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Wayne Merry, climber who conquered El Capitan, dies at 88

Merry’s pathbreaking ascent inspired many climbers who have completed El Capitan in his wake.

Irving Burgie, songwriter of calypso hit ‘Day-O,’ dies at 95

Mr. Burgie, who helped popularize Caribbean music, also wrote the lyrics to the national anthem of Barbados — his mother’s homeland.

Edward J. Doherty, former managing editor who ‘understood Globe readers,’ dies at 91

Edward Doherty, who died Nov. 28, was a former Boston Globe managing editor who “had a touch of genius when it came to designing the layout of the Globe’s front page.”

Robert K. Massie, narrator of Russian history, dies at 90

The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer wrote tautly narrated and immensely popular books on giants of Russian history.

Mariss Jansons, who led top orchestras, dies

Mariss Jansons, a renowned conductor who brought new distinction to orchestras in Oslo and Pittsburgh before taking the helm of two of Europe’s finest ensembles, died on Sunday in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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Ms. Morrison (left) was honored for her work as a cast member on the original run of “Will & Grace.”

Shelley Morrison, Rosario on ‘Will & Grace,’ dies at 83

Shelley Morrison, an actress with a 50-year career who was best known for playing a memorable maid on “Will & Grace,” died Sunday, her publicist said.

James Holloway, shown standing on a F9F Panther jet fighter in 1953, flew in combat during the Korean War.

James L. Holloway III, Navy chief under three presidents, dies at 97

Admiral Holloway was an early proponent of nuclear propelled ships, having studied under Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, the father of the nuclear-powered Navy.

Pat Sullivan; Auburn QB won Heisman

Pat Sullivan, the 1971 Heisman Trophy winner at Auburn who went on coach TCU and Samford, has died. He was 69.

FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2002, file photo, actress Shelley Morrison arrives to the NBC's television series

Shelley Morrison, Rosario on ‘Will & Grace,’ dies at 83

Shelley Morrison, an actress with a 50-year career who was best known for playing a memorable maid on “Will & Grace,” died Sunday, her publicist said.

In addition to his theater work, Mr. Miller was a medical doctor, specializing in neurology.

Jonathan Miller, acclaimed theater director and writer, 85

Jonathan Miller, the British theater and opera director known for his radical re-stagings of classic works, died on Wednesday at his home in London. He was 85.

In addition to his teaching, Mr. Shapiro served as US assistant solicitor general.

David L. Shapiro, Harvard Law professor and former deputy solicitor general, dies at 87

Mr. Shapiro was known for his expansive, clear thinking.

A photo provided via Joe Gilston shows Seymour Siwoff in the 1970s. Siwoff, who brought statistical analysis to the sports world, chronicling feats from the epic to the arcane through seven decades as the head of the Elias Sports Bureau, died on Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, at his home in Manhattan. He was 99. (via Joe Gilston via The New York Times) -- NO SALES; FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY WITH NYT STORY OBIT SIWOFF BY RICHARD GOLDSTEIN FOR NOV. 29, 2019. ALL OTHER USE PROHIBITED. --

Seymour Siwoff, master of sports statistics, 99

Seymour Siwoff, a pioneer in bringing statistical analysis to the sports world who chronicled feats from the epic to the arcane through seven decades as the head of the Elias Sports Bureau, died Friday at his home in New York City. He was 99.

FILE -- The entrepreneur Robert F.X. Sillerman outside Graceland, which he operated as a tourism concern, in Memphis, Feb. 23, 2006. Sillerman, an investor and media executive who built and sold radio empires, controlled the Elvis Presley estate and consolidated the American concert industry, died on Nov. 24, 2019. He was 71. (Rollin Riggs/The New York Times)

Robert F.X. Sillerman; built entertainment empires

The media executive also controlled the Elvis Presley estate and consolidated the US concert industry.

Mr. McClinton earned a 2001 Tony Award nomination for best direction for Wilson’s “King Hedley II.”

Marion McClinton, 65, interpreter of August Wilson

The noted director was a favorite of the playwright and took two of Wilson’s plays to Broadway.

Agnes Pilgrim, global advocate of indigenous rights, dies at 95

Ms. Pilgrim was the oldest member of Oregon’s Takelma tribe and a vocal advocate for clean water and Native American rights.

Janette Sherman (hiking on Maui in an undated photo) was a pioneer in occupational and environmental health.

Dr. Janette Sherman, 89, early force in environmental science

A cluster of ailing autoworkers led Dr. Sherman on a journey that would make her a pioneer in occupational and environmental health.

