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"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"

Theodore Mann aka Theodore Goldman

Theatrical producer and director; co-founder (with Jose Quintero) and artistic director of Circle in the Square Theater and School -- via the New York Times. He championed the plays of Williams, McNally and Shanley; his groundbreaking production of "The Iceman Cometh" persuaded O'Neill's widow to allow him to stage the playwright's late work, most notably "Long Day's Journey Into Night." He also regularly staged classics.

He demanded that American theater have a broad range, depth and versatility -- an approach which strongly influenced my studies as a writer and performer. I am proud to have attended his school and been part of that tradition!

Elyse Knox aka Elsie Kornbrath

Actress -- via the Hollywood Reporter.

Xu Bangda

Painter and calligrapher -- via artmarketforum.com.

Lorin Levee

Clarinetist -- via the L.A. Times.

Kenneth Price

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

Erland Josephson

 Acting great on stage and in film -- via Newsday. He appeared in 14 Ingmar Bergman films over the course of nearly 60 years, most notably in "Cries and Whispers," "Scenes from a Marriage," and "Fanny and Alexander." He also worked for Tarkovsky ("Nostalghia," "The Scarifice"), and in "Hanussen," "The Unbearable Lightness of Being," and "Montenegro."