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"

Anthony Howard

Journalist -- via the Daily Mail.

Rodica Tapalaga

Actress -- via westernboothill.blogspot.com.

Norberto Diaz

Actor -- via cineymedios.com.ar.

Tasso Kavadia

Actress -- via news.in.gr.

Martti Pennanen

Actor -- via iltalehti.fi.

Karen Tuttle

Violist and viola teacher -- via the Curtis Institute of Music.

Rachel Amos Bromwich

Scholar of medieval Welsh literature -- via hefenfelth.wordpress.com.

Tom Newnham

Human rights activist -- via Radio New Zealand.

George Pickow

Photographer -- via the New York Times.

Cozy Baker aka Hazel Cozette Oliver Baker

Kaleidoscope collector -- via the Washington Post.