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"

William Sleator

Writer -- via the New York Times.

Leslie Esdaile Banks aka L.A. Banks

Writer -- via GalleyCat.

Leo Greco

Radio host -- via KCRG-TV.

Delois Barrett Campbell

Gospel singer -- via the Washington Post.

Nikolai Petrov

Pianist -- via the Philadelphia Inquirer.