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Robert Leiken, 78; advocated support for Nicaraguan Contras

The scholarship of Mr. Leiken, a Harvard graduate, shaped the national debate and policy decisions during Nicaragua’s war of the 1980s.

Gabe Pressman, 93, iconic New York TV journalist

Mr. Pressman covered major news events, from the 1956 sinking of the Andrea Doria to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Dr. Jerome H. Rogoff, psychiatrist who fought for wrongfully convicted, dies at 78

Dr. Rogoff, of Newton, was also a former Massachusetts Psychiatric Society president.

Paul Zukofsky, 73, virtuoso violinist who was a child prodigy

Mr. Zukofsky grew up to be one of the finest violinists of his time, renowned as an interpreter of contemporary music.

Jerry Nelson, designer of the segmented telescope, dies at 73

Mr. Nelson conceived of the design for the telescope, which allowed scientists to peer farther into the universe than ever before.

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David Fromkin, 84, historian, author, and BU professor

Mr. Fromkin traced the roots of conflict in the Middle East to the creation of unsustainable nations there in the early 1920s.

Prodigy posed for a photo in October 2016.

Prodigy, half of topselling rap duo Mobb Deep, is dead at 42

Nas, who is also from Queens, N.Y., called Prodigy a ‘‘king’’ in an Instagram post.

FILE - In this Dec. 13, 1970, file photo, New York Jets linebacker Larry Grantham (60) catches Miami Dolphins back Jim Kiick (21), by the sleeve to throw him for a one-yard loss on an attempted end run in an NFL football game in Miami. Grantham, a starter and defensive standout on the 1969 Super Bowl team, has died. He was 78. The Jets announced Sunday, June 18, 2017, that a funeral service for Grantham will be held Wednesday in his hometown of Crystal Springs, Miss. (AP Photo/, File)

Larry Grantham, 78, starred for N.Y. Jets

Mr. Grantham was an original member of the New York Titans franchise, which became the Jets in 1963 after three seasons.

Venus Ramey performed in the Miss America beauty pageant in 1944.

Venus Ramey, 92, 1944 Miss America inspired WWII effort

Ms. Ramey was the first redhead to win the Miss America title and the first to be photographed in color.

FILE - In this July 10, 1999, file photo, United States women's soccer team head coach Tony DiCicco celebrates by holding the trophy aloft after defeating China in the Women's World Cup Final at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. Tony DiCicco has died. He was 68. U.S. Soccer confirmed DiCicco’s death Tuesday, June 20, 2017. His son, Anthony, tweeted that DiCicco died at home with his family present. (AP Photo/Michael Caulfield, File)

Tony DiCicco; led US team to famed World Cup win

Mr. DiCicco also led the women’s soccer team to the gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

Patricia Knatchbull; survived IRA attack

Mrs. Knatchbull, titled Countess Mountbatten of Burma and known as Lady Patricia, was the elder daughter of the British World War II military leader Lord Louis Mountbatten.

**SPECIAL TO THE BOSTON GLOBE**Comedian Bill Dana poses next to a photograph of himself with Frank Sinatra in 1960 as they get ready for President John F. Kennedy's inaugural gala at his home in Nashville, Tenn., Friday, Sept. 8, 2006.(AP Photo/John Russell) Library Tag 09142006 Style/Arts


Comic Bill Dana, who won fame as ‘Jose Jimenez,’ dies at 92

Mr. Dana, from the Boston area, was a comedy writer and performer who achieved stardom in the 1950s and ’60s.

for Metro - 02limone - (070110 Woburn, MA) Peter J. Limone, 76, of Medford pleads no contest to gaming charges at Middlesex Superior Court Thursday morning. Limone was sentenced to five years probation, ordered to wear a GPS bracelet and told him to stay away from his reputed mafia associates. Thursday, July 01, 2010. (Ted Fitzgerald/Boston Herald) Library Tag 07022010 National/Foreign


Peter Limone, who spent 33 years in prison for murder he didn’t commit, dies at 83

Limone, who won millions in a lawsuit against the FBI, died Monday after a five-year battle with cancer.

Born into one of Boston’s most prominent banking families, Tom Beal chose instead to teach English to generations of middle-school students.

Tom Beal of Lincoln, a teacher who reveled in nature’s lessons, dies at 88

Mr. Beal, of Lincoln, taught English for many years at the Rivers School and the Fenn School.

