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Patricia Sullivan

A handful of pretty interesting obits came to my attention this morning:

  • Martin P. "Marty" Knowlton, a world traveler who fought ageism by co-founding Elderhostel. When he was about 50, Knowlton became highly annoyed by two things: the prevailing wisdom that "as you got older, your mind automatically began to fail" and the government notifying him that "old age begins at 55," he said. (We had a brief version of this in print, but the whole story bears reading.)

  • Leonard Krys whose 1991 heart attack aboard a 10-hour Lufthansa flight prompted U.S.-based airlines to install defibrillators on their planes. About an hour into a Miami to Frankfurt flight, he had severe chest pains and his skin turned gray. The pilot refused to divert or return to Miami. A flight attendant forced Krys back to his seat after he lay down in the aisle, some passengers complained that they couldn't see the movie because he kept raising his arms, and other business-class passengers groused about not being able to smoke. Although a German gynecologist on the plane gave him nitroglycerin tablets, Krys spent nine hours gasping, sweating and clutching his chest. ''He really suffered,'' his wife said. The episode destroyed much of his heart-wall muscle.

  • One of the world's most transplanted persons, Mark Patton who underwent three bone marrow-stem cell transplants, plus other stem cell treatments. He survived 18 years with multiple myeloma, an incurable blood cancer.

  • Bennet Sedacca, a money manager who raised one of the first alarms about the deteriorating credit crisis just over a year ago, focused on Bear Stearns.

  • Patrick Kinna, who took dictation from Churchill as the prime minister bathed and witnessed the famous encounter between a naked Churchill and U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt at the White House at Christmas time in 1941. (Here's a competing paper's version.)

By Patricia Sullivan  |  March 20, 2009; 10:46 AM ET
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I thought the most interesting one, in the "He was still alive?" way was of Col. Thacker.

Posted by: wiredog | March 20, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

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