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John Dobson, amateur astronomer who taught many how to stargaze, dies at 98

John Dobson, 98, a former monk and self-taught stargazer who developed a powerful, inexpensive telescope that almost anyone could build and showed thousands how to do it during five decades as one of public astronomy's most influential evangelists, died Jan. 15 in Burbank, Calif.

William "Bunny Rugs" Clarke, 65, the husky-voiced lead singer of popular reggae band Third World, died of leukemia Feb. 2 in Orlando. Third World was known for fusing reggae with soul and pop music, and was occasionally criticized for that by reggae purists.

Arthur Ortenberg, 87, who teamed up with his wife, the designer Liz Claiborne, and a third partner to build Liz Claiborne Inc. into a billion-dollar enterprise clothing career women in stylish but casual outfits at moderate prices, died of pneumonia Monday in New York.

Maxine Kumin, 88, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet whose spare, deceptively simple lines explored some of the most complex aspects of human existence — birth and death, evanescence and renewal, and the events large and small conjoining them all — died Thursday in Warner, N.H.

Otis G. Pike, 92, a nine-term New York Democratic congressman who was a persistent critic of Pentagon overspending and in 1975 led one of the first congressional investigations of abuses by U.S. intelligence agencies, died Jan. 20 in Vero Beach. The Pike committee called for central congressional oversight over intelligence operations, a prohibition of CIA-sponsored killings and more transparency in the intelligence budget.

John Dobson, amateur astronomer who taught many how to stargaze, dies at 98

02/08/14 [Last modified: Saturday, February 8, 2014 12:34am]
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