His story, dramatized in the film “Melvin and Howard,” began when he said he rescued a wandering Hughes in the Nevada desert.
President Barack Obama celebrated her as an “unsung” American hero for her efforts to stop discriminatory voting regulations in North Carolina.
She summoned an aura of Victorian mystique in her award-winning novels.
He rose from metal can salesman to chairman and chief executive of the Continental Group.
Called a “real-life Peggy Olson,” she was one of the first women to reach the industry’s top ranks.
He was a scholar of Russian culture and saw the Library of Congress as a “catalyst for civilization.”
As chief executive of Avis Rent a Car, he was one of the first African Americans to head a Fortune 500 company.
He co-founded the pathbreaking National Theatre of the Deaf in 1967.
The Auschwitz survivor volunteered for more than two decades at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.
A Wells Fargo bank in Sterling, Va. was robbed Dec. 13.