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Elizabeth Hawley, Who Chronicled Everest Treks, Dies at 94

Elizabeth Hawley, Who Chronicled Everest Treks, Dies at 94

Elizabeth Ann Hawley in 2014. Her work documenting climbs in the Himalayas over 50 years earned her the nickname “the Sherlock Holmes of the mountaineering world.”

Nicanor Parra, Chilean Voice in an ‘Anti-Poet’ Movement, Dies at 103

Nicanor Parra, Chilean Voice in an ‘Anti-Poet’ Movement, Dies at 103

Nicanor Parra teaching in Santiago, Chile, in 1992. On the blackboard he had written: “Back to democracy for what? So the movie repeats itself? No.”

Joe Jackson, Domineering Father of a Musical Dynasty, Dies at 89

Joe Jackson, Domineering Father of a Musical Dynasty, Dies at 89

Joseph Jackson, father and manager of The Jackson Five, next to an Epic double platinum award, circa 1982.

Ed Schultz, Blunt-Spoken Political Talk-Show Host, Dies at 64

Ed Schultz, Blunt-Spoken Political Talk-Show Host, Dies at 64

Ed Schultz hosting his nightly MSNBC program, “The Ed Show,” in 2009, the year he was hired.

Larry Langford, Convicted Former Birmingham Mayor, Dies at 72

Larry Langford, Convicted Former Birmingham Mayor, Dies at 72

Larry P. Langford, the former mayor of Birmingham, Ala., outside a federal courthouse in Tuscaloosa, Ala., during his corruption trial in 2009.

Fran Bera, Competitive, Record-Breaking Aviator, Is Dead at 93

Fran Bera, Competitive, Record-Breaking Aviator, Is Dead at 93

Fran Bera in the pilot’s seat in an undated photograph. One friend estimated that she had spent the equivalent of more than three years flying aircraft.

Isao Takahata, Leader in Japanese Animation, Dies at 82

Isao Takahata, Leader in Japanese Animation, Dies at 82

A calm moment in "Grave of the Fireflies," Isao Takahata's wrenching World War II drama.

Drue Heinz, Patron of Literature and Host of Authors, Dies at 103

Drue Heinz, Patron of Literature and Host of Authors, Dies at 103

Drue Heinz, right, skiing with her husband H.J. Heinz II and stepson John Heinz in the mid-1950s.

Aretha Franklin, Indomitable ‘Queen of Soul,’ Dies at 76

Aretha Franklin, Indomitable ‘Queen of Soul,’ Dies at 76

In a musical career of more than five decades, Aretha Franklin had more than 100 singles on the Billboard charts. But more important, says Jon Pareles, chief popular music critic for The New York Times, she freed other singers to let their voices fly.

Vic Damone, Who Crooned His Way to Postwar Popularity, Dies at 89

Vic Damone, Who Crooned His Way to Postwar Popularity, Dies at 89

Vic Damone during a rehearsal in Columbus, Ohio, in 1978.

Simplicity by Amsale

Simplicity by Amsale

Amsale Aberra in the wedding dress she designed for her own ceremony in 1985.

Nelson Pereira dos Santos, 89, Dies; Lifted Brazilian Film

Nelson Pereira dos Santos, 89, Dies; Lifted Brazilian Film

Nelson Pereira dos Santos in Rio de Janeiro in 2012. He “brought to the screen a powerfully socially committed moviemaking about Brazil’s poor and dispossessed,” his biographer said.

Marty Allen, Wild-Eyed Comedy Star, Is Dead at 95

Marty Allen, Wild-Eyed Comedy Star, Is Dead at 95

Marty Allen, right, with his comedy partner Steve Rossi in Las Vegas in 1968.

Miriam Bockman, Groundbreaking Manhattan Democrat, Dies at 86

Miriam Bockman, Groundbreaking Manhattan Democrat, Dies at 86

Miriam Bockman outside her apartment in Manhattan in 1977, the year she became the first woman to head the New York County Democratic organization.

Donald Lynden-Bell, Quasar and Black Hole Expert, Dies at 82

Donald Lynden-Bell, Quasar and Black Hole Expert, Dies at 82

Donald Lynden-Bell, center, receiving the Kavli Prize in astrophysics with Maarten Schmidt from Crown Prince Haakon Magnus in Oslo, Norway, in 2008.

David Douglas Duncan, 102, Who Photographed the Reality of War, Dies

David Douglas Duncan, 102, Who Photographed the Reality of War, Dies

The photographer David Douglas Duncan in 1969. He was among the most influential photographers of the 20th century, a Life magazine peer of Alfred Eisenstaedt, Margaret Bourke-White and Carl Mydans.


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