exordia

"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"

Michael Davis

Bassist for seminal hard-rock band MC5 -- via Yahoo News.

Gary "The Kid" Carter

Hall of Fame baseball player -- via Sports Illustrated. Great catcher; savior of the 1986 World Series for the Mets.





John Severin

Illustrator -- via Westword. Best known for his work on "Two-Fisted Tales," "Mad" and "Cracked."

Gene "Lefty" Crumling

Baseball player -- via the York Daily Record.

Don Starkell

Adventurer and author -- via the Telegraph.

Patricia Stephens Due

Civil rights activist -- via the Washington Post.

Janice Voss

Scientist and astronaut -- via the New York Times.

David Kelly

Actor -- via the Irish Times. Best known in America for his roles in "Fawlty Towers," "Waking Ned Devine," and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."

Philip Bruns

Character actor -- via the Washington Post. His instantly recognizable features were put to best use on the subversive soap opera parody "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman," where he played George Shumway.

Ronald L. Smith

Horn player and composer -- via the Miami Herald.

Michael Goodwin

Music director and conductor -- via the Sacramento Bee.

Antoni Tapies

Artist - via the New York Times.

Nello Ferrara

Candymaker -- via the New York Times. He invented Lemonheads! And Atomic FireBalls! And RedHots! And Boston Baked Beans! How cool is that?

Anil Mohile

Orchestrator and arranger for film -- via the Times of India.

Rick Behenna

Former MLB pitcher -- via the Times-Herald.

Herb Adams

White Sox outfielder -- via Legacy.com.

Bill Mardo aka William Bloom

Journalist who fought racism long before it was acceptable to do so -- via the New York Times.