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Ronald Wolk, Innovator in Covering Education News, Dies at 86

Ronald Wolk, Innovator in Covering Education News, Dies at 86

Ronald A. Wolk in his office at Education Week in Washington in 1997. He founded the publication in 1981 with Martha K. Matzke.

Mary Ellis, Who Flew British Spitfires in World War II, Dies at 101

Mary Ellis, Who Flew British Spitfires in World War II, Dies at 101

Mary Ellis in Biggin Hill, England, in 2015. She took her first flying lesson as a teenager and flew for pleasure until 1940, when she heard a radio ad for female pilots to join Britain’s Air Transport Auxiliary.

Rosalyn Terborg-Penn, 77, Dies; Historian Recognized Black Suffragists

Rosalyn Terborg-Penn, 77, Dies; Historian Recognized Black Suffragists

Rosalyn Terborg-Penn at Morgan State University in 2016. She said she had to fight “the ivory tower doorkeepers who often overlook or dismiss the works of black women historians, especially those of us who teach at historically black universities and colleges.”

Dr. Samuel Epstein, 91, Cassandra of Cancer Prevention, Dies

Dr. Samuel Epstein, 91, Cassandra of Cancer Prevention, Dies

Dr. Samuel Epstein in his office at the University of Illinois in 1998. “He showed that powerful industries could cause cancer,” a colleague said, “that cancer was a political disease, requiring political solutions, which made him a bit like the Rachel Carson or Ralph Nader of Cancer.”

Margot Kidder, Actress Who Found Movie Stardom in ‘Superman,’ Dies at 69

Margot Kidder, Actress Who Found Movie Stardom in ‘Superman,’ Dies at 69

Margot Kidder and Christopher Reeve in a scene from “Superman.” They reunited for three more movies in the franchise.

Kirk Simon, 63, Oscar-Winning Documentarian, Dies

Kirk Simon, 63, Oscar-Winning Documentarian, Dies

Kirk Simon in an undated photograph. He and Ken Burns were schoolmates and collaborators at Hampshire College in Massachusetts.

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.

Queeneth Ndaba, Champion of South African Jazz, Dies at 81

Queeneth Ndaba, Champion of South African Jazz, Dies at 81

Queeneth Ndaba in an undated photo. In the face of apartheid, she worked to keep Johannesburg’s most influential home of art and culture alive.

Brooks Kerr, Piano Prodigy and Ellington Expert, Dies at 66

Brooks Kerr, Piano Prodigy and Ellington Expert, Dies at 66

The pianist and Duke Ellington authority Brooks Kerr, left, with Ellington at the piano, at the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1972.

Robert Blizzard, Who Gave Children Hormones to Grow, Dies at 94

Robert Blizzard, Who Gave Children Hormones to Grow, Dies at 94

Dr. Robert Blizzard in an undated photograph. He was among the first doctors to use hormones to boost children’s height.

Alene Duerk, Navy’s First Female Rear Admiral, Is Dead at 98

Alene Duerk, Navy’s First Female Rear Admiral, Is Dead at 98

Rear Adm. Alene B. Duerk, director of the Navy Nurse Corps, in her office in 1974. She said of being the Navy’s first female rear admiral, “It was a lot to take on because when you are the first women in any high-profile role everyone is watching you.”

Judith Leiber, 97, Dies; Turned Handbags Into Objets d’Art

Judith Leiber, 97, Dies; Turned Handbags Into Objets d’Art

Judith Leiber in her shop on Madison Avenue in 1996.

Sigi Schmid, Record-Setting Soccer Coach, Is Dead at 65

Sigi Schmid, Record-Setting Soccer Coach, Is Dead at 65

Sigi Schmid greeting fans in Seattle in 2013, when he was the head coach of the Seattle Sounders.

Larry Meachum, Prison Reformer Who Led Prisons, Dies at 79

Larry Meachum, Prison Reformer Who Led Prisons, Dies at 79

Larry Meachum, when he was acting commissioner of the Massachusetts corrections department. He surrounded himself with “people who understood the concept of redemption and who appreciated the basic humanity of prisoners,” a colleague said.

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.”

Dan Ingram, Irreverent Disc Jockey, Is Dead at 83

Dan Ingram, Irreverent Disc Jockey, Is Dead at 83

Dan Ingram in 1993, when he was a disc jockey in WCBS-FM in New York. He first achieved fame on WABC-AM when it was a Top 40 powerhouse.


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