Latest Headlines in Obituaries

Richard Lapointe, exonerated in a murder case, 74

Richard Lapointe, convicted on dubious evidence in 1992 of one of the more shocking murders in recent Connecticut history, fought for more than two decades for his release from prison, with a small army of supporters backing him. In 2015 he and his advocates finally succeeded.

Diana Russell, who studied violence against women, dies at 81

Diana E.H. Russell, a feminist activist and scholar who popularized the term “femicide” to refer to the misogynist killing of women, and to distinguish these killings from other forms of homicide, died July 28 at a medical facility in Oakland, California.


Bernard Bailyn dies at 97; his research changed how scholars view the American Revolution

It is a mark of Dr. Bailyn’s range that “Origins” is a work of intellectual history, “Voyagers” of social history, and “Hutchinson” a biography. And Dr. Bailyn’s first book, “The New England Merchants in the Seventeenth Century” (1955), is a work of economic history.

Katherine Hoffman, ‘eternal’ Florida State figure, dies at 105

After serving as dean of women at Florida State University in the late 1960s, Ms. Hoffman said that her biggest accomplishment had been abolishing her own position.

Víctor Víctor, known for the hit ‘Mesita de Noche,’ dies 71

As a university student in the Dominican Republic, Víctor Jose Víctor had plans to become a psychologist. But then he found music.

Doris Buffett, philanthropist thrilled to ’answer somebody’s prayers,’ dies at 92

Doris Buffett created foundations that responded to personal letters requesting assistance.

Pete Hamill, quintessential New York journalist

Pete Hamill, a high school dropout who turned a gift for storytelling, a fascination with characters and a romance with tabloid newspapers into a storied career as a New York journalist, novelist and essayist for more than a half century, died on Wednesday in Brooklyn. He was 85.

Shirley Ann Grau, a ‘quiet force’ in Southern literature, dies at 91

Shirley Ann Grau, a Louisiana writer whose atmospheric, richly detailed works explored issues of race, gender, and power, notably in the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel ‘‘The Keepers of the House,’’ died Aug. 3 at a senior-living center in Kenner, a New Orleans suburb. She was 91.