The urbane host of sports and entertainment programs introduced ESPN to a cable audience in 1979.
Amy Anthony, groundbreaking affordable housing leader in Massachusetts and beyond, dies at 74
Ms. Anthony served as Massachusetts secretary of communities and development and went on to found the nonprofit Preservation of Affordable Housing, which brought her vision and expertise to communities across the country.
Willie Naulls, 84, Celtics champion and part of historic lineup
Mr. Naulls, a three-time NBA champion with the Boston Celtics, was part of the first NBA starting lineup made up entirely of African-American players.
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Penny Marshall, the nasal-voiced co-star of the slapstick sitcom “Laverne & Shirley” and later the chronically self-deprecating director of hit films like “Big” and “A League of Their Own,” died Monday at her home in Los Angeles. She was 75.
As a filmmaker, she became the first woman to direct a film that grossed more than $100 million. She also directed ‘‘A League of Their Own,’’ “Jumpin’ Jack Flash’’ and ‘‘Awakenings.’’
Mr. Lang’s own writing has been published and translated into many languages.
Mr. Gibbons, a lawyer, also persuaded authorities in Newark to provide access to the courts for people detained during riots in 1967.
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Fred Greenstein, 88, scholar of the American presidency
Mr. Greenstein helped resurrect Dwight D. Eisenhower’s political reputation and went on to analyze the leadership styles of 30 of the 44 individual presidents.
Andrew Frierson, 94, pioneering black opera singer
Mr. Frierson’s bass-baritone reverberated from the stages of theaters and music halls around the world as part of the first generation of black opera singers to make their voices heard.
Joseph Joffo, 87, whose Holocaust memoir became global bestseller
In the early 1970s, the Parisian hairdresser Joseph Joffo decided to write about his dramatic childhood as a Jew during the Nazi occupation.
Nancy Wilson, 81, singer who transcended genres
Wilson was an acclaimed ‘song stylist’ and Grammy Award winner
Bill Fralic, college All-American and NFL lineman, dies at age 56
Fralic, the burly, bruising and athletic offensive lineman, starred for the Atlanta Falcons and was a three-time All-American at Pittsburgh.
Oscar-nominated actress Sondra Locke dies at 74
Actress and director Sondra Locke was nominated for an Academy Award for her first film role in 1968’s “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter” and went on to costar in six films with Clint Eastwood.
Half of iconic Bert & I duo dies 60 years after recording
Bob Bryan, one half of the comedy duo Bert and I, which had fun at the expense of Maine Yankees and popularized the immortal punchline, “You can’t get there from here,” has died at his home in Quebec. He was 87.
Belisario Betancur, Colombian president who led unsuccessful peace effort, dies at 95
Mr. Betancur championed peace in Central America and at home.
Helen Klaben Kahn, survivor of a 49-day Yukon ordeal, 76
Ms. Klaben, looking for adventure, left Brooklyn at age 20 in the summer of 1962 and drove to Alaska with a woman she had met through a newspaper ad.
William Blum, US policy critic cited by bin Laden
William Blum, who raged against U.S. foreign policy in relative obscurity for decades until one of his published anti-imperialist broadsides received a surge in sales thanks to a surprise public tribute from Osama bin Laden, died Sunday in Arlington, Virginia.
Melvin Dummar, purported heir to Howard Hughes estate, 74
Whatever the official verdict on Mr. Dummar, he was firmly established in the cultural consciousness through ‘‘Melvin and Howard,’’ director Jonathan Demme’s film.
Rosanell Eaton, fierce voting rights advocate
The North Carolina retiree was hailed by President Barack Obama as a beacon of civil rights for her role as a lead plaintiff in a lawsuit against a restrictive voting law that reached the Supreme Court.
James Duke, globe-trotting authority on healing plants, 88
The life-changing experience for James A. Duke came as he roamed the lush jungles of Panama in the mid-1960s, munching on the plants indigenous peoples used for food and medicine and learning firsthand about them.
Hungarian director Ferenc Kosa, winner in Cannes, dies at 81
Ferenc Kosa, winner of the best director award at the 1967 Cannes film festival, has died at 81, the Hungarian Academy of Arts said Wednesday.
Jody Williams, maestro of electric blues guitar, dies at 83
Jody Williams, maestro of electric blues guitar, dies at 83
Selma Engel, escaped death camp and revealed its horror, dies at 96
Selma Wynberg Engel, who escaped from the Sobibor extermination camp, died Tuesday in East Haven, Connecticut.
Lester Kinsolving, pesky White House questioner, dies at 90
He was, at various times, an Episcopal priest, an investigative reporter, a nationally syndicated religion columnist, a gadfly White House correspondent, and a longtime conservative radio talk-show host.
Lyudmila Alexeyeva, Russian human rights activist, dies at 91
Ms. Alexeyeva had been Russia’s most prominent surviving Soviet-era dissident.
Bob Bergland, agriculture secretary under Carter, dies at 90
Mr. Bergland was a zealous advocate for America’s consumers as well as its farmers.
