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Lee Botts, champion of the Great Lakes, dies at 91

Lee Botts was 8 years old, a child of northwest Oklahoma and already a keen observer of the region’s violent dust storms when, in the depths of the Depression, she had her first lesson in taking sensible measures to fix environmental damage.

Maryland Representative Elijah Cummings dies at 68

Cummings died early Thursday at Johns Hopkins Hospital due to complications from longstanding health challenges, his congressional office said.

Dana Fradon, cartoonist who skewered the powerful with his pen, dies at 97

Dana Fradon, whose sophisticated and occasionally absurd lampoons of businessmen, politicians and lawyers helped define The New Yorker’s postwar comic voice, died on Oct. 3 at his home in Woodstock, New York.

Scotty Bowers, sexual procurer for Hollywood’s closeted stars, dies at 96

Scotty Bowers, who claimed to have been one of Hollywood’s most infamous hustlers and procurers, arranging illicit liaisons with straight and gay film stars, often taking part in the sexual high jinks himself, died Oct. 13 at his home in Los Angeles.

Beverly Sackler, philanthropist and Purdue Pharma director, dies at 95

Beverly Sackler, a philanthropist and matriarch of the family that owns Purdue Pharma, whose painkiller OxyContin has been blamed for the opioid epidemic, died on Monday. She was 95.

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Bruce LeFavour, ‘a good cook,’ dies at 84

Bruce LeFavour, an eclectic, self-taught American cook who, on nothing more than three years experience in Europe and an innate appreciation of perfect ingredients, helped craft the early California cuisine movement, died Oct. 4 at his home in Port Townsend, Wash.

Mr. Farias coached the Lexington team to 567 wins and 18 league titles over his career.

Bob Farias, inspiring boys’ basketball coach at Lexington High School, dies at 73

Mr. Farias coached the Lexington High School boys’ basketball team to 567 victories and 18 Middlesex League titles from 1976 to 2010.

Richard Ortner

Richard Ortner, Boston Conservatory’s final president, dies at 71

Mr. Ortner played a key role in the school's merger in 2016 with the Berklee College of Music.

Mr. Bloom in New York in 2011. Mr. Bloom was frequently called the most notorious literary critic in America. From a vaunted perch at Yale, he flew in the face of almost every trend in the literary criticism of his day.

Harold Bloom, critic who championed Western canon, dies at 89

The prodigious critic generated an outpouring of influential books that appeared not only on college syllabuses but also — unusual for an academic — on bestseller lists.

Philip Gips, creator of celebrated film posters, dies at 88

Mr. Gips, a graphic artist who created many celebrated movie posters, including those for “Rosemary’s Baby” and “Alien,” which hinted at the terror audiences would experience but gave away nothing of the films’ plots, died Oct. 3.

Mordicai Gerstein, award-winning children’s author and illustrator, dies at 83

Mr. Gerstein did not begin illustrating children’s books until he was nearly 40, after working for more than a decade in film and TV animation. He found in picture books a vehicle of expression far more magical than any television screen, one with limitless possibilities for exploration and discovery.

Carlos Celdran, Philippine activist and performance artist, dies at 46

Carlos Celdran, a Philippine cultural activist and performance artist who received national attention for his dramatic protest against the Roman Catholic Church’s stance on reproductive health, died Tuesday in Spain, where he had been living in exile.

Richard Jackson, who had an ear for children’s books, dies

Mr. Jackson, an editor who published books by Judy Blume, Paula Fox, Virginia Hamilton, and other award-winning authors that broadened the scope of children’s literature, then late in life became a children’s author himself, died Oct. 2.

Ms. Danius published a book last year about singer-songwriter Bob Dylan after playing a central role in the Swedish Academy’s decision to make him a Nobel laureate in 2016.

Sara Danius, 57, first female head of Nobel’s literature award body

Ms. Danius was elected to a lifetime position on the Swedish Academy’s board in 2013 and became the body’s first female permanent secretary in 2015. She resigned the position in 2018.

Robert Forster.

Robert Forster, 78, Oscar nominee for ‘Jackie Brown’

Robert Forster, the handsome character actor who got a career resurgence and Oscar-nomination in Quentin Tarantino’s “Jackie Brown,” died Friday.

Mr. Leonov took part in a pioneering linkup in orbit of Soviet and US spaceships in 1975.

Alexei Leonov, first man to walk in space, dies at 85

Alexei Leonov, the Russian cosmonaut who became the first man to walk in space, a thrilling feat that nearly cost him his life but raised Soviet prestige during the Cold War space race against the United States, died Friday in Moscow.

Masaichi Kaneda, Japan’s ‘emperor’ of baseball, dies at 86

Masaichi Kaneda started each of the thousands of innings he pitched during his illustrious career in Japan the same way. He walked to the mound, dropped his glove, grabbed the rosin bag, tossed it a few times, dropped it and then picked up his glove.

