Edward C. Nixon, the youngest and last surviving brother of former President Richard M. Nixon and a faithful guardian of his White House legacy, died on Wednesday in Bothell, Wash., near Seattle. He was 88.
While one woman recently used her obituary to blame Trump for hastening her death, another turned to comedy. This week the Hamilton Spectator in Hamilton, Canada, published the obituary for the late Sybil Hicks. Rather than list her age or cause of death — though it’s noted that she died “peacefully” with her eldest daughter by her side on the morning of Feb. 2 — the obituary makes a cremation joke and refers to her “loving husband” as “Horse’s A**.”
Fred Thompson, who founded a Brooklyn track club for girls and young women in 1963 and coached national and Olympic medalists as he championed the cause of female track-and-field athletes for a half-century, died on Tuesday at his home in Brooklyn. He was 85.
When most scientists were trying to make people use code to talk to computers, Karen Sparck Jones taught computers to understand human language instead. In so doing, her technology established the basis of search engines like Google.
Ms. Marshall became the first woman to direct a feature film that grossed more than $100 million when she made “Big” (1988). That movie, a comedy about a 12-year-old boy who magically turns into an adult (Tom Hanks) and then has to navigate the grown-up world, was as popular with critics as it was with audiences.