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John L. Wilson, who urged architects to help the homeless, dies at 78

John L. Wilson, 78, of Newton, who died Aug. 13, founded the Boston Society of Architects Task Force to End Homelessness in 1986.

Liane Russell, who studied radiation’s effects on embryos, 95

Dr. Liane Russell, a pioneer in the study of the dangers of radiation on developing embryos, whose findings are the reason doctors today ask women if they are pregnant before giving them X-rays, died on July 20 in a hospital in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Al Jackson, tough left-hander on original Mets, dies at 83

Al Jackson, a tough left-hander who provided a rare glint of hope in the early days of the woebegone New York Mets, has died at 83.

Jack Whitaker, Emmy-winning broadcaster renowned for his sports essays, dies at 95

Jack Whitaker, an Emmy-winning sports broadcaster for more than three decades whose specialty was elegant, graceful commentaries, first for CBS and later for ABC, died on Sunday at his home in Devon, Pa.

Richard Williams, ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ animator, dies at 86

Mr. Williams’s career straddled the ‘‘Golden Age of Animation,’’ which petered out between the 1950s and 1960s, and the rise of computer-assisted animation in the 1990s and beyond.

Yolanda Stratter, who ran Allston-Brighton’s iconic Disk’overy used books and records shop, dies at 78

Ms. Stratter was among the merchants who helped turn Allston and Brighton into neighborhoods where many new residents now choose to stay.

Michael Krauss, Alaska linguistics expert, dies

Mr. Krauss documented conversations with the last surviving speakers of Eyak, advocated for preserving endangered languages, and created a map of Alaska Native languages.

Kathleen Blanco, Louisiana’s governor during Katrina, dies

Former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, who became the state’s first female elected governor only to see her political career derailed by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, has died.