obituaries


William Reese, Leading Seller of Rare Books, Is Dead at 62

William Reese, Leading Seller of Rare Books, Is Dead at 62

The bookseller William Reese at his home in New Haven in 2016. He relied on the breadth and depth of his scholarship to grasp the import of all sorts of seeming arcana.

Arseny Roginsky, Russian Human Rights Leader, Is Dead at 71

Arseny Roginsky, Russian Human Rights Leader, Is Dead at 71

Arseny Roginsky at the dedication of a memorial in Moscow in 2016.

Bernard Law, Powerful Cardinal Disgraced by Priest Abuse Scandal, Dies at 86

Bernard Law, Powerful Cardinal Disgraced by Priest Abuse Scandal, Dies at 86

Cardinal Bernard Law at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City in 2005.

John Young, Who Led First Space Shuttle Mission, Dies at 87

John Young, Who Led First Space Shuttle Mission, Dies at 87

Astronauts John Young, right, and Robert Crippen aboard the shuttle Columbia in April 1981 before its maiden voyage from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Frederieke Taylor, Gallery Owner With Eclectic Taste, Dies at 77

Frederieke Taylor, Gallery Owner With Eclectic Taste, Dies at 77

Frederieke Taylor in a family photograph from 2009 with a sculpture by the Taiwanese artist Long-Bin Chen.

John Perry Barlow, 70, Dies; Championed an Unfettered Internet

John Perry Barlow, 70, Dies; Championed an Unfettered Internet

John Perry Barlow during a forum on the internet’s impact on society, held at New York University in 2014.

Paul Laxalt, Senator From Nevada and Reagan Confidant, Dies at 96

Paul Laxalt, Senator From Nevada and Reagan Confidant, Dies at 96

Mr. Laxalt at the White House with President Reagan in 1984. Some in the Washington press corps called him “the first friend.”

Ralph Koltai, Innovative Stage Designer, Is Dead at 94

Ralph Koltai, Innovative Stage Designer, Is Dead at 94

A model of Ralph Koltai’s set for a 1997 production of the Verdi opera “Simon Boccanegra.” Mr. Koltai often said that the goal of his stage designs was to enhance, not merely to be functional.

Doris Arndt, Celebrated Animal Trainer, Is Dead at 88

Doris Arndt, Celebrated Animal Trainer, Is Dead at 88

Doris Arndt with a pyramid of polar bears, her most popular act. Friendly and cuddly? Not necessarily. “A polar bear will destroy anything that is weak,” she said.

Donald McKayle, 87, Broadway and Modern Dance Choreographer, Dies

Donald McKayle, 87, Broadway and Modern Dance Choreographer, Dies

Donald McKayle in 1956. He was the first black man to choreograph and direct a Broadway musical (“Raisin”).

Bui Tin, Colonel Who Accepted South Vietnam’s Surrender, Dies at 90

Bui Tin, Colonel Who Accepted South Vietnam’s Surrender, Dies at 90

Bui Tin, second from right, with an unidentified United States Air Force sergeant, as American troops evacuated Saigon in 1973.

Connie Sawyer, Film’s Oldest Working Actress, Dies at 105

Connie Sawyer, Film’s Oldest Working Actress, Dies at 105

Connie Sawyer in May 2016 at her home in a retirement community in Los Angeles. She titled her memoir, “I Never Wanted to Be a Star — And I Wasn’t.”

John Stormer, ‘None Dare Call It Treason’ Author, Dies at 90

John Stormer, ‘None Dare Call It Treason’ Author, Dies at 90

John A. Stormer’s 1964 book landed in the year that the Republican Party nominated the conservative Senator Barry M. Goldwater for the presidency. His supporters latched onto it.

Fran Bera, Competitive, Record-Breaking Aviator, Is Dead at 93

Fran Bera, Competitive, Record-Breaking Aviator, Is Dead at 93

Fran Bera in the pilot’s seat in an undated photograph. One friend estimated that she had spent the equivalent of more than three years flying aircraft.

Álvaro Arzú, Ex-President of Guatemala, Dies at 72

Álvaro Arzú, Ex-President of Guatemala, Dies at 72

President Álvaro Arzú, left, at a meeting of the permanent council of the Organization of American States in Washington in 1999. He sat next to Miguel Angel Rodriguez, who was president of Costa Rica at the time.

Johnny Kline, Globetrotter Turned Advocate, Is Dead at 86

Johnny Kline, Globetrotter Turned Advocate, Is Dead at 86

Johnny Kline as a Harlem Globetrotter. He joined the team in 1953 and left in 1959, in part because of his continued frustrations with the racism he encountered while traveling with the team.


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