William Doyle Ruckelshaus, 87: A lifelong Republican and first administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency who famously quit his job in the U.S. Justice Department rather than carry out President Richard Nixon’s order to fire the special prosecutor investigating the Watergate scandal. Died Wednesday, as confirmed by the EPA.

The Rev. Clay Evans, 94: A legendary gospel singer, choirmaster and celebrated Baptist minister who became a fast ally to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in his effort to expose the slum conditions black Chicago residents endured

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Died Wednesday at his home on Chicago’s South Side.

Jonathan Miller, 85: A polymath British stage director, filmmaker and comedian who co-created groundbreaking comedy revue “Beyond the Fringe.”

Died Wednesday in London following a long battle with Alzheimer’s.”

— Bulletin wire reports

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