The journalist and author became one of the country’s foremost authorities on espionage, writing books on the CIA, turncoat spies, and whether intelligence agencies had become an unaccountable ‘‘invisible government.”
Gerald Schuster, prominent Boston businessman, philanthropist, Democratic booster, dies at 89
Gerald Schuster, a prominent Boston businessman and Democratic booster known for his far-reaching civic endeavors, has died at the age of 89.
Ex-Kentucky senator who lost to Mitch McConnell in 1984 dies at 92
Walter “Dee” Huddleston was a former two-term US senator who lost his re-election bid in 1984 to Republican Mitch McConnell in one of Kentucky’s most storied and pivotal political campaigns.
Jeanne Ashworth, first US woman to win Olympic speed skating medal, dies at 80
Ms. Ashworth, who was from Wilmington, won the bronze at the 1960 Olympics in Squaw Valley, Calif., in the first year of the women’s competition.
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Mr. Steitz shared a Nobel Prize in chemistry for figuring out the structure of a large molecule that is the site of such crucial protein synthesis.
Colonel Baker persuaded the Army in 1972 to reverse Theodore Roosevelt’s 1906 ruling against an all-black infantry unit.
Mr. Pitofsky was credited with energizing the agency with his forceful yet measured approach to competition and consumer protection.
Mrs. Grissom’s husband, Virgil Grissom, died in the 1967 Apollo disaster.
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Jim Taylor, Hall of Fame fullback for the Green Bay Packers, dies at 83
Mr. Taylor was the first star in coach Vince Lombardi’s dynasty to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Microsoft cofounder and philanthropist Paul Allen dies at 65
Mr. Allen founded the software giant along with his childhood friend, Bill Gates.
Microsoft cofounder and philanthropist Paul Allen dies at 65
Allen founded the software giant along with his childhood friend, Bill Gates.
William Coors, ultraconservative head of brewery, dies at 102
The brewing company executive’s anti-union policies incurred boycotts and the wrath of organized labor, civil rights groups, and minorities.
George Taliaferro, first black drafted by NFL, dies at 91
Mr. Taliaferro, an All-Pro three times, was extraordinarily versatile, playing quarterback, halfback, wide receiver, defensive back, punter, and punt and kick returner.
Arnold Kopelson, ‘Platoon’ producer, dies at 83
Mr. Kopelson broke into show business as an entertainment and banking attorney and began producing films in the late 1970s.
Natalie Wasserman Wolf, 98, art consultant who enlivened senior communities
“Art is supposed to make you think, to make us feel alive,” Mrs. Wolf said in 2009.
Joseph Tydings, 90, progressive one-term Maryland senator
The Maryland politician’s dashing looks and progressive leanings led John F. Kennedy to tap him for US attorney and then propelled him to the Senate.
Pik Botha, apartheid-era South African minister, dies at 86
Mr. Botha, the last foreign minister of South Africa’s apartheid era, was a contradictory figure who staunchly defended white minority rule but recognized that change was inevitable.
Alex Spanos, Chargers owner and businessman, dies at 95
Mr. Spanos used a self-made fortune from construction and real estate to buy the Chargers in 1984.
Richard Kaplan, acclaimed documentarian, dies at 93
Mr. Kaplan directed an Oscar-winning documentary about Eleanor Roosevelt and oversaw production of an acclaimed portrait of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Sonia Orbuch, who fought Nazis as a girl, dies at 93
Ms. Orbuch survived the Holocaust as a teenager in eastern Europe by joining a resistance group.
Virginia Kahn, founder of Atrium School, dies at 90
From the proceeds of a family heirloom, she established the Watertown private school almost four decades ago.
Dave Anderson, award-winning New York Times sportswriter, dies at 89
Mr. Anderson was one of just three sportswriters to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for commentary, which he won in 1981.
Christos G. Nahatis, famous for his Saladmaster TV ads, dies at 95
Mr. Nahatis, a lifelong Manchester-by-the-Sea resident, turned his hardscrabble childhood to his successful reign as Mr. Saladmaster.
John Gagliardi, college football’s winningest coach, dies at 91
Mr. Gagliardi spent 64 seasons as head coach at Division III powerhouse St. John’s.
Scott Wilson, ‘In Cold Blood’ and ‘Walking Dead’ actor, dies at 76
Mr. Wilson was best known for playing villains and rogues, often with a Southern accent that he drew from his upbringing in small-town Georgia.
Annabelle Wade Shepherd, longtime civic leader in Concord, dies at 99
Mrs. Shepherd chaired the Board of Selectmen for four years and served stints on the Finance Committee and Board of Assessors.
