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Monkey Punch, creator of megahit Japan comic Lupin III, dies at 81

Cartoonist Monkey Punch was best known as the creator of the Japanese megahit comic series Lupin III.

Dr. Richard Green, who challenged psychiatry’s view of homosexuality, dies at 82

Dr. Green fought psychiatry’s classification of homosexuality as a mental disorder.

Former astronaut Owen Garriott, who flew on Skylab station, dies at 88

Dr. Garriott and his son, Richard, became the first US father-son space travelers.

Stanley Plumly, lyrical poet influenced by Keats, dies at 79

Stanley Plumly was an award-winning former poet laureate of Maryland whose poignant narratives were inspired by the beauty and transcendence of John Keats’s lyrical verse.

David Brion Davis, scholar of slavery, dies at 92

The Pulitzer Prize-winning historian documented the centrality of slavery in Western culture through a landmark trilogy.

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H. Morse Payne Jr., an architect, teacher, and genealogist, dies at 96

H. Morse Payne Jr., 96, who died Jan. 9, was an architect in Boston, a college teacher, and genealogist.

Ms. Engel in her dressing room for the play “John.” Although she was best known from TV, she began her career onstage and enjoyed a late-in-life resurgence in the theater.

Georgia Engel, 70, gentle-voiced ‘Mary Tyler Moore’ actress

On “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” Ms. Engel played Georgette Franklin, girlfriend and eventually wife of the buffoonish TV newsman Ted Baxter.

Mr. Gross was a Princeton neuroscience professor.

Charles Gross, 83, husband to Joyce Carol Oates

Mr. Gross spent 43 years on the faculty of Princeton’s psychology department, where the university credited him with revolutionizing understanding of sensory processing and pattern recognition.

Paul Greengard, Nobel Prize recipient, neuroscientist

Dr. Greengard’s 15-year quest to understand how brain cells communicate provided new insights into psychological diseases and earned him a Nobel Prize.

Ms. Andersson’s emotionally complex role in “Persona” (1966) became the part that made her acting reputation.

Bibi Andersson, 83, luminous presence in Bergman films

The Swedish actress personified first purity and youth, then complexity and disillusionment, in 13 midcentury Ingmar Bergman films.

David Thouless, 84, Nobel-winning physicist who explored strange states of matter

Dr. Thouless used a blend of physical theory and mathematical insight to create knowledge applicable in computers, electronics, and materials science.

Donald Stewart, took over the College Board at a crucial time, dies at 80

A career educator, Mr. Stewart also was credited with reviving Spelman College.

Ivor Broadis, 96, oldest former England international

After serving in the Royal Air Force during World War II, Mr. Broadis played soccer for Carlisle, Sunderland, Manchester City, and Newcastle in a career that lasted until 1960.

Mr. Burgin, who wrote “Islands of the Damned: A Marine at War in the Pacific,” signed copies in Lancaster, Texas.

R.V. Burgin, 96, Marine whose book helped inspire HBO’s ‘The Pacific’

Mr. Burgin wrote the book ‘‘Islands of the Damned: A Marine at War in the Pacific.’’ His daughter says it was among several books that inspired the HBO miniseries that premiered in 2010.

Kitty Tucker, 75, who raised awareness of the Silkwood case

The public interest lawyer and antinuclear activist helped raise national awareness of nuclear power whistleblower Karen Silkwood’s death.

Joan Jones, force against racism in Nova Scotia, dies at 79

Ms. Jones was a low-key but determined crusader for racial justice and equality in Nova Scotia, whose black population has faced discrimination and hostility for centuries.

Lorraine Branham, shown at the 2014 dedication for the Newhouse Studio and Innovation Center, died April 2.

Lorraine Branham, journalism dean and mentor, dies at 66

Kelsey Davis was on the verge of dropping out of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University two years ago.

