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Post Mortem: November 22, 2009 - November 28, 2009

Thanks to a lifesaver

Lester Shubin, who died Nov. 20, saved, by conservative estimates, the lives of 3,000 law enforcement professionals by figuring out how to use Kevlar for bullet-proof vests. Actually, his co-developer, Nick Montanarelli, wants me to call them "soft-body armor" because nothing is truly bulletproof. Nevertheless, thanks to these two men,...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  November 26, 2009; 11:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Charis Wilson, Model and Muse

Charis Wilson's name may not have been familiar to many people, but the rest of her certainly was. Ms. Wilson, who died Nov. 20 at age 95, was the model and muse to Edward Weston, one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. They met in 1934, when Weston...

By Matt Schudel  |  November 25, 2009; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning, sports fans. You may have heard by now of the death of Abe Pollin, who was a bit of a legend in Washington DC (but I don't know how far outside of it his reputation extended). Despite a windy first paragraph, here's the Post's version of his life....

By Patricia Sullivan  |  November 25, 2009; 8:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Abe Pollin dies

Abe Pollin, 85, Washington's homegrown sports entreprenur who owned the Wizards and Mystics basketball teams and was chairmen and owners of Washington Sports & Entertainment organization, died today. He had been battling a degenerative brain disease, corticobasal degeneration, for several years. Pollin was among the last of the old-school pro...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  November 24, 2009; 3:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning readers to the non-standard language edition of Postmortem's Daily Goodbye. I can only imagine what a non-Nordic copyeditor thought when coming across Svein Gilje's byline for the first time. Mr. Gilje, a Seattle Times reporter who spoke and read French, German, Norwegian, Danish and Swedish, as well as...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  November 24, 2009; 8:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Composer of NPR Theme Dies

Don Voegeli, a University of Wisconsin music professor who composed the "All Things Considered" theme song for National Public Radio, died Saturday in Madison, Wis. He was 89. This is more of an audio story than a text one, so I'll just link you to the NPR web page that...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  November 23, 2009; 4:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning, and plan for a thankful week. Rusty Kanokogi was once stripped of a medal for competing against men in judo. Determined that no woman would have to have a similar experience, she dedicated herself to establishing women's judo and getting the sport into the Olympics. (Don't miss the...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  November 23, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Secret Histories

One of the great delights of this job is finding a well-edited oral history of someone we write about. That was the case with the obit of diplomat James M. Wilson last week. The Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training, housed at the...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  November 22, 2009; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Elisabeth Soderstrom

The great Swedish soprano Elisabeth Soderstrom has died at the age of 82. She was regarded as perhaps the finest singing actress on the operatic stage -- in other words, she had not just a beautiful voice, but a deeply expressive, nuanced acting talent as well. Soderstrom made her debut...

By Matt Schudel  |  November 22, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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