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.
He was a spokesman for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016 and at his death was press secretary to Sen. Kamala Harris of California.
His innovation in pacemakers was credited with saving millions of lives, and his company became one of the largest producers of medical devices in the world.
The seven-term Democrat supported privacy rights and blamed the FBI for his legal woes.
He was credited with energizing the agency dubbed the “little old lady of Pennsylvania Avenue.”
As U-Va. president from 1985 to 1990, he was credited with recruiting more minorities to the faculty and student ranks.
A refugee of Nazi Germany, he dissected events that shaped history as well as his life.
A Wells Fargo bank in Sterling, Va. was robbed Dec. 13.