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Murray Fromson, 88; reporter was champion of press freedom

Mr. Fromson helped found the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press at a time when journalists faced hostility during President Richard M. Nixon’s administration.

D.J. Fontana, 87, powerful drummer for Elvis Presley

Mr. Fontana’s simple but forceful drumming helped to shape the early sound of rock ’n’ roll.

Jalal Mansur Nuriddin, 73, ‘grandfather of rap’

His group, the Last Poets, channeled the militant social criticism of the Black Power movement into music that paved the way for hip-hop.

Douglas Bennet, former NPR head who helped save ailing radio network, dies at 79

Serving as president of NPR and then Wesleyan University, he brought stability to entities beset by financial turmoil and flagging morale.

Basketball Hall of Famer Anne Donovan dies at 56

Ms. Donovan was a 6-foot-8 Olympic gold medalist who later coached both in college and the WNBA.

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Dr. Leary greeted fifth-grade students at the Prince School in Boston. He would remain a teacher through much of his life.

William J. Leary, who led Boston’s schools at outset of busing, dies at 86

The court’s desegregation order made his job one of the toughest in education in the nation.

FILE — Nick Meglin, left, and John Ficarra, the editors of Mad Magazine, in New York, June 25, 1997. Meglin, who for many years was the chief barometer of whether the publication’s silly and satirical humor had gone too far — or not far enough — died at home in Durham, N.C. on June 2, 2018. He was 82. (Edward Keating/The New York Times)

Nick Meglin, a Mad Magazine mainstay, dies at 82

At Mad’s ramshackle offices in Manhattan, where he presided over “the usual gang of idiots,” as the magazine referred to its writers and editors, Mr. Meglin was a gregarious and nurturing presence.

This day in history

Today is Wednesday, June 13, the 164th day of 2018. There are 201 days left in the year.

Ms. Gayson (center) posed with fellow Bond actresses Tania Mallet (left) and Britt Ekland in 2012. She appeared in “Dr. No” and “From Russia with Love.”

Eunice Gayson, the first Bond girl, dies at 90

Ms. Gayson appeared in the first James Bond film, “Dr. No,” from 1962, as the sultry Sylvia Trench.

Ms. Cotton worked at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference for more than a decade.

Dorothy Cotton, 88, civil rights pioneer and MLK colleague

Ms. Cotton was among a small number of women in leadership positions at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference during the civil rights era.

Danny Kirwan, 68, guitarist during Fleetwood Mac’s early years

Mr. Kirwan’s work fueled the band’s rise.

Ira Berlin, historian of slavery in America, dies at 77

Dr. Berlin, once a chemistry student, sifted through millions of National Archives documents for his research.

Mr. McKenzie held three pucks after scoring a hat trick against the Detroit Red Wings in 1968.

Johnny ‘Pie’ McKenzie, 80, Big, Bad Bruins’ spark plug

On a line with center Fred Stanfield and left wing Johnny Bucyk, Mr. McKenzie helped spark the Bruins to Stanley Cup championships in 1970 and ’72.

George Leighton, a New Bedford native who retired from the bench at 74 and then worked at a Chicago law firm until he was 99, had personal experience as the target of injustice.

Judge George N. Leighton, pioneering black lawyer and jurist, dies at 105

Judge Leighton rose from a New Bedford boy working in the cranberry bogs to an inspiration for many, including President Obama.

Ms. Bueno captured 19 major titles — seven in singles — between 1959 and 1968 and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1978.

Maria Bueno, 78; Brazilian was ‘queen of tennis’ in 1960s

Ms. Bueno was ranked No. 1 in the world four times in the last years of tennis’s amateur era.

Mr. Weinberg traded his criminal savvy for probation and helped the FBI in the operation.

Mel Weinberg, 93, con man portrayed in ‘American Hustle’

Mr. Weinberg — facing prison for fraud — traded his criminal savvy for probation and became a principal orchestrator and actor in the two-year operation code-named Abscam.

Ms. Turgel married one of the liberators of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, Norman Turgel.

Gena Turgel, 95, Holocaust survivor and consoler of Anne Frank

‘‘My story is the story of one survivor, but it is also the story of 6 million who perished,’’ she said earlier this year.

“Blue, White, Green” by Ralph Coburn.

Ralph Coburn, 94, who created ‘spare, beautiful’ abstract art

Never much interested in attention, Mr. Coburn drew consistent admiration, but nothing approaching the fame afforded to some of his friends.

Paul D. Boyer (left) received the 1997 Nobel Prize in Chemistry from Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf in Stockholm.

