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John Lorimer A war hero who survived a seemingly hopeless mission to eliminate a Nazi warship with a midget submarine

Maurice Bailey Lost at sea with his wife in 1973. The couple survived on a raft for 117 days

How to Be Cool and Warm at Once The irreplaceable publisher Sonny Mehta, who died on December 30, possessed the rare ability to unite style and sincerity

Nancy Lewis A charming, tenacious music-biz publicist who established Monty Python in the United States

Werner Doehner The last survivor of the Hindenburg disaster

Guy Arnold Explorer, prolific travel writer, cat-lover, and host of lavish dinner parties

Peter Serkin, 1947–2020 The pianist known for seamlessly connecting classic and contemporary elements in his work died on February 1 at the age of 72

February 8, 2020

Nell Gifford Re-inventor of the English circus

February 26, 2020

Peregrine Pollen Brilliant, curious, and gifted, the Oxford-born art-world character ran Sotheby Parke-Bernet

Ailsa Maxwell The economics student turned codebreaker was on duty when Germany’s unconditional surrender came over the wire in May of 1945

A Pen for All Seasons A collection of letters belonging to the late Philip Poole, owner of a storied London pen-nib store, is an ode to the art of craftsmanship

March 19, 2020

Albert Uderzo Illustrator and co-creator of the walrus-moustached Asterix the Gaul, who represented “the revenge of the little guy”

Harry Hamilton The British soldier who claimed he got lost and liberated Paris by accident

Wait, That Was True? An American veteran confirms a British W.W. II soldier’s outlandish account of being the first to liberate Paris from the Nazis

“Nipper” Read In the 1960s, he took down the Kray twins, Swinging London’s most ruthless gangsters—and helped solve the Great Train Robbery

Mort Drucker For 55 years, the Mad-magazine illustrator was, as George Lucas said, the “Leonardo da Vinci of comic satire”

Miranda, Countess of Stockton When she married Peter Sellers, at 23, her two Pekingese dogs (Tabitha and Tomasina) served as bridesmaids

Natale Rusconi A master at tending to V.I.P.’s from Princess Margaret to Maria Callas, he transformed the Hotel Cipriani into one of the jet set’s premier destinations

Siegfried Meir Taken to Auschwitz at eight, he turned his awful experience into a source of inspiration for others

The Robespierre of Lafayette Street The director who first staged The Normal Heart remembers the many-sided activist-playwright Larry Kramer

James Sherwood In 1982, he boldly resurrected the fabled Orient Express. It became the cornerstone of Belmond, the billion-dollar hotel group

Live at the Front Vera Lynn’s torch songs were not high art, but they kept up morale among the rank-and-file British soldiers fighting W.W. II

The Real Benjamin Braddock Charles Webb rebelled against his privileged upbringing by writing The Graduate—then renounced his own phenomenal success

The Fall Guy Bronx nebbish Herb Stempel revealed that America’s best-rated quiz show was a fraud—and so was its beloved champion, Charles Van Doren

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