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  • Mary Rodgers, Author and Composer in a Musical Family, Dies at 83

    06/27/2014 12:00:06 PM PDT · by Borges · 4 replies
    NYT ^ | 6/27/2014 | BRUCE WEBER
    Mary Rodgers, who wrote songs and children’s books and, by virtue of genetics and serendipity as well as talent, lived at the red-hot center of American musical theater, died on Thursday at her home in Manhattan. She was 83. The cause was heart failure, her son Alexander Guettel said. Ms. Rodgers, the daughter of the composer Richard Rodgers, is probably best known for writing the music for “Once Upon a Mattress,” the fairy-tale farce about a love-hungry princess that catapulted Carol Burnett to stardom in 1959; and for writing “Freaky Friday,” a novel for young people about a teenage girl...
  • Kevlar Inventor Stephanie Kwolek Dead at 90

    06/20/2014 12:05:59 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 4 replies
    GMA via Yahho News ^ | 6/20/14 | ALYSSA NEWCOMB
    As one of the few pioneering female chemists in the 1960s, Stephanie Kwolek invented the flexible, tougher than steel fibers that were used to create life-saving body armor for law enforcement and soldiers. Kwolek died this week at the age of 90, her co-workers at DuPont, the chemical company where Kwolek worked, confirmed to ABC News. "She leaves a wonderful legacy of thousands of lives saved and countless injuries prevented by products made possible by her discovery," DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman said in a statement.
  • Statement by John Raisian, Director of Hoover Institution, Stanford Univ. - Fouad Ajami has died

    06/22/2014 4:41:57 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 6 replies
    It is with profound sadness that we learned of the passing of Fouad Ajami, who lost his battle with cancer on Sunday. Fouad is truly one of the most brilliant Middle East scholars of our time. His Hoover Institution family will forever miss his superb scholarship, quick wit and gentle spirit. As we reflect upon a man whose life and intellectual contributions influenced so many, our thoughts and prayers go to his lovely wife, Michelle. Fouad Ajami was born September 18, 1945 in Arnoun, Lebanon. Ajami was a senior fellow of the Hoover Institution, and more recently the Herbert and...
  • Bataan March survivor Elias Saavedra dies at 96

    06/05/2014 3:32:25 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | June 5, 2014 | BY RUSSELL CONTRERAS
    Elias Saavedra, one of the last survivors of the Bataan Death March, died Wednesday. He was 96. Saavedra died of natural causes at his San Rafael, New Mexico, home after battling a number of illnesses, his son Alfred Saavedra said. Born in 1918 in San Rafael, Saavedra joined the New Mexico National Guard at the outset of World War II. He was one of 75,000 Filipino and American soldiers taken captive by the Japanese in World War II when U.S. forces surrendered in the province of Bataan and Corregidor Island in April 1942. In all, tens of thousands of troops...
  • '77 Sunset Strip' star Efrem Zimbalist Jr. dies at 95

    05/02/2014 11:32:51 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 39 replies
    Efrem Zimbalist Jr., who portrayed the indefatigable Inspector Lewis Erskine on the long-running U.S. television series "The F.B.I.", died on Friday at the age of 95, according to media reports. Zimbalist died of natural causes at his home in Solvang, California, his daughter, actress Stephanie Zimbalist, and his son Efrem Zimbalist III, said in a statement, Hollywood trade magazine Variety and other media reported. "A devout Christian, he actively enjoyed his life to the last day, showering love on his extended family, playing golf, and visiting with close friends," the statement said, according to Variety.
  • Walter Walsh, oldest Olympian, dies days shy of 107th birthday

