Tag: Deaths (Obituaries)

Consuewella Africa, 67, Dies; Lost Two Daughters in MOVE Siege

Consuewella Africa, whose two young daughters were among 11 victims of a police siege in West Philadelphia in 1985 that began when officers tried to arrest four members of the revolutionary group MOVE and ended after the police dropped a bomb on its fortified commune, died on Wednesday in Philadelphia. She was 67. Her death […]

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Mark Peel, Who Helped Forge a New Culinary Path, Dies at 66

Mark Peel, one of a handful of young, educated California cooks enamored with local ingredients who emerged in the 1970s and 1980s and created a looser, farm-focused style of cuisine that would change the trajectory of American food culture, died on Sunday in Los Angeles. He was 66. Mr. Peel was admitted to a hospital […]

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Robert Quackenbush, Creator of Animal Detective Stories, Dies at 91

Robert Quackenbush, a prolific children’s book author who conceived of the beloved character Henry the Duck, as well as detective animals like Detective Mole and Miss Mallard, died on May 17 at his home in Manhattan. He was 91. His wife, Margery Quackenbush, said the cause was leukemia. Over 60 years Mr. Quackenbush created his […]

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Enrique Bolaños, Former President of Nicaragua, Dies at 93

Enrique Bolaños, the former Nicaraguan president who saw his predecessor convicted of corruption and drove economic development during a brief period of democratic transition, died on June 14 at his home in Masaya, Nicaragua. He was 93. His death was confirmed by his son Enrique Bolaños Abaunza, who said his father had been treated for […]

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George Stranahan, Benefactor of Physicists and Bar Flies, Dies at 89

Mr. Stranahan graduated from the California Institute of Technology in 1953, and in 1961 he received his Ph.D. from the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University). He began working as a professor at Michigan State in 1965, but had a more meaningful experience teaching high schoolers in the area. He later created two […]

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Allen Midgette, an Ersatz Andy Warhol, Dies at 82

Andy Warhol died in 1987. The guy people heard at 1967 lectures on Pop Art and thought was Andy Warhol died on Wednesday at his home in Woodstock, N.Y. His name was Allen Midgette, and he was an actor recruited by Warhol to impersonate him on a lecture tour, in one of the odder episodes […]

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Edward Diener, Psychologist Known as Dr. Happiness, Dies at 74

A curious, adventurous youngster, he said he once threw a rock at a swarm of bees to see what they would do. As a teenager, he climbed the Golden Gate Bridge and experimented with gunpowder, gasoline and fire. His father wanted Edward to follow him into farming. But studying agriculture at Fresno State College (now […]

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College Baseball Pitcher, Sang Ho Baek, Dies After Tommy John Surgery

A college baseball player died from complications of a surgery shortly after completing his freshman season at George Mason University in Virginia, according to the school and a funeral home. The player, Sang Ho Baek, 20, died on June 12 at a TidalHealth medical facility in Salisbury, Md., according to the Holloway Funeral Home, which […]

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Richard R. Ernst, Nobelist Who Paved Way for M.R.I., Dies at 87

Richard R. Ernst, a Swiss chemist who won the Nobel Prize in 1991 for his work refining nuclear magnetic resonance, or N.M.R., spectroscopy, the powerful method of chemical analysis behind M.R.I. technology, died on June 4 in Winterthur, in northern Switzerland. He was 87. The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), where Dr. […]

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Madeline Davis, Who Spoke to the Nation as a Lesbian, Dies at 80

“I am a woman and a lesbian, a minority of minorities,” Madeline Davis told the 1972 Democratic National Convention in Miami Beach. “Now we are coming out of our closets and onto the convention floor.” That speech was heard by few outside the Miami Beach Convention Center, delivered just after 5 a.m. on July 12, […]

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Saul B. Cohen, Who Helped Raise CUNY Standards, Dies at 95

Saul B. Cohen, who helped restore higher academic standards at the City University of New York as president of Queens College and as a member of the state Board of Regents and revitalized his own field of political geography, died on June 9 at his home in Larchmont, N.Y. He was 95. His death was […]

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Kenneth Kaunda, Patriarch of African Independence, Is Dead at 97

The electoral transition went smoothly, but what followed did not. Mr. Chiluba began depicting his predecessor as a dictator who had ruined the country, blaming him for Zambia’s economic troubles. Offended, Mr. Kaunda returned to politics, to run against Mr. Chiluba in 1996. But Mr. Chiluba was able to block Mr. Kaunda’s candidacy in the […]

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Eva Sereny, Who Photographed Film Stars at Work, Dies at 86

In 1972, Eva Sereny was in Rome photographing rehearsals for “The Assassination of Trotsky,” starring Richard Burton as the Russian revolutionary, when his wife, Elizabeth Taylor, who was not in the movie, visited the set. One of Ms. Sereny’s shots captured a moment in the celebrated stars’ famously turbulent marriage, which would soon end: the […]

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Janet Malcolm, Provocative Journalist With a Piercing Eye, Dies at 86

Janet Malcolm, a longtime writer for The New Yorker who was known for her piercing judgments, her novel-like nonfiction and a provocative moral certainty that cast a cold eye on journalism and its practitioners, died on Wednesday in a hospital in Manhattan. She was 86. The cause was lung cancer, said her daughter, Anne Malcolm. […]

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Lee Ross, Expert in Why We Misunderstand Each Other, Dies at 78

Personal humiliation inspired Lee Ross’s greatest insight. In 1969, when he defended his graduate dissertation at Columbia University, a committee of faculty members let loose a downpour of esoteric questions. Mr. Ross had done a study of how perceptions differed under bright and dim light. What, one inquisitor asked, was the wavelength of the dim […]

