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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 and a dishonorable discharge, died last week in California. Roger "Bill" Terry, 87, didn't shy away from discussing the incident for "jostling" a superior officer, even before the Army pardoned him, restored his rank and refunded his $150 fine. Two years ago, Terry and several other airmen collectively received a Congressional Gold Medal.

Carole Bowdry, a Texas social worker who did the good work of fighting child abuse, died June 7 of pancreatic cancer.

Ever have a "power lunch" at a fancy restaurant? You have Christian Albin to thank. He died Saturday, five days after receiving a diagnosis of cancer.

Over the weekend, the Washington Post also had some good obits: Carl Pursell, who led Republican moderates in the U.S. House; Philip D. Curtin, an influential historian of the African slave trade; and a delightful Sunday feature about a local sandwich maker, Roy Passin.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  June 15, 2009; 8:33 AM ET
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