Latest Obituaries headlines

Meng Lang, poet who promoted dissident writers, dies at 57

Mr. Lang’s own writing has been published and translated into many languages.

John Gibbons, who argued for rights for Guantánamo detainees, dies at 94

Mr. Gibbons, a lawyer, also persuaded authorities in Newark to provide access to the courts for people detained during riots in 1967.

Fred Greenstein, 88, scholar of the American presidency

Mr. Greenstein helped resurrect Dwight D. Eisenhower’s political reputation and went on to analyze the leadership styles of 30 of the 44 individual presidents.

Andrew Frierson, 94, pioneering black opera singer

Mr. Frierson’s bass-baritone reverberated from the stages of theaters and music halls around the world as part of the first generation of black opera singers to make their voices heard.

Joseph Joffo, 87, whose Holocaust memoir became global bestseller

In the early 1970s, the Parisian hairdresser Joseph Joffo decided to write about his dramatic childhood as a Jew during the Nazi occupation.

More Obituaries headlines

Nancy Wilson held her Grammy Award for best jazz vocal in Los Angeles in 2005.

Nancy Wilson, 81, singer who transcended genres

Wilson was an acclaimed ‘song stylist’ and Grammy Award winner

Bill Fralic interviewed after being selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the first round of the NFL Draft in 1985.

Bill Fralic, college All-American and NFL lineman, dies at age 56

Fralic, the burly, bruising and athletic offensive lineman, starred for the Atlanta Falcons and was a three-time All-American at Pittsburgh.

Actress Sondra Locke with actor and boyfriend Clint Eastwood at the 1981 People’s Choice Awards.

Oscar-nominated actress Sondra Locke dies at 74

Actress and director Sondra Locke was nominated for an Academy Award for her first film role in 1968’s “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter” and went on to costar in six films with Clint Eastwood.

Half of iconic Bert & I duo dies 60 years after recording

Bob Bryan, one half of the comedy duo Bert and I, which had fun at the expense of Maine Yankees and popularized the immortal punchline, “You can’t get there from here,” has died at his home in Quebec. He was 87.

Belisario Betancur, Colombian president who led unsuccessful peace effort, dies at 95

Mr. Betancur championed peace in Central America and at home.

Helen Klaben Kahn, survivor of a 49-day Yukon ordeal, 76

Ms. Klaben, looking for adventure, left Brooklyn at age 20 in the summer of 1962 and drove to Alaska with a woman she had met through a newspaper ad.

William Blum, US policy critic cited by bin Laden

William Blum, who raged against U.S. foreign policy in relative obscurity for decades until one of his published anti-imperialist broadsides received a surge in sales thanks to a surprise public tribute from Osama bin Laden, died Sunday in Arlington, Virginia.

Melvin Dummar, purported heir to Howard Hughes estate, 74

Whatever the official verdict on Mr. Dummar, he was firmly established in the cultural consciousness through ‘‘Melvin and Howard,’’ director Jonathan Demme’s film.

Rosanell Eaton (center), speaking with activists about a disputed North Carolina voting law.

Rosanell Eaton, fierce voting rights advocate

The North Carolina retiree was hailed by President Barack Obama as a beacon of civil rights for her role as a lead plaintiff in a lawsuit against a restrictive voting law that reached the Supreme Court.

James Duke, globe-trotting authority on healing plants, 88

The life-changing experience for James A. Duke came as he roamed the lush jungles of Panama in the mid-1960s, munching on the plants indigenous peoples used for food and medicine and learning firsthand about them.

Hungarian director Ferenc Kosa, winner in Cannes, dies at 81

Ferenc Kosa, winner of the best director award at the 1967 Cannes film festival, has died at 81, the Hungarian Academy of Arts said Wednesday.

Jody Williams, maestro of electric blues guitar, dies at 83

Jody Williams, maestro of electric blues guitar, dies at 83

A Dutch Jew, Selma Wynberg Engel was among 58 prisoners who escaped from the secret Sobibor extermination camp in Eastern Poland and among the first to tell the world about the camp’s existence.

Selma Engel, escaped death camp and revealed its horror, dies at 96

Selma Wynberg Engel, who escaped from the Sobibor extermination camp, died Tuesday in East Haven, Connecticut.

Rev. Kinsolving asked outlandish questions at news conferences.