    04/30/2014 2:29:26 PM PDT · by Borges · 7 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4/30/2014 | Marc Lancaster
    Walter Walsh, a former FBI agent and Marine who was the world’s oldest Olympian, died Tuesday, just six days shy of his 107th birthday. USA Shooting announced Walsh’s death Wednesday afternoon on Twitter. He competed for the United States in the 1948 London Games, placing 12th in the 50m free pistol event. But that achievement (at age 41) was a mere footnote in a memorable life. Walsh first gained fame as an FBI agent in the nascent days of the Bureau, discovering the body of noted gangster Baby Face Nelson after a shootout.
  • Former NFL QB Earl Morrall dies

    04/25/2014 12:45:51 PM PDT · by dfwgator · 39 replies
    ESPN.COM ^ | ESPN.com news services
    MIAMI -- Earl Morrall, an NFL quarterback for 21 years who started nine games during the Miami Dolphins' perfect season in 1972, has died. He was 79.
  • 'Apollo's unsung hero' for developing the moon landing strategy in the 1960's dies aged 95

    04/20/2014 9:50:17 AM PDT · by DFG · 40 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 04/19/2014 | AP
    John C. Houbolt, an engineer whose contributions to the U.S. space program were vital to NASA's successful moon landing in 1969, has died. He was 95. Houbolt died Tuesday at a nursing home in Scarborough, Maine, from complications from Parkinson's disease, his son-in-law Tucker Withington, of Plymouth, Mass., confirmed Saturday. As NASA describes on its website, while under pressure during the U.S.-Soviet space race, Houbolt was the catalyst in securing U.S. commitment to the science and engineering theory that eventually carried the Apollo crew to the moon and back safely.
  • Lorenzo Semple Jr., Creator of TV's 'Batman,' Dies at 91

    03/29/2014 8:48:58 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 21 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | March 28, 2014 | Mike Barnes
    Lorenzo Semple Jr., the creator of the campily classic Batman TV series who went on to craft such big-screen paranoid thrillers as The Parallax View and Three Days of the Condor -- though he would be replaced on both films -- has died. He turned 91 on Thursday... Semple’s résumé also includes the Steve McQueen-Dustin Hoffman escape tale Papillon (1973); Paul Newman’s Harper sequel The Drowning Pool (1975); Dino De Laurentiis’ King Kong (1976) starring Jessica Lange; and the rogue James Bond movie Never Say Never Again (1983)...
  • David A. Trampier, Iconic Artist of Early D&D, Passed Away This Week

    03/29/2014 4:47:02 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 11 replies
    Kotaku ^ | March 28, 2014 | Evan Narcisse
    Anyone who grew up playing the beloved editions of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons will remember the detailed medieval fantasy artwork that made the role-playing games creatures and characters come to life. Artist David A. Trampier was the man who drew those illustrations. An Illinois newspaper is reporting that he passed away this week at the age of 59. Trampier's renderings of wizards, giant spiders and lizardmen helped electrify the rules, storytelling and play experience of Dungeons & Dragons. But his whereabouts were a mystery for years because the artist faded into obscurity after D&D lodged itself into the consciousness of...
  • Jeremiah Denton, Former Vietnam POW Who Blinked 'T-O-R-T-U-R-E', passes at 89

    03/28/2014 1:24:34 PM PDT · by Saint X · 51 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute ^ | 3/28/14 | Naval Institute Staff
    The former U.S. Senator from Alabama, Navy admiral and Vietnam prisoner of war who blinked “T-O-R-T-U-R-E” in Morse Code to alert the world of abuse by his North Vietnamese captors, died on Friday.
  • Bletchley codebreaker dies aged 93

    03/27/2014 2:30:35 AM PDT · by Winniesboy · 43 replies
    The Guardian ^ | March 27th 2014 | Conal Urqhuart
    Raymond 'Jerry' Roberts was one of elite team who helped decode messages sent between Hitler and his high command. ne of the last of a team of wartime British codebreakers who deciphered Hitler's messages at Bletchley Park has died after a short illness. Raymond "Jerry" Roberts, 93, from Liphook in Hampshire, was part of a group that cracked the German high command's secret code. Roberts joined Bletchley Park as a German linguist and was among four founder members of the Testery section, named after its head Ralph Tester. Their target was a system known as Tunny, which carried messages between...
  • Maria von Trapp Dies

