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Joseph Lowery, civil rights leader and aide to Martin Luther King Jr., dies at 98

Rev. Lowery’s civil rights work began in the late 1950s when he helped start the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, a nonviolent, civil disobedience organization.

Maurice Berger, curator Outspoken About Race, Is Dead at 63

Maurice Berger, who as a curator and a writer was a forceful voice against both overt and subtle racism in the art world and other arenas, died Sunday at his home in Craryville, New York. He was 63.

Julia Miles, 90; pushed for gender parity in the theater

Ms. Miles dedicated her career to ensuring that women playwrights and directors had a stage of their own.

Former Astros star Jimmy ‘The Toy Cannon’ Wynn dies at 78

Richard Marek, editor of Hemingway, Baldwin and Ludlum

When Richard Marek was a young editor at Scribner’s in Manhattan in the early 1960s, he was entrusted with one of the literary world’s most important manuscripts, “A Moveable Feast,” Ernest Hemingway’s intimate portrait of his life as an unknown writer in Paris in the 1920s.

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Curly Neal, Globetrotters’ dazzling dribbler, dies at 77

Mr. Neal’s dribbling wizardry made him one of the most well-known members of the beloved Harlem Globetrotters traveling basketball team.

Richard Reeves, columnist and author on presidents

Mr. Reeves was a journalist and author who explored the presidency, the internment of Japanese Americans during World II, the role of the media, and other aspects of American history.

Floyd Cardoz, the influential Indian American chef behind the groundbreaking Tabla, dies of complications from covid-19

Floyd Cardoz, the influential Indian American chef behind the groundbreaking Tabla, dies of complications from covid-19

Stanley Sporkin, bane of corporate corruption

Stanley Sporkin, a legal crusader who, as the chief enforcement officer at the Securities and Exchange Commission, held American corporations accountable for making illicit campaign contributions in the United States and for bribing public officials abroad, died Monday in Rockville, Maryland.

Michael Broadbent, who put wine on the auction block, 92

Mr. Broadbent, a leading English wine authority, virtually created the modern wine auction.

Saxophonist Manu Dibango; brought African pop music to the West

Manu Dibango, a saxophonist from Cameroon whose 1972 single “Soul Makossa” made modern African music a clear presence on Western pop charts, died Tuesday in a hospital in France. He was 86.

Terrence McNally, Tony-winning playwright, dies at 81 of coronavirus complications

A four-time Tony Award winner and prolific dramatist, he wrote 36 plays, the books for 10 musicals, the librettos for four operas, and a handful of screenplays for film and television.

Boris Stankovic, 94, paved way for NBA’s ‘Dream Team’

Boris Stankovic, the longtime head of basketball’s worldwide governing body and a driving force in the fight to allow NBA players to participate in the Olympics, died Friday in Belgrade, Serbia. He was 94.

Catherine Hamlin, healed injured and ostracized mothers in Ethiopia, at 96

Ms. Hamlin and her husband devoted themselves to improving childbirth for thousands of mothers.

Amherst golf coach Tracy Mehr, who ’embraced each teachable moment,’ dies at 91

A professor of physical education emeritus who coached multiple sports at Amherst, Mr. Mehr died in his Hoschton, Ga., home Feb. 26 of congestive heart failure. He was 91.

Ms. Gagarin, with husband, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin.

Widow of Yuri Gagarin, first human in space, dies at 84

The widow of Yuri Gagarin, the first human to fly to space, died Tuesday. She was 84.

Molly Brodak, poet and memoirist of her father’s crimes, at 39

Molly Brodak, a poet who chronicled the trauma she experienced as the child of a compulsive liar and bank robber in a critically acclaimed memoir, died March 8 near her home in Atlanta. She was 39.

Ms. Williams (left) and Mairead Corrigan (right) received their 1976 Nobel prizes with 1977 recipient Thomas Hammerberg (second left), representing Amnesty International.

Betty Williams, peace laureate from Northern Ireland, 76

Ms. Williams was a grass-roots activist who shared the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize as a founder of a protest movement that mobilized tens of thousands of people to demand an end to the sectarian violence in Northern Ireland known as the Troubles.

Kenny Rogers, who brought country music to a pop audience, dies at 81

Singing in a husky voice that exuded sincerity and warmth, Mr. Rogers sold well over 100 million records in a career that spanned seven decades.

Mal Sharpe, street-level punking prankster extraordinaire, dies at 83

With partner Jim Coyle, Mr. Sharpe sprung countless gags on unsuspecting passersby decades before “Impractical Jokers” and present-day late-night hosts thought of working similar comedic territory.

Wolf Kahn, celebrated painter of resplendent landscapes, dies at 92

Mr. Kahn, who settled in the United States after being evacuated from Nazi Germany as a child, and was renowned for his resplendent landscapes depicting beauty and permanence in an often uncertain world, died March 15 in his New York City home. He was 92.

Richard Hanna, independent-minded Republican congressman, dies at 69

Richard L. Hanna, a self-made construction magnate and independent-minded Republican from upstate New York who became the first GOP congressman to endorse Democrat Hillary Clinton over Republican Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, died March 15 at a hospice center in New Hartford, N.Y. He was 69.

Russian author, political activist Eduard Limonov dies at 77

Eduard Limonov, a Russian author and political activist known for his poignant and controversial writings, died on Tuesday. He was 77.

Apollo 15 astronaut Al Worden, who circled moon, dies at 88

Apollo 15 astronaut Al Worden, who circled the moon alone in 1971 while his two crewmates test-drove the first lunar rover, has died at age 88, his family said Wednesday.