Martin Wolfe, 82, specialist in tropical medicine

Dr. Wolfe founded one of the country’s first medical practices devoted to ailments incurred in travel.

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Stephen Furst, who played Flounder in ‘Animal House,’ dies at 63

Mr. Furst played the naive fraternity pledge in the 1978 hit movie.

Helen Dunmore, 64, who wrote about legacy and loss

Ms. Dunmore was a British poet and historical novelist whose widely praised books were known for their gothic plots.

Dr. Sladen fed Sur le Toit, star of “Fly Away Home,” on which Dr. Sladen served as a technical adviser.

William J.L. Sladen, 96, expert on penguin libidos

Dr. Sladen’s work on migratory birds of North America was the basis of the 1996 movie “Fly Away Home.”

Mr. Sullivan wrote a notes column for the Traveler and Boston Herald Traveler, and he later became a teacher.

George Sullivan, 83, a sportswriter, author, and journalism professor

Mr. Sullivan also spent time as public relations director for the Red Sox and at Suffolk Downs.

Mr. Avildsen also directed ‘The Karate Kid,’’ another surprise hit.

John Avildsen, 81, director who won Oscar for ‘Rocky’

Mr. Avildsen also directed “The Karate Kid,” another dark-horse, underdog favorite.

Mr. Kohl was cheered by a large crowd of East Germans prior to reunification in 1990.

Helmut Kohl, 87, chancellor who reunified Germany

Mr. Kohl reunified Germany after 45 years of Cold War division but ended his political career in disgrace over a party fund-raising scandal.

Charles Thacker, 74, key figure in inventing PC and Ethernet

Mr. Thacker, an electrical engineer, played a central role in some of the most important ideas in personal computing and computer networking.

Mr. Verbruggen led the International Cycling Union for 14 years, a term marked by a doping scandal.

Hein Verbruggen, former cycling head, dies at 75

Mr. Verbruggen oversaw the worldwide spread of a sport often tainted by doping.

Tom Morgan, 76, crafter of detailed fly rods

Mr. Morgan‘s quest to build flawless fly fishing rods continued long after he was paralyzed by multiple sclerosis.

Ms. Sorrels initially drew on the Mormon music traditions of her native Idaho and Utah.

Rosalie Sorrels, 83, folk singer who transported her audience

Ms. Sorrels drew on her own tempestuous life in songs of struggle and heartache that inspired a generation of rising folk musicians.

After serving in the state’s executive offices, Mr. Hogan (shown in an undated photo) was a district court judge.

William T. Hogan Jr., 90, led state’s correction, welfare, and human services departments

Mr. Hogan also served a retired Massachusetts District Court judge.

Anita Pallenberg, muse for The Rolling Stones, dead at 75

Anita Pallenberg, a model and actress who had children with Keith Richards and served as a muse for The Rolling Stones, has died. She was 75.

Edith Shiffert, 101, poet was inspired by nature

The work of Ms. Shiffert, an American, was profoundly influenced by the half-century she spent in Japan.

Mr. Gurney’s plays included “The Cocktail Hour,’’ “The Middle Ages,’’ and “Love Letters.’’

A.R. Gurney, 86, playwright explored upper-crust anxieties

Mr. Gurney dissected the fading folkways of the Northeast’s traditional white Anglo-Saxon Protestant society, of which he was a member.

Nearly forgotten for many years when she was hobbled by multiple back surgeries, Ms. Cosindas resurfaced with a lifetime achievement award in Boston in 2013.

Marie Cosindas, 93; pioneered using color in art photography

Ms. Cosindas was praised for creating rich photos that resembled paintings.

Samuel D. Cook, 88, educator who broke campus color barriers

Mr. Cook was widely saluted as the first tenure-track black professor appointed by a predominantly white university in the South since Reconstruction.

Mr. Hanning, who worked at the Auschwitz death camp, never spent time behind bars.

Reinhold Hanning, 95, convicted Auschwitz guard

Mr. Hanning died a year after he was sentenced to five years in jail as an accessory to 170,000 murders during the time he worked at the camp.

Henry Helyong Lee, 76, restaurateur who made dining musical

Mr. Lee ran the now-shuttered Korean restaurant in New Orleans, known for operatic waiters and performances by Mr. Lee and other musicians.

