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Timothy Means, whose ecotourism made a difference, dies at 75

Timothy Means, a conservationist who was on the leading edge of ecotourism in the Gulf of California and helped win permanent protection for hundreds of islands off the Baja Peninsula in Mexico, died Aug. 13 at a hospital in San Diego.

Jack Perkins, NBC newscaster who became host of A&E’s ‘Biography,’ dies at 85

Mr. Perkins, a longtime NBC newscaster who later served as the urbane, deep-voiced host of ‘‘Biography’’ on the A&E cable network, died Aug. 19 at his home on Casey Key, Florida.

Ugo Sansonetti, who won track medals into his 90s, dies at 100

He started running because he was bored in retirement, his daughter said, and by his 80s, he had begun to make a name for himself in races.

Gina Lopez, who led crackdown on mines in the Philippines

Gina Lopez, a former environmental activist who introduced a broad crackdown on Philippine mining companies after she was appointed the country’s environmental secretary in 2016, died Monday. She was 65.

John L. Wilson, who urged architects to help the homeless, dies at 78

John L. Wilson, 78, of Newton, who died Aug. 13, founded the Boston Society of Architects Task Force to End Homelessness in 1986.

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Liane Russell, who studied radiation’s effects on embryos, 95

Dr. Liane Russell, a pioneer in the study of the dangers of radiation on developing embryos, whose findings are the reason doctors today ask women if they are pregnant before giving them X-rays, died on July 20 in a hospital in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Al Jackson, tough left-hander on original Mets, dies at 83

Al Jackson, a tough left-hander who provided a rare glint of hope in the early days of the woebegone New York Mets, has died at 83.

Award-winning animator Richard Williams, known most for his work on

Richard Williams, ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ animator, dies at 86

Mr. Williams’s career straddled the ‘‘Golden Age of Animation,’’ which petered out between the 1950s and 1960s, and the rise of computer-assisted animation in the 1990s and beyond.

Yolanda Stratter, with her cat, was the proprietor of Disk’overy in Allston, then Brighton, for decades.

Yolanda Stratter, who ran Allston-Brighton’s iconic Disk’overy used books and records shop, dies at 78

Ms. Stratter was among the merchants who helped turn Allston and Brighton into neighborhoods where many new residents now choose to stay.

Michael Krauss, Alaska linguistics expert, dies

Mr. Krauss documented conversations with the last surviving speakers of Eyak, advocated for preserving endangered languages, and created a map of Alaska Native languages.

Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco arrived in Baton Rouge with Army Lieutenant General Russel Honore during the rescue efforts after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Kathleen Blanco, Louisiana’s governor during Katrina, dies

Former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, who became the state’s first female elected governor only to see her political career derailed by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, has died.

Cedric Benson, one of the most prolific collegiate rushers, dies at 36

The University of Texas star and former NFL running back died in a motorcycle accident.

Mr. Mocky (pictured in 2010) made nearly 70 feature-length films, many of which he wrote, acted in, and tried to finance.

Jean-Pierre Mocky, iconoclastic French film director, dies at 90

Mr. Mocky was a contemporary of French New Wave directors François Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard. But his films, unlike theirs, were decidedly more grindhouse than art house.

Mr. Colón was known to his fans for drawing Richie Rich and the DC Comics warrior princess Amethyst but found an unlikely and even wider readership with a best-selling adaptation of “The 9/11 Commission Report.”

Ernie Colón, comic book artist who drew 9/11, dies at 88

Mr. Colón teamed up with writer Sid Jacobson to create a graphic novel version of the 9/11 report, the government-commissioned study that became a surprise bestseller in 2004.

Katreese Barnes, a musical force behind the scenes, dies at 56

Starting in 2001, she served for about a decade as the pianist on “Saturday Night Live,” eventually becoming the show’s musical director.

Donald Klein, who expanded the psychiatric toolbox, dies at 90

Dr. Donald F. Klein’s research into panic attacks, depression, childhood anxiety disorders, and related areas reshaped how such conditions are thought about and treated.

Author Paule Marshall.

Paule Marshall, novelist of diverse influences, dies at 90

First published in the 1950s, Mrs. Marshall was for years virtually the only major black woman fiction writer in the United States.

Gerry Murray, stalwart roller derby star, dies at 98

Gerry Murray, an aggressive and durable roller derby star who began her career in the late 1930s — and, after retiring, resumed it in the 1970s — and whose teammates included her two husbands and her only son, died Aug. 9 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Barbara Crane, photographer who found abstract in the ordinary, dies at 91

Barbara Crane, an abstract photographer whose camera transformed mundane objects into provocative, playful and sometimes frightening fantasies, died Aug. 7 at her home in Chicago.

Dr. Carl Weiss Jr., who said his father didn’t kill Huey Long, dies at 84

Skeptical of the official account of the assassination, he would wage a tireless campaign to prove it wrong — to work with private investigators in the hope of exonerating his father.

Edward Lewis, ‘Spartacus’ producer who helped break the blacklist, dies at 99

Mr. Lewis also shared an Oscar nomination with his wife for producing ‘‘Missing,’’ about the death of an American writer in Chile.

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Myrna Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer, authors of baseball books and oral histories, die a week apart at 80 and 83

Harvey Frommer, 83, and Myrna Katz Frommer, 80, of Lyme, N.H., who died on Aug. 1 and Aug. 8, respectively, were the authors or coauthors of many baseball books and oral histories.

