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Post Mortem: May 24, 2009 - May 30, 2009

Ethnic Studies Pioneer

Ronald Takaki, a professor who created the ethnic studies program at the University of California at Berkeley, has died at the age of 70. His name may not be well known, but the field of ethnic studies has emerged as an important and controversial component of higher educaiton. We'll be...

By Matt Schudel  |  May 29, 2009; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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A Prolific Pen Silenced

Cy Shain, who has not yet received an obituary in his preferred newspaper, is not forgotten. David Margolick in The Nation writes about the man who was wildly successful at getting his letters to the editor published in the New York Times. Thirty-nine times over the past decade Shain, who...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  May 29, 2009; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Bad 'Association'

Why do we need news obituaries? The trouble with paid Death Notices is that families can claim pretty much anything, and who will be the wiser? Advertising staffs, like most of us in the news biz, are overwhelmed with requests for obits. Generally families are taken at their word when...

By Adam Bernstein  |  May 29, 2009; 1:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Deaths on This Day in History

On May 29: 2004: Archibald Cox, Watergate prosecutor 2004: Sam Dash, Watergate committee chief counsel 1998: Barry Goldwater, GOP presidential candidate 1995: Margaret Chase Smith, the first woman to serve in both the House and Senate 1979: Mary Pickford, actress 1951: Fanny Brice, Ziegfeld Follies star...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  May 29, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Champion of Haitian Refugees

A man who dedicated his life to helping the dirt-poor refugees from Haiti when no one else was paying attention has died in Miami. Rev. Gerard Jean-Juste, who ran the Haitian Refugee Center in Miami and who laid down before trucks to insist on civil rights when the U.S. government...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  May 28, 2009; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A Knitting Giant

Witt Pratt, a local textile artist who died May 20 at age 48, was by all accounts a gentle and life-loving soul. He started playing around with knitting as a youngster growing up in McLean, even though everybody knew that knitting was for girls, and if he liked to knit...

By Joe Holley  |  May 28, 2009; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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The 1970s FBI

From time to time, we get calls or e-mail from researchers and authors doing the legwork necessary for proper history. A writer I know who is working on a history of the FBI contacted me recently to ask for more detail about something I cited in this obituary of Guy...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  May 27, 2009; 6:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Jane ("Cat People") Randolph Dies

Actress Jane Randolph, who died May 4 at 93, will be remembered for two of the scariest single scenes in any suspense film -- and they are the same film, "Cat People" (1942). She's stalked by a female/feline rival in the first scene as she walked by night to a...

By Adam Bernstein  |  May 27, 2009; 11:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Death of 'The Tripper'

Vancouver writer Tom Hawthorn spies great obit stories. Here's one that caught his eye recently. Hawthorn writes: At his death May 17 aged 83, David Humphrey was praised for his brilliance as a defence lawyer, his thoroughness as a prosecutor, and his fair-mindedness as a judge. As a justice of...

By Adam Bernstein  |  May 26, 2009; 12:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Amos Elon Dies

Washington Post staff writer Emily Langer writes: If you're interested in learning more about Amos Elon, the distinguished Israeli writer who died yesterday in Tuscany and whose obituary appears in today's Post, take the time to read this interview with Mr. Elon all the way to the end. The interview...

By Adam Bernstein  |  May 26, 2009; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Field of Dreams

On many a hot summer day in Central Texas years ago, I was my dad's helper on his potato chip route to small towns within driving distance of Waco. "See you got the boss with you today," storekeepers and beer-joint owners would say to him as we walked in. I'd...

By Joe Holley  |  May 25, 2009; 3:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Reporting from Arlington National Cemetery

Mark Berman, who's on the staff of The Post's Virginia desk, covers burials at Arlington National Cemetery. He's been to more than 70 of these ceremonies in the last two years, he writes in Sunday's Outlook section. He's discovered what all of us who write obits have discovered: that to...

By Joe Holley  |  May 24, 2009; 5:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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