Deaths of note from around the world:
Emily Squires, 71: Longtime “Sesame Street" writer and director who also worked on soap operas including “The Guiding Light" and “As the World Turns." Died Wednesday at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital.
Bryce Courtenay, 79: Best-selling Australian author, whose first and final books drew on his tough early-life experiences in Africa; his debut, “The Power of One" was published in 1989, translated into 12 languages and became a hit movie. Died Thursday at his home in Canberra, Australia.
Edwarda O’Bara, 59: Spent more than four decades in a coma in her Miami home, cared for by her mother and sister; she inspired a book and garnered a devoted following across the globe. Died Wednesday in Miami.
Connie Wald, 96: Elegant matriarch of old Hollywood known for the low-key dinner parties she held for friends such as Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn. Died Nov. 10 at her Beverly Hills, Calif. home.
David Taub, 72: Co-founder of Palm Bay International, one of America’s largest wine importers; he was known for introducing Italian Pinot Grigio to the American market. Died Nov. 8.
Joseph Blotner, 89: Expert Nobel prize-winning author William Faulkner who spent 10 years writing a two-volume, 2,115-page biography of the novelist so chock-full of details — down to postmarks and menus — that some critics dismissed it as overwhelming. Died Nov. 16 in Oakland, Calif.
Gail Harris, 81: Last New York Giants baseball player to hit a home run before the franchise moved to San Francisco after the 1957 season. Died Nov. 14 in Gainesville, Va.