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Cynthia Thomas, State Department widow who won presidential apology, dies at 82

Ms. Thomas, who went on to her own diplomatic career, said the images and sounds of her husband’s suicide after he was abruptly fired by the State Department never left her thoughts.

Jake Phelps, Thrasher editor and skateboarding guru, dies at 56

Jake Phelps was the longtime editor of skateboarding’s most revered magazine, Thrasher, a position that made him a tastemaker in a subculture known for resenting authority.

Barbara Hammer, filmmaker of lesbian sexuality, dies at 79

Barbara Hammer was an experimental filmmaker who began celebrating lesbian sexuality and history in her work in the 1970s.

Charles ‘‘Chuck’’ Harmon, Cincinnati Reds’ first African-American player, dies at 94

Mr. Harmon had remained a familiar figure in Cincinnati as a participant in fan events. Among his Reds honors is a bronze plaque near their stadium entrance.

Andre Williams, who co-wrote ‘Shake A Tail Feather,’ dies

Andre Williams, an R&B singer and songwriter who co-wrote “Shake A Tail Feather” and performed across musical genres, died. He was 82.

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Mr. To is pictured at the FINA Short Course Swimming World Championships in Dubai in 2010.

Kenneth To, champion swimmer, dies at 26

Kenneth To, a swimmer who won a silver medal for Australia at the 2013 world championships, has died after becoming ill while training in Florida. He was 26.

Alan B. Krueger, who served as chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, was found dead Saturday at his home.

Alan B. Krueger, economic aide to Clinton and Obama, at 58

Alan B. Krueger, who advised two presidents and helped lead economics toward a more scientific approach to research and policymaking, was found dead Saturday.

Mr. Brebner, in 2006.

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Asa Brebner, at 65; guitarist/songwriter in Boston bands and alone

Mr. Brebner had early success in Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers and Robin Lane & the Chartbusters before chopping out a path for his own music.

Mr. Dale performed at the Middle East in 2015.

Dick Dale, 81, surf guitar king and ‘Miserlou’ composer

Mr. Dale was born in Boston. His pounding, blaringly loud power-chord instrumentals earned him the title King of the Surf Guitar.

Marjorie Weinman Sharmat, 90, ‘Nate the Great’ author

Ms. Sharmat turned out more than 130 books for children and young adults, many of which have been translated into multiple languages.

Mr. Miller (second from right) at a news conference with New York City Mayor Edward Koch, in New York in 1984.

Mel Miller, New York Assembly speaker with tarnished career, dies at 79

Mr. Miller was found guilty in 1991 of defrauding clients of his private law practice in the 1980s, when he was an Assembly member but before becoming speaker of the Democratic-controlled body.

Ms. Plaut was appointed to chair the city’s bicentennial parade and was the first director of the Mayor’s Office for Cultural Affairs.

Linda Plaut, Newton’s longtime director of cultural affairs, dies at 78

Ms. Plaut served in the administrations of five mayors over four decades and was the first director of the Mayor’s Office for Cultural Affairs.

Edith Iglauer, journalist and bard of Canada, dies at 101

An American, Ms. Iglauer was one of the keenest and most eloquent interpreters of Canada for its neighbor to the south.

Al Silverman, writer behind ‘Brian’s Song,’ dies at 92

Mr. Silverman collaborated with Chicago Bears halfback Gale Sayers on an autobiography that was adapted into the popular 1971 television movie “Brian’s Song.”

Mrs. Heiskell was chairwoman of New 42nd Street Inc., a nonprofit organization with a mandate to revive the grandeur of the historic theaters.

Marian Sulzberger Heiskell, New York City civic leader, dies at 100

Mrs. Heiskell, a member of the family that controls The New York Times, led campaigns to create the Gateway National Recreation Area and restore the grandeur of theaters on 42nd Street.

Like Thoreau, Mr. Merwin was inspired equally by reverence for the planet and anger against injustice.

W.S. Merwin, prize-winning poet of nature, dies at 91

Mr. Merwin evolved through a wide range of styles as he celebrated nature, condemned war and industrialism, and reached for the elusive past.

Mr. Powers testified before a Senate committee about the scandal at Enron, where he was a director.

William Powers, university president who wrote report on wrongdoing at Enron, dies at 72

Mr. Powers was president of the University of Texas at Austin from 2006-15.

As chairman of the Senate constitutional amendments subcommittee, Mr. Bayh championed the federal law banning discrimination against women in college admissions and sports.

Birch Bayh, Indiana senator who championed Title IX, dies at 91

In three terms on Capitol Hill, the liberal Democrat from conservative Indiana became one of his era’s most productive legislators and wiliest political adversaries.

Mr. Arena knew he’d always be remembered as “the Chappaquiddick chief.”

Dominick J. Arena, police chief who arrested Ted Kennedy after Chappaquiddick, dies at 89

Because Mr. Arena was the first law enforcement officer on the scene, and the key investigator, the weeks and months around the death of Mary Jo Kopechne would come to define his career.

Jacques Loussier, pianist who jazzed up Bach, dies at 84

Mr. Loussier sold millions of albums and toured the world.

Michael Gielen, uncompromising German maestro, dies at 91

Mr. Gielen championed contemporary music and daring opera productions.

Harry R. Hughes, former Maryland governor, dies at 92

As Maryland’s governor, he brought a tone and perception of order and propriety to the state government after the scandal-ridden administrations of Spiro T. Agnew and Marvin Mandel.

