and all of its beauty,” she told her children.More than chronicling her colon cancer, she wrote about hope, love and family and recalled being born blind in Vietnam and her family’s escape in a boat.

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Sammy Williams, Tony Winner in ‘A Chorus Line,’ Dies at 69

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 21:18:36 GMT

Sammy Williams, right, with other 1976 Tony Award winners during the presentation ceremony at the Shubert Theater. The others, from left, are Edward Herrmann (“Mrs. Warren’s Profession”), Carole Bishop (“A Chorus Line”) and Shirley Knight (“Kennedy’s Children”).As a tormented young gay man aspiring to be a Broadway dancer, he delivered a wrenching monologue. But his career soon took a downturn.

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Hazel Smith, 83, Matriarch of Country Music, Is Dead

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 21:35:45 GMT

Hazel Smith with the country singer Wyonna Judd.A freewheeling songwriter, journalist, confidante and more, she was credited with coining the phrase “outlaw country” to describe a raw new sound.

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Robert S. Rubin, Banker Who Defended Brooklyn Museum, Dies at 86

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 22:13:18 GMT

Robert S. Rubin, left, chairman of the Brooklyn Museum, spoke at a news conference in 1999 with the museum’s lawyer, Floyd Abrams, after successfully defending a controversial exhibit.As chairman of the Brooklyn Museum, he refused to capitulate when Mayor Giuliani tried to censor an exhibit he considered scandalous.

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Millie Veasey, Part of Trailblazing Unit in WWII, Dies at 100

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 18:51:05 GMT

Millie Dunn, in uniform in the mid-1940s, served in the Central Postal Directory Battalion, the only all-black Women's Army Corps unit to serve overseas in World War II.She served in an all-black, all-women’s battalion tasked with untangling a mail-delivery nightmare, and later led the Raleigh chapter of the N.A.A.C.P.

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Barbara Wersba, 85, Dies; Wrote Candid Books for Young Adults

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 19:39:51 GMT

Barbara Wersba, whose books for young adults reflected a sense of realism missing from earlier works, in an undated photograph.Her books left more sanitized subjects behind and were among the first to explore topics like alcoholism and same-sex relationships.

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Lisa Garcia Quiroz, Magazine Publisher, Is Dead at 57

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 12:34:18 GMT

Lisa Garcia Quiroz in 2016. Her mission, she said, was to “give the Latino community a voice.”At Time Inc., Ms. Quiroz launched People en Español and Time for Kids and spearheaded the company’s diversity and arts philanthropy initiatives.

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Overlooked No More: Ruth Wakefield, Who Invented the Chocolate Chip Cookie

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 17:36:12 GMT

Ruth Wakefield, inventor of the chocolate chip cookie, in the 1930s. Her confection was originally known as the Toll House Chocolate Crunch Cookie, after the popular restaurant that she ran with her husband in Massachusetts.Legend has it that Wakefield was trying a variation on a butterscotch dessert when she decided to let the chocolate chips fall where they may.

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Les Payne, Journalist Who Exposed Racial Injustice, Dies at 76

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 16:15:05 GMT

Les Payne in 2002. He was on the reportorial team that won a Pulitzer Prize for public service in 1974 for a 33-part series, “The Heroin Trail.”A Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, a passionate columnist and a mentoring editor at Newsday, he was a pioneer for fellow blacks in the profession.

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Katherine Westphal, Creator of Unusual Textile Art, Dies at 99

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 22:15:53 GMT

Katherine Westphal in her studio in Berkeley, Calif., in 1993. A textile artist, her quilts, pillow covers, kimonos, dresses and baskets reflected her life and travels.Ms. Westphal devoted her life to, in her words, “the patterning of cloth on any surface available” — including quilts, kimonos, dresses and baskets.

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Francis Bator, Influential White House Economist, Dies at 92

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 23:36:33 GMT

Francis M. Bator, left, in the Oval Office in June 1967 with, from left, George E. Christian Jr., the White House press secretary; Walt W. Rostow, special assistant to the president; Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara; and President Lyndon B. Johnson.His proposals found their way into Lyndon B. Johnson’s overtures to the Soviet Union, his collaboration with Western Europe and his War on Poverty.

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Peter G. Peterson, a Power From Wall St. to Washington, Dies at 91

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 19:33:16 GMT

Peter G. Peterson in 2011. Forbes magazine said he had “one of the most distinguished résumés in America.”Captain of business, financier, philanthropist and public-policy watchdog, Mr. Peterson rose from humble Nebraska roots to be a force in American life.

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Matt Dike, Hit-Making Founder of Hip-Hop Label, Dies at 56

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 00:02:33 GMT

Matt Dike Los Angeles in the late 1980s.His label, Delicious Vinyl, released crossover hits by Tone-Loc and Young M.C., and he helped the Beastie Boys make the groundbreaking “Paul’s Boutique.”

