"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"
Comic actor -- via channelnewsasia.com.
Second baseman who played for the Tigers and the Athletics -- via clickondetroit.com.
Performer; one of the last of the Munchkins in "The Wizard of Oz" -- via the L.A. Times.
Software developer; co-founder of social networking site Diaspora -- via the Washington Post.
Economics professor and top collector (and smuggler) of Soviet dissident art -- via the New York Times.
Cosmetics executive and advocate for breast cancer awareness -- via the New York Times.