Kenneth Brody, investment banker who led Export-Import Bank, dies at 79

A prominent figure in Washington as well as on Wall Street, he rallied donors in the financial industry behind Bill Clinton’s first presidential campaign.

By Emily LangerMarch 30, 2023

Yang Bing-yi, who built a soup-dumpling empire, dies at 96

He partnered with his wife to start the Taiwanese restaurant chain Din Tai Fung, which helped popularize Shanghai-style soup dumplings around the world.

By Harrison SmithMarch 29, 2023

Keith Reid, ‘Whiter Shade of Pale’ lyricist, dies at 76

He was a member of the British band Procol Harum when he wrote "A Whiter Shade of Pale," which sold more than 10 million copies.

By Tim PageMarch 29, 2023

Edward MacMahon, who helped defend ‘20th hijacker’ after 9/11, dies at 62

Mr. MacMahon became a harsh critic of the military commissions in Guantánamo Bay, calling them "trial by whim."

By Brian MurphyMarch 29, 2023

William Wulf, computer pioneer who opened way for internet, dies at 83

Dr. Wulf envisioned a digital network open to all. He found an ally in Al Gore.

By Brian MurphyMarch 28, 2023

Randall Robinson, founder of influential Africa lobby, dies at 81

The founding executive director of TransAfrica was for years the foremost U.S. activist representing Africans and the African diaspora.

By Emily LangerMarch 28, 2023

Richard Berendzen, AU president tainted by obscene-call scandal, dies at 84

Before resigning the presidency in 1990, he was credited with elevating American University’s national profile. He later returned to AU to teach astronomy.

By Harrison SmithMarch 27, 2023

Connie Martinson, who interviewed thousands of authors on TV, dies at 90

Ms. Martinson self-funded her cable and public television show. Guests included Gore Vidal, Joyce Carol Oates, Norman Mailer, Maya Angelou and Rosa Parks.

By Michael S. RosenwaldMarch 27, 2023

Walter Cole, world’s oldest drag queen as Darcelle XV, dies at 92

Walter Cole, in his drag persona Darcelle XV, became an unofficial goodwill ambassador in Portland and a symbol of the city's cherished quirkiness.

By Brian MurphyMarch 25, 2023

Gordon Moore, Silicon Valley pioneer who co-founded Intel, dies at 94

His innovations in the design and manufacture of semiconductor chips helped launch Silicon Valley and transform the computer into the ubiquitous, defining machine of modern life

By Kathleen DayMarch 24, 2023

Rudolph ‘Rudy’ Lamone, U. Md. business school dean, dies at 91

Rudolph P. “Rudy” Lamone, dean of the University of Maryland's business school for nearly two decades, helped create a center for entrepreneurship at the school.

By Frederick N. RasmussenMarch 23, 2023

Patrick French, renowned biographer of V.S. Naipaul, dies at 56

The British author chronicled the modern history of India and Tibet but was best known for “The World Is What It Is,” his incisive biography of Naipaul.

By Harrison SmithMarch 23, 2023

Virginia Zeani, renowned and versatile opera diva, dies at 97

She was the volatile and conflicted Sister Blanche in the world premiere of Poulenc’s “Dialogues of the Carmelites” at La Scala in 1957.

By Tim PageMarch 22, 2023

Gladys Kessler, federal judge in landmark tobacco lawsuit, dies at 85

In a major ruling in 2006, she found that cigarette makers had conspired for decades to deceive the public about the deadly threat posed by smoking.

By Emily LangerMarch 22, 2023

Rev. Frank Griswold III, Episcopal champion of gay clergy, dies at 85

The Rev. Griswold in 2003 consecrated the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church and touched off a firestorm across the wider Anglican communities.

By Brian MurphyMarch 21, 2023

Willis Reed, who led the Knicks to two NBA titles, dies at 80

His heroic performance during Game 7 of the NBA Finals vs. the Lakers is considered one of the league’s greatest moments.

By Michael S. RosenwaldMarch 21, 2023

John Jenrette, roguish congressman snared in Abscam sting, dies at 86

His rise in the House of Representatives ended in 1980, after he was convicted of taking a $50,000 bribe in an FBI sting operation.

By Harrison SmithMarch 20, 2023

Gloria Dea, Las Vegas magician who vanished into obscurity, dies at 100

Ms. Dea was the first magician on what became known as the Las Vegas strip. She later had a brief career as a Hollywood starlet.

By Michael S. RosenwaldMarch 20, 2023

Wes Foster, co-founder of real estate giant Long & Foster, dies at 89

He grew the company into one of the largest independent real estate firms in the United States, its name ubiquitous on “for sale” signs across the Mid-Atlantic.

By Emily LangerMarch 18, 2023

Lance Reddick, actor in police dramas ‘The Wire’ and ‘Bosch,’ dies at 60

Mr. Reddick, who was born in Baltimore, brought virility and vulnerability to his roles.

By Brian MurphyMarch 17, 2023