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Bernard Lewis, Influential Scholar of Islam, Is Dead at 101

Bernard Lewis, Influential Scholar of Islam, Is Dead at 101

Bernard Lewis in his study holding a French newspaper with a picture of Saddam Hussein. Few outsiders and no academics had more influence with the Bush administration on Middle Eastern affairs than Mr. Lewis.

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.

Queeneth Ndaba, Champion of South African Jazz, Dies at 81

Queeneth Ndaba, Champion of South African Jazz, Dies at 81

Queeneth Ndaba in an undated photo. In the face of apartheid, she worked to keep Johannesburg’s most influential home of art and culture alive.

Beatrix Hamburg, Barrier-Breaking Scholar, Is Dead at 94

Beatrix Hamburg, Barrier-Breaking Scholar, Is Dead at 94

Beatrix Hamburg, an important researcher on child development and psychology and the first black woman to graduate from Yale Medical School, in an undated photograph.

Idrissa Ouedraogo, Lauded African Filmmaker, Dies at 64

Idrissa Ouedraogo, Lauded African Filmmaker, Dies at 64

Idrissa Ouedraogo in 2008. His 1986 film “The Choice,” a critic wrote, “brings to our attention a most valuable filmmaker.”

Douglas Bennet, Who Led NPR and Wesleyan, Dies at 79

Douglas Bennet, Who Led NPR and Wesleyan, Dies at 79

Douglas J. Bennet in his office at Wesleyan University, where he was president for 12 years. He also held positions in the State Department and led NPR.

Evgeni Vasiukov, Russian Chess Grandmaster, Is Dead at 85

Evgeni Vasiukov, Russian Chess Grandmaster, Is Dead at 85

Evgeni Vasiukov, front left, one of the world’s best chess players for many years, in an undated photograph in Moscow.

Charlotte Fox, 61, Trailblazing Alpinist and Everest Survivor, Dies

Charlotte Fox, 61, Trailblazing Alpinist and Everest Survivor, Dies

Charlotte Fox in 1996 after she was rescued from a fatal blizzard that swept across Mount Everest as she was descending.

Tony Bullimore, Saved in Dramatic Ocean Rescue, Dies at 79

Tony Bullimore, Saved in Dramatic Ocean Rescue, Dies at 79

Tony Bullimore in 2007. He continued to sail after his near-fatal experience in 1997 in the Vendée Globe.

Rose Marie, Showbiz Veteran and ‘Dick Van Dyke Show’ Star, Dies at 94

Rose Marie, Showbiz Veteran and ‘Dick Van Dyke Show’ Star, Dies at 94

Rose Marie in 2001 at a ceremony honoring her with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Ruth Ann Koesun, Versatile Ballet Theater Dancer, Dies at 89

Ruth Ann Koesun, Versatile Ballet Theater Dancer, Dies at 89

Ruth Ann Koesun with John Kriza in Michael Kidd’s “On Stage!” in 1947.

Mary Ellis, Who Flew British Spitfires in World War II, Dies at 101

Mary Ellis, Who Flew British Spitfires in World War II, Dies at 101

Mary Ellis in Biggin Hill, England, in 2015. She took her first flying lesson as a teenager and flew for pleasure until 1940, when she heard a radio ad for female pilots to join Britain’s Air Transport Auxiliary.

José Ramón Fernández, Who Helped Form Cuba’s Army, Dies at 95

José Ramón Fernández, Who Helped Form Cuba’s Army, Dies at 95

José Ramón Fernández with Fidel Castro in 2001 at an international conference in Havana. The conference marked the 40th anniversary of the Bay of Pigs invasion, in which General Fernández commanded militia troops in a successful battle against Cuban exiles.

Richard Pipes, Historian of Russia and Reagan Aide, Dies at 94

Richard Pipes, Historian of Russia and Reagan Aide, Dies at 94

Richard Pipes in his study in Cambridge, Mass., in 1959. He spent his entire academic career at Harvard.

Keith Murdoch, Rugby Bruiser Who Vanished in the Outback, Is Dead at 74

Keith Murdoch, Rugby Bruiser Who Vanished in the Outback, Is Dead at 74

Rugby star Keith Murdoch, third from left, was sent home from London after a late-night altercation with a security guard following a victory against Wales in 1972. He never made it home, changing planes for the Australian Outback.

Mort Walker, Creator of ‘Beetle Bailey’ Comic Strip, Dies at 94

Mort Walker, Creator of ‘Beetle Bailey’ Comic Strip, Dies at 94

Mort Walker drawing the character Beetle Bailey in 1993. After his attempt at a comic strip set at a university lagged, he substituted barracks buddies for dorm mates, sergeants and generals for professors, and the military bureaucracy for academic pronouncements.


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