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Patricia Sullivan

Good morning!

Venture capitalists played an outsized role in the Silicon Valley boom a decade ago and they're still out there, funding small businesses and coaxing new entrepreneurs along. Buddy Ruvelson was one of them, and perhaps one of the very first, according to this Minneapolis Star-Tribune story.

Stealing Bryan Marquard's lede, which should get you into this obit: Even if Robert H. Rines had never seen what he believed was the hulking hump of a creature break the surface of Scotland's Loch Ness, his life would have captured imaginations and filled a lengthy resume. Patents on his inventions number more than 80, including those for devices that sharpened the resolution of radar and sonar scanning. He founded Franklin Pierce Law Center in New Hampshire and helped push patent and intellectual property law into the legal spotlight. He taught at Harvard and MIT and, along with being a lawyer, had degrees in physics and microwave technology. He also composed music for Broadway and shared an Emmy for a show that ran on TV and the stage.

Jeremy Morris discovered one of the ground truths of preventing heart disease -- exercise -- by paying attention to London's double-decker bus drivers and postal workers. He gave up smoking and became a jogger himself, and died at age 99.

And on this side of the world, Dr. William E. Connor, 88, whose pioneering research helped Americans grasp the powerful links between diet and disease, died Oct. 25 in Portland, Oregon. Much of his work focused on how omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish oil, may help prevent heart attacks.

Ernest Levy survived *seven* Nazi concentration camps and when he finally was released, he became cantor of Scotland's largest synagogue. "When people ask me where God was in Belsen, I say He was there down in the dust with me," Levy said.

The obituary for Jim Hodges, a student of obits, appeared in the Quad-City (Iowa) Times today.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  November 3, 2009; 8:45 AM ET
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