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  • Genial Gerry Roche Made Himself a Superstar Among Executive Recruiters

    Heidrick & Struggles veteran rivaled Tom Neff of Spencer Stuart in ‘the Tom and Jerry Show’

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  • Henry Arnhold Fled Nazis, Built Fund Management Firm and Promoted U.S.-German Ties

    Henry Arnhold, the son of a German Jewish banker, fled the Nazis and built a fund-management firm in the U.S., where he employed George Soros early on, collected Meissen porcelain and promoted ties with Germany.

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  • Gerard Roche, Recruiter Who Lured Sculley to Apple, Dies at Age 87

    Gerard “Gerry” Roche, who for decades was one of the most prominent executive recruiters in the U.S., died Saturday at his home in Hobe Sound, Fla., at age 87, a family representative said.

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  • Al Gindi Helped Found Century 21 Department Stores, a Discount Fashion Powerhouse

    Al Gindi, a high school dropout who sought to create the “store of the future,” helped found Century 21 Department Stores, a discount fashion powerhouse that was hit hard by the 9/11 attacks, but came back strong.

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  • Ruth Finley Set the Schedule for New York’s Fashion World

    Publisher Ruth Finley set the schedule for events in the New York fashion world for decades, resolving timing conflicts and helping unknown designers get a shot at fame.

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  • Harley-Davidson CEO Made a Startling Discovery: ‘The Problem Was Us’

    As he struggled to save Harley-Davidson from financial ruin in the 1980s, Vaughn Beals got a bit of help from Uncle Sam in the form of temporary tariffs on imports of Japanese motorcycles. Rather than blaming the Japanese for the company’s problems, however, the Harley CEO learned from them and improved motorcycle quality.

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  • Playwright Neil Simon Dies at 91

    Neil Simon, the playwright behind such comedic hits as “The Odd Couple” and “Plaza Suite,” has died at age 91.

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  • James Knott Pioneered Modern Lobster Traps and Fended Off the EPA

    James Knott helped build a better lobster trap by persuading most manufacturers of the devices to use his product—plastic-coated wire mesh— rather than wood to make the traps. He died Aug. 16 at age 88.

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  • John Calder Published Edgy Books by Samuel Beckett, Henry Miller and William Burroughs

    John Calder, born into a wealthy family of Scots and Canadians, burst free of his establishment bonds in the 1950s and 1960s to publish books by edgy and controversial authors including Samuel Beckett, Henry Miller and William Burroughs.

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  • Air Products CEO, a Onetime Basketball Star, Strove to Be a ‘Lead Dog’ in Business

    Longtime Air Products CEO Hap Wagner was a star athlete in high school and college in California, then scrimped through Harvard Business School as the father of a young family.

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  • Robert Danzig Survived a Bleak Childhood and Rose to Lead Hearst Newspapers

    Robert Danzig survived a bleak childhood in foster care in Albany, N.Y., rose to run Hearst’s newspapers and later drew on his hard-knocks story as an author of leadership books and motivational speaker.

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  • Anita Miller Founded a Quirky Publisher and Battled John Cheever’s Family

    Publisher Anita Miller was a former university instructor who was open to producing almost any type of book as long as she and her husband both liked it.

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  • William Galt Founded Good Earth Restaurants to Promote Unprocessed Food

    William Galt founded a health-food restaurant chain, Good Earth, in 1975. General Mills bought the chain but converted many of the outlets to Red Lobsters or Olive Gardens

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  • Nobel Laureate V.S. Naipaul Dies at 85

    V.S. Naipaul, author of the 1961 novel “A House for Mr. Biswas” and other works, died on Saturday in London, his family said. His fiction and nonfiction earned the Nobel Prize in Literature, the Booker Prize and a knighthood.

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  • Chef Joël Robuchon Found Exacting Ways to Prepare Simple French Food

    Joël Robuchon, the chef who held more Michelin stars than any other, trained a raft of celebrity chefs in his innovative restaurant kitchens, demanding precise preparations of pared-down recipes.

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  • Ken Ravizza Pioneered Art of Coaching Athletes, Others on Thinking Skills

    Ken Ravizza, a sports psychologist, served as a pioneer thinking coach to the Chicago Cubs and other teams in sports ranging from rugby to water polo.

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  • H.F. Lenfest Made Fortune on Cable, Then Focused on Giving Most of It Away

    H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest, a frugal tycoon, supported arts and education and adopted the mission of saving local journalism.

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  • Engineer Semegnew Bekele Devoted His Life to Ethiopia’s Ambitious Dam

    Semegnew Bekele, project manager of what is expected to be Africa’s biggest dam, was found shot dead in his car. He was 53.

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  • William Byrnes, Longtime Fidelity Executive, Helped Transform Stock-Picking Firm Into Global Giant

    William Byrnes, who served as Fidelity Investments’ president and vice chairman and led the company’s expansion overseas, has died at 96.

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  • C.D. Spangler Jr. Mixed Business Career With Top Education Job in North Carolina

    C.D. Spangler Jr., a billionaire businessman who bought National Gypsum and served as president of North Carolina’s state university system for more than a decade, has died at age 86.

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  • Robert Traurig Mastered Miami Zoning Process and Helped Create Big Law Firm

    Lawyer Robert Traurig, of the law firm now known as Greenberg Traurig, proved so good at winning exceptions to Miami zoning rules for property developers that a local newspaper said his middle initial “might as well be V, for variance.”

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  • Sergio Marchionne Sweated Small Stuff and Slashed Bureaucracy at Fiat Chrysler

    Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler, stood out in the auto industry as a destroyer of bureaucracy and shrewd negotiator.

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  • Josef Kates Found Ways to Unsnarl Traffic and Solve Business Problems With Computers

    Josef Kates invented an early electronic game, Bertie the Brain. He became a consultant, solving traffic problems and advising companies and government agencies on how to harness the power of computers.

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  • Jonathan Gold, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Food Critic, Dies at 57

    Jonathan Gold, who became the first restaurant critic to win the Pulitzer Prize for criticism, has died. He was 57.

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