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"

Don Mueller aka Mandrake the Magician

Outfielder for the New York Giants and the Chicago White Sox -- via the New York Times.

Jody Rainwater aka Charles Johnson

Bluegrass bassist and singer; radio personality; comedian -- via the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Wilbert "Al" Russell

Composer, bandleader and pianist -- via the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Rosman Garcia

Pitcher -- via Sporting News.

Constantine Sidamon-Eristoff

Environmentalist -- via the New York Times.

Kim Geun-Tae

Pro-democracy activist -- via the New York Times.

Louise Henry

Actress and acting teacher -- via TCM.

Jack Totheroth

Teacher -- via westernboothill.blogspot.com. An interesting footnote -- he was perhaps the oldest surviving silent film actor. At the age of nine months, in 1915, he appeared in "The Bachelor's Baby," which starred Broncho Billy Anderson.

Leopold Hawelka

Influential cafe owner -- via the Telegraph.

James Rizzi

Artist -- via the Guardian.