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Dr. Teruko Ishizaka, 92, who found a key to allergies

Dr. Teruko Ishizaka, an immunologist whose joint research with her husband in the 1960s advanced the monitoring, treatment, and prevention of asthma, hay fever, and drug and food allergies, died June 4 in Yamagata, Japan.

Anthony Price, British author of thrillers with deep links to history, has died

Anthony Price was a British journalist who, in his spare hours, wrote 19 novels that drew deeply from history and are considered among the finest spy thrillers of their time.

Keith Botsford, man of letters and Saul Bellow associate, dies at 90

Mr. Botsford was professor emeritus of journalism at Boston University’s College of Communication and had lived, and written, in Costa Rica for some time.

Alan Brinkley, scholar of liberalism, dead at 70

An influential historian and academic, Dr. Brinkley traced the evolution of liberalism from the New Deal to the 21st century.

Yannick Bellon, French director with feminist bent, dies at 95

Yannick Bellon, a provocative French filmmaker with a feminist point of view whose movies in the 1970s and ’80s explored divorce, breast cancer and the effects of rape on a young woman and her family, died on June 2 at a nursing home in Paris.

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Indian theater and film personality Girish Karnad dies at 81

Girish Karnad, a top Indian playwright, actor, and director and a rights activist, died Monday after a prolonged illness. He was 81.

Robert Earle, host of popular TV quiz show ‘General Electric College Bowl,’ dies at 93

Robert Earle was the articulate and fast-talking host of one of television’s most challenging and popular quiz shows of the 1960s, ‘‘General Electric College Bowl.”

In this Nov. 28, 2010, photo, Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen looks on prior to the start of an NFL football game between the St. Louis Rams and the Denver Broncos, in Denver. Denver Broncos owner Bowlen dies at age 75, family says in statement released by team.(AP Photo/Joe Mahoney, File)

Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen dies at 75

Pat Bowlen, owner of the Denver Broncos, transformed the team from also-rans into NFL champions and helped the league usher in billion-dollar TV deals.

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James King, guiding presence behind the scenes for top Democrats, dies at 84

James King, 84, of Rockport, who died June 9, was longtime guiding presence behind the scenes for top Democrats.

FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 7, 2007, file photo, Sylvia Miles arrives for the 2006 New York Film Critic's Circle Awards at the Supper Club in New York. Miles, whose brief appearances in “Midnight Cowboy” and “Farewell, My Lovely,” earned her two Academy Award nominations, died Wednesday, June 12, 2019. Miles was also a scene-stealing character of the New York party scene, beloved for her outgoing personality and flamboyant fashion sense. (AP Photo/Rick Maiman, File)

Sylvia Miles, actress with a flair for the flamboyant, dies at 94

Sylvia Miles earned two Academy Award nominations (for “Midnight Cowboy” and “Farewell, My Lovely”) and decades of glowing reviews for her acting before drawing equal attention for her midlife transition to constant partygoer and garishly flamboyant dresser.

Lew Klein, who helped create ‘American Bandstand,’ dies at 91

Mr. Klein was a broadcast pioneer who helped create “American Bandstand” and launched the careers of Dick Clark and Bob Saget.

FILE - In this March 19, 2015, file photo, John Gunther Dean, the last U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia before it fell to the Khmer Rouge in 1975, is an interviewed by the Associated Press in Paris. Dean’s family says he died June 6, 2019. Dean oversaw the evacuation of the embassy in Phnom Penh as the capital fell to the Khmer Rouge and tried to find safe passage for the Cambodians who had battled against the communist insurgents. Many of those who didn’t escape were killed. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon, File)

John Gunther Dean, ambassador haunted by US departure from Cambodia, dies at 93

The Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany served as US ambassador to five countries.

Billy Gabor, former Syracuse and NBA star, dies at 97

Nicknamed ‘‘The Bullet’’’ because of his speed, Gabor, who grew up in Binghamton, New York, played six years for the Syracuse Nationals of the NBA.

Dr. Feldstein had spent much of the last half century teaching and conducting research at Harvard University.

Martin S. Feldstein, Harvard professor and economic adviser to presidents, dies at 79

Martin S. Feldstein, 79, of Belmont, who died June 11, was a Harvard University professor who formerly served as chairman of President Ronald Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisers.

