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‘Romeo and Juliet’ director Franco Zeffirelli dies at 96

The Italian director delighted audiences around the world with his romantic vision and extravagant productions.

Norma Fink, who championed METCO in Newton and advocated for working women, dies at 94

A member of the Newton School Committee from 1962 to 1969, Mrs. Fink was also coordinator of the federally funded Women’s Career Project at Northeastern University.

Indian theater and film personality Girish Karnad dies at 81

Girish Karnad, a top Indian playwright, actor, and director and a rights activist, died Monday after a prolonged illness. He was 81.

Robert Earle, host of popular TV quiz show ‘General Electric College Bowl,’ dies at 93

Robert Earle was the articulate and fast-talking host of one of television’s most challenging and popular quiz shows of the 1960s, ‘‘General Electric College Bowl.”

Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen dies at 75

Pat Bowlen, owner of the Denver Broncos, transformed the team from also-rans into NFL champions and helped the league usher in billion-dollar TV deals.

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Lew Klein, who helped create ‘American Bandstand,’ dies at 91

Mr. Klein was a broadcast pioneer who helped create “American Bandstand” and launched the careers of Dick Clark and Bob Saget.

Billy Gabor, former Syracuse and NBA star, dies at 97

Nicknamed ‘‘The Bullet’’’ because of his speed, Gabor, who grew up in Binghamton, New York, played six years for the Syracuse Nationals of the NBA.

Dr. Feldstein had spent much of the last half century teaching and conducting research at Harvard University.

Martin S. Feldstein, Harvard professor and economic adviser to presidents, dies at 79

Martin S. Feldstein, 79, of Belmont, who died June 11, was a Harvard University professor who formerly served as chairman of President Ronald Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisers.

Gabriele Grunewald, an NCAA all-American runner in the 1,500 meters, was interviewed at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore., May 26, 2017. Less than two weeks after that race she began daily chemotherapy sessions, her fourth bout with the cancer that finally claimed her life on Tuesday.

Gabriele Grunewald, long-distance runner who chronicled journey with cancer, dies at 32

Gabriele Grunewald was an elite runner who gained the support of thousands of followers on social media for her perseverance in competing while facing a rare metastatic cancer.

Herbert Sandler, savings and loan magnate who also seeded ProPublica, dies at 87

Herbert Sandler, savings and loan magnate who also seeded ProPublica, dies at 87

Lee Hee-ho, influential former first lady of South Korea, 96

Ms. Lee helped her husband take on a military dictatorship and used her influence to expand women’s rights in a deeply male-dominated country.

Tony Glover, master of the blues harmonica, dies at 79

Tony Glover, a harmonica player who as a member of the group Koerner, Ray and Glover was at the center of the folk music revival of the 1960s and helped introduce a new audience to the blues, died on May 29 in a hospital in St. Paul, Minn.

Bushwick Bill, rapper who told harrowing tales in Geto Boys, dies at 52

Bushwick Bill, who helped inject Southern hip-hop storytelling with vivid psychological horror and lightly morbid comedy and became one of the genre’s most recognizable characters in the process, died Sunday at a Colorado hospital.

Katherine McCourt, 102, of Londonderry, N.H., was the child of immigrants from County Galway in Ireland.

Katherine McCourt, who encouraged all to practice ‘acceptance and gratitude,’ dies at 102

Katherine McCourt, 102, who died June 6, encouraged her family and everyone to practice “acceptance and gratitude.”

Hyannis Fire Captain Tom Kenney, who saved lives and taught others how to do so, too, dies at 65

Tom Kenney, who died June 5, was a longtime Hyannis firefighter and paramedic who was part of the first FEMA team to arrive at Ground Zero in New York after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Le Anne Schreiber, a trailblazer among sports editors, dies at 73

Ms. Schreiber became the first woman to run a major American daily newspaper’s sports section when The New York Times appointed her to that position in 1978.

Janet Pagliuca.

