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William Gates Sr., a guiding hand of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, dies at 94

Mr. Gates had helped found a leading Seattle law firm and was a civic leader before working with his son to start and build his foundation.

Jack ‘Murph the Surf’ Murphy, heist mastermind, dies at 83

He transfixed the nation in 1964 by pulling off the biggest jewel heist in New York City history — including the celebrated snatching of the Star of India.

Nancy Dine, filmmaker and muse of artist Jim Dine, dies at 83

Her short documentary, “Jim Dine: A Self Portrait on the Walls,” was nominated for an Academy Award.

Florence Howe, ‘mother of women’s studies,’ Dies at 91

Florence Howe, a key architect of the women’s studies movement and the founder of the Feminist Press, a literary nonprofit dedicated to promoting social justice and amplifying overlooked voices, died Saturday in Manhattan. She was 91.

Married for 67 years, Ora and John Costello died 20 hours apart

Together since meeting on a Valentine's Day blind date in 1951, Orry and John Costello inspired everyone they knew with their devotion to each other.

Toots Hibbert, beloved reggae star, dead at 77

Mr. Hibbert was one of reggae’s founders and most beloved stars who gave the music its name and later helped make it an international movement.

Joan Feynman, who shined light on the Aurora Borealis, dies at 93

Over a career that spanned more than six decades, Ms. Feynman was a pioneer in solar physics and later delved into the science behind climate change.

Ronald Khalis Bell, of Kool & the Gang, dies at 68

Mr. Khalis Bell, who with his brother and some neighborhood friends formed the jazz-funk-R&B band that became Kool & the Gang, and who was the lead writer on its biggest hit, the omnipresent feel-good song “Celebration,” died Wednesday at his home in the Virgin Islands. He was 68.