DIED The son of Chinese farmers, Xiangzhong (Jerry) Yang, 49, never thought he would attend college. But in 1999, Yang, a prominent University of Connecticut scientist and advocate for the use of human stem cells in disease research, became the first person to clone a farm animal in the U.S.

She saw personal biographies as "old-hat, outdated and counterproductive," so Blossom Dearie, 82, the canary-voiced jazz and cabaret singer, preferred to talk about her future. Often that was her next gig. Her repertoire included songs for Schoolhouse Rock and standards like Dave Frishberg's "Peel Me a Grape."

Over his 60-year career,...

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