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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"

Lone Isaksen

Ballerina who boldly moved into modern dance -- via the New York Times.

Robbins Barstow

Home-movie auteur -- via the New York Times. In his spare time, he created documentary narratives of his family; one, "Disneyland Dream," is now in elect company on the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.

Coleman Jacoby aka Coleman Jacobs

Comedy writer -- via the New York Times. With Arnie Rosen, he wrote many episodes for Phil Silvers' "Sgt. Bilko" TV show, and created many of Jackie Gleason's greatest characters for him. Most memorably he paired Gleason with his great comic foil, Art Carney. When we think of the great writers of early TV, we think of the Simon brothers, Larry Gelbart, Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner; Jacoby was one of many other unsung creatives who made us laugh.

Luis Garcia Berlanga

Film director -- via the Latin American Herald Tribune.

D V S Raju

Film producer -- via the Times of India.

Richard J. Bing

Cardiologist and composer -- via the L.A. Times.

Glen Howard GoodKnight III

Teacher was early American enthusiast of English fantasy literature -- via the L.A. Times.

Nancy Anderson

Former West Coast editor of Photoplay magazine -- via Variety. Her friends included John Wayne, Walt Disney and Elvis Presley.

Suharso Suhandinata

Badminton pioneer and icon -- via the Jakarta Post.

Danny Gould

Composer, songwriter, musician and film music executive -- via the Hollywood Reporter.

Emmett Boaz

Radio host on WTJU-FM and traditional-music expert -- via readthehook.com.

Purushottama Lal aka P. Lal

Poet, publisher, writers' mentor and translator -- via merinews.com. He is best known for his complete English translation of the Mahabarata.

Addison Powell (Shelburne)

Actor on stage, in film and television -- via legacy.com and the Burlington Free Press. He won an Obie for his work in a production of "The Iceman Cometh." He could be seen in TV series as varied as "Gunsmoke," "Law and Order," "The Bob Newhart Show" and "Dark Shadows." Most memorably, he played an assassin in "Three Days of the Condor" and could be seen in fare such as the original "The Thomas Crown Affair."

Adam Pinsker

Arts administrator -- via the New York Times.

Nicholas Bornoff

Writer -- via the Independent. Apotheosized as "the Odysseus of Japanese sex" for his non-fiction work "Pink Samurai."

Sam Holmes

Extraordinary range of experiences: Pullman porter, Negro Leagues baseball player, manager for club whose members were excluded by others because of their faith -- via the Denver Post.

Henryk Gorecki

Composer -- via the Guardian. One of the great composers of the 20th century, albeit one of many whose use of atonality and serialism made their music irritating and incomprehensible to the general public. However, his Third Symphony, the "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs," which testified to the Holocaust, became one of the greatest-selling compositions of the last 50 years. The public caught up with him.

Carlos Edmundo de Ory

Poet -- via enmemoria.com

Miriam Wosk

Artist and illustrator -- via the L.A. Times

Donald S. Kellerman

Journalist, researcher and pollster -- via the Washington Post

Tony West

First bass player for Merseybeat group The Searchers -- via the Liverpool Echo

Brenda Cowling

Ever-present actress in scads of British films and television shows -- via the Guardian

Angus Hone

Larger-than-life economist -- via the Independent

Fred Atkins

One of the last of the film poster artists who painted by hand -- via britmovie.co.uk

James Mwandha

Minister of the Ugandan Parliament and disability rights activist -- via disabledfeminists.com.

Mohd Shamrin Abd Samad

Lead singer for Fotograf -- via bernama.com

Dino De Laurentiis

Legendary, award-winning film producer -- via AFP. He made some the best and worst and strangest films in history. The good: "Bitter Rice," "La Strada," "Nights of Cabiria," "Serpico," "The Bounty," "Blue Velvet," "Army of Darkness." The bad: "Dune" (at least the release cut), "Mandingo," "Lipstick," "Orca," the 1976 "King Kong," "Death Wish," "Year of the Dragon." The just plain weird: "Barbarella," "Danger: Diabolik," the 1980 "Flash Gordon," "Goliath and the Vampires," numerous Italian sex farces, and the Conan movies. What a career!

Dave Niehaus

Hall of Fame baseball broadcaster -- via the Seattle Times. What a beautiful pro!

Randy Miller

Drummer for The Myriad - via redding.com.

Philip Carlo

True crime writer -- via the New York Times.

Ben Levene

Artist -- via the Guardian.

George Estock

Pitcher for the 1951 Boston Braves -- via Bill Schenley and http://groups.google.com/group/alt.obituaries.

Joni Sheram

Playwright and performer -- via John Moore of the Denver Post.

Paul Hammond

Dancer and choreographer -- via the Herald Sun. Look closely and you wil see him performing in the classic film "The Red Shoes"!

James "Sid" Simmons

Jazz pianist -- via the Jazz Times.

Alan Milward

Economic historian -- via the Telegraph.

Jack Levine

Painter who was not afraid of the human figure, or making a political point, or stepping on toes -- via the New York Times.

Noel Taylor aka Harold Alexander Taylor Jr.

Award-winning costume designer for stage, film and television -- via the L.A. Times. Interesting sidebar -- a privileged youth, he summered in Austria in the 1930s. He saw the rise of Hitler, and out of conscience he raised $200,000 to help the Jews escape. Finally, he was caught organizing against the Nazis and thrown out of the country. An honorable man.

Howard Van Hyning

Master percussionist -- via the New York Times.

Kalim Sharafi

Street singer and freedom fighter -- via the Daily Star.

Jay Van Noy

Respected BYU coach who played six games with the Cardinals in 1951 -- via the Salt Lake City Tribune.

Princess Irmingard of Bavaria

Her family knew Hitler was nuts and dangerous, and fought his rise to power. Of course, he put them all in concentration camps. Somehow, she survived! Via the Telegraph

Don Liberto

Actor/singer/dancer worked on stage, in radio and on television -- via http://groups.google.com/group/alt.obituaries. His first Broadway credit? 1937.

Smaro Stefanidou

Actress -- via the Greek Reporter.

Oscar Brockett

Really awesome theatre historian -- via Playbill.

Richmond Harding

Film and television director and producer -- via the Telegraph. He learned the trade on pivotal British films such as "Tight Little Island," "The Blue Lamp" and "Passport to Pimlico." He moved on to classic TV series like "The Avengers" and "Z Cars." He's supposedly the one who put Cathy Gale in the catsuit. Oh, you devil!

Nicci DeSoto

Singer for Falling to Pieces -- via gunshyassassin. com.

Charles Reynolds

"The magician's magician" -- via the New York Times. He produced, directed, invented and conceived some of stage magic's most impressive tricks and illusions,including sawing some one in half with a length of rope and two ways to make an elephant disappear.

Gaston Vandermeerssche

WWII resistance leader -- via the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Sonia Pottinger

Record producer -- via the Jamaica Obsever

Alton "Barry" Chevannes

Sociologist, anthropologist and peace activist -- via go-jamaica.com.

Reg King

Soul singer -- via the Guardian.