"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"

Yuri Rasovsky

Audio dramatist -- via the New York Times.

Richard M. Ketchum

Writer and editor -- via the New York Times.

Winston Riley

Reggae producer and musician -- via the New York Times.

James Arnold

Nuclear chemist -- via the L.A. Times. He spearheaded the study of moon rocks from Apollo space missions.

Marty Springstead

Umpire -- via the New York Times.

David Ihezie

Actor -- via yorubafilm.com.

Sarah Burke

Freestyle skier -- via ESPN.

Rob Windsor

Politician and activist -- via the Coventry Observer.

Elizabeth Brumfiel

Archeologist -- via the L.A. Times.

Joan August Kucinski

Vocalist -- via the Syracuse Post-Standard.

James Farentino

Actor -- via the New York Times.

Robert Hegyes

Actor -- via the Star-Ledger. Best known for his work on the TV sitcom "Welcome Back, Kotter."

Godfrey Chin

Historian -- via Stabroek News.

Richard Bruno

Costume designer -- via the Chicago Tribune.

Robert Dozier

Screenwriter for film and television -- via the Hollywood Reporter.

Nicol Williamson

Actor -- via the Telegraph. Best known in America for his roles in movies such as Merlin in "Excalibur," Sherlock Holmes in "The Seven Per-Cent Solution," and Little John in "Robin and Marian." Williamson was much more of an extraordinary stage actor, doing remarkable turns in "Hamlet," "Macbeth," "Inadmissible Evidence," and "I Hate Hamlet." Plagued by passions and problems onstage and off, his great work has yet to be fully appreciated. A splendid and intense performer.

Jimmy Castor

Singer, songwriter, saxophonist, percussionist and bandleader -- via the Washington Post. Known for his funky, fun tunes!

Carlo Fruttero

Writer -- via Corriere Della Sera.

Mike Tidmus

AIDS and LGBT activist -- via the San Diego Gay and Lesbian News.

Janey Buchan

Activist and politician -- via the Guardian.

Anthony Maonde

Pianist -- via the Lusaka Times.

Dick Tufeld

Announcer and voice actor -- via the National Enquirer. His voice was dynamic and distinctive; oddly, he will be best remembered for playing a robot -- B9 in the TV series "Lost in Space." Plus, check out his voiceover for this amazing TV -- the largest screen ever made to date! 25 inches!!!

Bingham Ray

Indie film exec and Executive Director of the San Francisco Film Society -- via deadline.com.

Jack Wellbaum

Piccoloist -- via news.cincinnati.com.

Joe Moshay

Bandleader -- via the L.A. Times.

Clint Griffey

Actor -- via the Kansas City Star.

Claire O'Mara

Nun, activist and prisoner of conscience -- via the National Catholic Reporter.

Claire Hoppe

A wacky, fun-loving person -- via the Lincoln Journal Star.

Marv Davidov

Nonviolent revolutionary -- via the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Angela Rosalind "Lindy" Turner Runcie aka Baroness Runcie

Pianist and philanthropist -- via the Telegraph.

Gilles Jacquier

Journalist -- via the Washington Post.

V. Madhusudhan Rao

Film director -- via fullhyderabad.com.

Glenn Cox

Former MLB pitcher -- via nbcfh.com.

Joe Paterno

College football coach -- via the New York Times.