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Patricia Sullivan

Good morning.

Two good obits from my old college town:
Jean Marie Fellin
had one of the most interesting nursing gigs imaginable -- she worked the racetrack in Milwaukee and for about 10 years worked at the Indianapolis 500. And Myron Gordon, the judge who presided over the case of the Milwaukee 14, a group of protesters against the Vietnam War who broke into the Selective Service office in Milwaukee and destroyed draft records.

Port Townsend, Wash. is a thriving, picturesque town on the Olympic peninsula in the far Northwest. It's also a center for the arts, and for that, the Seattle Times says, you can thank Joseph Wheeler.

Down the coast in the hilly San Francisco area, Bill Provines spent three years as an engineer on the crookedest railroad in the world. There were 281 curves in the 8 1/4-mile line from Mill Valley to the top of Mount Tamalpais - "more than 42 complete circles," Mr. Provines liked to point out.

Jim Edelman, menswear buyer at Macy's, a powerful retail official who many considered the dean of tailored menswear, has died. We'd like a bit more about how he came to dominate the rag trade, but we take what we can get.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  November 5, 2009; 8:48 AM ET
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