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"

David Schwenderman

Last full-time taxidermist at the American Museum of Natural History -- via the New York Times.

Gray Foy

Artist and salonnier -- via the New York Times. Margalit Fox's obituary is impeccable.


Stella Angel

Grocer and Holocaust survivor -- via sheepsheadbites.com.

Pat Renella

Actor -- via the Hollywood Reporter.

Emily Matlack-Hodges

Athlete, mentor, and spokesperson with the Special Olympics -- via the Sacramento Bee.