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Joe Jackson, who received Medal of Honor for rescuing three men in Vietnam, dies at 95

Colonel Jackson was one of only 14 members of the Air Force to receive the Medal of Honor for their actions in Vietnam.

Iraqi archeologist, museums champion Lamia al-Gailani dies at 80

Ms. Gailani assisted in the reopening of the National Museum in Baghdad in 2015, more than a decade after it was looted in the wake of the US invasion.

Walter Chandoha, photographer whose specialty was cats, dies at 98

By the mid-1950s, he had begun a long period as the dominant commercial cat photographer of his era.

Reggie Young, renowned guitarist for Elvis, dies at 82

Mr. Young’s signature licks defined hit records from Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and many more.

Dr. John Mendelsohn, researcher who led top cancer center, dies at 82

Dr. Mendelsohn led the prestigious University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center through an era of substantial growth.

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Lorna Doom, bassist in the punk band Germs, dies 61

Teresa Ryan, who played bass in the proudly extreme 1970s Los Angeles punk band Germs under the name Lorna Doom, died Wednesday.

Tony Mendez (pictured in 2012) was portrayed by Ben Affleck in the Oscar-winning movie “Argo.”

Tony Mendez, ‘Argo’ spy who smuggled US hostages out of Iran during crisis, dies at 78

Mr. Mendez successfully smuggled six State Department employees out of Tehran during the 1979-1981 Iran hostage crisis.

Francine du Plessix Gray’s “Them: A Memoir of Parents” won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2006.

Francine du Plessix Gray, novelist, reporter on a voyage of discovery, dies at 88

In addition to a barbed memoir of her childhood, the French-American writer became well known as a far-ranging reporter with a stylish pen, the author of searching studies.

Bonnie Guitar, music industry trailblazer, dies at 95

Ms. Guitar had hit records as a country singer and guitarist, but her biggest achievement may have been her work as a businesswoman in the male-dominated music industry.

Mr. Wood was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2012.

Glen Wood, auto racing pioneer and patriarch, dies at 93

Mr. Wood had been the oldest living member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

John Burningham, prolific author of children’s books, dies at 82

Mr. Burningham wrote and illustrated scores of books that took generations of young children on fanciful and unpredictable journeys.

Mary Oliver, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, dies at 83

Ms. Oliver’s work celebrated nature and her longtime home of Provincetown.

Alan R. Pearlman, synthesizer pioneer, dies at 93

The Newton resident founded the synthesizer company ARP Instruments and designed its pioneering equipment.

Mr. Wunderman (left) once told USA Today, “It was no longer, ‘Hey, you.’ It was ‘Hey, you, Mr. So-and-so.’ ”

Lester Wunderman, pioneer advertising strategist, dies at 98

Mr. Wunderman is credited with pioneering the hugely successful modern techniques of direct marketing.

Barbara Proctor, first African-American woman to own an advertising agency, dies at 86

The company was called Proctor and Gardner Advertising. But there was only one founder behind it — Barbara Proctor, maiden name Gardner, the first African American woman to own and operate an advertising agency.

Elias M. Stein, mathematician of fluctuations, dies at 87

Elias M. Stein, a mathematician who pioneered work in a field that was originally devised to describe the vibrations of strings but that proved to have a wide range of applications, including charting the fluctuations of stock markets and gravitational waves, died on Dec.

Mary Oliver in 2010.

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver dies at 83

Oliver’s rapturous odes to nature and animal life brought her critical acclaim and popular affection.

Ms. Bloom starred in the docudrama “Medium Cool’’ with Robert Forster.

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Verna Bloom, memorable in ‘Medium Cool’ and ‘Animal House,’ dies at 80

Ms. Bloom was born in Lynn and died Jan. 9 in Bar Harbor, Maine.

Memorial service for Michael R. Deland

A memorial service for Michael R. Deland, former New England regional administrator for the US Environmental Protection Agency, will be held at 11 a.m. Jan. 31 in Trinity Church in Boston.

Vanguard Group founder and investing pioneer John C. Bogle has died at age 89, according to the company.

