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"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"

Bob Weston

Rock guitarist -- via Reuters. Best known for his work with Fleetwood Mac, in particular his affair with Mick's wife, which precipitated major changes in the band.

Bob Holness

Quizmaster -- via the Guardian.

Andy Carey

Former MLB third baseman -- via the New York Times.

Tom Ardolino

Drummer for NRBQ -- via Spinner.

Frederica Sagor Maas

Playwright, screenwriter, memoirist and author -- via the L.A. Times. She lived to the age of 111, and had worked on such silent film screenplays as "The Plastic Age" and "Flesh and the Devil."

Don Carter

Bowling great -- via the Washington Post. First president of the PBA; first athlete to sign a $1 million endorsement contract. OK, I sound overly worshipful -- but they used to broadcast championship bowling and, by golly, we watched it enthusiastically. Growing up in the Midwest, Don Carter was a legend, and someone to be emulated, right down to the shirt with his name embroidered on it.


William Duell

Wonderful character actor -- via the New York Times.

Eve Arnold

Photojournalist -- via the New York Times. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WqlvbadCbQ

Ted Beard

Former outfielder for the Pirates and the White Sox -- via legacy.com. One of only four players to hit a homer over the right-field roof at Forbes Field.

Glenn Lord

Literary agent, editor and publisher -- via Locus. The primary scholar of Robert E. Howard's work, an the man most responsible for perpetuating the legacy of the famous pulp writer (Conan, etc.).

Creighton Holley

Bluesman -- via Westword.

Howie Koplitz

Former MLB pitcher -- via MLB.com.

Randy Stein

Former MLB pitcher -- via legacy.com.

Robert Dickey

Vocalist and guitarist; the original Bobby of James and Bobby Purify -- via the New York Times. Their big hit? "I'm Your Puppet."

Nay Win Maung

Activist -- via the Independent.

Fred Milano

Vocalist with Dion and the Belmonts -- via the Chicago Sun-Times.

Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt

Guitarist -- via musicradar.com.

Gordon Hirabayashi

One who stood up against the U.S. government's internment of Japanese-American citizens in World War II -- via the L.A. Times.

Ian Bargh

Jazz pianist - via organissimo.org.

Enrique de Melchor

Flamenco guitarist -- via speroforum.com.

Robert L. Carter

Civil rights leader -- via the New York Times.

Ray Reed

Jazz vocalist -- via The Pitch.

Josef Skvorecky

Writer -- via the New York Times.

Edmundo "Eddie" Escobar Sr.

Publisher and entrepreneur -- via the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

John Buchanan

Museum director -- via the San Francisco Chronicle.

Gilbert Stieg

Taxidermist -- via the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. A belated and "problematic" obituary.

Eva Zeisel

Ceramic artist and designer -- via the L.A. Times.

Richard Lainhart

Composer -- via createdigitalmusic.com.

Simms Taback

Children's book author and illustrator -- via the L.A. Times.

Yaffa Yarkoni

Singer -- via the New York Times. Known as a singer of patriotic ballads, she later incurred controversy for speaking against the Israeli government's treatment of Palestinians.

Andrias Karel (Kace) Keiluhu and Phillipe Havet

Dr. Keiluhu

M. Havet
A doctor and an emergency coordinator with the aid group Doctors Without Frontiers (MEdecines sans Frontieres), shot and killed in Mogadishu -- via the Guardian.

Lenny Bates

Tram driver -- via the Melbourne Leader.

Ronald Searle

Cartoonist and illustrator -- via the BBC.

Vic Finkelstein

Activist -- via the Guardian.

Christine Rosholt

Vocalist -- via the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Thinley Norbu

Monk, writer and teacher -- via Shambala Sun.

Lucia Rikaki

Filmmaker, writer, producer, film festival founder and educator -- via greece.greekreporter.com.

Steve Bent

Photojournalist -- via the Telegraph.
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