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Jim Bridwell, Mountaineering Maverick, Is Dead at 73

Jim Bridwell, Mountaineering Maverick, Is Dead at 73

From left, Billy Westbay, Jim Bridwell and John Long in front of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park in 1975.

Ted Achilles, Who Gave Afghan Girls Access to Education, Died at 82

Ted Achilles, Who Gave Afghan Girls Access to Education, Died at 82

Ted Achilles in a family photo. Wanting to do something to help Afghans, he was a founder of a unique boarding school for girls in Kabul.

John Ehle, Who Rooted His Novels in Appalachia, Is Dead at 92

John Ehle, Who Rooted His Novels in Appalachia, Is Dead at 92

John Ehle with his daughter, Jennifer, on the porch of their home in Mitchell County, N.C., in 1971. His novels were praised in part for the dignity he gave his fictional mountain people.

Jerry Yellin, 93, Dies; Flew the Last World War II Combat Mission

Jerry Yellin, 93, Dies; Flew the Last World War II Combat Mission

Jerry Yellin, who flew a combat mission over Japan in his plane Dorrie R on the day Emperor Hirohito surrendered, at Culpeper Regional Airport in Virginia in May 2015 for an observation of the 70th anniversary of V-E Day.

Luis García Meza, Bolivian Dictator Jailed for Genocide, Dies at 88

Luis García Meza, Bolivian Dictator Jailed for Genocide, Dies at 88

Gen. Luis García Meza with President Lidia Gueiler of Bolivia. He was installed as president in 1980 after she was deposed in a military coup. They were cousins.

David McReynolds, Socialist Activist Who Ran for President, Dies at 88

David McReynolds, Socialist Activist Who Ran for President, Dies at 88

David McReynolds, right, explaining plans to protest the draft at the University of Denver in 1970.

Geoffrey Hendricks, 86, Attention-Getting Fluxus Artist, Dies

Geoffrey Hendricks, 86, Attention-Getting Fluxus Artist, Dies

Geoffrey Hendricks in his “Sky Car” (1979), which is in the collection of the Wilhelm Lehmbruck Musum in Duisburg, Germany. Mr. Hendricks literally looked to the heavens for inspiration for some of his art — he was known for paintings of the sky, which he would render on traditional canvases and assorted other surfaces.

Charles McDew, 79, Tactician for Student Civil Rights Group, Dies

Charles McDew, 79, Tactician for Student Civil Rights Group, Dies

Charles McDew joined a celebrity fund-raiser for SNCC hosted by the singer and actor Theodore Bikel in 1963. From left, Ivanhoe Donaldson, Mr. McDew, the playwright Lorraine Hansberry, the singer Nina Simone, Mr. Bikel and the civil rights leader James Forman.

Peggy Cooper Cafritz, Patron of Black Artists, Dies at 70

Peggy Cooper Cafritz, Patron of Black Artists, Dies at 70

Peggy Cooper Cafritz at her home in Washington in 2015. She was born into the most prosperous family in Mobile, Ala.

Malcolm Morley, Genre-Crossing Artist, Is Dead at 86

Malcolm Morley, Genre-Crossing Artist, Is Dead at 86

Malcolm Morley in his studio in Bellport, N.Y., in 2009. A critic for The New York Times described him as having “a restless, renegade spirit.”

Jean Gump, Tireless Fighter for Social Justice, Dies at 90

Jean Gump, Tireless Fighter for Social Justice, Dies at 90

Jean and Joseph Gump at their home in Bloomingdale, Mich., in 2011. Her last arrest was in 2010, when she was 83.

Matt Marks, Cutting-Edge Composer and Musician, Dies at 38

Matt Marks, Cutting-Edge Composer and Musician, Dies at 38

Matt Marks, a founding member of the contemporary chamber orchestra Alarm Will Sound.

Karen Dawisha, 68, Dies; Traced Roots of Russian Corruption

Karen Dawisha, 68, Dies; Traced Roots of Russian Corruption

Karen Dawisha in 2010. Her book “Putin’s Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia?” made accusations so grave that Cambridge University Press refused to publish it.

Nancy Roman, ‘Mother of the Hubble’ Telescope, Dies at 93

Nancy Roman, ‘Mother of the Hubble’ Telescope, Dies at 93

Nancy Grace Roman with a model of an orbiting solar observatory in 1962. She was NASA’s first director of astronomy and a leading advocate for the Hubble Space Telescope.

John Culver, Liberal Congressman From Iowa, Is Dead at 86

John Culver, Liberal Congressman From Iowa, Is Dead at 86

Senator John C. Culver of Iowa, right, with his fellow Democrat Gary Hart of Colorado in Washington in 1979. Mr. Culver won praise across the political spectrum for his independence.

Carmen Cozza, Hall of Fame Football Coach at Yale, Dies at 87

Carmen Cozza, Hall of Fame Football Coach at Yale, Dies at 87

Carmen Cozza during a Yale training camp practice in 1996.


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