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Robin Chandler Duke, a Champion of Women’s Rights, Dies at 92

Robin Chandler Duke, a rags-to-riches grande dame who married an ambassador and became one of America’s best known advocates for women by championing reproductive rights and international family planning, died in Charleston, S.C., on Saturday. She was 92.

She died at Bishop Gadsden, a retirement …

Women's News

John L. Tishman, Builder Who Shaped American Skylines, Dies at 90

John L. Tishman, a master builder of the 20th century whose Tishman Realty and Construction Company transformed the skylines of New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Detroit, died Saturday at his home in Bedford, N.Y. He was 90.

The cause was respiratory failure, said John P. Gallagher, a spokesman for …

World Trade Center

Miriam Cedarbaum, 86, Dies; Longtime Federal Judge

Miriam Cedarbaum, a federal judge in Manhattan who presided over the trial that sent the domesticity expert Martha Stewart to prison for lying to the government about her sale of stock in a friend’s company, died on Friday at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan. …


Lorna Jorgenson Wendt, 72, Defender of Rights of Corporate Ex-Wives

Lorna Jorgenson Wendt, whose high-stakes, highly publicized divorce settlement of 1997 engendered a national conversation about the economic worth of corporate spouses, died on Thursday in Stamford, Conn. She was 72.

The cause was complications of multiple myeloma and plasma cell leukemia, her …

Harvard Business School

Edgar D. Mitchell, Sixth Moonwalking Astronaut, Dies at 85

Edgar D. Mitchell, who became the sixth man to walk on the moon as a member of NASA’s first lunar mission devoted exclusively to scientific research, died Thursday at a hospice in West Palm Beach, Fla. He was 85.

NASA announced his death, which came one day before the 45th anniversary of his moon …

West Palm Beach

Marlow W. Cook, Senator Who Groomed Mitch McConnell, Dies at 89

Marlow W. Cook, a moderate one-term Republican senator from Kentucky who gave Mitch McConnell his start in Washington politics but later criticized him for moving sharply to the right, died on Thursday at his home in Sarasota, Fla. He was 89.

The cause was complications of a heart attack, his …

Mitch McConnell

Edgar D. Whitcomb, a Former Indiana Governor, Dies at 98

Edgar D. Whitcomb, a former governor of Indiana who escaped from a Japanese prisoner camp in World War II and who made an around-the-world solo sailing trip while in his 70s, died on Thursday at his home near Rome, Ind. He was 98.

His daughter Patricia Whitcomb confirmed his death.

Mr. Whitcomb, a …


Dan Hicks, Bandleader of the Hot Licks, Dies at 74

Dan Hicks, a singer, songwriter and bandleader who attracted a devoted following with music that was defiantly unfashionable, proudly eccentric and foot-tappingly catchy, died on Saturday at his home in Mill Valley, Calif. He was 74.

The cause was liver cancer, said his wife, Clare.

Mr. Hicks began …

David Mirra, Iconic BMX Bike Racer, Dies in an Apparent Suicide

Dave Mirra, an iconic figure in the world of BMX bike racing, was found dead on Thursday in Greenville, N.C., a city he helped transform into a center of the sport. He was 41.

The Greenville Police Department announced his death in a statement posted online.

The police said they were called to a …

X Games

Review: ’Utility,’ a Woman’s Dance With Despair

Around her ragged little East Texas home, Amber does just about everything that needs doing. Barely past 30, raising three young kids on the paltry wages of her pair of shift-work jobs, she is exhausted by the constant scramble. In this weakened state, she lets her husband, Chris, a serial cheater, …


Review: A Whirlwind of Delicious Gossip in ‘Sense & Sensibility’

Pray do not be alarmed, gentle readers, but I am here to tell you that Jane Austen has been pumped full of helium. Now you might think that the injection of such an alien element would warp, if not altogether explode, that fabled “little bit (two inches wide) of ivory” on which Austen said she …

Jane Austen

Mary Fiumara, Mother in Indelible Prince Spaghetti Ad, Dies at 88

From Juliet to Alice Kramden, women have communed from their upper-story windows, but few ever reached a wider audience with as mundane a message as Mary Fiumara.

In an indelible long-running television commercial first broadcast in 1969, Mrs. Fiumara, playing a devoted, robust and aproned mother, …

Advertising Industry

Maurice White, Founder of Earth, Wind & Fire, Dies at 74

Maurice White, the founder and leader of Earth, Wind & Fire, whose genre-defying music made it one of the most successful bands of the 1970s, has died at his home in Los Angeles. He was 74.

The band’s publicist, Mark Young, said Mr. White died late Wednesday or early Thursday. He did not specify the …

Hall of Fame

Alice Denham, Who Kissed and Told About Literary New York, Dies at 89

Alice Denham, a writer and former Playboy centerfold who left a vivid chronicle of her literary and sexual adventures in her 2006 memoir, “Sleeping With Bad Boys: A Juicy Tell-All of Literary New York in the Fifties and Sixties,” died on Jan. 27 at her home in Manhattan. She was 89.

The cause was …

New York City

Bob Elliott, Half of the Deadpan Bob and Ray Comedy Team, Dies at 92

Bob Elliott, who as half of the comedy team Bob and Ray purveyed a distinctively low-key brand of humor on radio and television for more than 40 years, died on Tuesday at his home in Cundy’s Harbor, Me. He was 92.

