Mr. Vanocur became familiar to American viewers as a prominent White House correspondent during the Kennedy administration and as a tough questioner in presidential debates.
Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, former president of Tunisia, dies at 83
Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisia’s former autocratic president whose extravagant life and oppressive rule inspired the 2011 Arab Spring revolts, died on Thursday in exile in Saudi Arabia, the Tunisian state news agency reported.
David Jones, who built Humana into a health insurance giant, dies at 88
David Jones, a Kentucky lawyer who turned a $1,000 investment into America’s largest nursing-home chain, then transformed his business into a hospital giant and finally into the $37 billion health insurance corporation Humana, died Wednesday in Louisville.
Larry Garron, running back for original Boston Patriots, dies at 82
Larry Garron, 82, of Framingham, who died Sept. 13, was a running back for original Boston Patriots.
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In his work on such programs as The World and Monitor Radio, he was known for his principles and his geniality.
Graeme Gibson, a Canadian novelist and conservationist and the longtime partner of Margaret Atwood, died Wednesday at age 85.
Both a political reporter and commentator, she was widely respected both by her fellow journalists and by those she covered.
Juanita Abernathy, who helped organize the Montgomery bus boycott and took part in other pivotal protests at the outset of the civil rights era alongside the Rev. Ralph Abernathy, her husband and a leader of the movement, died on Thursday at a hospital in Atlanta.
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Joseph A. Quinlan, highly respected prosecutor who survived a knife attack, dies at 61
Mr. Quinlan was known as “The Piston” for his machine-like pursuit of justice as a prosecutor in several counties in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
Ex-NASCAR champion Mike Stefanik, 61, dies in plane crash
Mike Stefanik, one of the most successful modified stock car drivers in NASCAR history, died in a plane crash in Connecticut on Sunday, authorities said.
Ric Ocasek, lead singer for The Cars, dies at 75
Ric Ocasek, frontman of the Boston-based band The Cars, whose deadpan vocal delivery defined a rock era with chart-topping hits like ‘‘Just What I Needed,’’ was discovered dead Sunday in his Manhattan apartment.
Mardik Martin, 84, collaborator with Scorsese
Mr. Martin, a screenwriter who collaborated with Martin Scorsese on films like “Raging Bull,” “New York, New York,” and “Mean Streets,” died Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 84.
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Retired bishop, army chaplain dies at 90
A retired Roman Catholic bishop and military chaplain has died in Rhode Island.
Jean Edward Smith, biographer who reassessed presidential history, dies at 86
Jean Edward Smith was the author of smoothly written accounts of several presidents, including Ulysses S. Grant, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Anne Rivers Siddons, best-selling novelist of the modern South, dies at 83
Anne Rivers Siddons, best-selling novelist of the modern South, dies at 83
Edda Servi Machlin, champion of Italian Jewish cuisine, dies at 93
She survived the harrowing World War II years in Italy by hiding out with anti-Fascist partisans, then immigrated to the United States and wrote a definitive cookbook on Italian Jewish food.
Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, skilled papal emissary, dies
The cardinal was dispatched by Pope John Paul II to negotiate for the Roman Catholic Church with Fidel Castro, Saddam Hussein, and leaders of the Chinese Communist Party.
Tonga’s prime minister, who nurtured democracy, dies at 78
Tongan Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva, who helped wrest power from the royal family and bring greater democracy to the small Pacific island nation, died Thursday. He was 78.
The Rev. Michael Haynes, who made an impact across the state, dies at 92
The Rev. Haynes, who was perhaps best known for his friendship with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in the early 1950s, shaped and guided generations of young people struggling to overcome poverty and racial discrimination.
Eddie Money, ‘Two Tickets to Paradise’ singer, dies at 70
The husky-voiced, blue collar performer, known for such hits as ‘‘Two Tickets to Paradise’’ and ‘‘Take Me Home Tonight,’’ had recently announced he had stage 4 esophageal cancer.
Daniel Johnston, gifted and enigmatic songwriter, dies at 58
In a career that was filled with stops and starts, Mr. Johnston became something of a man-child celebrity of the artistic underground, earning the admiration of rock stars such as Kurt Cobain and Tom Waits.
Diet Eman, who risked her life to rescue Dutch Jews, dies at 99
For 50 years, Ms. Eman remained largely silent about her role in the Dutch Resistance during World War II. It wasn’t until 1978 that she began to think that she had an obligation to reveal her story.
Mary Lyerly Alexander, keeper of the Coltrane flame, dies at 92
Ms. Alexander worked to preserve the legacy of her cousin John Coltrane and in the process became a pillar of the Philadelphia jazz scene.
Neil Montanus, a Kodak Colorama photographer, dies at 92
After the grim years of World War II, Mr. Montanus’s photographs evoked the aspirational life that Kodak encouraged families to capture on their own with color film.
Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie, former Indonesian president, dies at 83
His unpopular presidency was the shortest in modern Indonesia’s history but was transformative.
Chris March, 56, over-the-top fashion designer
March was a fashion and costume designer whose outrageous outfits caught the eye of audiences on Bravo’s hit reality show “Project Runway.”