    02/22/2014 3:32:40 PM PST · by Borges · 48 replies
    People ^ | 2/21 | K. C. Blumm
    Maria von Trapp, whose family's story was told in The Sound of Music, has died. She was the last surviving member of the musical family of seven brothers and sisters and passed away in her sleep at home in Vermont at the age of 99 on Tuesday, PEOPLE confirms. Von Trapp, who was the second-eldest daughter, and her family fled their home in Austria to escape from the Nazis in the 1930s and eventually ended up in the U.S., where their story inspired a Rodgers & Hammerstein musical and the popular 1965 movie starring Julie Andrews.
  • George Goodman, Aka TV's "Adam Smith," Dies at 83

    01/03/2014 2:44:26 PM PST · by LRoggy · 3 replies
    ABC News ^ | 1/3/14 | By HILLEL ITALIE AP National Writer
    George Goodman, a journalist, business author and award-winning television host who under the pseudonym "Adam Smith" made economics accessible to millions of people, died Friday at age 83. Goodman's son, Mark Goodman, said his father died at the University of Miami Hospital after a long battle with the bone marrow disorder myelofibrosis. Starting in the 1950s, the elder Goodman had a long, diverse and accomplished career, whether as a founder of New York Magazine, as a best-selling business author or as the personable host of "Adam Smith's Money World."
  • Big-bang-defying giant of astronomy passes away (article)

    01/02/2014 9:11:49 AM PST · by fishtank · 30 replies
    Creation.com ^ | 12-31-13 | John G. Hartnett
    Big-bang-defying giant of astronomy passes away by John G. Hartnett Published: 31 December 2013 (GMT+10) Halton Arp passed away on Saturday morning 28th December 2013 in Munich, Germany. He will be sorely missed by many but not so much by others because of his challenges to the ruling big bang paradigm. With Geoffrey Burbidge and others, Professor Halton Arp was a thorn in the side of those who held to the standard story line of the big bang. In many papers and several books1 he promoted the idea that quasars are born from the nucleus of active galaxies—parent galaxies. In...
  • Three pieces by Sir John Tavener - died today at 69 (videos)

    11/12/2013 3:21:01 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 3 replies
    Lament of the Mother of God (Tavener) — Winchester Cathedral Choir with Solveig Kringelborn Tavener - The Lamb John Tavener - Funeral Canticle (The Tree of Life) FULL VERSION
  • Remembering the Contributions of Ronald Coase

    09/03/2013 3:29:31 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 7 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 9-3-13 | Will Freeland
    Ronald Coase, an economist hailed as one of the top 10 greatest economic thinkers of all time, passed away Monday, September 2, 2013, just shy of 103 years of age. Coase was truly a titan in economics, publishing his first article at only 27, and producing fresh and insightful content well into his 100s. A winner of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, Coase is one of the founders of both the law and economics and new institutional economics disciplines, as well as one of the seminal thinkers in industrial organization economics and the study of social costs. He was...
  • RIP Frederik Pohl, the man who transformed science fiction

    09/02/2013 3:56:30 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 91 replies
    io9 ^ | September 2, 2013 | Annalee Newitz
    One of the leading lights of the science fiction world, editor and author Frederik Pohl, passed away this weekend after a career that defined the genre for decades... Pohl was known for his mind-bending, often satirical novels (many co-authored with longtime collaborator C.M. Kornbluth), his editing acumen, his science fiction criticism, and his witty, fascinating blog, which he was updating right up until his death...
  • Roswell author who said he handled UFO crash debris dies at 76 (Jesse Marcel Jr, Freeper)

