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Patricia Sullivan

Good morning and farewell to Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who proved that you don't have to be president of the United States to make a difference in millions of lives, now and in the future.

Florence Foster had the courage of her convictions and when she spotted something at her tiny Northrop work site that "could be the start of World War III," she blew the whistle on her employer's practices, which led to a massive criminal case involving the falsification of tests on cruise missiles.

Craig Luebben
, well-known in the thin air of mountain climbers, died in a fall in the North Cascades in Washington. Another mountaineer, Riccardo Cassin, who made 100 first ascents in his career of 2,500 climbs, died a more peaceful death, at age 100.

Bill Burton, who fished with presidents, Baltimore Colts and Orioles, told generations of Maryland anglers where the big ones were biting and was commissioned an Admiral of the Chesapeake by one governor, died of cancer Monday at age 82. How many other people have been urged by a U.S. president to come out of retirement?

Katherine Sopka earned a doctorate in physics, moved around the country with her husband, taught science to elementary school students, and edited a series of books for the American Institute of Physics called "History of Modern Physics.''

There are hundreds of thousands, maybe millions, of authors in the U.S., not to mention the world, but how many can also make the books they write? Andrew Wright perhaps should have changed his name to Wright-Binder.

Marxism isn't as popular as it used to be, and Jerry Cohen acknowledged that. But he didn't think he should give up defending the egalitarian morality that was the heart of Marx's criticisms of the unjust, arbitrary and irrational capitalist system, he believed.

An Ohio man, who lived 30 years with a heart transplant, the longest-lasting transplant patient ever, died Sunday. Here's a longer story from two years ago on Tony Huesman, with a bit of history of heart transplants.

By Patricia Sullivan |  August 11, 2009; 7:58 AM ET  | Category:  Patricia Sullivan , The Daily Goodbye
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I first met Mrs. Shriver in 1962 in Washington,D.C. I was with the 1st Peace Corps group to train in Washington D.C. at the National 4-H Center. Mr. Shriver was Director of the Peace Corps. I got to see her and talk to her in Shanghai, China at the 2007 Special Olympics World Games at the Basketball Games. My daughter Natalie was on the Team USA Basketball Team that won the Gold Medal. She was a great Lady that touched the lives of many people and gave persons with intellectual disabilities the opportunities to achieve their goals. May God Always Bless her and her family.

Posted by: Swesky | August 11, 2009 8:28 PM

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