Vladimir Radunsky, 64, protean children’s book illustrator
The illustrator used an abundance of artistic styles to create captivating children’s books about subjects including Albert Einstein, a rapping dog, and a towering stalk of asparagus.
Audrey Wells, 58, ‘The Hate U Give’ screenwriter
Mrs. Wells, who wrote the screenplay for the brand new feature film ‘‘The Hate U Give,’’ died after a five-year battle with cancer, the day before the film was released.
Montserrat Caballe, 85, Spanish opera singer
Ms. Caballe was renowned for her bel canto technique and her interpretations of the roles of Rossini, Bellini, and Donizetti.
Will Vinton, 70, animator behind California Raisins, Claymation
Mr. Vinton’s studio was best known for the 1986 California Raisins ad campaign featuring Claymation raisins dancing to ‘‘I Heard It Through the Grapevine.’’
Albert Creighton Jr., 100, land preservationist and plastic-steel manufacturer
Mr. Creighton was the founding president of Chemical Development Corp. of Danvers, which manufactured Devcon plastic steel.
Geoff Emerick, recorded the Beatles in their prime, dies at 72
Mr. Emerick was credited with helping to shape the band’s ever-evolving music on “Revolver” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”
Gary Kurtz, hands-on ‘Star Wars’ producer, dies at 78
Mr. Kurtz helped George Lucas create one of the most successful franchises in movie history.
Robert O’Neil, former University of Virginia president and scholar of First Amendment, dies at 83
A Boston-born, Harvard-trained law professor, Dr. O’Neil arrived at the University of Virginia as the university’s first president with no ties to the South.
Juan Romero, busboy who aided wounded Robert Kennedy, dies at 68
Juan Romero was grasping Robert F. Kennedy’s hand when gunshots rang out, one of them striking the New York senator in the head.
Leon Lederman, explorer (and explainer) of the subatomic world, dies at 96
Joseph D. Lykken, a theoretical physicist at Fermilab, said he considered Dr. Lederman “the best ambassador of physics to the general public since Einstein.”
Sidney Shachnow, Holocaust survivor who became US Army major general, dies at 83
Sidney Shachnow fought in Vietnam as an Army Green Beret.
Do Muoi, Vietnam’s leader in economic transition, dies at 101
The revolutionary served for six years as the country’s leader during its transition to a market economy under a Communist government.
Jerry González, innovator of Latin jazz, dies at 69
The trumpeter and percussionist was a central figure in Latin jazz, especially through the Fort Apache Band, which he formed almost 40 years ago.
David Schippers, lawyer who helped bring impeachment charges against Bill Clinton, dies at 88
David Schippers reviewed the findings of independent counsel Kenneth Starr and determined that President Bill Clinton should be impeached and removed from office.
Real Peggy Sue, of 1958 Buddy Holly song fame, dies at 78
Peggy Sue Gerron in 2008 released her autobiography ‘‘Whatever Happened to Peggy Sue?: A Memoir by Buddy Holly’s Peggy Sue’’ to mark the 50th anniversary of the song.
Walter Laqueur, scholar of terrorism and the Holocaust, dies at 97
Mr. Laqueur became a distinguished scholar of the Holocaust, the collapse of the Soviet Union, European decline, the Middle East conflict, and global terrorism.
George Hatsopoulos, inventor who created and led Thermo Electron Corp., dies at 91
In a sense, George Hatsopoulos spent his entire life filling unmet needs.
Wayne Meyers, researcher and doctor who treated leprosy patients in Africa, dies at 94
Dr. Meyers became one of the world’s foremost infectious disease researchers.
Charles Aznavour, enduring French singer with global reach, dies at 94
Mr. Aznavour was one of France’s most celebrated singers of popular songs as well as a composer, film star, and lifelong champion of the Armenian people.
George Kolombatovich, fencing coach at Columbia and the Metropolitan Opera, dies at 72
Mr. Kolombatovich coached Columbia University fencers to five NCAA championships and taught sword fighting to cast members of “Otello,” “Carmen” and “Don Giovanni” at the Metropolitan Opera.
Otis Rush, innovative blues singer and guitarist, dies at 83
Mr. Rush had a profound influence not just on his fellow bluesmen but also on rock guitarists like Eric Clapton and Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page.
John Putnam, who became Herman Melville for ‘Moby-Dick’ fans, dies at 82
Mr. Putnam portrayed the author at New York City’s South Street Seaport Museum.
Merle Debuskey, renowned theatrical press agent, dies at 95
Mr. Debuskey was an influential force on and off Broadway for decade.