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Larry Kwong, 94, Dies; N.H.L.’s First Player of Asian Descent

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 13:08:16 GMT

Larry Kwong in 1948, the year he became the first person of Asian descent to play in the National Hockey League. He played a single shift for the New York Rangers.Known as the China Clipper, he played only one shift of one game for the Rangers in 1948. But that was enough to earn him a place in hockey history.

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Robert Grossman, Illustrator With a Brash Touch, Dies at 78

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 23:58:43 GMT

Robert Grossman in his Manhattan studio in 1968.On hundreds of magazine covers and in newspaper pages, Mr. Grossman caricatured all manner of politicians and made puns on their names.

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Keith O’Brien, Cardinal Ousted in Sex Scandal, Dies at 80

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 17:37:19 GMT

Archbishop Keith O’Brien in September 2003 after Pope John Paul II announced his intention to make him a cardinal.Cardinal O’Brien was removed from office after acknowledging that he had engaged in the sort of homosexual behavior that he had earlier denounced.

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Mike MacDonald, Canadian Stand-Up Star, Is Dead at 63

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 21:47:35 GMT

The comedian Mike MacDonald at the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal in 2007.Praised by one comedy insider as “pretty much the first Canadian superstar in our business,” he was a regular at the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal.

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Adrián Lamo, Hacker Who Reported Chelsea Manning to the F.B.I., Dies at 37

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:19:22 GMT

Adrian Lamo, a hacker who made headlines for breaking into the computer networks of The New York Times and other major corporations, in 2011. Mr. Lamo, 37, was found dead on Wednesday in a Kansas apartment.Mr. Lamo, who was also known for hacking into the computer network of The New York Times, was reviled and revered for turning in Ms. Manning to the authorities.

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Nokie Edwards, Whose Guitar Drove the Ventures, Dies at Is Dead at 82

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 19:03:30 GMT

The Ventures early in their career. From left, Howie Johnson, Don Wilson, Nokie Edwards and Bob Bogle.Mr. Edwards’s “twangy tone, wang-bar glides and staccato riffing,” one admirer wrote, “paved the way for the California surf bands of the 1960s.”

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David Wyman, Scholar of America’s Holocaust Response, Dies at 89

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 23:47:48 GMT

David S. Wyman, who argued that the United States willfully failed to save Jews during the Holocaust in his book “The Abandonment of the Jews,” in 1984, the year it was published.Dr. Wyman’s 1984 book, “The Abandonment of the Jews,” minced no words in concluding that the United States had failed to do its humanitarian duty.

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Emily Nasrallah, Lebanese Novelist and Activist, Dies at 86

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 21:50:25 GMT

Emily Nasrallah, a Lebanese novelist who wrote tragic narratives of alienation, arranged marriages and unfulfilled love, in an undated photograph.Ms. Nasrallah defied a civil war to remain in Beirut, where she campaigned for women’s rights and illuminated the vacuum left by immigration to other countries.

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Kate Wilhelm, Prolific Science Fiction Writer, Dies at 89

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 02:00:08 GMT

Kate Wilhelm in an undated photograph. In the 1960s, she was one of the few women who wrote science fiction under their own names.She wrote some 50 works of imaginative fiction, with plots one admirer called “haunting, hypnotic, incommensurable and strange.” She also wrote mysteries.

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Wilson Harris, Guyanese Writer of Intricate Novels, Dies at 96

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 20:37:48 GMT

Wilson Harris after he was knighted in 2010. Explaining his idea of cross-culturality, he said: “It means one faction of humanity discovers itself in another; not losing its culture, but deepening itself. One culture gains from another.”Mr. Harris used his experience as a surveyor in unexplored areas of his native country to fashion dense stories full of history, metaphor and myth.

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Anthony Acevedo, Who Documented His Holocaust Ordeal, Dies at 93

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 14:27:21 GMT

Mr. Acevedo as an Army medic in an undated photograph. “More of our men died — so fast that you couldn’t keep track of their numbers,” he wrote in a diary entry.Imprisoned in a slave labor camp, he kept a diary that alternated accounts of Nazi atrocities with quotidian observations and biting humor.

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Rabbi Mordechai Hager, Leader of Large Hasidic Sect, Dies at 95

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 13:44:23 GMT

Rabbi Mordechai Hager. Raised in Hasidic communities in Europe, he was so intent on avoiding carnal and materialistic lures that he deliberately took off his glasses while walking down the street.He settled many of his followers in an upstate New York enclave to escape the decadence and temptations of the city.

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Gary Burden, Designer of Famous Album Covers, Dies at 84

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 02:16:55 GMT

Gary Burden, left, with Neil Young on Malibu Beach in California in 1975.His work on records by Joni Mitchell, the Doors, Neil Young and numerous others provided visual reference points for music that defined an era.

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Louise Slaughter, 88, Liberal Congresswoman in 16th Term, Is Dead

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 22:07:37 GMT

Rep. Louise Slaughter spoke about women’s health care with Nancy Pelosi, the House minority leader, left, in Washington in 2017.A House member from upstate New York, Ms. Slaughter championed women’s rights, food safety and the Affordable Care Act.

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