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George ‘Parry’ Paterakis, investor and philanthropist, dies at 86

George Paterakis drove a 15-year-old car, lived in a modest River Forest home where he delighted in growing tomatoes, and was the first generation in his Greek-American immigrant family to graduate from high school. Which makes his posthumous philanthropy all the more remarkable. Mr. Paterakis, 86, who died Sept. 1, left $10 million to nonprofit organizations, according to Stephen Hoke and Michael O’Connell, former trustees for the village of River Forest.

Will Radcliff, 74, entrepreneur behind Slush Puppie drinks

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CINCINNATI — Will Radcliff, who built a multimillion-dollar global business from flavored, icy Slush Puppie drinks, has died in Cincinnati. He was 74. His daughter DeeAnn Radcliff Harmon said Mr. Radcliff died Thursday in hospice care after his health declined after a recent fall. Mr. …

Yitzhak Hofi, 87, Israeli Mossad chief played key role in raid on Entebbe

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JERUSALEM — Yitzhak Hofi, a former Israeli general and Mossad chief who played a key role in the country’s daring 1976 commando rescue raid in Uganda, has died. He was 87. Mr. Hofi fought in Israel’s War of Independence in 1948 and rose through the …

Bob Crewe, 83, songwriter co-wrote ‘Big Girls don’t Cry’

NEW YORK — Bob Crewe, co-writer of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and many other pop hits, died last week. He was 83. Mr. Crewe’s brother, Dan Crewe, said Monday in an email that the producer, songwriter and “Jersey …

Thomas Hale Boggs Jr., 73, prolific Democratic fundraiser, top-tier lobbyist

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WASHINGTON — Thomas Hale Boggs Jr., a son of congressional royalty who evolved into a top-tier lobbyist and prolific Democratic fundraiser and embodied what it meant to have Washington clout, died Monday. He was 73. His brother-in-law, journalist Steve Roberts, said Mr. Boggs died Monday …

Isidro Alvarez, 79, led Spanish department store giant

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MADRID — Isidoro Alvarez, the head of Spain’s El Corte Ingles department store chain who turned the company into an international business with an annual turnover of around $18 billion, has died. He was 79. Spanish Economy Minister Luis de Guindos expressed his regret at …

Joe Sample, 75, jazz-funk pioneer

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Pianist and composer Joe Sample, a founding member of the genre-crossing Jazz Crusaders who helped pioneer the electronic jazz-funk fusion style, has died. He was 75. Mr. Sample died of complications due to lung cancer Friday evening at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, …

Yoshiko Yamaguchi, 94, Japanese film idol

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TOKYO — Japanese film idol Yoshiko Yamaguchi, who was known as Rikoran and symbolized Japan’s wartime dreams of Asian conquest, has died at age 94. Known as Shirley Yamaguchi in the U.S. and one of biggest Japanese film stars during and after World War II, …

Tony Auth, 72, Pulitzer-winning cartoonist

PHILADELPHIA — Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Tony Auth, whose sharp and creative commentary appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer for more than 40 years, died of cancer on Sunday. He was 72. Mr. Auth had worked for the past two years as the artist-in-residence at NewsWorks/WHYY, …

Nicole Kidman’s father, renowned  psychologist

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SINGAPORE — Actress Nicole Kidman’s father, psychologist Tony Kidman, has died in Singapore, authorities said. Tan Tock Seng Hospital said Mr. Kidman was brought there Friday, but would not release any further details. The University of Technology in Sydney, where Mr. Kidman worked as a …

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Northern Ireland’s Protestant firebrand Ian Paisley dead at 88

For most of his half-century in Northern Ireland politics, Ian Paisley was synonymous with two words: “No” and “Never.” The Protestant minister who became the province’s most divisive politician used the slogan “Ulster Says No!” to oppose Anglo-Irish negotiations over the future of Northern Ireland. Mr. Paisley died Friday at age 88, his wife said.

Globetrotting encyclopedia editor, WWII vet

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W.R. “Dick” Dell wanted people to know he did not “pass away.” He did not “leave this earthly plane.” He did not go “to the other side.” He died.

Globetrotting encyclopedia editor, WWII vet

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W.R. “Dick” Dell wanted people to know he did not “pass away.” He did not “leave this earthly plane.” He did not go “to the other side.” He died.

Ray Hartstein, co-ounder, first chairman of Oakton Community College, dead at 96

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Ray Hartstein, who co-founded Oakton Community College, died Sunday at 96 at his home in Vernon Hills. Formerly a longtime Skokie resident, Mr. Hartstein was the first chairman of the board at Oakton, which opened in 1970.

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Dr. Rory Childers, U. of C. heart expert who treated Brendan Behan, dead at 83

Dr. Rory Childers was an expert on heart disease who helped set the standards for interpreting electrocardiograms that guided first-responders on life-saving action. A University of Chicago professor for half a century, Dr. Childers, 83, died Aug. 27 after a heart attack while vacationing in East Hampton, New York.

Marvin Barnes, 62, Providence, ABA basketball great had off-court problems

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Marvin Barnes, who led Providence College to the Final Four in 1973 and starred in the old American Basketball Association, has died. He was 62. Kevin Stacom, a college teammate and a friend of Mr. Barnes, told the Providence Journal on Monday …