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Marc Fumaroli, defender of French culture

PARIS — Marc Fumaroli, a leading French historian, public intellectual and defender of the French language and culture against American influence and what he called “globish English,” died on June 24 in Paris. He was 88.

Nikolai Fadeyechev, elegant Bolshoi dancer

Nikolai Fadeyechev, one of the Bolshoi Ballet’s greatest dancers, who was hailed for his distinctive noble style and his chivalry as a partner to the Russian company’s leading ballerinas from the 1950s to the ’70s, died June 23 in Moscow. He was 87.

Madeline McWhinney Dale, trailblazing banker, 98

In the 1940s and ’50s, when Madeline McWhinney was a young economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, banking was such a men’s club that meetings were often held inside one. At such gatherings at the Union League Club on Park Avenue, which didn’t allow women to join until the late 1980s, McWhinney had to enter through a side door and be chaperoned by an older Fed official.

James Sherwood; revived the Orient Express, 86

Over his long, colorful life, the peripatetic James Sherwood seeded many businesses — container leasing, a London guidebook, ferries and riverboats, hotels and restaurants (like the 21 Club in New York and Harry’s Bar in London), an ice cream company, a magazine, fruit farms, and a vineyard.

Earl Cameron, pioneering British film actor, dies at 102

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MIT professor Tunney Lee, an architect, urban planner, and historian of Chinatown, dies at 88

Tunney Lee arrived in Boston from China at age 7 and became a keeper of Chinatown's history and memories. As an architect, he emphasized collaboration and an understanding of how people use buildings.

Linda Cristal, who starred in ‘The High Chaparral,’ at 89

Ms. Cristal, an Argentine-born actress who played Victoria, the regal, fiery wife of the rancher Big John Cannon on the 1960s television series, died on Saturday at her home in Beverly Hills.

Lonnie Wheeler, 68; helped ballplayers tell their stories

Lonnie Wheeler, a sports writer and columnist who collaborated with Baseball Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Bob Gibson and Mike Piazza on their autobiographies, died June 9 in Cincinnati. He was 68.

Margaret Morton, photographer at home with the homeless, dies at 71

From her apartment on East 10th Street in Manhattan, Margaret Morton had a front row view of the homeless encampments that engulfed Tompkins Square Park in the late 1980s. As she walked to work at Cooper Union, where she was a professor, she began to photograph these improvised structures, showing the ways people were moved to make themselves at home even when they had so little.

Saroj Khan, choreographer who made Bollywood sparkle, dies at 71

Saroj Khan, a Bollywood choreographer whose film career spanned more than 60 years, and who created some of the industry’s most famous dance scenes in the 1980s and ’90s, died Friday at Guru Nanak hospital in Mumbai. She was 71.

Lewis John Carlino, Oscar-nominated screenwriter, 88

Mr. Carlino earned an Oscar nomination for “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden” and both adapted and directed “The Great Santini.”

Gregory Katz, reporter at home in war or fashion

Gregory Katz, an omnivorous foreign correspondent who was as much at home in war-torn Kosovo or Iraq as he was at Ascot or a fashion show, died June 23 at a hospital in London. He was 67.

Maria de Sousa, leading Portuguese scientist, at 80

Maria de Sousa, one of Portugal’s leading scientists, first made her mark with research in immunology while working in Britain and the United States.

Gay Culverhouse; helped brain-injured football players

Ms. Culverhouse, a former president of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who went on to champion the cause of ex-NFL players debilitated by dementia and other health issues, died Wednesday at age 73.

Ruth Buchanan, philanthropist and hostess extraordinaire

Ms. Buchanan entertained world leaders as the wife of an ambassador and White House chief of protocol.

Anders Ericsson, cognitive psychologist and expert on expertise, at 72

Anders Ericsson, cognitive psychologist and expert on expertise, dies at 72.

Steve Bing, Hollywood producer and financier, 55

Steve Bing, a real estate heir who became a Hollywood producer and film financier, died Monday in Los Angeles after jumping from the balcony of his 27th-floor apartment. He was 55.

