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Good morning, all.

A particularly interesting set of obits awaits us this morning, starting with news broken yesterday of the death of Dr. Jerri Nielsen FitzGerald, the doctor who while posted to the South Pole, diagnosed and treated herself for breast cancer. Once again, we have multiple versions: the Boston Globe, the Associated Press, New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post, by yours truly. Ain't competition grand?

Here's another one out of LA: Anne Roberts Nelson, the longest-serving CBS employee who negotiated contracts for "I Love Lucy," "Gunsmoke," "All in the Family," "The Young and the Restless," and many more.

John Callaway, who Chicagoans know as the long-running host of the PBS news show "Chicago Tonight," has died at age 72. I saw him do an on-air interview just last month, and he was still the tough, fair interviewer of reputation.

Shirley E. Handelsman never attracted worldwide or even national notice in her life but she lived an interesting one. Mrs. Handlesman traveled unaccompanied through poor Baltimore neighborhoods, knocked on doors and greeted others with, "Hi, I'm Shirley Handelsman from Planned Parenthood. Can we talk about condoms and diaphragms?"

New York graffitist Iz the Wiz decorated - or is that vandalized? - dozens of New York subway trains for decades, has died at age 49. Before you too quickly dismiss him as a misdirected youth, consider: His work has been displayed in museums and galleries throughout the world, including a 2001 exhibit at the Queens Museum of Art.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  June 25, 2009; 8:15 AM ET
Categories:  Patricia Sullivan , The Daily Goodbye  
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