"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"

Vesta Williams

R & B singer -- via the Huffington Post.

Nico Minardos

Actor -- via contactmusic.com.

Jack Adler

Cover artist, colorist, production manager and more for DC Comics -- via newsfromme.com.

Keith Abbott Conant

Principal violist for Chicago's Lyric Opera -- via the Chicago Sun-Times.

Joel Dever

Multinstrumentalist with Battant -- via NME.

Gaby Stenberg

Actress - via dn.se.

Cora Vaucaire

Singer -- via Digital Journal.

David Pressman

Director on stage and in television, and actor -- via the New York Daily News. A prominent and well-respected Broadway and live-TV director, he was blacklisted during the McCarthy era; he survived and thrived in later years.

Adrienne Anderson

Environmental activist and teacher -- via the Daily Camera.

Enid Cheavens Schantz

Printer and bookstore owner -- via the Denver Post. With her husband Tom, an owner of the wonderful Rue Morgue bookstore in Boulder. An award-winning champion of mystery and detective fiction. I bought a lot of my Raymond Chandler, and my first Dashiell Hammett, there!

Corinne Hunt

Regional historian and author -- via the Denver Post.

Minck Oosterveer

Comic book illustrator -- via comicbookmovie.com.

Norma Eberhardt Dauphin

Actress -- via Legacy.com.

Johnny Raducanu

Jazzman -- via the Washington Post.

Kurt Sanderling

Conductor -- via the L.A. Times. Little-known due to his isolation behind the Iron Curtain, he was a marvelous interpreter of Shostakovich.

John Glasby

Research chemist, astronomer -- and prolific pulp fiction writer -- via the Telegraph.

John Boswell

Film story editor and analyst -- via the Hollywood Reporter.

Myron Bresnick

Film distributor -- via Variety.

Who rates an "In Memoriam"?

Emmy broadcast omits Jeff Conaway, others -- via Entertainment Weekly. What does one have to do to rate a mention? Evidently, avoid rehab.

Bill "Ready" Cash

Negro Leagues catcher -- via examiner.com.

Catherine Coath

Actress -- via the Lake Forester.

Jordi Dauder

Actor -- via forum.bcdb.com.

Paul Hunt

B-movie director, producer and distributor -- via Variety.

Wilma Lee Cooper

Bluegrass and country musician -- via the New York Times.