At 22, Miss Cullinan began her working life with an entry-level job at The New Yorker. Her task was to type manuscripts submitted by literary lions like John Updike, James Thurber, and E.B. White.
Beverly Pepper, sculptor of monumental lightness
Beverly Pepper, an acclaimed American sculptor whose work was suffused with a quicksilver lightness that belied its gargantuan scale, died on Wednesday at her home in Todi, Italy. She was 97.
Robert Conrad, star of “The Wild, Wild West,” dies at 84
Robert Conrad, the rugged, contentious actor who starred in the hugely popular 1960s television series “Hawaiian Eye” and “The Wild, Wild West,” died Saturday. He was 84.
Orson Bean, free-spirited actor of stage and screen, dies at 91
Orson Bean, the free-spirited television, stage and film comedian who stepped out of his storybook life to found a progressive school, move to Australia, give away his possessions and wander around a turbulent America in the 1970s as a late-blooming hippie, was killed in a traffic accident Friday in Venice, California. He was 91.
Dr. John A. DiBiaggio, Tufts University president who advocated for students’ public engagement, dies at 87
Dr. John A. DiBiaggio, who was 87 when he died Feb. 1, served as president of Tufts University from 1992 to 2001, encouraged students to enhance their education beyond the classroom through public engagement.
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Dr. Steiner was a US-born scholar who spent most of her career in England, including a long association with the University of Cambridge.
Albert Sherman, "Albie" to all, worked behind the scenes on behalf of the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester as the vice chancellor for university relations, and helped countless people over the decades.
Kamau Brathwaite, whose lyrical poetry wove together the history and imagery of his native Barbados, the Caribbean and the African diaspora, as well as his personal experiences, died Feb. 4 at his home in Barbados.
Mr. Portis, a favorite among critics and writers for such shaggy dog stories as “Norwood” and “Gringos” and a bounty for Hollywood whose droll, bloody Western “True Grit” was a best-seller twice adapted into Oscar nominated films, died Monday at age 86.
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Former UAW president Owen Bieber dies aged 90
Owen Bieber, who led the United Auto Workers union from the auto industry’s dark days of the early 1980s to the prosperity of the mid-1990s, has died. He was 90.
Barbara Remington, illustrator of Tolkien book covers, at 90
Barbara Remington, the illustrator who created the most widely recognized covers for J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy and “The Hobbit” — which she quickly executed before she even had the chance to read the books — died Jan.
Hall of Fame golfer Mickey Wright dies at 85
Ms. Wright won 82 LPGA tournaments including 13 majors.
Harry Gregg, former Man United player and Munich hero, dies at 87
Mr. Gregg was called the “hero of Munich” for rescuing two teammates as well as a baby and her pregnant mother from the burning fuselage in the 1958 air disaster that killed 23 people.
Rev. George Coyne, Vatican astronomer and Galileo defender, 87
Coyne challenged atheists, too, by insisting that science and religion could coexist.
A.E. Hotchner, author with a gift for famous friendships, dies at 102
Mr. Hotchner had a long and eclectic career as a lawyer, magazine editor, playwright, and the author of more than 20 books.
Oilman, former Texas governor candidate Williams dies at 88
Clayton Williams, a colorful Texas oilman and philanthropist whose 1990 run for governor was derailed after joking about rape and acknowledging he went a year without paying income taxes, has died. He was 88.
Charles O’Brien, who was dogged by Hoffa case, 86
Charles O’Brien, a close associate of the union boss Jimmy Hoffa who spent decades denying that he was involved in Hoffa’s disappearance and presumed murder in 1975, died on Thursday at his home in Boca Raton, Florida. He was 86.
Former star SS Tony Fernández dies at 57; Blue Jays hits leader
Mr. Fernández, who made five All-Star teams during his 17 seasons in the Major Leagues, died Sunday after complications from a kidney disease.
Rajendra Pachauri, Indian climate change authority who led UN panel
Pachauri was a controversial figure who faced accusations of sexual harassment later in his life
Noted jazz keyboardist Lyle Mays dies at age 66
Lyle Mays, a jazz keyboardist whose work, chiefly with the Pat Metheny Group, won nearly a dozen Grammy Awards, died Monday in Los Angeles. He was 66.
Legendary rodeo clown Lecile Harris dead at 83
A legendary rodeo clown who spent decades performing has died after the final performance of the 55th Annual Dixie National Rodeo and Livestock Show in Mississippi.
Paula Kelly, Emmy-nominated actress, dancer, and singer, dies at 77
Ms. Kelly became a leading Black performer on Broadway in the 1960s and later turned to supporting roles on film and television.
Dyanne Thorne, 83, star of scandalous ‘Ilsa’ films, is dead
Dyanne Thorne, who starred in one of the most notorious sexploitation movies of the 1970s, “Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS” — a head-spinning mix of Nazi fetishism, sadism and female empowerment that is still talked about by grindhouse film aficionados as well as by more serious scholars — died Jan. 28 in Las Vegas.
Frederick Koch, Who Spurned Family Business, Dies at 86
In 1983, a wealthy American wandered into the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon in England. He saw a scale model of a new theater that the company hoped to build, if only it had the money.
Santu Mofokeng, photographer recorded searing image of apartheid life
Santu Mofokeng, a photographer whose searing images of everyday life in South Africa’s black townships documented the prospects of freedom from apartheid and the unfulfilled promise of its overthrow, died Jan. 26 in Johannesburg.