    09/01/2013 8:10:55 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 53 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 8/28/2013
    Jesse Marcel Jr, who said he handled debris from the 1947 crash of an unidentified flying object near Roswell, New Mexico, has died at the age of 76. Denice Marcel said her father was found dead at his home in Helena, Montana, on Saturday, less than two months after making his last trip to Roswell. He had been reading a book about UFOs. Over the past 35 years Marcel appeared on TV shows, documentaries and radio shows, was interviewed for magazine articles and books and travelled the world lecturing about his experiences in Roswell. His wife, Linda, said: "He was...
  • Broadcaster David Frost, famed for Nixon apology, dies

    09/01/2013 8:17:01 AM PDT · by jmcenanly · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Sep 1, 2013 3:28pm BST | Costas Pitas
    (Reuters) - British broadcaster David Frost, a master of the television interview, famed for coaxing an apology for Watergate from Richard Nixon, has died suddenly, his family said on Sunday. Aged 74, he had a heart attack late on Saturday aboard a luxury cruise liner where he had a speaking engagement. His sudden death brought tributes from international celebrities and political leaders, many of whom called him a good friend as well as an acute interrogator. "David Frost died of a heart attack last night aboard the Queen Elizabeth, where he was giving a speech," his family said in a...
  • Sir David Frost, broadcaster and writer, dies at 74

    09/01/2013 3:45:33 AM PDT · by iowamark · 18 replies
    BBC ^ | 9/01/2013
    Veteran broadcaster Sir David Frost has died at the age of 74 after a suspected heart attack while on board a cruise ship. A family statement said he had been giving a speech aboard the Queen Elizabeth on Saturday night. Sir David's career spanned journalism, comedy writing and daytime television presenting, including The Frost Report. Internationally, he will be remembered for his revealing interviews with former US President Richard Nixon.
  • Irish Poet Seamus Heaney Dies

    08/30/2013 12:41:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    NPR ^ | August 30, 2013 | MARK MEMMOTT
    Seamus Heaney, "acclaimed by many as the best Irish poet since Yeats," has died, the BBC and other news outlets are reporting. Heaney was 74 and had recently been in ill health. According to The Irish Times, he died Friday morning at the Blackrock Clinic in Dublin. Sky TV has a short statement from Heaney's family announcing his death. The Associated Press adds that Heaney's publisher, Faber & Faber, has also confirmed the news. Heaney was awarded the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature. Writer and literary critic Ola Larsmo said then that Heaney's poetry reveals "a profound experience ... that...
  • Best-selling author Vince Flynn dies at age 47.

    06/19/2013 9:46:50 AM PDT · by GSP.FAN · 18 replies
    Fox news ^ | June 19, 2013 | Fox news
    Flynn self-published his first book, "Term Limits," in 1997 before landing a publishing deal. "Term Limits" became a New York Times bestseller. Most of his books centered on the character Mitch Rapp, a counterterrorism operative. He averaged a book a year.
  • Passings: Marshall Lytle (original bassist) of Bill Haley's Comets (1933 - 2013)

    05/27/2013 4:16:24 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 24 replies
    Vintage Vinyl News ^ | Saturday, May 25, 2013 | no byline
    Marshall Lytle, the bass player for Bill Haley and the Comets during their biggest era, died on Saturday morning at 3:30 AM in his home in Port Richie, FL after battling lung cancer. He was 79. Lytle was honored one year ago when he and the rest of the Comets were among the first backing group's to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. For the Comets, the honor came 25 years after Bill Haley was accorded the same honor. Marshall started out his musical career as a guitarist but switched to double bass when he joined...
  • Modern-Day Galileo: J. Philippe Rushton (1943-2012)

    10/13/2012 11:41:04 AM PDT · by River Hawk · 21 replies
    Big Think ^ | Oct. 10th, 2012 | Satoshi Kanazawa
    Last week the world of science lost one of its most courageous and brilliant practitioners, and I have lost a dear friend and colleague. On 02 October, J. Philippe Rushton passed away at an infuriatingly young age of 68. I first learned of Phil’s work in 1999 when, as a then member of the Social Psychology Section of the American Sociological Association, I received a complimentary copy of the abridged edition of Race, Evolution and Behavior, which Phil had sent to all 600+ members of the Section at his personal expense. I read it right away, then I purchased and...
  • Last Polish soldier of WWII opening battle dies (Westerplatte)

