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Joan Chase, Who Drew Acclaim With First Novel at 46, Dies at 81

Joan Chase, Who Drew Acclaim With First Novel at 46, Dies at 81

Joan Chase in 1984. One reviewer called her “a writer who understands the tyranny of the human heart — and who is not afraid to take risks.”

Keith Murdoch, Rugby Bruiser Who Vanished in the Outback, Is Dead at 74

Keith Murdoch, Rugby Bruiser Who Vanished in the Outback, Is Dead at 74

Rugby star Keith Murdoch, third from left, was sent home from London after a late-night altercation with a security guard following a victory against Wales in 1972. He never made it home, changing planes for the Australian Outback.

Ruth Nussenzweig, Who Pursued Malaria Vaccine, Dies at 89

Ruth Nussenzweig, Who Pursued Malaria Vaccine, Dies at 89

Ruth Nussenzweig in an undated family photo. Escaping oppression in Europe and then Brazil “strengthened my resources and hardened my will to be a scientist,” she said.

Sam Hamill, Poet, Publisher and War Protester, Dies at 74

Sam Hamill, Poet, Publisher and War Protester, Dies at 74

The poet Sam Hamill, a founder of Copper Canyon Press, at his home in Anacortes, Wash., in 2017.

Yehoshua Hershkowitz, 92, Founder of a Kosher Meal Program, Dies

Yehoshua Hershkowitz, 92, Founder of a Kosher Meal Program, Dies

Yehoshua Zvi Hershkowitz, center with shovel, at the groundbreaking ceremony for a plot of land intended for Tomche Shabbos in Brooklyn.

Connie Lawn, Independent White House Reporter, Dies at 73

Connie Lawn, Independent White House Reporter, Dies at 73

Connie Lawn in 2007. “I want to remain a viable part of this unfolding history as long as I can,” she said.

Kazuo Kashio, a Founder of Casio Computer, Dies at 89

Kazuo Kashio, a Founder of Casio Computer, Dies at 89

Kazuo Kashio, president of Casio, at the company’s showroom in Tokyo in 2013. He was the marketing force behind Casio pocket calculator and G-Shock watch.

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.

Claribel Alegría, 93, Poet for Central America’s Voiceless, Dies

Claribel Alegría, 93, Poet for Central America’s Voiceless, Dies

Claribel Alegría at her home in Managua, Nicaragua, last May.

Hugh Masekela, Trumpeter and Anti-Apartheid Activist, Dies at 78

Hugh Masekela, Trumpeter and Anti-Apartheid Activist, Dies at 78

Hugh Masekela performing “Songs of Migration” in Johannesburg in February 2010.

Frank Lary, Pitcher Known as the Yankee Killer, Dies at 87

Frank Lary, Pitcher Known as the Yankee Killer, Dies at 87

Frank Lary, left, with Bucky Harris, the manager of the Detroit Tigers, in the mid-1950s.

Mary Regula, Founder of Library Saluting First Ladies, Dies at 91

Mary Regula, Founder of Library Saluting First Ladies, Dies at 91

Mary Regula, left, the president and founder of the National First Ladies’ Library in Canton, Ohio, with Dr. Sheila Fisher, vice president, in the library’s lobby in 2006.

Overlooked No More: How Mary Ann Shadd Cary Shook Up the Abolitionist Movement

Overlooked No More: How Mary Ann Shadd Cary Shook Up the Abolitionist Movement

Mary Ann Shadd Cary was a writer, an educator, a lawyer, an abolitionist and the first black woman in North America to edit and publish a newspaper.

George S. Kaufman, Who Revived Astoria Studios, Dies at 89

George S. Kaufman, Who Revived Astoria Studios, Dies at 89

George S. Kaufman displayed drawings of restoration and expansion plans for the Astoria studios in Queens in March 1983.

Steve Ditko, Influential Comic-Book Artist Who Helped Create Spider-Man, Dies at 90

Steve Ditko, Influential Comic-Book Artist Who Helped Create Spider-Man, Dies at 90

Panels by Steve Ditko from The Amazing Spider-Man No. 33. Many fans regard Issues 31, 32 and 33 as a Ditko peak.

Allison Shearmur, 54, ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Hunger Games’ Producer, Dies

Allison Shearmur, 54, ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Hunger Games’ Producer, Dies

Ms. Shearmur in 2015 at the premiere of “Cinderella” in Los Angeles.


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