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Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies at 65

Paul G. Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates before becoming a billionaire philanthropist, died Monday.

William Coors, ultraconservative head of brewery, dies at 102

The brewing company executive’s anti-union policies incurred boycotts and the wrath of organized labor, civil rights groups, and minorities.

George Taliaferro, first black drafted by NFL, dies at 91

Mr. Taliaferro, an All-Pro three times, was extraordinarily versatile, playing quarterback, halfback, wide receiver, defensive back, punter, and punt and kick returner.

Arnold Kopelson, ‘Platoon’ producer, dies at 83

Mr. Kopelson broke into show business as an entertainment and banking attorney and began producing films in the late 1970s.

Joseph Tydings, 90, progressive one-term Maryland senator

The Maryland politician’s dashing looks and progressive leanings led John F. Kennedy to tap him for US attorney and then propelled him to the Senate.

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Mr. Botha was foreign minister from 1977 until apartheid’s end in 1994.

Pik Botha, apartheid-era South African minister, dies at 86

Mr. Botha, the last foreign minister of South Africa’s apartheid era, was a contradictory figure who staunchly defended white minority rule but recognized that change was inevitable.

Mr. Spanos, the son of immigrants, rose from working in the family bakery to owning an NFL franchise.

Alex Spanos, Chargers owner and businessman, dies at 95

Mr. Spanos used a self-made fortune from construction and real estate to buy the Chargers in 1984.

Richard Kaplan, acclaimed documentarian, dies at 93

Mr. Kaplan directed an Oscar-winning documentary about Eleanor Roosevelt and oversaw production of an acclaimed portrait of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Sonia Orbuch moved to the United States after surviving World War II.

Sonia Orbuch, who fought Nazis as a girl, dies at 93

Ms. Orbuch survived the Holocaust as a teenager in eastern Europe by joining a resistance group.

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Virginia Kahn, founder of Atrium School, dies at 90

From the proceeds of a family heirloom, she established the Watertown private school almost four decades ago.

Mr. Anderson wrote for The New York Times.

Dave Anderson, award-winning New York Times sportswriter, dies at 89

Mr. Anderson was one of just three sportswriters to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for commentary, which he won in 1981.

Mr. Nahatis was known for his Saladmaster spots.

Christos G. Nahatis, famous for his Saladmaster TV ads, dies at 95

Mr. Nahatis, a lifelong Manchester-by-the-Sea resident, turned his hardscrabble childhood to his successful reign as Mr. Saladmaster.

Mr. Gagliardi coached for 60 years at St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn.

John Gagliardi, college football’s winningest coach, dies at 91

Mr. Gagliardi spent 64 seasons as head coach at Division III powerhouse St. John’s.

Mr. Wilson was best known for playing villains and rogues.

Scott Wilson, ‘In Cold Blood’ and ‘Walking Dead’ actor, dies at 76

Mr. Wilson was best known for playing villains and rogues, often with a Southern accent that he drew from his upbringing in small-town Georgia.

Mrs. Shepherd chaired Concord’s Board of Selectmen for four years.

Annabelle Wade Shepherd, longtime civic leader in Concord, dies at 99

Mrs. Shepherd chaired the Board of Selectmen for four years and served stints on the Finance Committee and Board of Assessors.

Vladimir Radunsky, 64, protean children’s book illustrator

The illustrator used an abundance of artistic styles to create captivating children’s books about subjects including Albert Einstein, a rapping dog, and a towering stalk of asparagus.

Audrey Wells, 58, ‘The Hate U Give’ screenwriter

Mrs. Wells, who wrote the screenplay for the brand new feature film ‘‘The Hate U Give,’’ died after a five-year battle with cancer, the day before the film was released.

Tenor Jose Carreras said opera lost its ‘‘best soprano’’ with the passing of Ms. Caballe.

Montserrat Caballe, 85, Spanish opera singer

Ms. Caballe was renowned for her bel canto technique and her interpretations of the roles of Rossini, Bellini, and Donizetti.

Will Vinton, 70, animator behind California Raisins, Claymation

Mr. Vinton’s studio was best known for the 1986 California Raisins ad campaign featuring Claymation raisins dancing to ‘‘I Heard It Through the Grapevine.’’

Mr. Creighton was a cofounder and guiding force for what is now the Manchester-Essex Conservation Trust.

