Recent necrology, March 2016

Some well-known people who have died recently

  • Cover of Hotel du LacAsa Briggs, 1921-2016
    Wide-ranging social historian and university administrator who delighted in the throw-away ephemera of everyday life
  • Cover of It's Goodnight from MePat Conroy, 1945-2016
    Novelist whose fictionalised accounts of a traumatic childhood were turned into successful films
  • Ronnie Corbett, 1930-2016
    A fine comic and an entertainment treasure
  • Peter Maxwell Davies, 1934-2016
    English composer, conductor and one-time enfant terrible who became Master of the Queen’s Music
  • Patty Duke, 1946-2016
    Troubled actress who won an Oscar at age 16 for her portrayal of the blind and deaf Helen Keller
  • Nikolaus Harnoncourt, 1929-2016
    Celebrated Austrian conductor, the ‘pope’ of baroque music revival
  • Keith Jeffery, 1952-2016
    Historian who revealed how spying nuns and exploding filing cabinets helped the fledgling MI6
  • Nancy Reagan, 1921-2016
    American actress and wife of the 40th United States President

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