FILE - In this May 3, 2007 file photo Barbara Hillary, 75, shows the parka she wore on her trip to the North Pole, as she is interviewed in New York. Hillary, who was in her 70s when she became the first black woman to officially make it to the North and South Poles, has died at 88. Her death was announced on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019 on her Twitter account, which said she had gone through “significant health decline in recent months.” It was also announced on her website. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, file)

Barbara Hillary, first black woman to reach the poles, dies at 88

The adventurer did not accomplish the feat until she was in her 70s.

(FILES) This file photo taken on June 10, 1987 shows then-Japanese prime minister Yasuhiro Nakasone playing with pigeons in Plaza San Marco in Venice. - Nakasone, an ardent conservative who worked to forge a stronger military alliance with the United States, has died at the age of 101, local media said on November 29, 2019. (Photo by Mike SARGENT / AFP) (Photo by MIKE SARGENT/AFP via Getty Images)

Yasuhiro Nakasone, prime minister who championed an assertive Japan, dies at 101

Mr. Nakasone entered politics during the post-World War II American occupation of Japan and spent the rest of his career championing the reemergence of an independent nation.

Frank Biondi dies at 74; headed Viacom, Universal Studios

Known as a quiet dealmaker and a steady manager, Mr. Biondi was often in the shadows of the mercurial Sumner Redstone.

Marilyn Yalom, feminist author and historian, dies at 87

Dr. Yalom, a prolific feminist author and cultural historian whose subjects included the history of women as partners in marriage as well as the history of the female breast, died Nov. 20 at her home in Palo Alto, Calif.

Clive James, Australian-born TV host, writer, critic and all-around wit, dies at 80

Clive James, Australian-born TV host, writer, critic and all-around wit, dies at 80

Dorothy Seymour Mills, uncredited baseball historian, dies at 91

Ms. Mills collaborated for more than 30 years on a landmark three-volume history of baseball with her first husband, although he refused to credit her.

William Ruckelshaus, who refused to join in Nixon’s ‘Saturday Night Massacre’

William Ruckelshaus, who refused to join in Nixon’s ‘Saturday Night Massacre,’ dies at 87

File-This June 28, 2016, file photo shows Nick Clifford, 95, who helped Gutzon Borglum carve Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Clifford was the youngest of some 360 individuals hired. Clifford was the last living worker who helped construct Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota’s Black Hills has died. He was 98. (Josh Morgan/Rapid City Journal via AP, File)

Last living Mount Rushmore construction worker dies at 98

The last living worker who helped construct Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota’s Black Hills has died.

Mr. Katz incorporated the contributions of minorities into US history courses.

William Loren Katz, historian of African-Americans, dies at 92

The fountainhead of historian Bill Katz’s immersion in African American culture was his father’s passion for jazz. Ben Katz had derived more pleasure from the music and its historical roots than from his day job as an art director for an advertising agency.

Mr. Lyons, a former football star for the Northeastern Huskies, coached the team from 1972 to 1980.

Bo Lyons, former Northeastern head football coach, dies at 84

The former president of the New England Football Coaches Association, Mr. Lyons was an inductee to the Northeastern Varsity Club Hall of Fame and the Quincy/North Quincy High Football Hall of Fame. He had been elected football captain at North Quincy High as a junior.

Alfred E. Smith IV, emcee of Catholic charity roast, dies

Alfred E. Smith IV, who sustained the legacy of his great-grandfather, Al Smith, the New York governor known as “the Happy Warrior,” by good-naturedly ribbing presidential aspirants and other potentates as the master of ceremonies at an annual white-tie charity dinner, died Wednesday at his home in New Canaan, Conn.

Gahan Wilson, cartooning’s master of the creepy and the macabre, dies at 89

Gahan Wilson, cartooning’s master of the creepy and the macabre, dies at 89

John Simon, critic with a cutting pen, dies at 94

John Simon, one of the nation’s most erudite, vitriolic, and vilified culture critics, who illuminated and savaged a remarkable range of plays, films, literary and art works, and their creators for more than a half-century, died on Sunday in Valhalla, N.Y. He was 94.

Producer, director Arthur Marks dies; helmed ‘Perry Mason’ episodes

Mr. Marks was the director and producer of 80 episodes of “Perry Mason.” He also directed episodes of the TV shows “I Spy,” “Mannix” and “The Dukes of Hazzard.”

Tom Spurgeon, who surveyed the comic book world, dies at 50

Tom Spurgeon, a reporter and editor who gained prominence in the world of comic books and graphic novels, covering it in books, blogs and a magazine, died Nov. 13 at his home in Columbus, Ohio.

Gary Regan, ‘Joy of Mixology’ author who helped lead cocktail revolution, dies at 68

‘‘Drinks are not the main reason to tend bar,’’ he told Drink magazine in 2018. ‘‘The most important thing a bartender can do is make people smile.’’

