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Richard Hatcher, 86, trailblazing Gary, Ind., mayor

Mr. Hatcher became one of the first black mayors of a big US city when he was elected in 1967.

Terry de Havilland, cobbler to the stars, dies at 81

If you wanted style and edge in your footwear in the 1970s, Terry de Havilland was your go-to designer.

George Laurer, who developed the bar code, dies at 94

Mr. Laurer’s design of the ubiquitous vertically striped bar code sped supermarket checkout lines, parcel deliveries, and assembly lines and even transformed human beings, including airline passengers and hospital patients, into traceable inventory items.

Johann Baptist Metz, theologian of compassion, dies at 91

Johann Baptist Metz, one of the most influential Roman Catholic theologians of the 20th century and a pioneer of Jewish-Christian dialogue in the aftermath of the Holocaust, died Dec. 2 in Münster, Germany.

Dorothy Brown, state’s oldest resident, dies at 112

Dorothy Brown, 112, who moved to Framingham earlier this year, was the state’s oldest resident when she died Nov. 26.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin presented a medal to former Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov during an award ceremony in 2016. Russia's Ren TV channel reported Tuesday that Luzhkov died in Munich, where he was undergoing heart surgery.

Yuri Luzhkov, former Moscow mayor, dies at 83

As mayor from 1992 to 2010, Mr. Luzhkov oversaw an ambitious municipal overhaul, navigating the difficult transition from Soviet communism to capitalism with a combination of czar-like decisiveness and a flair for populist gestures.

Mr. Mitchell (left) with Jeffrey Wigand, a whistle-blower he worked with at the FDA.

Jack Mitchell, federal investigator who ‘broke open’ tobacco industry, dies at 69

The muckraking journalist became a federal investigator for the Senate and the Food and Drug Administration.

Marvin Goodfriend, Trump nominee to the Federal Reserve, dies at 69

Marvin Goodfriend, a leading conservative monetary economist and former nominee to the Federal Reserve Board, died Thursday at his home in Pittsburgh. He was 69.

Paul Volcker, Fed Chairman Who Waged War on Inflation, Is Dead at 92

Paul Volcker, who helped shape U.S. economic policy for more than six decades, most notably by leading the Federal Reserve’s brute-force campaign to subdue inflation in the late 1970s and early ’80s, died Sunday in New York.

BOSTON, MA - 6/26/2019: Pete Frates in center with his 4 yr old daughter Lucy and wife Julie by his side at dedication. Frates already well known for its representation of courage and inspiration, will live on forever at Boston College thanks to a dedication ceremony held on the campus Wednesday afternoon. Amid beaming sunlight and grateful words, the school honored its former baseball captain by naming Phase II of the Harrington Athletics Village the Pete Frates Center, done through the generosity of the Yawkey Foundation and additional donors. (David L Ryan/Globe Staff ) SECTION: SPORTS TOPIC Sullivan column

Pete Frates, who raised millions for ALS research by championing the Ice Bucket Challenge, dies at 34

The former Boston College baseball star popularized the Ice Bucket Challenge on social media as a way to focus attention on ALS, from which he suffered.

Juice WRLD was named top new artist at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards in May.

Rapper Juice WRLD dies after medical emergency in Chicago

Rapper Juice WRLD, who launched his career on SoundCloud before becoming a streaming juggernaut and rose to the top of the charts with the Sting-sampled hit “Lucid Dreams,” died early Sunday after a “medical emergency” at Chicago’s Midway International Airport.

Ron Leibman, Tony winner for ‘Angels,’ dead at 82

Ron Leibman, an actor whose career of more than six decades in film, television and the theater was highlighted by a Tony Award in 1993 for his electrifying performance as Roy Cohn in the first part of “Angels in America,” died Friday in Manhattan. He was 82.

Winston Lawson, 91, Secret Service agent with Kennedy in Dallas, dies

Winston Lawson had been a Secret Service agent for four years when, on Nov. 22, 1963, he was in an unmarked police car in Dallas just ahead of President John F. Kennedy.

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Caroll Spinney, who played Big Bird and Oscar The Grouch on ‘Sesame Street,’ dies at 85

He moved through life largely unrecognized in visage or voice, yet Mr. Spinney had a global fanbase of all ages and a career the envy of many show business A-listers.

Mr. Sheymov in 2000. He defected from the Soviet Union with his wife and daughter in 1980.

Victor Sheymov, KGB officer who defected from Soviet Union, dies at 73

By the time he was 32, Mr. Sheymov had reached the rank of major and was in charge of monitoring the KGB’s flow of information from around the world.

