DIED Jheryl Busby, 59, wisely said in 1989, "Motown can't be what it was in the 1960s." As president and CEO of Motown, Busby shepherded the careers of acts such as Boyz II Men and Queen Latifah and revitalized the flagging record label.

G. Larry James, 61, was known as "the Mighty Burner" for his gold-medal win in the 4 × 400-m relay at the racially charged 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, where he demonstrated for civil rights.

John Leonard, 69, the former editor of the New York Times Book Review, was "the smartest man who ever lived," according to Kurt...

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