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Robert J. Zimmer, who promoted free speech on campus, dies at 75

A mathematician who as president of the University of Chicago, Robert J. Zimmer championed diversity not only quantitatively, in the recruitment of students and faculty, but also by protecting free expression on campus with a protocol that was later embraced by dozens of colleges across the country.

Brian Shul, fighter pilot who soared after being shot down in Vietnam, dies at 75

A fighter pilot who nearly died after being shot down during the Vietnam War, Brian Shul defied doctors who said his injuries would ground him forever and went on to fly the world's fastest jet in top-secret Cold War operations.

Tina Turner, ‘Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll’ whose triumphant career made her world-famous, dies at 83

An unstoppable singer and stage performer, Tina Turner was a cross-genre superstar with hits like “What's Love Got to Do With It” and had an on-stage magnetism that was unmatched.

Tina Turner, magnetic singer of explosive power, is dead at 83

Tina Turner, the earthshaking singer whose rasping vocals, sexual magnetism, and explosive energy made her an unforgettable live performer and one of the most successful recording artists of all time, died Wednesday at her home in Küsnacht, Switzerland, near Zurich. She was 83.

Bill Lee, jazz musician who worked with Bob Dylan and on son Spike Lee’s early movies, dies at 94

He scored four of his son's early films.

Kenneth Anger, influential avant-garde filmmaker and author, dies at 96

The shocking and influential avant-garde artist defied sexual and religious taboos in such short films as “Scorpio Rising” and “Fireworks” and dished the most lurid movie star gossip in his underground bestseller “Hollywood Babylon.”

Buddy Melges, American sailing champion, dies at 93

Mr. Melges, a Wisconsin native, became the first sailor to win both an Olympic gold medal and the sport’s top prize, the America’s Cup.

Rick Hoyt, who pioneered duo wheelchair road racing to ‘motivate people and inspire them,’ dies at 61

"He was my motor, I was his heart," Mr. Hoyt said of his years-long teaming with his late father, Dick, who pushed his wheelchair in 32 Boston Marathons.