Mr. Dillard was one of the most dominant runners of his generation, a four-time Olympic gold medalist, and the oldest living US Olympic champion.
Noel Ignatiev, scholar who wanted to abolish white racial privilege, dies at 78
Mr. Ignatiev, a former scholar at Harvard University and a longtime writer and professor, helped found the journal Race Traitor, with its slogan “treason to whiteness is loyalty to humanity.”
Werner Doehner, last survivor of the Hindenburg disaster, dies at 90
Mr. Doehner was the only person left of the 62 passengers and crew who survived the May 6, 1937, fire that killed his father, sister, and 34 others. He was just 8 years old at the time.
Shoji Sadao, quiet hand behind two visionary architects, dies at 92
Mr. Sadao’s behind-the-scenes talent helped bring to life the innovations of R. Buckminster Fuller and Isamu Noguchi.
Dr. Wayne Bardin, innovative researcher on birth control, dies at 85
C. Wayne Bardin, a groundbreaking researcher in reproductive physiology, who was instrumental in the development of long-acting contraceptive methods — including Norplant, Jadelle and Mirena — used by millions of women around the world, died on Oct. 10 at his home in New York.
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With resilience, grace, and an expansive soul, the Wayland town official leavened the lives in his orbit.
Rick Ludwin, who oversaw late-night programming at NBC for many years but is probably best known for backing the sitcom “Seinfeld” when it seemed the network might drop it before the show started its storied run, died on Sunday at a hospital in Los Angeles. He was 71.
Zeke Bratkowski, the quarterback who backed up Bart Starr during the Green Bay Packers’ 1960s dynasty, has died at his Florida home. He was 88.
Jan Erik Kongshaug, a recording engineer who helped sculpt the rich and quietly splendorous sound of ECM Records, an influential label that has produced timeless jazz and contemporary classical recordings, died on Nov. 5 in Oslo, Norway.
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Tour de France ‘eternal runner-up’ Poulidor dies at 83
Raymond Poulidor, the “eternal runner-up” whose repeated failure to win the Tour de France helped him conquer French hearts and become the country’s all-time favorite cyclist, has died. He was 83.
Charles Rogers, former Detroit Lions receiver, dies at 38
Charles Rogers, a former Detroit Lions receiver whose promising NFL career was derailed by injuries and drug use, died on Monday in Fort Myers, Florida. He was 38.
Richard T. Flood Jr., a hockey coach and private school headmaster, dies at 84
Richard T. Flood Jr., 84, who died Oct. 30, was a hockey coach at Noble and Greenough School and headmaster of Salisbury School.
William Hughes, congressman and ambassador, dies at 87
William J. Hughes, who served 20 years in Congress representing the 2nd District of New Jersey and then was US ambassador to Panama during the years leading up to the transfer of control of the Panama Canal from the United States to Panama, died Oct. 30.
Maria Perego, Italian puppeteer who created the mouse Topo Gigio, dies at 95
Maria Perego, Italian puppeteer who created the mouse Topo Gigio, dies at 95
Robert Norris, a Marlboro Man in commercials, dies at 90
Robert C. Norris, a rancher known for his role as the Marlboro Man in television commercials for the cigarette brand, died Sunday at Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Kaiser Permanente CEO Tyson dies unexpectedly at 60
He was the first African-American to head the company as CEO when he took that position in 2013.
James Stern, who disrupted a racist group, dies at 55
James Hart Stern, a black minister with a colorful past who made news this year by seeming to wrangle control of a Michigan neo-Nazi group away from far-right extremists in hopes of turning it to nobler ends, died Oct. 11 at his home in Moreno Valley, Calif., about 60 miles from Los Angeles.
Louis Eppolito, police officer turned mob hit man, dies at 71
Louis Eppolito was practically born into the Mafia.
A sentinel to the memories of those lost at Pearl Harbor
George Hursey, 98, who died Nov. 5, was an Army veteran who survived the Pearl Harbor attack. A Southerner by birth, after the war he settled in his wife’s hometown of Brockton.
Gillian Jagger, sculptor whose medium was nature, dies
Ms. Jagger was a fiercely independent creator who adhered to her own instincts and vision; though her work has affinities with feminist art, land art, and post-minimalism, she never aligned with any prevailing styles or movements.
Robert Freeman, Beatles album cover photographer, dies at 82
Paul McCartney said Mr. Freeman ‘‘was one of our favorite photographers during the Beatles years who came up with some of our most iconic album covers.’’
Gay Byrne, who tackled taboos as Ireland’s TV host, dies at 85
The beloved Irish radio and television personality broke codes of silence over sexual practices, abuse, and hypocrisy in Ireland’s deeply conservative Roman Catholic society.
Leading intellectual in Benin, Albert Tevoedjre, dies at 89
Albert Tevoedjre, a Benin political scientist and one of former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s most trusted experts on social and economic development strategies for Africa, has died in Porto-Novo, Benin, at the age of 89.
Marya Columbia, whose music soothed on 9/11, dies at 63
Like many New Yorkers, Marya Columbia felt compelled to respond to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 — to do something, to help someone. What she, a violinist, had to offer was music.
Overlooked no more: Annie Londonderry rode out of Boston and into history
The decade before the 20th century began saw an explosion in bicycle sales and cycling in general and in June of 1894, Annie Cohen Kopchovsky, a Latvian immigrant about age 23, cycled away from her Boston home, leaving a husband and three small children, for a journey around the world.
Stephen Dixon, prolific writer of experimental, unsettling fiction, dies at 83
Stephen Dixon, a prolific novelist and short-story writer whose humorous, freewheeling fiction traced the shocks and jolts of romance, aging, and everyday life, in an experimental but plain-spoken style that brought readers deep inside the minds of his characters, died Wednesday.
