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Dick Tuck, Democrats’ Political Prankster in Chief, Dies at 94

Dick Tuck, Democrats’ Political Prankster in Chief, Dies at 94

Dick Tuck, political hoaxer, in 1973. “Nixon was an admirer of mine,” Mr. Tuck said. Nixon was also one of his targets.

Jean McFaddin, Who Made the Macy’s Parade What It Is, Dies at 75

Jean McFaddin, Who Made the Macy’s Parade What It Is, Dies at 75

Jean McFaddin leading the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade along Central Park West in 1995.

Louis Gignac, Whose Styles Took the Fuss Out of Hair, Dies at 89

Louis Gignac, Whose Styles Took the Fuss Out of Hair, Dies at 89

Louis Gignac straightening a client’s hair in 1967. One of the most sought-after hair stylists in New York, he advocated unfussy, blunt-cut wash-and-wear styles that could be replicated at home.

Nick Meglin, 82, a Mad Magazine Mainstay, Is Dead

Nick Meglin, 82, a Mad Magazine Mainstay, Is Dead

Nick Meglin at the Mad magazine office in Manhattan in the 1980s. The magazine’s publisher, William M. Gaines, once called Mr. Meglin “the soul and conscience” of Mad.

Bob Beattie, 85, Olympic Ski Coach and ABC Sports Analyst, Dies

Bob Beattie, 85, Olympic Ski Coach and ABC Sports Analyst, Dies

Bob Beattie, left, spoke with the ski racer Spider Sabich, who competed for the United States in the 1968 Olympics, in an undated family photograph.

Keorapetse Kgositsile, 79, South African Poet and Activist, Dies

Keorapetse Kgositsile, 79, South African Poet and Activist, Dies

Keorapetse Kgositsile in an undated photograph. In New York he fell in with writers and musicians, among them Hugh Masekela, Amiri Baraka (then known as LeRoi Jones) and Ishmael Reed.

John V. Tunney, Boxer’s Son Who Lasted One Term in the Senate, Dies at 83

John V. Tunney, Boxer’s Son Who Lasted One Term in the Senate, Dies at 83

Senator John V. Tunney in 1976, the year he lost his seat to a former Democrat.

Gena Turgel, Holocaust Survivor With a Love Story, Dies at 95

Gena Turgel, Holocaust Survivor With a Love Story, Dies at 95

The Holocaust survivor Gena Turgel in London in 2004. She knew the diarist Anne Frank at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp months before its liberation.

Ruud Lubbers, Former Dutch Prime Minister, Is Dead at 78

Ruud Lubbers, Former Dutch Prime Minister, Is Dead at 78

Ruud Lubbers, as high commissioner for refugees, speaking at United Nations headquarters in New York in 2005.

Anya Krugovoy Silver, Poetic Voice on Mortality, Dies at 49

Anya Krugovoy Silver, Poetic Voice on Mortality, Dies at 49

The poet Anya Krugovoy Silver in 2015. After receiving a diagnosis of advanced breast cancer, she wrote about living with her illness and facing death.

Dr. Joel Kovel, a Founder of Ecosocialism, Is Dead at 81

Dr. Joel Kovel, a Founder of Ecosocialism, Is Dead at 81

Dr. Joel Kovel, front right, at a demonstration by the organization Veterans for Peace at the White House in 2010.

John Portman, Architect Who Made Skylines Soar, Dies at 93

John Portman, Architect Who Made Skylines Soar, Dies at 93

John Portman in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta in 2006. His atrium hotels were widely imitated by other architects.

Afonso Dhlakama, Mozambique’s Opposition Leader, Dies at 65

Afonso Dhlakama, Mozambique’s Opposition Leader, Dies at 65

Afonso Dhlakama, the head of Mozambique’s main opposition party, Renamo, addressed an election rally in 2009.

Lucian Pintilie, Authority-Defying Romanian Director, Dies at 84

Lucian Pintilie, Authority-Defying Romanian Director, Dies at 84

The director Lucian Pintilie on the set of his 1996 film “Too Late,” which was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

Janet Benshoof, Women’s Champion on a Global Scale, Dies at 70

Janet Benshoof, Women’s Champion on a Global Scale, Dies at 70

Janet Benshoof, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights, in her Manhattan office in 1998.

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.


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