Harry Howell, star defenseman of the New York Rangers, dies at 86

NHL Hall of Fame defenseman Harry Howell, who played the most games in New York Rangers’ history, has died.

Paul Talalay, researcher who found cancer-preventing qualities in broccoli, dies at 95

When Dr. Talalay began his work, he lamented the difficulty of convening even a few scientists interested in discussing dietary means of preventing cancer.

A celebrated raconteur, Mr. Richardson was described as “the man all New York wants to sit beside at dinner.”

John Richardson, critic and Picasso biographer, dies at 95

The eminent historian, a celebrated figure in Manhattan’s cultural circles, wrote a multivolume series on Pablo Picasso.

George Stade, pop-minded literary scholar and satirical novelist, dies at 85

Mr. Stade studied modernists such as James Joyce, William Faulkner, and E.E. Cummings, and served as consulting editorial director of Barnes & Noble Classics.

Hal Blaine holds up his hands covered in cement after placing them in wet cement with Don Randi and Glen Campbell, representing The Wrecking Crew following an induction ceremony for Hollywood's RockWalk in Los Angeles. Blaine died Monday at 90.

Holyoke-born drummer Hal Blaine, who played on hits of Sinatra, Elvis, dies

Hal Blaine, the Hall of Fame session drummer and virtual one-man soundtrack of the 1960s and ‘70s, died Monday.

Gillian Freeman, whose novel ‘Leather Boys’ was gay landmark, dies at 89

Gillian Freeman, whose novel ‘Leather Boys’ was gay landmark, dies at 89

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Sidney Verba, Harvard’s ‘consummate university citizen,’ dies at 86

Dr. Verba spent six decades on campus as a student, professor, researcher, author, and associate dean.

US Olympic cycling medalist Kelly Catlin dies at 23

US Olympic cycling medalist Kelly Catlin dies at 23

Ms. Schneemann, at her home near New Paltz, N.Y., explored gender, sexuality, and the body politic.

Carolee Schneemann, artist known for taboo-breaking performances, dies at 79

Carolee Schneemann, artist known for taboo-breaking performances, dies at 79

Mr. Sheinberg aided Steven Spielberg’s early career.

Sidney Sheinberg, mogul behind Universal and Spielberg, dies at 84

The irascible Universal Studios executive put “Jaws” into production and helped to turn Hollywood into a blockbuster-focused business.

Dan Jenkins (right), with his daughter, sportswriter Sally Jenkins, in 2009.

Dan Jenkins, Sports Illustrated writer known for irreverent prose, dies at 90

The sports writer’s rollicking irreverence enlivened Sports Illustrated’s pages for nearly 25 years and animated several novels, including “Semi-Tough.”

Mr. Hardman lined up a tackle on the Cowboys’ quarterback, Roger Staubach.

Former 49ers defensive end Cedrick Hardman dies at 70

An All-Pro selection in 1971 and 1975, Mr. Hardman joined Cleveland Elam, Tommy Hart, and Jimmy Webb to form the “Gold Rush’’ defensive front.

Julia Ruth Stevens, Babe Ruth’s last surviving child, dies at 102

The Stevens family announced the death of the baseball icon’s daughter on Facebook Saturday night.

John Shafer (right) helped arrange for his region of Napa Valley to be designated a distinct viticultural area.

John Shafer, who made triumphant leap into winemaking, dies at 94

Mr. Shafer abandoned a career as a Chicago publishing executive to join the vanguard of a new generation of vintners in Napa Valley.

Carmine ‘‘The Snake’’ Persico in 1980.

Imprisoned mobster Carmine ‘The Snake’ Persico dead at 85

Mr. Persico was the longtime boss of the infamous Colombo crime family and had been serving what was effectively a life sentence.

Mr. Vincent’s breakout role was in “The Winds of War.”

‘Airwolf’ actor Jan-Michael Vincent dies

Mr. Vincent was a golden boy of Hollywood action films before starring in the TV series in the 1980s.

Mr. Begle with singers Carla Thomas, Ruth Brown, and Bonnie Raitt at the W.C. Handy Blues Music Awards in Memphis in 1990.

Howell Begle, who helped R&B stars recover royalties, dies at 74

Mr. Begle launched an unlikely crusade to secure fair compensation for black musicians who didn’t receive royalties because of unfair contracts they signed decades ago.

Joseph Flummerfelt, a choral catalyst, dies at 82

The pre-eminent American choral conductor of his generation and a collaborator with some of the nation’s most renowned orchestras and maestros, died Friday in Indianapolis.

Hugh Fordin, writer and record producer, dies at 83

The versatile behind-the-scenes show business figure who wrote detail-filled books, including a biography of Oscar Hammerstein II also founded a record company specializing in cast albums.

Representative Hall stepped off Air Force One with President George W. Bush in 2004.

Ralph Hall, Texan who was oldest congressman in House history, dies at 95

Mr. Hall, was elected 17 times to Congress, where he became dean of his state’s delegation and was one of the last World War II veterans on Capitol Hill.

Ms. Weary instructed students during the 2011 summer program at her school, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.

Marcia Dale Weary, Heartland ballet teacher, dies at 82

Ms. Weary’s school in rural Pennsylvania trained a number of prominent ballet dancers and helped populate the ranks of many major companies.

Jean Fairfax, civil rights activist who helped integrate Southern schools, dies at 98

Ms. Fairfax was an organizer and policy advocate, religious scholar, college administrator, and philanthropist.

Tristan O’Tierney, Square cofounder, dies at 35

Mr. O’Tierney is the second prominent tech leader in recent months to die suddenly.