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Max Fuchs, G.I. Cantor in Historic Battlefield Service, Is Dead at 96

Max Fuchs, G.I. Cantor in Historic Battlefield Service, Is Dead at 96

Max Fuchs, second from left, helped lead a battlefield prayer service for Jewish soldiers in Germany in 1944 that was broadcast in the United States.

Joan Wile, a Grandmother Against the War in Iraq, Dies at 86

Joan Wile, a Grandmother Against the War in Iraq, Dies at 86

Joan Wile protesting in New York in an undated photograph.

Overlooked No More: Julia de Burgos, a Poet Who Helped Shape Puerto Rico’s Identity

Overlooked No More: Julia de Burgos, a Poet Who Helped Shape Puerto Rico’s Identity

Julia de Burgos’s poetry explored issues like Puerto Rico’s colonial past, the legacy of slavery and American imperialism.

Yvonne Blake, Award-Winning Costume Designer, Is Dead at 78

Yvonne Blake, Award-Winning Costume Designer, Is Dead at 78

A scene from “Nicholas and Alexandra” (1971), with Michael Jayston and Janet Suzman, front, in the title roles. Yvonne Blake shared an Academy Award with Antonio Castillo for the film’s costume design.

Jean Marzollo, 75, Dies; Her ‘I Spy’ Books Challenged Children

Jean Marzollo, 75, Dies; Her ‘I Spy’ Books Challenged Children

Jean Marzollo in 2018. She wrote more than 150 children’s books, some factual, some fanciful, all for young — often very young — readers.

Muthuvel Karunanidhi, 94, Screenwriter Turned Politician, Dies

Muthuvel Karunanidhi, 94, Screenwriter Turned Politician, Dies

Muthuvel Karunanidhi in 2006, when he was chief minister of Tamil Nadu, after presenting a silk shawl to the president of the Indian National Congress party, Sonia Gandhi, in New Delhi.

Will Alsop, Architectural Provocateur, Is Dead at 70

Will Alsop, Architectural Provocateur, Is Dead at 70

The architect Will Alsop, who brought zany playfulness and bold colors to his designs.

Derrick O’Connor, Irish Actor on Stage and Screens, Dies at 77

Derrick O’Connor, Irish Actor on Stage and Screens, Dies at 77

Derrick O’Connor in an episode of “Monk,” one of many American television series on which he appeared.

Gena Turgel, Holocaust Survivor With a Love Story, Dies at 95

Gena Turgel, Holocaust Survivor With a Love Story, Dies at 95

The Holocaust survivor Gena Turgel in London in 2004. She knew the diarist Anne Frank at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp months before its liberation.

Chuck Vinci, Olympic Champion Weight Lifter, Dies at 85

Chuck Vinci, Olympic Champion Weight Lifter, Dies at 85

Chuck Vinci working out at a Manhattan health club in 1958 in preparation for a contest between American and Russian weight lifters at Madison Square Garden. He is considered one of the greatest weight lifters ever; at just under five feet, he was also one of the smallest.

Hiep Thi Le, Vietnamese Refugee Who Became Film Star, Dies at 46

Hiep Thi Le, Vietnamese Refugee Who Became Film Star, Dies at 46

Hiep Thi Le played Le Ly Hayslip in Oliver Stone’s Vietnam War drama “Heaven and Earth” (1993). The film made her an unlikely star a dozen years after her own escape from Vietnam.

Oliver Knussen, ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ Composer, Dies at 66

Oliver Knussen, ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ Composer, Dies at 66

The composer Oliver Knussen conducting at Tanglewood, where he was head of contemporary music from 1986 to 1993.

Miriam Nelson, 98, Golden Age Dancer and Choreographer, Dies

Miriam Nelson, 98, Golden Age Dancer and Choreographer, Dies

Miriam Nelson dancing with her husband at the time, Gene Nelson, at Warner Bros. Studios in the 1950s. Her career spanned seven decades.

Eugene V. Thaw, Influential Art Collector and Dealer, Is Dead at 90

Eugene V. Thaw, Influential Art Collector and Dealer, Is Dead at 90

Eugene V. Thaw, right, speaking with the art lecturer Rosamond Bernier and her husband, John Russell, the chief art critic of The New York Times, in 1994 at an exhibition of Mr. Thaw’s art collection at what is now the Morgan Library and Museum in Manhattan.

Peter Meldrum, Who Lost a Fight to Patent Genes, Dies at 71

Peter Meldrum, Who Lost a Fight to Patent Genes, Dies at 71

Peter Meldrum in his office at The Meldrum Foundation in Salt Lake City in 2016. He argued that allowing companies to patent genes would “encourage innovation and development of products that can save lives and improve the quality of lives.”

Gene Sharp, Global Guru of Nonviolent Resistance, Dies at 90

Gene Sharp, Global Guru of Nonviolent Resistance, Dies at 90

Gene Sharp in his office in East Boston in 2011. “In South America, they’re not tweeting Che Guevara; they’re tweeting Gene Sharp,” a documentary filmmaker said.


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