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Margot Stern Strom, Anti-Bigotry Educator, Dies at 81 (Sat, 01 Apr 2023)
She started an organization whose curriculums challenge teenagers to understand the roots of the Holocaust, racism, apartheid and other human injustices.
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Royston Ellis, Bridge Between Beat Poets and the Beatles, Dies at 82 (Fri, 31 Mar 2023)
Making his name with a blend of poetry and rock ’n’ roll he called “rocketry,” he straddled two eras of British youth culture at the dawn of the 1960s.
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Keith Reid, Who Brought Poetry to Procol Harum, Dies at 76 (Sat, 01 Apr 2023)
His impressionistic lyrics, as in the hit song “A Whiter Shade of Pale,” helped make the band one of the leading acts of the progressive-rock era.
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Suzanne Rheinstein, 77, Designer of Classic American Interiors, Dies (Fri, 31 Mar 2023)
In California, she brought a widely lauded freshness to English style. Her clients included Los Angeles movers and shakers much like herself.
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Peterson Zah, 85, Navajo Nation’s First President, Dies (Sat, 01 Apr 2023)
“They call him the Navajo Kennedy,” a journalist said, a leader faced with high unemployment and land-use issues on the largest reservation in the United States.
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Mark Russell, Piano-Playing Political Satirist, Dies at 90 (Thu, 30 Mar 2023)
Washington was his main quarry. Did he have any writers? “Oh, yes — 100 in the Senate and 435 in the House of Representatives.”
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Michael Blackwood, Who Captured 20th-Century Artists on Film, Dies at 88 (Fri, 31 Mar 2023)
He made cinéma vérité documentaries — more than 160 — about musicians (Thelonious Monk), architects (Frank Gehry), composers (Philip Glass) and sculptors (Isamu Noguchi).
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Julie Anne Peters, Whose Young-Adult Books Caused a Stir, Dies at 71 (Thu, 30 Mar 2023)
Her 2004 novel, “Luna,” broke new ground by having a transgender teenager as a main character. That book and others she wrote have been targets of conservatives.
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D.M. Thomas, 88, Dies; His ‘White Hotel’ Was a Surprise Best Seller (Fri, 31 Mar 2023)
A former English teacher with a modest writing career in Britain, he found fame in 1981 with an inventive story of an opera singer, Freud and the Holocaust.
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Walter Cole, Who Dazzled as Darcelle, the World’s Oldest Drag Performer, Dies at 92 (Wed, 29 Mar 2023)
He turned a run-down tavern into a drag cabaret that became a hub and a fund-raising powerhouse for the L.G.B.T.Q. community as well as a beloved Portland, Ore., institution.
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Yang Bing-yi, Founder of Dumpling Empire Din Tai Fung, Dies at 96 (Fri, 31 Mar 2023)
Starting with a modest shop in Taiwan in 1958, he built Din Tai Fung into a global dumpling and noodle empire, earning a Michelin star along the way.
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Randall Robinson, Anti-Apartheid Catalyst, Is Dead at 81 (Tue, 28 Mar 2023)
He also supported reparations for descendants of enslaved Americans and sanctuary for Haitian refugees. But he lived for two decades in self-imposed exile.
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Emily Fisher Landau, Art Patron Who Had Her Own Museum, Dies at 102 (Wed, 29 Mar 2023)
A jewelry heist in her Manhattan home spurred her to start one of America’s premier collections of contemporary art, shown for years in a converted factory in Queens.
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Dubravka Ugresic, Who Wrote of Dislocation and Exile, Dies at 73 (Fri, 31 Mar 2023)
She was acclaimed in Yugoslavia. But when that country fell apart, she refused to embrace the nationalism of the newly formed Croatia and was vilified as a result.
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George Nassar, 86, Killer Who Heard Confession in Strangler Case, Is Dead (Sat, 01 Apr 2023)
A fellow inmate, Albert DeSalvo, told him that he was the Boston Strangler who had killed 13 women in the early 1960s. Mr. Nassar’s death, in 2018, went unreported.
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Bill Zehme, Author With a Knack for Humanizing the Famous, Dies at 64 (Fri, 31 Mar 2023)
A prolific biographer, he charmed his way into access to, and insights about, Frank Sinatra, Hugh Hefner, Johnny Carson and many others.
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Ann Wilson, Last Survivor of a New York Art Scene, Dies at 91 (Sat, 01 Apr 2023)
Working from a gritty loft in Lower Manhattan in the late 1950s, she made abstract paintings on quilts that brought a fine-art sensibility to a folk art.
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Gladys Kessler, Judge Who Curbed Deceptive Tobacco Ads, Dies at 85 (Tue, 28 Mar 2023)
In a landmark case, she ruled in 2006 that cigarette companies had been deceiving the public about the health hazards of smoking, violating racketeering laws.
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Bobbi Ercoline, Whose Hug Became a Symbol of Woodstock, Dies at 73 (Tue, 28 Mar 2023)
Embracing her boyfriend, a blanket around them, she appeared on the cover of the ubiquitous soundtrack album of “Woodstock,” the 1970 documentary film about the music festival.
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Scott Johnson, Playfully Inventive Composer, Is Dead at 70 (Mon, 27 Mar 2023)
In works like “John Somebody,” he mixed the structural rigor of classical composition with the ebullient sound and attitude of rock.
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