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Juan R. Torruella, Groundbreaking U.S. Appeals Judge, Dies at 87

He was the only Hispanic to serve on the First Circuit court in Boston. In July he moved to overturn a death sentence in the Boston Marathon bombing. → Read More

Sharon Hunt, Teacher for a Quarter-Century, Dies at 65

After a career in the classroom, she died before she could spend her first retirement check. Her battle with Covid-19 taught family and friends a lesson in fortitude. → Read More

Daniel Menaker, Book Editor Who Wrote With Wit, Dies at 79

After 26 years at The New Yorker, he became chief editor at Random House, overseeing works by a raft of luminaries. He wrote a half-dozen well-received books of his own. → Read More

Ruth Kluger, Who Wrote Haunting Holocaust Memoir, Dies at 88

“Still Alive” was an unforgiving view of anti-Semitism in Vienna and a feminist window on the war and the world beyond. → Read More

Mitsuye Tanamachi, World War II Internee, Dies at 97

The Japanese-American daughter of a California farmer was confined to a camp in Arizona where she found God and her husband. She died of Covid-19. → Read More

Robert K. Ruskin, Who Targeted New York Corruption, Dies at 93

As investigation commissioner under Mayor Lindsay in the early 1970s, he went after police officers, building inspectors, parking ticket fixers and peep-show operators. → Read More

Timothy Ray Brown, First Patient Cured of H.I.V., Dies at 54

Known initially as the “Berlin Patient,” he underwent an experimental stem cell transplant 13 years ago that rid his body of the virus. He died of leukemia. → Read More

Sam McBratney Dies at 77; Wrote ‘Guess How Much I Love You’

His bedtime story of a hare and his son one-upping each other in declaring their love became a children’s classic, translated into 57 languages. → Read More

Tommy Searcy, Veteran Texas Firefighter, Dies at 45

He and his twin brother volunteered when they were 18 and had remained on the job ever since. He died of the coronavirus. → Read More

Ann Getty, Publisher and Bicoastal Arts Patron, Is Dead at 79

She married into one of the world’s richest families but refused to let herself be marginalized as a socialite. → Read More

William Pursell, Musician of the Nashville Sound, Dies at 94

The two-time Grammy nominee was a studio pianist for Country stars. His performance of “Our Winter Love” in 1963 hit the Billboard singles and album charts. He died of the coronavirus. → Read More

Stanley Crouch, Critic Who Saw American Democracy in Jazz, Dies at 74

A prolific author, essayist, columnist and social critic, he challenged conventional thinking on race and avant-garde music. → Read More

Gene Norman, Who Helped Landmark Broadway Theaters, Dies at 85

As chairman of New York’s preservation commission, he also oversaw the preservation of St. Bartholomew’s Church, the Coney Island Cyclone and Ladies’ Mile. → Read More

Dr. Seymour Schwartz, Who Wrote the Book on Surgery, Dies at 92

His name is synonymous with his field: He was a founding editor of “Schwartz’s Principles of Surgery,” a seminal textbook for medical students. → Read More

Betty J. McBride, Georgia Teacher and Counselor, Dies at 71

She taught music and special-education classes, but found that she could be even more helpful as a mentor beyond the classroom. She died of the novel coronavirus. → Read More

Ian McRae, Who Brought Electricity to Black South Africa, Dies at 90

As head of the state-owned utility, he defied apartheid laws by laying the groundwork for providing power to the nonwhite townships and by hiring Black people. He died of the novel coronavirus. → Read More

Anthony Martignetti (‘Anthony!’), Who Raced Home for Spaghetti, Dies at 63

He was a 12-year-old Italian immigrant when a classic TV commercial for Prince, the Boston pasta company, gave him a lasting identity. → Read More

Stephen F. Williams, U.S. Appeals Court Judge, Dies at 83

A Reagan appointee, he served on the District of Columbia bench for three decades. He died of the coronavirus. → Read More

Barbara Caplan, Spotter of Consumer Trends, Dies at 93

After raising a family, she got a master’s degree in psychology and became an expert in what people would crave and buy. She tested positive for Covid-19. → Read More

Matt Herron, Whose Camera Chronicled a Movement, Dies at 89

As a magazine photojournalist, he immersed himself in the South as a witness to civil rights marches and clashes. He was killed when the glider he was piloting crashed. → Read More