Neil Gordon, 58, academic, writer of fugitive thriller

Mr. Gordon’s cerebral novels about radical politics challenged readers with biblical parables and ethical dilemmas.

Dr. Kummerow, a longtime professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, was one of the first scientists to suggest a link between processed foods and heart disease.

Fred Kummerow, 102, early opponent of trans fats

The German-born biochemist and lifelong contrarian’s nearly 50 years of advocacy led to a federal government ban on the use of trans-fatty acids in processed foods.

Mr. Bevins was Boston University’s first All-American goalie.

Ralph Bevins, standout goalie at BU who coached at Arlington High, dies at 92

Mr. Bevins was inducted into the BU Athletic Hall of Fame and formerly supervised physical education for grades K-12 in Arlington.

Looking to surf longer in the frigid Northern California ocean, Mr. O’Neill began experimenting with various materials until he invented the first neoprene wetsuit.

Jack O’Neill, 94, surfing world icon who pioneered wetsuit

By the 1980s, Mr. O’Neill had become the world’s largest recreation wetsuit designer and manufacturer.

Mr. Tate, who had spina bifida, was chief conductor of the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra for several years.

Jeffrey Tate, 74, conductor who overcame spina bifida

Mr.Tate, an English conductor, was known for precise, incisive interpretations of the German repertoire and inspired work with singers.

Reported inventor of Hawaiian pizza dies in Canada

Sam Panopoulos told numerous news media that he made his first ‘‘Hawaiian’’ pizza in 1962 at a Chatham, Ontario, restaurant.

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: Actor Adam West attends the Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders Press Room at New York Comic-Con - Day 1 at Jacob Javits Center on October 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

Adam West, 88, noted for playing Batman

The classically handsome baritone actor turned a comic-book superhero into live-action Pop Art in the 1960s television series.

Jean Sammet, 89; codesigned pioneering computer language

Ms. Sammet earned her undergraduate degree at Mt. Holyoke College and later endowed a professorship there in computer science.

Ms. Headly had recurring roles on ‘‘ER’’ and ‘‘Monk.’’

Glenne Headly, 62, star of ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’

Ms. Headly was an early member of the acclaimed Steppenwolf Theatre Company.

FILE - In this April 4, 1990 file photo, Adnan Khashoggi arrives at Manhatten Federal Court, New York. Saudi arms dealer Khashoggi, once one of the world's richest men who was implicated in the Iran-Contra affair, has died. He was 81 and had been suffering from Parkinson's disease, it was reported on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (AP Photo, File)

Adnan Khashoggi; was hardpartying Saudi weapons dealer

Mr. Khashoggi was connected to the Iran-Contra Affair and dictators around the world, including the Phillipines’ Ferdinand Marcos and Haiti’s Jean-Claude Duvalier.

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Peter Karoff, 79, taught poetry, changed philanthropies

“He was a poet and he loved to write, and he loved to philosophize and think about what the world really could look like,” said Leslie Pine, managing partner of The Philanthropic Initiative.

Donald Vidrine, was one of two BP supervisors on the Deepwater Horizon when the rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico.

Donald Vidrine, 69, was supervisor on doomed oil rig

Mr. Vidrine was on the Deepwater Horizon when the drilling rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

Barbara Elam “was someone who appreciated so much,” said her daughter Tricia Elam Walker of Dorchester.

Barbara Elam, 88, spread love of reading and books

As a child growing up in Boston, “I used to live in the library,” Mrs. Elam once said. “It was the only place I could go without having to explain myself.

Mr. Smith and his second wife, entertainer Ann-Margret, cut the cake on their wedding day in 1967. Mr. Smith quit acting to manage her career.

Roger Smith, 84; played private eye on ‘77 Sunset Strip’

Mr. Smith brought glamour to the TV detective genre, then managed the career of his wife, entertainer Ann-Margret.

FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 2, 2005 file photo, British actor Peter Sallis, who voices the part of Wallace poses with a person dressed as the character 'Wallace' on arrival at the Leicester Square Odeon, London for the premiere of Wallace & Grommit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. Sallis, who played irrepressible, cheese-loving inventor Wallace in the

Peter Sallis, voice of inventor in ‘Wallace and Gromit,’ dies at 96

Mr. Sallis played the irrepressible, cheese-loving Wallace in the cartoons, which gained fans around the world.