Lester Kinsolving, pesky White House questioner, dies at 90

He was, at various times, an Episcopal priest, an investigative reporter, a nationally syndicated religion columnist, a gadfly White House correspondent, and a longtime conservative radio talk-show host.

Ms. Alexeyeva talked on a cellphone in front of riot police at an unsanctioned anti-Kremlin protest in Moscow in 2009.

Lyudmila Alexeyeva, Russian human rights activist, dies at 91

Ms. Alexeyeva had been Russia’s most prominent surviving Soviet-era dissident.

Mr. Bergland directed a department of 83,000 employees as Jimmy Carter’s secretary of agriculture.

Bob Bergland, agriculture secretary under Carter, dies at 90

Mr. Bergland was a zealous advocate for America’s consumers as well as its farmers.

Mrs. Leventhal (center) looked on in 1997 as Mayor Thomas M. Menino honored her husband, Norman.

Muriel Leventhal, whose quiet philanthropy enriched lives, dies at 101

Mrs. Leventhal, wife of the developer Norman Leventhal, volunteered at a local hospital and discreetly paid college costs for many she met.

Mr. Badoian collected numerous awards during more than 60 years in classrooms.

Martin Badoian, much-honored Canton High math teacher, dies at 90

Mr. Badoian, of Sharon, who died Oct. 27, led the school’s math team to numerous championships.

Mr. Rossovich (second from left) in 1967, with actress Julie Andrews and fellow USC star O.J. Simpson on a movie set.

Tim Rossovich, actor and former NFL player, dies at 72

Mr. Rossovich was a consensus All-America defensive end at Southern California who played in the NFL before going on to an acting career.

In an undated image provided by the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, a sketch of Charley Parkhurst, a legendary stagecoach driver in California's Gold Rush years. The post-mortem revelation that Parkhurst had hid her gender for decades made national news at the time, but has since become a story shrouded in myth. (Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History via The New York Times) -- NO SALES; FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY WITH NYT STORY FIRST OVERLOOKED-OBIT-PARKHURST BY ARANGO FOR DEC. 6, 2018. ALL OTHER USE PROHIBITED. --

Overlooked no more: Charley Parkhurst, gold rush legend with a hidden identity

Parkhurst, a New England native, was a legendary driver of six-horse stagecoaches during California’s Gold Rush — the “best whip in California,” by one account.

Mr. Frère, who dropped out of school to help run the family business, cited “constant work, business instincts, pragmatism, and charisma” as the “tools of success.”

Albert Frère, Belgian master of multinational mergers, dies at 92

Mr. Frère’s multinational mergers and acquisitions helped solidify the economic integration of Europe.

Belisario Betancur was the president of Colombia from 1982 to 1986.

Ex-Colombian president Belisario Betancur dies at 95

Betancur’s bold efforts to reach a peace deal with leftist rebels in the 1980s were undone by drug-fueled bloodletting and an explosion of violence backed by state security forces.

Mastanamma, YouTube sensation for her cooking channel, dies at 107

She specialized in adding flair to traditional Indian dishes, especially fish ones, but occasionally experimented with chicken pizza and chocolate cake.

Ms. Swimmer was revered in the tribal lands of western North Carolina.

Amanda Swimmer, potter and keeper of Cherokee traditions, dies at 97

Ms. Swimmer was born in North Carolina at a time when Native American children were forced to attend boarding schools, as part of a national effort to assimilate them into mainstream culture.

Charles Harrison, designer who reshaped countless home items and View-Master, dies at 87

Mr. Harrison was a designer, not an inventor; his mission was refashioning consumer products so they could be mass-produced, pleasing to the eye, and conducive to easier living.

Pete Shelley performed at the Marvin Festival in Mexico City this past May.

Buzzcocks cofounder Pete Shelley dies at 63

On Thursday, the band confirmed ‘‘with great sadness’’ his death and called him ‘‘one of the U.K.’s most influential and prolific songwriters.’’

Andrei Bitov, Russian writer who chose not to flee, 81

Andrei Bitov, a Russian writer whose work, whether elaborate travelogue or intricate novel, was full of insights into his country’s history and literature, died Monday in Moscow. He was 81.

