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Harry Rosenfeld, 91, who narrowly escaped the Holocaust as a child in Nazi Germany and became a major editor of the Washington Post during his Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Watergate break-in and scandal, died on Friday at his home in Slingerlands, NY Complications from COVID-19.

As a burly, gruff and demanding editor, Rosenfeld saw journalism as an opportunity to keep suppressive forces in check, “to hold the accountable to account, the more powerful the better,” he wrote in 2013 in his memoir “From Kristallnacht to Watergate”.

He worked in the newspaper industry for 50 years, but his most enduring legacy came from his years as the Post’s deputy editor-in-chief for metropolitan news. In that capacity, he was the direct supervisor of two young reporters, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, who persistently covered the unfolding Watergate saga that led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon in August 1974.

In the early days of the scandal, Rosenfeld passionately defended Woodward and Bernstein when Editor-in-Chief Benjamin Bradlee sought to replace them with more experienced staff in Watergate history. “You’re hungry,” he reportedly told Bradlee. “Do you remember when you were hungry?”

Margaret “Peggy” Richardson, 78, a Washington, DC tax attorney who served as Internal Revenue Commissioner during President Bill Clinton’s first term and the second woman to serve as the nation’s chief tax collector, died on July 13 at her home in Delaplane, Virginia. The cause was complications from lung cancer.

Shirley Fry Irvin, 94, a 1950s tennis star whose speed and groundwork helped her win singles and doubles titles in all four Grand Slam tournaments, died Tuesday at a Naples, Florida hospice center.

Irvin was one of only 10 women to win individual titles in every major championship. A tiny 1.70 m tall right-handed woman, she was one of only six women who also won a double title in every major, according to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, which she inducted in 1970.

Edwin W. Edwards, 93, the only four-time governor in Louisiana history, a swashbuckling villain who charmed voters with his antics and survived a string of grand jury investigations and two corruption trials before going to prison for extortion in 2002, died on Monday in his House in Gonzales. Louisiana. Leo Honeycutt, the author of his authorized biography, “Edwin Edwards: Governor of Louisiana,” said the cause was respiratory failure.

William Smith, 88, an actor best known for his portrayals of villains in action films such as “Any Which Way You Can” (1980) and television shows such as “Laredo,” “Rich Man, Poor Man,” and “Hawaii Five-O”, is on Died Monday at the Motion Picture and Television Fund‘s Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California, said his wife, Joanne Cervelli Smith, who did not give the cause.

Smith, a polyglot, bodybuilder, master discus thrower, and an Air Force pilot during the Korean War who did many of his own stunts, had more than 300 acting credits listed on IMDB from 1954 to 2020.

Charlie Robinson, 75, the veteran actor whose best-known role was Mac, the good-natured and pragmatic court clerk, on NBC’s long-running sitcom “Night Court,” died on July 11th in Los Angeles. The family said the cause was a heart attack and organ failure caused by septic shock, and Robinson also had adenocarcinoma.

Robinson’s acting career spanned six decades and included roles in television, film and on stage. His first well-known screen appearance was in Jack Nicholson’s directorial debut in 1971, “Drive, He Said”.

Paul Huntley, 88, hairdresser and wig designer who featured Carol Channing in “Hello, Dolly! in London.

In his 60-year career, Huntley has styled hair and created wigs for more than 200 shows, including The Elephant Man, Chicago and Cats. He was so respected that Betty Buckley, Jessica Lange, and others had contracts that stipulated that he would do their hair. Tony Awards are not given for hair design, but in 2003 he was given a special Tony.

Walter T. McGovern, 99, a Seattle star prep athlete, World War II veteran and senior federal judge who played competitive tennis well into his ninth decade, died on July 8.

In addition to his athletic skills, McGovern was the founder of the federal bar in the district. During his 12 years as chief judge, he made structural changes that, according to US District Judge Robert Lasnik, “have made us a national model for innovation and excellence”.

“The Western District of Washington has lost a local treasure,” Ricardo Martinez, chief US district judge, said in a statement. “He has worked on so many important cases in his long career that it is not an exaggeration to say that his decisions have shaped our community.”

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