Dave McCoy, who gave skiers Mammoth Mountain, dies at 104
Dave McCoy, who transformed California’s Mammoth Mountain from a remote Sierra peak into a downhill destination for skiers and snowboarders from around the world, has died at 104.
Katsuya Nomura, a mainstay of Japanese baseball, dies at 84
Katsuya Nomura, a mainstay of the baseball world in postwar Japan who was one of the country’s greatest catchers before going on to a long second career as a manager, died Tuesday in Tokyo. He was 84.
Kevin Conway, ‘Red Ryder’ and ‘Elephant Man’ actor, dies at 77
Mr. Conway brought intensity to roles large and small on the screen and the stage.
Joseph Shabalala, Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder, 78
The gentle-voiced South African songwriter brought Zulu music to listeners worldwide.
Stephen Joyce dies at 87; guarded grandfather’s literary legacy
The last surviving direct descendant of James Joyce became known as an irascible and formidably rigid gatekeeper of that Irish author’s coveted literary estate.
Bruce McEwen, 81, found stress can alter the brain
It was a staple of medical thinking dating to the 1910s that stress was the body’s alarm system, switching on only when terrible things happened, often leaving a person with an either-or choice: fight or flight.
‘Mr. Boston’ in business and philanthropy, Robert Beal dies at 78
The longtime real estate developer was a fervent believer in the people and possibilities of the city and worked to advance their causes.
Terry Hands, director known for hits and ‘Carrie,’ 79
The British director led the Royal Shakespeare Company in England and in the 1980s took several productions to Broadway, including a well-regarded “Much Ado About Nothing” and the notorious musical flop “Carrie.”
Lucy Jarvis, who took TV viewers far and wide, dies at 102
The groundbreaking producer in television and theater was especially known for gaining access to hard-to-crack locations.
Frank Press, guiding force in US science policy for years, dies at 95
Dr. Press was an eminent geophysicist and authority on earthquakes.
Emily Mason, who created colorful canvases, at 87
For more than 50 years, Emily Mason, an abstract painter in a family of painters, would spend winters in Manhattan, where she had a studio in the Flatiron district, and the warmer months in Brattleboro, Vermont, where she and her husband, painter Wolf Kahn, also had a home.
Deborah Batts, first openly gay federal judge
Ms. Batts presided over prominent cases involving political corruption, terrorism and the Central Park Five civil case. She was 72.
Famed Italian soprano Mirella Freni dies at age 84
She was the last in a line of Italian sopranos whose very entrance prompted ovations, a link to singers from the golden era.
Stanley Cohen, Nobel Prize-winning scientist who studied cellular growth, dies at 97
Stanley Cohen, Nobel Prize-winning scientist who studied cellular growth, dies at 97
Roger Kahn, 92, lifted sportswriting to an art with ‘Boys of Summer’
Kahn’s 20 or so books, many about baseball, include a couple of novels, a portrait of the volatile but winning 1978 New York Yankees, a biography of Jack Dempsey and a collaboration with Pete Rose on Rose’s own story, published in 1989, just months after he was banished from baseball.
Gene Reynolds, an architect of ‘M*A*S*H’ on TV
Gene Reynolds, an Emmy-winning producer and director who was a force behind two of the most acclaimed television series of the 1970s and early ’80s, “M*A*S*H” and “Lou Grant,” died Monday in Burbank, California. He was 96.
Ivan Kral, rocker with Patti Smith and others, is dead at 71
Mr. Kral was a Czech-born musician whose integral role in the Patti Smith Group made him a key figure in New York’s creative underground of the 1970s.
Kirk Douglas, intense star of dozens of movies, dies at 103
Mr. Douglas, renown for such films as “Spartacus,” “Seven Days in May,” “Champion,” “The Bad and the Beautiful,” and “Lust for Life,” was also acclaimed for helping to end the Hollywood blacklist.
Nathaniel R. Jones, rights lawyer and federal judge, dies at 93
Nathaniel R. Jones, a former chief legal spokesman for the civil rights movement and later a federal appeals court judge who devoted his long career to eradicating the legacy of slavery endured by his own family, died on Jan. 26.
Former Kenyan president Daniel arap Moi is dead at age 95
Daniel arap Moi, a former schoolteacher who became Kenya’s longest-serving president and led the East African nation through years of repression and economic turmoil fueled by runaway corruption, died Tuesday at age 95.
Wes Wilson, psychedelic poster pioneer, 82
Mr. Wilson helped create the trippy look associated with the second half of the 1960s through the vivid, swirling posters he made for rock shows by the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, and others.
Jack Burns, who found fame in the comedy duo Burns and Schreiber, dies at 86
Jack Burns, a Boston-born comedian who teamed in comedy duos with George Carlin and Avery Schreiber, died on Jan. 27. He was 86.
Willie Wood, star defensive back with the Green Bay Packers, 83
Willie Wood, who was overlooked in the NFL draft but forged a Hall of Fame career as one of pro football’s greatest defensive backs, playing on five Green Bay Packers championship teams of the 1960s, died Monday at an assisted living facility in Washington. He was 83.
Alice Mayhew, editor of a who’s who of writers, 87
Alice Mayhew, a widely admired editor who shepherded into print bestsellers by a veritable who’s who of writers — along the way popularizing the Washington political narrative, beginning with “All the President’s Men” in 1974 — died on Tuesday at her home in New York. She was 87.
Eminent man of letters George Steiner dead at age 90
Mr. Steiner became one of the world’s leading public intellectuals through his uncommon erudition, multilingual perspective and the provocative lessons he drew from his Jewish roots and escape from the Holocaust.