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Good morning, readers, and welcome to summer.

Dorothy Waggoner worked for better inspections and enforcement of nursing home regulations in Milwaukee most of her life. When she opened a bed and breakfast in the small town of Menomonee Falls, Wis., suspicious residents "thought we were going to run a brothel," she said.

The puns are almost irresistible for this obit of Raymond Flood, a clock doctor who didn't let his time slip away.

One of the first black police officers allowed to join the Miami police force, Lury Franklin Bowen, has died, but not before telling the stories of how segregation in the Deep South worked on the police force.

We do a lot of obits of former FBI agents here in Washington, but we haven't done this one, of James W. Bookhout, who interviewed Lee Harvey Oswald just after he assassinated President John F. Kennedy.

Here's a related one: Preston McGraw, the UPI newsman who covered the assassination and aftermath, volunteered to be one of Oswald's pallbearers.

We imagine the regulars at the Baltimore Farmers Market are moved to tears this season because the Onion King, William E. Martin Sr., has died. And with that, we leave you to tend to your own garden until tomorrow.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  June 22, 2009; 8:22 AM ET
Categories:  Patricia Sullivan , The Daily Goodbye  
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