obituaries


Christine Nöstlinger, Clear-Eyed Children’s Book Author, Dies at 81

Christine Nöstlinger, Clear-Eyed Children’s Book Author, Dies at 81

Christine Nöstlinger in 1977. Her books for children were called “closely observed, linguistically playful and wonderfully imaginative.”

Steven Marcus, Columbia Scholar and Literary Critic, Dies at 89

Steven Marcus, Columbia Scholar and Literary Critic, Dies at 89

Steven Marcus at Columbia University in the 1990s. In literary circles he was respected, and sometimes challenged, as an unconventional critic.

Reinhard Hardegen, Who Led U-Boats to America’s Shore, Dies at 105

Reinhard Hardegen, Who Led U-Boats to America’s Shore, Dies at 105

The American passenger freighter Robert E. Lee was sunk by a German submarine in 1942 in the Gulf of Mexico. U-boats, like the one commanded by Capt. Reinhard Hardegen, sank or crippled dozens of merchant vessels off the American coast as part of a German operation called Drumbeat.

Ira Berlin Is Dead at 77; Groundbreaking Historian of Slavery

Ira Berlin Is Dead at 77; Groundbreaking Historian of Slavery

Ira Berlin in 1998. A longtime professor at the University of Maryland, Dr. Berlin upended simplistic notions of how slavery was practiced and what happened after it ended.

Bill Loud, the Father of TV’s ‘An American Family,’ Is Dead at 97

Bill Loud, the Father of TV’s ‘An American Family,’ Is Dead at 97

Bill Loud with his five children and his wife, Pat, the stars of the groundbreaking 1973 PBS series “An American Family.” Clockwise from top: Kevin, Lance, Michele, Pat, Delilah, Grant and Bill.

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.

Everett Fahy, Museum Authority on European Painting, Is Dead at 77

Everett Fahy, Museum Authority on European Painting, Is Dead at 77

Everett Fahy in 1995, when he was chairman of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s European paintings department.

Daniel Cohen, 82, Dies; Sought Justice for Pan Am Bombing Victims

Daniel Cohen, 82, Dies; Sought Justice for Pan Am Bombing Victims

Daniel and Susan Cohen in 2003 with a photograph of their daughter, Theodora, a college student who was killed in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.

Billy Graham, 99, Dies; Pastor Filled Stadiums and Counseled Presidents

Billy Graham, 99, Dies; Pastor Filled Stadiums and Counseled Presidents

Over the course of his career, the Rev. Billy Graham capitalized on modern communication technologies — from television to satellite to the internet — to give his ministry a global reach.

Katie Cannon, 68, Dies; Lifted Black Women’s Perspective in Theology

Katie Cannon, 68, Dies; Lifted Black Women’s Perspective in Theology

Katie Cannon in 1989. At a young age she saw a disconnect between much of the Christian message and the heavily segregated world in which she lived.

Winston Ntshona, Tony-Winning South African Actor, Dies at 76

Winston Ntshona, Tony-Winning South African Actor, Dies at 76

Winston Ntshona, left, as Sizwe and John Kani as Buntu in the play “Sizwe Banzi Is Dead” in 2008 at the BAM Harvey Theater in Brooklyn.

Angela Bowen, Dance Teacher and Gay Activist, Is Dead at 82

Angela Bowen, Dance Teacher and Gay Activist, Is Dead at 82

Angela Bowen teaching a dance class in the 1980s. She later became a passionate voice on lesbian, black and feminist issues.

Robert Silman, Engineer Who Saved Fallingwater, Dies at 83

Robert Silman, Engineer Who Saved Fallingwater, Dies at 83

Robert Silman in 2009. Among the best-known projects he helped engineer were the creation of the Ellis Island Museum of Immigration, the restoration and expansion of Carnegie Hall and the preservation of the Survivors’ Stairs from the World Trade Center.

John Culver, Liberal Congressman From Iowa, Is Dead at 86

John Culver, Liberal Congressman From Iowa, Is Dead at 86

Senator John C. Culver of Iowa, right, with his fellow Democrat Gary Hart of Colorado in Washington in 1979. Mr. Culver won praise across the political spectrum for his independence.

Alan Johnson, 81, ‘Springtime for Hitler’ Choreographer, Dies

Alan Johnson, 81, ‘Springtime for Hitler’ Choreographer, Dies

“Springtime for Hitler,” choreographed by Alan Johnson, from Mel Brooks’s movie “The Producers.”

Dwight Clark, 61, Dies; Made a Touchdown Catch for the Ages

Dwight Clark, 61, Dies; Made a Touchdown Catch for the Ages

Dwight Clark making what came to be called simply “The Catch” to tie the score with less than a minute to go in the 1982 N.F.C. championship game in San Francisco. The 49ers beat the Dallas Cowboys, 28-27.


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