    08/06/2012 12:40:15 PM PDT · by dfwgator · 23 replies
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Maj. Ignacy Skowron, the last known survivor of World War II's Battle of Westerplatte, has died. He was 97. Family friend Zofia Nowak said Monday that Skowron died at his grandson's home in Kielce, in southern Poland on Sunday after suffering circulatory, liver and pancreas problems.
  • Sir John Keegan - RIP

    08/03/2012 5:16:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | August 2, 2012 | Staff
    He had been on the teaching staff of the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, for 25 years in 1986 when Max Hastings announced his recruitment to the paper the day he took over the editor’s chair. Keegan proved an unrivalled asset as the Soviet empire crumbled and collapsed, the government demanded a “peace dividend” in the form of cutbacks to the Armed Forces and a series of military actions flared up in the Middle East and the Balkans.
  • 'Young Winston' actor Simon Ward dies after long illness

    07/28/2012 9:33:28 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 6 replies
    BBC News ^ | 28th July 2012 | BBC News
    'The British screen and stage actor Simon Ward has died after a long illness, his agent has confirmed. Ward, who was 70, appeared in several films throughout the 1970s and 1980s, including The Three Musketeers. He also starred as Bishop Gardiner in The Tudors and as Sir Monty in the popular BBC television series Judge John Deed. A statement released by his agent said he passed away peacefully with his wife Alexandra and daughters at his bedside. The son of a car salesman from Beckenham in Kent, Ward joined the National Youth Theatre at the age of 13 where he...
  • Radical writer Alexander Cockburn dead at 71

    07/22/2012 1:05:36 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 14 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 07-21-2012 | AP Staff Article
    Radical writer Alexander Cockburn, a longtime columnist for The Nation and editor of the political newsletter CounterPunch, died Friday in Germany at age 71. He had been receiving treatment for two years for cancer, his fellow editor at CounterPunch, Jeffrey St. Clair, wrote on the publication's website. Cockburn, who lived in recent years in Petrolia, Calif., was known for an acidic pen that spared few on either the left or right for policies that he felt were hypocritical or corrupt.
  • “Little Marcy” Tigner passes away

    06/19/2012 11:48:29 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 7 replies
    weirdomusic.com ^ | June 15, 2012 | no byline
    We just received the following sad news (including a mention of Weirdomusic.com) through Registerguard.com: Former Eugene resident and recording artist Marcellaise Tigner, who performed as Little Marcy, died May 17 in Redmond at age 90. Tigner’s childlike voice won her a recording contract with Cornerstone Records, who in 1964 released “Happy Day Express: Sing With Marcy.” Before that, she had put out two trombone records.Tigner’s involvement in the film “Teenage Diary” led to her friendship with ventriloquist and actress Vonda Van Dyke, who encouraged Tigner to study ventriloquism. She was more comfortable performing live in her childlike voice, and with...
  • Earl Rose, medical examiner during JFK assassination in Dallas, dies in Iowa at age 85

    05/01/2012 4:12:59 PM PDT · by iowamark · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 05/01/2012 | Associated Press
    n the turbulent hours following President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, many were uncertain about what to do, but medical examiner Earl Rose knew one thing: The shooting happened in Dallas, and it was his job to do an autopsy on anyone slain in the city. Rose stood in a doorway at the hospital where Kennedy’s body was taken on Nov. 22, 1963, in a vain attempt to block Kennedy’s aides as they removed his coffin. The Secret Service and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy prevailed, and the president’s body was flown to Bethesda Naval Hospital, where an autopsy was done by...
  • 'Easy Ed' Macauley dead at 83

