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Patricia Sullivan

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 testimonial from Billie Jean King in the last paragraph).

Few things provide as much delight for children as a carousel and Patrick M. Donelan did his part to restore the historic St. Louis carousel -- 60 horses and four reindeer. Too bad there's not a photo of the carousel with the obit.

A YMCA scuba diving course changed Larry Thornton's life, and he became a salvage diver, historian, and treasure hunter who was still diving while undergoing chemotherapy and radiation. He died Nov. 11.

Mountain-climbing stories are only partly about techniques and rock skills. Human behavior and relations are the real stories behind the adventures, and that's the case in the tale of Lino Lacedelli's first successful climb of K2, the second highest mountain in the world. The real story came out decades later.

Robert Rines
, whose innovations in sonar helped find the Titanic, spent a lot of his time on earth pursuing a much more elusive goal -- proof that a Loch Ness sea monster existed. A respectful Economist obit describes his quest.

The man who carried the American flag in a civil rights march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge on Bloody Sunday, a day that is credited with ensuring passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, died last week. During that 1965 march, when police turned on the marchers, James Armstrong dropped to his knees, but he never let the flag touch the ground.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  November 23, 2009; 8:00 AM ET
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