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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.

Jimmie Holland, Who Cared for the Cancer Patient’s Mind, Dies at 89

Jimmie Holland, Who Cared for the Cancer Patient’s Mind, Dies at 89

Dr. Jimmie Holland, who helped create the department of psychiatry at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan.

Uri Avnery, Israeli Journalist and Peace Activist, Is Dead at 94

Uri Avnery, Israeli Journalist and Peace Activist, Is Dead at 94

Uri Avnery, fourth from the left, in 2003 alongside Yasir Arafat and others at Mr. Arafat’s compound in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Many conservatives denounced Mr. Avnery for meeting with him.

Jens Christian Skou, Nobel Winner for Chemistry, Dies at 99

Jens Christian Skou, Nobel Winner for Chemistry, Dies at 99

Jens C. Skou of Denmark received an ovation after being presented with the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in Stockholm on Dec. 10, 1997.

Ted Dabney, a Founder of Atari and a Creator of Pong, Dies at 81

Ted Dabney, a Founder of Atari and a Creator of Pong, Dies at 81

Ted Dabney, left, Nolan Bushnell, Fred Marincic and Allan Alcorn in 1973 with a Pong console at the Atari offices in Santa Clara, Calif.

Glen Roven, Emmy-Winning Composer and Conductor, Dies at 61

Glen Roven, Emmy-Winning Composer and Conductor, Dies at 61

Glen Roven in 2016. A composer, conductor and record producer, he was equally at home in the worlds of classical and Broadway music.

Harlan Ellison Dies at 84; Prolific, Irascible (Science) Fiction Writer

Harlan Ellison Dies at 84; Prolific, Irascible (Science) Fiction Writer

Harlan Ellison in Boston in 1977. He looked at storytelling as a “holy chore,” which he pursued zealously for more than 60 years.

Karen Dawisha, 68, Dies; Traced Roots of Russian Corruption

Karen Dawisha, 68, Dies; Traced Roots of Russian Corruption

Karen Dawisha in 2010. Her book “Putin’s Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia?” made accusations so grave that Cambridge University Press refused to publish it.

Tom Rapp, the Voice of Pearls Before Swine, Is Dead at 70

Tom Rapp, the Voice of Pearls Before Swine, Is Dead at 70

Tom Rapp during the sessions for “A Journal of the Plague Year,” his final album, in Cambridge, Mass., in 1999.

Danny Kirwan, Guitarist in Fleetwood Mac’s Early Years, Dies at 68

Danny Kirwan, Guitarist in Fleetwood Mac’s Early Years, Dies at 68

Fleetwood Mac in Los Angeles in 1969. From left: John McVie, Danny Kirwan, Mick Fleetwood, Peter Green and Jeremy Spencer.

Philip Roth, Towering Novelist Who Explored Lust, Jewish Life and America, Dies at 85

Philip Roth, Towering Novelist Who Explored Lust, Jewish Life and America, Dies at 85

The New York Times sat down with Philip Roth in 2008 to talk about his life and accomplishments.

Yvette Horner, France’s Star Accordionist, Is Dead at 95

Yvette Horner, France’s Star Accordionist, Is Dead at 95

The accordionist Yvette Horner performing on the French Riviera in 1977.

Les Lieber, Who Served Jazz to the Lunch Crowd, Dies at 106

Les Lieber, Who Served Jazz to the Lunch Crowd, Dies at 106

Les Lieber performing at one of the last Jazz at Noon sessions, at the Players club in Manhattan in 2011. Mr. Lieber ran the sessions, at which talented amateur jazz musicians performed alongside top-flight professionals, for more than 45 years.

Oscar Gamble, Power Hitter With Prodigious Hair, Dies at 68

Oscar Gamble, Power Hitter With Prodigious Hair, Dies at 68

Oscar Gamble, then with the Cleveland Indians, called safe at third base during a game against the Detroit Tigers in 1974.

Ed Sadlowski, Fiery Steelworkers Insurgent, Dies at 79

Ed Sadlowski, Fiery Steelworkers Insurgent, Dies at 79

Edward Sadlowski in East Chicago, Ind., in 1975. He was lionized by liberals and the national media as a populist who would democratize union elections.

Larry Langford, Convicted Former Birmingham Mayor, Dies at 72

Larry Langford, Convicted Former Birmingham Mayor, Dies at 72

Larry P. Langford, the former mayor of Birmingham, Ala., outside a federal courthouse in Tuscaloosa, Ala., during his corruption trial in 2009.


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