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Mildred Dresselhaus, the Queen of Carbon, Dies at 86

Mildred Dresselhaus, a professor emerita at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology whose research into the fundamental properties of carbon helped transform it into the superstar of modern materials science and the nanotechnology industry, died on Monday in Cambridge, Mass. She was 86.<p>Her death, …

Obituaries

Fox News' Alan Colmes Dies at 66 After 'Brief Illness'

Fox News contributor and commentator Alan Colmes has died after a brief illness. He was 66.<p><i>America’s Newsroom</i> co-anchor Bill Hemmer announced the …

Journalism

Kenneth Arrow, Nobel-Winning Economist Whose Influence Spanned Decades, Dies at 95

Kenneth J. Arrow, one of the most brilliant economic minds of the 20th century and, at 51, the youngest economist ever to win a Nobel, died on Tuesday at his home in Palo Alto, Calif. He was 95.<p>His son David confirmed the death.<p>Paul A. Samuelson, the first American to win the Nobel Memorial Prize …

Ed Garvey, Leader of N.F.L. Players’ Union, Dies at 76

Ed Garvey, who led the National Football League players’ union to two strikes during a dozen years as its executive director and later became a progressive political activist and officeseeker in his native Wisconsin, died on Wednesday in Verona, Wis. He was 76.<p>The union confirmed his death.<p>Mr. …

Frank Delaney, 74, Author Whose Passion Was Deconstructing Joyce’s ‘Ulysses,’ Dies

Frank Delaney, an Irish-born author and broadcaster who, like most novices, initially dismissed James Joyce’s “Ulysses” as unreadable but later spent his career making that elusive novel about ordinary people accessible to ordinary readers, died on Tuesday in Danbury, Conn. He was 74.<p>Mr. Delaney, …

Jannis Kounellis, Leader in ’60s ‘Poor Art’ Movement, Dies at 80

Jannis Kounellis, a Greek-born Italian artist who made use of humble materials like burlap sacks, wax and coal in works of sculpture and installations that offered a poetic counterstatement to the values of high art and the corporate world, died on Feb. 16 in Rome. He was 80.<p>The cause was heart …

Steven Spielberg’s Mother, Leah Adler, Dies at 97

Steven Spielberg’s mother, Leah Adler, known for operating The Milky Way restaurant in Los Angeles, died Tuesday at her Los Angeles home surrounded …

Obituaries

Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s U.N. Ambassador, Dies at 64

UNITED NATIONS — Vitaly I. Churkin, the Russian ambassador to the United Nations, who represented his country through times of domestic tumult and rising tensions with the West, died on Monday morning while at work in Manhattan. He would have turned 65 on Tuesday.<p>The Russian government said he died …

Russia

Fox News Host Brenda Buttner Dies At Age 55

She "made us want to watch a business show with heart."<p>Longtime Fox News journalist Brenda Buttner has died.<p>Buttner, a business correspondent and host of “Bulls & Bears,” died of cancer on Monday, according to reports. She was 55.<p>The Harvard grad and Rhodes Scholar joined Fox News in 2000 after …

Obituaries

Venezuelan art promoter, journalist Sofia Imber dies at 92

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Sofia Imber, who turned a garage into the Caracas Museum of Contemporary Art and became one of Venezuela's most influential women journalists, died Monday in the capital. She was 92.<p>The former director of what was once among Latin America's most important art galleries …

Venezuela

'One of the fathers of American film criticism': Time critic Richard Schickel dies at 84

Richard Schickel, whose erudite prose and piercing critiques made him one of America’s most important film critics in an era when cinema became increasingly ingrained in the cultural consciousness, died Saturday in Los Angeles from complications after a series of strokes, his family said. He was 84.<p>…

The Arts

Junie Morrison, a Funk Mastermind, Dies at 62

Walter Morrison, the singer, keyboardist, producer, one-man studio band and funk mastermind who recorded as Junie Morrison and under other names, died on Jan. 21. He was believed to be 62.<p>His death was reported on his Facebook page on Thursday by his daughter, Akasha. It said he was living in …

Music

James Brown's 'Funky Drummer' Clyde Stubblefield dies at 73

MADISON, Wis. — Clyde Stubblefield, a drummer for James Brown who created one of the most widely sampled drum breaks ever, died Saturday. He was 73.<p>His wife, Jody Hannon, told The Associated Press that Stubblefield died of kidney failure at a Madison, Wisconsin, hospital around noon. He had been …

Music

Charles Bartlett, Pulitzer-winning journalist and Kennedy loyalist, dies at 95

Charles L. Bartlett, a political reporter who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1956 for helping expose professional misconduct by the secretary of the Air Force but whose more enduring claim on history was having arranged a blind date between two of his most eligible friends — Jacqueline Bouvier and John F. …

Obituaries

Omar Abdel Rahman, Blind Cleric Found Guilty of Plot to Wage ‘War of Urban Terrorism,’ Dies at 78

Omar Abdel Rahman, the blind Islamic cleric whose fulminating sermons inspired violent fundamentalist movements in Egypt and, an American court found, a 1993 plot for a bombing rampage in New York, died on Saturday at a federal prison near Raleigh, N.C., where he was serving a life sentence. He was …