Karen Pendleton, an original Mouseketeer, dies at 73

Karen Pendleton charmed young baby boomers in the 1950s as one of the original Mouseketeers on Walt Disney’s television series “The Mickey Mouse Club.”

Stephen Swid, music licensing innovator, dies at 78

Stephen Swid, an investor and businessman whose varied career included deals for furniture and carpeting companies, an independent film distributor and the “21” Club, but who became best known for transforming SESAC, once an obscure licensing organization, into an influential force in the music industry, died Sunday at his home in Manhattan.

Dr. Marrow led the grant-making arm of the Getty Foundation for 29 years.

Deborah Marrow, a Getty leader with global reach, dies 70

Dr. Marrow, who as the longest-serving executive at the J. Paul Getty Trust, and the only woman to serve as its president, started far-reaching programs to promote scholarship and diversity in the arts, died Oct.

Bjorn Thorbjarnarson, surgeon to Warhol and the shah of Iran, 98

Bjorn Thorbjarnarson, a New York surgeon who famously treated the shah of Iran and Andy Warhol before becoming a central figure in a widely publicized lawsuit over Warhol’s death after surgery in 1987, died Oct. 4 in Warren, New Jersey.

Mr. Currey signed autographs at a Congressional Medal of Honor Society convention.

Francis Currey, who at 19 was a hero in battle, dies at 94

Four days after what became known as the Malmedy massacre, Francis Currey, a lanky 19-year-old Army private, carried out an extraordinary feat of arms to repulse an onslaught by the 1st SS Panzer Division a few miles from where its members had committed the massacre.

“I hope my legacy is one of inclusion,” Mr. McGonagle said.

Bill McGonagle, ‘a regular kid from Southie’ who helped desegregate Boston’s public housing, dies at 67

Mr. McGonagle was the administrator of the Boston Housing Authority until he retired this summer.

Marcello Giordani, tenor who ‘sang like a god,’ dies at 65

Mr. Giordani, a heartfelt, stalwart and, at his best, inspired tenor who was a fixture at the Metropolitan Opera died Saturday at his home in Augusta, Sicily.

Stephen Lukasik, who pushed tech in national defense, dies at 88

Stephen Lukasik, a physicist who oversaw crucial work on national security and computer networking as director of the Defense Department’s research division in the late 1960s and early ’70s, died Thursday at his home in Falls Church, Virginia.

Dr. Coe deciphered Mayan scripts and hieroglyphics.

Michael Coe, Maya scholar and codebreaker, dies at 90

Michael D. Coe, a Yale anthropologist who devoted his career to proving that the ancient Maya incubated an elaborate written language that had previously been undervalued by many scholars, died on Sept 25 in a hospital in New Haven, Connecticut.

Ciaran Carson, versatile Belfast poet, dies at 70

Mr. Carson’s words and imagination captured the pungency, tensions, music, and rich heritage of Northern Ireland.

Ms. Xifaras worked on local elections and for party standardbearers across the nation.

MarDee Xifaras, Democratic Party activist with a reach beyond the Commonwealth, dies at 74

MarDee Xifaras, 74, of Marion, who died Oct. 8, was a longtime Democratic Party activist in Massachusetts and beyond.

FILE - A photo provided by Music Maker Relief Foundation, shows blues guitarist Beverly Watkins perfoming at Cotton Club, Atlanta, Ga., in 1998. Watkins died on Oct. 1, 2019 in Atlanta. She was 80. (Mark Austin/Music Maker Relief Foundation via The New York Times) -- NO SALES; FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY WITH NYT STORY WATKINS OBIT BY RICHARD SANDOMIR FOR OCT. 8, 2019. ALL OTHER USE PROHIBITED. --

Beverly Watkins, fiery blues guitarist, dies at 80

Beverly Watkins, a rare woman among blues guitarists, who cleaned homes when music did not pay her enough and did not record her first solo album until she was 60, died Oct. 1 in Atlanta.

M. Burch Tracy Ford saw value in single-sex schools.

M. Burch Tracy Ford, educator, administrator, and advocate for girls’ education, dies at 78

Mrs. Ford was dean of students at Milton Academy and the residential counselor at the Groton School before becoming the head of school at Miss Porter’s School.

Marshall Efron, funny cog in the PBS ‘Dream Machine,’ dies at 81

Marshall Efron was an actor and humorist who was a core figure in two of the quirkiest television shows of the 1970s, “The Great American Dream Machine” and the children’s program “Marshall Efron’s Illustrated, Simplified and Painless Sunday School.”

