exordia

"How are we to help those who die and those who have died?" --
Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

"By writing or reading obituaries,
we can discover ways to make our time on earth more worthwhile, more productive, more meaningful to others." -- Alana Baranick, "Life on the Death Beat"

"'I always read the obituaries in The Times,' I explained to her. 'They make me bloody glad to be alive.'" -- John Mortimer, "Rumpole's Return"

Peter von Bagh

Robert M. Ellis

Artist and museum curator -- via the Albuquerque Journal.

James Kupferschmidt

Founder of the Milwaukee Beer Museum and local historian -- via the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Francisco Feliciano

Composer and conductor -- via GMA News Online.

Hilda Oates

Actress -- via the Cuban News Agency. Sweet lord, she was in "Patakin! quiere decir 'fabula,'" the 1985 Cuban film that is indeed the only Spanish-language Socialist musical comedy ever made. That I know of.