His mother, poet Sylvia Plath, took her life in 1963 after a bout of depression. After battling the same illness for many years, Nicholas Hughes, 47, an Oxford-trained fisheries biologist, hanged himself at his Alaska home on March 16.

• For nearly 30 years, Morton Lachman, 90, served as a key member of comedian Bob Hope's writing troupe. Afterward, he wrote for and produced television programs including the Academy Awards, the Grammys, The Red Skelton Hour and All in the Family, for which he won an Emmy in 1978.

• With his groundbreaking 1947 book From Slavery to Freedom, John...

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