"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"

Bob Smith

Orthodontist and inventor of ski goggles -- via the Associated Press.

Joshua Micheal McMahon

A free spirit -- via the Ponca City News.

Louis le Brocquy

Artist -- via the Guardian.

Amos Vogel aka Amos Vogelbaum

Cineaste, film society director, co-founder of the New York Film Festival, and writer of the great text "Film as a Subversive Art" -- via the New York Times. "The commercialization of art and entertainment is a negative factor in human development," he said.

Randy Purcell

Trombonist -- via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Doris Betts

Writer -- via the New York Times.

Nicholas King

Actor and writer; he helped preserve one of the great monuments of folk art, the Watts Towers -- via the L.A. Times.

Chris Ethridge

Bassist and songwriter; co-founder of the Flying Burrito Brothers -- via the L.A. Times.