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"

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