James R. Hagerty, Wall Street Journal

James R. Hagerty

Wall Street Journal

Pittsburgh, PA, United States

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Microchip Pioneer Helped Put the Silicon Into Silicon Valley

Jay Last, a founder of Fairchild Semiconductor who died at age 92, developed ways to make integrated circuits in bulk. → Read More

Harvard-Trained Lawyer Founded Hair-Lotion Maker tgin

Chris-Tia Donaldson, who has died of cancer at age 42, created products for Black women who want a natural look. → Read More

Subway Co-Founder Peter Buck, a Low-Profile Billionaire, Dies at Age 90

The nuclear physicist, who was raised on a farm in Maine, loaned $1,000 to a teenager to start the global sandwich chain in 1965. → Read More

America’s Love-Hate Relationship with Fall Leaves: Pretty, But Who’s Going to Pick Them Up?

MT. LEBANON, Pa.—Every year, autumn leaves turn to glorious hues of scarlet and yellow. Pat Walker’s job is to make them disappear. From October through early December, Mr. Walker tows a $71,000 vacuum, about the size of a small Dumpster, behind a Peterbilt truck for as many as 60 hours a week. He hoovers millions of leaves off the streets of Mt. Lebanon, an otherwise quiet suburb of Pittsburgh. → Read More

Model Refashioned Herself to Raise Three Sons

Carmen Collins, who has died at age 69, moved to the Chicago suburbs in search of better schools, safer streets and a career in real estate. → Read More

Entrepreneur Rocketed Into Space, Then Died a Month Later

From boyhood, Glen de Vries was obsessed with Lego blocks, science and rockets. After co-founding a medical-software company and selling it for $5.8 billion, he could afford a ticket on the Blue Origin LLC rocket flight to the edge of space last month; he died four weeks later in a small plane crash in New Jersey. → Read More

Helene Fortunoff Circled the Globe in Search of Jewelry

The New York entrepreneur, who has died at age 88, raised six children and enlisted them to help her run a retailing business. → Read More

Entrepreneur Housed the Rich Alongside the Poor

Noel Khalil, a Bronx-born son of Jamaican immigrants who has died at age 70, strove to develop low-income homes that didn’t resemble public housing. → Read More

Mill Owner Stood by His Workers and Became a Hero

Aaron Feuerstein, who has died at age 95, kept paying employees in Massachusetts after a fire destroyed most of their textile complex. → Read More

Airbus CEO Jean Pierson Put the Heat on Boeing

Frenchman, who has died at age 80, was an uninhibited salesman as the European aircraft maker caught up with American rivals. → Read More

Russian Scientist Brought Laser Technology to U.S.

Valentin P. Gapontsev, who has died at age 82, founded IPG Photonics and developed applications for factories and medical care. → Read More

Sociologist Pioneered Focus Groups for Marketers

Mimi Levin Lieber, who has died at age 93, delved inside customer’s heads and later founded a nonprofit to teach young children to read. → Read More

Former Aide to Gen. MacArthur Took Helm at Oil-Services Company

John P. Laborde, who has died at age 97, ran Tidewater for nearly 40 years and built the largest fleet of vessels serving offshore drillers. → Read More

Economist Explained Politics and Traffic Jams

Anthony Downs, who has died at age 90, studied real-estate markets and clogged roads. He found that voters’ ‘rational ignorance’ drove election campaigns. → Read More

David Finn, an Aspiring Artist, Prospered in Public Relations

The co-founder of Ruder Finn, who has died at age 100, urged CEOs to worry less about their images and more about improving the world. → Read More

Entrepreneur Put the Pollock in Your Fish Sandwich

Chuck Bundrant, who has died at 79, dropped out of college, headed for Alaska, founded Trident Seafoods and successfully promoted a cheaper alternative to cod → Read More

Reluctant Ad Man Found Niche in Oregon

David Kennedy, who has died at age 82, formed a firm with Dan Wieden and enlisted Lou Reed to pitch Honda scooters. → Read More

Physician Saw Opportunity in Kidney Dialysis

Edward B. Hager, who has died at age 90, co-founded a firm to provide life-prolonging services that hospitals couldn’t deliver. → Read More

Howard Hanna Built a Big Real-Estate Firm and Kept It in the Family

The broker, who has died at age 101, diversified into mortgages and appraisals and turned the business over to his three children. → Read More

Precious Metals Refiner Supported Opera in California

S. Paul Musco, who has died at age 95, found ways to recover metals used in cars and oil refineries. → Read More