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Dennis Edwards, Former Temptations Lead Singer, Dies at 74

Dennis Edwards, Former Temptations Lead Singer, Dies at 74

The Temptations in an undated photo. Top row, from left, Otis Williams, Dennis Edwards and Eddie Kendricks. Bottom row, Melvin Franklin, left, and Paul Williams.

George N. Leighton, Lawyer Who Fought Segregation, Dies at 105

George N. Leighton, Lawyer Who Fought Segregation, Dies at 105

George N. Leighton in 1976, when he was a United States District Court judge for the Northern District of Illinois.

Ruth Ann Koesun, Versatile Ballet Theater Dancer, Dies at 89

Ruth Ann Koesun, Versatile Ballet Theater Dancer, Dies at 89

Ruth Ann Koesun with John Kriza in Michael Kidd’s “On Stage!” in 1947.

Lindsay Kemp, Dancer Who Taught David Bowie, Is Dead at 80

Lindsay Kemp, Dancer Who Taught David Bowie, Is Dead at 80

The dancer, actor and choreographer Lindsay Kemp, whose students included David Bowie, in an undated photo.

Overlooked No More: Yu Gwan-sun, a Korean Independence Activist Who Defied Japanese Rule

Overlooked No More: Yu Gwan-sun, a Korean Independence Activist Who Defied Japanese Rule

Yu Gwan-sun took an active part in the March 1, 1919, independence movement against Japanese colonial rule in Korea. Dying in prison at 17, she became a national hero.

Lazy Lester, Luminary of Swamp Blues, Is Dead at 85

Lazy Lester, Luminary of Swamp Blues, Is Dead at 85

The singer, harmonica player and guitarist Lazy Lester in 1988.

Peggy Cooper Cafritz, Patron of Black Artists, Dies at 70

Peggy Cooper Cafritz, Patron of Black Artists, Dies at 70

Peggy Cooper Cafritz at her home in Washington in 2015. She was born into the most prosperous family in Mobile, Ala.

Manny Ycaza, Hall of Fame Jockey, Is Dead at 80

Manny Ycaza, Hall of Fame Jockey, Is Dead at 80

Manny Ycaza at Aqueduct Racetrack in 1961. He was one of the first Latin American jockeys to succeed in the United States.

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.

Joan Konner, 87, TV Producer and Journalism Dean, Dies

Joan Konner, 87, TV Producer and Journalism Dean, Dies

Joan Konner in her office at the public television station Channel 13 in Manhattan in 1988. Her work won 16 Emmys, a Peabody Award and an Alfred I. du Pont Award.

Jill Ker Conway, 83, Feminist Author and Smith President, Dies

Jill Ker Conway, 83, Feminist Author and Smith President, Dies

Jill Ker Conway in the early 1980s, during her tenure as the first female president of Smith College.

Keorapetse Kgositsile, 79, South African Poet and Activist, Dies

Keorapetse Kgositsile, 79, South African Poet and Activist, Dies

Keorapetse Kgositsile in an undated photograph. In New York he fell in with writers and musicians, among them Hugh Masekela, Amiri Baraka (then known as LeRoi Jones) and Ishmael Reed.

Wesla Whitfield, Singer Who Reinvigorated Standards, Dies at 70

Wesla Whitfield, Singer Who Reinvigorated Standards, Dies at 70

Wesla Whitfield during a 2005 cabaret performance.

Nancy Roman, ‘Mother of the Hubble’ Telescope, Dies at 93

Nancy Roman, ‘Mother of the Hubble’ Telescope, Dies at 93

Nancy Grace Roman with a model of an orbiting solar observatory in 1962. She was NASA’s first director of astronomy and a leading advocate for the Hubble Space Telescope.

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.


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