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"

Paddy Roy Bates

Pirate radio broadcaster and founder of the nation of Sealand -- via the New York Times.

Bataan Faigao

Master of Eastern arts and tai-chi -- via the Daily Camera.

Azriel Cohen

Artist and healer -- via the Jerusalem Post.

Budd Lynch aka Frank Joseph James Lynch

Long-time Red Wings' public address announcer -- via usatoday.com.

Direk Marilou Diaz-Abaya

Filmmaker -- via philstar.com.

John Tchicai

Saxophonist -- via the Philadelphia Inquirer.






Howard H. Scott

Co-creator of the LP record; classical music producer -- via the New York Times.


Paddy Gunn O'Brien

Art curator -- via lfpress.com.

Ada Yakusheva

Poet, singer, and songwriter -- via russia-ic.com.

Vojin Dimitrijevic

Rights activist and international law expert -- via FOCUS News Agency.


George McGovern

Politician, historian, author, Presidential candidate, and liberal icon -- via the New York Times.