Albert Creighton Jr., 100, land preservationist and plastic-steel manufacturer

Mr. Creighton was the founding president of Chemical Development Corp. of Danvers, which manufactured Devcon plastic steel.

Geoff Emerick, recorded the Beatles in their prime, dies at 72

Mr. Emerick was credited with helping to shape the band’s ever-evolving music on “Revolver” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”

Gary Kurtz, hands-on ‘Star Wars’ producer, dies at 78

Mr. Kurtz helped George Lucas create one of the most successful franchises in movie history.

Robert O’Neil, former University of Virginia president and scholar of First Amendment, dies at 83

A Boston-born, Harvard-trained law professor, Dr. O’Neil arrived at the University of Virginia as the university’s first president with no ties to the South.

Mr. Romero, with the iconic Los Angeles Times photograph showing him helping a mortally injured Robert F. Kennedy.

Juan Romero, busboy who aided wounded Robert Kennedy, dies at 68

Juan Romero was grasping Robert F. Kennedy’s hand when gunshots rang out, one of them striking the New York senator in the head.

Leon Lederman, explorer (and explainer) of the subatomic world, dies at 96

Joseph D. Lykken, a theoretical physicist at Fermilab, said he considered Dr. Lederman “the best ambassador of physics to the general public since Einstein.”

Sidney Shachnow, Holocaust survivor who became US Army major general, dies at 83

Sidney Shachnow fought in Vietnam as an Army Green Beret.

FILE - In this June 30, 2018, file photo, then Vietnam's Communist Party head Do Muoi answers questions from journalists during a break at the 8th National Party Congress taking place in Hanoi. Former General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Do Muoi, a committed communist, has died at age 101. The government said in a announcement posted on its website that Muoi died late Monday night, Oct. 1, 2018, at the National Military Hospital 108 after battling a serious illness despite efforts by Vietnamese and foreign doctors to treat him. (AP Photo/Xoan Lam, File)

Do Muoi, Vietnam’s leader in economic transition, dies at 101

The revolutionary served for six years as the country’s leader during its transition to a market economy under a Communist government.

FILE -- Jerry González, right, on fluegelhorn, and his brother Andy, on bass, performing with Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra at Symphony Space in New York, Oct. 14, 2011. Jerry González, a trumpeter and percussionist who was a central figure in Latin jazz, especially through the Fort Apache Band, died on Monday in Madrid. He was 69. (Willie Davis/The New York Times)

Jerry González, innovator of Latin jazz, dies at 69

The trumpeter and percussionist was a central figure in Latin jazz, especially through the Fort Apache Band, which he formed almost 40 years ago.

David Schippers, lawyer who helped bring impeachment charges against Bill Clinton, dies at 88

David Schippers reviewed the findings of independent counsel Kenneth Starr and determined that President Bill Clinton should be impeached and removed from office.

FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2008, file photo, Peggy Sue Gerron unveils her new book

Real Peggy Sue, of 1958 Buddy Holly song fame, dies at 78

Peggy Sue Gerron in 2008 released her autobiography ‘‘Whatever Happened to Peggy Sue?: A Memoir by Buddy Holly’s Peggy Sue’’ to mark the 50th anniversary of the song.

Walter Laqueur, author of

Walter Laqueur, scholar of terrorism and the Holocaust, dies at 97

Mr. Laqueur became a distinguished scholar of the Holocaust, the collapse of the Soviet Union, European decline, the Middle East conflict, and global terrorism.

9/6/95-WALTHAM- George N. Hatsopoulos, chairman of Thermo Electron, has been named Man of the Year by the New England Council.

George Hatsopoulos, inventor who created and led Thermo Electron Corp., dies at 91

In a sense, George Hatsopoulos spent his entire life filling unmet needs.

Wayne Meyers, researcher and doctor who treated leprosy patients in Africa, dies at 94

Dr. Meyers became one of the world’s foremost infectious disease researchers.

Mr. Aznavour sang songs he wrote in French, Armenian, English, German, Italian, Spanish, and Yiddish.

Charles Aznavour, enduring French singer with global reach, dies at 94

Mr. Aznavour was one of France’s most celebrated singers of popular songs as well as a composer, film star, and lifelong champion of the Armenian people.

Mr. Kolombatovich spent 32 years as a coach of the Columbia fencing team.

