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Spencer Davis, Whose Band Was a Hitmaker in the ’60s, Dies at 81 (Tue, 20 Oct 2020)
“Gimme Some Lovin’,” “I’m a Man” and “Keep On Running” made the band, from Britain, famous and launched the career of its lead singer, Steve Winwood.
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Clark Middleton, Actor With a Cause, Is Dead at 63 (Mon, 19 Oct 2020)
Known for his role on “The Blacklist,” he strove to convey the message that his juvenile rheumatoid arthritis was not a limitation.
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Alan S. Boyd, Nation’s First Transportation Chief, Dies at 98 (Mon, 19 Oct 2020)
Lyndon B. Johnson chose him to lead a new department integrating vast air, sea and land systems. He also led Amtrak and the Illinois Central Railroad.
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Bess Abell, Social Secretary in Johnson White House, Dies at 87 (Mon, 19 Oct 2020)
Averting last-minute crises is part of the job description; she was built for it, carried it out in style and had a good time doing it.
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Those We’ve Lost (Tue, 20 Oct 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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Rhonda Fleming, 97, Movie Star Made for Technicolor, Is Dead (Sat, 17 Oct 2020)
Ms. Fleming’s roles ranged from Wyatt Earp’s love interest to a princess in King Arthur’s court.
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Ed Benguiat, a Master of Typography, Is Dead at 92 (Sat, 17 Oct 2020)
A noted graphic designer, he was an expert in typefaces, developing many himself and “fixing” others. His work adorns this newspaper.
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Ruth Kluger, Author of a Haunting Holocaust Memoir, Dies at 88 (Sat, 17 Oct 2020)
Her “Still Alive” was an unforgiving view of anti-Semitism in Vienna and a feminist window on the war and the world beyond.
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Jon Gibson, Minimalist Saxophonist and Composer, Dies at 80 (Mon, 19 Oct 2020)
Best known for his long association with Philip Glass, Mr. Gibson also worked with Steve Reich, Terry Riley and La Monte Young as well as performing his own music.
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Remembering Jim Dwyer (Sun, 18 Oct 2020)
A farewell to the late Pulitzer Prize-winning Times journalist.
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Scott Lilienfeld, Psychologist Who Questioned Psychology, Dies at 59 (Fri, 16 Oct 2020)
Dr. Lilienfeld disturbed the order in his own field by questioning the science behind many of its conceits, therapies and tools.
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Bernard Cohen, Lawyer in Landmark Mixed-Marriage Case, Dies at 86 (Thu, 15 Oct 2020)
With Philip J. Hirschkop, he brought Loving v. Virginia to the Supreme Court, which struck down laws against interracial marriages.
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Bob Shanks, Influential TV Executive, Dies at 88 (Thu, 15 Oct 2020)
He helped create “Good Morning America” and “20/20” and had a role in the early careers of the Smothers Brothers, Barbra Streisand and many others.
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Lulu Peyraud, a French Wine Matriarch, Dies at 102 (Thu, 15 Oct 2020)
Her family ran Domaine Tempier, a wine estate in Provence known for its Bandol reds and rosés. She ran the kitchen.
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Constance Buchanan Dies at 73; Gave Women Voice in Religion (Thu, 15 Oct 2020)
At Harvard Divinity School, she ensured that women were represented in scholarship, in the curriculum, in the syllabus and in publications.
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Faith Stewart-Gordon, Doyenne of the Russian Tea Room, Dies at 88 (Thu, 15 Oct 2020)
After her husband died in 1967, she was the sole owner of the festive Manhattan gathering and gossiping spot until she sold it in 1995.
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Erin Wall, 44, Dies; Acclaimed Soprano in Mozart and Strauss (Wed, 14 Oct 2020)
Ms. Wall, who started her career at Lyric Opera of Chicago, had a silvery soprano voice that grew more opulent as it evolved.
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Herbert Kretzmer, Lyricist for ‘Les Misérables,’ Dies at 95 (Wed, 14 Oct 2020)
A London theater critic, he turned a little-known French musical into a global blockbuster, earning $20 million in royalties.
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Mario Molina, 77, Dies; Sounded an Alarm on the Ozone Layer (Tue, 13 Oct 2020)
He shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for research that showed how chemicals in hair spray and other products could cause grave environmental damage.
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Don Piccard, a Pioneer Who Soared, Is Dead at 94 (Wed, 14 Oct 2020)
He was balloon royalty, the son of scientist parents who reached the stratosphere. He went on to build balloons — and set records — of his own.
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Tom Kennedy, Genial Journeyman of TV Game Shows, Dies at 93 (Tue, 13 Oct 2020)
Mr. Kennedy brought gaiety and a dollop of schmaltz to his work as the host of 14 shows on multiple networks, and in syndication, over nearly 30 years.
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Conchata Ferrell, ‘Two and a Half Men' Actress, Dies at 77 (Tue, 13 Oct 2020)
She first achieved acclaim on the stage. But she was best known for her Emmy-nominated role as Berta, Charlie Sheen’s gruff housekeeper.
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Joyce Dinkins, Wife of Former New York Mayor, Dies at 89 (Tue, 13 Oct 2020)
As the city’s first Black first lady, she transformed herself from a private person to a gracious public advocate for children.
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