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Joachim Ronneberg, leader of raid that thwarted a Nazi atomic bomb, dies at 99

Mr. Ronneberg was the last surviving member of one of the most celebrated commando raids of World War II.

Earl Bakken, Medtronic co-founder who created wearable pacemaker, dies at 94

Mr. Bakken and his brother-in-law turned Medtronic from a struggling company they ran out of a Minneapolis garage into a multinational medical technology powerhouse.

Dick Modzelewski, member of NFL’s first celebrated defensive line, dies at 87

The New York Giants’ tackle played on the line that transformed defensive players into glamorous pro football figures during the team’s glory years of the late 1950s and early ’60s.

Charles Wang, former New York Islanders owner, dies at 74

Mr. Wang, a technology company founder, had attended only one hockey game before buying the team for almost $190 million in 2000.

Wim Kok, 80, Dutch former PM haunted by Srebrenica

The trade-unionist-turned-politician inspired a new breed of pragmatic Social Democratic leaders who swept to power in Europe in the 1990s.

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Mr. Bol posed with a Little Free Library lending boxes in Hudson, Wis.

Todd Bol, founder of Little Free Library book sharing, dies at 62

The nonprofit began with a dollhouse-like box of free books in his front yard and ballooned into an international book-sharing and literacy project.

Mr. Kosugi (seated) performed at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York in 2015.

Takehisa Kosugi, an avant-garde composer, dies at 80

Mr. Kosugi was an accomplished violinist but was just as likely to play bicycle spokes or inflatable balls in his innovative explorations of the sonic landscape.

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Ex-Kentucky senator who lost to Mitch McConnell in 1984 dies at 92

Walter “Dee” Huddleston served two terms in the US Senate before losing in one of the state’s most storied and pivotal political campaigns.

David Wise, author and CIA expert who exposed ‘invisible government,’ dies at 88

The journalist and author became one of the country’s foremost authorities on espionage, writing books on the CIA, turncoat spies, and whether intelligence agencies had become an unaccountable ‘‘invisible government.”

Jeanne Ashworth with a trophy from the Middle Atlantic Outdoor Speed Skating Championships in 1959.

Jeanne Ashworth, first US woman to win Olympic speed skating medal, dies at 80

Ms. Ashworth, who was from Wilmington, won the bronze at the 1960 Olympics in Squaw Valley, Calif., in the first year of the women’s competition.

Mr. Steitz (right) was a professor at Yale.

Thomas Steitz, 78, dies; illuminated a building block of life

Mr. Steitz shared a Nobel Prize in chemistry for figuring out the structure of a large molecule that is the site of such crucial protein synthesis.

William Baker, who righted an Army racial wrong, dies at 86

Colonel Baker persuaded the Army in 1972 to reverse Theodore Roosevelt’s 1906 ruling against an all-black infantry unit.

Robert Pitofsky, activist Federal Trade Commission chairman, dies at 88

Mr. Pitofsky was credited with energizing the agency with his forceful yet measured approach to competition and consumer protection.

Betty Grissom and her sons Scott, then 14, and Mark, then 11, reunited with astronaut Virgil (Gus) Grissom after his three-orbit Gemini flight.

Betty Grissom, who sued in astronaut husband’s death, dies at 91

Mrs. Grissom’s husband, Virgil Grissom, died in the 1967 Apollo disaster.

Coach Vince Lombardi congratulated Mr. Taylor in 1962 after he was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player.

Jim Taylor, Hall of Fame fullback for the Green Bay Packers, dies at 83

Mr. Taylor was the first star in coach Vince Lombardi’s dynasty to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Microsoft cofounder and philanthropist Paul Allen dies at 65

Mr. Allen founded the software giant along with his childhood friend, Bill Gates.

Mr. Allen also invested in conservation, space travel, arts and culture, and professional sports.

Microsoft cofounder and philanthropist Paul Allen dies at 65

Allen founded the software giant along with his childhood friend, Bill Gates.

The Rev. Jarvis led Roxbury Latin for 30 years.

The Rev. F. Washington Jarvis III, headmaster who treated Roxbury Latin ‘like his parish,’ dies at 79

Colleagues said the Rev. Jarvis helped shape the lives of students while they attended the boys’ school and the approach each took to his adult life.

Mr. Coors, who was chairman of Adolph Coors Co. from 1959 to 2000, talked about the Molson-Coors merger at the Coors brewery in 2005.

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.

The versatile Mr. Taliaferro was a quarterback, halfback, wide receiver, defensive back, punter, and kick returner.

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.

Movie 'Platoon' Left to right - Charlie Sheen , Corey GLover, Chris Pedersen, Willem Dafoe, Forrest Whittaker and Keith David.

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.

Mrs. Wolf with a 1962 wood carving by Rose Shechet Miller entitled “Full Circle.”

Natalie Wasserman Wolf, 98, art consultant who enlivened senior communities

“Art is supposed to make you think, to make us feel alive,” Mrs. Wolf said in 2009.

Mr. Tydings’s victory came as a major step in the dismantling of the rural and Baltimore City political alliance that had governed Maryland for decades.

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.

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.