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Marc Simont, illustrator of children's literature, dies at 97

Marc Simont, 97, an acclaimed illustrator whose work graced some of the foremost titles in children's literature, died on July 13 in Cornwall, Conn. Over more than half a century, he illustrated nearly 100 books, his work paired with texts by some of the world's best-known writers for young people, including Margaret Wise Brown, Karla Kuskin, Faith McNulty and Charlotte Zolotow.

Eugene Wilkinson, 94, a retired Navy vice admiral who helped guide the early development of the Navy's nuclear-powered fleet and who commanded the Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine, when it was launched in the 1950s, died on July 11 in Del Mar, Calif.

T-Model Ford, a raw-sounding, mesmerizing guitarist and singer who was among the last of the old-time Delta bluesmen — and whose career was all the more noteworthy for his not having picked up a guitar until he was almost 60 ­— died Tuesday at his home in Greenville, Miss. He was believed to be in his early 90s.

Douglas J. Dayton, 88, who in the 1960s helped expand his grandfather's Dayton Dry Goods Co. of Minneapolis into a big-box boutique known for quality products and discount pricing — though most people just call it Target — died on July 5 in Wayzata, Minn.

Edmund Morgan, 97, a renowned historian whose books on Puritanism and colonial life offered new perspectives on the nation's founding, and who published a best-selling biography of Benjamin Franklin at age 86, died of pneumonia on July 8 in New Haven, Conn.

Robert Hardesty, 82, a speechwriter for Lyndon B. Johnson who also shaped the president's legacy by assisting with his White House memoir, died of congestive heart failure on July 8 in Austin, Texas. He was an aide to Johnson from 1965 until shortly before Johnson's death in 1973.

Lo Hsing Han, 80, an opium and heroin trafficker who became one of Myanmar's richest men and a potent symbol of the ability of the country's drug warlords to operate with impunity, died on July 6 in Yangon.

Philip Caldwell, 93, the button-down manager chosen over Lee Iacocca to become the first head of Ford Motor Co. who was not a member of the Ford family, died of a stroke on July 17 in New Canaan, Conn.

Marc Simont, illustrator of children's literature, dies at 97 07/20/13 [Last modified: Saturday, July 20, 2013 10:05pm]
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