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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"

Peter Andry

Classical music producer -- via overgrownpath.com.

Peter C. Marzio

Museum director -- via the New York Times.

Boris Tishchenko

Composer -- boristishchenko.inmemoriam.org.

Tony Schilder

Jazz pianist -- via iol.co.za.

John Fenn

Research chemist whose discoveries won him a Nobel Prize and helped in the development of pharmaceuticals, especially AIDS-fighting drugs -- via the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Fighting age discrimination that limited his funding and laboratory space, his great successes took place after he reached the age of 70.

Simona Vere Pakenham

Writer and actress -- via the Telegraph.

Weldon A. Macdougal III

Soul singer (part of one of many groups named The Larks), record promoter, producer . . . oh yeah, and he discovered a brother act called the Jackson 5. Via philly.com.