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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"

Gaspar J. "Buddy" Stall

Historian -- via the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

John du Cann aka John Cann

Guitarist -- via seaoftranquility.org.

Oscar Handlin

Historian -- via the New York Times.

Jerry Schad

Master of the hiking guide -- via the L.A. Times.

Frank Driggs

Writer, historian, record producer and collector of jazz photos -- via the New York Times.

Regina Smendzianka

Pianist -- via the news.pl.

Gautam Rajadhyaksha

Photographer -- via The Hindu.

Mohammed Ghani Hikmat

Sculptor -- via the New York Times.

Nikolai Petrov

Pianist -- via the New York Times.

Leif Hovelsen

Peace activist -- via the Steamboat Springs Pilot & Today.

Joe Barber

Entertainment editor, columnist and critic -- via the Washington Post.