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Thomas Menino, mayor who transformed Boston, dies at 71

Thomas Menino
Thomas Menino
Published Nov. 1, 2014

Thomas M. Menino, 71, Boston's longest-serving mayor, who gained support from working-class neighborhoods and corporate chieftains alike during his 20 years in office and presided over a steel-and-glass economic boom in one of America's most historic cities, died of cancer Thursday in Boston.

Galway Kinnell, 87, who was recognized with both a Pulitzer Prize and an American Book Award for a body of poetry that pushed deep into the heart of human experience in the decades after World War II, died of leukemia Tuesday in Sheffield, Vt. He came of age among a generation of poets who were trying to get past the modernism of T.S. Eliot and Ezra Pound and write verses that, as he said, could be understood without a graduate degree.

William O'Brien, 90, a monsignor who co-founded Daytop Village on Staten Island, N.Y., in 1963, one of the first and most successful residential drug and alcohol treatment programs in the United States, died Oct. 19 in Scarsdale, N.Y. The program became a model for substance abuse treatment centers around the world.

Susan Sollins, 75, an art curator who took avant-garde exhibitions to small communities across the country and produced an award-winning PBS television series aimed at demystifying and popularizing contemporary art, died Oct. 13 in Rye, N.Y.

Stan M. Jay, 71, owner of the Mandolin Brothers musical instrument store on Staten Island, N.Y., which has been a pilgrimage destination for recording stars, collectors and other connoisseurs of the guitar, mandolin, banjo and ukulele for more than 40 years, died of Mantle cell lymphoma Oct. 22 on Staten Island. His clients included performers such as Joni Mitchell, Paul, McCartney, Bob Dylan, Jimmy Buffett, Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow and Paul Simon.

Warren M. Anderson, 92, who as the chief executive of Union Carbide Corp. grappled with the ravages of a poisonous gas leak at the company's plant in Bhopal, India, in 1984 that killed thousands in one of history's most lethal industrial accidents, died Sept. 29 in Vero Beach. In 1989, Union Carbide paid $470 million to the Indian government to settle litigation stemming from the disaster.