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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"

Herb Tanney

Herb Tanney (left) and Blake Edwards on the set of "Blind Date."
Doctor and actor -- via legacy.com. A friend and doctor to film director Blake Edwards, he appeared in many of his films.

Jean Hartley

Publisher -- via the Guardian.

Dale Pontius

Political science professor and social activist -- via the Chicago Sun-Times. He heckled Joseph McCarthy.

Elliot Handler

Toymaker -- via the Washington Post. He invented Hot Wheels, and named the Barbie doll.

Jennifer Linn

Fundraiser -- via bloomberg.com.