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Recent articles by Sam:

Nick Kotz, Crusading Journalist and Author, Dies at 87

He won a Pulitzer Prize for exposing unsafe conditions in meatpacking plants. He also wrote about hunger in America and the politics of the B-1 bomber. → Read More

Richard Gilder, Donor to Parks, Museum and History, Dies at 87

A successful investor, he was a major benefactor of Central Park, the New-York Historical Society and the Museum of Natural History. → Read More

Edith Richemond, a Haitian Bootstrap Success Story, Dies at 88

With an 8th-grade education, she emigrated to Brooklyn, where she invested her savings in real estate, rented out apartments and ran two laundromats. → Read More

Myles Coker, 69, Dies; Freed From a Life Term in Prison

A sentencing rule change, a spotless prison record and his standing as a “true father” to his sons led to his release after 23 years behind bars for selling heroin. → Read More

Barry Farber, Perennial Talk Radio Host, Dies at 90

He began broadcasting in New York in 1960, when he was 30, and he never stopped talking — even when he was briefly off the air to run for Congress and mayor. → Read More

William Haddad, Crusader for Generic Drugs, Dies at 91

As head of an industry group, he fought Big Pharma to make treatments for AIDS and other diseases more affordable. And that was just one hat he wore. → Read More

The Coronavirus Ended the Handshake

The simple handshake, once an offer of peace, now carries a threat of contagion. → Read More

Madeline Kripke, Doyenne of Dictionaries, Is Dead at 76

A woman of many words, mostly unspoken, she amassed a lexicographic trove of some 20,000 books, much of it crammed into her Greenwich Village apartment. → Read More

James Beggs, 94, Is Dead; NASA Chief Championed Space Shuttle

He was on leave during the Challenger disaster in 1986 and resigned shortly after what critics called a leadership vacuum. → Read More

Francisco Mendez, Boxing Gym Owner and Mentor, Dies at 61

Arriving from Mexico, he found his calling outside the ring and attracted a following of clients with different backgrounds and goals. → Read More

Henry Geller, Who Helped Rid TV of Cigarette Ads, Dies at 96

While at the F.C.C., he used the fairness doctrine to challenge the tobacco industry. He also helped pave the way for televised presidential debates. → Read More

Donald Kennedy, Who Led Stanford in 1980s, Dies at 88

As president, he expanded the university and battled a government inquiry into its research expenses. He also headed the F.D.A. under President Carter. → Read More

Cheryl A. Wall, 71, Dies; Champion of Black Literary Women

An author and longtime professor at Rutgers, she pressed for the inclusion of black authors in curriculums and was an expert on Zora Neale Hurston. → Read More

Abigail Thernstrom, Scholarly Foe of Affirmative Action, Dies at 83

She supported civil rights, but later, with her husband, Stephan, concluded that colorblind policies worked better than preferential treatment. → Read More

Walentyna Janta-Polczynska, Polish War Heroine, Dies at 107

She was a confidante of the prime minister of the Polish government in exile. In Queens, she was nicknamed the first lady of Polish Americans. → Read More

Robert Loomis, Who Edited Angelou, Styron and Morris, Dies at 93

He wielded his pencil at Random House for more than 50 years, nurturing the writing of Seymour Hersh, Neil Sheehan, Pete Dexter and other authors. → Read More

Leilani Jordan, 27, Dies; Disabled, but Helping Shoppers

A victim of the coronavirus, she had been hired under a supermarket program for disabled people, but took care of customers less able than herself. → Read More

Henry F. Graff, Columbia Historian of Presidents, Dies at 98

A professor and author, he had translated decrypted Japanese messages in World War II that revealed German defenses for D-Day and Tokyo’s imminent capitulation. → Read More

Richard Brodsky, Legislator Known as Albany’s Conscience, Dies at 73

A 14-term Assemblyman from Westchester County, he was instrumental in empowering New York State to monitor its 700 quasi-public authorities. → Read More

Greg Farrell, Civic Reformer and Schools Innovator, Dies at 84

He applied the teamwork and confidence-building techniques of Outward Bound to the challenges of urban classroom education. → Read More