Gabriele Grunewald, an NCAA all-American runner in the 1,500 meters, was interviewed at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore., May 26, 2017. Less than two weeks after that race she began daily chemotherapy sessions, her fourth bout with the cancer that finally claimed her life on Tuesday.

Gabriele Grunewald, long-distance runner who chronicled journey with cancer, dies at 32

Gabriele Grunewald was an elite runner who gained the support of thousands of followers on social media for her perseverance in competing while facing a rare metastatic cancer.

Herbert Sandler, savings and loan magnate who also seeded ProPublica, dies at 87

Herbert Sandler, savings and loan magnate who also seeded ProPublica, dies at 87

Lee Hee-ho, influential former first lady of South Korea, 96

Ms. Lee helped her husband take on a military dictatorship and used her influence to expand women’s rights in a deeply male-dominated country.

Tony Glover, master of the blues harmonica, dies at 79

Tony Glover, a harmonica player who as a member of the group Koerner, Ray and Glover was at the center of the folk music revival of the 1960s and helped introduce a new audience to the blues, died on May 29 in a hospital in St. Paul, Minn.

Bushwick Bill, rapper who told harrowing tales in Geto Boys, dies at 52

Bushwick Bill, who helped inject Southern hip-hop storytelling with vivid psychological horror and lightly morbid comedy and became one of the genre’s most recognizable characters in the process, died Sunday at a Colorado hospital.

Katherine McCourt, 102, of Londonderry, N.H., was the child of immigrants from County Galway in Ireland.

Katherine McCourt, who encouraged all to practice ‘acceptance and gratitude,’ dies at 102

Katherine McCourt, 102, who died June 6, encouraged her family and everyone to practice “acceptance and gratitude.”

Hyannis Fire Captain Tom Kenney, who saved lives and taught others how to do so, too, dies at 65

Tom Kenney, who died June 5, was a longtime Hyannis firefighter and paramedic who was part of the first FEMA team to arrive at Ground Zero in New York after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Le Anne Schreiber, a trailblazer among sports editors, dies at 73

Ms. Schreiber became the first woman to run a major American daily newspaper’s sports section when The New York Times appointed her to that position in 1978.

Janet Pagliuca.

Janet Pagliuca, a jazz singer wherever she lived, dies at 86

As a newlywed and then a young mother in the 1950s, Janet Pagliuca would ride from Framingham into Brookline and Boston for singing lessons and to perform.

Mr. Kinstler, with actor Christopher Plummer after painting Plummer’s portrait.

Everett Raymond Kinstler, portrait artist of presidents and celebrities, dies at 92

Everett Raymond Kinstler began his career as a comic book illustrator and became one of the country’s premier portrait artists, with paintings of celebrities, business tycoons, Cabinet officers and eight presidents.

Patricia Bath, cataract treatment inventor, dies at 76

Dr. Patricia Bath became the first black female doctor to receive a medical patent after she invented a more precise treatment of cataracts.

The New Orleans musician blended black and white musical styles with a hoodoo-infused stage persona and gravelly bayou drawl.

‘Dr. John,’ funky New Orleans ‘night-tripper’ musician, dies

The family of the Louisiana-born musician known as Dr. John says the celebrated singer and piano player has died.

Henry Lynch, celebrated as father of cancer genetics, dies at 91

Known as the father of cancer genetics, he was credited with saving thousands of lives by championing screening practices that help physicians catch cancers early in their course, as well as preventive surgeries that in some cases forestall the disease’s onset altogether.

Judge Doyle served as a judge for 34 years in Salem.

Judge David T. Doyle, legendary jurist at Salem District Court, dies at 90

Judge David T. Doyle, 90, who died June 2, was a legendary jurist who presided for 35 years in Salem District Court.

Louis Levi Oakes, last of the Mohawk code talkers, dies at 94

Louis Levi Oakes, the last of the Mohawk code talkers, helped American soldiers triumph in the Pacific Theater during World War II along with code talkers from other tribes.

James Ketchum, who conducted LSD experiments on soldiers, dies at 87

“The idea of chemical weapons is still preferable to me, depending on how they are used, as a way of neutralizing an enemy,” Dr. Ketchum said.

