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Bill Yoast, assistant coach from ‘Remember the Titans’ football team, dies at 94

The former high school football coach was portrayed in the 2000 film ‘‘Remember the Titans’’ as an opponent of racism and a savvy on-field tactician.

Former Thai Prime Minister Prem Tinsulanonda dies at 98

Prem Tinsulanonda, who as an army commander, prime minister and adviser to the royal palace was one of Thailand’s most influential political figures over four decades, died Sunday at age 98.

Friendly’s Ice Cream cofounder Curtis L. Blake dies at 102

Mr. Blake and his brother S. Prestley cofounded an ice cream business in 1935 that became the chain of Friendly’s restaurants.

Murray Gell-Mann, who peered at particles and saw the universe, dies at 89

Dr. Gell-Man transformed physics with his preternatural ability to find hidden patterns among the tiny particles that make up the universe.

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Karol Modzelewski, inspiring voice of Poland’s Solidarity, dies at 81

Karol Modzelewski was a historian who became a driving force in Solidarity, the labor movement that helped topple the communist regime in Poland, and its first spokesman.

Louis Osteen, chef who championed Southern food, dies at 77

Louis Osteen was a gregarious chef whose influential South Carolina restaurants helped elevate Southern cuisine to a new respectability in the 1980s and ’90s.

Sol Yaged, a joyful New York jazz mainstay, dies at 96

Sol Yaged was 12 and living in Coney Island, N.Y., when he first heard Benny Goodman and his band on the radio in 1935. It was an experience that would guide him for more than 80 years.

Jake Black, a composer of the ‘Sopranos’ theme, dies at 59

Jake Black wrote “Woke Up This Morning,” the indelible theme song for the groundbreaking HBO drama “The Sopranos,” with a bandmate in the group Alabama 3.

‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ author Judith Kerr dies at 95

Judith Kerr was a refugee from Nazi Germany who wrote and illustrated the bestselling “The Tiger Who Came to Tea” and other beloved children’s books.

Neus Català, dogged anti-Fascist and camp survivor, dies at 103

In e1939, when General Francisco Franco’s troops invaded Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War, Neus Català led 182 orphans in her charge out of the mayhem and across the snow-covered Pyrenees to safety in France.

Baby Jane Dexter, cabaret singer who brought poignancy to torch songs, dies at 72

Ms. Dexter first gained acclaim in the 1970s, when she appeared in New York nightclubs as a bluesy singer with a powerful voice and presence.

Thomas Silverstein, killer and poster child for penal reform, dies at 67

Thomas Silverstein, a violent white supremacist gangster who was held in isolation longer than any other American inmate in a federal prison and personified a campaign against solitary confinement as cruel and unusual punishment, died May 11 in Lakewood, Colorado.

Edwin Drummond, turned climbing into activism, dies at 73

Edwin Drummond, a mountaineer and poet who made international headlines by scaling landmarks like the Statue of Liberty as a form of protest, died April 23 at a care facility in Oakland, California.

Stanton T. Friedman, scientist who tracked UFOs, dies

Stanton T. Friedman, whose conviction that extraterrestrials have arrived on Earth led him to leave his career as a nuclear physicist to lecture widely about alien visitations, died May 13 in Toronto.

Gianni De Michelis, Italian politician tarnished by scandal, dies at 78

Giovanni De Michelis, a flamboyant Italian socialist and power broker in Rome who was caught up in Italy’s sweeping corruption scandal of the 1990s, died Saturday in Venice.

Dr. Putnam taught at Wellesley College for 35 years, twice chairing the department of philosophy.

Ruth Anna Putnam, Wellesley College philosophy professor, dies at 91

Among Dr. Putnam’s areas of focus were moral philosophy and the philosophy of William James and of John Dewey.

George Kelling, a father of ‘broken windows’ policing, dies at 83

George L. Kelling, a criminologist whose “broken windows” theory, conceived with James Q. Wilson, reshaped policing in America.

Georgie Anne Geyer, foreign correspondent and syndicated columnist, dies

The longtime foreign correspondent and columnist covered international and wrote a critical biography of Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

Ms. David worked the french fry station at McDonald’s in Needham for 32 years.

Freia David, who turned cooking french fries into an inspirational job, dies at 55

Ms. David, who was born with Down syndrome, worked the french fries station at the Needham McDonald’s for 32 years.

Leonard Bailey, surgeon who transplanted baboon heart into baby, dies at 76

Dr. Leonard Bailey, who in 1984 transplanted a baboon heart into a tiny newborn dubbed “Baby Fae” in a pioneering operation that sparked both worldwide acclaim and condemnation, has died.

