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Post Mortem: November 29, 2009 - December 5, 2009

Tommy Henrich, Old Reliable

The obituary of Tommy Henrich gave me the chance to indulge in perhaps my favorite pastime: the study of baseball history. Henrich, who played for the New York Yankees from 1937 to 1950, was an outfielder on some of the greatest teams in the history of the game. He never...

By Matt Schudel  |  December 3, 2009; 3:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning, sunshine. Jose Lagos, a Honduran immigrant who started his life in the U.S. by selling hot dogs from a cart in the streets of Miami, and ended up leading the fight for immigrant rights, died of cancer at age 45. Vincent Dell'Osa Jr. was "a veritable surgeon of...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  December 3, 2009; 9:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning, obit readers. With a name like Harry Hurt, it's not a surprise he went into the safety business. Mr. Hurt, 81, did ground-breaking research on the cause of motorcycle accidents. He was a motorcyclist himself and never had an accident. He died in a hospital bed, of a...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  December 2, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Her MTA song returns

Bess Lomax Hawes, a folklorist who contributed much to this country's cultural preservation and who died Nov. 27, did not like being best known for a little ditty she co-wrote with a friend. But the song turned into a hit, and there you have it -- The M.T.A song, which...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  December 1, 2009; 4:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning, everyone. One of the Cleveland police officers who helped arrest a suspected mass murderer just weeks ago has now died of throat cancer. Jack Steele rushed to the scene of the suspect's arrest, a mile from his home, and helped secure the alleged criminal and the scene. Puerto...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  December 1, 2009; 8:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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State of the American Obituary

The graduate students at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism have been working all semester long researching obituaries, including doing extensive interviews. They have now issued a report, the State of the American Obituary (it's a PDF and in case it doesn't download, here's a link to their blog). It's...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  November 30, 2009; 1:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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The Daily Goodbye

Welcome back, holiday slackers. While this column was off-line, we had a number of interesting obits, and I'm not just talking about those in the Washington Post. For instance, Jan Leighton, the actor who played more roles than anyone else -- the 1985 Guinness Book of World Records says he...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  November 30, 2009; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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