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Past articles by Sam:

Mel Mermelstein, Holocaust Survivor Who Sued Deniers, Dies at 95

He accused a revisionist history group of reneging on its promise to give a reward to anyone who could prove that the Nazis gassed Jews. He won his case. → Read More

Dennis Smith, Firefighter Who Wrote Best Sellers, Dies at 81

“Report From Engine Co. 82” was the first of his 16 books. He also started Firehouse magazine and was the founding chairman of the New York City Fire Museum. → Read More

Harvey G. Stack, Leading Dealer in Rare Coins, Dies at 93

At the New York firm his father and uncle started in 1933, he was said to have personally conducted more auction sales than anyone else in the industry. → Read More

Dr. Sherif R. Zaki, Acclaimed Disease Detective, Dies at 65

He helped identify numerous viruses, including Covid-19, as well as the bioterrorism attack that spread anthrax in 2001. → Read More

John Artis, Convicted With Rubin (Hurricane) Carter, Dies at 75

He was the “forgotten man” in the triple murder case that was eventually overturned and that exposed flaws in the criminal justice system. → Read More

Bobby Zarem, ‘Superflack’ and Maker of Stars, Dies at 84

As a spirited impresario of public relations, he promoted entertainers, films and the “I Love New York” tourism campaign. → Read More

Doris Diether, Guardian of Greenwich Village, Dies at 92

She challenged Robert Moses to preserve Washington Square Park and helped save Shakespeare in the Park. In the process, she became a zoning expert. → Read More

Sherwood Boehlert, a G.O.P Moderate in the House, Dies at 84

A champion of environmentalism who chided climate-change skeptics, he was among the last of the relatively progressive Rockefeller Republicans. → Read More

Philip Caruso, Former N.Y.P.D. Union President, Dies at 86

He took the reins of the P.B.A. in 1980, when morale was low after the city’s fiscal crisis. When he stepped down in ’95, the force was at peak strength. → Read More

Kenneth Schoen, ‘Linchpin’ in Criminal Justice Reform, Dies at 89

In Minnesota, New York and nationally, he pushed for better conditions for prison inmates and more options for “community-based corrections.” → Read More

Ida Nudel, ‘Angel’ to Soviet Jews Seeking to Flee, Dies at 90

During the Cold War, she fought for the rights of others and waged a 16-year fight of her own for an exit visa to Israel. She finally won in 1987. → Read More

Nickolas Davatzes, Force Behind A&E and the History Channel, Dies at 79

He led the cable giant, whose eclectic mix of shows would include collaborations with the BBC and documentary-style series like “Hoarders.” → Read More

Donald Newlove, 93, Dies; Novelist Explored the Depths of Drink

His acclaimed fiction and a memoir had a common theme: alcoholism. After becoming sober, he called his former besotted muse “Drunkspeare.” → Read More

Stanley Aronowitz, Labor Scholar and Activist, Dies at 88

As a self-described “working-class intellectual,” he declared that direct action was more potent than collective bargaining or conventional politics. → Read More

Joe Galloway, Decorated Vietnam War Correspondent, Dies at 79

He chronicled the first major battle of the war in “We Were Soldiers Once … and Young” and raised questions about the invasion of Iraq. → Read More

Bill Davis, Pragmatic Ontario Premier, Dies at 92

A champion of education in his province, he helped his nation achieve sovereignty from Britain by brokering a 1982 compromise. → Read More

Frank Torres, Judge Who Sought More Latinos on the Bench, Dies at 93

The son of one judge and the father of another, Justice Torres pressed for greater Hispanic representation in the legal profession and the New York courts. → Read More

John Rizzo, C.I.A. Lawyer Who Sanctioned Waterboarding, Dies at 73

He defended the agency’s treatment of suspected terrorists, but he was later more reflective about it than most of his colleagues. → Read More

Neal Conan, Who Talked (and Listened) to the Nation on NPR, Dies at 71

In a broadcasting career that began when he was 17, he was a producer, editor and news director — and a voice listeners trusted. → Read More

Brian Mulheren, New York Police’s Go-to Man in Emergencies, Dies at 73

In the 1970s and ’80s, he was the police commissioner’s liaison with City Hall and became known as “Mr. Disaster.” → Read More