Mr. Shore’s career extended from the ‘‘Borscht Belt’’ circuit of the Catskill Mountains to Hollywood studios.

Actor-comedian Sammy Shore, father of Pauly, dies at 92

Sammy Shore, an actor and standup comedian who co-founded the Comedy Store, died Saturday. He was 92.

Dax Cowart, 71; burn victim who fought for patients’ rights

After receiving severe burns in an accident, Mr. Cowart became a lawyer and a prominent patients’ rights advocate.

Sergei Dorenko, 59, maverick Russian broadcast journalist

Mr. Dorenko became known as the “TV killer” for helping to clear rivals from Vladimir Putin’s path to power but then fell out of official favor and was thrown off the air.

In Teinosuke Kinugasa’s award-winning “Gate of Hell,” Ms. Kyo played a married lady-in-waiting desired by a samurai.

Machiko Kyo, 95, star of ‘Rashomon’ and other films

In 1950, a year after being discovered by a film scout while performing in an all-female dance revue, Ms. Kyo appeared in “Rashomon.”

The author Herman Wouk at his Palm Springs, Calif., home in November 2012.

Herman Wouk, perennially best-selling author, dies at 103

Mr. Wouk‘s taut shipboard drama “The Caine Mutiny” lifted him to the top of the best-seller lists, where he remained for most of a career that extended past his 100th year.

Bob Schloredt, first 2-time MVP of Rose Bowl, dies at 79

Mr. Schloredt led Washington to consecutive Rose Bowl victories following the 1959 and 1960 seasons.

Bob Hawke, shown in 2016, was Australia’s prime minister from 1983 to 1991.

Bob Hawke, who led Australia into a new era as prime minister, dies at 89

Bob Hawke was Australia’s hugely popular prime minister from 1983 to 1991 and presided over wrenching changes that integrated his nation into the global economy and strengthened ties with Asia and the United States.

I.M. Pei stood outside the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in 1979. It was the first time he’d seen the building, which he designed, in person.

I.M. Pei, famed architect who designed JFK Library, dies at 102

Mr. Pei was widely recognized as the most prominent American architect of his generation. His works included the transformation of the Louvre Museum in Paris.

Unita Blackwell was mayor of Mayersville from 1976 to 2001. She developed a utility district and improved housing. Rogelio V. Solis/Associated Press/2001 file photo

Unita Blackwell, an activist who was 1st black woman mayor in Mississippi, dies at 86

Blackwell was an outspoken civil rights activist who was born to sharecroppers in the segregated American South and rose to become the first African American woman to win a mayor’s race in Mississippi.

FILE - In this June 16, 2010 file photo, Cardinal Nasrallah Butros Sfeir, head of Lebanon's Maronite Church, arrives for a meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy at the Elysee Palace. Lebanon’s Maronite Christian church says its former patriarch Cardinal Nasrallah Butros Sfeir has died after days in hospital. He was 98.(AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

Cardinal Nasrallah Butros Sfeir, influential former patriarch of Lebanon’s Maronite Christian church, dies at 98

Former Cardinal Sfeir served as spiritual leader of Lebanon’s largest Christian community through some of the worst days of the country’s 1975-1990 civil war.

In a Dec. 16, 2017 photo, Robert

Robert Maxwell, Medal of Honor recipient who fell on grenade to save lives, dies at 98

Mr. Maxwell had seen action long before his unit came under fire in France. A onetime Colorado timber worker, he served as a ‘‘wire man,’’ scaling roofs or trees to hang phone lines that enabled his battalion to communicate quickly on the battlefield.

FILE -- Dr. Arthur Zitrin in his office in New York, June 2, 2004. Zitrin, a leading bioethicist who sought to discipline doctors who administered lethal injections to condemned prisoners, died on Saturday at his home in Great Neck, N.Y. He was 101. (James Estrin/The New York Times)

Dr. Arthur Zitrin, bioethicist and death penalty foe, dies at 101

Mr. Zitrin was a leading bioethicist who sought to discipline doctors who administered lethal injections to condemned prisoners.