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John Bogle, Vanguard founder, dies at 89

Mr. Bogle simplified investing for the masses by introducing the first index mutual fund for individual investors in 1976.

Mr. Stottlemyre pitched for the Yankees for 11 seasons and coached on the team for 10 more.

Mel Stottlemyre, Yankees’ ace during lean years, dies at 77

Mr. Stottlemyre also served as the pitching coach for New York Mets and Yankees teams that won the World Series.

Leo Ribuffo, scholar of the far-right political movement, dies at 73

Leo Ribuffo, scholar of the far-right political movement, dies at 73

Clydie King, top-tier backup singer, dies at 75

Ms. King, who served as a central part of the musical ensemble around Bob Dylan in the early 1980s, also sang on such hits as the Rolling Stones’ “Tumbling Dice” and Linda Ronstadt’s “You’re No Good.”

Mr. Masinga, shown playing in the 1998 World Cup against France, was considered a giant of South African soccer.

Phil Masinga, famed former South Africa soccer striker, dies at 49

Mr. Masinga scored the goal in 1997 that took his country to the World Cup for the first time.

Michael Atiyah, mathematician in Newton’s footsteps, dies at 89

Mr. Atiyah united mathematics and physics during the 1960s in a way not seen since the days of Isaac Newton. He was 89.

Mr. Winthrop was diagnosed in 2013.

Stephen Winthrop, a leader in raising awareness about ALS — and a patient, too — dies at 60

Upon being diagnosed with ALS, Winthrop experienced “a blend of disbelief, anger, anguish, and fear,” he would recall. And then he got to work.

Bob Kuechenberg started every game for the Dolphins team that went 17-0 in 1972.

Former Miami Dolphins guard Bob Kuechenberg dies at age 71

Former Miami Dolphins guard Bob Kuechenberg, a six-time Pro Bowl selection and member of the only NFL team to achieve a perfect season, died at age 71.

John Falsey, creator of several acclaimed TV series, dies at 67

Mr. Falsey cocreated some of the most innovative and acclaimed television series of the 1980s and ’90s, including “St. Elsewhere” and “Northern Exposure.”

Lamin Sanneh, scholar of Islam and Christianity, dies at 76

Mr. Sanneh was born into poverty in a tiny river town in Gambia and became a world-renowned scholar of Christianity and Islam.

Jessica Tcherepnine, exacting botanical artist, dies at 80

The British-born watercolorist’s meticulous, naturalistic depictions of flowers, fruits, and vegetables established her as one of the world’s leading creators of botanical art.

Judge Wald was the first woman to serve on the D.C. Circuit court.

Patricia Wald, pathbreaking federal judge who became chief of D.C. Circuit, dies at 90

Judge Wald became an assistant attorney general under President Jimmy Carter, who in 1979 appointed her to the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Mr. Jarman expanded the province of music, melding it with performance art in the Art Ensemble of Chicago.

Joseph Jarman, mainstay of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, dies at 81

The saxophonist, flutist, woodwind player, and percussionist helped expand the parameters of performance in avant-garde jazz.

Mr. Phillips was named president of Raytheon in 1964.

Thomas L. Phillips, Raytheon chief who was guided by his faith, dies at 94

Mr. Phillips, of Weston, helped turn Raytheon into a billion-dollar business, then a multibillion-dollar enterprise, with a gentlemanly style.

Mr. Dain’s neighbors nominated him for a leading role in “Tanna” because they considered him the best-looking man in the village, one of the film’s directors said.

Mungau Dain, unlikely Pacific island film star, dies at 24

Mungau Dain who starred in “Tanna,” an Oscar-nominated film about his Pacific island homeland.

Mr. Barger saluted during the national anthem at the May commencement ceremony.

WWII vet who got degree delayed by nearly 7 decades dies at 97

Bob Barger flew planes for the Navy and received his college degree last spring, nearly 70 years after he last sat in a classroom.

Antal Bolvari, a two-time Olympic water polo champion from Hungary, dies at 86

Antal Bolvari scored a goal in Hungary’s famous 4-0 win over the Soviet Union in the “Blood in the Water” match at the 1956 Melbourne Games.

