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Jeff Gralnick, 72, a blunt, gravel-voiced television news executive who got his start in the days of the 15-minute, black-and-white evening newscast and went on to play leading roles in the news divisions of ABC, CBS and NBC, died of cancer on Monday in Weston, Conn. In his 52-year career, he worked with, among others, Walter Cronkite, Harry Reasoner, Don Hewitt, Mike Wallace, Dan Rather, Peter Jennings, Barbara Walters, Tom Brokaw, Katie Couric and Brian Williams.

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Leo Kahn, 94, who co-founded Staples and helped start the age of "big box" retail stores, died from complications of strokes on Wednesday in Boston. Staples has remained the largest and best performing office-supply retailer. He also founded the Fresh Fields and Nature's Heartland natural foods chains.

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Willard S. Boyle, 86, who shared the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physics for helping to develop a device that is at the heart of virtually every camcorder, digital camera and telescope in use, died on May 7 in Truro, Nova Scotia. He and Nobel co-recipient George E. Smith, both of Bell Labs, invented the charge-coupled device, which is essentially the electronic eye in digital cameras.

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Horace Freeland Judson, 80, a science writer whose 1979 book The Eighth Day of Creation is regarded as the definitive account of the breakthroughs that transformed molecular biology in the mid-20th century, died of a stroke May 6 in Baltimore.

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Bernard Greenhouse, 95, an internationally acclaimed cellist and a founding member of the Beaux Arts Trio, died on Friday in Wellfleet, Mass. Long considered the most eminent piano trio in the world, the Beaux Arts was founded in 1955 by him, the violinist Daniel Guilet and the pianist Menahem Pressler.

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Dolores Fuller, 88, the muse, girlfriend, leading lady and costumer of Ed Wood Jr., the cross-dressing writer and director of films so awful they have a stupefying, apocalyptic beauty, died of complications of a stroke on Monday in Las Vegas. She was played by Sarah Jessica Parker in the 1994 film Ed Wood.

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Kate Swift, 87, a writer and editor who in two groundbreaking books - Words and Women and The Handbook of Nonsexist Writing - brought attention to the sexual discrimination embedded in ordinary English usage, died of stomach cancer on May 7 in Middletown, Conn.

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Charles McPhee, 49, a nationally syndicated radio host and sleep expert known as the "Dream Doctor" and who helped listeners uncover the hidden meanings of their dreams, died on May 8 in Woodland Hills, Calif. He ended his show in 2006 when he received a diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a neurodegenerative disorder also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

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