    11/09/2011 9:52:00 AM PST · by massmike · 2 replies
    http://espn.go.com ^ | 11/09/2011 | n/a
    Ed Macauley, one of the NBA's first big stars who won a championship with the St. Louis Hawks and was traded by the Boston Celtics for Bill Russell, has died. He was 83. Macauley played for the Celtics from the 1950-51 season until 1955-56. He and the draft rights to future Hall of Famer Cliff Hagan were traded by Boston to the St. Louis Hawks on April 29, 1956, for the rights to Russell, a move that changed the power structure of the NBA. The Celtics went on to win 11 titles with Russell dominating in the paint. After the...
  • Ed Thompson, Brother Of Ex-Governor Dies

    10/22/2011 11:23:41 AM PDT · by gorush · 10 replies
    Channel 3000 ^ | Oct. 22, 2011 | AP
    TOMAH, Wis. -- Allan Edward Thompson, 66, the younger brother of former Gov. Tommy Thompson, has died at his home in Tomah. Thompson, died at 1:23 a.m. after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Thompson was in the middle of his state Senate campaign when he announced in September 2010 that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
  • The Music They Made

    12/22/2010 4:23:59 PM PST · by Keltik · 11 replies
    A sound-collage-and-video tribute to musicians who died in 2010.
  • Swing Vote: Newly Dead Now Oppose Obama

    10/04/2010 2:52:14 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 16 replies
    Swing Vote: Newly Dead Now Oppose Obama By Stephen Miller As a Chicago pol, President Barack Obama must be familiar with rumors that the cemeteries vote. If so, he’d probably be worried to find out that in this campaign year, he’s even lost the dead. In death notices from around the nation, the recently deceased are reaching back to canvass the living. “In lieu of flowers, Hal has requested that donations be made to your local animal shelter or to any candidate running against Barack Obama in 2012,” reads the death notice of Harold Groves, a retired Air Force fighter...
  • 'Catcher In The Rye' Author J.D. Salinger Dies

    01/28/2010 10:16:21 AM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 80 replies · 1,692+ views
    WCCO.com ^ | 1/28/10 | AP
    J.D. Salinger, the legendary author, youth hero and fugitive from fame whose "The Catcher in the Rye" shocked and inspired a world he increasingly shunned, has died. He was 91. Salinger died of natural causes at his home on Wednesday, the author's son said in a statement from Salinger's literary representative. He had lived for decades in self-imposed isolation in the small, remote house in Cornish, N.H.
  • An Obituary for Obituaries

    12/11/2009 2:36:24 PM PST · by giant sable · 344+ views
    Pajamas Media/Edgelings ^ | December 11, 2009 | Michael S. Malone
    What Americans need right now is a good Government-subsidized obituary. You probably didn’t read the story – because what red-blooded American reads a newspaper anymore? – but apparently the nation’s newspapers, having already lost their editorial dominance to cable news and the Web, their sports coverage to fan sites, their classifieds to Craigslist, and their editorial pages to the blogosphere, are now under heavy assault on their last profitable redoubt: the obituary page.
  • Study: Newspaper obits face online competition (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    12/09/2009 12:36:03 PM PST · by abb · 24 replies · 676+ views
    Chcago Tribune ^ | December 9, 2009 | Staff
    The Internet's already drawn plenty of business away from newspapers. But a new study says social networks and online memorials are now putting pressure on the institution of the newspaper obituary. The Northwestern University study says newspapers are still the most popular way to communicate news of a death. But study co-author Ian Monroe warns obituaries could move onto the Web as classified ads have done. The study notes that Baby Boomers are at a stage where they take a greater interest in obituaries. And so the study recommends that newspaper publishers avoid reducing space or staff devoted to obituaries....
  • Dom DeLuise Dead at 75

