Leonora Carrington, 94, who gained a cultural foothold as the muse and lover of painter Max Ernst and later emerged as a significant artist in works that fused surrealism with the occult and mystical explorations of femininity, died of pneumonia on May 25 in Mexico City. She was regarded as one of the last links to the surrealist movement that included Salvador Dalí, Joan Miro and Marcel Duchamp.
Edward H. Harte, 88, a prominent Texas newspaper executive and a conservationist who played an important role in preserving vast tracts of open space and stretches of seashore in his state, died of natural causes on May 18 in Scarborough, Maine.
Paul J. Wiedorfer, 90, who earned the Medal of Honor for charging across an icy field in Belgium in 1944 and eliminating two German machine-gun nests that had pinned down his platoon, died of congestive heart failure on May 25 in Baltimore.
Huguette Clark, 104, heiress to a Montana copper fortune who once lived in the largest apartment on New York City's Fifth Avenue, died on May 24. The recluse spent the last two decades in New York hospitals.
Nicholas V. Riasanovsky, 87, a Russian emigre who came to the United States at 14, served in the Army during World War II and became one of the country's leading scholars of Russian history, writing a college textbook that served as the American standard for teaching Russian history during the Cold War, died on May 14 in Oakland, Calif.
Don H. Barden, 67, who rose from poverty in Ohio to build one of the nation's largest black-owned businesses through casinos and cable television, died of lung cancer on May 19 in Detroit. In 2001, he became the first black owner of a Las Vegas casino with his purchase of Fitzgeralds.
Albert M. Sack, 96, a prominent New York antiques dealer and the author of a guidebook to early American furniture that became the bible for a generation of weekend antiquers and a standard for professional collectors, died on May 29 in Durham, N.C.
Elmer "Geronimo" Pratt, 63, a Black Panther leader who was imprisoned for 27 years in California for murder and whose marathon fight to prove he had been framed in the shooting in 1972 attracted support from civil rights groups and led to the overturning of his conviction, died of a medical ailment on Thursday in a village in Tanzania, where he was living.
Snooky Young, 92, who led the trumpet sections of some of the world's most famous big bands — including, for some 30 years, Doc Severinsen's Tonight Show orchestra — died of complications of a lung disorder on May 11 in Newport Beach, Calif.