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Brenda Maddox, Biographer Who Revealed Joyce’s Muse, Dies at 87

Brenda Maddox, a biographer whose books included one about James Joyce’s little-studied wife and muse, and another about Rosalind Franklin, an overlooked DNA researcher, died on June 16 at her home in London. She was 87.Her daughter, Bronwen Maddox, said the cause was complications of dementia. American-born, Ms. Maddox had…...

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George Rosenkranz, the chemist who changed the world with ‘the pill,’ dies at 102

It was 1951 in Mexico City, and George Rosenkranz and two colleagues were hard at work creating a synthetic hormone they hoped would help prevent pregnant women from having a miscarriage....

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George Rosenkranz, the chemist who changed the world with ‘the pill,’ dies at 102

It was 1951 in Mexico City, and George Rosenkranz and two colleagues were hard at work creating a synthetic hormone they hoped would help prevent pregnant women from having a miscarriage. Their work, though, was far more profound than any of them initially realized. The hormone they were tinkering…...

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Ruby Bishop, Seattle jazz artist and queen of the keys at Vito’s, dies at 99

Nine years ago, Greg Lundgren was in the thick of renovating Vito’s, the classic restaurant on Seattle’s First Hill, when a 90-year-old woman walked into the construction mess and demanded a job. “I want to play here,” Ruby Bishop told him. Lundgren had never heard of the tiny woman with…...

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Robert J. Friend, Tuskegee Pilot Who Led U.F.O. Project, Is Dead at 99

Robert J. Friend, one of the last surviving Tuskegee Airmen, who defied racism at home and enemy fire over Europe and who later oversaw the federal government’s investigation into U.F.O.s, died on Friday in Long Beach, Calif. He was 99.The cause was sepsis, his daughter Karen Friend Crumlich said.Refused enlistment…...

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Philip H. Geier Jr., Who Built an Advertising Giant, Dies at 84

Philip H. Geier Jr., whose binge of acquisitions as the chief executive of the Interpublic Group of Companies turned it into an advertising industry behemoth, died on June 19 in a hospice in Palm Beach, Fla. He was 84.His death was confirmed by his daughter Hope Geier Smith.Mr. Geier began…...

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Beth Chapman, star of ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter,’ dies at 51

Beth Chapman, former star of the reality show “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” has died after a battle with cancer....

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Beth Chapman, star of ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter,’ dies at 51

Beth Chapman, former star of the reality show “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” has died after a battle with cancer. She was 51. Her husband and costar, Duane “Dog” Chapman, confirmed her death via Twitter on Wednesday with words of love. “It’s 5:32 in Hawaii, this is the time she would…...

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Body of missing automotive journalist is found in river 2 weeks after he veered off-course

The body of a well-known automotive journalist was found in a Northern California river last week, capping a weekslong search for the missing man, according to a family friend. Davey Johnson, 43, had been missing since June 5, when he was test-driving a motorcycle for a magazine review. On his…...

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Judith Krantz, the romance novelist with more than 80 million copies in print, dies at 91

Judith Krantz, author of blockbuster romance novels including “Scruples” and “Princess Daisy” that sold more than 80 million copies worldwide, died Saturday in Bel-Air of natural causes. She was 91. The news was originally reported by Deadline. Once called “the hardest working woman in trash fiction,”…...

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