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Vivian Matalon, Tony-Winning Director, Is Dead at 88

Vivian Matalon, Tony-Winning Director, Is Dead at 88

Vivian Matalon, right, accepting the award for outstanding direction of a play from Richard Kiley at the 1980 Tony Awards. He won for the revival of the 1939 play “Morning’s at Seven.”

Gena Turgel, Holocaust Survivor With a Love Story, Dies at 95

Gena Turgel, Holocaust Survivor With a Love Story, Dies at 95

The Holocaust survivor Gena Turgel in London in 2004. She knew the diarist Anne Frank at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp months before its liberation.

Herbert Schmertz, Innovative Public-Relations Man, Dies at 87

Herbert Schmertz, Innovative Public-Relations Man, Dies at 87

Herbert Schmertz at a presidential campaign event for Robert F. Kennedy, speaking at rear, in 1968.

Anne Donovan, a Power in Women’s Basketball, Dies at 56

Anne Donovan, a Power in Women’s Basketball, Dies at 56

Anne Donovan was a star at Old Dominion, a major power in women’s basketball, and later coached there.

Sterling Stuckey, 86, Dies; Charted African Culture in Slavery

Sterling Stuckey, 86, Dies; Charted African Culture in Slavery

The historian Sterling Stuckey in 2013. He demonstrated that enslaved people brought cultural riches with them from Africa.

Michael Goldstein, Publicist Who Started SoHo Weekly News, Dies at 79

Michael Goldstein, Publicist Who Started SoHo Weekly News, Dies at 79

Michael Goldstein in the newsroom of The SoHo Weekly News in January 1976.

Billy Cannon, Football Star With a Troubled Life, Dies at 80

Billy Cannon, Football Star With a Troubled Life, Dies at 80

Billy Cannon won the Heisman Trophy, given to college football’s best player, in 1959 after his senior season at Louisiana State University.

Clarence Fountain, 88, Dies; Led the Blind Boys of Alabama

Clarence Fountain, 88, Dies; Led the Blind Boys of Alabama

George Scott, left, Clarence Fountain and Jimmy Carter of the Blind Boys of Alabama at the Bowery Ballroom in Manhattan in 2002.

Reggie Lucas, Versatile Guitarist and Producer, Dies at 65

Reggie Lucas, Versatile Guitarist and Producer, Dies at 65

The guitarist, producer and songwriter Reggie Lucas in Japan in the early 1970s, in a photo provided by his family.

Kenichi Yamamoto, Father of Mazda’s Rotary Engine, Is Dead at 95

Kenichi Yamamoto, Father of Mazda’s Rotary Engine, Is Dead at 95

Kenichi Yamamoto championed rotary engines and eventually became president of Mazda Motor Corporation.

Nina Baym, Who Brought Novels by Women to Light, Dies at 82

Nina Baym, Who Brought Novels by Women to Light, Dies at 82

The University of Illinois Prof. Nina Baym at home in 2005. “I wanted to know where these women were,” she said, referring to forgotten women writers of the 19th century. She found them.

Patricia Frustaci, 63, Dies; Septuplets Put Her in Spotlight

Patricia Frustaci, 63, Dies; Septuplets Put Her in Spotlight

Patricia Frustaci with her husband, Sam, and their children in 1988: from left, Stephen, Patricia, Joseph and Richard.

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.

Cy Young, Only American to Win Gold in Javelin, Is Dead at 89

Cy Young, Only American to Win Gold in Javelin, Is Dead at 89

Cy Young at his home in Modesto, Calif., next to a poster he received during the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

Laszlo Tabori, Celebrated Hungarian Runner Who Bolted to U.S., Dies at 86

Laszlo Tabori, Celebrated Hungarian Runner Who Bolted to U.S., Dies at 86

Laszlo Tabori becoming the third man to run the mile in under four minutes in a historic race in London in 1955 in which two others also broke that mark: Chris Chataway, left, and Brian Hewson.

Horace Ashenfelter, Olympic Victor of a Cold War Showdown, Dies at 94

Horace Ashenfelter, Olympic Victor of a Cold War Showdown, Dies at 94

Horace Ashenfelter of the United States, right, passed Vladimir Kazantsev of the Soviet Union, center, to win gold in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Helsinki Olympics in 1952.


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