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Philip Roth, Towering Novelist Who Explored Lust, Jewish Life and America, Dies at 85

Philip Roth, Towering Novelist Who Explored Lust, Jewish Life and America, Dies at 85

The New York Times sat down with Philip Roth in 2008 to talk about his life and accomplishments.

Rosalyn Terborg-Penn, 77, Dies; Historian Recognized Black Suffragists

Rosalyn Terborg-Penn, 77, Dies; Historian Recognized Black Suffragists

Rosalyn Terborg-Penn at Morgan State University in 2016. She said she had to fight “the ivory tower doorkeepers who often overlook or dismiss the works of black women historians, especially those of us who teach at historically black universities and colleges.”

Per Kirkeby, Painter Inspired by Nature, Is Dead at 79

Per Kirkeby, Painter Inspired by Nature, Is Dead at 79

The Danish artist Per Kirkeby. Though best known for his painting, he also worked in sculpture, drawing and printmaking; wrote and directed films; and constructed outdoor installations from brick.

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.

Eugene Pitt, Doo-Wop Singer With Staying Power, Dies at 80

Eugene Pitt, Doo-Wop Singer With Staying Power, Dies at 80

Eugene Pitt, seated, and the other members of the Jive Five in an undated publicity photo.

Janka Nabay, 54, Dies; Carried an African Dance Music Worldwide

Janka Nabay, 54, Dies; Carried an African Dance Music Worldwide

Janka Nabay performed in 2017 at a music festival in Rennes, in northwest France. He modernized bubu, a traditional musical style from his native Sierra Leone.

Rita Borsellino, 73, Dies; a Murder Made Her an Anti-Mafia Crusader

Rita Borsellino, 73, Dies; a Murder Made Her an Anti-Mafia Crusader

Rita Borsellino in her pharmacy in Palermo. In the background is a photo of her brother Paolo Borsellino and Giovanni Falcone, prosecutors who were killed by the Mafia.

Daniel Cohen, 82, Dies; Sought Justice for Pan Am Bombing Victims

Daniel Cohen, 82, Dies; Sought Justice for Pan Am Bombing Victims

Daniel and Susan Cohen in 2003 with a photograph of their daughter, Theodora, a college student who was killed in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.

Joe Pintauro, Playwright Who Had Been a Priest, Dies at 87

Joe Pintauro, Playwright Who Had Been a Priest, Dies at 87

Joe Pintauro at a rehearsal of his play “Cacciatore” at the Hudson Guild Theater in Manhattan. His plays addressed topical subjects like the AIDS crisis, suburban sprawl and pederasty in the priesthood.

Maryon P. Allen, Made a Senator by Husband’s Death, Dies at 92

Maryon P. Allen, Made a Senator by Husband’s Death, Dies at 92

Maryon Pittman Allen in 1978, the year she was appointed to fill the Senate seat of her husband, James B. Allen, after his sudden death.

Queeneth Ndaba, Champion of South African Jazz, Dies at 81

Queeneth Ndaba, Champion of South African Jazz, Dies at 81

Queeneth Ndaba in an undated photo. In the face of apartheid, she worked to keep Johannesburg’s most influential home of art and culture alive.

Oliver Knussen, ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ Composer, Dies at 66

Oliver Knussen, ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ Composer, Dies at 66

The composer Oliver Knussen conducting at Tanglewood, where he was head of contemporary music from 1986 to 1993.

Peter Meldrum, Who Lost a Fight to Patent Genes, Dies at 71

Peter Meldrum, Who Lost a Fight to Patent Genes, Dies at 71

Peter Meldrum in his office at The Meldrum Foundation in Salt Lake City in 2016. He argued that allowing companies to patent genes would “encourage innovation and development of products that can save lives and improve the quality of lives.”

Pierre Rissient, 81, Behind-the-Scenes Force of Cinema, Dies

Pierre Rissient, 81, Behind-the-Scenes Force of Cinema, Dies

Pierre Rissient, front right, next to Clint Eastwood in Paris in 1985. Mr. Rissient was among the first to recognize Mr. Eastwood’s potential as a director.

LeRoy Jolley, Who Trained Two Derby Winners, Dies at 79

LeRoy Jolley, Who Trained Two Derby Winners, Dies at 79

LeRoy Jolley at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in 2009.

Robert Mandan, Philandering Husband on ‘Soap,’ Dies at 86

Robert Mandan, Philandering Husband on ‘Soap,’ Dies at 86

Robert Mandan as the philandering Chester Tate and Katherine Helmond as his sheltered wife, Jessica, in a 1980 episode of “Soap.”


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