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Patricia Sullivan

Good (brrr) morning.

If you want to be really chilly, read about Charles Houston's adventures in the Himalayas. He almost gasped his last in 1953 during an epic retreat on K2, the world's second highest mountain, and later immersed himself in the study of why we get sick at high altitude, and sometimes die there. He died Sunday in Vermont.

Maria Gulovich, who died Friday, came to the attention of the OSS during World War II after she sheltered a Jewish woman and child. Once she joined the underground resistance, she helped a small group of American and British intelligence agents evade the German Army as they fled through the frigid mountains to safety.

The last living founder of Links, a 10,000-member organization of African American women, has died. Frances Vashon Atkinson was the last member of the original nine who founded the group in 1947.

The ruthless chief of the Securitate secret police who arranged shelter in Romania for terrorist Carlos the Jackal, Nicolae Plesita has died. He was tried for the bombing of Radio Free Europe in the 1980s.

The fourth Soviet cosmonaut, Pavel Popovich, died in a Crimean sanatorium. He preferred to call himself the first Ukrainian in space.

As we learned yesterday, the tsunami in Samoa wasn't the only saltwater disaster this week. Peru was struck with 5.9 quake, without casualties, but thousands are likely dead in an Indonesian earthquake and aftershocks.

By Patricia Sullivan |  October 1, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  | Category:  Patricia Sullivan , The Daily Goodbye
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