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Eric Bentley, Critic Who Provoked Lovers of Broadway, Dies at 103 (Wed, 05 Aug 2020)
Mr. Bentley, who was also a playwright, was an early champion of modern European drama in the 1940s but had little use for American plays.
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Pete Hamill, Quintessential New York Journalist, Dies at 85 (Wed, 05 Aug 2020)
He was a celebrated reporter and columnist, the top editor of The New York Post and The Daily News, and the author of numerous books.
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John Hume, Nobel Laureate for Work in Northern Ireland, Dies at 83 (Mon, 03 Aug 2020)
The politician’s campaign for peace was seen as a driving force behind an end to 25 years of sectarian conflict in the territory.
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Leon Fleisher, 92, Dies; Spellbinding Pianist Using One Hand or Two (Mon, 03 Aug 2020)
Unable to use his right hand, he performed pieces written for left hand only, conducted and taught. Years later, he made a triumphant two-handed comeback.
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Those We’ve Lost (Wed, 05 Aug 2020)
The coronavirus pandemic has taken an incalculable death toll. This series is designed to put names and faces to the numbers.
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Adam Max, Patron of Brooklyn Cultural Institutions, Dies at 62 (Mon, 03 Aug 2020)
He was chairman of the Brooklyn Academy of Music and a benefactor of St. Ann’s Warehouse. He and his wife also helped create a center for women’s history.
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Wilford Brimley Dead at 85; 'Cocoon' Star Known for Cranky Characters (Mon, 03 Aug 2020)
Recognizable by his walrus mustache, the actor specialized in playing cantankerous characters in “Absence of Malice,” “The Natural” and other films.
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Lady Red Couture, ‘Mother Hen’ of a Drag Scene, Dies at 43 (Sat, 01 Aug 2020)
A fixture in Los Angeles clubs who stood 7-foot-2 in heels, she also co-hosted the L.G.B.T.Q. talk show “Hey Qween!”
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James Silberman, Editor Who Nurtured Literary Careers, Dies at 93 (Sat, 01 Aug 2020)
At Random House and elsewhere, including his own Summit imprint, he worked with James Baldwin, Marilyn French, Hunter S. Thompson and many others.
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Connie Culp, First Face Transplant Recipient in U.S., Dies at 57 (Mon, 03 Aug 2020)
Her near-total transplant in 2008 was at the time the most complex one ever performed. She was the fourth patient in the world to undergo such a procedure.
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William English, Who Helped Build the Computer Mouse, Dies at 91 (Tue, 04 Aug 2020)
He was one of the computing pioneers who “showed what a computer interface could — and should — look like,” a colleague said.
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Alan Parker, Versatile Film Director, Is Dead at 76 (Fri, 31 Jul 2020)
“Midnight Express” and “Mississippi Burning” brought him Oscar nominations, and many of his other films, including “Fame,” were acclaimed.
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John McNamara, Red Sox Skipper in ’86 Series Loss, Dies at 88 (Fri, 31 Jul 2020)
He led six big league teams with some success, but he’s best remembered for questionable managerial moves in a crushing (for Boston) sixth game against the Mets.
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Dobby Dobson, Versatile Jamaican Singer and Songwriter, Dies at 78 (Fri, 31 Jul 2020)
Best known for his hit “I’m a Loving Pauper,” he was a significant figure in the evolution of Jamaican music. He died of the coronavirus.
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Ben Jipcho, a Runner Who Sacrificed Himself for a Teammate, Dies at 77 (Fri, 31 Jul 2020)
At the 1968 Summer Olympics, he set a blistering early pace in the 1,500-meter race to help his teammate beat the American Jim Ryun. Jipcho finished 10th.
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Martha Nierenberg, Entrepreneur Who Sought Art’s Return, Dies at 96 (Thu, 30 Jul 2020)
A co-founder of Dansk Designs, she fought to recover family masterpieces stolen by the Nazis when they invaded Hungary. The case, mired in a U.S. court, goes on.
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Waldemar Gonzalez, Social Worker Who Drew on His Own Hard Life, Dies at 72 (Fri, 31 Jul 2020)
He grew up with an abusive father and carried that pain into adulthood before becoming ‘Dad 2.0.’ He died of the coronavirus.
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Hugh Freyer, Poker Player With Discretion of a Banker, Dies at 86 (Fri, 31 Jul 2020)
A son of immigrants, he became a private banker in New York and was also devoted to helping recovering alcoholics. He died of the novel coronavirus.
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Herman Cain, Former C.E.O. and Presidential Candidate, Dies at 74 (Mon, 03 Aug 2020)
Mr. Cain sought the 2012 Republican nomination and became an early supporter of Donald Trump’s 2016 bid. He had been hospitalized with the coronavirus.
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Lee Teng-hui, 97, Who Led Taiwan’s Turn to Democracy, Dies (Thu, 30 Jul 2020)
Its first popularly elected president, he transformed a police state into a vibrant country while angering Beijing by insisting that Taiwan be treated as a sovereign state.
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Lou Henson, Final Four Coach With Two Schools, Dies at 88 (Wed, 29 Jul 2020)
A genial “old school” leader, he took New Mexico State and then Illinois deep into the N.C.A.A. tournament. In a 42-year career, he won close to 800 games.
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