Deaths of note from around the world:
John Silber, 86: Transformed a faltering Boston University into one of the nation’s leading private schools in a volcanic 25-year presidency that promoted innovation, crushed opposition and made him America’s highest-paid educator and one of its most divisive. Died Thursday in Brookline, Mass.
Betty Thompson, 88: Gimlet-eyed lawyer who became one of the most prominent family attorneys in Virginia and who was instrumental in modernizing the commonwealth’s divorce statutes. Died Monday in Washington, D.C., after a stroke.