Rip Taylor, madcap, confetti-throwing, crying comic

The mustached comedian became a television game show mainstay in the 1970s.

Warren Eginton, veteran US judge for Connecticut, dies at 95

U.S. District Judge Warren W. Eginton, the longest-serving federal judge in Connecticut history, has died, his family said Tuesday. He was 95.

In this image taken from video, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks we reporters outside his home, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, in Burlington, Vt. His wife, Jane O'Meara Sanders listens at right. Sanders says he was

Rainè Riggs, neuropsychologist and Bernie Sanders’ daughter-in-law, dies at 46 after cancer diagnosis

Rainè Riggs, the director of behavioral medicine at Dartmouth Medical School for several years, died Saturday — two days after being diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer.

Günter Kunert, searingly satirical German author, dies at 90

Günter Kunert was a German writer who rose to prominence in the 1960s with satirical and increasingly critical works about the repressive communist government in East Germany.

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010, file photo, comedian Rip Taylor throws confetti on photographers at the premiere of the film

Comedian Rip Taylor dies at 84

Rip Taylor, the mustached comedian with a fondness for confetti-throwing who became a television game show mainstay in the 1970s, has died. He was 84.

Mr. Akiba’s “An Elevated View,’’ of the old Dudley Orange Line Station in 1986.

David Akiba, ‘local photographic hero’ and teacher, dies at 78

David Akiba, 78, of Jamaica Plain, who died Aug. 24, was a photographer and teacher hailed by critics as a “local photographic hero.”

Ginger Baker performed in 2008. He was best known for his time with power trio Cream

Family says Ginger Baker, drummer for Cream, has died at 80

Mr. Baker wielded his blues power and jazz technique to help break open popular music and become one of the world’s most admired and feared musicians.

Ms. Shattuck made music that combined bubble-gum melodies with roaring guitars. Her lyrics could be tender, but she concealed her vulnerability behind a sneering veneer.

Kim Shattuck, 56, punk musician who led the Muffs, played with Pixies

Ms. Shattuck explained her aesthetic to the website Potato Gibberish in 2007: “I’m a huge fan of sing-songy lyrics and loud guitars,” she said. “Whatever punk band does that gets a gold star!”

Mr. Facher successfully defended a tannery accused of water pollution that plaintiffs linked to a cluster of childhood leukemia deaths in Woburn. The case was recounted in a book and movie, both called “A Civil Action.”

Jerome Facher, lawyer who won acquittal in Woburn pollution case, dies at 93

The Boston lawyer successfully defended a tannery accused of water pollution that plaintiffs linked to a cluster of childhood leukemia deaths — a case that became the basis of a best-selling book and a Hollywood movie.

During her long career, Diahann Carroll earned a Tony Award for the musical ‘‘No Strings’’ and an Academy Award nomination for ‘‘Claudine.’’

Diahann Carroll, Oscar-nominated pioneering actress, dies at 84

The Oscar-nominated actress and singer won critical acclaim as the first black woman to star in a non-servant role in a TV series as “Julia.”

Eric Pleskow, Jewish refugee who led two movie studios, dies at 95

Eric Pleskow, a Jewish refugee from Nazi Europe who became a risk-taking, artistically inclined movie mogul, presiding over seven Oscar winners for best picture as a studio chief at United Artists and co-founder and chief executive of Orion Pictures, died Tuesday at his home in Stamford, Conn.

Diogo Freitas do Amaral, a ‘father’ of Portuguese democracy, dies at 78

Diogo Freitas do Amaral, a conservative politician who played a leading role in cementing democracy after Portugal’s 1974 Carnation Revolution and later became president of the U.N. General Assembly, has died.

Mary Abbott, abstract expressionist with an unsung influence, dies at 98

Mary Abbott, an abstract expressionist of the 1940s and ’50s whose energetic, brightly colored paintings influenced artists such as Willem de Kooning, even as critics and galleries focused primarily on her male peers, died Aug. 23 at a hospice center in Quiogue, N.Y.

Shuping Wang, who helped expose China’s rural AIDS crisis, dies at 59

Shuping Wang, a Chinese doctor who braved the loss of her job as well as ostracism, assault and the destruction of her first marriage to expose the spread of AIDS in rural China, died on Sept. 21 in Salt Lake City.

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2012, file photo, Arizona Cardinals owner Bill Bidwill, front, and his son, team president Michael Bidwill, stand on the sidelines prior to an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, in Glendale, Ariz. William V. Bidwill, who owned the NFL’s Cardinals franchise in three cities, has died. He was 88. The team announced that Bidwill passed away Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. A cause of death wasn’t immediately given. (AP Photo/Paul Connors, File)

Longtime Cardinals owner William V. Bidwill dies at 88

He owned one of the oldest franchises in professional football and rarely talked about it.