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Robert Silman, Engineer Who Saved Fallingwater, Dies at 83

Robert Silman, Engineer Who Saved Fallingwater, Dies at 83

Robert Silman in 2009. Among the best-known projects he helped engineer were the creation of the Ellis Island Museum of Immigration, the restoration and expansion of Carnegie Hall and the preservation of the Survivors’ Stairs from the World Trade Center.

Herbert Sperling, Drug Kingpin Tied to French Connection Case, Dies at 79

Herbert Sperling, Drug Kingpin Tied to French Connection Case, Dies at 79

Herbert Sperling and his wife, Josephine, in the early 1970s. He was among the first defendants to be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole after federal judges were empowered to impose that penalty.

Bobbie Louise Hawkins, Beat Poet and Author, Dies at 87

Bobbie Louise Hawkins, Beat Poet and Author, Dies at 87

Bobbie Louise Hawkins in Bolinas, Calif., in 1973. She left her literary imprint on a cultural landscape dominated by men and as a mentor to a generation of female writers.

Mildred Council, a Pillar of Southern Cooking, Is Dead at 89

Mildred Council, a Pillar of Southern Cooking, Is Dead at 89

Mildred Council, known as Mama Dip, in 2010 at her restaurant in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Nicanor Parra, Chilean Voice in an ‘Anti-Poet’ Movement, Dies at 103

Nicanor Parra, Chilean Voice in an ‘Anti-Poet’ Movement, Dies at 103

Nicanor Parra teaching in Santiago, Chile, in 1992. On the blackboard he had written: “Back to democracy for what? So the movie repeats itself? No.”

Jean Gump, Tireless Fighter for Social Justice, Dies at 90

Jean Gump, Tireless Fighter for Social Justice, Dies at 90

Jean and Joseph Gump at their home in Bloomingdale, Mich., in 2011. Her last arrest was in 2010, when she was 83.

Overlooked No More: Fannie Farmer, Modern Cookery’s Pioneer

Overlooked No More: Fannie Farmer, Modern Cookery’s Pioneer

Fannie Merritt Farmer, left, with a student at the Boston Cooking School, where she taught. Farmer helped bring cooking into the modern age, and her book became a primary reference source in many household kitchens.

Douglas Bennet, Who Led NPR and Wesleyan, Dies at 79

Douglas Bennet, Who Led NPR and Wesleyan, Dies at 79

Douglas J. Bennet in his office at Wesleyan University, where he was president for 12 years. He also held positions in the State Department and led NPR.

Craig Zadan, 69, Dies; Produced Musicals for Stage, Screen and TV

Craig Zadan, 69, Dies; Produced Musicals for Stage, Screen and TV

Craig Zadan, left, and his producing partner, Neil Meron, at the Oscars Governors Ball in Hollywood in 2014. They produced the Academy Awards telecast in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Dorothy Cotton, Rights Champion and Close Aide to King, Dies at 88

Dorothy Cotton, Rights Champion and Close Aide to King, Dies at 88

Dorothy Cotton and students in a Citizenship Education Program class in Alabama in 1966. Ms. Cotton was a confidante and aide to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

John Ehle, Who Rooted His Novels in Appalachia, Is Dead at 92

John Ehle, Who Rooted His Novels in Appalachia, Is Dead at 92

John Ehle with his daughter, Jennifer, on the porch of their home in Mitchell County, N.C., in 1971. His novels were praised in part for the dignity he gave his fictional mountain people.

Morgana King, Jazz Singer and ‘Godfather’ Actor, Is Dead at 87

Morgana King, Jazz Singer and ‘Godfather’ Actor, Is Dead at 87

Morgana King on the ABC variety series “The Hollywood Palace” in 1965. “I am an experience,” she once said of her singing style. “Very individual.”

Mel Gordon, Drama Scholar of the Fringe, Is Dead at 71

Mel Gordon, Drama Scholar of the Fringe, Is Dead at 71

Mel Gordon in 2007. A colleague described him as a provocative, risqué storyteller but “a wonderful, maverick researcher.”

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.

Billy Connors, Yankee Pitching Guru, Is Dead at 76

Billy Connors, Yankee Pitching Guru, Is Dead at 76

Billy Connors at home in 2013. He worked with Yankee pitching greats like Mariano Rivera and C.C. Sabathia and had a long association with the club.

Costas Kondylis, Go-To Architect in a High-Rise Town, Dies at 78

Costas Kondylis, Go-To Architect in a High-Rise Town, Dies at 78

Costas Kondylis in his Manhattan office in 2007 with a model of his design for the Atelier, a residential tower that went up at West 42nd Street and 11th Avenue. He provided developers with efficient, marketable, dependable, comfortable buildings.


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