Janet Pagliuca, a jazz singer wherever she lived, dies at 86

As a newlywed and then a young mother in the 1950s, Janet Pagliuca would ride from Framingham into Brookline and Boston for singing lessons and to perform.

Mr. Kinstler, with actor Christopher Plummer after painting Plummer’s portrait.

Everett Raymond Kinstler, portrait artist of presidents and celebrities, dies at 92

Everett Raymond Kinstler began his career as a comic book illustrator and became one of the country’s premier portrait artists, with paintings of celebrities, business tycoons, Cabinet officers and eight presidents.

Patricia Bath, cataract treatment inventor, dies at 76

Dr. Patricia Bath became the first black female doctor to receive a medical patent after she invented a more precise treatment of cataracts.

The New Orleans musician blended black and white musical styles with a hoodoo-infused stage persona and gravelly bayou drawl.

‘Dr. John,’ funky New Orleans ‘night-tripper’ musician, dies

The family of the Louisiana-born musician known as Dr. John says the celebrated singer and piano player has died.

Henry Lynch, celebrated as father of cancer genetics, dies at 91

Known as the father of cancer genetics, he was credited with saving thousands of lives by championing screening practices that help physicians catch cancers early in their course, as well as preventive surgeries that in some cases forestall the disease’s onset altogether.

Judge Doyle served as a judge for 34 years in Salem.

Judge David T. Doyle, legendary jurist at Salem District Court, dies at 90

Judge David T. Doyle, 90, who died June 2, was a legendary jurist who presided for 35 years in Salem District Court.

Louis Levi Oakes, last of the Mohawk code talkers, dies at 94

Louis Levi Oakes, the last of the Mohawk code talkers, helped American soldiers triumph in the Pacific Theater during World War II along with code talkers from other tribes.

James Ketchum, who conducted LSD experiments on soldiers, dies at 87

“The idea of chemical weapons is still preferable to me, depending on how they are used, as a way of neutralizing an enemy,” Dr. Ketchum said.

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Adele Herter Seronde, a catalyst for Boston’s Summerthing festival, dies at 93

Adele Herter Seronde, 93, of Sedona, Ariz., who died April 16, had been a catalyst for launching Boston’s Summerthing festival.

Lowell North; his sails propelled teams to glory

Lowell North, a pioneering sailmaker who won an Olympic gold medal and four world championships in the venerable Star Class, has died. He was 89.

In this March 19, 2015 photo, U.S. District Judge Ellen Bree Burns poses for a portrait in her courtroom in the federal courthouse in New Haven, Conn. Burns who retired in 2015, was the first woman to serve on the federal bench in Connecticut. She died after a brief illness on Monday, June 3, 2019, at a hospital in New Haven. She was 95. (Christian Abraham/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP)

Ellen Bree Burns, pioneering federal judge, dies at 95

Retired US District Judge Ellen Bree Burns, the first woman to serve on the federal bench in Connecticut, was widely admired as a pioneer and role model.

Juliann Bluitt Foster, trailblazer in dentistry, dies at 80

Ms. Bluitt Foster, an African-American woman, became a dentist at a time when only about 2 percent of dental school graduates were women and “maybe 2 percent of that 2 percent” were African American, said Dr. Jeanne Craig Sinkford, a former dean of Howard University’s dental school.

Mr. Fraser, flanked by Walter Mondale and Hubert Humphrey, celebrated his reelection win.

Don Fraser, ex-congressman and Minneapolis mayor, dies at 95

Mr. Fraser led hearings that exposed a conspiracy by South Korean officials to buy political influence.

Thad Cochran, lawmaker who brought largess to Mississippi

Mr. Cochran was a courtly Mississippi Republican who cultivated his constituents for 45 years as a congressman and US senator with traditional catfish fries, Southern charm, and billions of dollars in federal pork-barrel largess.

Leann Birch, who knew how to get a child to eat peas, dies at 72

Leann L. Birch, whose research into children’s eating habits challenged some long-held notions about finicky young diners and led to new insights on childhood nutrition and obesity, died May 26 in Durham, North Carolina.

