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Lester Grinspoon, Influential Marijuana Scholar, Dies at 92


He believed pot was dangerous until his research convinced him otherwise. He then became a leading proponent of legalization.

Lester Crystal, Guiding Force Behind ‘NewsHour,’ Dies at 85


As executive producer, he expanded the PBS newscast to an hour and helped make it a distinctive voice in broadcast journalism.

Lester Wunderman, Father of Direct Marketing, Dies at 98


He was even credited with coining the term as a co-founder of the world’s largest direct-marketing ad agency, long before there were internet cookies.

Lazy Lester, Luminary of Swamp Blues, Is Dead at 85


A leading figure in a subgenre that combines traditional blues with Cajun, country and other styles, he got his nickname for his relaxed vocal style.

Notable Deaths 2016: Lester Thurow


Lester James Peries, 99, Visionary Sri Lankan Filmmaker, Dies


Shunning traditional dance and fantasy fare, he made psychologically rich stories that brought wide recognition to an island nation’s film industry.

Julius Lester, Chronicler of Black America, Is Dead at 78


A captivating and often polarizing writer, Mr. Lester traveled through a labyrinth of religious and ethnic identities, including a conversion to Judaism.

Jon Lester, Convicted in Howard Beach Race Attack, Dies at 48


At 17, he was called a ringleader in the 1986 assault by whites in Queens that left a black man dead and another badly beaten. The family said he committed suicide.

Lester Tenney, 96, Dies; Faced Japan’s Brutality and Won Its Apologies


Mr. Tenney survived the Bataan Death March, followed by three and a half years of slave labor as a prisoner during World War II.

Lester C. Thurow, Economist Who Seized the Spotlight, Is Dead at 77


A prolific writer and popular public speaker, Mr. Thurow sounded an early alarm about the growing income gap between rich and poor Americans.

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Maggie Peterson, a Memorable ‘Andy Griffith Show’ Guest, Dies at 81

Tue, 17 May 2022 23:18:25 +0000

As Charlene Darling, a member of the musical Darling family, she appeared in five episodes, beginning with one in which her character became smitten with Mr. Griffith’s.

Jürgen Blin, Who Went 7 Rounds Against Ali, Dies at 79

Tue, 17 May 2022 11:32:35 +0000

In 1971, Blin was a working-class fighter from Hamburg and a top contender in Germany. Ali was coming off a loss to Joe Frazier and needed to get back in shape.

Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, Master of the Santoor, Dies at 84

Tue, 17 May 2022 20:01:25 +0000

He single-handedly elevated a 100-string instrument little known outside Kashmir into a prominent component of Hindustani classical music.

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