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Overlooked No More: Yu Gwan-sun, a Korean Independence Activist Who Defied Japanese Rule

Overlooked No More: Yu Gwan-sun, a Korean Independence Activist Who Defied Japanese Rule

Yu Gwan-sun took an active part in the March 1, 1919, independence movement against Japanese colonial rule in Korea. Dying in prison at 17, she became a national hero.

Robert G. Wilmers, Bank Chief and Buffalo Philanthropist, Dies at 83

Robert G. Wilmers, Bank Chief and Buffalo Philanthropist, Dies at 83

Robert G. Wilmers at M&T headquarters in Buffalo in 2009. He became a major benefactor there, though he continued to live in his native New York City.

Bill Loud, the Father of TV’s ‘An American Family,’ Is Dead at 97

Bill Loud, the Father of TV’s ‘An American Family,’ Is Dead at 97

Bill Loud with his five children and his wife, Pat, the stars of the groundbreaking 1973 PBS series “An American Family.” Clockwise from top: Kevin, Lance, Michele, Pat, Delilah, Grant and Bill.

Vivian Matalon, Tony-Winning Director, Is Dead at 88

Vivian Matalon, Tony-Winning Director, Is Dead at 88

Vivian Matalon, right, accepting the award for outstanding direction of a play from Richard Kiley at the 1980 Tony Awards. He won for the revival of the 1939 play “Morning’s at Seven.”

Jamsheed Marker, Leading Pakistani Diplomat, Dies at 95

Jamsheed Marker, Leading Pakistani Diplomat, Dies at 95

Jamsheed Marker, left, at the time the United Nations’ special envoy for East Timor, meeting with President B.J. Habibie of Indonesia in Jakarta in 1999. Mr. Marker was one of Pakistan’s most distinguished diplomats.

William Reese, Leading Seller of Rare Books, Is Dead at 62

William Reese, Leading Seller of Rare Books, Is Dead at 62

The bookseller William Reese at his home in New Haven in 2016. He relied on the breadth and depth of his scholarship to grasp the import of all sorts of seeming arcana.

Aretha Franklin, Indomitable ‘Queen of Soul,’ Dies at 76

Aretha Franklin, Indomitable ‘Queen of Soul,’ Dies at 76

In a musical career of more than five decades, Aretha Franklin had more than 100 singles on the Billboard charts. But more important, says Jon Pareles, chief popular music critic for The New York Times, she freed other singers to let their voices fly.

Alex Storm, Who Found a Long-Lost Treasure at Sea, Dies at 80

Alex Storm, Who Found a Long-Lost Treasure at Sea, Dies at 80

From left, Alex Storm, Harvey MacLeod and David MacEachern with some of the coins they salvaged from the sunken wreck of the Chameau, an 18th-century French ship, in 1965.

Álvaro Arzú, Ex-President of Guatemala, Dies at 72

Álvaro Arzú, Ex-President of Guatemala, Dies at 72

President Álvaro Arzú, left, at a meeting of the permanent council of the Organization of American States in Washington in 1999. He sat next to Miguel Angel Rodriguez, who was president of Costa Rica at the time.

Ursula K. Le Guin, Acclaimed for Her Fantasy Fiction, Is Dead at 88

Ursula K. Le Guin, Acclaimed for Her Fantasy Fiction, Is Dead at 88

Author Ursula Le Guin at home with her cat, Lorenzo, in 1996. The writer’s “pleasant duty,” she said, is to ply the reader’s imagination with “the best and purest nourishment that it can absorb.”

Luis Posada Carriles, Who Waged Quest to Oust Castro, Dies at 90

Luis Posada Carriles, Who Waged Quest to Oust Castro, Dies at 90

Luis Posada Carriles spent nearly 60 years on a quixotic and bloody mission to bring down Fidel Castro.

Abbas Amir Entezam, Iranian Official Jailed as a Spy, Dies at 86

Abbas Amir Entezam, Iranian Official Jailed as a Spy, Dies at 86

The former Iranian deputy prime minister Abbas Amir Entezam in 2008.

Jalal Mansur Nuriddin, ‘Grandfather of Rap,’ Is Dead at 73

Jalal Mansur Nuriddin, ‘Grandfather of Rap,’ Is Dead at 73

Jalal Mansur Nuriddin of the Last Poets in London in 1984. He delivered some of the group’s most urgent and incisive verses.

Jean-Louis Tauran, Vatican’s Interfaith Point Man, Is Dead at 75

Jean-Louis Tauran, Vatican’s Interfaith Point Man, Is Dead at 75

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran in 2007, the year he was appointed president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

Thomas Hofeller, Republican Master of Political Maps, Dies at 75

Thomas Hofeller, Republican Master of Political Maps, Dies at 75

Thomas B. Hofeller spoke to a National Conference of State Legislatures. He was extolled — or lambasted — as the Michelangelo of the modern gerrymander.

John Perry Barlow, 70, Dies; Championed an Unfettered Internet

John Perry Barlow, 70, Dies; Championed an Unfettered Internet

John Perry Barlow during a forum on the internet’s impact on society, held at New York University in 2014.


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