FILE -- Philip Bosco and Swoosie Kurtz in

Philip Bosco; prolific stage actor won Tony Award

Philip Bosco, a character actor who was a familiar face for years in movies, on television and especially on the Broadway stage, where he won a Tony Award and was nominated for five more, died Monday night at his home in Haworth, New Jersey. He was 88.

Dennis Krausnick (center) rehearsed playing Polonius, with Jason Asprey as Hamlet and Tina Packer as Gertrude in Lenox.

Dennis Krausnick, actor and playwright who helped found Shakespeare & Company, dies at 76

Mr. Krausnick taught thousands of students and also directed or acted in countless productions.

Mr. Fitzgerald posed next to the spotlight he manned on the night of the rescue in 1952 aboard motor lifeboat CG36500.

obituary

A quiet hero: Andy Fitzgerald, last surviving crew member from daring Cape Cod rescue, dies at 87 

Mr. Fitzgerald’s crew was awarded the Gold Lifesaving Medal, the Coast Guard’s highest honor, for its 1952 rescue of 32 men off an oil tanker, and was immortalized in the 2016 blockbuster “The Finest Hours.”

Ruth Haring, top chess player who led US federation, dies at 63

Ms. Haring played for the national women’s team in five consecutive Chess Olympiads and became a rare female president of the US Chess Federation.

Dr. Altizer questioned whether a benevolent God could exist.

Thomas Altizer, proponent of ‘God is dead’ theology, dies at 91

Mr. Altizer, who taught religion at Emory University in Atlanta, and others questioned whether a benevolent God could exist.

Mr. Berry played the accident-prone 1860s Army Captain Wilton Parmenter on the sitcom “F Troop” from 1965-67.

Ken Berry, star of sitcom ‘F Troop,’ dies at 85

The boyish television actor played nice guys with affable attitudes and a wide range of IQs on three popular sitcoms between 1965 and 1990.

Some of the notables Mr. Ritzenberg instructed were Jacqueline Kennedy, George H.W. Bush, and former Defense secretary Robert McNamara.

Allie Ritzenberg, tennis pro who took D.C.’s elite to the court, dies at 100

Mr. Ritzenberg popularized the sport in the nation’s capital and made it chic as an instructor to, among others, Jackie Kennedy, George H.W. Bush, and countless other members of the city’s elite.

Bernardo Berolucci checked a scene during the filming of “The Last Emperor” in 1987.

Oscar-winning director Bernardo Bertolucci dies at 77

The Italian filmmaker won Oscars with “The Last Emperor” and the erotic drama “Last Tango in Paris.”

Mr. Pahinui played slack-key guitar, a fingerpicking style using loosened strings.

Cyril Pahinui, who carried a Hawaiian guitar legacy, dies at 68

The Hawaiian guitarist and singer preserved and extended the tradition of slack-key guitar.

In 1990, as the Cold War thawed, Ms. Beilina was among the first expatriate musicians to return to Moscow.

Nina Beilina, Soviet violinist and festival founder, dies at 81

Ms. Beilina emigrated from the Soviet Union in midlife and built a new following in the United States, playing top halls and founding her own ensemble.

Former President George H.W. Bush dies at age 94

George H.W. Bush, a patrician New Englander whose presidency soared with the coalition victory over Iraq in Kuwait, but then plummeted in the throes of a weak economy that led voters to turn him out of office after a single term, has died. He was 94.

Former president George H.W. Bush in 2008.

George H.W. Bush, a war hero and president, dies at 94

Bush, who died Friday, was a president and the father of a president, a World War II veteran, and a New England patrician whose political base was in Texas. He held a number of other roles in government, and was widely celebrated by both parties after his time in the White House.

US District Court Judge Joseph L. Tauro inside his chambers at the Moakley Courthouse.

Judge Joseph Tauro’s landmark rulings gave people more rights

The federal judge is known to many for ruling that the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional, but his rulings also aided the developmentally disabled.

Gloria Katz, a writer of ‘American Graffiti,’ is dead at 76

Gloria Katz went from a struggling screenwriter to a sought-after one when “American Graffiti” became a surprise hit of 1973.

Harry Leslie Smith visited the Calais migrant camps in France in 2016. Mr. Smith took up writing at age 87 and blossomed into a potent polemicist and agitator.

Harry Leslie Smith, ‘world’s oldest rebel,’ dies at 95

When he railed against the system, he came across as the voice of experience, even as he deftly managed the young media environments of Twitter and podcasts.