Robert Levey, whose Globe reporting ranged from racial inequities to restaurants, dies at 81

Robert Levey began his Globe career writing about Boston school inequities and ended as the the restaurant critic.

Johnny Mandel, composer who gave ‘M*A*S*H’ its theme song, dies at 94

Johnny Mandel, composer who gave ‘M*A*S*H’ its theme song, dies at 94

Rev. Georg Ratzinger, choirmaster and a pope’s brother

The Rev. Georg Ratzinger, a Roman Catholic priest and celebrated choirmaster who was the older brother of Benedict XVI, the pope emeritus, died Wednesday in Regensburg, Germany, where he had lived for most of his life.

Angela Madsen, paralympian rower, dies on solo Pacific voyage at 60

Angela Madsen was a healthy young Marine who was playing basketball when she suffered a serious back injury in 1981. When she had back surgery a dozen years later, at 33, she woke up paralyzed from the waist down.

Rudolfo Anaya, ‘godfather’ of Chicano literature, dies at 82

Mr. Anaya helped launch the 1970s Chicano Literature Movement with his novel “Bless Me, Ultima,” a book celebrated by Latinos.

Freddy Cole, jazz musician who emerged from shadow of brother Nat ‘King’ Cole, dies at 88

Freddy Cole, jazz musician who emerged from shadow of brother Nat ‘King’ Cole, dies at 88

Carl Reiner, multifaceted master of comedy, is dead at 98

Carl Reiner, who as performer, writer and director earned a place in comedy history several times over, died Monday night at his home in Beverly Hills, California. He was 98.

William F. Thompson, prominent banker who helped found a venture capital firm, dies at 93

With Bank of Boston and the Boston Ventures firm he helped lead, William F. Thompson crafted numerous entertainment industry deals.

Lester Crystal, PBS NewsHour producer and former NBC News chief, dies at 85

Lester Crystal, PBS NewsHour producer and former NBC News chief, dies at 85

Sister Angela Marie Rooney, 103, dies; oldest member of her order in New York

When Sister Angela was 98 years old, she moved out of the Roman Catholic Convent of Mary the Queen in Yonkers, N.Y., and into an assisted living facility run by Jewish Home Lifecare in the Bronx. Isn’t that the way faith goes in New York?

Milton Glaser, Designer of Iconic New York Logo and Dylan Poster, Is Dead at 91

NEW YORK — Milton Glaser, a graphic designer who changed the vocabulary of American visual culture in the 1960s and ’70s with his brightly colored, extroverted posters, magazines, book covers and record sleeves, notably his 1967 poster of Bob Dylan with psychedelic hair and his “I (HEART) NY” logo, died Friday, his 91st birthday, in Manhattan.

John J. Mooney, inventor of the catalytic converter

John J. Mooney, an inventor of the catalytic converter, the small and ubiquitous device that makes the engines that power everything from cars to lawn mowers less polluting and more fuel efficient, died June 16 at his home in Wyckoff, N.J.

Arnie ‘Woo Woo’ Ginsburg, DJ whose ‘Night Train’ show ruled AM radio in the ’60s and ‘70s, dies at 93

Arnie “Woo Woo” Ginsburg's "Night Train" show on WMEX-AM introduced New England to an unforgettable radio voice and personality.

Dr. Dement was widely referred to as the “father of sleep medicine.”

Dr. William Dement, leader in sleep disorder research, dies at 91

Dr. William Dement, whose introduction to the mysteries of slumber as a postgraduate student in the 1950s led him to become an eminent researcher of sleep disorders and to preach the benefits of a good night’s sleep, died on June 17 in Stanford, Calif.

Elly Stone, 93, distinctive singer in ‘Jacques Brel’ revue, dies

Elly Stone, who was enjoying a moderately successful career as a singer and actress when she jumped to a new level of fame in 1968 as part of the wildly popular musical revue “Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris,” died June 11 in Cuenca, Ecuador. She was 93.

Mr. Kern spent decades working to build up the famed celebration held in New Orleans each year.

Blaine Kern Sr., New Orleans’ ‘Mr. Mardi Gras,’ dies at 93

Blaine Kern Sr., a float builder who was often credited with helping expand New Orleans’ Mardi Gras celebration into a giant event known worldwide, has died.

