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Kenzaburo Oe, Nobel laureate and critic of postwar Japan, dies at 88

He was known for his intense novels and essays challenging a modern Japanese culture that he found morally vacant and suffering from collective amnesia to the evils of the type of nationalism that helped lead to World War II.

Lewis Spratlan, who raised funds to premiere his Pulitzer-winning opera, dies at 82

Mr. Spratlan, who wanted to hear his “Life Is a Dream” opera performed “before I die,” won the 2000 Pulitzer for music he had composed 22 years earlier.

Pat McCormick, 4-time Olympic diving champion, dies at 92

She was the first diver to sweep the 3-meter and 10-meter events at consecutive Olympics.

Michael Gruenbaum, Holocaust survivor who wrote about boyhood in a Nazi concentration camp, dies at 92

Mr. Gruenbaum called "Somewhere There is Still a Sun," his Holocaust memoir, "a juxtaposition of horror and childhood innocence."

Eugene Kohn, architect of skyscraping ambitions, dies at 92

An architect who co-founded the firm Kohn Pedersen Fox in 1976, Eugene Kohn's ambitions led it to become, within a few years, one of the most prolific designers of skyscrapers in the world.

Jean Faut, star pitcher in women’s baseball league, dies at 98

Jean Faut pitched two perfect games in a remarkable career with the South Bend Blue Sox of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

Traute Lafrenz, last survivor of White Rose group that resisted Nazis dies at 103

Germany’s president said in his tribute that Traute Lafrenz’s actions had served as an “inspiration for young people who campaign for freedom and democracy these days.”

Francisco Ayala, defender of evolution whose career ended in scandal, dies at 88

One of the world’s leading evolutionary biologists and a champion of science against the forces of religious fundamentalism, Francisco Ayala was forced to give up his university post late in life amid sexual harassment allegations.