obituaries


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.

Allison Shearmur, 54, ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Hunger Games’ Producer, Dies

Allison Shearmur, 54, ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Hunger Games’ Producer, Dies

Ms. Shearmur in 2015 at the premiere of “Cinderella” in Los Angeles.

Glenn Snoddy, 96, Accidental Inventor of the Fuzz Tone, Dies

Glenn Snoddy, 96, Accidental Inventor of the Fuzz Tone, Dies

The recording engineer Glenn Snoddy in an undated family photo. Not long after he inadvertently produced the sound that became known as the fuzz tone, there were “fuzz tones all over the place,” he said.

Geoffrey Hendricks, 86, Attention-Getting Fluxus Artist, Dies

Geoffrey Hendricks, 86, Attention-Getting Fluxus Artist, Dies

Geoffrey Hendricks in his “Sky Car” (1979), which is in the collection of the Wilhelm Lehmbruck Musum in Duisburg, Germany. Mr. Hendricks literally looked to the heavens for inspiration for some of his art — he was known for paintings of the sky, which he would render on traditional canvases and assorted other surfaces.

Barbara Kafka, Cookbook Author and Food Writer, Dies at 84

Barbara Kafka, Cookbook Author and Food Writer, Dies at 84

Barbara Kafka in the kitchen of her Manhattan home in 2005. “How could you not love a woman who liberates us from the tyranny of conventional wisdom?” her longtime editor said.

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.

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.”

Gualtiero Marchesi, Renowned (and Feisty) Chef, Dies at 87

Gualtiero Marchesi, Renowned (and Feisty) Chef, Dies at 87

Gualtiero Marchesi in 2017 in front of a current restaurant in Milan that bears his name. After achieving much success with his restaurants, he opened a cooking school to promote, as he put it, “high cooking as applied to everyday recipes.”

Ben Barres, Neuroscientist and Equal-Opportunity Advocate, Dies at 63

Ben Barres, Neuroscientist and Equal-Opportunity Advocate, Dies at 63

Dr. Ben Barres at Stanford University in 2006. “People are still arguing over whether there are cognitive differences between men and women,” he said. “If they exist, it’s not clear they are innate, and if they are innate, it’s not clear they are relevant.”

Hilary Lister, a Quadriplegic Who Sailed Solo, Dies at 46

Hilary Lister, a Quadriplegic Who Sailed Solo, Dies at 46

Hilary Lister operated a sailboat by blowing or drawing through tubes, resembling straws, which were connected to electronic instruments that controlled the vessel.

Paul Taylor Dies at 88; Brought Poetry and Lyricism to Modern Dance

Paul Taylor Dies at 88; Brought Poetry and Lyricism to Modern Dance

Paul Taylor, in the air, performing “Junction” (1961), set to Bach, with his company in 1970. He created poignant and exuberant works that entered the repertory of numerous dance troupes.

Vladimir Voinovich, Dissident Russian Writer, Dies at 85

Vladimir Voinovich, Dissident Russian Writer, Dies at 85

Vladimir Voinovich in 1986. “Some people say that we have already returned to 1937,” he said of present-day Russia. “I would say that we haven’t reached 1937 yet, but we have definitely reached the 1970s.”

LeRoy Jolley, Who Trained Two Derby Winners, Dies at 79

LeRoy Jolley, Who Trained Two Derby Winners, Dies at 79

LeRoy Jolley at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in 2009.

Tessa Jowell, Who Pushed for London’s Olympics, Dies at 70

Tessa Jowell, Who Pushed for London’s Olympics, Dies at 70

Tessa Jowell speaking at the Olympic Games in London in 2012. As secretary of state for culture, media and sport, Ms. Jowell played a key role in bringing the Games to London.

Les Lieber, Who Served Jazz to the Lunch Crowd, Dies at 106

Les Lieber, Who Served Jazz to the Lunch Crowd, Dies at 106

Les Lieber performing at one of the last Jazz at Noon sessions, at the Players club in Manhattan in 2011. Mr. Lieber ran the sessions, at which talented amateur jazz musicians performed alongside top-flight professionals, for more than 45 years.

Burton Richter, a Nobel Winner for Plumbing Matter, Dies at 87

Burton Richter, a Nobel Winner for Plumbing Matter, Dies at 87

Burton Richter, left, being congratulated by King Carl Gustaf of Sweden in Stockholm after receiving the 1976 Nobel Prize in Physics.


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