Deaths of note from around the world:
John McGinty, 73: Retired Marine Corps captain who received the Medal of Honor for his efforts to lead, protect and rally his outnumbered platoon during an assault in a jungle in Vietnam. Died Jan. 17 of bone cancer at his home in Beaufort, S.C.
Juan Gelman, 83: Argentine poet who challenged the tyrannies of his country’s military junta — including those directed against his family — in works that established him as a formidable presence in the Spanish-language literary canon. Died Jan. 14 at his longtime home in Mexico City.
Dr. Donald Morton, 79: Son of an Appalachian coal miner who gained renown as a surgeon for helping to develop a widely used technique for detecting and treating certain kinds of cancer; he was one of the last physicians to treat John Wayne. Died Jan. 10 in Santa Monica, Calif.
John Dobson, 98: Former monk and self-taught stargazer who developed a powerful, inexpensive telescope that almost anyone could build and showed thousands how to do it during five decades as one of public astronomy’s most influential evangelists. Died Jan. 15 in Burbank, Calif.
— From wire reports