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Amber Tatro, Whose Suit Gave Rights to Disabled Students, Dies at 42

Amber Tatro, Whose Suit Gave Rights to Disabled Students, Dies at 42

Amber Tatro was 8 years old when the United States Supreme Court was hearing her case seeking health care services from her school district, in Irving, Tex. The court rule unanimously in her favor.

Luis García Meza, Bolivian Dictator Jailed for Genocide, Dies at 88

Luis García Meza, Bolivian Dictator Jailed for Genocide, Dies at 88

Gen. Luis García Meza with President Lidia Gueiler of Bolivia. He was installed as president in 1980 after she was deposed in a military coup. They were cousins.

Yu Guangzhong, Exiled Poet Who Longed for China, Dies at 89

Yu Guangzhong, Exiled Poet Who Longed for China, Dies at 89

Yu Guangzhong reading his poems this year at National Sun Yat-sen University in Taiwan. “He was one of the most accomplished writers not only in Taiwan but in modern Chinese literature,” one scholar said.

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.

Leonard Boswell, Veterans’ Champion in the House, Dies at 84

Leonard Boswell, Veterans’ Champion in the House, Dies at 84

Representative Leonard L. Boswell speaking during an election-night rally in Des Moines in 2012, when he was defeated after serving eight terms.

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.

Khaira Arby, Outspoken Malian Singer With Global Reach, Dies at 58

Khaira Arby, Outspoken Malian Singer With Global Reach, Dies at 58

Khaira Arby performing at the Bell House in Brooklyn in 2011. The New York Times music critic Jon Pareles called that show one of the concert highlights of the year.

Moscow Theater Rebels, Husband and Wife, Are Dead

Moscow Theater Rebels, Husband and Wife, Are Dead

Mikhail Ugarov and Elena Gremina in Tsarskoye Selo, near St. Petersburg, in 2000. Together they founded Teatr.doc, a Moscow theater company that presented shockingly raw accounts of life in post-Soviet Russia.

Andre Surmain, Who Fed the Elite in Luxe Style at Lutèce, Dies at 97

Andre Surmain, Who Fed the Elite in Luxe Style at Lutèce, Dies at 97

Andre Surmain, in an undated photo, at Lutèce, the East Side townhouse he helped transform into a bastion of fine dining in New York.

Jan Maxwell, Celebrated Stage Actress, Is Dead at 61

Jan Maxwell, Celebrated Stage Actress, Is Dead at 61

Jan Maxwell, left, with Bernadette Peters and Ron Raines in the musical “Follies” in 2011 at the Marquis Theater in New York. It was her last Broadway role.

Herman Shine, One of the Few to Escape Auschwitz, Dies at 95

Herman Shine, One of the Few to Escape Auschwitz, Dies at 95

Herman Shine as a young man in Berlin after World War II. “I am alive thanks to not one but to a dozen miracles,” he said years later.

John Portman, Architect Who Made Skylines Soar, Dies at 93

John Portman, Architect Who Made Skylines Soar, Dies at 93

John Portman in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta in 2006. His atrium hotels were widely imitated by other architects.

Will Alsop, Architectural Provocateur, Is Dead at 70

Will Alsop, Architectural Provocateur, Is Dead at 70

The architect Will Alsop, who brought zany playfulness and bold colors to his designs.

Nathan Davis, Jazz Saxophonist and Educator, Is Dead at 81

Nathan Davis, Jazz Saxophonist and Educator, Is Dead at 81

The saxophonist Nathan Davis, who founded the jazz studies program at the University of Pittsburgh, in an undated photograph.

John S. Coleman, Weather Channel Co-Founder, Dies at 83

John S. Coleman, Weather Channel Co-Founder, Dies at 83

John Coleman, right, a founder of the Weather Channel, in 1981 with his co-founder, Frank Batten Sr., chairman of Landmark Communications.

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.


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