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Post Mortem: November 8, 2009 - November 14, 2009

'America's greatest unknown writer'

Donald Harington died Nov. 7 at the age of 73. He grew up in Arkansas and lived in New England for two decades as a student and teacher of art history, while writing novels about his home state. In 1981, he moved back to Arkansas, where he spent the rest...

By Matt Schudel  |  November 14, 2009; 4:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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'Thatcher has died ...'

T. Rees Shapiro, who has been helping out on the obituaries desk, reports this amusing item, which very nearly caused an international incident in the British empire: Earlier this week, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was at a black-tie gala in Toronto honoring members of the armed forces when he...

By Matt Schudel  |  November 14, 2009; 4:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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China Hand Lilley Dies

James R. Lilley, 81, a longtime CIA operative in Asia who served as ambassador to China during the Tiananmen Square crackdown and was regarded as one of the most eloquent and learned voices on the modern Sino-American relationship, died Nov. 12. The Post obituary will run tomorrow, but here's a...

By Adam Bernstein  |  November 13, 2009; 3:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning! Robert Cameron, who three months ago was hanging out of plane to shoot aerial photography of San Francisco, has died at 98. He had a series of popular books, which sold 3 million copies: "Above New York," "Above London," "Above Washington, D.C.," "Above Paris," "Above Mexico City," and...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  November 12, 2009; 8:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Sandra Day O'Connor's Husband Dies

John J. O'Connor III, 79, the husband of retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, died Wednesday in Phoenix, Ariz. He had Alzheimer's disease. John O'Connor, himself a lawyer, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's nearly two decades ago. His condition deteriorated markedly in mid-decade and when Justice O'Connor announced her retirement...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  November 11, 2009; 11:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning, veterans of all wars. Is it an obit? John Muhammad was executed by the state (they call it a commonwealth) of Virginia last night. He was the sniper who paralyzed the Washington region for three weeks in 2002 as he and a young accomplice gunned down 10 people...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  November 11, 2009; 8:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning, all. Nothing like a Nobel Prize winner, especially a recent one, to bring out the obit writers. Here are the usual suspects: the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Times of London, each unique in its own way. Melodie Wilson had everything...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  November 10, 2009; 8:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning; seems like awhile since we've done this, doesn't it? On to the interesting lives that have gone on before us. No relation, but Anne Sullivan had the kind of drive we all admire. She had a full-time legal career and raised eight children, often crediting Fannie May chocolates...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  November 9, 2009; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Obits from Fort Hood

Every year or so, there's a mass murder or disaster that takes multiple lives. At that point, after people absorb the event caused the deaths, they turn to what by any other name are obituaries. So it happened again Friday, a day after the Fort Hood shootings. Who were these...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  November 8, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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