Ralph Solecki, who found humanity in Neanderthals, 101

Ralph Solecki, an archaeologist whose research helped debunk the view of Neanderthals as heartless and brutish half-wits and inspired a popular series of novels about prehistoric life, died March 20 in Livingston, New Jersey. He was 101.

Undated shot of William Jacobs on Cape Cod. 10billjacobs

William Jacobs, biology professor who survived being lost in Yosemite, dies at 99

William Jacobs was a longtime biology professor who survived being lost in Yosemite for 11 days in February 1946.

Lawrence Rhodes, Celebrated Dancer and Renowned Teacher, Dies at 79

Lawrence Rhodes, one of American ballet’s greatest male dancers, who won high praise in the 1960s and ′70s in both classical showpieces and dramatic dance studies of modern angst, died March 27 in New York. He was 79.

Jacob Stein, lawyer in Watergate and Lewinsky cases, dies at 94

Jacob Stein was a Washington lawyer who participated in two of the most dramatic episodes of the modern US presidency, winning the only high-profile acquittal in the Watergate affair and helping obtain immunity for former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

Doolittle Raider Lieutenant Colonel Richard ‘‘Dick’’ Cole, with a B-25 at a Raiders’ reunion.

Richard Cole, last WWII Doolittle Raider, dies at 103

Retired Lieutenant Colonel Richard “Dick” Cole, the last of the 80 Doolittle Tokyo Raiders who carried out the daring US attack on Japan during World War II, died Tuesday at a military hospital in Texas.

Marilynn Smith, Hall of Famer and LPGA founder, dies at 89

Marilynn Smith, one of the 13 founders of the LPGA Tour whose 21 victories, two majors and endless support of her tour led to her induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame, died Tuesday.

Charles Van Doren, a quiz show whiz who wasn’t, dies at 93

Charles Van Doren was a Columbia University English instructor and a member of a distinguished literary family who confessed to Congress and a disillusioned nation in 1959 that his performances on a television quiz show had been rigged.

Cho Yang-ho, who expanded Korean Air amid scandals, dies at70

Cho Yang-ho, whose 27 years as president of Korean Air brought substantial growth to the carrier but also a dizzying series of scandals, died Sunday in Los Angeles.

Seymour Cassel had a 60-year career and roles in more than 100 films.

Actor Seymour Cassel, frequent Cassavetes collaborator, dies at 84

Character actors aren’t often called larger-than-life, but Seymour Cassel was just that.

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Marshall M. Sloane, founder of Century Bank, dies at 92

Mr. Sloane, of Brookline, who died April 6, founded Century Bank in Somerville 50 years ago.

Ly Tong, who hijacked planes to fight communism in Vietnam, dies at 73

Mr. Tong, a self-described ‘‘freedom fighter’’ who made a daring escape from a communist ‘‘reeducation’’ camp and was granted asylum in the United States, died in San Diego.

Mr. Busch was speaker of the Maryland House for 15 years.

Maryland House Speaker Busch, a Chesapeake Bay defender, dies

Michael Busch, a champion of the Chesapeake Bay and progressive causes during his record-tenure as Maryland’s Democratic House speaker, battled for the environment up until the end of his life.

Mr. Blackburn was head coach at Newton North High School for three decades.

Jim Blackburn, legendary running coach at Newton North, dies at 80

Jim Blackburn, 80, of Newton, who died March 19, was a legendary longtime running coach at Newton North High School.

Bill Isles, cofounder of The O’Jays, dies of cancer at 78

Bill Isles, an original member of the chart-topping R&B group The O’Jays, has died at his Southern California Home. He was 78.

Dr. Brenner (left) received the Nobel Prize in Medicine from King Carl Gustaf of Sweden in Stockholm.

Sydney Brenner, who helped decipher genetic code, dies at 92

Sydney Brenner, a Nobel Prize-winning biologist who helped decipher the genetic code and whose research on a roundworm sparked a new field of human disease research, has died. He was 92.

Ms. English broke through in 1994 with “Nite Life,’’ which became a club staple.