Leah Chase, New Orleans chef who championed Creole cuisine, dies at 96

Leah Chase, New Orleans chef who championed Creole cuisine, dies at 96

Leah Chase mixed bread pudding at Muriel's restaurant in New Orleans.

Legendary New Orleans chef Leah Chase dies

Ms. Chase transformed the restaurant bearing her father-in-law’s name from a sandwich shop where black patrons could buy lottery tickets to a refined restaurant where people of all races dined.

Pioneering psychedelic rocker Roky Erickson dies at 71

Mr. Erickson headed the Austin-based 13th Floor Elevators, a pioneering psychedelic rock band in the 1960s that scored with ‘‘You’re Gonna Miss Me.’’

Roger Hirson, who wrote the book for ‘Pippin,’ 93

Mr. Hirson was a prominent writer for live television in the 1950s and ’60s who collaborated with composer Stephen Schwartz on the hit Broadway musical “Pippin.”

Richard Todd at the Cummington Fair in 2018.

Richard Todd, editor who shaped work of Tracy Kidder and others, dies at 78

Richard Todd, 78, of Ashfield, who died April 21, was a longtime editor at Houghton Mifflin, The Atlantic Monthly who shaped work of Tracy Kidder and others.

Leon Redbone, acclaimed 1970s musician, dies at 69

Leon Redbone, the acclaimed singer and guitarist who performed jazz, ragtime and Tin Pan Alley-style songs, died Thursday, according to a statement released by his family.

Richard Matsch, judge who oversaw the Oklahoma City bombing trial, dies at 88

US District Judge Richard Matsch ruled his courtroom with a firm gavel and a short temper and gained national respect in the 1990s for his handling of the Oklahoma City bombing trials.

LaSalle D. Leffall Jr., first black president of American Cancer Society, dies at 89

LaSalle D. Leffall Jr. was a Howard University cancer specialist who chaired the medical school’s department of surgery for 25 years and became the first African-American president of the American Cancer Society and other medical organizations.

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Amalie Kass, teacher, medical historian, and patron of the Greenway Carousel, dies at 91

Amalie Kass, 91, of Belmont, who died May 19, was a teacher, a medical historian, and the patron and creative force behind the creation of the carousel on the Rose Kennedy Greenway.

John Gary Williams of R&B group The Mad Lads dies at 73

John Gary Williams, the lead singer for the R&B vocal group The Mad Lads who sung “I Want Someone” and “Don’t Have to Shop Around,” has died. He was 73.

Former Jamaican Prime Minister Edward Seaga, who was the only remaining member of the generation of leaders who drafted the constitution when the Caribbean island gained independence in 1962, died Tuesday, May 28, 2019.

Edward Seaga, former prime minister of Jamaica, dies at 89

Mr. Seaga was the only remaining member of the generation of leaders who drafted the constitution when the Caribbean island gained independence in 1962.

Tony Horwitz, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the best-selling author of ‘‘Confederates in the Attic,’’ has died. He was 60.

Tony Horwitz, ‘Confederates in the Attic’ author, dies at 60

Horwitz, who lived in West Tisbury, was on a publicity tour for his latest book, ‘‘Spying on the South: An Odyssey Across the American Divide.’’

Robert L. Bernstein, publisher and champion of dissent, 96

Robert L. Bernstein, who built Random House into an international publishing giant and championed political dissent, freedom of expression and relief for oppressed peoples as the founder of Human Rights Watch, died Monday in New York.

Edmund Morris, Reagan biographer who upset conventions

Mr. Morris wrote an acclaimed biography of Theodore Roosevelt but is best known for his life of Ronald Reagan, in which the author inserted himself as a fictional narrator.

Mr. Lobley on his 21st birthday.

Amid illness, Tufts student Sam Lobley, 22, created fictional characters of depth and compassion

Samuel Lobley, 22, who died May 10 from complications of a double-lung transplant, was a gifted writer who finished a short story collection that earned highest honors at Tufts University.