His death was confirmed by his son Chris Elliott, the actor and comedian, who said his …


Frank Finlay, Actor Who Played Iago to Laurence Olivier’s Othello, Dies at 89

Frank Finlay, an Academy Award-nominated English actor known for his screen appearances as Iago in “Othello” and Porthos in “The Three Musketeers,” died on Saturday at his home in Weybridge, England. He was 89.

His family announced his death, The Associated Press reported.

In character roles on …

Gordon Goody, Leader of the Gang in the Great Train Robbery, Dies at 85

Gordon Goody, who combined the rakishness of James Bond with the bravado of Jesse James to help conjure up Britain’s daredevil Great Train Robbery in 1963, died on Friday in Mojácar, Spain. He was 85.

His death was confirmed by officials in Mojácar, his adopted Andalusian town on the Mediterranean, …


David G. Hartwell, Literary-Minded Editor of Science Fiction, Dies at 74

David G. Hartwell, an editor who brought a literary sensibility to genres like horror, fantasy and science fiction, working with Frank Herbert, Philip K. Dick and other notable authors, has died. He was 74.

He was declared brain-dead on Jan. 20 at a hospital in Plattsburgh, N.Y., after falling down …

Science Fiction

Francisco Flores, Ex-President of El Salvador, Dies at 56

Francisco Flores, a former president of El Salvador who was facing charges of diverting $15 million in contributions for earthquake victims to his personal and political party accounts, died on Saturday in San Salvador. He was 56.

His death, of a cerebral hemorrhage, was announced by the Nationalist …

El Salvador

Benoit in Midtown Is the Bistro That Will Take You to Paris

Like many New Yorkers, I have convinced myself that a rickety fire escape platform is a terrace and that a segment of the Empire State Building’s antenna seen through a sliver of window constitutes a panoramic skyline view. The same capacity for wishful self-delusion must be what keeps us going to …


Kenny Sailors, a Pioneer of the Jump Shot, Dies at 95

There was just one witness to the moment Kenny Sailors helped revolutionize the game of basketball — his brother, Bud — but by all accounts, no one has ever doubted their story.

The moment came on a hot May day in 1934. The two were battling, one on one, under an iron rim nailed to the side of the …

U.S. Congress

Myron Beldock, Civil Rights Lawyer Who Fought for Lost Causes, Dies at 86

Myron Beldock, a lawyer who championed seemingly lost criminal causes but won freedom for various wrongly convicted men, including the former boxer Rubin (Hurricane) Carter after he had served 19 years in prison for three murders in New Jersey, died on Monday at a hospice in Manhattan. He was …


Denise Duval, French Soprano and Foremost Poulenc Interpreter, Dies at 94

Denise Duval, a French soprano best known as the cherished muse of her countryman Francis Poulenc, died on Jan. 25 in Bex, Switzerland. She was 94.

Her family announced the death to the news service Agence France-Presse.

Ms. Duval, whom Poulenc called “the nightingale of my tears,” remains, in the …


Howard Koslow Dies at 91; Artist Designed Stamps for 40 Years

Howard Koslow, a painter and illustrator who for more than four decades designed many of the most recognizable stamps issued by the United States Postal Service, including a 1994 series depicting famous blues and jazz musicians and 30 stamps depicting coastal lighthouses, died on Jan. 25 at his …


Benoît Violier’s Death Shines Light on High-Pressure Restaurant World

In the rarefied galaxy of restaurants that have received the Michelin guide’s highest honor, three stars, Benoît Violier’s, in Switzerland, was by one measure the most glittering.

Only two months ago his establishment, the Restaurant de l’Hôtel de Ville in Crissier, near Lausanne, was designated the …


The Rev. John Romas, Leader of Greek Church at Ground Zero, Dies at 86

After St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Lower Manhattan was destroyed on Sept. 11, 2001, by the collapse of the World Trade Center nearby, the Rev. John D. Romas held his small congregation together as its worship services moved to Brooklyn and instilled in his parishioners the hope that they …

New York City

Arnold Greenberg, Whose Manhattan Bookstore Fostered Wanderlust, Dies at 83

On the corner of 35th Street and Madison Avenue in Manhattan, in a small shop filled with shelves of books containing photographs and stories meant to entice readers to exotic locales, Arnold Greenberg found a place where his passions intersected.

Mr. Greenberg and his wife, Harriet, were travel …


Yvonne Chouteau, Native American Ballerina, Dies at 86

Yvonne Chouteau, a former principal dancer of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo who emerged as one of a celebrated group of dancers known as the American Indian ballerinas of Oklahoma, died on Sunday at her home in Oklahoma City. She was 86.

The cause was congestive heart failure, said Mary Margaret …

Indigenous Peoples

Rabbi Eugene B. Borowitz, Influential Reform Theologian, Dies at 91

Rabbi Eugene B. Borowitz, a leading theologian of Reform Judaism who argued that the modern emphasis on reason and self-imposed ethics needed the undergirding of what he called a covenantal relationship with God, died on Jan. 22 at his home in Stamford, Conn. He was 91.

His daughter Nan Langowitz …


Murray Louis, Choreographer With a Comic Flair, Dies at 89

Murray Louis, the son of a Brooklyn baker who won acclaim as a brilliantly nimble dancer and a quirky and often surprising choreographer, died on Monday at his home in New York City. He was 89.

His death was announced by the Nikolais/Louis Foundation for Dance, which did not specify the cause. Mr. …