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GOP congressman who backed Nixon impeachment dead at 87

Thomas Railsback, an Illinois Republican congressman who helped draw up articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon in 1974, has died at age 87.

Terry Jones, 77; writer, comedian, director, purveyor of Python absurdity

Mr. Jones brought a warped commitment to his characters. They included a naked organist, Karl Marx as a hapless quiz show contestant, a buffoonish cardinal in the Spanish Inquisition who helps torture victims with the dreaded comfy chair.

‘Chewing Gum Tycoon’ of Lotte Group, Shin Kyuk-ho, Dies at 98

SEOUL, South Korea — Shin Kyuk-ho, who built a chewing-gum business into ​the ​hugely successful Lotte ​Group in South Korea and Japan, only to see his sons squabble over the corporate empire, died Sunday. He was 98.

Egil Krogh, the Nixon ‘plumber’ who approved break-in targeting Daniel Ellsberg

Egil Krogh, the Nixon ‘Plumber’ who approved break-in targeting Daniel Ellsberg, dies at 80

Edith Kunhardt Davis, author of ‘Pat the Bunny’ sequels

Edith Kunhardt Davis had an idyllic childhood, growing up on a big, if run-down, estate in rural New Jersey. Her mother, Dorothy Kunhardt, was a famous author of children’s books and wrote “Pat the Bunny” (1940) — a novelty in that it contained movable parts and invited young readers to touch and feel the textures on its pages — just for her.

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J. Charles Jones, civil rights activist who led protest walk around Beltway, dies at 82

Mr. led lunch-counter sit-ins and voter-registration drives across the South

Peter Larkin, stage designer with a funky asterisk, dies at 93

Mr. Larkin won Tonys in a remarkable run in the mid-1950s, for “Ondine,” “The Teahouse of the August Moon,” “No Time for Sergeants,” and “Inherit the Wind.”

Jimmy Heath, 93, jazz saxophonist and composer

Jimmy Heath, a tenor saxophonist whose sharp and lively compositions became part of the midcentury jazz canon — and who found new prominence in middle age as a co-leader of a popular band with his two brothers — died Sunday in Loganville, Georgia. He was 93.

Barry Tuckwell, Australian virtuoso of the French horn, dies at 88

Mr. Tuckwell compared playing the French horn to ‘‘driving a Daimler at top speed on a slick road’’ — even the slightest mistake could have disastrous consequences

Norma Tanega, who sang about a cat named Dog, dies at 80

In 1966, when Norma Tanega released her first single, rock fans were becoming used to unusual lyrics. But as it turned out, that song, “Walkin’ My Cat Named Dog,” wasn’t as quirky as the title suggested: The song was inspired by her cat, whose name was indeed Dog.

Bernard “Bernie” Diederich pictured in Martinborough, New Zealand, in 2008.

Longtime Caribbean journalist Bernard Diederich dead at 93

Bernard “Bernie” Diederich, a longtime journalist in the Caribbean region who braved dictators and disasters, has died in his adopted homeland of Haiti.

Royals owner David Glass (right) held the World Series trophy as he celebrated the Kansas City Royals’ 2015 championship with manager Ned Yost.

Former Walmart exec, Royals owner David Glass dies at 84

Former Walmart Inc. chief executive David Glass, who owned the Kansas City Royals for nearly two decades before selling the franchise last fall, died last week of complications from pneumonia. He was 84.

Christopher Tolkien, son of J.R.R. Tolkien and keeper of his legacy, dies at 95

Long after his father died in 1973, Mr. Tolkien worked to keep the stories that he created in “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” alive for readers.

Father Doyle returned to serve in the Boston area after leaving Bolivia.

Father John L. Doyle, a voice for the poor and immigrants, dies at 93

The Rev. John Doyle, 93, who died Jan. 12, advocated on behalf of the poor and immigrants in Boston, Brockton, and Bolivia.