Lyle Waggoner, foil on ‘The Carol Burnett Show,’ dies at 84

Lyle Waggoner, the tall, dark-haired and handsome comic foil on “The Carol Burnett Show” who also played a superhero’s partner on “Wonder Woman,” died Tuesday. He was 84.

Vittorio Gregotti, modernist architect

Vittorio Gregotti, an Italian modernist architect, theorist and city planner whose monumental projects included opera houses, arenas — like Barcelona’s Olympic Stadium — and even an entire suburb, died Sunday at a hospital in Milan. He was 92.

Oscar-nominated actor Stuart Whitman dead at 92

Stuart Whitman, a prolific lead and character actor who appeared in hundreds of film and television productions and received an Oscar nomination as a pedophile in the 1961 drama “The Mark,” has died.

Herb Goldsmith, the man behind the Members Only jacket

A men’s clothing entrepreneur, Mr. Goldsmith had an instinct for capturing the public eye.

Eric Taylor, fierce Texas singer-songwriter, at 70

Mr. Taylor, a relatively unknown Texas singer-songwriter revered by his more celebrated peers for his painterly lyrics and dexterous finger-style guitar playing, died March 9 in Austin. He was 70.

Ms. Zatopkova spoke to the Associated Press in 1992. She won the women’s javelin throw for Czechoslovakia in the 1952 Olympics.

Dana Zatopkova, champion javelin thrower

Dana Zatopkova, who won the women’s javelin throw for Czechoslovakia in the 1952 Olympics an hour after her husband, Emil Zatopek, won the men’s 5,000-meter run, died on Friday in Prague. She was 97.

J. Seward Johnson Jr., sculptor of the hyperreal

Mr. Johnson, who may be responsible for more double takes than anyone in history thanks to his countless lifelike sculptures in public places, died Wednesday at his home in Key West, Fla.

Tonie Marshall, feminist filmmaker, dies at 68

French-American filmmaker and actress Tonie Marshall, the only female director to ever win a Cesar award — France’s equivalent of the Oscars — has died. She was 68.

Barbara Neely, author of Blanche White mystery series, dies at 78

Barbara Neely, author of Blanche White mystery series, dies at 78

Jamey Gambrell; made Russian writing sing, in English

Jamey Gambrell, an award-winning translator who conveyed the intricacies of work by contemporary Russian authors like Tatyana Tolstaya and Vladimir Sorokin to English-language readers, died Feb. 15 in New York.

Anton Coppola, opera conductor in filmmaking clan

Mr. Coppola had one of the longest careers as a maestro in modern times.

Mr. Crowley accepted the 2019 Tony for best revival of a play for “The Boys in the Band,” at the 73rd annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

Mart Crowley, Tony-winning playwright of ‘The Boys in the Band,’ dies at 84

Mr. Crowley’s work helped bring openly gay characters onto the stage and screen, emerging as a landmark depiction of gay life more than a year before the Stonewall riots galvanized a national liberation movement.

Éva Szekely, celebrated Hungarian swimmer and Holocaust survivor, dies at 92

Éva Szekely, celebrated Hungarian swimmer and Holocaust survivor, dies at 92

Dr. Philip Leder, Harvard researcher who illuminated the role of genetics in cancer, dies at 85

Dr. Philip Leder, 85, was a Harvard researcher who studied the role genetics play in cancer, and earlier in his career was part of a team that helped decipher the genetic code.

Max von Sydow, star of ‘The Seventh Seal’ and ‘Exorcist,’ 90

Max von Sydow, the tall, blond Swedish actor who cut a striking figure in American movies but was most identified with the signature work of a fellow Swede, director Ingmar Bergman, died Sunday. He was 90.

Rosalind P. Walter, the first ‘Rosie the Riveter’

Rosalind P. Walter grew up in a wealthy and genteel Long Island, N.Y., home.

Henri Richard, Montreal’s ‘Pocket Rocket’ of hockey, dies at 84

Mr. Richard became a Hall of Famer and won the Stanley Cup more than any other player in history.

McCoy Tyner, jazz piano powerhouse, is dead at 81

McCoy Tyner, a cornerstone of John Coltrane’s groundbreaking 1960s quartet and one of the most influential pianists in jazz history, died Friday at his home in northern New Jersey. He was 81.

Zara Steiner, historian who explored roots of World War I, dies at 91

Zara S. Steiner, who wrote deeply researched books on the origins of World War I and the period between the world wars, adding new layers to the standard discussions of diplomacy and its shortcomings, died Feb.

Matvey Natanzon, aka Falafel the Backgammon King, 51

Matvey Natanzon, who was known as Falafel because he subsisted on deep-fried chickpea balls hustling gullible opponents in Washington Square Park in Manhattan while he groomed himself to be the world’s greatest backgammon player, died Feb. 14 in Clarence, N.Y., near Buffalo.

Ms. Grifalconi once said: “My subjects pick me, they choose me, and I have to listen.”

Ann Grifalconi, whose children’s books bridged cultures, dies at 90

Ms. Grifalconi drew on different cultures to write and illustrate dozens of well-regarded children’s books, notably the award-winning “The Village of Round and Square Houses,” set in Central Africa.

Lisel Mueller, Pulitzer-winning poet

Ms. Mueller, whose elegant poetry drew on nature, her experiences as a parent, folklore, and history, including her own flight from Nazi Germany as a teenager, died on Feb. 21 in Chicago, where she lived in a retirement community.