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Helen and Jody Featherstone in 1974. (Reiko Nishioka)

Writing about a disabled son, Helen Jencks Featherstone, 76, illuminated the lives of special needs families

A longtime education professor, Ms. Featherstone wrote a book that was “calm, wise, unflinching, and heart-mending,” the New York Times said.

Dr. Weinberg taught at the University of Texas Austin since 1982. (Tamir Kalifa/The New York Times/2016)

Steven Weinberg, groundbreaking Nobelist in physics, dies at 88

The physicist discovered that two of the universe’s forces are really the same, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize, and helped lay the foundation for the development of a theory that classifies all known elementary particles in the universe.

Mr. Moses started the Algebra Project after tutoring students, including his daughter, in Cambridge.

Robert Parris Moses, civil rights legend who founded the Algebra Project, dies at 86

Mr. Moses was the Mississippi field director of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee in the 1960s during the civil rights movement.

Jackie Mason at the Belasco Theater in Manhattan, March 8, 2005.

Jackie Mason, comic who perfected amused outrage, has died

Mason, a rabbi-turned-comedian whose feisty brand of standup comedy led him to Catskills nightclubs, West Coast talk shows, and Broadway stages, has died.

Alice Clark Brown, center, alongside former clowns Steve Smith, left, and Chris Bricker in 2017 at a reunion of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus alumni.

Alice Clark Brown, Black star in a white circus, dies at 68

As a young girl in Chicago in the late 1950s, Alice Clark Brown was entranced by a television show called “Circus Boy,” especially the opening montage, in which a character named Corky rides a baby elephant. Years later, she became an elephant rider herself, with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and is thought to be the first Black showgirl in one of the two touring companies of Ringling Brothers.

A photo provided via the Choppin family shows Purnell Choppin at Rockefeller University in New York circa 1958.

Purnell Choppin, a researcher who laid groundwork for pandemic fight, dies at 91

A researcher who studied how viruses multiply, Purnell Chopin was among the first to show how they invade cells and turn them into factories to produce more viruses, work that was seminal in vaccine development.

Kathy Andrade, unionist who fought for immigrant workers, dies at 88

Kathy Andrade, a longtime garment union activist in New York City and a native of El Salvador who pushed the labor movement to embrace immigrants rather than view them as threatening the livelihoods of American-born workers, died July 2 in Manhattan. She was 88.

Dr. Donald Gair, at his 50th Harvard reunion.

‘Faith is the belief that truth matters,’ child psychiatrist Dr. Donald S. Gair, 96, taught his students

Dr. Gair formerly was superintendent of the Gaebler Children's Center and chaired the child psychiatry department at the Boston University School of Medicine.