The country star headlined the cornpone TV show ‘‘Hee Haw’’ for nearly a quarter century and was known for such hits as ‘‘Yesterday When I was Young’’ and ‘‘Honeymoon Feeling.”
Francis Lai, film composer who won Oscar for ‘Love Story’ score, dies at 86
Mr. Lai composed the music for more than 100 films, including the 1966 hit French film ‘‘A Man and a Woman.’’
Devah Pager, a Harvard sociologist who documented bias in hiring, dies at 46
Dr. Pager was a rising star in the field of sociology.
Grace Corrigan, mother of Christa McAuliffe and education advocate, dies at 94
The Framingham resident met life’s reversals with candor, clarity, and a determination to keep doing good.
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Mr. Johnson became the first player in New York Giants history to gain at least 1,000 rushing yards in a season, achieving the milestone twice in the 1970s.
Long before Mr. Maguire was a civil rights activist or developed inclusive college admissions standards, he grew up in the segregated South with views on race that were far from enlightened.
Mr. Plank witnessed the atomic-bomb attack on Nagasaki and then returned from the war to help found one of the nation’s largest independent oil and gas companies, Apache.
Mr. Rand became one of the few African-American chief executives of a Fortune 500 company when he took control of Avis, the rental car company, in 1999.
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Dana G. Mead, who formerly chaired the MIT Corporation, dies at 82
Dana Mead helped to bring diversity to MIT, and earlier had been a business leader and Army officer.
Douglas Rain, chilly voice of a computer named HAL, dies at 90
Mr. Rain performed for 32 seasons with the Stratford Festival in Ontario but was perhaps most famous for one faceless movie role — the voice of the HAL 9000 computer in “2001: A Space Odyssey.”
Former state senator Frederick Berry, tireless advocate for the disabled, dies at 68
A former aide to Berry told the State House News Service that the Peabody Democrat died after a “brief illness.”
Stan Lee, colorful catalyst for comic-book industry’s rise, dies at 95
As chief writer and editor of Marvel Comics, Mr. Lee helped create some of the most enduring superheroes of the 20th century.
Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee dies at 95
Lee has for decades been revered as a comic book giant for his central role in creating the Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man, Iron Man, and other major Marvel characters.
Gérald Bloncourt, 91, Haitian photographer and activist
Mr. Bloncourt turned his zeal for social justice into photography that captured the humanity of immigrants and factory workers.
Paul Zimmerman (Dr. Z) dies at 86; chronicled football’s complexity
Mr. Zimmerman’s whose deep understanding of football informed his work at Sports Illustrated and influenced the way other reporters covered the sport.
Kitty O’Neil, deaf stuntwoman and speed racer, at 72
In December 1976, Kitty O’Neil, piloting a three-wheeled rocket-powered vehicle called the SMI Motivator, set a speed record which still stands.
Trailblazing African-American RB Wally Triplett dies at 92
Wally Triplett, the trailblazing running back who was one of the first African-Americans drafted by an NFL team, has died. He was 92.
Judith Kazantzis, British feminist poet and activist, dies at 78
Before she found her voice as a feminist poet, Judith Kazantzis, who grew up in one of Britain’s most prominent literary families, began writing as an escape from the humdrum life of a housewife.
Bob Naegele Jr., founding owner of Minnesota Wild, has died at 78
Mr. Naegele was the lead investor in the expansion franchise that began play in 2000, eight seasons after the North Stars left Minnesota for Dallas.
Rod Rust, former New England Patriots head coach, 90
As defensive coordinator, Mr. Rust helped lead the team to its first Super Bowl in 1986.
Bernard Bragg, at 90; pioneering deaf actor who brought sign language to the stage
Mr. Bragg co-founded the National Theatre of the Deaf.
Virgil Marson, co-owner of legendary Andover Shop, dies at 94
Mr. Marson was a renowned, if discreet, figure in Greater Boston men’s clothing.
Mario Segale, developer who inspired Nintendo to name Super Mario, dies at 84
Mario A. Segale, a Seattle-area real estate developer who unwittingly lent his name to perhaps the most famous video game character in history — Nintendo’s Mario — died at a local hospital on Oct.
Evelyn Y. Davis, attention-grabbing shareholder activist, dies at 89
The brash Ms. Davis owned stock in more than 80 public companies and rarely failed to make her presence known at corporate-investor meeting.
Roy Hargrove, acclaimed trumpeter who embraced many styles, dies at 49
Mr. Hargrove explored Cuban and electronic music, R&B and hip-hop while performing with artists as diverse as Dizzy Gillespie, Stevie Wonder, and Common.
