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Harrison Dillard, US track luminary who won four Olympic gold medals, dies

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.

Peter Gossels, who escaped the Holocaust and became a beacon of hope and optimism, dies at 89

With resilience, grace, and an expansive soul, the Wayland town official leavened the lives in his orbit.

Rick Ludwin, NBC executive who championed ‘Seinfeld,’ dies at 71

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.

Packers’ Bratkowski, Bart Starr’s backup, dies at age 88

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, maestro of recorded sound, dies at 75

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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Mr. Poulidor (right) rode a victory lap at the Parc des Princes in Paris with countryman Jacques Anquetil after finishing second to Anquetil at the Tour de France.

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.

After two fantastic years at Michigan State, Mr. Rogers was the second pick in the 2003 NFL draft, taken by Detroit.

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.

Mr. Flood was a teacher, coach, and administrator at Noble and Greenough School.

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.

Mr. Hughes visited the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy in Galloway, N.J., in 2017.

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.

The Rev. Stern disbanded a KKK chapter.

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 (center), a New York City police detective, was convicted of moonlighting as an assassin for the mob.

Louis Eppolito, police officer turned mob hit man, dies at 71

Louis Eppolito was practically born into the Mafia.

George Hursey at his home in Brockton in 2018.

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.

“Nature held the truth I wanted,” said Ms. Jagger, who fled New York City to live upstate.

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.’’

Mr. Byrne provided an insecure and rapidly urbanizing small country with a modern face of quiet authority — Johnny Carson, Walter Cronkite, and Oprah Winfrey rolled into one.

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.

Ms. Columbia was among a group of musicians who played daily for first responders near the destroyed World Trade Center. She later developed lung cancer, which doctors say may have been related to the toxins at the site.

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.

She dubbed herself Annie Londonderry, as part of her rolling ad campaign as she traveled the world, regaling spectators with stories — some of them even true.


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.

As the longtime chief horticulturist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Mr. Kozak spent his entire adult life overseeing flowers in the building’s memorable courtyard.

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.

Ms. Laforêt looked on during the 1965 filming of “Blue Panther,” directed by Claude Chabrol, in Oukaimeden, Morocco.

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.

Mr. Boesch was one of the first Navy SEALs before his time as a reality TV star.

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.

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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.’’

Ms. Crumb in 1990 at the curtain call for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Aspects of Love” on opening night in New York.

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.

Mr. Tarantina’s manager Laurie Smith said he had recently had a severe illness.

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.

Puerto Rican astrologer Walter Mercado, also known as Shanti Ananda, was a daily television presence across Latin America for many years.

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.”

Ms. Basilio lit the Olympic cauldron during opening ceremonies in Mexico City in 1968.

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.

New York Raiders player Kent Douglas (right) attempted to stop Mr. Green of the New England Whalers during a game at the Boston Garden. Though Mr. Green was seriously injured in a 1969 fight, he returned to professional hockey and played until 1979.

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.

Ms. Davis was called “a brilliant strategist and tactician” by Margaret H. Marshall, former chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

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.

Mr. Fairly celebrated after the Los Angeles Dodgers swept the New York Yankees in the 1963 World Series.

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.

Jim Gregory (left), serving as Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee co-chair, shared a laugh with Brett Hull after the wing was inducted into the hall.

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.

Mr. Witherspoon was a guest on David Letterman’s late-night show more than 20 times.

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 Lennon greeted members of the Children’s Choir at St. Mary of the Nativity in Scituate, a choir he had started.

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.

Mr. Bukovsky exposed abuse in Soviet prison system.

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.

Among her myriad roles, Dr. Ogata attended a conference on Afghanistan in Berlin as a special representative.

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.

Mr. Barrere was the band’s lead guitarist after the death of Lowell George and wrote such songs as “Time Loves a Hero.”

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.