Muriel Leventhal, whose quiet philanthropy enriched lives, dies at 101
Mrs. Leventhal, wife of the developer Norman Leventhal, volunteered at a local hospital and discreetly paid college costs for many she met.
Martin Badoian, much-honored Canton High math teacher, dies at 90
Mr. Badoian, of Sharon, who died Oct. 27, led the school’s math team to numerous championships.
Tim Rossovich, actor and former NFL player, dies at 72
Mr. Rossovich was a consensus All-America defensive end at Southern California who played in the NFL before going on to an acting career.
Overlooked no more: Charley Parkhurst, gold rush legend with a hidden identity
Parkhurst, a New England native, was a legendary driver of six-horse stagecoaches during California’s Gold Rush — the “best whip in California,” by one account.
Albert Frère, Belgian master of multinational mergers, dies at 92
Mr. Frère’s multinational mergers and acquisitions helped solidify the economic integration of Europe.
Ex-Colombian president Belisario Betancur dies at 95
Betancur’s bold efforts to reach a peace deal with leftist rebels in the 1980s were undone by drug-fueled bloodletting and an explosion of violence backed by state security forces.
Mastanamma, YouTube sensation for her cooking channel, dies at 107
She specialized in adding flair to traditional Indian dishes, especially fish ones, but occasionally experimented with chicken pizza and chocolate cake.
Amanda Swimmer, potter and keeper of Cherokee traditions, dies at 97
Ms. Swimmer was born in North Carolina at a time when Native American children were forced to attend boarding schools, as part of a national effort to assimilate them into mainstream culture.
Charles Harrison, designer who reshaped countless home items and View-Master, dies at 87
Mr. Harrison was a designer, not an inventor; his mission was refashioning consumer products so they could be mass-produced, pleasing to the eye, and conducive to easier living.
Buzzcocks cofounder Pete Shelley dies at 63
On Thursday, the band confirmed ‘‘with great sadness’’ his death and called him ‘‘one of the U.K.’s most influential and prolific songwriters.’’
Andrei Bitov, Russian writer who chose not to flee, 81
Andrei Bitov, a Russian writer whose work, whether elaborate travelogue or intricate novel, was full of insights into his country’s history and literature, died Monday in Moscow. He was 81.
Philip Bosco; prolific stage actor won Tony Award
Philip Bosco, a character actor who was a familiar face for years in movies, on television and especially on the Broadway stage, where he won a Tony Award and was nominated for five more, died Monday night at his home in Haworth, New Jersey. He was 88.
Dennis Krausnick, actor and playwright who helped found Shakespeare & Company, dies at 76
Mr. Krausnick taught thousands of students and also directed or acted in countless productions.
A quiet hero: Andy Fitzgerald, last surviving crew member from daring Cape Cod rescue, dies at 87
Mr. Fitzgerald’s crew was awarded the Gold Lifesaving Medal, the Coast Guard’s highest honor, for its 1952 rescue of 32 men off an oil tanker, and was immortalized in the 2016 blockbuster “The Finest Hours.”
Ruth Haring, top chess player who led US federation, dies at 63
Ms. Haring played for the national women’s team in five consecutive Chess Olympiads and became a rare female president of the US Chess Federation.
Thomas Altizer, proponent of ‘God is dead’ theology, dies at 91
Mr. Altizer, who taught religion at Emory University in Atlanta, and others questioned whether a benevolent God could exist.
Ken Berry, star of sitcom ‘F Troop,’ dies at 85
The boyish television actor played nice guys with affable attitudes and a wide range of IQs on three popular sitcoms between 1965 and 1990.
Allie Ritzenberg, tennis pro who took D.C.’s elite to the court, dies at 100
Mr. Ritzenberg popularized the sport in the nation’s capital and made it chic as an instructor to, among others, Jackie Kennedy, George H.W. Bush, and countless other members of the city’s elite.
Oscar-winning director Bernardo Bertolucci dies at 77
The Italian filmmaker won Oscars with “The Last Emperor” and the erotic drama “Last Tango in Paris.”
Cyril Pahinui, who carried a Hawaiian guitar legacy, dies at 68
The Hawaiian guitarist and singer preserved and extended the tradition of slack-key guitar.
Nina Beilina, Soviet violinist and festival founder, dies at 81
Ms. Beilina emigrated from the Soviet Union in midlife and built a new following in the United States, playing top halls and founding her own ensemble.
Former President George H.W. Bush dies at age 94
George H.W. Bush, a patrician New Englander whose presidency soared with the coalition victory over Iraq in Kuwait, but then plummeted in the throes of a weak economy that led voters to turn him out of office after a single term, has died. He was 94.
George H.W. Bush, a war hero and president, dies at 94
Bush, who died Friday, was a president and the father of a president, a World War II veteran, and a New England patrician whose political base was in Texas. He held a number of other roles in government, and was widely celebrated by both parties after his time in the White House.