obituaries


George S. Kaufman, Who Revived Astoria Studios, Dies at 89

George S. Kaufman, Who Revived Astoria Studios, Dies at 89

George S. Kaufman displayed drawings of restoration and expansion plans for the Astoria studios in Queens in March 1983.

Ruth Finley, Who Put Fashion Shows on a Schedule, Dies at 98

Ruth Finley, Who Put Fashion Shows on a Schedule, Dies at 98

Ruth Finley in 2008. She brought order to the fashion world by publishing the Fashion Calendar, which mapped out the schedules of designers’ shows in New York City.

David M. O’Brien, Who Studied Supreme Court Politics, Dies at 67

David M. O’Brien, Who Studied Supreme Court Politics, Dies at 67

David M. O’Brien in 1986. In his writings about the Supreme Court, he treated it as a political institution as much as a legal one.

William Beinecke, Patron of Central Park and Yale, Dies at 103

William Beinecke, Patron of Central Park and Yale, Dies at 103

William S. Beinecke waged a decades-long but successful campaign to persuade Yale University to create a business school.

Angelo Falcón, Advocate for Latinos in New York, Dies at 66

Angelo Falcón, Advocate for Latinos in New York, Dies at 66

Angelo Falcón in 2014 at a City Hall rally organized by Hispanic community leaders to protest what they said was a low level of Latino representation in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration.

Christopher Gibbs, Avatar of ‘Swinging London,’ Dies at 80

Christopher Gibbs, Avatar of ‘Swinging London,’ Dies at 80

Christopher Gibbs, the antiques dealer, interior designer and fashion avatar, at his London home in an undated photo. He helped establish the “distressed bohemian” aesthetic.

Dr. Kimishige Ishizaka, Who Found Allergy Link, Dies at 92

Dr. Kimishige Ishizaka, Who Found Allergy Link, Dies at 92

Dr. Kimishige Ishizaka prepared an experiment in the immunology laboratory at the Children’s Asthma Research Institute and Hospital in Denver in 1966.

Muthuvel Karunanidhi, 94, Screenwriter Turned Politician, Dies

Muthuvel Karunanidhi, 94, Screenwriter Turned Politician, Dies

Muthuvel Karunanidhi in 2006, when he was chief minister of Tamil Nadu, after presenting a silk shawl to the president of the Indian National Congress party, Sonia Gandhi, in New Delhi.

Jack Costanzo, Musician Known as Mr. Bongo, Dies at 98

Jack Costanzo, Musician Known as Mr. Bongo, Dies at 98

Jack Costanzo, left, with Marlon Brando on the CBS program “Person to Person” in 1955.

Bénédicte Pesle Dies at 90; Introduced American Stage Artists to France

Bénédicte Pesle Dies at 90; Introduced American Stage Artists to France

Bénédicte Pesle with Merce Cunningham in Venice in 1972. She championed his work in Europe.

Moscow Theater Rebels, Husband and Wife, Are Dead

Moscow Theater Rebels, Husband and Wife, Are Dead

Mikhail Ugarov and Elena Gremina in Tsarskoye Selo, near St. Petersburg, in 2000. Together they founded Teatr.doc, a Moscow theater company that presented shockingly raw accounts of life in post-Soviet Russia.

Michael Slive, 77, Dies; Led Southeastern Conference to New Heights

Michael Slive, 77, Dies; Led Southeastern Conference to New Heights

Michael Slive, who turned the Southeastern Conference into arguably the most prominent college sports conference in the country, in 2014.

María Isabel Chorobik de Mariani, Crusading Argentine Grandmother, Dies at 94

María Isabel Chorobik de Mariani, Crusading Argentine Grandmother, Dies at 94

María Isabel Chorobik de Mariani was president of the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, which led an agonizing search for hundreds of children “disappeared” by Argentina’s military rulers.

Burton Richter, a Nobel Winner for Plumbing Matter, Dies at 87

Burton Richter, a Nobel Winner for Plumbing Matter, Dies at 87

Burton Richter, left, being congratulated by King Carl Gustaf of Sweden in Stockholm after receiving the 1976 Nobel Prize in Physics.

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.

Bernard E. Trainor, 89, General Turned Military Analyst, Is Dead

Bernard E. Trainor, 89, General Turned Military Analyst, Is Dead

General Trainor, left, alongside his co-author, Michael R. Gordon, then the chief military correspondent for The New York Times, being interviewed by Tim Russert on “Meet the Press” in 2006.


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