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Dana Fradon, cartoonist who skewered the powerful with his pen, dies at 97

Dana Fradon, whose sophisticated and occasionally absurd lampoons of businessmen, politicians and lawyers helped define The New Yorker’s postwar comic voice, died on Oct. 3 at his home in Woodstock, New York.

Scotty Bowers, sexual procurer for Hollywood’s closeted stars, dies at 96

Scotty Bowers, who claimed to have been one of Hollywood’s most infamous hustlers and procurers, arranging illicit liaisons with straight and gay film stars, often taking part in the sexual high jinks himself, died Oct. 13 at his home in Los Angeles.

Beverly Sackler, philanthropist and Purdue Pharma director, dies at 95

Beverly Sackler, a philanthropist and matriarch of the family that owns Purdue Pharma, whose painkiller OxyContin has been blamed for the opioid epidemic, died on Monday. She was 95.

Bruce LeFavour, ‘a good cook,’ dies at 84

Bruce LeFavour, an eclectic, self-taught American cook who, on nothing more than three years experience in Europe and an innate appreciation of perfect ingredients, helped craft the early California cuisine movement, died Oct. 4 at his home in Port Townsend, Wash.

Bob Farias, inspiring boys’ basketball coach at Lexington High School, dies at 73

Mr. Farias coached the Lexington High School boys’ basketball team to 567 victories and 18 Middlesex League titles from 1976 to 2010.

Richard Ortner, Boston Conservatory’s final president, dies at 71

Mr. Ortner played a key role in the school's merger in 2016 with the Berklee College of Music.

Harold Bloom, critic who championed Western canon, dies at 89

The prodigious critic generated an outpouring of influential books that appeared not only on college syllabuses but also — unusual for an academic — on bestseller lists.

Philip Gips, creator of celebrated film posters, dies at 88

Mr. Gips, a graphic artist who created many celebrated movie posters, including those for “Rosemary’s Baby” and “Alien,” which hinted at the terror audiences would experience but gave away nothing of the films’ plots, died Oct. 3.