Paul Boyer, 99, UCLA biochemist who won Nobel Prize in 1997

Dr. Boyer shared the Nobel for his discoveries describing ‘‘a beautiful little molecular machine’’ that helped produce the chemical energy transfers found in all living cells.

FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2001 file photo, Clarence Fountain, founder of the Grammy-winning gospel group The Blind Boys of Alabama, appears before a show in San Francisco. Fountain died Sunday, June 3, 2018, in a hospital in Baton Rouge, La. He was 88. (AP Photo/Justin Sullivan, File)

Clarence Fountain, 88; led the Blind Boys of Alabama

Mr. Fountain sang gospel music fit to call down the heavens as the leader of the group for more than 60 years.

In his book “Photo Nomad,” David Douglas Duncan, whose work often focused on soldiers, wrote that “war is in the eyes.”

David Douglas Duncan, whose images captured war-weary soldiers and Picasso at work, dies at 102

Mr. Duncan was one of the foremost photojournalists of the 20th century.

08carpenter Rev. Victor Carpenter stands outside Arlington St. Church - victim of brick (above) into the window. Photo credit: Stan Grossfeld 11/10/1979

Rev. Victor Carpenter, UU minister and advocate for social justice, dies at 88

The Rev. Carpenter spent about 50 years advocating on behalf of the poor and the disabled, supporting those who oppose war, and comforting those diagnosed with HIV and AIDS.

Red Schoendienst, St. Louis Cardinals star and oldest Hall of Famer

The Hall of Fame second baseman, manager, and coach had a major league career of more than 70 years.

Alaska broadcaster known for Yup’ik stories dies at 69

John Active was an Alaska Native broadcaster who helped preserve the Yup’ik language and culture one story at a time.

Charlotte Fox, 43, of Aspen, Colo., one of the climbers of Mt. Everest arrives at Katmandu airport on Wednesday, May 15, 1996, after she and another man were evacuated by Nepalese Army helicopters. The team lost it's leader Scott Fischer, 40, of Seattle, Wash., during a deadly storm. The storm struck Friday on the 29,028-foot-high summit, freezing experienced hikers and newcomers alike with waist-high snow and 70-mph winds. (AP Photo/Binod Joshi)

Charlotte Fox, climber of the tallest peaks, survivor of 1996 Everest disaster, dies after an apparent fall at home

Ms. Fox, who grew up in North Carolina, spent much of her life at high altitudes, working as a ski patroller in Colorado for 30 years.

In this Sunday, June 9, 2013 photo, Eddy

Eddy Clearwater, Chicago bluesman, dies at 83

Eddy Clearwater was a Mississippi-born Chicago bluesman who billed himself as “The Chief” and often performed in a feathered headdress.

Jerry Maren attended the

Last surviving ‘Wizard of Oz’ Munchkin Jerry Maren dies at 98

Mr. Maren’s character was the one who famously welcomed Dorothy to Munchkin Land.

Mr. Newton helped picked the 1992 “Dream Team.”

C.M. Newton, had 50-year basketball career as player, coach, administrator, dies at 88

Mr. Newton was 509-375 as a coach at Transylvania College, Alabama, and Vanderbilt, and worked on several NCAA Division 1 basketball committees.

Mr. Clark made “The Catch” on a pass from Joe Montana in the 1982 NFC championship football game.

Dwight Clark, 49er great who made ‘The Catch,’ dies at 61

Dwight Clark will forever be remembered for one iconic moment, his leap in the back of the end zone to make a fingertip grab of a game-winning touchdown that launched the San Francisco 49ers dynasty.

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Dr. S. Walter Askinas, former dental school executive dean at Tufts, dies at 92

“He really taught more than just the procedure. He taught patient care,” said Dr. Lonnie Norris, a dean emeritus at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.

Mrs. Kakas rose from humble beginnings to become the CEO and public face of a company.

Mary J. Kakas, 78, tireless philanthropist and fur company CEO

Mrs. Kakas had a lifetime of experience finding a balance between high quality and the economics of household budgets.

Mr. Kison won the World Series with the Pirates in 1971 and 1979.

Bruce Kison, 68; pitcher won two World Series with Pirates

Mr. Kison finished his career with the Red Sox in 1985 and spent three decades in player development and scouting roles.

Mr. Carlucci was able to close domestic bases while maintaining strength abroad as the Cold War wound down.

Frank Carlucci, 87, diplomat and defense secretary to Reagan

The troubleshooting Republican worked for four presidents in a wide-ranging government career.

Cardinal Obando at different times opposed and backed Sandinista leaders.

Miguel Obando y Bravo, 92, key figure in Nicaraguan turmoil

Cardinal Obando clashed with Nicaragua’s Sandinista leaders and later reconciled with them.

