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"

Gerrit Komrij

Poet, novelist, librettist, translator, critic, journalist and playwright -- via the Volkskrant.nl.

Ruud van Henert

Film director -- via luvgirlgroup.blogspot.com.




Sebastijan Pecjak

Champion darts player -- via pdc.tv.


Mouss Diouf aka Pierre Mustapha Diouf

Actor and comedian -- via Liberation.

Dolphy aka Golay aka Rodolfo Vera Quizon, Sr.

Philippines' King of Comedy; performer on stage, and in film, TV, and radio -- via the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Benedetto Ghiglia

Film composer -- via westernboothill.blogspot.com.



Dennis Flemion

Percussionist and half of the band The Frogs -- via Matador Records.

Lol Coxhill aka George W. Lowen Coxhill

Saxophonist and raconteur -- via the Guardian.




Zhou Ruchang

Literary scholar -- via the Telegraph. His overwhelming focus was the 17th-century novel by Cao Xueqin, "The Dream of the Red Chamber."


Sunil Janah

Photographer -- via the New York Times.

George Stoney

Filmmaker, teacher and innovator -- via the New York Times. A "dean of documentary filmmakers," his "All My Babies" is on the National Film Registry. He taught film at NYU for 40 years; and he founded public-access television. Pretty amazing.





Richard D. Zanuck

Film producer -- via the New York Times. Thanks to and despite his famous film producer father Darryl F. Zanuck, Richard became one of the era's most successful and interesting film producers himself. He worked on, among many others, "Jaws," "Driving Miss Daisy," "Cocoon," "The Sting," "The Sound of Music" . . .




Calvin Marsh

Baritone -- via the New York Times. Another Margalit Fox classic obit -- she writes so wonderfully. The use of "forsaking" in the first sentence is a textbook example of le mot juste.



Philip Fradkin

Memorable writer whose subject was the American West -- via the New York Times.


Celeste Holm

Actress on stage, on film and TV -- via CNN. She was the first Ado Annie in "Oklahoma!"; she won an Oscar for her work in "Gentlemen's Agreement," and did notable work in films such as "All About Eve" and TV roles such as the Fairy Godmother in the second broadcast of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella."