"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"

Ernie Hays

Sports organist -- via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Lebbeus Woods

Experimental architect -- via the New York Times.

Richard Current

Historian and Lincoln scholar -- via the Miami Herald and the  AP.

Pascual Perez aka I-285

Former MLB pitcher -- via ESPN.

Vera Little-Augustithis

Mezzo-soprano -- via artsjournal.com.

Arnold Greenberg

Co-founder of Snapple -- via the New York Times.

Janet Berliner aka Janet Gluckman

Writer -- via Locus.

Mary J. Paradise

Peace activist -- via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Muhamed Muhamud Turyare

Journalist -- via horseeednews.net.

Cordelia Edvardson

Journalist; Holocaust survivor -- via the Washington Post.

Terry Callier

Jazz, folk, and soul guitarist and singer/songwriter -- via the Chicago Tribune.

Sathit Intarakamhaeng

Alternative medicine practitioner -- via the Bangkok Post.

Patty Obasi

Gospel singer -- via Nigerian Entertainment Today.

Maria Wacjhandler Szapszewicz

Holocaust survivor -- via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Corwin Hardham

Wind power pioneer -- via the San Francisco Chronicle.

Eloy Gutierrez-Menoyo

Dissident -- via the Miami Herald.

Margaret Osborne duPont

Tennis champion -- via ESPN.

Dody Weston Thompson

Photographer -- via the BBC.

Nada Ruzdjak

Soprano -- via jutnarji.hr.

Les Mueller

Former MLB pitcher -- via NBC. On July 25, 1945, he pitched 19 and 2/3 innings against the A's. He got two weeks off after this unprecedented feat.

Barouh V. Berkovits

Bioengineer; worked on the pacemaker and the defibrillator -- via dignitymemorial.com.

Ahmad Ghabel

Islamic scholar and dissident -- via The Atlantic.

Gabrielle Roth

Dancer and musician -- via the Huffington Post.

Cesare Canevari

Film producer, director, screenwriter, editor, and actor -- via westernboothill.blogspot.com. Responsible for the bizarre spaghetti Western "Matalo!" and many other exploitation films.

Jo Dunne

Lead guitarist for Fuzzbox -- via the Birmingham Mail.

Alan Kirschenbaum

Comedy writer and TV producer -- via the Hollywood Reporter

Hadley Castille

Cajun fiddler -- via theadvertiser.com.

Eddie Bertrand

Guitarist with the Belairs and Eddie & the Showmen, early surf guitar master -- via tdpri.com.

Louis D. Nunley

Bass -- via obits.dignitymemorial.com. A key member of both the Anita Kerr Quartet and the Jordanaires, he sang backup or was featured on thousands of Nashville recordings.

John McConnell

Peace activist; the creator and founder of Earth Day -- via the Denver Post.

Elizabeth Bell

Actress -- via the Guardian.

Bernie McClain

D.C. radio icon; talk show host and program director -- via the Washington Post.

Bidushi Dash Barde

Model and actress -- via daily.baskar.com.

Natina Reed

Singer and actress -- via Yahoo News.

Russell Means

Activist and actor -- via the Independent.

Hans Werner Henze

Composer -- via the Guardian. The innovative and prolific Henze was an oxymoron: a successful avant-garde figure. His absurd and horrifying youth (he was gay, and his father was a Nazi) was far more dramatic than any of his many creations in opera, symphonic and chamber music, ballets, and much more.

David S. Ware

Free-jazz saxophonist -- via the New York Times.

Borah Bergman

Free-jazz pianist -- via thewire.co.uk.

Luigi Vellucci

Tenor -- via northjersey.com.