In 1933, Robert J. Mangum arrived in New York as an orphan of 13. As he told the story, he held his little sister by one hand and carried a satchel with all his belongings in the other.
For more than a generation, Joe Bragg was a tireless journalist whose words and voice constantly kept us abreast of local and world happenings. Then, as the Rev. Dr. Joseph Lee Bragg, he chose to comfort our souls and lift our spirits with his sermons. The omnipresent journalist and pacifying minister is no longer with us. He joined the ancestors Sept. 1 at age 75.
Ernesto Butcher, a soft-spoken Panamanian immigrant who effectively took over management of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, as its most experienced surviving operations officer, died on May 15 in Maplewood, N.J. He was 69.
Paul Gibson Jr., a lawyer and an airline executive who in 1974 became New York City’s first black deputy mayor, died on July 11 at his home in Jamaica, Queens. He was 86.
Alexander Tanger was an announcer at a radio station in Brooklyn, N.Y., when a news bulletin arrived on Dec. 7, 1941, and he told his listeners about the attack on Pearl Harbor.
William Greaves, a producer and director who helped bring an African-American perspective to mainstream America as a host of the groundbreaking television news program “Black Journal” and as a documentary filmmaker, died on Monday at his home in Manhattan. He was 87.
Morris A. Adelman, an energy economist who marshaled free-market principles and hard data in arguing that the world’s oil supply was not running out, died May 8 at his home in Newton, Mass. He was 96. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he taught and researched for 65 years, announced the death on May 15.
Claire Tow, 83, died peacefully on Monday, July 7, at Norwalk Hospital with her loving family by her side after a 14-year struggle with Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS).
Elaine M. Brody interviewed old people for admission to a Philadelphia nursing home, but the ones who especially worried her were the family members who brought them in.
Bel Kaufman, a former New York City schoolteacher whose classic first novel, “Up the Down Staircase” — shot through with despair and hopefulness, violence and levity, bureaucratic inanity and a blizzard of official memorandums so mind-bendingly illogical as to seem almost Kafkaesque — was hailed as a stunningly accurate portrait of life in an urban school when it was published in 1965, died on Friday at her home in Manhattan. She was 103.