A roundup of notable obituaries from the week ending Jan. 8.

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Staff Sgt. Matthew McClintock, 30, of Des Moines, a veteran Green Beret in the Washington National Guard, was on his third combat tour when he was killed in action Tuesday in southern Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

John Johnson, 68, who spent five seasons in Seattle and helped the Sonics win their only NBA title, in 1978-79, died in his sleep this week at his San Jose, Calif., home. The cause was unknown, his family said.

Kitty Kallen, 94, a big band singer from Philadelphia with flawless pitch whose hit songs included “Bésame Mucho” and “Little Things Mean a Lot,” died Thursday in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

Pierre Boulez, 90, the avant-garde French composer and conductor who helped blaze a radical new path for music in the 20th century, died Tuesday in Baden-Baden, Germany.

Anton Srholec, 86, who was forbidden to study theology by the communist authorities in the former Czechoslovakia, and spent 10 years in prison, including in the notorious uranium mines in Jachymov, but who became a Roman Catholic priest when he was ordained by the pope in 1970, died Thursday in Slovakia of lung cancer.

Vilmos Zsigmond, 85, the Oscar-winning cinematographer revered as one of the most influential in film history for “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and “The Deer Hunter,” among others, died Jan. 1 in Big Sur, Calif. He had been in ill health.

Judith S. Kaye, 77, the first woman named to New York’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, died of cancer Thursday in New York City.

Andre Courreges, 92, the French designer who laid claim to the invention of the 1960s miniskirt, died Thursday, his Paris fashion house said. He had Parkinson’s disease.

Ted Stanley, 85, the businessman and philanthropist who made one of the largest private donations for scientific research, $650 million for the study of psychiatric disorders, died overnight in New Canaan, Conn., his son said Monday. No cause of death was announced.

Robert Stigwood, 81, the impresario who managed the Bee Gees and produced 1970s blockbusters “Grease” and “Saturday Night Fever,” died Monday. The location and cause of death were not announced.

Pat Harrington Jr., 86, an Emmy-winning character actor best known as Schneider, the building superintendent on the popular sitcom “One Day at a Time,” died Wednesday in Los Angeles, of complications of Alzheimer’s disease and a recent fall.