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Eileen Ford, a founder of top modeling agency, dies at 92

Eileen Ford, 92, the doyenne of the modeling business, whose Ford agency set standards for the industry, launched superstars such as Brooke Shields, Christie Brinkley and Naomi Campbell, and shaped American ideals of beauty in the 1960s and beyond, died Wednesday in Morristown, N.J.

Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, 89, a rabbi who was considered the spiritual father of the Jewish Renewal movement — religious pioneers who reintroduced to synagogues ancient Judaic traditions of mysticism and meditation, gender equality and ecstatic prayer — died July 3 in Boulder, Colo. He befriended spiritual seekers like psychedelic guru Timothy Leary.

David Truong, 68, a Vietnamese antiwar activist whose conviction on espionage charges in the United States in 1978 raised alarms about the federal government's use of wiretaps without court orders and spurred passage of the 1978 Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act, prohibiting such practices, died of cancer June 26 in Penang, Malaysia.

Anne Hollander, 83, a historian who helped elevate the study of art and dress by revealing the often striking relationships between the two, died of cancer July 6 in New York.

Dick Jones, 87, an actor who appeared in more than 100 films and television shows in his long career but is best known by far for a role in which he was not seen on screen, died Monday in Northridge, Calif. At about 10, when he was known as Dickie, he was chosen by Walt Disney to be the voice of Pinocchio in the classic 1940 animated film.

Paul Horn, 84, a flutist and saxophonist whose mellow, meditative recordings helped lay the groundwork for New Age music, died June 29 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Diana McLellan, 76, a grande dame of Washington gossip who perforated the pretentious and skewered the powerful in her syndicated newspaper column, died of cancer June 26 in Easton, Md. She created her arch, mischievous persona as chief writer of the column the Ear.

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