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Adele Herter Seronde, a catalyst for Boston’s Summerthing festival, dies at 93

Adele Herter Seronde, 93, of Sedona, Ariz., who died April 16, had been a catalyst for launching Boston’s Summerthing festival.

Lowell North; his sails propelled teams to glory

Lowell North, a pioneering sailmaker who won an Olympic gold medal and four world championships in the venerable Star Class, has died. He was 89.

In this March 19, 2015 photo, U.S. District Judge Ellen Bree Burns poses for a portrait in her courtroom in the federal courthouse in New Haven, Conn. Burns who retired in 2015, was the first woman to serve on the federal bench in Connecticut. She died after a brief illness on Monday, June 3, 2019, at a hospital in New Haven. She was 95. (Christian Abraham/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP)

Ellen Bree Burns, pioneering federal judge, dies at 95

Retired US District Judge Ellen Bree Burns, the first woman to serve on the federal bench in Connecticut, was widely admired as a pioneer and role model.

Juliann Bluitt Foster, trailblazer in dentistry, dies at 80

Ms. Bluitt Foster, an African-American woman, became a dentist at a time when only about 2 percent of dental school graduates were women and “maybe 2 percent of that 2 percent” were African American, said Dr. Jeanne Craig Sinkford, a former dean of Howard University’s dental school.

Mr. Fraser, flanked by Walter Mondale and Hubert Humphrey, celebrated his reelection win.

Don Fraser, ex-congressman and Minneapolis mayor, dies at 95

Mr. Fraser led hearings that exposed a conspiracy by South Korean officials to buy political influence.

Thad Cochran, lawmaker who brought largess to Mississippi

Mr. Cochran was a courtly Mississippi Republican who cultivated his constituents for 45 years as a congressman and US senator with traditional catfish fries, Southern charm, and billions of dollars in federal pork-barrel largess.

Leann Birch, who knew how to get a child to eat peas, dies at 72

Leann L. Birch, whose research into children’s eating habits challenged some long-held notions about finicky young diners and led to new insights on childhood nutrition and obesity, died May 26 in Durham, North Carolina.

Leah Chase, New Orleans chef who championed Creole cuisine, dies at 96

Leah Chase, New Orleans chef who championed Creole cuisine, dies at 96

Leah Chase mixed bread pudding at Muriel's restaurant in New Orleans.

Legendary New Orleans chef Leah Chase dies

Ms. Chase transformed the restaurant bearing her father-in-law’s name from a sandwich shop where black patrons could buy lottery tickets to a refined restaurant where people of all races dined.

Pioneering psychedelic rocker Roky Erickson dies at 71

Mr. Erickson headed the Austin-based 13th Floor Elevators, a pioneering psychedelic rock band in the 1960s that scored with ‘‘You’re Gonna Miss Me.’’

Roger Hirson, who wrote the book for ‘Pippin,’ 93

Mr. Hirson was a prominent writer for live television in the 1950s and ’60s who collaborated with composer Stephen Schwartz on the hit Broadway musical “Pippin.”

Richard Todd at the Cummington Fair in 2018.

Richard Todd, editor who shaped work of Tracy Kidder and others, dies at 78

Richard Todd, 78, of Ashfield, who died April 21, was a longtime editor at Houghton Mifflin, The Atlantic Monthly who shaped work of Tracy Kidder and others.

Leon Redbone, acclaimed 1970s musician, dies at 69

Leon Redbone, the acclaimed singer and guitarist who performed jazz, ragtime and Tin Pan Alley-style songs, died Thursday, according to a statement released by his family.

Richard Matsch, judge who oversaw the Oklahoma City bombing trial, dies at 88

US District Judge Richard Matsch ruled his courtroom with a firm gavel and a short temper and gained national respect in the 1990s for his handling of the Oklahoma City bombing trials.

LaSalle D. Leffall Jr., first black president of American Cancer Society, dies at 89

LaSalle D. Leffall Jr. was a Howard University cancer specialist who chaired the medical school’s department of surgery for 25 years and became the first African-American president of the American Cancer Society and other medical organizations.

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Amalie Kass, teacher, medical historian, and patron of the Greenway Carousel, dies at 91

Amalie Kass, 91, of Belmont, who died May 19, was a teacher, a medical historian, and the patron and creative force behind the creation of the carousel on the Rose Kennedy Greenway.