"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"

Safiuddin Ahmed

Painter and printmaker -- via the Daily Star.

Leela Dube

Anthropologist and sociologist -- via the Open Anthropology Cooperative.

Barry Unsworth

Historical novelist -- via the New York Times.

Phillip Tobias

Paleoanthropologist-- via the New York Times.

Dave Boswell

An amazing and colorful MLB pitcher -- via ESPN.

Gavin Packard

Actor -- via the Times of India. His specialty: villains.

Richard Rabago

Engineering designer, actor and expert in Okinawan kobudo -- via awwman.com.

Elaine Mulqueen

Children's show host -- via the Daily Herald (Chicago).

Gerald J. Christian

Emmy-winning sound editor -- via the Hollywood Reporter. He did the sound for "Psycho" and "Duel," among many others. An ever-so-gifted pro!

Ann Rutherford

Actress -- via the L.A. Times. She played Polly Benedict 12 times in the Andy Hardy film series. She also appeared in "Gone with the Wind," and played the ingenue for Red Skelton in his "Whistling" series.

Ray Torres aka Raynaldo Torres

Drummer -- via the Sacramento Bee.

Boleslaw Sulik

Filmmaker -- via the Independent.

Dudley Clendinen

Journalist -- via the New York Times.

Earl Shorris

Social critic, author, activist and educator -- via the New York Times.

Calvin Hicks

Photographer -- via the L.A. Times.

Frank Cady

Great comic character actor in film and television -- via the L.A. Times. Cady will be best remembered as the inimitable Sam Drucker on the trifecta of rural TV comedy on CBS, "Petticoat Junction," "Green Acres," and "The Beverly Hillbillies."