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Saturday, January 11, 2014


President Reagan and Larry Speakes in 1984, telling reporters that a briefing was over.
Scott Stewart/Associated Press

President Reagan and Larry Speakes in 1984, telling reporters that a briefing was over.

He became the press spokesman for President Reagan after his boss, the press secretary James Brady, was wounded in an attempt on the life of the president.

Franklin McCain, Who Fought for Rights at All-White Lunch Counter, Dies at 73

Mr. McCain helped fuel the civil rights movement in 1960 when he and three friends from their all-black college requested, and were refused, coffee and doughnuts at a whites-only lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C.

Bill Conlin, Sportswriter Who Quit After Molestation Claims, Dies at 79

Mr. Conlin was honored by Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 2011, the same year a newspaper article detailed several accounts of sexual abuse he was accused of committing.

Wojciech Kilar, Composer for Movies and Symphony Halls, Dies at 81

Mr. Kilar won recognition for his music for “The Pianist” and “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” as well as works inspired by Polish folk music.

Dale T. Mortensen, Top Labor Economist, Dies at 74

Mr. Mortensen was one of three economists who shared the 2010 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for their work on a line of economic thinking known as search theory.

Nelson Ned, Florid Brazilian Balladeer, Dies at 66

Mr. Ned’s records and his sentimental style brought him a large following throughout Latin America.

Amiri Baraka, Polarizing Poet and Playwright, Dies at 79

Mr. Baraka’s work was widely anthologized, and he was also long famous as a political firebrand, with critical opinion divided in every arena.

Thomas V. Jones, Builder of Northrop Into Big Military Contractor, Dies at 93

Mr. Jones was one of the last of the swashbuckling breed of aerospace-industry titans who were almost synonymous with their corporations and the aircraft they produced.

Rev. Robert Nugent, Priest Who Counseled Gay Catholics, Dies at 76

Before being silenced by the Vatican, he was a founder of New Ways Ministry, which advocated full acceptance of gay people in the church and society.

Robert Hess, 57, Dies; Led Homeless Services Under Bloomberg

Mr. Hess presided over a gradual decline in the homeless population in New York City until the recession of 2009 caused the problem to spike.

Rev. Vincent J. Termine, Pastor Who Fought Racism in His Parish, Dies at 93

Father Termine angered members of his predominantly white flock in Brooklyn when he let black youths participate in organized basketball at his parish in the mid-1970s.

Carter Camp, Leader in Wounded Knee Uprising, Dies at 72

Mr. Camp was a leader of the American Indian Movement who led the first wave of the 1973 operation to seize Wounded Knee in South Dakota.

C. T. Hsia, Who Brought Chinese Literature to the West, Dies at 92

Dr. Hsia helped introduce modern Chinese literature to the West in the 1960s while teaching at Columbia University.

Al Porcino, First Trumpeter With Leading Jazz Bands, Dies at 88

Mr. Porcino held the first trumpet chair in bands led by Count Basie, Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, Buddy Rich and others.

Elizabeth Jane Howard, Novelist of Mid-Century British Life, Dies at 90

Ms. Howard’s five-part series, The Cazalet Chronicles, traces a British family before, during and after World War II.

Run Run Shaw, Chinese-Movie Giant of the Kung Fu Genre, Dies at 106

Mr. Shaw and his older brother, Run Me, were movie pioneers in Asia, producing and sometimes directing films like “Five Fingers of Death.”

Jerry Coleman, 89, Yankee Infielder, Fighter Pilot and Voice of the Padres

A pilot in World War II and Korea, he was the most valuable player of the 1950 World Series when the Yankees swept the Phillies.

Bronson Binger, 83, Who Saved New York Parks and Buildings, Dies

Mr. Binger helped wrest Union Square Park in Manhattan from drug dealers but was stymied in an effort to rebuild Wollman Rink in Central Park.

Halton C. Arp, Astronomer Who Challenged Big Bang Theory, Dies at 86

Mr. Arp was a provocative son of American astronomy whose dogged insistence that astronomers had misread the distance to quasars led to his exile from his peers.

Richard N. Cohen, 90, Dies; Was Director of Times Co.

Mr. Cohen, who worked in the insurance industry, was on the board of The New York Times Company from 1960 into the early 1970s.

Anna E. Crouse, 97, Dies; Championed Discount Tickets for Broadway

Ms. Crouse, a force behind the creation of the 40-year-old TKTS booth, also helped revitalize the struggling Lincoln Center Theater.

Micky Lay, a Source for ‘Jerusalem,’ Dies at 73

Mr. Lay’s hard-drinking, rebel persona was an inspiration for Mark Rylance’s Tony- and Olivier-winning performance in Jez Butterworth’s play “Jerusalem.”

Eusebio, Who Represented the Best of Soccer and of Portugal, Dies at 71

Eusebio, an international sports icon, led Portugal to a third-place finish at the 1966 World Cup and was voted one of the 10 best players of all time.

Phil Everly, Half of a Pioneer Rock Duo That Inspired Generations, Dies at 74

Songs by Mr. Everly and his older brother, Don Everly, carried the close fraternal harmonies of country tradition into pioneering rock ‘n’ roll.

Saul Zaentz, Producer of Oscar-Winning Movies, Dies at 92

Mr. Zaentz, an independent film producer, won best-picture Academy Awards for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “Amadeus” and “The English Patient.”

Donald H. Forst, Feisty Newspaper Editor, Dies at 81

Mr. Forst was the former top editor of New York Newsday, The Village Voice and The Boston Herald.

Harvey K. Littleton, a Pioneer in the Art of Glass, Dies at 91

Mr. Littleton, whose work has been acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, founded what is considered to be the nation’s first college-level course in his field.

A Moment for the Flames That Went Out in 2013

Paying tribute to luminaries like James Gandolfini, Edward I. Koch, Margaret Thatcher, Nelson Mandela and many others.

Interactive Notable Deaths of 2013

Remembering Pauline Phillips, Bonnie Franklin, Hugo Chávez, Chinua Achebe and others who died this year.

2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007

The Lives They Loved

Photographs and stories from readers of people close to them who died in 2013.

Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s Liberator as Prisoner and President, Dies at 95

Mr. Mandela’s quest for freedom in South Africa’s system of white rule took him from the court of tribal royalty to the liberation underground to a prison cell to the presidency.

The Life and Legacy of Nelson Mandela: 1918-2013

Nelson Mandela, whose activism made him a central figure in ending apartheid in South Africa, went from a prisoner to president in his lifetime.

Video Last Word Videos

Inspiring people talk about their lives.

Ed Koch | Mike Wallace | Bob Feller | Geraldine A. Ferraro | Theodore C. Sorensen | Sidney Lumet | Budd Schulberg | Odetta | Art Buchwald

The Music of Lou Reed

The music career of Lou Reed spanned several decades, and his work with the Velvet Underground in the 1960s is often cited as a major influence for many rock musicians.

Seamus Heaney in His Own Voice

Seamus Heaney, the accomplished and admired Irish poet, reading from his work over the years.

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