Thomas Blanton, KKK bomber of 16th St Baptist Church

Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr., the last of three one-time Ku Klux Klansmen convicted in a 1963 Alabama church bombing that killed four Black girls and was the deadliest single attack of the civil rights movement, died Friday in prison, officials said. He was 81.

Elsa Joubert, 97, Afrikaans writer explored Black reality

Elsa Joubert, one of South Africa’s best-known writers in the Afrikaans language, whose apartheid-era novel “The Long Journey of Poppie Nongena” opened the eyes of many white South Africans to the harsh treatment that the black majority had been enduring largely out of their sight, died June 14 in Cape Town. She was 97.

Robert Laughlin, preserver of a Mayan language, 85

Robert M. Laughlin, an anthropologist and linguist whose extensive work in the state of Chiapas in southern Mexico documented and helped revitalize Mayan languages and culture, died on May 28 in Alexandria, Virginia.

Kirk Smith, towering figure in environmental science, 73

When Mr. Smith began his research career in the 1970s, he was studying the health risks posed by nuclear power.

Charles Webb, who distanced himself from his novel ‘The Graduate,’ dies at 81

Mr. Webb, who became famous but not wealthy from ‘‘The Graduate,’’ went on to write a slew of additional novels while championing an antimaterialist philosophy and living in poverty.

Eula Bingham, champion of worker safety

Eula Bingham, a toxicologist who energized the Occupational Safety and Health Administration as its director and set stringent standards to protect workers from hazardous materials, died June 13 in Cincinnati. She was 90.

Sergei Khrushchev, son of former Soviet premier, 84

Sergei N. Khrushchev, a former Soviet rocket scientist and the son of Nikita S.

Michael Hawley, whose talents soared as an MIT professor and a pianist, dies at 58

"I’m in the illumination business," Michael Hawley once said of his multifaceted career as an MIT professor, world-class pianist, and cutting edge researcher in computers.

Harry Anderson, ‘MVP of American sailing’

Harry Anderson, with ancestral ties to American wealth and power going back to Aaron Burr, learned to sail as a boy at Seawanhaka, a venerable yacht club on Long Island’s North Shore, its gabled clubhouse rising from a green bluff on Centre Island overlooking Oyster Bay.

Dieter Schorner, acclaimed pastry chef who revived creme brulee, dies at 83

Dieter Schorner, acclaimed pastry chef who revived creme brulee, dies at 83

Jean Raspail, whose immigration novel drew the far right, 94

Jean Raspail, an award-winning author best known for “The Camp of the Saints,” a novel that envisions a takeover of the Western world by immigrants from developing countries and that was embraced as a cautionary tale by white-supremacists, far-right political figures and a member of the Trump administration, died June 14 in Paris.

Shirley Siegel, leading New York civil rights lawyer, dies at 101

Shirley A. Siegel, a lawyer who challenged racial discrimination by construction unions, landlords and developers and became the first woman to serve as New York state’s solicitor general, died on Monday at her home in Manhattan.

Joel Schumacher, director of ‘St. Elmo’s Fire,’ dies at 80

Joel Schumacher, the eclectic and brazen filmmaker who dressed New York department store windows before shepherding the Brat Pack to the big screen in “St. Elmo’s Fire” and steering the Batman franchise into its most baroque territory in “Batman Forever” and “Batman & Robin,” has died. He was 80.

‘Shadow of the Wind’ author Carlos Ruiz Zafón dead at 55

Mr. Zafón’s wildly popular 2001 novel, “The Shadow of the Wind,” led to three sequels and made him one of the world’s most beloved Spanish authors.

William Dement, psychiatrist known as ‘the father of sleep medicine,’ dies at 91

Dr. Dement began working as a medical researcher in the 1950s, when the topic of sleep was considered a yawn.

Thoreau biographer Robert D. Richardson, praised for ‘fluent, agile prose,’ dies at 86

Robert D. Richardson's biographies of Thoreau, Emerson, and William James "form one of the great achievements in contemporary American literary studies," critic John Banville wrote.