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"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"

Daniel Schorr

Outstanding journalist and news analyst -- via the Washington Post. Best known by many for his decades of commentary on NPR, he broke many major stories during his career -- and was on Nixon's enemies list! Good job, Mr. Schorr!

Carl Gordon

Great actor -- via the New York Times

Phillip Walker

Bluesman -- via JamBase

Martin Beales


Lawyer and crime writer -- via the Guardian

Anthony Rolfe Johnson

English tenor -- via BBC Music magazine

Ralph Houck

Former Yankees manager -- via the New York Times

Robert Sandall

Revered rock writer -- via the Telegraph

Priscillano Romanillos

Disney animator -- via the Los Angeles Times

Jim Neu

Playwright -- via the New York Times

David Warren

Australian scientist who invented the "black box" flight data recorder -- via the Telegraph

Bernie Andrews

BBC producer and programmer -- via the Guradian

Stephen H. Schneider

Nobel-winning climate scientist -- via the L.A. Times

Andy Hummel

Big Star bassist -- via the Memphis Commercial Appeal

Larry Keith

Stage and television actor -- via Theater Mania

Kenny Kuhn

Former baseball star -- via the Louisville Courier-Journal

Kip King

Comedian, actor, teacher -- and father of Chris Kattan -- via Variety

Gene Ludwig

Masterful jazz organist -- via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Marceline Freeman

Freeman at right in photo.
Dancer, choreographer and teacher -- via the Denver Post

Glenn Falkenstein

Mentalist -- via the Los Angeles Times

Joseph J. Musil

Theater designer -- via the L.A. Times

Marian Slingova-Fagan

Activist suffered solitary confinement in Czechoslovakia -- via the Independent

James Gammon

Great character actor -- via the Orlando Sentinel

Fred Carter Jr.

Fred Carter Jr. (left) and daughter Deana, right.
Nashville session man -- via CMT

Paulo Moura

All-star Brazilian musician -- via the New York Times

John Coates

Naval architect designed a working Greek trireme -- bet you can't! Via the Telegrpah

Peter K. Duchow

TV producer best known for his work with James Garner -- via the Hollywood Reporter

M-J Lancaster

British writer and editor -- via the Independent

Charles Benjamin Gittings Jr.

Activist fought prisoner abuses, especially those in the War on Terror -- via the Washington Post

Pius Njawe

Cameroonian journalist who fought corruption nad braved over 100 arrests -- via the Washington Post

Peter Fernandez

Actor, writer and director was the voice of "Speed Racer" and converted Japanese anime TV series into American hit -- via the New York Times

Hank Cochran


Singer/songwriter wrote many country classics, including "I Fall to Pieces" and "Make the World Go Away" -- via the New York Times

Valerie Watts

Bassoonist -- via the Guardian

Gilly Coman

British actress -- via the Guardian

Olga Guillot

Cuban singer known as the "queen of the bolero" -- via the New York Times

Louis Keller

Self-taught inventor created the Bobcat with his brother -- via the Fargo Inforum

Vonetta McGee

Actress -- via the New York Times. Best known for her work in the "blaxploitation" subgenre, but a fine performer!

Lelio Luttazzi

Italian composer and performer -- via nowitaly.com

Clint Hartung

Former MLB pitcher -- via the Corpus Christi Caller