William Murtagh, 95, ‘pied piper’ of American historic preservation
Mr. Murtagh was appointed the first ‘‘keeper’’ of the National Register of Historic Places.
Victor Marchetti, 88, disillusioned CIA officer who challenged secrecy rules
Mr. Marchetti co-wrote a best-selling book in the 1970s about the agency’s inner workings.
Sonny Fortune, 79, saxophonist of urgency and grace
The alto saxophone was Mr. Fortune’s primary instrument, but he also was known for his command of the flute and clarinet.
Cot Campbell, who spurred the democratization of horse racing, dies at 91
The dapper racehorse owner and writer brought democracy to the sport of kings by pioneering shared ownership of thoroughbreds.
Raymond Chow, film producer who discovered Bruce Lee, dies at age 91
Mr. Chow also introduced the world to Jackie Chan and brought the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to the big screen.
María Irene Fornés, writer of spare, poetic plays,
María Irene Fornés, a Cuban-born American playwright, died Tuesday in Manhattan. She was 88.
Former Seattle Seahawks coach Jack Patera dies at 85
Jack Patera, the first head coach in the history of the Seattle Seahawks, has died at age 85.
Dr. William F. Bernhard, innovative surgeon who treated baby Patrick Kennedy, dies at 93
Dr. William F. Bernhard, 93, of Framingham, who died Oct. 29, was an innovative cardiovascular surgeon whose patients included baby Patrick Kennedy.
Willie McCovey, Giants’ Hall of Famer, dead at 80
Willie McCovey, the sweet-swinging Hall of Famer nicknamed “Stretch” for his 6-foot-4 height and those long arms, died Wednesday. He was 80.
Leicester City owner Vichai succeeded in soccer and business
Thai billionaire and Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who died when his helicopter crashed in a parking lot next to the soccer club’s stadium, was known to fans as a smiling, benevolent man who gave away free beers and hot dogs on his birthday and brought the club its fairy-tale English Premier League title in 2016. He was 60.
Ruth Gates, renowned coral scientist and conservation advocate, dies at 56
Dr. Gates first became transfixed by coral reefs through the color TV films of sea explorer Jacques Cousteau.
Author Ntozake Shange of ‘For Colored Girls’ fame has died
Ms. Shange’s ‘‘For Colored Girls’’ has been influential to generations of progressive thinkers.
The long, deadly career of James J. ‘Whitey’ Bulger
His life played out like any number of the Hollywood movies it spawned, reflecting a Boston that is no more.
Armond Colombo, legendary Brockton football coach, dies at 87
Mr. Colombo’s teams won nine Eastern Mass. Division 1 Super Bowl championships.
Eugene Peterson, whose Bible translations sold millions of copies, dies at 85
Rev. Peterson never led a church of more than 500 congregants, yet he quietly became one of the most influential religious thinkers of his time.
Ntozake Shange, author of ‘For Colored Girls,’ has died
Ms. Shange’s most acclaimed theater piece was the 1975 Tony Award-nominated play.
Danny Leiner, 57, director of ‘Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle’
Mr. Leiner turned the wanderings of the wasted into two successful movies: “Dude, Where’s My Car?” and “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle.”
James Karen, 94, character actor from ‘Poltergeist,’ ‘Return of the Living Dead’
Mr. Karen began a long career as a character actor at the suggestion of a congressman.
Tony Hoagland, 64, poet with a wry outlook
At turns humorous, at times heartfelt, the verse of Mr. Hoagland could transform the commonplace into a place of wonder.
Lorna Cooke deVaron, 97, groundbreaking conductor at New England Conservatory
Mrs. deVaron’s 30-year conducting career took her from Radcliffe College and Harvard University to Bryn Mawr College, and then to New England Conservatory.
John Ziegler, NHL president who oversaw merger, dies at 84
Mr. Ziegler was the first American to run the league and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1987.
Gilberto Benetton, a founder of fashion brand, dies at 77
Gilberto Benetton was one of the four founding siblings of the Italian brand known as much for its shock factor ad campaigns as its colorful knitwear.
Richard Violette, horse trainer created programs for track workers, dies at 65
‘‘Rick was a champion, plain and simple,’’ a New York colleague said. “His work, largely unnoticed and often unrecognized, made the lives of the backstretch workers better.”
Country bluesman, hit songwriter Tony Joe White dies at 75
Tony Joe White was the hit songwriter behind such successes as “Polk Salad Annie” and “Rainy Night in Georgia.”