Ralph Earle II, arms control expert and SALT II negotiator, dies at 91

Mr. Earle’s government service spanned three decades, beginning with his appointment in 1968 as a Pentagon aide for international security affairs.

Gary Starkweather, inventor of the laser printer

The engineer and inventor helped bring the power of the printing press to the masses.

Mr. Johnson, aka Soul Man, found fame as a wrestler, but also battled racism in the sport.

Rocky Johnson, professional wrestler and father of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson

Known as Soul Man, Mr. Johnson fought racism early in his career and later helped train his son.

Marion Chesney, aka Mystery Writer M.C. Beaton, Dies at 83

Marion Chesney, who in midlife began writing novels and produced more than 150, including mystery series written under the pseudonym M.C. Beaton that featured the endearing crime solvers Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth, died on Dec.

Lorenza Mazzetti; wartime survivor became seminal filmmaker

Ms. Mazzetti helped create an influential British film movement and wrote “The Sky Falls,’’ a prizewinning novel based on her experiences.

One of the faces Ms. Gatliff reconstructed was that of Egyptian King Tutankhamen.

Betty Pat Gatliff; her forensic sculptures solved crimes

By deftly reconstructing faces, Ms. Gatliff helped law enforcement identify scores of people who went missing or had been murdered.

Nelson Bryant, supreme chronicler of outdoor life,

Mr. Bryant, a resident of Martha’s Vineyard, wrote for almost four decades on his love for fishing, hunting, and outdoor life for The New York Times.

Mr. Passer directed the acclaimed “Cutter’s Way.’’

Ivan Passer, noted Czech director who came to Hollywood

Ivan Passer, a director who, along with Milos Forman and others, ushered in the filmmaking movement known as the Czech New Wave in the 1960s, then went on to direct American features including “Born to Win,” “Cutter’s Way” and “Creator,” died Thursday at his home in Reno, Nevada. He was 86.

Nancy Lewis, Monty Pythons’ ticket to America, 76

Ms. Lewis, a record executive, was instrumental in getting that troupe’s breakthrough show, “Monty Python’s Flying Circus,” broadcast on American television.

Dr. Scruton was knighted for services to philosophy, teaching, and public education.

Roger Scruton, British philosopher and conservative lightning rod

Dr. Scruton helped smuggle blacklisted books to Czechoslovakian dissidents during the Cold War and was sometimes described as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s ‘‘court philosopher.’’

Ronald Melzack, cartographer of pain, at 90

Soldiers with deep wounds sometimes feel no pain at all for hours, while people without any detectable injury live in chronic physical anguish. How to explain that?

Edd Byrnes, who played “Kookie” in “77 Sunset Strip”

Mr. Byrnes also scored a gold record with a song about his character’s hair-combing obsession and later appeared in the movie “Grease.”

Sultan Qaboos (left) welcomed Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat during a visit to the Gulf Sultanate in Muscat.

Sultan Qaboos, quiet peacemaker who built Oman, dies at 79

The longest-serving leader in the Middle East, he transformed his Persian Gulf kingdom from an isolated enclave into a developed, influential nation.

Mr. Burson was hailed by the publication PRWeek in 1999 as the most influential PR person of the 20th century.

Harold Burson, considered a giant in public relations, dies at 98

Mr. Burson was hailed by the industry publication PRWeek in 1999 as the most influential PR person of the 20th century.

John Rothchild, 74; wrote about personal finance with wit

Mr. Rothchild was a prolific journalist who used humor to turn books about personal finance into engaging reads.

Georges Duboeuf, French winemaker known as the ‘pope of Beaujolais,’ dies at 86

Georges Duboeuf, French winemaker known as the ‘pope of Beaujolais,’ dies at 86

Neil Peart, drummer for Rush

Neil Peart, the pyrotechnical drummer and high-concept lyricist for the Canadian progressive-rock trio Rush, died on Jan. 7 in Santa Monica, California.

Neil Peart performed in Philadelphia in 2015.

Neil Peart, Drummer for Rush, Dies at 67

Peart died of brain cancer, according to a statement from Elliot Mintz, a representative for the family.

