exordia

"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"

Jane Holtz Kay

Writer on the environment and architecture -- via the New York Times.


Leah Gottlieb

Swimsuit designer -- via the New York Times.

Larry Hagman aka the Mad Monk of Malibu

Actor -- via the Hollywood Reporter. Remembered either as a gleeful villain (J.R. in the TV drama "Dallas") or as a hapless, affable comic lead (Major Anthony Nelson in "I Dream of Jeannie"), Hagman
could actually act, as shown through his brilliant supporting performance as the translator for the U.S. President played by Henry Fonda in "Fail-Safe."

His mother was Broadway superstar Mary Martin. An epic partier, he later quit drinking alcohol and smoking (tobacco at least) and became a vegetarian.









Pete La Roca aka Peter Sims

Drummer -- via Jazz Times. Played with all the greats of his time -- Coltrane, Mose Allison, Farmer, McLean, Sonny Clark, Freddie Hubbard, Rollins . . .





Bonita Lynn Fields Elder

Dancer and Mouseketeer -- via the San Francisco Chronicle.

Christian Larde



Flautist -- via artsjournal.com.

Wendell D. Garrett

Antiques expert -- via the New York Times.


Billy Scott

Lead vocalist for The Prophets -- via the Washington Post.

Pete Eneh

Actor -- via allafrica.com.


Khim Maung Toe

Musician -- via irrawaddy.org.

Frode Thingnaes

Trombonist, composer, and conductor -- via nrk.no.

Howard Wallace

Gay rights and labor activist -- via bilerico.com.

Gail Harris

Former MLB player -- via tricities.com. He is the answer to a great trivia question -- he was the last person to hit a homer for the New York Giants.


Martin Dawson aka King Roc

House DJ -- via Spinner.



Manoranjan Baruah

Writer and lyricist -- via zeenews.india.com.

Ilya Oleynikov

Actor and TV host -- via russia-ic.com.

Harold Gould

Former Negro Leagues player -- via nj.com.

Erwin Suess

Musician -- via legacy.com. He was born in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota; he played the accordion and led the Hoolerie Dutchmen.


Loren G. "Sam" Lickteig

Disappointed Kansas City Chiefs fan -- via legacy.com.

Cornel Lucas

Portrait photographer -- via the New York Times.

Subhash Dutta

Film director and actor -- via news.priyo.com.

Patrick Edlinger aka La Blond

Pioneering free climber -- via climbing.about.com.

Jefferson Kaye

Radio DJ and announcer -- via CBS Boston.

William Turnbull

Sculptor -- via The Guardian.

Elliott Stein

Journalist and historian, focused especially on film -- via Gay City News.


Iurie Darie

Actor -- via foxcrawl.com.

Charles Stalnaker

Actor -- via westernboothill.blogspot.com

Ray Zone

The "king of 3D" -- via the Hollywood Reporter.

Roger Hammond

Actor -- via The Guardian.