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Harold Brown, Defense Secretary in Carter Administration, Dies at 91

Harold Brown, Defense Secretary in Carter Administration, Dies at 91

Harold Brown, who served as secretary of defense under President Jimmy Carter, at his Senate confirmation hearings in 1977.

Mamie Johnson, Trailblazer in the Negro Leagues, Dies at 82

Mamie Johnson, Trailblazer in the Negro Leagues, Dies at 82

Mamie Johnson, known as Peanut, on her back porch in Washington in 2010, holding some of the balls she used to throw ceremonial first pitches.

Joan Wile, a Grandmother Against the War in Iraq, Dies at 86

Joan Wile, a Grandmother Against the War in Iraq, Dies at 86

Joan Wile protesting in New York in an undated photograph.

Mathilde Krim, Mobilizing Force in an AIDS Crusade, Dies at 91

Mathilde Krim, Mobilizing Force in an AIDS Crusade, Dies at 91

Dr. Mathilde Krim spoke about AIDS before the United Nations General Assembly in New York in 2011.

Doug Harvey, Hall of Fame Umpire Players Called God, Dies at 87

Doug Harvey, Hall of Fame Umpire Players Called God, Dies at 87

Doug Harvey in 1980. The Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan said Harvey “was tolerant to a point, yet the players always knew he was in control.”

Cindy Joseph, a Model Who Embraced Her Age, Is Dead at 67

Cindy Joseph, a Model Who Embraced Her Age, Is Dead at 67

Cindy Joseph in 2017. She was nearly 50 when she began her modeling career and, she once said, “certainly didn’t fit the status quo of the modeling world.”

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.

Dolores O’Riordan, Lead Singer of the Cranberries, Dies at 46

Dolores O’Riordan, Lead Singer of the Cranberries, Dies at 46

Dave Fanning, an Irish music journalist and one of the first to discover the Cranberries, talks about how Dolores O'Riordan found a place between grunge and Brit pop that catapulted the band to international stardom.

Herbert Schmertz, Innovative Public-Relations Man, Dies at 87

Herbert Schmertz, Innovative Public-Relations Man, Dies at 87

Herbert Schmertz at a presidential campaign event for Robert F. Kennedy, speaking at rear, in 1968.

Robert D. Ray, Centrist G.O.P. Governor of Iowa, Dies at 89

Robert D. Ray, Centrist G.O.P. Governor of Iowa, Dies at 89

Gov. Robert D. Ray of Iowa, right, in 1976 at the Iowa State Fair with Senator Bob Dole, the Republican candidate for vice president on the ticket with President Gerald R. Ford.

Tony Sparano, Well-Traveled Coach in N.F.L., Is Dead at 56

Tony Sparano, Well-Traveled Coach in N.F.L., Is Dead at 56

Tony Sparano, the Minnesota Vikings’ offensive line coach, during a game against the Los Angeles Rams in 2017 in Minneapolis.

Sterling Stuckey, 86, Dies; Charted African Culture in Slavery

Sterling Stuckey, 86, Dies; Charted African Culture in Slavery

The historian Sterling Stuckey in 2013. He demonstrated that enslaved people brought cultural riches with them from Africa.

Rebecca Parris, Jazz Singer, Is Dead at 66

Rebecca Parris, Jazz Singer, Is Dead at 66

Rebecca Parris performing in 2007 at Birdland in New York with the bassist Dean Johnson.

Christiane Collins, Scholar Who Fought a Columbia Gym, Dies at 92

Christiane Collins, Scholar Who Fought a Columbia Gym, Dies at 92

Mrs. Collins with her dog, Kim, right foreground, during a sit-in at Morningside Park in Manhattan in 1968. With her, from left, were Maria Miller, Justus Poole, Marchall Garcia, Bob McKay (partly hidden) and Suki Ports.

John V. Tunney, Boxer’s Son Who Lasted One Term in the Senate, Dies at 83

John V. Tunney, Boxer’s Son Who Lasted One Term in the Senate, Dies at 83

Senator John V. Tunney in 1976, the year he lost his seat to a former Democrat.

Vic Damone, Who Crooned His Way to Postwar Popularity, Dies at 89

Vic Damone, Who Crooned His Way to Postwar Popularity, Dies at 89

Vic Damone during a rehearsal in Columbus, Ohio, in 1978.


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