Dr. Lewis L. Judd, advocate of brain science, dies at 88

Dr. Lewis L. Judd helped put in place the so-called Decade of the Brain, an ambitious research agenda focused on brain biology as the key to understanding and treating psychiatric problems.

FILE - In this May 28, 1963 file photo, a group of whites pour sugar, ketchup and mustard over the heads of Tougaloo College student demonstrators at a sit-in demonstration at a Woolworth's lunch counter in Jackson, Miss. Seated at the counter, from left, are Tougaloo College professor John Salter,and students Joan Trumpauer and Anne Moody. John Salter, who also used the name John Hunter Gray, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2019 at his home in Pocatello, Idaho. Relatives say he was 84 when he died Monday after an illness. (Fred Blackwell/The Clarion-Ledger via AP, File)

John Salter Jr., activist from lunch counter protest photo, dies at 84

A community organizer shown in an iconic photograph while challenging racial segregation at a Mississippi lunch counter in the 1960s has died at his home in Pocatello, Idaho.

FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 20, 2018 file frame photo Jakiw Palij, a former Nazi concentration camp guard, is carried on a stretcher from his home in the Queens borough of New York. German media report that Jakiw Palij, a former Nazi concentration camp guard who spent decades leading an unassuming life in New York City until his past was revealed, has died. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Westfaelische Nachrichten newspapers quoted German officials on Thursday confirming that Palij, who was deported to Germany in August, died in a care home in the town of Ahlen. He was 95. (ABC via AP, file)

Ex-Nazi camp guard deported by US dies at 95 in Germany

Jakiw Palij, a former Nazi concentration camp guard who lived an unassuming life in New York City for decades until his past was revealed and he was deported to Germany last year, has died.

Kwamie Lassiter; former Arizona safety who had four interceptions in key game

Kwamie Lassiter, the former Arizona safety who had four interceptions in the Cardinals’ season-ending victory that clinched a playoff berth in 1998, died Sunday. He was 49.

Dennis Johnson, creator of a rediscovered minimalist score

Dennis Johnson, a composer who in 1959 wrote a trailblazing minimalist work, a six-hour piano meditation of repeated notes and long pauses that went unheard for 50 years before being rediscovered, died Dec. 20 in Morgan Hill, California.

Boston, MA - 9/23/1988: New England regional administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Michael R. Deland sits in his office in the John F. Kennedy Federal Building in Boston on Sep. 23, 1988. (John Blanding/Globe Staff) --- BGPA Reference: 190109_BS_016

Michael R. Deland, former EPA administrator and key player in Boston Harbor cleanup, dies at 77

Mr. Deland of Marion, who died Jan. 8, was also an advocate for increased access for the disabled.

Joe Casely-Hayford, pioneering fashion designer

Mr. Casely-Hayford’s creations were coveted by such stars as Michael Jackson and Bono and was admired by Diana, Princess of Wales.

Anatoly Lukyanov, ex-Soviet parliament speaker, dies at 88

Anatoly Lukyanov, a Communist politician who as parliament speaker was imprisoned for his role in a coup attempt that precipitated the Soviet Union’s collapse, has died. He was 88.

Bernice Sandler, godmother of Title IX who championed women’s rights, dies at 90

Dr. Sandler devoted decades of her life to documenting, analyzing and stopping the forms of discrimination - subtle and overt - that held women back academically and professionally in educational settings.

Carlos Sánchez, 83, embodied Colombian coffee as Juan Valdez

For nearly four decades, Mr. Sánchez was one of the most recognizable pitchmen in the world.

Lessie Brown, oldest person in the US, dies at 114

Family members had attributed her long life to the fact that she ate a sweet potato nearly every day until she was well past 100.

Mrs. Simpson, in a beret at right at a fashion show, was known for her witty, no-nonsense mien in her quarter-century as fashion editor at Vogue.

Babs Simpson, taste-making fashion editor at Vogue

Small and fierce, Mrs. Simpson worked with many of the titans of fashion photography over her 25 years at Vogue.