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Ms. Spector in 2010, after performing at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Ronnie Spector, ’60s icon who sang ‘Be My Baby,’ dies at 78

The Ronettes’ sexy look and powerful voices — plus songwriting and producing help from Phil Spector — turned them into one of the premier acts of the girl-group era, touring England with the Rolling Stones.

Chris Dickerson, champion bodybuilder and first Black Mr. America, dies at 82

Chris Dickerson, who rose from a childhood in the Jim Crow-era South to become one of the world's greatest bodybuilders, breaking barriers as the first Black Mr. America and the first openly gay Mr. Olympia, died Dec. 23 at a hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was 82.

Mr. Maynard made his biggest impact catching passes from Joe Namath for the New York Jets. He was the first receiver to reach 10,000 career yards.

Hall of Fame receiver Don Maynard dead at age 86

Mr. Maynard made four AFL Pro Bowls and the AFL’s only All-Decade squad.

Michael Lang in a 2019 photo.

Michael Lang, co-creator of the Woodstock music festival in 1969, dies at 77

Woodstock was billed as “three days of peace and music” in the summer of 1969. Michael Lang was one of the people who helped to organize and promote the event, which attracted roughly 400,000 people to the hamlet of Bethel, about 50 miles northwest of New York City.

Harvard Law School professor Lani Guinier is shown in her office in Cambridge in 2002.

‘A towering figure’ in American law, Harvard professor Lani Guinier dies at 71

Ms. Guinier advocated for more inclusive approaches to electing public officials and admitting students to universities.

Ms. Guinier admired a thank you note from a speaking engagement in 2002.

Lani Guinier, civil rights champion and Harvard law professor, dies at 71

The first tenured woman of color at Harvard Law School, Lani Guinier became nationally known when President Clinton nominated her to lead the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division in 1993.

April Ashley, London socialite and transgender pioneer, dies at 86

April Ashley, a model and socialite who rose from poverty in Liverpool to the heights of London society, a feat achieved as much through her striking good looks as it was through her status as one of the first Britons to undergo gender confirmation surgery, died Dec. 27 at her home in London. She was 86.

Peter Mehegan and Mary Richardson in the WCVB Channel 5-TV studio  in Needham.

Mary Richardson, pioneering female anchor and ‘Chronicle’ cohost, dies at 76

With a fearless approach to reporting, Ms. Richardson cohosted "Chronicle" for more than a quarter century.