Violette Verdy, the French-born New York City Ballet star and one of the leading ballerinas of the 20th century, who was also the first female director of the Paris Opera Ballet and a distinguished dance professor, died Feb. 8 in Bloomington, Indiana. She was 82.
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Robin Chandler Duke, who went to work in modeling, in journalism and on Wall Street to support her family, then married a moneyed U.S. ambassador and deployed her social connections and personal charisma in a decades-long campaign for women’s reproductive rights, died Feb. 6 at a retirement community in Charleston, South Carolina. She was 92.
Gary C. Wendt became chief executive of GE Capital Services, the largest and most profitable branch of General Electric, in 1985. His wife, Lorna Jorgenson Wendt, ran the family’s million-dollar home in Stamford, Conn., raised the couple’s two daughters, entertained her husband’s business associates and traveled with him around the world.
Joe Alaskey lived through his characters. “Even at 3 years old,” he once said, “I was always looking for a pair of sunglasses or people’s cigar butts to grab to do characters, and that led into me working on impressions, and that led into theater.”
Óscar Mejía Victores, a Guatemalan brigadier general who presided over some of the bloodiest years of his country’s civil war before seizing power in a 1983 coup and ultimately returning the country to democratic rule, died Feb. 1. He was 85.
Bob Elliott, the surviving half of Bob and Ray, the legendary radio comedy team that came to national fame in the 1950s and continued to be a cult favorite decades later, died Tuesday at his home in Cundy’s Harbor, Maine. He was 92.
BUENOS AIRES — The former president of El Salvador, Francisco Flores, has died at the age of 56, his party said.
DORCHESTER — The city of Dorchester is mourning the loss of former mayor and current city councilman Stanley Rush Stewart who died Sunday at Texoma Medical Center in Denison. He was 76 years old.
Herbert L. Abrams, a pioneering physician, student of presidential disability and co-founder of a medical group that received the Nobel Peace Prize for its work to eliminate the possibility of nuclear war, died Jan. 20 at his home in Palo Alto, California. He was 95.