D.C. Fontana, first female ‘Star Trek’ writer, dies at 80

D.C. Fontana, who helped craft the lore of “Star Trek” and developed one of its signature characters, Spock, as the first female writer for the 1960s television series, died Tuesday at a hospital in Burbank, California.

Mr. Smith (center) in 1972 with members of the Grateful Dead. His career stretched over decades of music.

Joe Smith, career-making record executive, dies at 91

Mr. Smith presided over three major record companies in a career that stretched from the early days of rock ’n’ roll to the CD boom of the 1990s.

Wayne Merry, climber who conquered El Capitan, dies at 88

Merry’s pathbreaking ascent inspired many climbers who have completed El Capitan in his wake.

Mr. Cruse, seen in 2014, said, “Almost all of my comic strips, one way or another, are my life seen through a prism

Howard Cruse, ‘godfather of queer comics,’ dies at 75

Howard Cruse, 75, of Williamstown, was a pioneering artist in LGBTQ comics and was known as “the godfather of queer comics.”

Irving Burgie, songwriter of calypso hit ‘Day-O,’ dies at 95

Mr. Burgie, who helped popularize Caribbean music, also wrote the lyrics to the national anthem of Barbados — his mother’s homeland.

Mr. Peiperl joked to GW Magazine of George Washington University that his kinetic artwork ‘‘puts viewers to sleep.’’

Adam Peiperl, creator of kinetic light sculptures, dies at 84

Adam Peiperl, an artist, scientist, and language translator whose kinetic light sculptures are displayed in museums, galleries, and private homes around the world, died Nov. 29 at a hospital in Washington.

Boston Globe editor Ed Doherty at the Globe. (handout)

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Edward J. Doherty, former managing editor who ‘understood Globe readers,’ dies at 91

Edward Doherty, who died Nov. 28, was a former Boston Globe managing editor who “had a touch of genius when it came to designing the layout of the Globe’s front page.”

Robert K. Massie, narrator of Russian history, dies at 90

The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer wrote tautly narrated and immensely popular books on giants of Russian history.

Mr. Gerson, who prosecuted Nazi collaborators, posed in a graveyard in Paramus, N.J., where his parents built a memorial to those who died in Zamosc, Poland, in World War II.

Allan Gerson, lawyer who sought justice for Lockerbie bombing victims, dies at 74

He helped draft legislation that enables lawsuits against countries designated by the State Department as state sponsors of terrorism.

Mr. Jansons conducted with Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra of Munich and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam.

Mariss Jansons, who led top orchestras, dies

Mariss Jansons, a renowned conductor who brought new distinction to orchestras in Oslo and Pittsburgh before taking the helm of two of Europe’s finest ensembles, died on Sunday in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Ms. Morrison (left) was honored for her work as a cast member on the original run of “Will & Grace.”

Shelley Morrison, Rosario on ‘Will & Grace,’ dies at 83

Shelley Morrison, an actress with a 50-year career who was best known for playing a memorable maid on “Will & Grace,” died Sunday, her publicist said.

James Holloway, shown standing on a F9F Panther jet fighter in 1953, flew in combat during the Korean War.

James L. Holloway III, Navy chief under three presidents, dies at 97

Admiral Holloway was an early proponent of nuclear propelled ships, having studied under Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, the father of the nuclear-powered Navy.

Pat Sullivan; Auburn QB won Heisman

Pat Sullivan, the 1971 Heisman Trophy winner at Auburn who went on coach TCU and Samford, has died. He was 69.

FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2002, file photo, actress Shelley Morrison arrives to the NBC's television series

Shelley Morrison, Rosario on ‘Will & Grace,’ dies at 83

Shelley Morrison, an actress with a 50-year career who was best known for playing a memorable maid on “Will & Grace,” died Sunday, her publicist said.

In addition to his theater work, Mr. Miller was a medical doctor, specializing in neurology.

Jonathan Miller, acclaimed theater director and writer, 85

Jonathan Miller, the British theater and opera director known for his radical re-stagings of classic works, died on Wednesday at his home in London. He was 85.

In addition to his teaching, Mr. Shapiro served as US assistant solicitor general.

David L. Shapiro, Harvard Law professor and former deputy solicitor general, dies at 87

Mr. Shapiro was known for his expansive, clear thinking.

A photo provided via Joe Gilston shows Seymour Siwoff in the 1970s. Siwoff, who brought statistical analysis to the sports world, chronicling feats from the epic to the arcane through seven decades as the head of the Elias Sports Bureau, died on Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, at his home in Manhattan. He was 99. (via Joe Gilston via The New York Times) -- NO SALES; FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY WITH NYT STORY OBIT SIWOFF BY RICHARD GOLDSTEIN FOR NOV. 29, 2019. ALL OTHER USE PROHIBITED. --

Seymour Siwoff, master of sports statistics, 99

Seymour Siwoff, a pioneer in bringing statistical analysis to the sports world who chronicled feats from the epic to the arcane through seven decades as the head of the Elias Sports Bureau, died Friday at his home in New York City. He was 99.

