Tag: Deaths (Obituaries)

Pernell Whitaker, Champion in Four Boxing Classes, Dies at 55

Pernell Whitaker, a left-handed defensive master in the boxing ring who won a gold medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics and became a champion in four weight classes as a professional, was killed on Sunday when he was struck by a car in Virginia Beach. He was 55. The Virginia Beach Police Department confirmed the […]

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Fernando Corbató, a Father of Your Computer (and Your Password), Dies at 93

Fernando Corbató, whose work on computer time-sharing in the 1960s helped pave the way for the personal computer, as well as the computer password, died on Friday at a nursing home in Newburyport, Mass. He was 93. His wife, Emily Corbató, said the cause was complications of diabetes. At his death he was a professor […]

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Jim Bouton, Author of Tell-All Baseball Memoir ‘Ball Four,’ Dies at 80

Jim Bouton, a pitcher of modest achievement but a celebrated iconoclast who left a lasting mark on baseball as the author of “Ball Four,” a raunchy, shrewd, irreverent — and best-selling — player’s diary that tainted the game’s wholesome image, died on Wednesday at his home in the Berkshires in Massachusetts. He was 80. He […]

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Rip Torn, an Outsize Presence Onstage and Off, Is Dead at 88

Rip Torn, who made his reputation in the works of Tennessee Williams and played roles as diverse as Walt Whitman, Richard Nixon and Judas Iscariot before earning his greatest fame as a gruff, bullying producer on one of the most acclaimed television comedies of the 1990s — but who remained dogged by his reputation as […]

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Ross Perot Dead at 89; Brash Billionaire Who Ran for President

Ross Perot, the wiry Texas gadfly who made a fortune in computer services, amazed the nation with audacious paramilitary missions to Vietnam and Iran, and ran for president in 1992 and 1996 with populist talk of restoring Norman Rockwell’s America, died on Tuesday at his home in Dallas. He was 89. The cause was leukemia, […]

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Ross Perot, Brash Texas Billionaire Who Ran for President, Dies at 89

Ross Perot, the wiry Texas gadfly who made a fortune in computer services, amazed the nation with bizarre paramilitary missions to Vietnam and Iran and ran for president in 1992 and 1996 with populist talk of restoring Norman Rockwell’s America, died on Tuesday at his home in Dallas. He was 89. The cause was leukemia, […]

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Marie Ponsot, Prolific Poet of Love, Divorce and Family, Dies at 98

After a promising start as a published poet in the 1950s, Marie Ponsot put her career aside. She was a single mother in New York City, with seven children to raise. But she did not stop writing. She filled notebooks with her poems — and then stashed much of her work in a drawer, showing […]

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Eva Kor, Survivor of Twin Experiments at Auschwitz, Dies at 85

Eva Kor survived the sadistic pseudoscientific medical experiments carried out on twins at the Auschwitz death camp. She dedicated herself decades later to telling of the Holocaust horrors spawned by religious and racial hatred, while preaching the power of forgiveness as a means of healing from devastating trauma. Ms. Kor took young people on annual […]

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João Gilberto, an Architect of Bossa Nova, Is Dead at 88

João Gilberto, one of the primary creators of bossa nova, the intimate Brazilian music that became a major cultural export, has died. He was 88. His son, João Marcelo Gilberto, confirmed the death on Facebook, although he did not say where or when Mr. Gilberto died. Starting with his 1958 single “Chega de Saudade,” Mr. […]

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João Gilberto, a Leading Light of Bossa Nova, Is Dead at 88

João Gilberto, one of the primary creators of bossa nova, the intimate Brazilian music that became a major cultural export, has died. He was 88. His son, João Marcelo Gilberto, confirmed the death on Facebook, although he did not say where or when Mr. Gilberto died. Starting with his 1958 single “Chega de Saudade,” Mr. […]

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Remembering Those Who Lived the Apollo 11 Mission

ImageNeil Armstrong in the lunar module after his moonwalk.CreditNASA Neil Armstrong (1930-2012) “Houston, Tranquillity Base here,” Mr. Armstrong radioed to mission control. “The Eagle has landed.” Some hours later, he stepped onto the surface of the moon, the first person to do so. He marked that fact with words that have become familiar: “That’s one […]

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Arte Johnson, ‘Very Interesting’ Comic Actor, Is Dead at 90

Arte Johnson, a comic actor who won an Emmy for playing a diverse troupe of characters on the groundbreaking comedy show “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In,” died on Wednesday in Los Angeles. He was 90. His death was announced by a spokesman, Harlan Boll, who said Mr. Johnson had bladder and prostate cancer. A diminutive, bespectacled […]

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Robert Levine, Who Studied Kindness, Identity and Time, Dies at 73

Robert V. Levine, a social psychologist who conducted attention-getting studies into how different cultures perceive time, how car dealerships persuade customers to buy and whether a blind person is more likely to be helped across the street in Nashville or New York, died on June 22 in Santa Rosa, Calif. He was 73. His son […]

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Lee Iacocca, Visionary Automaker Who Led Both Ford and Chrysler, Is Dead at 94

Lee A. Iacocca, the visionary automaker who ran the Ford Motor Company and then the Chrysler Corporation and came to personify Detroit as the dream factory of America’s postwar love affair with the automobile, died on Tuesday at his home in Bel Air, Calif. He was 94. He had complications from Parkinson’s Disease, a family […]

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Tyler Skaggs, Angels Pitcher, Found Dead at 27

ImageTyler Skaggs pitching in May.CreditJayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs, 27, died Monday in a hotel room several hours before his team was scheduled to play the Texas Rangers, team and local officials said. Skaggs’s death prompted the cancellation of the game after lineups had already been announced. Angels officials declined […]

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Peter Selz, an Art Museum Force on Two Coasts, Dies at 100

Peter Selz, who as a leading curator at the Museum of Modern Art staged wide-ranging exhibitions of Mark Rothko’s paintings and Auguste Rodin’s sculptures before leaving to become the founding director of the University Art Museum, Berkeley, died on June 21 in Albany, Calif. He was 100. His daughter Gabrielle Selz confirmed the death, at […]

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Luis Alvarez, Champion of 9/11 Responders, Dies at 53

Luis G. Alvarez, a former New York City detective who pleaded with Congress this month to extend health benefits to police officers, firefighters and other emergency workers who responded to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, died on Saturday in a hospice in Rockville Centre, N.Y. He was 53. His family announced his death in […]

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John Shearer, Who Photographed Tumultuous 1960s, Dies at 72

John Shearer was already a promising photographer at 16 when the photo director of Look magazine, who was preparing to cover John F. Kennedy’s funeral, invited him along to carry his bags. But when they arrived at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington, the photo director instead handed him a press pass and told him, “Take […]

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Charles Ginnever, Sculptor on a Grand Scale, Dies at 87

Charles Ginnever, whose striking metal sculptures can be seen on museum grounds, in parks, outside public buildings and dotting college campuses all over the United States, died on June 16 at his farm in Putney, Vt. He was 87. His family announced his death. Mr. Ginnever, working largely in steel, made massive geometric forms that […]

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Judith Krantz, Whose Tales of Sex and Shopping Sold Millions, Dies at 91

Judith Krantz , who almost single-handedly turned the sex-and-shopping genre of fiction into the stuff of high commerce, making her one of the world’s best-selling novelists if not one of the most critically acclaimed, died on Saturday at her home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. She was 91. Her publicist, John Tellem, […]

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