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James Stern, who disrupted a racist group, dies at 55

James Hart Stern, a black minister with a colorful past who made news this year by seeming to wrangle control of a Michigan neo-Nazi group away from far-right extremists in hopes of turning it to nobler ends, died Oct. 11 at his home in Moreno Valley, Calif., about 60 miles from Los Angeles.

Louis Eppolito, police officer turned mob hit man, dies at 71

Louis Eppolito was practically born into the Mafia.

A sentinel to the memories of those lost at Pearl Harbor

George Hursey, 98, who died Nov. 5, was an Army veteran who survived the Pearl Harbor attack. A Southerner by birth, after the war he settled in his wife’s hometown of Brockton.

Gillian Jagger, sculptor whose medium was nature, dies

Ms. Jagger was a fiercely independent creator who adhered to her own instincts and vision; though her work has affinities with feminist art, land art, and post-minimalism, she never aligned with any prevailing styles or movements.

Robert Freeman, Beatles album cover photographer, dies at 82

Paul McCartney said Mr. Freeman ‘‘was one of our favorite photographers during the Beatles years who came up with some of our most iconic album covers.’’

Gay Byrne, who tackled taboos as Ireland’s TV host, dies at 85

The beloved Irish radio and television personality broke codes of silence over sexual practices, abuse, and hypocrisy in Ireland’s deeply conservative Roman Catholic society.

Leading intellectual in Benin, Albert Tevoedjre, dies at 89

Albert Tevoedjre, a Benin political scientist and one of former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s most trusted experts on social and economic development strategies for Africa, has died in Porto-Novo, Benin, at the age of 89.

Marya Columbia, whose music soothed on 9/11, dies at 63

Like many New Yorkers, Marya Columbia felt compelled to respond to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 — to do something, to help someone. What she, a violinist, had to offer was music.