Mrs. Kafka chopped sorrel for a dish of sauteed spinach and sorrel she prepared in her kitchen in 2006.

Barbara Kafka, 84, cookbook author who turned up the heat

Mrs. Kafka’s recipes for high-heat roasting were considered shocking and even dangerous.

‘Hitting a baseball on the button is the greatest feeling in the world — by far,’’ Mr. Soolman said. He played organized ball for about five decades and wrote a book centered on the game.

Harvey Soolman, who devoted his life to baseball on the field and on the page, dies at 68

Mr. Soolman wrote and produced several plays, authored two novels, wrote many articles, and spent 46 years playing in Boston’s high-level amateur leagues.

Jens Christian Skou, 99, Nobel recipient in chemistry

Dr. Skou’s discovery of a vital mechanism in the body’s cells earned him the Nobel Prize in 1997.

Initiatives Dr. Conway pioneered as Smith’s president from 1975 to 1985 continue to open doors for women decades later.

Jill Ker Conway, 83, author and first woman to serve as Smith College’s president

Along with her groundbreaking role at Smith, she previously served as a vice president at the University of Toronto.

José Hawilla, 74, central figure in soccer scandal

The prominent Brazilian sports marketing executive became a significant figure in a global corruption case.

Allyn Ann McLerie, 91, veteran of Broadway, TV, and film

Ms. McLerie’s versatility served her well on Broadway, in the dance-marathon movie “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” (1969), and on television comedies.

Connie Kurtz (second from left) danced with her partner, Ruth Berman, after getting their marriage license in New York.

Connie Kurtz, 81, gay rights advocate

Ms. Kurtz turned her coming out as a lesbian into a lifetime of activism with her wife, Ruth Berman.

Mr. Dabney (from left), Nolan Bushnell, Fred Marincic, and Allan Alcorn in 1973 with a Pong console at the Atari offices in Santa Clara, Calif.

Ted Dabney, an Atari founder and Pong’s creator, dies at 81

Mr. Dabney brought arcade video games to the world with a startup he and a partner founded in the early 1970s.

Mr. Kovaleski served as the handler of a KGB lieutenant colonel and tennis player who defected to the United States.

Fred Kovaleski, tennis player and CIA spy, dies at 93

Mr. Kovaleski served as the handler of a KGB lieutenant colonel and tennis player who defected to the United States.

In this Nov. 17, 2015, file photo, Ella Brennan poses for a photo during an interview in her home, adjacent to Commander's Palace Restaurant in New Orleans. Brennan, who couldn't cook but played a major role in putting New Orleans on the world's culinary map, died Thursday, May 31. 2018. She was 92. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Ella Brennan, who mentored Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse, dies at 92

Miss Brennan couldn’t cook, but she played a major role in putting New Orleans on the world’s culinary map.

In a photo from Patty Williams, Josh Greenfeld. Greenfeld, an Oscar-nominated screenwriter who was also acclaimed for three forthright books about his autistic son, died on May 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. He was 90. (Patty Williams via The New York Times) -- NO SALES; FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY WITH NYT STORY OBIT GREENFELD BY NEIL GENZLINGER FOR MAY 31, 2018. ALL OTHER USE PROHIBITED. --

Josh Greenfeld, chronicled his son’s autism, dies at 90

Mr. Greenfeld, an Oscar-nominated screenwriter, won acclaim for three forthright books about his autistic son.

FILE — Dick Tuck receives an award from Ned Bandler Jr., a Lever Brothers executive, at a luncheon in Manhattan sponsored by the New York State Democratic Committee, Dec. 13, 1973. Tuck, the Democrats’ prankster-at-large, who bedeviled Barry M. Goldwater, Richard M. Nixon and other Republicans with bad-news fortune cookies, a comely spy, a treacherous little old lady and other campaign-trail tomfoolery, died on Monday in Tucson. He was 94. (Tyrone Dukes/The New York Times)

Dick Tuck, Democratic prankster who targeted Nixon, dies at 94

His tactics were later mimicked, admired — and distorted — by political operatives from both parties.

Seymour Glanzer, an original Watergate prosecutor, dies at 91

Seymour Glanzer’s five decades of practice ranged from the prosecution of the original Watergate break-in defendants to the defense of the American convicted in the Washington car-bomb attack that killed former Chilean ambassador Orlando Letelier.

Donald H. Peterson, right, aboard the space shuttle Challenger with fellow astronaut Paul J. Weitz. MUST CREDIT: Handout from NASA

Donald Peterson, who spacewalked from the shuttle Challenger, dies at 84

Donald H. Peterson Sr. performed a spacewalk to test the ability of repairing the shuttle Challenger while it orbited 170 miles above the Earth.