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Bob Neuwirth, Colorful Figure in Dylan’s Circle, Dies at 82 (Fri, 20 May 2022)
He was a recording artist and songwriter himself, but he also played pivotal roles in the careers of Bob Dylan and Janis Joplin.
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Elspeth Barker, Author of a Beloved if Unsung Novel, Dies at 81 (Fri, 20 May 2022)
Her “O Caledonia,” a Gothic coming-of-age story set in Scotland, has been called “one of the best least-known novels of the 20th century.”
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Donald K. Ross, Leading Public Interest Lawyer, Dies at 78 (Thu, 19 May 2022)
A Ralph Nader acolyte, he galvanized students in the 1970s and promoted social change through legislation, legal action and political pressure.
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Kwaku Ohene-Frempong, Expert in Sickle Cell Disease, Dies at 76 (Thu, 19 May 2022)
When his baby boy was diagnosed with the illness, he made it his mission to combat it. He later took his expertise back to his native Ghana.
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Alexander Toradze, 69, Idiosyncratic Pianist, Is Dead (Fri, 20 May 2022)
A defector to the U.S., he was admired for his prowess in the Russian repertory, but his individualistic approach “was not for everyone — or for all repertoire.”
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Ben Roy Mottelson Dies at 95; Shed Light on the Shape of Atoms (Fri, 20 May 2022)
He shared the 1975 Nobel Prize in Physics for discoveries of forces that can distort the shape of an atomic nucleus, with implications for human-made nuclear fission.
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Ray Scott, Creator of the Super Bowl of Bass Fishing, Dies at 88 (Wed, 18 May 2022)
He turned bass fishing into a professional sport with the championship Bassmaster Classic and other tournaments, using his showmanship skills to excite fans.
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John L. Canley, Belated Medal of Honor Recipient, Dies at 84 (Wed, 18 May 2022)
He was the first living Black Marine to be awarded America’s highest military decoration — 50 years after he demonstrated valor in Vietnam.
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Rosmarie Trapp, of the ‘Sound of Music’ Family, Dies at 93 (Fri, 20 May 2022)
She was the last surviving daughter of the baron and the would-be nun depicted in the stage musical and 1965 film.
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Robert Goolrick Dies at 73; Became a Successful Novelist Late in Life (Fri, 20 May 2022)
Being fired as an advertising executive freed him to write a blistering memoir about his Southern family and an erotic novel that became a best seller.
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Urvashi Vaid, Pioneering L.G.B.T.Q. Activist, Is Dead at 63 (Wed, 18 May 2022)
Over a four-decade career, she profoundly shaped a range of progressive issues, including AIDS advocacy, prison reform and gay rights.
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Maggie Peterson, a Memorable ‘Andy Griffith Show’ Guest, Dies at 81 (Tue, 17 May 2022)
As Charlene Darling, a member of the musical Darling family, she appeared in five episodes, beginning with one in which her character became smitten with Mr. Griffith’s.
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Jürgen Blin, Who Went 7 Rounds Against Ali, Dies at 79 (Tue, 17 May 2022)
In 1971, Blin was a working-class fighter from Hamburg and a top contender in Germany. Ali was coming off a loss to Joe Frazier and needed to get back in shape.
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Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, Master of the Santoor, Dies at 84 (Tue, 17 May 2022)
He single-handedly elevated a 100-string instrument little known outside Kashmir into a prominent component of Hindustani classical music.
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Katsumoto Saotome, Who Preserved Stories of Tokyo Firebombing, Dies at 90 (Mon, 16 May 2022)
He compiled six books of survivors’ recollections of the 1945 attack. He also founded (without government support) a memorial museum.
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Larry Woiwode, Who Wrote of Family, Faith and Rural Life, Dies at 80 (Wed, 18 May 2022)
Raised in North Dakota and rural Illinois, he was a literary star in New York City in the 1970s. But he left the limelight to raise a family on a North Dakota farm.
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Jack Cakebread, Pioneering Napa Valley Winemaker, Dies at 92 (Sat, 14 May 2022)
He was an auto mechanic with a sideline in photography when he and his wife bought a cattle farm in 1972. They turned it into one of America’s leading wineries.
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Carrie White, Hair Stylist to the Stars, Is Dead at 78 (Sun, 15 May 2022)
Her Beverly Hills salon was a party scene where she roller-skated among her glamorous clientele, including Elizabeth Taylor and Warren Beatty.
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Teresa Berganza, Charismatic Star of the Opera Stage, Is Dead at 89 (Sat, 14 May 2022)
The Spanish mezzo-soprano was internationally acclaimed for her dramatic performances in the works of Mozart, Rossini and Bizet.
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Richard C. Wald, Leader in Print and Network News, Is Dead at 92 (Tue, 17 May 2022)
He was the last managing editor of The New York Herald Tribune. When that newspaper folded, he went on to top jobs with NBC and ABC News.
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Randy Weaver, Who Confronted U.S. Agents at Ruby Ridge, Dies at 74 (Fri, 13 May 2022)
The 1992 standoff left his wife, his son and a U.S. marshal dead, and made him a reluctant hero of the anti-government far right.
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Val Broeksmit, 46, Who Blew the Whistle on Deutsche Bank, Dies (Sun, 15 May 2022)
An itinerant musician, he leaked secret files to F.B.I. investigators looking at the bank’s ties to money laundering, the Trump Organization and Russia.
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Overlooked No More: Junichi Arai, Innovative Textile Designer (Fri, 13 May 2022)
His experimentations with different materials and technology earned him widespread recognition as well as patents and awards.
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