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Patricia Sullivan

Good morning, and welcome to autumn.

A Dallas-based federal judge, Jerry Buchmeyer, who died Monday, made at least two landmark rulings that had impact beyond Texas. In 1985, he ordered relief for public housing families that ultimately changed how many other cities handle public housing. And he also ruled that the expense of citywide political campaigns effectively kept the City Council disproportionately white.

John Wild, considered the father of the ultrasound in medicine, invented imaging techniques that became standard for tumour screening in general and the diagnosis of breast cancer in particular. He died Sept. 18 at the age of 95.

I can't pretend to understand the fine points of cricket, but clearly Raj Singh Dungarpur was a singular figure in the sport. A larger-than-life character, he was an administrator and held a number of senior positions, including chairman of the selectors, manager of the Indian team and president of the powerful Board of Control for Cricket in India. He died Sept. 12.

Soviet spy Yelizaveta Mukasei, code name Elza, who worked undercover in the West with her husband, has died at the age of 97. Her husband, code name Zephyr, died last year at 101. I'd tell you more, but then you'd have to go kaput....

By Patricia Sullivan |  September 22, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  | Category:  Patricia Sullivan , The Daily Goodbye
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