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"

Alla Bayanova

Singer -- via the Kremlin.

David Pressman

Director and actor -- via the New York Daily News.

Patricia Hardy

Film and TV actress -- via the Hollywood Reporter.

Richard "Cactus" Pryor

Broadcaster and humorist -- via the Austin American-Statesman.

Tony Lopez

Sculptor -- via the Miami Herald.

Kim Tai Chung aka Kim Tai-Jung aka Tong Lun

Taekwondo artist and film actor -- via cityonfire.com.

Bruce Ryan aka Bruce Ryan Hoffman

Disc jockey -- via the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Rod Garrett

Urban planner and landscape designer -- via the New York Times. He created Black Rock City, the temporary development that is created each year for the Burning Man festival.


Roy Ford

History teacher -- via the Guardian.

George Band

Mountaineer -- via the Guardian.