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.
Shelby Lyman, unlikely star of Fischer-Spassky broadcast, dies at 82
Shelby Lyman, a chess master who found fleeting fame in 1972 by hosting an improbably popular show on live television as it followed the historic world championship chess match between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky, died on Aug. 11 in Johnson City, New York.
Jim Hardy, oldest living USC and Rams player, dies at 96
The university said Monday he died Aug. 16 of natural causes at his home in the desert city of La Quinta, 130 miles east of Los Angeles.
Jack Whitaker, Emmy-winning broadcaster renowned for his sports essays, dies at 95
Jack Whitaker, an Emmy-winning sports broadcaster for more than three decades whose specialty was elegant, graceful commentaries, first for CBS and later for ABC, died on Sunday at his home in Devon, Pa.
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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.
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, 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, 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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.’’
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.