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Post Mortem: June 14, 2009 - June 20, 2009

Readers on Slain Officer Stephen T. Johns

Funeral services for slain U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum security officer Stephen T. Johns take place today at Ebenezer AME Church in Ft. Washington. A Smithsonian Institution honor guard moves the casket of Stephen T. Johns to the viewing and funeral. (Jonathan Newton -- Post) Johns was working at the museum...

By Washington Post Editors  |  June 19, 2009; 9:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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The Daily Goodbye

Hortensia Bussi, the widow of Chilean President Salvador Allende who helped lead opposition to the military dictatorship that ousted her socialist husband in a bloody 1973 coup, died Thursday. She was 94. Helen Boosalis, the first female president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, died in Lincoln, Neb. earlier this...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  June 19, 2009; 8:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Spotlight: Ethan Zohn

Celebrities chronicling cancer seem all the rage. In May, NBC aired a documentary, Farrah's Story, which followed actress Farrah Fawcett's battle with anal cancer. And now 2002 Survivor: Africa winner, Ethan Zohn, is keeping a video dairy for People.com of his treatment for a rare form of Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Zohn,...

By Lauren Wiseman  |  June 18, 2009; 11:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The Daily Goodbye

Playwriting is often a quick route to the poorhouse, but Dr. Mona Grey, a veteran nurse, actually raised funds that way. We suspect it had to do with her "enormous energy, a forceful character and great charm that made it impossible for people to refuse her. She would underline...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  June 18, 2009; 9:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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From D.C. to Antarctica

Edith "Jackie" Ronne grew up "scrubbing the steps" of her Baltimore home, her daughter said, and knew one thing -- she wanted a life different from what she saw. She spent a couple of years at a college in Ohio, then moved to Washington, living with her aunt and uncle...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  June 18, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Metro Crash Victim: Cameron Williams

Cameron Williams was among the casualties in yesterday's Metro accident. If you knew Williams, we'd love to hear your anecdotes and memories in this space. The entry date of this post does not reflect when it was written. It was written Tuesday, June 23....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  June 17, 2009; 7:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Metro Crash Victim: Veronica DuBose

Veronica DuBose was among the casualties in yesterday's Metro accident. If you knew DuBose, we'd love to hear your anecdotes and memories in this space. The entry date of this post does not reflect when it was written. It was written Tuesday, June 23....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  June 17, 2009; 6:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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Metro Crash Victim: Ana Fernandez

Ana Fernandez was among the casualties in yesterday's Metro accident. If you knew Fernandez, we'd love to hear your anecdotes and memories in this space. The entry date of this post does not reflect when it was written. It was written Tuesday, June 23....

By Adam Bernstein  |  June 17, 2009; 3:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Metro Crash Victim: Mary Doolittle

Mary Doolittle was among the casualties in yesterday's Metro accident. If you knew Doolittle, we'd love to hear your anecdotes and memories in this space. The entry date of this post does not reflect when it was written. It was written Tuesday, June 23....

By Adam Bernstein  |  June 17, 2009; 3:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
 
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Metro Crash Victim: Dennis Hawkins

Dennis Hawkins was among the casualties in yesterday's Metro accident. If you knew Hawkins, we'd love to hear your anecdotes and memories in this space. The entry date of this post does not reflect when it was written. It was written Tuesday, June 23....

By Adam Bernstein  |  June 17, 2009; 3:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Metro Crash Victim: LaVonda "Nikki" King

LaVonda "Nikki" King was among the casualties in yesterday's Metro accident. If you knew King, we'd love to hear your anecdotes and memories in this space. The entry date of this post does not reflect when it was written. It was written Tuesday, June 23....

By Adam Bernstein  |  June 17, 2009; 3:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
 
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Metro Crash Victim: Jeanice McMillan

Jeanice McMillan was confirmed among the casualties in yesterday's Metro accident. If you knew McMillan, who was the driver of the train that struck the other, we'd love to hear your anecdotes and memories. The entry date of this post does not reflect when it was written. It was written...

