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John Portman, Architect Who Made Skylines Soar, Dies at 93

John Portman, Architect Who Made Skylines Soar, Dies at 93

John Portman in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta in 2006. His atrium hotels were widely imitated by other architects.

Tomasz Stanko, Ruminative Jazz Trumpeter, Dies at 76

Tomasz Stanko, Ruminative Jazz Trumpeter, Dies at 76

Tomasz Stanko performing in Gdansk, Poland, in 2012. After living what he called a “very dark” lifestyle for a long stretch, he made a comeback.

Carl Kasell, NPR Newsman Who Discovered Laughs, Dies at 84

Carl Kasell, NPR Newsman Who Discovered Laughs, Dies at 84

Carl Kasell during a newscast for NPR in December 2009. At 64, he began an improbable second career as “official judge and scorekeeper” of an NPR call-in comedy hour.

Charlie Russell, Who Befriended Bears, Dies at 76

Charlie Russell, Who Befriended Bears, Dies at 76

Charlie Russell in an undated photograph with a young grizzly bear at a lake on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia.

Tom Clark, 77, Is Dead; Poet, Biographer, Baseball Bard

Tom Clark, 77, Is Dead; Poet, Biographer, Baseball Bard

Tom Clark in Bolinas, California in 1972. He was a prized student of the poet Donald Hall and the poetry editor for George Plimpton’s Paris Review.

Jim Bridwell, Mountaineering Maverick, Is Dead at 73

Jim Bridwell, Mountaineering Maverick, Is Dead at 73

From left, Billy Westbay, Jim Bridwell and John Long in front of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park in 1975.

Price Cobbs, Who Helped Define ‘Black Rage,’ Is Dead at 89

Price Cobbs, Who Helped Define ‘Black Rage,’ Is Dead at 89

The psychiatrists Price M. Cobbs, right, and William H. Grier, the authors of the 1968 book “Black Rage.”

Günter Blobel, Nobel Laureate Who Found Cell ‘ZIP Codes,’ Dies at 81

Günter Blobel, Nobel Laureate Who Found Cell ‘ZIP Codes,’ Dies at 81

Günter Blobel in his laboratory at Rockefeller University in Manhattan in 2004.

Frances Walker-Slocum, 94, Pioneering Pianist and Teacher, Dies

Frances Walker-Slocum, 94, Pioneering Pianist and Teacher, Dies

Frances Walker-Slocum in an undated photo. She championed the works of black composers and was the first black women granted tenure at Oberlin College and Conservatory.

Robby Müller, Inventive Cinematographer, Is Dead at 78

Robby Müller, Inventive Cinematographer, Is Dead at 78

The cinematographer Robby Müller on the set of the 1989 film “Mystery Train,” one of many directed by Jim Jarmusch on which he worked.

Luis García Meza, Bolivian Dictator Jailed for Genocide, Dies at 88

Luis García Meza, Bolivian Dictator Jailed for Genocide, Dies at 88

Gen. Luis García Meza with President Lidia Gueiler of Bolivia. He was installed as president in 1980 after she was deposed in a military coup. They were cousins.

Mitzi Shore, Whose Comedy Store Fostered Rising Stars, Dies at 87

Mitzi Shore, Whose Comedy Store Fostered Rising Stars, Dies at 87

Mitzi Shore in an undated photograph at her Los Angeles club, the Comedy Store, which became a hothouse for young comic talent.

John Gavin, Actor and Ambassador to Mexico Under Reagan, Dies at 86

John Gavin, Actor and Ambassador to Mexico Under Reagan, Dies at 86

Mr. Gavin with Janet Leigh in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho.”

Tim Rollins Dies at 62; Turned Bronx Teenagers Into Art Stars

Tim Rollins Dies at 62; Turned Bronx Teenagers Into Art Stars

The artist Tim Rollins with members of his collaborative educational program Kids of Survival.

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.

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.


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