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"

Phyllis Avery

Actress - via the L.A. Times.

Arthur Goldreich

Anti-apartheid fighter -- via the New York Times.

Mark Haines

CNBC anchor and commentator -- via the New York Times.

Gary Scully

Journalist who wrote his own obituary -- via the Sydney Morning Herald.

Chinanda Dasgupta

Writer, film critic and film director -- via The Hindu.

Tom West

Computer engineer and rebel -- via the New York Times.

Abraham Novitsky

Rabbi -- via the Jewish Exponent.

Dennis J. "Sweet Stroke" Keehan

Jockey who remade himself as pocket billiards champ after being crippled in racing accident -- via the Chicago Sun-Times.

John Ashley Soames Grenville aka Hans Jurgen Guhrauer

Historian -- via the Guardian.

James Casey

Comedian, comedy and writer and producer -- via the Telegraph.