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Steven Marcus, Columbia Scholar and Literary Critic, Dies at 89

Steven Marcus, Columbia Scholar and Literary Critic, Dies at 89

Steven Marcus at Columbia University in the 1990s. In literary circles he was respected, and sometimes challenged, as an unconventional critic.

Olivia Cole, Award-Winning ‘Roots’ Actress, Is Dead at 75

Olivia Cole, Award-Winning ‘Roots’ Actress, Is Dead at 75

Olivia Cole with Louis Gossett Jr. at the 1977 Emmy Awards. Ms. Cole and Mr. Gossett both won Emmys for their performances in “Roots.”

Lindy Remigino, Olympic Champion Runner, Is Dead at 87

Lindy Remigino, Olympic Champion Runner, Is Dead at 87

The photo finish of the 100-meter dash at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Finland. Lindy Remigino, third from the top, beat Herb McKenley of Jamaica, second from the top. The judges concluded that Remigino’s right shoulder had beaten McKenley’s chest by an inch.

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.

Mary Kay Stearns, 93, a Star of One of TV’s Earliest Shows, Dies

Mary Kay Stearns, 93, a Star of One of TV’s Earliest Shows, Dies

Mary Kay and Johnny Stearns at their home in Corona del Mar, Calif., in 1997. Fifty years earlier, the situation comedy “Mary Kay and Johnny,” in which they both starred, made its debut. Such shows were common on radio, but the Stearnses may have been the first to try the domestic-comedy formula on TV.

Tom Wolfe, 88, ‘New Journalist’ With Electric Style and Acid Pen, Dies

Tom Wolfe, 88, ‘New Journalist’ With Electric Style and Acid Pen, Dies

Tom Wolfe in 1968 in Manhattan. He was known for his verbal pyrotechnics in books like “The Right Stuff,” not to mention his sartorial flair.

Christine Beshar, Trailblazing Lawyer, Dies at 88

Christine Beshar, Trailblazing Lawyer, Dies at 88

Christine Beshar, the first woman to become a partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, in her office in 1973.

Ingvar Kamprad, Founder of Ikea and Creator of a Global Empire, Dies at 91

Ingvar Kamprad, Founder of Ikea and Creator of a Global Empire, Dies at 91

Ingvar Kamprad, the founder of the Swedish furniture chain Ikea. All his life, he practiced thrift and diligence, and he saw those traits as the basis for Ikea’s success.

Marcia Thompson, Prudent Promoter of the Arts, Dies at 94

Marcia Thompson, Prudent Promoter of the Arts, Dies at 94

Marcia Thompson at her office in Manhattan in 1985, when she was head of the National Arts Stabilization Fund.

Jean Marzollo, 75, Dies; Her ‘I Spy’ Books Challenged Children

Jean Marzollo, 75, Dies; Her ‘I Spy’ Books Challenged Children

Jean Marzollo in 2018. She wrote more than 150 children’s books, some factual, some fanciful, all for young — often very young — readers.

Tim O’Connor, Complex Resident of ‘Peyton Place,’ Dies at 90

Tim O’Connor, Complex Resident of ‘Peyton Place,’ Dies at 90

The cast of the TV series "Peyton Place": Front, from left, Tim O'Connor, Mia Farrow and Ryan O'Neal. Top, from left, Ms. Malone, Ed Nelson, Barbara Parkins and Christopher Connelly.

David Pines, 93, Insightful and Influential Physicist, Dies

David Pines, 93, Insightful and Influential Physicist, Dies

David Pines in 2013. He was “a leader of what one might call the ‘greatest generation’ of U.S. condensed matter physicists,” a colleague said.

Chuck Knox, 3-Time N.F.L. Coach of the Year, Is Dead at 86

Chuck Knox, 3-Time N.F.L. Coach of the Year, Is Dead at 86

Chuck Knox, coach of the Buffalo Bills, waves to Jets coach Walt Michaels after the Bills defeated the Jets in the playoffs in 1981. At left is Fred Smerlas of the Bills.

Overlooked No More: Lin Huiyin and Liang Sicheng, Chroniclers of Chinese Architecture

Overlooked No More: Lin Huiyin and Liang Sicheng, Chroniclers of Chinese Architecture

Lin Huiyin and Liang Sicheng on their honeymoon in Europe in 1928.

Ursula K. Le Guin, Acclaimed for Her Fantasy Fiction, Is Dead at 88

Ursula K. Le Guin, Acclaimed for Her Fantasy Fiction, Is Dead at 88

Author Ursula Le Guin at home with her cat, Lorenzo, in 1996. The writer’s “pleasant duty,” she said, is to ply the reader’s imagination with “the best and purest nourishment that it can absorb.”

Combat Jack, Hip-Hop Lawyer Turned Podcast Pioneer, Dies at 53

Combat Jack, Hip-Hop Lawyer Turned Podcast Pioneer, Dies at 53

Reggie Ossé, known as Combat Jack, in 2015. After spending more than a decade as a lawyer in the hip-hop industry, he reinvented himself as a broadcaster.


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