FILE -- The entrepreneur Robert F.X. Sillerman outside Graceland, which he operated as a tourism concern, in Memphis, Feb. 23, 2006. Sillerman, an investor and media executive who built and sold radio empires, controlled the Elvis Presley estate and consolidated the American concert industry, died on Nov. 24, 2019. He was 71. (Rollin Riggs/The New York Times)

Robert F.X. Sillerman; built entertainment empires

The media executive also controlled the Elvis Presley estate and consolidated the US concert industry.

Mr. McClinton earned a 2001 Tony Award nomination for best direction for Wilson’s “King Hedley II.”

Marion McClinton, 65, interpreter of August Wilson

The noted director was a favorite of the playwright and took two of Wilson’s plays to Broadway.

Agnes Pilgrim, global advocate of indigenous rights, dies at 95

Ms. Pilgrim was the oldest member of Oregon’s Takelma tribe and a vocal advocate for clean water and Native American rights.

Janette Sherman (hiking on Maui in an undated photo) was a pioneer in occupational and environmental health.

Dr. Janette Sherman, 89, early force in environmental science

A cluster of ailing autoworkers led Dr. Sherman on a journey that would make her a pioneer in occupational and environmental health.

FILE - In this May 3, 2007 file photo Barbara Hillary, 75, shows the parka she wore on her trip to the North Pole, as she is interviewed in New York. Hillary, who was in her 70s when she became the first black woman to officially make it to the North and South Poles, has died at 88. Her death was announced on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019 on her Twitter account, which said she had gone through “significant health decline in recent months.” It was also announced on her website. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, file)

Barbara Hillary, first black woman to reach the poles, dies at 88

The adventurer did not accomplish the feat until she was in her 70s.

(FILES) This file photo taken on June 10, 1987 shows then-Japanese prime minister Yasuhiro Nakasone playing with pigeons in Plaza San Marco in Venice. - Nakasone, an ardent conservative who worked to forge a stronger military alliance with the United States, has died at the age of 101, local media said on November 29, 2019. (Photo by Mike SARGENT / AFP) (Photo by MIKE SARGENT/AFP via Getty Images)

Yasuhiro Nakasone, prime minister who championed an assertive Japan, dies at 101

Mr. Nakasone entered politics during the post-World War II American occupation of Japan and spent the rest of his career championing the reemergence of an independent nation.

Frank Biondi dies at 74; headed Viacom, Universal Studios

Known as a quiet dealmaker and a steady manager, Mr. Biondi was often in the shadows of the mercurial Sumner Redstone.

Marilyn Yalom, feminist author and historian, dies at 87

Dr. Yalom, a prolific feminist author and cultural historian whose subjects included the history of women as partners in marriage as well as the history of the female breast, died Nov. 20 at her home in Palo Alto, Calif.

Clive James, Australian-born TV host, writer, critic and all-around wit, dies at 80

Clive James, Australian-born TV host, writer, critic and all-around wit, dies at 80

Dorothy Seymour Mills, uncredited baseball historian, dies at 91

Ms. Mills collaborated for more than 30 years on a landmark three-volume history of baseball with her first husband, although he refused to credit her.

William Ruckelshaus, who refused to join in Nixon’s ‘Saturday Night Massacre’

William Ruckelshaus, who refused to join in Nixon’s ‘Saturday Night Massacre,’ dies at 87

File-This June 28, 2016, file photo shows Nick Clifford, 95, who helped Gutzon Borglum carve Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Clifford was the youngest of some 360 individuals hired. Clifford was the last living worker who helped construct Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota’s Black Hills has died. He was 98. (Josh Morgan/Rapid City Journal via AP, File)

Last living Mount Rushmore construction worker dies at 98

The last living worker who helped construct Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota’s Black Hills has died.

Mr. Katz incorporated the contributions of minorities into US history courses.

William Loren Katz, historian of African-Americans, dies at 92

The fountainhead of historian Bill Katz’s immersion in African American culture was his father’s passion for jazz. Ben Katz had derived more pleasure from the music and its historical roots than from his day job as an art director for an advertising agency.

Mr. Lyons, a former football star for the Northeastern Huskies, coached the team from 1972 to 1980.

Bo Lyons, former Northeastern head football coach, dies at 84

The former president of the New England Football Coaches Association, Mr. Lyons was an inductee to the Northeastern Varsity Club Hall of Fame and the Quincy/North Quincy High Football Hall of Fame. He had been elected football captain at North Quincy High as a junior.