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Ronald Dunbar, 78, Producer and Grammy-Winning Songwriter, Dies

Ronald Dunbar, 78, Producer and Grammy-Winning Songwriter, Dies

Ron Dunbar, who worked with Berry Gordy, George Clinton and the songwriting and producing team Holland-Dozier-Holland, in an undated family photograph.

Anya Krugovoy Silver, Poetic Voice on Mortality, Dies at 49

Anya Krugovoy Silver, Poetic Voice on Mortality, Dies at 49

The poet Anya Krugovoy Silver in 2015. After receiving a diagnosis of advanced breast cancer, she wrote about living with her illness and facing death.

Barbara Harris, Stage, Screen and Improv Actress, Dies at 83

Barbara Harris, Stage, Screen and Improv Actress, Dies at 83

Barbara Harris in the 1965 Broadway musical “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever.” Her performance in that show earned her a Tony Award nomination.

Doug Ford, Oldest Masters Champion, Dies at 95

Doug Ford, Oldest Masters Champion, Dies at 95

Doug Ford lofting his ball out of a sand trap on the 18th hole of the Masters tournament in Augusta, Ga., in 1957. The ball found the cup, sealing his victory.

Recy Taylor, Who Fought for Justice After a 1944 Rape, Dies at 97

Recy Taylor, Who Fought for Justice After a 1944 Rape, Dies at 97

Recy Taylor in 2011 in Lafayette Park in Washington after touring the White House.

Jean Gump, Tireless Fighter for Social Justice, Dies at 90

Jean Gump, Tireless Fighter for Social Justice, Dies at 90

Jean and Joseph Gump at their home in Bloomingdale, Mich., in 2011. Her last arrest was in 2010, when she was 83.

Overlooked No More: How Mary Ann Shadd Cary Shook Up the Abolitionist Movement

Overlooked No More: How Mary Ann Shadd Cary Shook Up the Abolitionist Movement

Mary Ann Shadd Cary was a writer, an educator, a lawyer, an abolitionist and the first black woman in North America to edit and publish a newspaper.

Joseph Polchinski, 63, Leading Theorist on Multiple Universes, Dies

Joseph Polchinski, 63, Leading Theorist on Multiple Universes, Dies

Joseph Polchinski, center, at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif., with other winners of the 2017 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics: the physicists Andrew Strominger, second from left, and Cumrun Vafa, second from right. At the far left and far right are the astronauts Scott Kelly and Mark Kelly (Scott’s twin brother), who presented the award.

Herman D. Farrell Jr., a Fixture of New York Politics, Dies at 86

Herman D. Farrell Jr., a Fixture of New York Politics, Dies at 86

Herman D. Farrell Jr., called Denny, was a longtime Harlem political leader. “When times get bad, I know when to step back and let them fight,” he told The Times in 1991. “I keep order; I’m not a boss.”

Larry Harvey, the Man Behind Burning Man, Is Dead at 70

Larry Harvey, the Man Behind Burning Man, Is Dead at 70

Larry Harvey during the Burning Man festival in 2011.

Brian Murray, an Acclaimed Veteran of Broadway, Dies at 80

Brian Murray, an Acclaimed Veteran of Broadway, Dies at 80

Brian Murray in Edward Albee’s “Me, Myself & I” at the McCarter Theater Center in Princeton, N.J., in 2008. Though he appeared in movies and on television, stage was his first love. “I can’t live without the other character: the audience,” he said.

Price Cobbs, Who Helped Define ‘Black Rage,’ Is Dead at 89

Price Cobbs, Who Helped Define ‘Black Rage,’ Is Dead at 89

The psychiatrists Price M. Cobbs, right, and William H. Grier, the authors of the 1968 book “Black Rage.”

Donald Lynden-Bell, Quasar and Black Hole Expert, Dies at 82

Donald Lynden-Bell, Quasar and Black Hole Expert, Dies at 82

Donald Lynden-Bell, center, receiving the Kavli Prize in astrophysics with Maarten Schmidt from Crown Prince Haakon Magnus in Oslo, Norway, in 2008.

Philip George, Designer of Elegant Restaurants, Dies at 94

Philip George, Designer of Elegant Restaurants, Dies at 94

Philip George and his wife, Gail Cowdrey George, welcoming guests at their Manhattan home in 1979. Mr. George designed the Sea Grill at Rockefeller Center and collaborated on the patrons’ dining room at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, among other projects.

Stewart Lupton, Singer for ’90s Band Jonathan Fire*Eater, Is Dead at 43

Stewart Lupton, Singer for ’90s Band Jonathan Fire*Eater, Is Dead at 43

Stewart Lupton in the late 1990s. “Everything was very new and dangerous and fun and cheap,” he said of his time in New York City. “It was kind of gutter glamorous on the Lower East Side back then.”

Hubert Green, Who Won Golf’s U.S. Open Under a Threat, Dies at 71

Hubert Green, Who Won Golf’s U.S. Open Under a Threat, Dies at 71

Green with his United States Open Championship trophy at the Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla., in 1977. He won the tournament despite learning of a death threat in the final round.


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