"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"

Bob Waller

Entertainment designer, best known for his giant Coca-Cola bottle at the Giants' ball park -- via the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat

Stephen Gilbert

Novelist -- via the Independent

Ken Holcombe

Former MLB pitcher -- via groups.google.com/group/alt.obituaries and the intrepid Frank Russo

Geoffrey Hutchings

Prolific English actor -- via the BBC. You may remember him as the father in "Wish You Were Here" or Nym in Branagh's "Henry V."

José María Díez-Alegría Gutiérrez

Liberation theologist lived his beliefs -- he defied Vatican censorship, was thrown out of the priesthood, and dwelt with and ministered to the poor ever after, continuing to write provocative challenges to the Catholic Church -- via the Guardian

Ilene Woods

The voice of Disney's "Cinderella" -- via CNN

Beryl Bainbridge

Author -- via the Guardian

Elise Boulding

Peace scholar -- via the New York Times

Louis Moyroud

 Moyroud at center in photo.
Co-creator of phototypesetting process, which changed the printing industry -- via Print CEO. More info from the New York Times --

Arnold Friberg

Artist and illustrator -- via ksl.com

Alfred Donath

Professor and activist aided victims of the Holocaust and their families -- via the Philadelphia Inquirer

Burl Franklin Ellison

Honky tonk guitarist -- via http://groups.google.com/group/alt.obituaries/topics and the San Antonio Express-News

Gordon Mulholland

Popular South African actor -- via news24.com

Joshua Ragsdale

Budding songwriter dies at 32 -- via the Tennessean

Joyce Parkinson

A child-welfare worker for most of her life, she entered the Belsen concentration camp and aided the survivors -- via the Guardian

Elliott Kastner

 Film producer -- via Variety. I have a lot of personal affection for his work, as he produced such films as "Where Eagles Dare," in which the highest number of Nazis are killed in cinema history, at least until "Inglourious Basterds": the incredibly strange Brando/Nicholson Western "The Missouri Breaks," which must have strained his patience to the limit; the underrated "Harper" with Paul Newman; and three films based on Raymond Chandler novels, all of which I love -- Altman's "The Long Goodbye," and two with Robert Mitchum as the definitive Philip Marlowe -- "Farewell, My Lovely" and "The Big Sleep." Thanks, Mr. K!


Visionary, visual artist, graffitist, rapper, art theoretist and sculptor -- via the L.A. Times. More info via the New York Times --

Jack Sydow

Tony-nominated director/actor/playwright/teacher -- via Variety

Joe Messerli

Artist and illustrator created, among many other things in many media, the iconic "Twilight Zone" logo -- via groups.google.com/group/alt.obituaries and http://www.joemesserli.com.

Carola Hicks

Art historian and incredibly good writer -- via the Times of London

Nicholas Hayek

Business consultant who came up with the idea for the Swatch -- via the New York Times

A silly idea? Maybe. But it was fun, harmless and it saved the watch industry! Thanks, Dr. Hayek!

Corey Allen

Last surviving member of "Rebel without a Cause" cast became prolific TV director -- via Yahoo News. He played Buzz, who went over the cliff in the scene below: darn that leather jacket!

Allyn Ferguson

Film and TV composer will be bet remembered for his co-composition of the themes for "Barney Miller" and "Charlie's Angels" -- via the L.A. Times. He began his career as a jazz arranger and music director for prominent vocalists such as Johnny Mathis and Julie Andrews. His large-scale scores for various TV adaptations of classic tales were lovingly old-school, a la Korngold!

Adam Montoya

Federal inmate died despite pleas for help -- via the Associated Press

Aldo Giuffre

Italian actor -- via westernboothill.blogspot.com

Jean-Leonard Rugambage

Rwandan journalist murdered -- via the BBC

Sergio Vega el Shaka

Mexican musician murdered -- via helium.com

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John Willis

Theatre World founder -- via broadwayworld.com

Walt LaRue

Cowboy, stunt man, actor, artist -- via westernboothill.blogspot.com

Stuart Brent

Chicago bookseller was a champion of writers and the printed word -- via the Chicago Sun-Times

Benny Powell

Great trombonist -- via NPR

Lorn Brown

Sports broadcaster -- via the Las Cruces Sun-News