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The Daily Goodbye

Patricia Sullivan

Good morning readers and scanners.

I could fill up the post this morning just with good obits from the Washington Post itself. Check 'em out:


  • Mollie D. Somerville who got her start as a writer and researcher working for Eleanor Roosevelt in the White House.

  • Rebecca Lipkin, a globe-trotting producer and writer for ABC News, who later helped set up the English news operations of the al-Jazeera network in London

  • Bobby Wilks, the Coast Guard's first black aviator

  • Adelheid Hellerwho ran her family's very popular local bakery in the Mount Pleasant section of Washington for more than a half-century.

Also, one of Osama bin Laden's son's was believed killed in a U.S. missile strike earlier this year. Saad bin Laden, one of at least 23 children of the terrorist leader, was one of his oldest.

OK, onward: the AP has video highlights of Walter Cronkite's memorial service yesterday. If you remember "Uncle Walter" fondly, and if you have respect for his subsequent role as a voice for solid journalistic values, it's worth a look.

Howard Engle, a Miami Beach pediatrician and a lifelong smoker who was the lead plaintiff in a landmark class-action suit against the tobacco industry, died Wednesday. He had been in hospice care since last fall -- when he finally quit smoking.

Time's up! Have a good weekend.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  July 24, 2009; 8:21 AM ET
Categories:  Patricia Sullivan , The Daily Goodbye  
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