"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"

Vasili Pichul

Director -- via ABC News. Best known for "Little Vera" (1988).

Vic Firth

Timpanist and drumstick manufacturer -- via the Boston Globe.

Robin Phillips

Wolfgang Gonnenwein

Conductor and music director -- via Slipped Disc.

Iceu Wong

Singer -- via CNN Indonesia.