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"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"

Arthur Gardner

Actor and producer -- via the L.A. Times. AKA Arthur Goldberg. Best known as a producer of films and TV series such as "The Rifleman" and "the Big Valley," Gardner's early Hollywood career as an actor was not stellar, but interesting. He was the last living member of the cast of the 1930 original film adaptation of "All Quiet on the Western Front" (see him in highlighted area of photo below)



, and as the protagonist of the classic 1937 anti-marijuana cautionary/exploitation film, "Assassin of Youth."

Larry Auerbach

One of the most prolific and respected TV directors; best known for his work on soap operas, especially "Love of Life" for 28 years -- via Yahoo News. It is estimated that he directed more dramatic work on TV than any person in history -- 3,000 hours is one ballpark figure. He started in radio, stage-managed for such iconic early TV shows as "Stud's Place" and "Kukla, Fran, & Ollie"; he directed "Zoo Parade," the show that developed into "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom." He was the first director on "Mr. Wizard," the science education show.

Jonathan Dunn-Rankin

Actor and journalist -- via the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Donald Moffitt

Science fiction writer -- via Locus Online.

John Persen

Composer -- via nrk.no.