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Sue Gin dies; chief of airline catering empire, real estate mogul

Sue Gin, who vastly improved the quality of airline food with her company Flying Food Group, died Friday morning. She had suffered a stroke Tuesday.

Evelyn Echols, travel school founder, business pioneer, dead at 99

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Before Orbitz and Expedia, there was Evelyn Echols, who trained tens of thousands of travel agents in the days before the Internet. The pioneering businesswoman and founder of the Echols International Travel and Hotel Schools died Wednesday at her Chicago home. She was 99.

Betty Offutt-Wright, city worker and gifted cook, dies at 75

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Betty Offutt-Wright had as many superb recipes as she had elegant hats, dresses, shoes and wigs. She played Motown while she sauteed her holy trinity of onions, garlic and bell peppers to season her cornbread stuffing. Her macaroni and cheese, a velvety fusion of sharp cheddar, eggs and more butter than her family wants to think about, was umami perfection. Mrs. Offutt-Wright worked 30 years for the City of Chicago, making sure vendors were paid in a timely fashion by the Department of Public Health. She also held posts at the Water Department and the Police Department.

Howard Stern’s diminutive foil

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Eric Lynch landed several TV roles over the years. His credits included “In Plain Sight,” “Fringe” and “American Dream.”

Becky Malkovich, 53, journalist, sister of John Malkovich

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BENTON, Ill. — Rebecca Jane “Becky” Malkovich, a longtime southern Illinois journalist and the sister of actor John Malkovich, has died. Ms. Malkovich was 53 when she died Monday at St. Louis’ Barnes-Jewish Hospital, five days after suffering a heart attack at her home in …

Mike Harari, 87, planned Mossad’s revenge against 1972 Munich Olympic massacre

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JERUSALEM — Israeli secret service agent Mike Harari, who played a major role in planning Mossad’s revenge attacks against Palestinian militants implicated in the 1972 Munich massacre of the country’s Olympics team, has died. He was 87. Mr. Harari was also involved in planning Israel’s …

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Rob Bironas, 36, former NFL kicker

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Rob Bironas, who worked his way through odd jobs and the Arena Football League before becoming one of the NFL’s most accurate kickers, died in a car crash. He was 36. The former Tennessee Titans player died Saturday night when he lost …

Polly Bergen, versatile actress, singer, dead at 84

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Emmy-winning actress and singer Polly Bergen, who in a long career played the terrorized wife in the original “Cape Fear” and the first woman president in “Kisses for My President,” died Saturday. She was 84.

South Side physician emigrated from Haiti

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Dr. Georges Jean-Baptiste had impeccable posture and wouldn’t even go to a grocery store without putting on a suit and tie.

Born in Haiti to a middle-class family that prized education, he devoured French literature, quoted classical poetry, and spoke beautiful French, English and Creole. …

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

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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, …