Jim Bates, 63, of Bothell, an award-winning photographer for The Seattle Times for more than 20 years who was known for his skill and passion...

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Jim Bates, 63, of Bothell, an award-winning photographer for The Seattle Times for more than 20 years who was known for his skill and passion in covering high-school sports, as well as for his hearty, contagious laugh, died of cancer last Sunday.

Joseph Murray, 93, the surgeon who 58 years ago stitched a new kidney into a young man dying of renal failure, the first successful human organ transplant, died Monday in Boston. He shared the 1990 Nobel Prize in medicine with Dr. E. Donnall Thomas, of Clyde Hill, who died in October.

Lawrence Guyot, 73, who in the early 1960s endured beatings as a young civil-rights worker in Mississippi fighting laws and practices that kept blacks from registering to vote, died of natural causes Nov. 22 in Mount Rainier, Md.

Marvin Miller, 95, an economist and labor leader who became one of the most important figures in baseball history by building the major league players union into a force that revolutionized the game and ultimately transformed all of professional sports, died Tuesday in New York.

Zig Ziglar, 86, the motivational speaker who traveled the world with his distinctive blend of sound-bite optimism, country wit, Christian faith and good-natured nudging, died of pneumonia Wednesday in Plano, Texas. (See his obituary in Business, .)

Reis Leming, 81, who single-handedly saved 27 people as he and others in a U.S. Air Force sea-rescue squadron came to the aid of the storm-flooded resort town of Hunstanton, England, in winter 1953, died in Bend, Ore., Nov. 4.

Hartford “Sonny” Black Eagle Jr., 78, an elder from Montana’s Crow Indian Tribe whose family ceremoniously adopted then-Sen. Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential race, died Monday at his home on the tribe’s reservation. He had respiratory problems.

Bishop Kuang-hsun Ting, 97, who was one of the most influential Christian figures in China as the longtime leader of the government-sanctioned Protestant church, died Nov. 22 in Nanjing.

Mel Shaw, 97, a visual-development and design artist with Disney who helped set the style for the 1942 animated classic “Bambi” and many other movies from the studio, including 1994’s “The Lion King,” died Nov. 22 in Reseda, Calif.

Frank Barsalona, 74, a New York talent agent who was a virtual quartermaster for the British Invasion, booking the first American concert tours of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, died of Alzheimer’s disease Nov. 22 in Manhattan.

Jack Wishna, 54, a music dealmaker who helped bring Donald Trump to Las Vegas and tried to install Michael Jackson as the headline act at a themed casino, was found dead by suicide Tuesday in his home in Henderson, Nev.

Arthur Chaskalson, 81, a civil-rights lawyer who once helped defend Nelson Mandela and later became South Africa’s chief justice, died Saturday. He had leukemia.

Farish Jenkins, 72, a paleontologist who discovered fossils of animals evolving into something new — most notably a 375 million-year-old fossilized fish with skull, neck, ribs and part of the fins that resembled the earliest mammals — died of pneumonia Nov. 11 in Boston.

Lisa de Kooning, 56, the daughter of the abstract expressionist painter Willem de Kooning who overcame a chaotic youth to devote herself to burnishing her father’s fame as a giant of 20th-century art, died Nov. 23, apparently in a fall, on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. An investigation continues.

Boris N. Strugatsky, 79, a prolific writer who used the genre of science fiction to voice criticisms of Soviet life that would have been unthinkable in other literary forms, died of heart failure Nov. 19 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Jakes Gerwel, 66, an academic who advocated for the end of apartheid in South Africa and became a longtime friend and trusted aide to former President Nelson Mandela, died Wednesday in a Cape Town hospital, days after heart surgery.