Adela Holzer; her fall from grace was theatrical

Mrs. Holzer was one of Broadway’s top producers in 1975. Within four years, she was in jail.

Mr. Dye, on the Pound Ridge Golf Course, which he designed in New York.

Famed golf course designer Pete Dye dies at 94

Mr. Dye never thought golf was meant to be fair, inspiring him to build courses that were visually intimidating.

Buck Henry, ‘Graduate’ screenwriter who cocreated ‘Get Smart,’ dies at 89

Mr. Henry, a comedian who created the satirical spy sitcom ‘‘Get Smart’’ with Mel Brooks, was a frequent early host of ‘‘Saturday Night Live.”

Dorothy Tye, dietician and activist in Jewish organizations, dies at 101

Dorothy Tye, 101, who died Dec. 27, was a dietician and a longtime activist in Jewish organizations in the Merrimack Valley and throughout the region.

Mr. Wade, with his cowboy boots sculpture in San Antonio, where it was moved after a stint in Washington D.C.

Bob Wade, sculptor of the outlandishly large, dies at 76

His 63-foot-high saxophone lured patrons to a blues nightclub in Houston.

Ms. Bacon-Bercey broke several barriers.

June Bacon-Bercey, pathbreaking TV meteorologist, dies at 90

For generations, female meteorologists were practically unheard of. So, too, were black atmospheric scientists. A trailblazer for both was June Bacon-Bercey.

FILE -- The Very Rev. James Parks Morton, six years after he was appointed dean of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, which is pictured in renderings by Octavio Figueroa behind him, in New York, Dec. 8, 1978. Morton, who in 25 years as dean turned the church from a religious backwater into a vibrant center for the arts, the homeless, circus performers, household pets, endangered animals and interfaith engagement, died on Saturday, Jan 4, 2020, at his home in Manhattan. He was 89. (Tyrone Dukes/The New York Times)

Rev. James Parks Morton, who expanded a cathedral’s identity, dies at 89

During his tenure, Rev. Morton transformed the cathedral into a vibrant center for the arts, the homeless, circus performers, endangered animals, and interfaith engagement.

Harry Kupfer, director and ‘Opera King of Berlin,’ 84

The director was known for inventive and often provocative stagings of seminal Wagner operas.

Elizabeth Wurtzel, ‘Prozac Nation’ author who spurred a memoir boom, dies at 52

Writing with extreme candor, Ms. Wurtzel was one of several authors who helped reinvigorate the personal memoir in the 1990s.

Ex-US Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania dies at 56

Michael Fitzpatrick, a former congressman from suburban Philadelphia who served four terms in the House before handing off the seat to his brother, died Monday after a long battle with melanoma. He was 56.

Germany’s 1966 World Cup goalkeeper Tilkowski, 84

Hans Tilkowski, the West Germany goalkeeper in the 1966 World Cup final against England, has died. He was 84.

John Baldessari, who gave conceptual art a dose of humor, at 88

John Baldessari, the influential conceptual artist who helped transform Los Angeles into a global art capital through his witty image-making and decades of teaching there, died on Thursday at his home in the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles. He was 88.

Dr. Heather Ashton, 90; helped people quit anxiety drugs

When researchers began tinkering with a class of tranquilizer drugs called benzodiazepines in the 1950s, they felt they had uncovered a solution to modern anxiety and insomnia. Benzodiazepines worked quickly and effectively to quell racing heartbeats and dismiss spinning thoughts.

9/22/96 Boston, MA. Sydney Leonard, a teacher at the Boston Ballet, helps a young hopeful through a dance step during try outs for this season's Nutcracker. audition

Sydney Leonard, inspiring ballet mistress for generations of young dancers in ‘The Nutcracker,’ dies at 100

Sydney Leonard, who died Jan. 2, was a teacher, choreographer, and the longtime ballet mistress for young dancers in the Boston Ballet’s annual performances of “The Nutcracker.”