Kim English, 48, who blended gospel with dance music

Dance music’s euphoria and church music’s rapture have been conceptual relatives for years, but Ms. English’s joyful 12-inch singles often made the connection explicit.

Vonda N. McIntyre, champion of women in science fiction, dies at 70

Ms. McIntyre’s tales featured female protagonists and she also wrote five “Star Trek” novels.

Mr. Hollings’s colorful political career ended when he retired from the Senate in 2005.

Ernest ‘Fritz’ Hollings, former US senator from South Carolina, dies at 97

The silver-haired Democrat who helped shepherd South Carolina through desegregation as governor and went on to serve six terms in the US Senate.

Gerry Stickells, who helped make rock shows spectacles, dies at 76

Mr. Stickells was a car mechanic in southeast England who drove local rock groups to their engagements in his van when, in 1966, he met Chas Chandler, Jimi Hendrix’s manager.

Mona Lee Brock, emergency counselor to farmers, dies at 87

When the farm crisis of the 1980s swept across the nation’s fields and plains, Mrs. Brock was moved to act.

Mr. Tuttle delicately tattooed a flower on Jutta Kay’s shoulder in his Los Angeles office.

Lyle Tuttle, who recast tattooing’s image pore by pore, dies at 87

Mr. Tuttle found his own kind of international fame by catering to celebrities while helping to move tattooing, as he put it, from the “back alley” into mainstream acceptability.

David Fechheimer, one of the nation’s leading private investigators, dies at 76

Mr. Fechheimer was spurred overnight by the fictional gumshoe Sam Spade to switch careers from being an aspiring English teacher.

Mr. Sanna used surplus powdered coffee creamer to create instant hot cocoa.

Charles Sanna, man behind Swiss Miss Cocoa, dies at 101

Mr. Sanna experimented over the stove in the family kitchen in Menomonie, Wis., and enlisted children as guinea pigs for countless taste tests.

This image provided by Larry Robbins shows a numbered outline of a self portrait of Dan Robbins.

Dan Robbins, artist who created paint-by-numbers pictures, dies at 93

The artist who created the first paint-by-numbers pictures and helped turn the kits into an American sensation during the 1950s has died, his family confirmed.

Howard Lee, Medal of Honor recipient who led long-odds defense, dies at 85

Howard Lee was awarded the Medal of Honor after retiring from the Marine Corps and later pursued a horticultural career where he oversaw landscaping for the city of Virginia Beach.

In addition to his work in investing, Mr. Putnam served on an array of boards, including those for the Museum of Fine Arts, Wellesley College, the Peabody Essex Museum, Massachusetts General Hospital, and McLean Hospital.

George Putnam, who led Putnam Investments and served as Harvard University treasurer, dies at 92

Mr. Putnam also served as treasurer of Harvard University.

Mr. Adams performed in Hemsby, England, in 2002.

Rockabilly Hall of Famer Billy Adams dies at 79

Rockabilly Hall of Famer Billy Adams wrote and recorded the rockabilly staple “Rock, Pretty Mama.”

Tejshree Thapa  “never walked away” from the families she worked with through Human Rights Watch, said Meenakshi Ganguly, the South Asia director for Human Rights Watch.

Tejshree Thapa, defender of human rights in South Asia, dies at 52

Ms. Thapa helped to expose the scope of mass rapes in the war-torn Balkans and South Asia and to build the legal arguments for the prosecution of those rapes as crimes against humanity.

Kenneth Gibson, Newark mayor who broke race barrier in Northeast, dies at 86

Kenneth A. Gibson, became the first black mayor of a major Northeastern city when Newark, New Jersey voters, still recovering from racial rioting three years earlier, elected him in 1970.

David White, hitmaker with Danny and the Juniors, dies at 79

David White formed the doo-wop quartet Danny and the Juniors in the mid-1950s, co-wrote their No. 1 hit, “At the Hop.”