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Frieda Caplan, Who Enlivened the Produce Aisle, Dies at 96 (Fri, 24 Jan 2020)
She helped introduce kiwi, jicama and countless other unfamiliar fruits and vegetables to American consumers.
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Claudio Roditi, Lyrical Jazz Trumpeter, Is Dead at 73 (Fri, 24 Jan 2020)
The Brazilian-born Mr. Roditi fused in his playing the gentle lilt of samba with the drive of the post-bop trumpet tradition.
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Jim Lehrer, Longtime PBS News Anchor, Is Dead at 85 (Thu, 23 Jan 2020)
For 36 years, mostly teaming with Robert MacNeil, he offered an alternative to network evening news programs with in-depth reporting, interviews and news analysis.
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Carol Serling, Rod’s Wife and Tender of ‘Twilight Zone’ Flame, Dies at 90 (Fri, 24 Jan 2020)
Rod Serling, who created “The Twilight Zone,” died in 1975. His wife — in publishing, academic and screen ventures — helped keep his spirit alive.
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Sonny Grosso, Cop Who Severed ‘French Connection,’ Dies at 89 (Fri, 24 Jan 2020)
He and his partner broke the heroin case that inspired that 1971 film. After he retired, he became a movie and television producer and consultant.
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George Herbert Walker III, 88, Dies; Ambassador and Cousin of Presidents (Thu, 23 Jan 2020)
A St. Louis businessman and philanthropist, he helped Republican politicians, including his cousins George H. W. and George W. Bush.
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Frederic Berman, Protector of Renters in New York, Dies at 92 (Fri, 24 Jan 2020)
He helped institute safeguards for tenants of 1.4 million rent-controlled apartments in the ’60s and was a key player behind the Rent Stabilization Law.
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Tom Railsback, Who Reconciled G.O.P. to Oust Nixon, Dies at 87 (Thu, 23 Jan 2020)
A moderate Republican congressman from Illinois, he forged a compromise on two articles of impeachment that passed the House Judiciary Committee in 1974.
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Terry Jones, Monty Python Founder and Scholar, Is Dead at 77 (Thu, 23 Jan 2020)
In addition to being a charter member of the celebrated British sketch troupe, he was a director, a screenwriter and an authority on Chaucer.
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Jack Van Impe, End Times Preacher on TV, Is Dead at 88 (Wed, 22 Jan 2020)
Known for his prodigious memorization of the Bible, he mingled scripture with commentary on public affairs.
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Lee Gelber, Dean of New York Tour Guides, Dies at 81 (Wed, 22 Jan 2020)
“He knew our city better than anyone else,” a colleague said, “and made it his goal for everyone else to know it, too.”
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Michael I. Sovern, Who Led Columbia in Eventful Era, Dies at 88 (Wed, 22 Jan 2020)
During his tenure, 1980-93, the university was restored to financial health, divested from companies tied to South Africa and admitted women to its college.
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Morgan Wootten, Acclaimed High School Basketball Coach, Dies at 88 (Wed, 22 Jan 2020)
He had one of the best winning streaks, and was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
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Michael Karkoc, Exposed as a War Criminal, Is Dead at 100 (Thu, 23 Jan 2020)
Before he was found to have led a Nazi-controlled unit of Ukrainians in a massacre of Polish villagers in 1944, he had lived quietly in Minneapolis for decades.
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Egil Krogh, 80, Nixon Aide, Dies; Authorized an Infamous Break-In (Wed, 22 Jan 2020)
He regretted his role in the burglary of Daniel Ellsberg’s psychiatrist’s office and said he thought it had set the stage for Watergate.
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David Glass, Walmart Boss and K.C. Royals Owner, Dies at 84 (Tue, 21 Jan 2020)
He introduced selling groceries alongside general merchandise in Supercenters, positioning Walmart to compete with Amazon today. His Royals won a World Series.
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David Olney, 71, Singer-Songwriter, Dies Onstage (Fri, 24 Jan 2020)
He wasn’t as famous as those who sang his songs, but he was revered by them. After apparently suffering a heart attack, mid-song, he stopped and said, “I’m sorry.”
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‘Chewing Gum Tycoon’ of Lotte Group, Shin Kyuk-ho, Dies at 98 (Tue, 21 Jan 2020)
Mr. Shin transformed a small business in postwar Tokyo into ​a ​corporate giant spanning South Korea and Japan.
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Jimmy Heath, 93, Jazz Saxophonist and Composer, Is Dead (Wed, 22 Jan 2020)
Mr. Heath, whose compositions became part of the midcentury jazz canon, found new prominence in middle age as a co-leader of a band with his two brothers.
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Edith Kunhardt Davis, Author of ‘Pat the Bunny’ Sequels, Dies at 82 (Mon, 20 Jan 2020)
She also wrote about the death of her son at 27, for which she blamed herself because she had been an alcoholic when she was pregnant with him.
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Barry Tuckwell, French Horn Virtuoso, Is Dead at 88 (Sun, 19 Jan 2020)
He was widely considered to be the finest player of his era and was said to have “inspired every generation of horn player for the past 70 years.”
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Peter Larkin, Stage Designer With a Funky Asterisk, Dies at 93 (Tue, 21 Jan 2020)
His Broadway work won him four Tony Awards. A different audience knew another of his designs: the Parliament-Funkadelic Mothership.
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