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Josh Greenfeld, Who Chronicled His Son’s Autism, Dies at 90

Josh Greenfeld, Who Chronicled His Son’s Autism, Dies at 90

Josh Greenfeld in an undated photo. He was nominated for an Oscar for the screenplay of “Harry and Tonto” but gained his widest attention as an author.

Mary Sansone, a Grass-Roots Political Godmother, Dies at 101

Mary Sansone, a Grass-Roots Political Godmother, Dies at 101

The civic leader Mary Sansone at her home in Borough Park, Brooklyn, in 2015. “I took part in every movement for justice, whether it was union rights, civil rights, human rights, women’s rights or gay rights,” she wrote.

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.

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.

Lara Saint Paul, Italian Singer and Aerobics Promoter, Dies at 73

Lara Saint Paul, Italian Singer and Aerobics Promoter, Dies at 73

The Italian singer and producer Lara Saint Paul in Milan in 1968, the year she sang a duet with Louis Armstrong at the Sanremo Music Festival.

Mary Carlisle, Depression-Era Movie Ingénue, Is Dead at 104

Mary Carlisle, Depression-Era Movie Ingénue, Is Dead at 104

Mary Carlisle and Bing Crosby in “Double or Nothing” (1937). She made dozens of movies in the 1930s and early ’40s, often playing a perky innocent.

Hiep Thi Le, Vietnamese Refugee Who Became Film Star, Dies at 46

Hiep Thi Le, Vietnamese Refugee Who Became Film Star, Dies at 46

Hiep Thi Le played Le Ly Hayslip in Oliver Stone’s Vietnam War drama “Heaven and Earth” (1993). The film made her an unlikely star a dozen years after her own escape from Vietnam.

José Ramón Fernández, Who Helped Form Cuba’s Army, Dies at 95

José Ramón Fernández, Who Helped Form Cuba’s Army, Dies at 95

José Ramón Fernández with Fidel Castro in 2001 at an international conference in Havana. The conference marked the 40th anniversary of the Bay of Pigs invasion, in which General Fernández commanded militia troops in a successful battle against Cuban exiles.

Romana Acosta Bañuelos, U.S. Treasurer Under Nixon, Dies at 92

Romana Acosta Bañuelos, U.S. Treasurer Under Nixon, Dies at 92

Romana Acosta Bañuelos in 1971 in Washington with President Richard M. Nixon and John B. Connally, the treasury secretary.

Don Carter, 84, Who Brought the N.B.A. to Dallas, Is Dead

Don Carter, 84, Who Brought the N.B.A. to Dallas, Is Dead

Don Carter, center, with Ross Perot Jr., left, and Mark Cuban at a news conference in 2000, when Mr. Cuban took over the Dallas Mavericks. Mr. Carter had earlier sold his majority interest to a group led by Mr. Perot but kept a minority stake.

Yvonne Blake, Award-Winning Costume Designer, Is Dead at 78

Yvonne Blake, Award-Winning Costume Designer, Is Dead at 78

A scene from “Nicholas and Alexandra” (1971), with Michael Jayston and Janet Suzman, front, in the title roles. Yvonne Blake shared an Academy Award with Antonio Castillo for the film’s costume design.

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.

Alice Provensen, a Star in the Children’s-Book World, Dies at 99

Alice Provensen, a Star in the Children’s-Book World, Dies at 99

Alice and Martin Provensen at work in their studio in a family photograph from the 1950s. Their creative partnership of almost 40 years was famous in the world of children’s books.

Larry Meachum, Prison Reformer Who Led Prisons, Dies at 79

Larry Meachum, Prison Reformer Who Led Prisons, Dies at 79

Larry Meachum, when he was acting commissioner of the Massachusetts corrections department. He surrounded himself with “people who understood the concept of redemption and who appreciated the basic humanity of prisoners,” a colleague said.

Bernard E. Trainor, 89, General Turned Military Analyst, Is Dead

Bernard E. Trainor, 89, General Turned Military Analyst, Is Dead

General Trainor, left, alongside his co-author, Michael R. Gordon, then the chief military correspondent for The New York Times, being interviewed by Tim Russert on “Meet the Press” in 2006.

Neil Simon, Broadway Master of Comedy, Is Dead at 91

Neil Simon, Broadway Master of Comedy, Is Dead at 91

Neil Simon was one of Broadway’s most successful and bankable writers, writing such hit plays as “Barefoot in the Park” and “The Odd Couple.”


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