obituaries


Tomasz Stanko, Ruminative Jazz Trumpeter, Dies at 76

Tomasz Stanko, Ruminative Jazz Trumpeter, Dies at 76

Tomasz Stanko performing in Gdansk, Poland, in 2012. After living what he called a “very dark” lifestyle for a long stretch, he made a comeback.

Jack Whitten, Artist of Wide-Ranging Curiosity, Dies at 78

Jack Whitten, Artist of Wide-Ranging Curiosity, Dies at 78

Jack Whitten in front of his 2014 painting “Atopolis: for Édouard Glissant.”

Larry Langford, Convicted Former Birmingham Mayor, Dies at 72

Larry Langford, Convicted Former Birmingham Mayor, Dies at 72

Larry P. Langford, the former mayor of Birmingham, Ala., outside a federal courthouse in Tuscaloosa, Ala., during his corruption trial in 2009.

Nina Baym, Who Brought Novels by Women to Light, Dies at 82

Nina Baym, Who Brought Novels by Women to Light, Dies at 82

The University of Illinois Prof. Nina Baym at home in 2005. “I wanted to know where these women were,” she said, referring to forgotten women writers of the 19th century. She found them.

Vic Damone, Who Crooned His Way to Postwar Popularity, Dies at 89

Vic Damone, Who Crooned His Way to Postwar Popularity, Dies at 89

Vic Damone during a rehearsal in Columbus, Ohio, in 1978.

Ringo Lam, Director of Hong Kong Classic ‘City on Fire,’ Dies at 63

Ringo Lam, Director of Hong Kong Classic ‘City on Fire,’ Dies at 63

The director Ringo Lam on the set of “Maximum Risk” in 1996. The movie, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, was Mr. Lam’s directorial debut in the United States.

Glenn Branca, Composer Who Blended Genres, Loudly, Dies at 69

Glenn Branca, Composer Who Blended Genres, Loudly, Dies at 69

The guitarist and composer Glenn Branca in performance at the Paradiso in Amsterdam in 1988. His music was a hybrid of styles.

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.

Mary Ellis, Who Flew British Spitfires in World War II, Dies at 101

Mary Ellis, Who Flew British Spitfires in World War II, Dies at 101

Mary Ellis in Biggin Hill, England, in 2015. She took her first flying lesson as a teenager and flew for pleasure until 1940, when she heard a radio ad for female pilots to join Britain’s Air Transport Auxiliary.

Bonaldo Giaiotti, Stalwart Operatic Bass, Dies at 85

Bonaldo Giaiotti, Stalwart Operatic Bass, Dies at 85

Mr. Giaiotti with Carlotta Ordassy, left, and Joan Sutherland in a production of “Lucia di Lammermoor” at the Met in 1964.

Ronald Dunbar, 78, Producer and Grammy-Winning Songwriter, Dies

Ronald Dunbar, 78, Producer and Grammy-Winning Songwriter, Dies

Ron Dunbar, who worked with Berry Gordy, George Clinton and the songwriting and producing team Holland-Dozier-Holland, in an undated family photograph.

Peter Mayer, Publisher of the Incendiary ‘Satanic Verses,’ Dies at 82

Peter Mayer, Publisher of the Incendiary ‘Satanic Verses,’ Dies at 82

Peter Mayer in the late 1990s at the Overlook Press in Manhattan, where he published out-of-print books. “The real issue ought to be, is the book readable, is it valuable, is it good?” he said. “Who cares if it’s old or new?”

Rick McKay, Who Documented Memories of Broadway, Dies at 62

Rick McKay, Who Documented Memories of Broadway, Dies at 62

Rick McKay with, from left, Elaine Stritch, Jane Powell and Marian Seldes in 2004 at the premiere of his documentary film “Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There,” in Manhattan.

Constance Adams, Architect of Space Habitats, Is Dead at 53

Constance Adams, Architect of Space Habitats, Is Dead at 53

Constance Adams with a prototype of TransHab, a module containing living space for space travelers. She helped design it. It would have been attached to the International Space Station but was never deployed because of a lack of funding.

Joseph Rice, Bank Chief Who Fought Hostile Takeover, Dies at 93

Joseph Rice, Bank Chief Who Fought Hostile Takeover, Dies at 93

Joseph A. Rice in 1988. “The prospect of a Wild West shooting spree is not an admirable one in our business,” he said of Bank of New York’s hostile bid for the Irving Bank Corporation, which he led as chief executive.

Bernard E. Trainor, 89, General Turned Military Analyst, Is Dead

Bernard E. Trainor, 89, General Turned Military Analyst, Is Dead

General Trainor, left, alongside his co-author, Michael R. Gordon, then the chief military correspondent for The New York Times, being interviewed by Tim Russert on “Meet the Press” in 2006.


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