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Overlooked No More: Edmonia Lewis, Sculptor of Worldwide Acclaim

Overlooked No More: Edmonia Lewis, Sculptor of Worldwide Acclaim

The 19th century sculptor Edmonia Lewis. The intense focus on her race both frustrated her and fueled her ambition.

Dick Leitsch, Whose ‘Sip-In’ Was a Gay Rights Milestone, Dies at 83

Dick Leitsch, Whose ‘Sip-In’ Was a Gay Rights Milestone, Dies at 83

After pouring their drinks, a bartender at Julius’ in the West Village refused to continue to serve participants in a “sip-in” protest in 1966 after they told him they were gay. The bartender placed his hand over one of their glasses. The protesters were identified as John Timmons, Dick Leitsch, Craig Rodwell and Randy Wicker.

Max Fuchs, G.I. Cantor in Historic Battlefield Service, Is Dead at 96

Max Fuchs, G.I. Cantor in Historic Battlefield Service, Is Dead at 96

Max Fuchs, second from left, helped lead a battlefield prayer service for Jewish soldiers in Germany in 1944 that was broadcast in the United States.

V.S. Naipaul, Who Explored Colonialism Through Unsparing Books, Dies at 85

V.S. Naipaul, Who Explored Colonialism Through Unsparing Books, Dies at 85

The author V. S. Naipaul in 1991. He was compared to Conrad, Dickens and Tolstoy, but was also a lightning rod for criticism.

Madeleine Kamman, 87, Who Gave Americans a Taste of France, Dies

Madeleine Kamman, 87, Who Gave Americans a Taste of France, Dies

Madeleine Kamman giving a cooking class at L’academie de Cuisine in Bethesda, Md., in 1984. “She had an incredible capacity to inspire people,” one former student said.

Lee Holley, Cartoonist of Teenage Life in ‘Ponytail,’ Dies at 85

Lee Holley, Cartoonist of Teenage Life in ‘Ponytail,’ Dies at 85

Lee Holley, left, in 2000 with Hank Ketcham, creator of “Dennis the Menace,” in Los Angeles. Mr. Holley was a ghost illustrator of Mr. Ketcham’s comic strip.

Patricia Frustaci, 63, Dies; Septuplets Put Her in Spotlight

Patricia Frustaci, 63, Dies; Septuplets Put Her in Spotlight

Patricia Frustaci with her husband, Sam, and their children in 1988: from left, Stephen, Patricia, Joseph and Richard.

Connie Kurtz, Gay Rights Advocate, Dies at 81

Connie Kurtz, Gay Rights Advocate, Dies at 81

Connie Kurtz, left, and Ruth Berman in New York in the late 1990s. They were plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the city’s Board of Education seeking domestic-partner benefits.

Moscow Theater Rebels, Husband and Wife, Are Dead

Moscow Theater Rebels, Husband and Wife, Are Dead

Mikhail Ugarov and Elena Gremina in Tsarskoye Selo, near St. Petersburg, in 2000. Together they founded Teatr.doc, a Moscow theater company that presented shockingly raw accounts of life in post-Soviet Russia.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Former Prime Minister of India, Dies at 93

Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Former Prime Minister of India, Dies at 93

Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2004. For most of his 50 years in politics, he was virtually unknown outside India.

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.”

Per Kirkeby, Painter Inspired by Nature, Is Dead at 79

Per Kirkeby, Painter Inspired by Nature, Is Dead at 79

The Danish artist Per Kirkeby. Though best known for his painting, he also worked in sculpture, drawing and printmaking; wrote and directed films; and constructed outdoor installations from brick.

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.


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