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Post Mortem: March 22, 2009 - March 28, 2009

Tuskegee Airmen

At the Jan. 20 inauguration of Barack Obama as the nation's 44th president, a special section was set aside for a distinguished group of veterans called the Tuskegee Airmen. Now aging and disappearing fast, they were members of an elite group of black aviators who were not allowed to serve...

By Matt Schudel  |  March 28, 2009; 1:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Local Lives , Matt Schudel , Military  
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1970s soft-rock "England Dan" dies

It's hard to keep all those 70s soft-rockers straight, but here's one you might know: Dan Seals, who was part of the duo England Dan and John Ford Coley. Big hit: "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight." (His brother was Jimmy Seals of Seals and Croft.) Oddly enough, the...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  March 27, 2009; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Musicians , Patricia Sullivan  
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Generations upon generations

I just wrote an obit that should appear in the next day or two about a D.C. teacher who died at the age of 103. She had two husbands (not at the same time), a son, three stepchildren, eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 10 great-great-grandchildren and a great-great-great-grandson, just three months...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  March 26, 2009; 1:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Patricia Sullivan , Washington DC-area people  
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Historian John Hope Franklin Dies

Duke University professor John Hope Franklin, 94, a revered historian of life in the South and the African-American experience, died Wednesday of congestive heart failure at Duke University's hospital in Durham. Here's the 29-inch AP version of his obit. Author of the seminal "From Slavery to Freedom: A History of...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  March 25, 2009; 3:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Patricia Sullivan  | Tags: john hope franklin african-american history south negro  
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Updike on Conclusions

Like many who subscribe to the New Yorker, I habitually fall behind reading them. That's why I was reading through the March 16 issue last night when I came upon a collection of poems by John Updike, who died Jan. 27, called "Endpoint." It's a remarkable collection, and I understand...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  March 25, 2009; 12:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Jewish Woman Who Married Nazi Officer Dies

One of the more astonishing obits of the day. There's nothing much to add, except do not miss out. Via the Times of London. Edith Hahn-Beer escaped probable extermination as a Jew in wartime Germany by assuming a false identity, marrying a German and living out the Second World War...

By Adam Bernstein  |  March 25, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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British Reality TV Star Jade Goody Dies of Cancer

We had this yesterday, but in case you missed it: Jade Goody, the 27-year-old reality TV star whose battle with cervical cancer was chronicled by media cameras, which followed her even as she picked out her grave, died early Sunday....

By Patricia Sullivan  |  March 23, 2009; 10:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Leave, You Rah-Rahs

Those of us who write obits for The Washington Post are proud of our "Local Life" feature, where we spotlight a person in our area who lived a remarkable life, albeit outside the spotlight. Tracking down some historical tidbit the other day for an obit I was writing, I happened...

By Joe Holley  |  March 22, 2009; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Joe Holley  
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