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Robert Mandan, Philandering Husband on ‘Soap,’ Dies at 86

Robert Mandan, Philandering Husband on ‘Soap,’ Dies at 86

Robert Mandan as the philandering Chester Tate and Katherine Helmond as his sheltered wife, Jessica, in a 1980 episode of “Soap.”

María Isabel Chorobik de Mariani, Crusading Argentine Grandmother, Dies at 94

María Isabel Chorobik de Mariani, Crusading Argentine Grandmother, Dies at 94

María Isabel Chorobik de Mariani was president of the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, which led an agonizing search for hundreds of children “disappeared” by Argentina’s military rulers.

Peter Thomson, 88, Australian Golfer With 5 British Open Wins, Dies

Peter Thomson, 88, Australian Golfer With 5 British Open Wins, Dies

Peter Thomson in 1967. He emerged as a leading player at a time when Australians had made little impact on international golf.

Abbas Attar, Who Photographed Iran’s Revolution, Dies at 74

Abbas Attar, Who Photographed Iran’s Revolution, Dies at 74

The Iranian photographer Abbas. His book “Allah O Akbar: A Journey Through Militant Islam” (1994), recounted his travels through 29 Islamic countries.

Paul Taylor Dies at 88; Brought Poetry and Lyricism to Modern Dance

Paul Taylor Dies at 88; Brought Poetry and Lyricism to Modern Dance

Paul Taylor, in the air, performing “Junction” (1961), set to Bach, with his company in 1970. He created poignant and exuberant works that entered the repertory of numerous dance troupes.

Irena Szewinska, Champion Polish Sprinter, Is Dead at 72

Irena Szewinska, Champion Polish Sprinter, Is Dead at 72

Irena Szewinska won a gold medal and set a world record in the women’s 400-meter event at the Summer Olympic Games in Montreal on July 29, 1976.

Rick Genest, Tattooed ‘Zombie Boy’ in Lady Gaga Video, Dies at 32

Rick Genest, Tattooed ‘Zombie Boy’ in Lady Gaga Video, Dies at 32

Rick Genest, who was known as Zombie Boy for his head-to-toe tattoos, modeling clothing by the designer Thierry Mugler in 2011 in Paris.

John Calder, British Publisher Who Fought Censorship, Dies at 91

John Calder, British Publisher Who Fought Censorship, Dies at 91

John Calder, who published works by Samuel Beckett, Henry Miller, Eugène Ionesco and Marguerite Duras, among others.

Dr. Davida Coady, Medical Missionary, Is Dead at 80

Dr. Davida Coady, Medical Missionary, Is Dead at 80

Dr. Davida Coady in a family photograph working with malnourished children in Biafra in 1969. Dr. Coady made disease prevention in Africa, Central America and Asia the cornerstone of her work.

Frank Ramsey, First Among ‘Sixth Men’ in the N.B.A., Dies at 86

Frank Ramsey, First Among ‘Sixth Men’ in the N.B.A., Dies at 86

Frank Ramsey in 1960 with the Boston Celtics, when they won the second of eight consecutive titles. He played on seven N.B.A. championship teams.

Zhao Kangmin, Restorer of China’s Ancient Terra-Cotta Warriors, Dies at 81

Zhao Kangmin, Restorer of China’s Ancient Terra-Cotta Warriors, Dies at 81

The ancient army, buried just outside Xi’an, China, is made up of archers, generals, infantrymen and other warriors, part of an immense complex that has not been fully excavated.

Louis Zorich, Familiar Actor on TV and Stage, Dies at 93

Louis Zorich, Familiar Actor on TV and Stage, Dies at 93

Mr. Zorich, seated left, played Paul Reiser’s cantankerous father on the NBC sitcom “Mad About You.” With Mr. Zorich and Mr. Reiser are, from left, Cynthia Harris, Helen Hunt and Ed Asner.

Adam Parfrey, Publisher of the Provocative, Dies at 61

Adam Parfrey, Publisher of the Provocative, Dies at 61

Adam Parfrey in 2011 in Port Townsend, Wash., where he lived. “Upsetting people is a beautiful thing,” he once said. “Because it gets people to think beyond their last visit to 7-Eleven.”

Edward Rowny, Outspoken Treaty Negotiator, Dies at 100

Edward Rowny, Outspoken Treaty Negotiator, Dies at 100

The arms negotiators Edward L. Rowny, left, and Paul H. Nitze at a briefing in Washington in 1983.

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.

Kenichi Yamamoto, Father of Mazda’s Rotary Engine, Is Dead at 95

Kenichi Yamamoto, Father of Mazda’s Rotary Engine, Is Dead at 95

Kenichi Yamamoto championed rotary engines and eventually became president of Mazda Motor Corporation.


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