FILE - Proud about being appointed President Clinton's budget director, Alice Rivlin, shown in this Jan. 1993 file photo, made the kind of overstatement in words that this careful economist would never make with numbers. She was pleased to be the first woman nominated to head the Office of Management and Budget, she said, and anticipated someday having her portrait hanging in the OMB conference room alongside all those male budget directors. Then she went too far: ``Fortunately we're running out of firsts'' for women. In fact, there are lots of portrait-lined corridors of power left in Washington from which no female face looks down. (AP Photo/FILE)

Alice Rivlin, budget maestro who ‘helped save’ Washington in fiscal crisis, dies at 88

Dr. Rivlin, a centrist Democratic economist known for even-handed analysis and an unflappable demeanor, weaved in and out of government service over a career spanning more than five decades.

An undated handout image provided by the American Civil Liberties Union shows Lenora Lapidus, a lawyer with the ACLU. Lapidus, who expanded the organization’s fight for gender equality beyond the concerns of middle-class white women to include domestic workers, women in combat and others, died on May 5, 2019, at her home in Brooklyn. She was 55. (ACLU via The New York Times) -- NO SALES; FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY WITH NYT STORY OBIT LAPIDUS BY KATHARINE Q. SEELYE FOR MAY 12, 2019. ALL OTHER USE PROHIBITED. --

Lenora Lapidus, ACLU advocate for women’s rights, dies at 55

Lenora Lapidus, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union, expanded the organization’s fight for gender equality beyond the concerns of middle-class white women to include domestic workers, women in combat, and others.

FILE - In this March 19, 1978 file photo, Carol Burnett, right, laughs with Tim Conway during taping of her final show, in Los Angeles. Conway, the stellar second banana to Burnett who won four Emmy Awards on her TV variety show, died Tuesday, May 14, 2019, according to his publicist. He was 85. (AP Photo/ George Brich, File)

Comedian Tim Conway of ‘The Carol Burnett Show’ dies at 85

Tim Conway was the stellar second banana to Carol Burnett and won four Emmy Awards on her TV variety show.

Dr. Shimura was a Princeton professor.

Goro Shimura, mathematician with broad impact, dies at 89

Goro Shimura, a mathematician whose insights provided the foundation for the proof of Fermat’s Last Theorem and led to tools widely used in modern cryptography, died May 3 at his home in Princeton, N.J.

Dr. Livingston, a retired MIT lecturer, and Dr. Penney, the former chancellor at UMass Boston, had been married for 34 years.

Sherry H. Penney and James D. Livingston were an academic power couple

The couple, who died in their Sarasota, Fla., home, were known for their intellect and activism in Boston and Florida.

Fleming Begaye, Navajo code talker honored at White House, dies at 97

Fleming Begaye Sr., a Navajo code talker in World War II who was honored at a White House ceremony in 2017, during which President Donald Trump mocked Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s claims of Native American ancestry, died Friday in Chinle, Arizona.

Mr. Cunningham, pictured in 2006, served as Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator before becoming head coach.

Longtime NFL coach Gunther Cunningham dies at 72

Gunther Cunningham’s life would have been vastly different had his family not emigrated from postwar Germany, settling in California when he was a young boy.

Doris Day posed after receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globe Awards in 1989.

Legendary actress and singer Doris Day dies at age 97

The star’s lilting voice, wholesome blond beauty and ultra-bright smile brought her a string of hits, first on records, later in Hollywood.

Chris McNair’s survivors include his wife, Maxine McNair. Their daughter was killed in a 1963 church bombing.

Chris McNair, father of 1963 church bombing victim, dies at 93

Chris McNair, the oldest of 12 children in a farming family, served as a county commissioner and a member of the Alabama Legislature.

Chuck Kinder, novelist who inspired ‘Wonder Boys,’ dies at 76

The writer, who taught at the University of Pittsburgh for many years, was known for lively classes, livelier parties, and a few memorable if underappreciated books.

They were “The Mod Squad:’’ Michael Cole, Ms. Lipton, and, far right, Clarence Williams III. Their handler, Tige Andrews, was second from right.

Peggy Lipton, ‘Mod Squad’ star who bridged TV generations, dies at 72

Peggy Lipton, the angel-faced actress who starred in “The Mod Squad” and made a television comeback in the “Twin Peaks” series, died Saturday in Los Angeles.

FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2018 file photo, Peggy Lipton arrives at the Stella McCartney Autumn 2018 Presentation in Los Angeles. Lipton, a star of the groundbreaking late 1960s TV show

Peggy Lipton, star of ‘Twin Peaks’ and ‘The Mod Squad,’ dies at 72.

The actress was nominated for Emmys and won a Golden Globe in 1971 for her performance in “The Mod Squad,” on the ABC “hippie cop” series.