Joan Johnson, 89, whose company broke a racial barrier
Mrs. Johnson and her husband, George, founded Johnson Products, a hair-product concern that became one of the most successful black-owned businesses in the United States and the first to be listed on the American Stock Exchange.
Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens dies at age 91
T. Boone Pickens, a brash and quotable oil tycoon who grew even wealthier through corporate takeover attempts, died Wednesday.
Marca Bristo, influential advocate for the disabled, dies at 66
Marca Bristo was a key player in the passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, which outlawed discrimination against the nearly 50 million Americans with disabilities.
Peter Nichols, playwright who found comedy in desperation, dies at 92
Peter Nichols’s first and most frequently revived play, “A Day in the Death of Joe Egg,” startled and moved London and Broadway audiences of the 1960s by telling the story of a brain-damaged child’s brief life in a darkly comic style that would become his signature.
Dorothea Benton Frank, whose novels depicted strong women, dies at 67
Dorothea Benton Frank’s career started on a dare — that she could write a book that would earn enough money to buy back her family house in South Carolina after her mother’s death.
Jim McCarthy, a founder of ‘Sports Huddle’ radio talk show, dies at 91
Mr. McCarthy, of Hingham, hosted the show for many years with partner Mark Witkin.
Susan Kamil, longtime publisher and editor, dies at 69
Ms. Kamil found critical and commercial success with authors ranging from Salman Rushdie and Ta-Nehisi Coates to Elizabeth Strout and Sophie Kinsella.
Stanley Love, choreographer who celebrated joy, dies at 49
Stanley Love, an experimental choreographer who built a loyal following for creating dances instilled with joy, vibrant physicality and his wild imagination, has died. He was 49.
WWII ‘Screaming Eagle’ veteran Henry Ochsner dies at 96
World War II veteran Henry Ochsner, who landed on the beach at Normandy on D-Day and later received the French government’s highest honor for his service, has died. He was 96.
Spanish singer-songwriter Camilo Sesto dies at 72
Spanish singer and songwriter Camilo Sesto, a popular star in the 1970s and 1980s, has died of heart failure. He was 72.
Elaine La Roche, a power despite Wall Street’s barriers, dies at 70
In the 1990s, when women faced daunting odds in landing high-level positions in the securities industry, Ms. La Roche rose from administrative associate to managing director at Morgan Stanley.
Francisco Toledo, renowned Mexican artist, philanthropist, dies at 79
Mr. Toledo was regarded by many as Mexico’s greatest living artist and drew on his indigenous pre-Colombian heritage to create striking work suffused with shamanistic animal imagery.
James Atlas, an ambassador for biographies, dies
Mr. Atlas was a leading figure in New York literary circles as an editor, publisher, and writer whose books included well-regarded biographies of Saul Bellow and the poet Delmore Schwartz.
Dawda Jawara, founding father of Gambia, dies at 95
Dawda Jawara, a veterinarian-turned-politician who led Gambia to independence from the British and then presided over the country as it became one of Africa’s longest-running democracies, died Aug. 27 at his home in Fajara, a coastal suburb of Banjul, the capital.
‘Poseidon Adventure’ actress Carol Lynley dies at 77
Carol Lynley, a stage and screen actress who starred in the “The Poseidon Adventure” and appeared in numerous other film and television series, has died. She was 77.
Robert Mugabe, longtime Zimbabwe leader, dies at 95
Robert Mugabe, the longtime leader of Zimbabwe who was forced to resign in 2017 after a military takeover, has died.
Douglas Moore, provocative presence in civil rights, dies at 91
Douglas Moore was a Methodist minister who in 1957 led one of the first sit-ins to protest racial segregation in the South and later served a tumultuous stint on the District of Columbia Council in the 1970s.
Russ Conway, Eagle-Tribune sportswriter who brought down R. Alan Eagleson, dies at 70
Russ Conway, 70, of Haverhill, who died Aug. 20, was an Eagle-Tribune sportswriter whose Pulitzer Prize-finalist investigative reporting led to the fraud convictions of former NHL Players’ Association executive director R. Alan Eagleson.
Nie Yuanzi, whose poster fanned Cultural Revolution, dies at 98
When Nie Yuanzi put up a vitriolic wall poster one day in 1966, she plunged into the political maelstrom of Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution.
Angelo Grubisic, space scientist and champion wingsuit flier, dies at 38
As an extreme sportsman, Englishman Angelo Grubisic’s goal was to break the world records for flying as far, as fast, for as long, and from as high an altitude as possible — not in a plane, but in a wingsuit.
Rosemary Kuhlmann, soprano in a TV breakthrough, dies at 97
Rosemary Kuhlmann, a soprano, was a central part of an early television experiment that became a holiday classic, singing the role of Amahl’s mother in the 1951 world premiere of the opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors” on NBC and returning to the part for years afterward.
Martin Weitzman, virtuoso climate change economist, dies at 77
Dr. Weitzman was an inventive economist who argued that governments would see climate change as a more urgent matter to address if they took more seriously the small but real risks of the most catastrophic of outcomes.