Egypt

Norma McCorvey, 'Roe' Of Landmark Roe V. Wade Ruling On Abortion, Dies At 69

Many only know Norma McCorvey by a name that's not her own.<p>Under the pseudonym Jane Roe, McCorvey became the centerpiece of Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion in the U.S. In the decades that followed, the complex woman came to serve as a champion at times …

Feminism

George Steele, ‘The Animal’ Wrestler and Mild-Mannered Teacher, Dies at 79

George Steele, a gruff, green-tongued fighter who, as the Animal, was one of wrestling’s wildest and most-hated villains for almost two decades, has died, World Wrestling Entertainment, the professional wrestling organization, said on Friday. He was 79.<p>The organization announced his death without …

Obituaries

Greek artist Jannis Kounellis dies in Rome at 80

MILAN (AP) — Greek artist Jannis Kounellis, a major exponent of the Italian art movement Arte Povera who made Italy his adopted home, has died in Rome at the age of 80.<p>The Villa Mafalda hospital in Rome confirmed his death late Thursday, but declined to provide further details.<p>Greek Prime Minister …

Finance

Ex-GOP leader Bob Michel, face of decency and public service, dies

After helping enact Ronald Reagan's agenda, the longtime congressman — and his respectful, bipartisan legislative style — was pushed aside by Newt Gingrich.<p>Former House Republican Leader Bob Michel, who helped shepherd Ronald Reagan's agenda through Congress only to be pushed aside by the rise of …

Newt Gingrich

Lt. Gen. Harold Moore, Whose Vietnam Heroism Was Depicted in Film, Dies at 94

Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore, whose fortitude saved most of his outnumbered battalion in 1965 in the first major battle between American and North Vietnamese troops — exploits immortalized in a book and a movie starring Mel Gibson — died on Friday at his home in Auburn, Ala. He was 94.<p>His death was …

Military History

Bobby Freeman, ‘Do You Want to Dance’ Singer, Dies at 76

Bobby Freeman, whose “Do You Want to Dance” climbed the pop charts in 1958 and endured long afterward in covers by the Beach Boys, the Ramones, Bette Midler and others, died on Jan. 23 at his home in Daly City, Calif. He was 76.<p>The cause was a heart attack, his son Robert Freeman Jr. said on …

Music

Al Jarreau, Singer Who Spanned Jazz, Pop and R&B Worlds, Dies at 76

Al Jarreau, a versatile vocalist who sold millions of records and won a string of Grammys for his work in pop and R&B as well as his first love, jazz, died on Sunday in Los Angeles. He was 76.<p>His death was announced by his manager, Joe Gordon, who said that Mr. Jarreau had been hospitalized for …

Music

Lt. Gen. Hal Moore dies; depicted in film 'We Were Soldiers'

Retired Lt. Gen. Harold G. "Hal" Moore, the American hero known for saving most of his men in the first major battle between the U.S. and North Vietnamese armies, has died. He was 94.<p>Joseph Galloway, who with Moore co-authored the book "We Were Soldiers Once ... and Young," confirmed Saturday to …

Military History

Peter Mansfield, M.R.I. Pioneer and Nobel Laureate, Dies at 83

Sir Peter Mansfield, who shared a Nobel Prize for discoveries that underpinned the invention of magnetic resonance imaging, the method of peering inside the human body that revolutionized medicine, died on Wednesday. He was 83.<p>The University of Nottingham in England, where Dr. Mansfield had been a …

Physics

Raymond Smullyan, Puzzle-Creating Logician, Dies at 97

Raymond Smullyan, whose merry, agile mind led him to be a musician, a magician, a mathematician and, most cunningly, a puzzle-creating logician, died on Monday in Hudson, N.Y. He was 97.<p>His death was confirmed by Deborah Smullyan, a cousin.<p>Professor Smullyan was a serious mathematician, with the …

Mathematics

Mike Ilitch, owner of Detroit Red Wings and Tigers, dies at 87

Mike Ilitch, founder of the Little Caesars Pizza empire and owner of the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Tigers, has died. He was 87.<p>Ilitch, who was praised for keeping his professional hockey and baseball teams in Detroit as other urban sports franchises relocated to new suburban stadiums, died …

Detroit

Fred Mound, Longtimes Universal Distribution Executive, Dies at 84

Longtime Universal distribution executive Fred Mound died Jan. 27 in Los Angeles after a brief illness. He was 84.<p>Born in St. Louis, he began working …

Hans Rosling, Swedish Doctor and Pop-Star Statistician, Dies at 68

Hans Rosling, a Swedish doctor who transformed himself into a pop-star statistician by converting dry numbers into dynamic graphics that challenged preconceptions about global health and gloomy prospects for population growth, died on Tuesday in Uppsala, Sweden. He was 68.<p>The cause was pancreatic …

Congo

Tour de France stage winner Serge Baguet dies, aged 47

Belgian Serge Baguet survived a career in professional cycling – with a break to roof houses and a return to triumph in the Tour de France – but died …