    05/05/2009 8:29:07 AM PDT · by Borges · 126 replies · 5,085+ views
    Extratv.com ^ | 05/05/09
    Another comic great has died. Dom DeLuise passed away at a Los Angeles hospital around 6:00 PM Monday, reports TMZ. A film and TV staple since the mid-1960's, DeLuise was an expert foil for other performers, including Dean Martin, Mel Brooks (in six of his films) and Burt Reynolds, with whom he starred in the "Cannonball Run" flicks. In 1980, he played the lead in "Fatso," a film written and directed by Anne Bancroft, the late wife of Mel Brooks. A noted gourmand, DeLuise authored two books of his Italian recipes, and wrote several children's books. He voiced numerous characters...
  • Final goodbye: A roll call of some who died in '08

    12/30/2008 6:34:18 AM PST · by restornu · 36 replies · 1,765+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 2/29/2008 | Associated Press
    <p>From the summit of Everest, the top of the world - to the intricate workings of the human heart. From outer galaxies to the dungeons of Stalin's gulag.</p> <p>Sir Edmund Hillary was the first man to stand atop the world's highest mountain. Dr. Michael DeBakey developed treatments for heart disease that prolonged the lives of millions.</p>
  • Valley Libertarian crusader Marshall W. Fritz dead at 65

    11/09/2008 10:21:10 AM PST · by logician2u · 12 replies · 191+ views
    The Fresno Bee ^ | 11/06/08 | Vanessa Colón
    Valley Libertarian crusader Marshall W. Fritz dead at 65 By Vanessa Colón / The Fresno Bee11/06/08 22:39:34 Marshall William Fritz, an icon of the Libertarian movement who opposed state-run schools, once ran for Congress and created a widely circulated political quiz, died of pancreatic cancer Tuesday in Fresno. Mr. Fritz, 65, a writer and adventurer, began his political life as a liberal in the 1960s but shifted to libertarianism in the 1970s and clung to it to the very end. ... He established Advocates for Self-Government in 1984, now based in Georgia, to promote Libertarian ideals. He also established the...
  • Stolen election & living with right-winged Americans finally brought him to his early demise

    10/06/2008 9:18:59 AM PDT · by prolifefirst · 57 replies · 1,982+ views
    theanchoressonline.com ^ | 6/21/05 | Michelle Malkin
    Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other guy to die. The obit says he died because of the strain "of living in this unjust country“. An avid atheist, he studied the bible and religion with more fervor than most Christians. He had strong political opinions and followed Amy Goodman’s radio broadcast “Democracy Now.” Alas the stolen election of 2000 and living with right-winged Americans finally brought him to his early demise. Stress from living in this unjust country brought about several heart attacks rendering him disabled. But I expect it’s more what Will Smith said to his...
  • Fr Sir Hugh Barrett-Lennard, Bt — obituary

    08/03/2007 7:22:33 PM PDT · by dighton · 17 replies · 1,321+ views
    Father Sir Hugh Barrett-Lennard, 6th Bt, who has died aged 89, was a greatly admired if highly eccentric priest of the London Oratory.Pursuing a busy and eclectic apostolate in Knightsbridge, he was a dedicated parish visitor, so unconcerned about his appearance that he sometimes wore odd shoes; thus attired he would knock firmly on the doors of rich and poor alike.He visited the Household Cavalry, and served as a chaplain to both the local St Thomas More school and the St Christopher cycling club, though his cassock occasionally became tangled in a bicycle wheel and had to be cut free....
  • Helen Carey Collins, 88, devoted, hardworking mother (An inspiring obituary)

    04/20/2007 6:59:22 AM PDT · by pa mom · 163+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | April 19, 2007 | Gail Ronan Sims
    Helen Carey Collins, 88, devoted, hardworking motherBy Gayle Ronan Sims Inquirer Staff Writer Helen Carey Collins raised nine children in a 2-bedroom house. Helen Carey Collins' life was marked by hard times, hard work and devotion to her family. She was sent to an orphanage when she was 2, she went to work in a factory when she was 14, and she reared nine children in a two-bedroom rowhouse in Pennsport. And after her children were old enough to take care of themselves, she returned to working in factories. Mrs. Collins, 88, died Sunday of diabetes and hypertension at the...
  • "BC" and "Wizard of Id" Creator Johnny Hart dies

