obituaries

History-making civil rights leader Vel Phillips dies at 94

Her career was full of groundbreaking moves

Barbara Bush, matriarch of American political dynasty, dies at 92

‘We’ve had a great life,’ she said in 2009

How Mitzi Shore, owner of the legendary Comedy Store, helped launch stars

She died on Wednesday at 87

As a bride, Amsale Aberra was frustrated with all the tulle and lace. So she redefined the wedding gown.

PERSPECTIVE | The designer died on Sunday at 64

Anti-apartheid activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela dies at 81 in South Africa

The former wife of Nelson Mandela was the ‘Mother of the Nation’

Linda Brown Thompson, girl at center of Brown v. Board of Education case, dies

As an adult, she continued fighting for civil rights

Rep. Louise M. Slaughter, N.Y. Democrat who championed women’s rights, dies at 88

She was the oldest sitting member of Congress

Psychologist Anne Treisman ‘changed the way we understood our brains’

She died last week at 82

Claribel Alegría, a celebrated Central American writer, dies

‘She tried to speak on behalf of those who were suffering’