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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"

Joe Morello

One of the greatest of all jazz drummers -- via WGBH. He was recorded on more than 120 albums, 60 of which were with Dave Brubeck. His skills inspired much of Brubeck's composition of the classic album "Take Five."

Hugh Martin

Tony- and Oscar- nominated composer, arranger, playwright and accompanist -- via TheaterMania. With Ralph Blane, he wrote the score for 1944's "Meet in St. Louis," including the classic songs "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "The Trolley Song" and "The Boy Next Door."



He and Blane were also nominated for this song from 1947's "Good News":

Jean Dinning

Singer and songwriter -- via the Orange County Register. A member of the vocal trio The Dinning Sisters, her claim to fame will be the fact that she wrote the hit song "Teen Angel" for her brother, Mark. Surprisingly, the song was banned for a year by many radio stations until becoming a number-one hit in 1960. It is a prominent part of that peculiar subgenre of "teen tragedy" or "dead girl" songs that were so popular during that era.

Sheila Jackson

Costume designer, artist and author -- via the Guardian.

Herb Kawainui Kane

Historian, artist, and ocean-going canoe designer and builder -- via the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Darlene Lucht Brimmer aka Tara Ashton

Actress -- via voy.com.

Frank Dezelan

National League umpire -- via MLB.com. He was there at the 1970 All-Star Game Ray Fosse-Pete Rose dustup.

St. Clair Lee aka Bernard Lee

Vocalist -- via inlandsocal.com. Best known as a member of the vocal trio The Hues Corporation, who scored big with their 1974 hit, "Don't Rock the Boat."

Armando Goyena

Actor -- via the Sun Star.

David Broder

Journalist -- via the Washington Post.

Mike Starr

Bassist -- via abc4.com. Best known for his work with Alice in Chains and Sun Red Sun.

Sam Chwat

Speech therapist and dialect coach -- via the New York Times.

John Fawcett Wilson

Top-notch comedy and drama radio producer -- via the Guardian.

Allen Willis

Filmmaker -- via the San Francisco Chronicle.

Herman Ernest

Drummer -- via NOLA.com.

Kyle Dias

Music director of KUNC-FM -- via the Coloradoan.

Gerald Stonehill

The world's leading expert on the Duo-Art, or "reproducing," piano, which acted like a player piano but could imitate the nuance of an individual keyboardist -- via the Telegraph.

Malcolm Smith

Classical music producer and bon vivant -- via the Telegraph.

Al Morgan

Novelist, playwright, theater critic, journalist, radio and TV producer -- via legacy.com.

Agnes-Marie Grisenbach

Writer -- via news.de.

Mike DeStefano

Stand-up comic -- via Punchline Magazine. Don't forget to check out the hilarious and brutally obscene interview at the bottom of the story!

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Mark Leslie Adams

Bass player for Slave -- via Soul Tracks.

Cato T. Walker III

Saxophonist, band leader and road manager -- via the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

Anthony Brooke

One-time Acting Rajah of Sarawak, soldier and roving diplomat for peace -- via the Telegraph.

Irvin Leigh Matus

Penniless, brilliant Shakespeare scholar -- via the Washington Post.