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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"

Paul Conrad

Political cartoonist -- via the New York Times. His brilliance earned him three Pulitzer Prizes.

Bob Schimmel

There is no link to an official announcement as yet. One of the funniest and most honest and uncompromising comedians of my time passed away this evening. One of the risks of keeping memorial sites such as this is -- one day you post someone you knew and admired. God bless you, Bob.
UPDATE: Here's the New York Times story, and Bob's home page. I encourage you to find out more about his work and life there. And buy something! It will help his kids. The best write-up so far is this piece in the L.A. Times.

Vasundhara Patwardhan

Writer - via DNA

John Louis Mansi

British actor -- via the Guardian. Best known for his supporting roles in films such as "Help!" and "The Italian Job," and TV shows such as "'Allo 'Allo" and "Ripping Yarns."

Shmuel Eisenstadt

Sociologist -- via Yodioth Internet

Vance Bourjaily

Novelist -- via the Iowa City Press-Citizen

George Hitchcock

Poet and publisher of the literary magazine 'kayak' -- via the L.A. Times

Cammie King

Child actress who played Bonnie Blue Butler in "Gone With the Wind" -- via the Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Jim MacLaren

An extraordinary athlete -- via Triathlon. A leg amputation did not deter his competitive drive. Another accident left him a paraplegic. He didn't give up!

Dr. William P. Foster

Conductor who revolutionized the art of the marching band -- via the New York Times

Eric J. Hartglass aka Mister Bagel

Restaurateur opened first bagel shop in Maine -- via groups.google.com/group/alt.obituaries and the Portland, ME Forecaster. You could do much worse in life than to be remembered as Mister Bagel!

Mick Lally

Quite a wonderful actor -- via Irish Central

Courtney Milne

A pretty amazing nature photographer -- via the CBC. Here's just one example of his work:
Most importantly, he listened to his higher power and followed that impulse. Please read this statement from his website! It's quite inspiring.

Stephen Wall

Writer, editor, teacher and advocate for the disabled - via the Independent

Raymond Hawkey

Innovative graphic designer -- via the Telegraph

Alain Corneau

Film director and screenwriter -- via the CBC. He is best known for his period drama "Touts les matins du monde," but he was equally at home with epics, comedies and especially crime films and thrillers. His last film "Love Crime" has not yet reached the U.S.

Lamar 'Jake' Jacobs

Outfielder for Senators/Twins -- via Bill Schenley, groups.google.com/group/alt.obituaries and the Youngstown, Ohio Vindicator

Victoria Longley

Actress -- via the Sydney Morning Herald

A.C. Baantjer

Crime novelist -- via DutchNews

Richard T. Conroy

Writer and artist -- via the Washington Post. Sounds like someone I would have very much liked to hang out with! Well, this is why we write -- so people can after we're gone.

William B. Lenoir

Scientist and astronaut -- via collectspace.com

Jules Loh

A darn good reporter -- via AP