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Mel Gordon, Drama Scholar of the Fringe, Is Dead at 71

Mel Gordon, Drama Scholar of the Fringe, Is Dead at 71

Mel Gordon in 2007. A colleague described him as a provocative, risqué storyteller but “a wonderful, maverick researcher.”

Polixeni Papapetrou, Photographer With an Eerie Eye, Dies at 57

Polixeni Papapetrou, Photographer With an Eerie Eye, Dies at 57

In “I Once Was,” from her 2018 series, “My Heart,” Ms. Papapetrou placed herself in a series for the first time with this photograph.

Robert N. Hall, 96, Whose Inventions Are Everywhere, Is Dead

Robert N. Hall, 96, Whose Inventions Are Everywhere, Is Dead

Robert N. Hall, whose discoveries led to microwave ovens and supermarket scanners, at work at a General Electric laboratory in Niskayuna, N.Y., in the early 1960s.

Brendan Byrne, Former New Jersey Governor, Is Dead at 93

Brendan Byrne, Former New Jersey Governor, Is Dead at 93

Gov. Brendan Byrne looking over a copy of the state budget during a news conference in February 1977.

Ruth Ann Koesun, Versatile Ballet Theater Dancer, Dies at 89

Ruth Ann Koesun, Versatile Ballet Theater Dancer, Dies at 89

Ruth Ann Koesun with John Kriza in Michael Kidd’s “On Stage!” in 1947.

Jonathan Gold, Food Critic Who Celebrated L.A.’s Cornucopia, Dies at 57

Jonathan Gold, Food Critic Who Celebrated L.A.’s Cornucopia, Dies at 57

Jonathan Gold worked as The Los Angeles Times’s food critic for years, and won a Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 2007 while with LA Weekly. He once said he wrote “to try to get people less afraid of their neighbors.”

David Toschi, 86, Detective Who Pursued the Zodiac Killer, Dies

David Toschi, 86, Detective Who Pursued the Zodiac Killer, Dies

David Toschi in 1976. With his natty wardrobe, Mr. Toschi was for many people the public face of the Zodiac investigation as the case took twists and turns over the years.

Beatrix Hamburg, Barrier-Breaking Scholar, Is Dead at 94

Beatrix Hamburg, Barrier-Breaking Scholar, Is Dead at 94

Beatrix Hamburg, an important researcher on child development and psychology and the first black woman to graduate from Yale Medical School, in an undated photograph.

Christopher Gibbs, Avatar of ‘Swinging London,’ Dies at 80

Christopher Gibbs, Avatar of ‘Swinging London,’ Dies at 80

Christopher Gibbs, the antiques dealer, interior designer and fashion avatar, at his London home in an undated photo. He helped establish the “distressed bohemian” aesthetic.

Overlooked No More: Lin Huiyin and Liang Sicheng, Chroniclers of Chinese Architecture

Overlooked No More: Lin Huiyin and Liang Sicheng, Chroniclers of Chinese Architecture

Lin Huiyin and Liang Sicheng on their honeymoon in Europe in 1928.

Donald Hall, a Poet Laureate of the Rural Life, Is Dead at 89

Donald Hall, a Poet Laureate of the Rural Life, Is Dead at 89

Donald Hall in 2006 outside his home in Wilmot, N.H., on a farm that has been in his family for generations.

Kirk Simon, 63, Oscar-Winning Documentarian, Dies

Kirk Simon, 63, Oscar-Winning Documentarian, Dies

Kirk Simon in an undated photograph. He and Ken Burns were schoolmates and collaborators at Hampshire College in Massachusetts.

Alene Duerk, Navy’s First Female Rear Admiral, Is Dead at 98

Alene Duerk, Navy’s First Female Rear Admiral, Is Dead at 98

Rear Adm. Alene B. Duerk, director of the Navy Nurse Corps, in her office in 1974. She said of being the Navy’s first female rear admiral, “It was a lot to take on because when you are the first women in any high-profile role everyone is watching you.”

Overlooked No More: Beatrice Tinsley, Astronomer Who Saw the Course of the Universe

Overlooked No More: Beatrice Tinsley, Astronomer Who Saw the Course of the Universe

Beatrice Tinsley at an International Astronomical Union symposium in Tallinn, Estonia, in 1977.

Brooks Kerr, Piano Prodigy and Ellington Expert, Dies at 66

Brooks Kerr, Piano Prodigy and Ellington Expert, Dies at 66

The pianist and Duke Ellington authority Brooks Kerr, left, with Ellington at the piano, at the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1972.

Ursula K. Le Guin, Acclaimed for Her Fantasy Fiction, Is Dead at 88

Ursula K. Le Guin, Acclaimed for Her Fantasy Fiction, Is Dead at 88

Author Ursula Le Guin at home with her cat, Lorenzo, in 1996. The writer’s “pleasant duty,” she said, is to ply the reader’s imagination with “the best and purest nourishment that it can absorb.”


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