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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"

Alex Price Kissire

DJ and broadcaster -- via the Tyler, TX Morning Telegraph.

Elwy Yost

Film critic and broadcast host -- via the Vancouver Sun.

Allison Harte aka Prudence Dykstra

Pioneering female DJ -- via mlive.com.

Terry Monaghan

World's leading authority on jazz dance, specifically swing -- via the Guardian. His Jiving Lindy Hoppers have preserved this exuberant dance form!

TP Sundararajan

Police officer and lawyer -- via the Telegraph. His petition for oversight of the temple treasure of Sri Padmanabhaswamy in Trivandrum, Kevala, India led to the opening of long-sealed vaults, revealing $7 billion of gold, gems and other riches to date.

Amy Winehouse

Singer-songwriter -- via Contact Music.

Michael Latimer

Actor, director and writer -- via the Telegraph.

Karen Khachaturian

Composer -- via panorama.am.

Frankie Daye

Actress, singer and dancer -- via Variety.

Sidney Cooper

Musician and arranger -- via the New York Daily News.

Lil Greenwood

Jazz singer -- via WKRG.

Gil Bernal

Master of the soulful sax -- via the L.A. Times. Bernal played with Lionel Hampton, Spike Jones, Ry Cooder, Quincy Jones, Little Jimmy Scott, and Ray Charles. He played all the sax breaks on the Coasters' key hits, defining soul and R & B instrumentals for decades to come. His biggest pop hit was with Duane Eddy on "Rebel Rouser."


Jacques Jouanneau

Actor -- via westernsallitaliana.blogspot.com.

Yoshio Harada

Actor -- via House of Japan.

Lillian Mobley

Teacher, and community leader and activist -- via Black Voice News.

Ed Flesh

Art director -- via the New York Times. He designed much of the garish game-show settings of the recent past, including the iconic "Wheel of Fortune."

Lucien Freud

Artist -- via the New York Times. One of the greatest, and most disturbing, painters of the second half of the 20th century.

Alex Steinweiss

Graphic designer and inventor of the album cover -- via the New York Times.

Joseph Hittelman

Doctor -- via jewishjournal.com. He advocated for affordable and accesible health care for the poor, so he was persecuted and blacklisted during the McCarthy era.

George Henry Hubert Lascelles, 7th Earl of Harewood

Opera expert, author and impresario -- via the Telegraph.

Bob Fraser

Television producer, writer, director, actor, and teacher-- via Backstage.

From the Telegraph: Dying as a fine art

Christopher Howse meditates on the process.

Tony Stevens

Dancer and choreographer -- via Playbill. Also, he and Michon Peacock began the taped workshop sessions for dancers that later inspired Michael Bennett to create "A Chorus Line."

Dick Dillon aka The Sky Rover

Radio traffic reporter -- via the Denver Post. He was our "eye in the sky" for decades; he also covered news such as the Big Thompson Flood, the '82 Xmas Blizzard and the crash of Flight 1713 in 1987.

Prudence de Villiers

Bookseller and gay rights activist -- via the Guardian.

Harold Garfinkel

Sociologist and professor -- via the New York Times.

Mani Kaul aka Rabindranath Kaul

Film director -- via the Hindu.

Patrick Laurence

Journalist -- via the Guardian.

Hanna Segal

Psychoanalyst -- via the Guardian.

Sean Hoare

Journalist and whistleblower -- via the Guardian.

Donald Grody

Actor, playwright and activist -- via Broadway World.

Marion Konyot

Vaudevillian -- via the Telegraph.

Joe Lee Wilson

Jazz vocalist -- via Spinner.

Dekha Ibrahim Abdi

Peace activist - via dai.com.

David Ngoombujarra Starr

Actor -- via the Guardian.

Eric Delaney

Jazz drummer and bandleader -- via the Telegraph.

John Mosca

Restaurateur -- via the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Antonio Prieto

Actor and singer -- via Yahoo News.

Hal John Norman

Actor -- westernboothill.blogspot.com.

Tatiana Pankova

Actress -- via en.ura-inform.com.

James Schwartz

Journalism teacher -- via the Iowa State Daily.

Violet Large

She won the lottery and gave it all away -- via the Toronto Sun.

John Kraaijkamp

Actor, comic and singer -- via DutchNews.

Marketa Kimbrell

Actress, teacher and co-founder of the New York Street Theater Caravan -- via the New York Times.

T. Lux Feininger

Photographer and painter -- via the Boston Globe.

Pierrette Alarie

Coloratura soprano -- via the National Post.

Jerry Ragovoy aka Jordan Ragovoy aka Norman Meade

Songwriter, producer and arranger -- via the New York Times. He wrote some great soul tunes -- "Time Is on My Side," "Piece of My Heart" and "Cry Baby," to name a few.