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.
Former Michigan governor William Milliken dies at age 97
Mr. Milliken was Michigan’s longest-serving governor and established a record of environmental conservation and bipartisan cooperation.
Mark Hurd, co-chief executive of Oracle, is dead at 62
Mr. Hurd was known for both success and scandal at Hewlett-Packard and most recently served as co-chief executive at Oracle.
‘Maude’ co-star, character actor Bill Macy dies at 97
Mr. Macy’s hangdog expression was a perfect match for his role as the long-suffering foil to Bea Arthur’s unyielding feminist on the daring 1970s sitcom “Maude.”
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Cummings died early Thursday at Johns Hopkins Hospital due to complications from longstanding health challenges, his congressional office said.
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, 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, 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.
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, 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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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!”
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.
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.
Longtime Cardinals owner William V. Bidwill dies at 88
He owned one of the oldest franchises in professional football and rarely talked about it.