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Post Mortem: May 10, 2009 - May 16, 2009

Thoroughbred Jockey

William J. Passmore, 77, a thoroughbred jockey who was a fixture on the Maryland and Delaware circuit for more than 30 years, died May 14. A story about his career, which included winning more than 3,500 races for earnings of nearly $23 million, will appear in the Washington Post tomorrow....

By Lauren Wiseman  |  May 15, 2009; 3:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Ted Sampley, Rabble Rouser

Ted Sampley may not have been a household name, but he certainly made life uncomfortable for a lot of people who were. Check out the Post's obituary of Sampley, who was an activist for the POW/MIA cause and much more. the first obit outside his home state of North Carolina...

By Matt Schudel  |  May 15, 2009; 12:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Artist Revisited

Honoré Sharrer, 88, an American realist painter who died April 17, achieved fame because of a painting she created in 1950 when she was 30 years old. But after her work, "Tribute to the American Working People," was revered for its meticulous, exacting detail, the young artist removed herself from...

By Lauren Wiseman  |  May 14, 2009; 3:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Divisive Sampley Dies

Ted Sampley, 62, a former Green Beret in Vietnam who championed the cause of imprisoned and missing veterans from that war, died May 12 near his home in North Carolina from complications after heart surgery. As a fighter for veterans, Sampley was relentless for decades. But his legacy was...

By Adam Bernstein  |  May 14, 2009; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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FDIC Chairman Dies

Bloomberg reports the death today of L. William Seidman, whom the news service said "led the U.S. out of the savings-and-loan crisis in the late 1980s and early 1990s as head of the government agency that seized hundreds of thrifts and sold their assets. He was 88." The Post will...

By Adam Bernstein  |  May 13, 2009; 3:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Cereal Killer

The Wash Post on Sunday and the NYT today had obits about Robert Choate Jr., a civil engineer-turned "citizen lobbyist" in the 1960s who played a key role attacking the "empty calories" of breakfast cereals. He died May 3 at age 84. The low nutritional value of cereal became Choate's...

By Adam Bernstein  |  May 13, 2009; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Michael Landon's Son Dead

Mark Landon, 60, the eldest adopted son of television actor Michael Landon, only lived to be six years older than his famous father, who died at 54 in 1991. In a tragic announcement today, Los Angeles investigators said Mark, who also was an actor, was found dead Monday at his...

By Lauren Wiseman  |  May 12, 2009; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Jada's Mink Coat

Writing the obit for Texas writer Bud Shrake brought back a lot of memories, not to mention tales about Shrake and his rowdy band of fellow Texas writers, among them Dan Jenkins of "Semi-Tough" fame, Pete Gent, the old Dallas Cowboys wide receiver who wrote "North Dallas Forty" and Larry...

By Joe Holley  |  May 10, 2009; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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