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Robert Strauss, Democratic leader and deal-maker, dies at 95

Glenn McDuffie holds a portrait of himself, left, and a copy of the iconic Life magazine photo.

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Glenn McDuffie holds a portrait of himself, left, and a copy of the iconic Life magazine photo.

Glenn McDuffie, 86, who claimed to be the sailor kissing a nurse in a famous photo taken in Times Square on V-J Day in 1945, died March 9 in Dallas. A Life magazine photographer took the picture.

Robert Strauss, 95, a smooth-talking Texas lawyer and businessman who became a consummate political insider and played a key role in reviving the Democratic Party's fortunes after its landslide loss to Republicans in the 1972 election, died Wednesday in Washington. As chairman of the Democratic National Committee, he helped mastermind his party's recapture of the White House in 1976 with the election of Jimmy Carter.

Randolph W. Thrower, 100, a Republican lawyer who headed the IRS under President Richard M. Nixon from 1969 to 1971 before losing his job for resisting White House efforts to punish its enemies through tax audits, died March 8 in Atlanta.

Joseph L. Sax, 78, a legal scholar who helped shape U.S. environmental law and fuel the environmental movement by establishing the doctrine that natural resources are a public trust requiring protection, died of a stroke March 9 in San Francisco.

Iola Brubeck, 90, who helped propel her husband, pianist Dave Brubeck, to jazz stardom in the 1950s by suggesting that he perform on college campuses and who wrote lyrics for many of his compositions, died of cancer March 12 in Wilton, Conn.

Bob Thomas, 92, a Los Angeles-based reporter and columnist who covered entertainment for the Associated Press for more than six decades, writing compelling, human and often humorous stories about Hollywood's glittering and glamorous, died March 14 in Encino, Calif.

Ola L. Mize, 82, a sharecropper's son who was awarded the Medal of Honor for valor after leading his outnumbered men in harrowing combat in the Korean War and single-handedly killing dozens of enemy soldiers, died of lung cancer March 5 in Gadsden, Ala.

Clarissa Dickson Wright, 66, who rose to middle-aged fame as the co-star and co-chef of Two Fat Ladies, a popular British television show known as much for the hosts' irreverence and eccentricity as for their indulgent and sometimes confounding recipes, died March 15 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The show's other star was Jennifer Paterson, who died in 1999.

Mitch Leigh, 86, a composer of advertising jingles who wrote the memorable score to one of the longest-running shows in Broadway history, Man of La Mancha, died of pneumonia and a stroke March 16 in New York.

Larry Scott, 75, a renowned bodybuilder who won the first and second Mr. Olympia competitions in the 1960s and inspired a generation of musclemen, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, died of Alzheimer's disease March 8 in Salt Lake City.

Robert Strauss, Democratic leader and deal-maker, dies at 95 03/22/14 [Last modified: Saturday, March 22, 2014 8:03pm]
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