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Gary Smith, producer of the Pixies and Juliana Hatfield, dies at 64

"He wasn’t like a producer. He was more like a coconspirator," musician Billy Bragg said of Mr. Smith.

Harold Brown, Tuskegee airman who faced a lynch mob, dies at 98

"They took me to a perfect hanging tree with a nice low branch and they had a rope. I can still visualize that tree today," Dr. Brown said of an angry mob that sought to kill him after he bailed out of his plane amid an Allied attack on an Austrian town.

Jerry Blavat, DJ who channeled the soul of Philadelphia, dies at 82

Jerry Blavat, a bookmaker’s son from South Philadelphia who rose from head-turning teenage dancer on a precursor to “American Bandstand” to widespread acclaim as the most influential disc jockey in the Delaware Valley thanks to his third-rail energy, fantastical wordplay and finely honed instincts for the particular rhythms of his native city, died Jan. 20 in Philadelphia.

George Zimbel, photographer of Marilyn Monroe and JFK, dies at 93

George Zimbel, a genial photographer who had empathy for ordinary people, but whose two best-known subjects were megastars, Marilyn Monroe and John F. Kennedy, died Jan. 9 in Montreal. He was 93.

Yoshimitsu Yamada, who brought aikido to the US, dies at 84

NEW YORK — Yoshimitsu Yamada, who more than anyone else was responsible for bringing the defensive martial art known as aikido to the United States, died Jan. 15 in Manhattan. He was 84.

Gregory Allen Howard, who wrote ‘Remember the Titans,’ dies

"Remember the Titans" was about a real-life Black coach coming into a newly integrated Virginia school and helping lead their football team to victory and it made Gregory Allen Howard the first Black screenwriter to write a drama that made $100 million at the box office.

Former Cambridge mayor Alice Wolf, an advocate for refugees and LGBTQ equality, dies at 89

"I came to this country as a refugee," Ms. Wolf once said. "Without asylum, I would be dead."

Sylvia Syms, ‘Ice Cold in Alex,’ and ‘The Queen’ star, dies

Ms. Syms became a British cinema stalwart, appearing in many of the best-remembered British movies of the 1950s and 60s.