"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"

Michael Larsen aka Eyedea

Rapper -- via Consequence of Sound. He was a battle emcee, a freestyler, and a fine lyricist.

Dennis Taylor

Nashville session and stage saxophonist, and author of instructional texts -- via the Tennessean.

Fred Schuman aka Freddy 'Sez'

Legendary Yankees fan -- via the New York Daily News. Ate with him before the 2001 Division Series Game 5 against the A's, when Giambi forgot to slide. A crazy, cantankerous coot, and a great great fan. Here's a New York Times tribute to him.

Friedrich Katz

Eminent historian of Mexico -- via the University of Chicago.

Gregory Hart

Homeless man who got his wish, to live in a home of his own, for the last three years of his life -- via the Washington Post

Elizabeth "Missy" Barlow

Botanist and artist was granddaughter of pioneers, and lived in much the same primitive way -- via the Seattle Times

Eugene C. "Chip" West, Jr.

Businessman who specialized in tales and history of Wheeling, West Virginia -- via the Wheeling News-Register