obituaries


Mathilde Krim, Mobilizing Force in an AIDS Crusade, Dies at 91

Mathilde Krim, Mobilizing Force in an AIDS Crusade, Dies at 91

Dr. Mathilde Krim spoke about AIDS before the United Nations General Assembly in New York in 2011.

Philip Roth, Towering Novelist Who Explored Lust, Jewish Life and America, Dies at 85

Philip Roth, Towering Novelist Who Explored Lust, Jewish Life and America, Dies at 85

The New York Times sat down with Philip Roth in 2008 to talk about his life and accomplishments.

Joseph Polchinski, 63, Leading Theorist on Multiple Universes, Dies

Joseph Polchinski, 63, Leading Theorist on Multiple Universes, Dies

Joseph Polchinski, center, at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif., with other winners of the 2017 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics: the physicists Andrew Strominger, second from left, and Cumrun Vafa, second from right. At the far left and far right are the astronauts Scott Kelly and Mark Kelly (Scott’s twin brother), who presented the award.

Asma Jahangir, Fearless Pakistani Rights Activist, Dies at 66

Asma Jahangir, Fearless Pakistani Rights Activist, Dies at 66

Asma Jahangir leaving the Cerro Hueco prison in Tuxtla Gutierrez, in the Mexican state of Chiapas, in 1999. She championed the rights of religious minorities and those in bonded labor.

Lydia Ratcliff, Writer Who Found a Farmer’s Calling, Dies at 84

Lydia Ratcliff, Writer Who Found a Farmer’s Calling, Dies at 84

Lydia Ratcliff on her farm in 2009 in Andover, Vt. She delivered whole carcasses herself from Vermont slaughterhouses directly to chefs at tony New York restaurants like Daniel, Jean Georges, the 21 Club and Chanterelle.

Jens Christian Skou, Nobel Winner for Chemistry, Dies at 99

Jens Christian Skou, Nobel Winner for Chemistry, Dies at 99

Jens C. Skou of Denmark received an ovation after being presented with the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in Stockholm on Dec. 10, 1997.

Moshe Mizrahi, 86, Who Won an Oscar for ‘Madame Rosa,’ Is Dead

Moshe Mizrahi, 86, Who Won an Oscar for ‘Madame Rosa,’ Is Dead

The director Moshe Mizrahi on the set of his film “La Vie Continue” in 1981.

Dr. Samuel Epstein, 91, Cassandra of Cancer Prevention, Dies

Dr. Samuel Epstein, 91, Cassandra of Cancer Prevention, Dies

Dr. Samuel Epstein in his office at the University of Illinois in 1998. “He showed that powerful industries could cause cancer,” a colleague said, “that cancer was a political disease, requiring political solutions, which made him a bit like the Rachel Carson or Ralph Nader of Cancer.”

Ninalee Allen Craig, at the Center of a Famous Photograph, Dies at 90

Ninalee Allen Craig, at the Center of a Famous Photograph, Dies at 90

Ninalee Allen Craig in Ruth Orkin’s photograph “American Girl in Italy,” shot in Florence in 1951. “This image has been interpreted in a sinister way,” she said, "but it was quite the opposite. They were having fun, and so was I.”

Lois Wheeler Snow, Critic of Human Rights Abuses in China, Dies at 97

Lois Wheeler Snow, Critic of Human Rights Abuses in China, Dies at 97

Lois Wheeler Snow in New York City in 2000. She became a vocal critic of human rights abuses in China after marrying the journalist Edgar Snow.

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.

Thom DeVita, 85, Dies; Revolutionized the Art of Tattooing

Thom DeVita, 85, Dies; Revolutionized the Art of Tattooing

Thom DeVita at his home in Newburgh, N.Y., in 2014. “His work was original and expressionist, full of this kind of crazy vitality that was very different from the contained and careful look of tattoos,” one expert said.

Wyatt Tee Walker, Dr. King’s Strategist and a Harlem Leader, Dies at 88

Wyatt Tee Walker, Dr. King’s Strategist and a Harlem Leader, Dies at 88

The Rev. Wyatt Tee Walker, center, in 1961 with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and another King aide, the Rev. Ralph Abernathy, in Montgomery, Ala.

Dan Gurney, Driver and Builder of Racecars, Is Dead at 86

Dan Gurney, Driver and Builder of Racecars, Is Dead at 86

Dan Gurney driving to victory at the Daily Mail Race of Champions in Fawkham, England, in 1967.

Janet Benshoof, Women’s Champion on a Global Scale, Dies at 70

Janet Benshoof, Women’s Champion on a Global Scale, Dies at 70

Janet Benshoof, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights, in her Manhattan office in 1998.

Robert Mann, a Founder of the Juilliard Quartet, Dies at 97

Robert Mann, a Founder of the Juilliard Quartet, Dies at 97

Mr. Mann, left, rehearsing with the other members of the Juilliard String Quartet, Joel Smirnoff, Joel Krosnick and Samuel Rhodes, at the Juilliard School in 1996.


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