George Kolombatovich, fencing coach at Columbia and the Metropolitan Opera, dies at 72

Mr. Kolombatovich coached Columbia University fencers to five NCAA championships and taught sword fighting to cast members of “Otello,” “Carmen” and “Don Giovanni” at the Metropolitan Opera.

Mr. Rush’s sound was lyrical and rhythmically complex.

Otis Rush, innovative blues singer and guitarist, dies at 83

Mr. Rush had a profound influence not just on his fellow bluesmen but also on rock guitarists like Eric Clapton and Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page.

John Putnam at New York City’s South Street Seaport Museum in 2008.

John Putnam, who became Herman Melville for ‘Moby-Dick’ fans, dies at 82

Mr. Putnam portrayed the author at New York City’s South Street Seaport Museum.

FILE -- Merle Debuskey in New York, June 17, 2009. Debuskey, a press agent who was an influential force on and off Broadway for decades, especially as chief promoter of the Public Theater and counselor to the man who ran it, Joseph Papp, died on Sept. 25, 2018, at the Actors Fund Home in Englewood, N.J. He was 95. (Ozier Muhammad/The New York Times)

Merle Debuskey, renowned theatrical press agent, dies at 95

Mr. Debuskey was an influential force on and off Broadway for decade.

Mr. Whittier was the Texas Longhorns’ first African-American letterman, making his debut in 1970.

Julius Whittier, 68, Texas’s first black football letterman

Mr. Whittier once remarked that attending the University of Texas and playing football opened up a larger world for him. It could be said Mr. Whittier helped open the university to the world.

David Wong Louie, 63, who probed ethnic identity in fiction

Mr. Louie drew on his experiences as the son of Chinese immigrants to create stories that explored identity, alienation, and acceptance.

Mr. Gens insisted “on protecting that new health care framework for our state and our country,” Senator Ed Markey said.

Timothy F. Gens, 69, who helped shape health care reform

Among the talents Mr. Gens brought to the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association was the ability to explain the inexplicable.

Jefferson Airplane in 1968: From left, Marty Balin, Grace Slick, Spencer Dryden, Paul Kantner, Jorma Kaukonen, and Jack Casady.

Marty Balin, founder of Jefferson Airplane, dies at 76

Mr. Balin was a patron of the 1960s “San Francisco Sound” both as lead singer of the Jefferson Airplane and co-owner of the club where Bay Area bands performed.

Mr. McKinney, flanked by Brad Holland and Earvin “Magic” Johnson, coached the Lakers briefly in 1979.

Jack McKinney, who got Laker dynasty off and running, dies at 83

Mr. McKinney brought the up-tempo style of play that came to be known as Showtime to Los Angeles in 1979 but lasted only 13 games as their coach after a bicycle accident put him in a coma.

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Richard P. FitzGerald, longtime interior designer known as ‘Mr. Fitz,’ dies at 80

Though Mr. FitzGerald had worked at design magazines early in his career, he let his work advertise itself in Boston. He preferred to avoid publicity.

Marilyn Lloyd, Tennessee trailblazer in Congress, dies at 89

Marilyn Lloyd was the first woman from Tennessee to be elected to a full term in Congress, winning a House seat in 1974 that she held for the next two decades.

FILE -- Ehsan Yarshater in New York, July 16, 2011. Yarshater, an eminent Iranian historian who founded and edited the Encyclopedia Iranica, a magnum opus of Iranian history and culture that helped transform the modern understanding of Persian civilization, died on Sept. 2, 2018, in Fresno, Calif. He was 98. (Marcus Yam/The New York Times)

Ehsan Yarshater, Iran scholar with a monumental vision, dies at 93

The eminent Iranian historian founded the Encyclopedia Iranica, an opus that helped transform the modern understanding of Persian civilization.

Mr. Wolkowsky, seen here in 1994, told The Miami Herald in 1969 his goal was to “preserve the past by making it work for the present at a profit.”

David Wolkowsky, ‘Mr. Key West,’ dies at 99

David Wolkowsky was a visionary developer and preservationist who helped transform Key West from a roistering former Navy town into a bohemian haven and a tourist destination.

Charles Kao, Nobel laureate who revolutionized fiber optics, dies at 84

Dr. Kao’s research helped lay the technical groundwork for the Information Age.