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William vanden Heuvel, Diplomat and a Kennedy Confidant, Dies at 91

William vanden Heuvel, a public-minded lawyer and former diplomat who was an adviser to Robert F. Kennedy and an advocate of improving conditions for inmates in New York City jails, died on Tuesday at his home in Manhattan. He was 91. The cause was complications of pneumonia, said his daughter Katrina vanden Heuvel, the publisher […]

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Lisa Banes, ‘Gone Girl’ Actress, Dies at 65 After Hit-and-Run

Lisa Banes, a husky-voiced actress who played roles in films like “Cocktail” and “Gone Girl” and was a frequent performer on the New York stage, died on Monday at Mount Sinai Morningside Hospital in Manhattan. She was 65. Ms. Banes’s death was confirmed by the New York Police Department, which said she had sustained severe […]

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Karla Burns, Who Broke a ‘British Tonys’ Color Barrier, Dies at 66

Karla Burns, a singer and actor who in 1991 won a Laurence Olivier Award, Britain’s highest stage honor, for her role as the riverboat cook Queenie in a production of “Show Boat,” and who later fought to regain her soulful voice after losing it in an operation to remove a growth in her throat, died […]

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Ned Beatty, Actor Known for ‘Network’ and ‘Deliverance,’ Dies at 83

Ned Beatty, who during a prolific acting career that spanned more than four decades earned an Oscar nomination for his role in “Network” and gave a cringe-inducing performance as a weekend outdoorsman assaulted by backwoods brutes in “Deliverance,” died on Sunday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 83. His death was confirmed by […]

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Milton Moses Ginsberg, 85, Unconventional Filmmaker, Dies

Milton Moses Ginsberg, who directed two notably ambitious and eccentric films before falling into obscurity, one about the meltdown of a psychiatrist and the other about a press aide in a Nixon-like administration who becomes a murderous werewolf, died on May 23 in his apartment in Manhattan. He was 85. The cause was cancer, said […]

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Mudcat Grant, American League’s First Black 20-Game Winner, Dies at 85

“First his musicians — up to seven of them — begin, playing dance music and jazzier stuff, and then the Kittens, some very sexy girls in spare feline outfits, take over the stage to sing and dance and purr,” Frank Deford wrote in Sports Illustrated in 1968. “Then Mudcat comes on. He sings — everything […]

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Gottfried Böhm, Master Architect in Concrete, Dies at 101

He was drafted into the Wehrmacht in 1939 and served until being wounded during the Russia campaign in 1942 and sent back to Germany. He rarely spoke about the war, but in the 2014 documentary he recalled a slaughter in the High Tatra Mountains. “My task was to shoot,” he said. “We were mountaineers. There […]

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Robert Katzmann, U.S. Judge With Reach Beyond the Bench, Dies at 68

“Ignoring such guidance increases the probability that a judge will construe a law at odds with legislative meaning, and potentially more in line with the judge’s own intuitions and policy preferences,” he wrote in the Harvard Law Review in 2016, in response to a review of his book by Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, who now […]

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Ron Hill, Marathoner Who Set Record in Boston, Dies at 82

His success did not come quickly. His first major international competition was the marathon at the 1962 European Athletics Championships in Belgrade, then the capital of Yugoslavia. He failed to finish. At the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, he finished 19th in the marathon and 18th in the 10,000-meter race. But the next year, he […]

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Violetta Elvin, Glamorous Royal Ballet Dancer, Is Dead at 97

Violetta Elvin, who as a young Soviet ballerina brought her Bolshoi training and remarkable glamour to Britain’s Royal Ballet, died on May 27 at her home in Vico Equense, on Southern Italy’s Sorrento peninsula. She was 97. Her death was reported by her son and only immediate survivor, Antonio Savarese. When Ms. Elvin joined the […]

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Cornelia Oberlander, a Farsighted Landscape Architect, Dies at 99

Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, a German-born Canadian landscape architect who blended naturalistic designs with modernist ideals and recognized early on the urgency of climate change, designing public spaces to mitigate its effects, died on May 22 in Vancouver, British Columbia. She was 99. The cause was complications of Covid-19, said her daughter Judy Oberlander. Ms. Oberlander […]

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Jessica Morris, Whose Brain Cancer Was Her Cause, Dies at 57

Through Our Brain Bank, the nonprofit she founded, Ms. Morris encouraged treating more than just the tumor. “When you’re suddenly told that you have a condition that is considered terminal,” she said on the podcast the Human Guinea Pig Project in 2019, “the one thing you desperately need is psychological support, and it’s not there.” […]

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Robert Hollander, Who Led Readers Into ‘The Inferno,’ Dies at 87

Robert Hollander was the sort of literature professor to recommend “years of rereading” to understand a great book. To study his own favorite masterpiece, Dante Alighieri’s “The Divine Comedy,” Professor Hollander held himself to a yet higher standard. He mastered seven centuries of line-by-line commentary about the poem. Such a body of writing more closely […]

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Richard Robinson Dies at 84; Turned Scholastic Into an Empire

Richard Robinson, who took over his father’s magazine company, Scholastic, and transformed it into a behemoth in the children’s book industry with the “Harry Potter” and “Hunger Games” series and titles like “The Magic School Bus” and “Goosebumps,” died on Saturday in Chilmark, Mass., on Martha’s Vineyard. He was 84. His son Maurice said the […]

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Clarence Williams III, a Star of ‘Mod Squad,’ Is Dead at 81

Clarence Williams III, the reflectively intense actor who starred as Linc Hayes, a young, hip undercover police officer on ABC’s “The Mod Squad,” died on Friday in Los Angeles. He was 81. The cause was colon cancer, his manager, Allan Mindel, said. “The Mod Squad,” which ran from 1968 to 1973, was one of the […]

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