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Patricia Sullivan

Good morning, all.

A Jewish refugee who fought in the Battle of the Bulge, helped liberate Nuremburg, interrogated Nazi war criminals and then helped RCA create color television has died. Richard Sonnenfeldt died Friday at his home in Port Washington, N.Y. after 86 years of changing the world.

The first woman to win a Sports Car Club of America national championship, a feat accomplished in 1963, "Pink Lady" Donna Mae Mims, has died. As she wished, her body was seated behind the steering wheel of a 1979 pink Corvette for visitation at the funeral home.

All you mystery readers will be sorry to learn of the death of Stuart M. Kaminsky. (That's from St. Louis; here is the Chicago version.) He was past president of the Mystery Writers of America and was a six-time nominee for the group's Edgar Awards. He won Best Mystery Novel in 1989 for "A Cold Red Sunrise." In 2006, he received a lifetime achievement honor, the Grand Master Award.

Betsy Sutherland, a scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory, died of brain cancer earlier this month. She did groundbreaking research in how ultraviolet light and ionizing radiation can hurt human cells and how cells repair the damage. "Her work on DNA damage is still very pertinent today, since skin cancer is becoming more prevalent and future space missions may send astronauts to outer regions in space where they may be exposed to damaging ionizing radiation," said John Dunn, acting chairman of Brookhaven's biology department.

A mailman, no celebrity, who did his job well and was loved by people for that and for his personality, died while filling in for another postal carrier. Roy Rondeno "never uttered a cross word, and you have no idea how impossible that is in this craft," another letter carrier said.

Amen to that, no matter what the craft, eh?

By Patricia Sullivan  |  October 13, 2009; 8:15 AM ET
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