By Adam Bernstein  |  June 17, 2009; 3:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Metro Crash Victims: David F. and Ann Wherley

D.C. National Guard Major Gen. David F. Wherley Jr. and his wife, Ann, were among the casualties in yesterday's Metro accident. If you knew the Wherleys, we'd love to hear your anecdotes and memories of the couple. The entry date of this post does not reflect when it was written....

By Adam Bernstein  |  June 17, 2009; 3:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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Controversial Afrocentric Scholar Dies

Ivan Van Sertima, a Guayana-born writer who died May 25 in New Jersey, created a stir for his 1977 book "They Came Before Columbus," which argued that blacks made a major contribution to civilization in the New World before Columbus sailed into the West Indies in the 15th century. Dr....

By Adam Bernstein  |  June 17, 2009; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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More on the Ventures

I put up an earlier post about Bob Bogle, the guitarist and bass player who was one of the founders of the Ventures, the quintessential rock-and-roll guitar band. The obituary of Bogle appears today, and if you have a second, I want to point out one interesting sidelight concerning the...

By Matt Schudel  |  June 17, 2009; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The Daily Goodbye

Compare and contrast: the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Washington Post versions of an obit for Ventures co-founder Bob Bogle. (We'll refrain from noting that we told you about this yesterday -- oops...) Which one do you prefer? There was a time when Motorola was a leader...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  June 17, 2009; 8:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Bob Bogle of the Ventures

Who doesn't love the Ventures? They were the most successful rock-and-roll instrumental group of all time and had an instantly recognizable rumbling guitar sound that is infectious, thrilling and dangerous all at once. Bob Bogle, who founded the Ventures with Don Wilson, died this week, and he had more influence...

By Matt Schudel  |  June 17, 2009; 6:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Funeral Funding

The state of the economy is finally affecting the dead. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Illinois is suspending payments for funerals for the indigent because of state-wide budget cuts. According to the Illinois Health Department, the state was spending $15 million a year for about 10,000 funerals. The money would...

By Lauren Wiseman  |  June 16, 2009; 2:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Daily Goodbye

An advocate for the deaf, Marcella M. Meyer has died at age 84. She played a key role in establishing a California telephone service that relayed messages between the hearing and the hearing-impaired and led to the development of a nationwide system. If you've ever stayed at the great old...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  June 16, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Too Much Huey

I've often heard from obit fans something with which I completely agree: That it's not the predictable major obits that make the page exciting, but rather the utterly fascinating second or third-rung characters that provide fun and texture. You don't need to report on wastrels and third-tier actresses, but what...

By Adam Bernstein  |  June 16, 2009; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Tim Russert Reprise

This past Saturday marked the one year anniversary of the death of Tim Russert, former "Meet the Press" host. Within the past several days, the outpouring of appreciations across news platforms has been vast. Newsday.com published a list of the top seven things we have learned since Russert's passing, including...

By Lauren Wiseman  |  June 15, 2009; 4:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Traffic Kills Walkers, Bikers

Nearly half of the 1.2 million people killed in traffic accidents around the world each year are not in cars. They are on motorcycles or bicycles or walking along the side of the road, according to a story by the Post's esteemed medical writer, David Brown. In the United States,...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  June 15, 2009; 12:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Daily Goodbye

Ron Richards discovered the Hollies, recorded the Beatles "Love Me Do" and recommended the replacement of Pete Best as their drummer. So why haven't we heard until now that he died April 30? A Tuskegee Airman who fought for equal treatment in the military, and whose reward was a fine...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  June 15, 2009; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Norse Who?

Emily Dickinson, arguably the greatest American poet of the 19th century, wrote hundreds and hundreds of poems, squirrelled them away in her dresser drawer and wasn't "discovered" until after her death. Harold Norse may have been one of the best 20th-century poets most people have never heard of. Norse, who...

By Joe Holley  |  June 14, 2009; 4:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Preserving History

I have to confess I had never heard of Mary Ann Kephart before I began to work on her obituary this week. Mrs. Kephart never had a paying job outside the home, was never well known beyond Poolesville, the rural community in northwestern Montgomery County, Md., and never get caught...

By Matt Schudel  |  June 14, 2009; 7:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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