Stan Kozak, Gardner museum’s chief gardener, dies at 67
Mr. Kozak, of Stoughton, who died Nov. 3, was head of horticulture at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, where he had cultivated beauty for 50 years.
Marie Laforêt, French singer and actress ‘with the golden eyes,’ dies at 80
Marie Laforêt, an actress and singer who became one of the most captivating French performers of the 1960s and ’70s and who was known for her piercing eyes, melancholy voice, and freewheeling approach to fame, died Nov. 2 in Genolier, Switzerland, 20 miles north of Geneva.
Rudy Boesch, Navy SEAL and ‘Survivor’ star, dies at 91
Rudy Boesch, who had a distinguished military career that included being one of the first Navy SEALs, then attained an entirely different distinction in his 70s when he became a contestant and audience favorite on the popular CBS reality show “Survivor,” died Friday in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
William B. Branch, playwright of the black experience, dies at 92
William B. Branch, a playwright, television writer, producer and actor who, in his work, explored African American life and sought to challenge the stereotypes that burdened it, died on Sunday in Hawthorne, New York.
Ernest J. Gaines, novelist of ‘Miss Jane Pittman,’ dies at 86
Mr. Gaines wrote of the inner struggle for dignity among Southern black people before the civil rights era in such novels as “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman” and “A Lesson Before Dying.’’
Ann Crumb, who starred in ‘Aspects of Love,’ dies at 69
Ann Crumb, the actress and singer who starred in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Aspects of Love” in both London and New York, died on Thursday at her parents’ home in Media, Pa., a suburb of Philadelphia. She was 69.
Brian Tarantina of ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ dead at 60
Mr. Tarantina was a character actor who most recently was known for his role in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”
Victoria Braithwaite, professor who reported that fish feel pain, dies at 52
Her death, from pancreatic cancer, was confirmed by a spokeswoman for Penn State University, where she had been a professor of fisheries and biology since 2007.
Flamboyant Puerto Rican astrologer Walter Mercado dies at 88
Walter Mercado, a flamboyant astrologer and television personality whose daily TV appearances entertained many across Latin America and the United States for more than a decade, has died. He was 88.
Colorful Columbia Sportswear Co. chairwoman Gert Boyle dies
Gert Boyle, the colorful chairwoman of Oregon-based Columbia Sportswear Co. who starred in ads proclaiming her as “One Tough Mother,” died Sunday. She was 95.
Bernard Slade, ‘Partridge Family’ creator and playwright, dies at 89
Mr. Slade wrote one of the most successful plays in Broadway history, “Same Time, Next Year.”
Enriqueta Basilio, the first woman to light Olympic flame, dies
A 20-year-old member of the Mexican track and field team, she created a stir in the international press after she was selected to light the Olympic caldron in 1968 and greeted the honor with aplomb.
Ted Green, All-Star Bruins defenseman who was injured in historic on-ice fight, dies at 79
Dubbed “Terrible Ted” by for his physicality on the ice and willingness to stand up for his teammates, Mr. Green missed the entire 1969-70 season, when the Bruins won the Stanley Cup.
Jennifer Davis, who led divestment effort over apartheid, dies at 85
Ms. Davis mustered the political and economic power of college students, religious congregations, organized labor, and members of corporate, pension fund, and philanthropic boards to boycott South African products and unload their stock holdings in American companies.
Longtime player, broadcaster Ron Fairly dies at 81
Ron Fairly, an outfielder and first baseman who in a career of nearly half a century played on three World Series championship teams with the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1960s and later moved to the broadcast booth, died Wednesday in Indian Wells, Calif. He was 81.
Longtime NHL executive Jim Gregory dies at 83
Jim Gregory, the Hockey Hall of Famer and popular longtime NHL executive best known for being one of the first to start bringing European players to North America, died Wednesday at his home in Toronto.
Huang Yong Ping, whose art saw a world of power struggles, dies at 65
Huang Yong Ping, a conceptual artist and pioneering figure of China’s post-Cultural Revolution avant-garde, whose controversial work often depicted the world as a Darwinian power struggle, died on Oct. 19 at his home in Paris.
John Witherspoon, actor in ‘Friday’ and other movies, dies at 77
Mr. Witherspoon was best known for his role in the “Friday” movie franchise and also seen on television series, including “The Wayans Bros.,” “The Tracy Morgan Show,” and the animated “The Boondocks.”
Rolando Panerai, renowned baritone and Callas collaborator, dies at 95
Rolando Panerai, an Italian baritone who sang more than 150 roles at leading international opera houses, made many classic recordings and appeared frequently with the celebrated soprano Maria Callas in her prime, died on Oct. 22 just outside Florence, Italy.
Bishop Richard G. Lennon, former apostolic administrator of Boston Archdiocese, dies at 72
Pope John Paul II appointed Bishop Lennon administrator of the Boston Archdiocese in December 2002, as Cardinal Bernard F. Law resigned in disgrace amid the clergy sexual abuse scandal.
Prominent Soviet dissident Vladimir Bukovsky, dies at 76
The prominent Soviet-era critic became internationally known for exposing Soviet abuse of psychiatry.
Robert Provine, an authority on laughter, dies
He and a team of graduate students lurked for hours with their notebooks at shopping malls, student unions, and other public spaces, recording and evaluating some 1,200 pre-laughter comments.
Sadako Ogata, first woman to lead UN refugee agency, dies at 92
As high commissioner, she oversaw refugee operations during a time of ravaging conflict in the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, East Timor and other regions.
Paul Barrere, guitarist-singer for Little Feat, dies at 71
Paul Barrere, guitarist and singer for the rock group Little Feat, has died. He was 71.