Michael J. Pollard, veteran character actor, dies at 80

Mr. Pollard rose to fame in the 1967 hit film “Bonnie and Clyde” as C.W.

Mr. Lustig, an inmate of Auschwitz and other camps, earned an Oscar in 1994 for his work on “Schindler’s List.”

Branko Lustig, Holocaust survivor turned film producer, dies at 87

Mr. Lustig, a Croatian Jew who survived several concentration and labor camps and worked on movie sets for decades in Europe, died this month.

FILE - In this Thursday Sept. 7, 2006, file photo, Hollywood actress Lindsay Lohan, left, and boyfriend, Harry Morton arrive at London's Heathrow Airport from Venice, Italy. Harry Morton, a restaurant mogul who is the son of the Hard Rock Cafe chain co-founder and grandson of the Morton's The Steakhouse founder, has died. Pink Taco, a restaurant business Morton founded and previously owned, confirmed his death in a statement Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019. He was 38. (AP Photo/File)

Harry Morton, son of Hard Rock Cafe co-founder, dies at 38

Harry Morton, a restaurant mogul who was the son of the Hard Rock Cafe chain co-founder and grandson of the Morton’s The Steakhouse founder, has died. He was 38.

Susan and Carl Chase in 1966, while they served as counselors at Alamoosook Island Camp in Orland, Maine.

Susan and Carl Chase, an artist and a musician in Maine who chose when to end their lives

Susan, 75, and Carl, 77, explained their decision in a letter left for family and friends.

Thich Tri Quang, galvanizing monk in South Vietnam, dies

Mr. Tri Quang was a powerful orator who galvanized Buddhists to demand a greater role in public affairs at a time when Roman Catholics dominated the South Vietnamese government.

Mr. Misaka, pictured at Madison Square Garden in 2009, joined the New York Knicks in 1947.

Wat Misaka, first nonwhite player in modern pro basketball, dies at 95

Wat Misaka, the son of Japanese immigrants, was a 5-foot-7 guard who starred for the University of Utah on teams that won two national tournament championships at Madison Square Garden in New York and then joined the Knicks there in 1947.

Ms. Long, who was elected in 1985, represented Louisiana for one term.

Cathy Long dies; won husband’s US House seat after his death

Ms. Long beat three competitors with 56 percent of the vote in 1985, with a 2-1 margin over the second-place finisher for the seat held for a total of 16 years by Gillis Long.

Dorothy Seymour Mills, who received belated credit for husband’s baseball books, dies at 91

Dorothy Seymour Mills, who helped her husband Harold Seymour compile the first in-depth historical studies of baseball but who did not receive full credit for her research, editing, and writing until after his death, died Nov. 17.

Mr. Burton in Stowe,Vt., with one of his boards in 1997.

Jake Burton, whose Burton Snowboards company helped popularize the sport, dies at 65

Mr. Burton built his operation into a major player in a multibillion-dollar industry and helped change the face of sports on slopes.

Jack O’Dell, King aide fired over Communist past, dies at 96

If Mr. O’Dell’s role in the civil rights movement was relatively small, he nevertheless stood out for occupying a fraught point in history where the civil rights movement intersected with the other great preoccupation of the era — the Cold War struggle against Communism — giving rise to unfounded suspicions in some quarters.

12-11-97:Stowe, Vt.: Jake Burton at the top of Stowe with one of his boards.

Jake Burton Carpenter, who founded Burton Snowboards, dies at 65

Jake Burton Carpenter brought the snowboard to the masses and helped turn the sport into a billion-dollar business.

Walter J. Minton, publisher who defied censors, dies at 96

As president of G.P. Putnam’s Sons, Mr. Minton published Vladimir Nabokov’s “Lolita,” the 18th-century novel known as “Fannie Hill,” and other sexually explicit works that rankled the guardians of decency as it broke ground against censorship.

Roberto Clemente held his son Roberto Jr. during ceremonies honoring him in Pittsburgh. With the two are Clemente’s wife, Vera, and their two older sons, Enrique (right) and Luis.

Vera Clemente, who built legacy of iconic baseball husband, dies at 78

On New Year’s Eve 1972, an old cargo plane was taking off from Puerto Rico with relief supplies for earthquake victims in Nicaragua. On board were five people, including Roberto Clemente, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ charismatic star outfielder.

Carol Brightman, who profiled a notable writer and a notable band, dies at 80

Ms. Brightman wrote a book on the novelist and critic Mary McCarthy, a traveler in rarefied literary circles, then wrote another on what might be considered McCarthy’s polar opposite, the Grateful Dead.