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"

Gary Collins

Actor and TV host - via the L.A. Times.

Graham Jackson

Conductor -- via the Telegraph.


Pip Granger

Novelist -- via the Telegraph.

Lavender Rosamund Marguerite "Pinkie" Barnes

Table tennis champion and ace copywriter -- via the Telegraph.


Helen Nicoll

Children's writer ("Meg and Mog" series); children's TV producer, and audiobook producer -- via the Telegraph.

Arlen Specter

Former U.S. Senator -- via ABC News. He frequently did what he thought was right -- rare in a politician.