    04/08/2007 10:24:35 AM PDT · by Shady · 162 replies · 8,465+ views
    Self | Vanity
    (Posted Vanity due to copyright restrictions) We have just learned from our local Gannett Newspaper site in Broome County NY that Johnny Hart, creator of "BC" and "Wizard of Id" died in his Ninevah NY home yesterday.
  • Letterman's Larry "Bud" Melman Dies

    03/21/2007 4:29:16 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 50 replies · 3,544+ views
    AP ^ | 3-21-07 | LARRY MCSHANE
    Letterman Regular Larry 'Bud' Melman Dies By LARRY MCSHANE, AP NEW YORK (March 21) - The balding, bespectacled nebbish who gained cult status as the oddball Larry "Bud" Melman on David Letterman's late night television shows has died after a long illness. The Brooklyn-born Calvert DeForest, who was 85, died Monday at a hospital on Long Island, the Letterman show announced Wednesday. He made dozens of appearances on Letterman's shows from 1982 through 2002, handling a variety of twisted duties: dueting with Sonny Bono on "I Got You, Babe," doing a Mary Tyler Moore impression during a visit to Minneapolis,...
  • Expert in accident reconstruction

    09/27/2006 3:41:18 PM PDT · by Freeport · 3 replies · 560+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | September 12, 2006 | ANNIE SWEENEY
    Roland L. Ruhl, a top forensic engineer and nationally and internationally recognized expert in accident reconstruction who testified in hundreds of Chicago cases, died last week in Oklahoma. Mr. Ruhl had lived in Champaign since 1991. He was 63. He was in Purcell, Okla., at the scene of a high-profile accident he had been hired to investigate when he was fatally struck by the extended mirror of a utility-type vehicle, his family said. "He was one of the leading people in the industry and had done this thousands of times," said his daughter, Laura Ruhl Genson. "It's highly unusual. It's...
  • Frederic Arthur (Fred) Clark (obituary)

    07/10/2006 8:17:21 PM PDT · by jcdc · 33 replies · 2,046+ views
    Frederic Arthur (Fred) Clark, who had tired of reading obituaries noting other's courageous battles with this or that disease, wanted it known that he lost his battle as a result of an automobile accident on June 18, 2006. True to Fred's personal style, his final hours were spent joking with medical personnel while he whimpered, cussed, begged for narcotics and bargained with God to look over his wife and kids. He loved his family. His heart beat faster when his wife of 37 years Alice Rennie Clark entered the room and saddened a little when she left. His legacy was...
  • George Roche, Captain of Hillsdale Ship

    06/04/2006 10:51:27 PM PDT · by logician2u · 11 replies · 538+ views
    Human Events ^ | May 16, 2006 | Ron Trowbridge
    George Roche, Captain of Hillsdale Ship by Ron TrowbridgePosted May 16, 2006George Roche, president of Hillsdale College for 28 years, from l971 to l999, died May 5 at age 70. His body had been torn by diabetes most of his life. It is nearly impossible to exaggerate his accomplishments. He made Hillsdale College what it is, even today where the foundation he established remains, with the college presently building upon it. He was the captain of the ship, steering the boat and giving us mates direction. He gave the college the best faculty and the best students it had ever...
  • Swallowed Up Of Life

    03/03/2006 1:07:31 PM PST · by bremenboy · 3 replies · 146+ views
    I love to read, but I'm not an avid newspaper reader. I learned a long time ago not to believe everything I see in the paper or on TV. But I have noticed lately a lot of fairly young people are mentioned in the obituary column. Some, of course, are quite young, in their 20s or 30s, but there seems to be a very large number in their 40s and 50s, and that's getting too close to home. Perhaps it is just that too many people in my own age group are dying and it re-minds me of my own...