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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"

Terence Longdon

Actor -- via the Telegraph. Best remembered as Drusus in "Ben-Hur," he starred in a British TV series, "Garry Halliday."

John S. Carter


A & R exec, manager, producer and songwriter -- via Billboard. He wrote the lyrics for the Strawberry Alarm Clock's 1967 hit "Incense and Peppermints." (The band hated the lyrics, and a visiting friend, Greg Munford, actually sings them!)

Mary Murphy

Actress -- via the L.A. Times. Her biggest role was as the female lead in "The Wild One"; she also appeared in "The Desperate Hours," "The Mad Magician" and "Junior Bonner."

Jeffery Williams

Military historian -- via the Telegraph.

Birgitta Trotzig

Writer -- via the Canadian Press.

Jim Heise

MLB pitcher, school administrator and baseball coach -- via West Virginia Illustrated. He played eight games for the Senators in 1957; interestingly, his father pitched one game for the Cardinals in 1934.

Mel Queen

MLBer -- via the Washington Post. Interestingly, he learned three different positions in his playing career -- third baseman, outfielder and pitcher. He went on to serve as manager, exec and pitching coach, primarily for the Blue Jays. He is popularly considered to have revived the career of Roy Halladay; he also helped Hentgen, Stottlemyre and David Wells.

Jack Richardson

Music producer -- via the Canadian Press. Best known for his work with the Guess Who, he also produced records for Bob Seger, Alice Cooper, Poco and Badfinger.

Patrick Galvin

Poet, playwright, songwriter and memoirist -- via the Irish Times.

Huseyin Zan

Actor -- via westernboothill.blogspot.com.

Badal Sircar

Playwright and director -- via NDTV.

Lloyd Knibb

Drummer with the Skatellites -- via Spinner.com. One of the key developers of the ska beat!

Vivian Myerson

Vivian Myerson and her husband Seymour display a brick and rock allegedly thrown through their window by an L.A.P.D. "surveillance" unit. (Courtesy LA Times)
Activist who won important case against police harassment -- via the L.A. Times.

Bernard Greenhouse

Cellist and founder of the Beaux Arts Trio -- via the New York Times.