obituaries

Karl Lagerfeld, iconic fashion designer behind Chanel, dies

Lagerfeld was one of the most influential designers of the late-20th century

Nehanda Abiodun, anti-drug activist, black nationalist and ‘godmother’ of Cuban hip-hop, dies at 68

‘Freedom is freedom, and I’ve been fighting for freedom since I was 10 years old,’ she said in 2014

Capt. Rosemary Mariner broke barriers throughout her career in the Navy. Her funeral featured a historical first, too.

Mariner became the first woman to fly a tactical fighter jet in 1974

Remembering Florence Knoll Bassett, the innovative architect of the modern American office

Ms. Knoll Bassett died on Jan. 25 at 101

Diana Athill, British literary editor and celebrated memoirist, dies at 101

She worked with literary powerhouses like Margaret Atwood, Jean Rhys and John Updike

Barbara Proctor, the first black woman to own an ad agency, dies at 86

Proctor vowed never to negatively portray women or black people

Francine du Plessix Gray, praised novelist, biographer and memoirist, dies at 88

She wrote books that often examined the lives of women as creative forces and as muses

Carol Channing, a Broadway legend, dies at 97

She played the lead in original Broadway productions of ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’ and ‘Hello, Dolly!’

Patricia Wald, a pathbreaking federal judge, dies at 90

She was the first woman to serve on the D.C. Circuit court

Bernice Sandler, who advocated to stop sexism on campuses and helped pass Title IX, dies at 90

Dr. Sandler was widely celebrated as the godmother of the federal law