Piero Tosi, who outfitted stars of films, dies at 92

The costume designer’s careful research and intuitive eye were prized by leading Italian directors, especially Luchino Visconti.

Dr. John Hansen, who made marrow transplants safer, dies at 76

Dr. Hansen’s work greatly expanded the pool of potential marrow donors for transplants.

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Mary Kennedy-Peretti, at 92; an inspirational mother and schoolteacher

Mary Kennedy-Peretti, 92, of Belmont, who died Aug. 10, was a teacher and longtime volunteer who served as an inspirational figure to her children and extended family.

Henri Belolo, a founder of the Village People, dies at 82

Mr. Belolo partnered with Jacques Morali to start the Village People and lead them to mainstream success.

Lee Bennett Hopkins, champion of poetry for children, dies at 81

Lee Bennett Hopkins, who in scores of anthologies he edited as well as in his own writings used poetry as a tool to teach and fire the imaginations of young readers, died Thursday in Cape Coral, Florida.

Founder of national restaurant chain Jason’s Deli dies

The businessman who founded the national restaurant chain Jason’s Deli more than 40 years ago in Texas has died.

Jim Cullum, flamekeeper of traditional jazz, dies at 77

Mr. Cullum, 77, was a cornetist, bandleader, and educator known for his weekly NPR program “Riverwalk Jazz.’’

Dr. Mullis was known for his free-spirited ways and quirky theories.

Kary Mullis, unconventional Nobel laureate who unlocked DNA research, dies at 74

Dr. Mullis shared the Nobel in 1993 was known as polymerase chain reaction.

Paul Findley, 11-term GOP congressman from Illinois, at 98

Mr. Findley was known for supporting civil rights and opposing the Vietnam War

Ann Snitow, feminist teacher and activist, dies at 76

Ms. Snitow insisted on turning an analytical — even critical — eye toward feminism even as she organized relentlessly at its grassroots.

Darryl Drake instructed wide receiver Trey Griffey during a preseason game this month.

Darryl Drake, 62, longtime Steelers coach

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receivers coach Darryl Drake, who spent more than 30 years molding some of the best players at the position at both the collegiate and professional level, has died. He was 62.

Sherm Poppen, 89, who fathered the snowboard

A practical consideration — not an epiphany — drove Mr. Poppen to invent his forerunner to the snowboard.

Mr. Bylsma performed a Bach piece in 2003.

Anner Bylsma, eminent cellist with an ear for the past

Mr. Bylsma played a wide repertoire on both period and modern cellos, from Baroque concertos to sonatas and chamber works.

Marisa Merz, 93, bold explorer when art was a man’s world

The artist was identified early in her career with Italian avant-garde movement Arte Povera — the only woman among its main members — before branching out into a wide range of mediums across more than a half-century.

Ms. Swaraj was the face of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s foreign policy as India’s external affairs minister.

Sushma Swaraj, 67, popular Indian minister and Modi ally

Ms. Swaraj was the second woman in India’s history to serve as external affairs minister, after former prime minister Indira Gandhi, who was assassinated in 1984.

Bob Wilber, 91, musician who kept the sound of early jazz alive

While other budding jazz musicians of the 1940s were enamored of the daring bebop innovations of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, Mr. Wilber looked toward the past for inspiration. He found it in the music of the 1920s.

The sculptor posed in front of his artwork in Athens in 2001. His work was known for using technology, motion, and light.

Takis, 93, Greek artist who harnessed the power of magnetism

Takis — his legal name was Panayiotis Vassilakis — was enjoying a burst of attention, with a retrospective underway at the Tate Modern in London, when he died Friday in Athens at 93.

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I chased details about Rosie Ruiz’s life; she outdistanced me

Confirming details about Ms. Ruiz’s life was no easier after her apparent death than it was when she was alive.

Barbara Shailor Borosage, labor activist for unions and in government, dies at 72

Barbara Shailor Borosage, labor activist for unions and in government, dies at 72

David Berman, indie-rock poet and Silver Jews leader, 52

As the sole constant member of Silver Jews, Mr. Berman released six albums using the band name.

The first woman to break the tape at the end of the Boston Marathon — Rosie Ruiz.

As in life, apparent death of Rosie Ruiz shrouded in a bit of mystery

Was the woman who died July 8 in Florida the same woman who famously cheated in the Boston Marathon?

Steve Sawyer, Greenpeace activist and leader, dies at 63

Steve Sawyer, a leader of the international environmental group Greenpeace and one of the first activists on the global stage to sound the alarm over the rising threat of climate change, died July 31 in a hospital in Amsterdam, where he lived. He was 63.

The professional wrestler Harley Race at the World League Wrestling School in Eldon, Mo.

Harley Race, wrestler known as ‘King of the Ring,’ dies at 76

In his heyday. Mr. Race personified toughness but served as a transitional figure who helped bring the sport from an era of brawn to one of character-driven performance.

Mr. Wheelock ran a design firm out of Brookline for four decades.

Morgan Dix Wheelock, who infused a healing nature into his landscape architecture designs, dies at 81

Mr. Wheelock tried to “let nature speak, to find the best in nature” while crafting his designs, says a longtime friend.