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Post Mortem: December 6, 2009 - December 12, 2009

Thomas Hoving

Thomas Hoving, who may have been the most influential art museum director of the past 50 years, died Dec. 10 in New York. As director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art from 1967 to 1977, Hoving helped usher in the era of the blockbuster exhibition and did a great deal...

By Matt Schudel  |  December 12, 2009; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Actor Gene Barry Dies

Not reported by any news outlets yet, but The Washington Post has confirmed the death of actor Gene Barry Dec. 9 in Woodland Hills, Calif., at age 90. Perhaps not a household name now, but for 20 years Barry was a major TV star as the sharply-dressed lawmen of the...

By Adam Bernstein  |  December 10, 2009; 6:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Thomas Hoving

Thomas Hoving, the former director of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, who helped create the huge blockbuster exhibition, museum stores and the modern museum-going experience, has died at 78. Hoving was a huge influence in the museum world, even though he led the Met for only 10 years, from...

By Matt Schudel  |  December 10, 2009; 4:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Daily Goodbye

Greetings, readers of obituaries. A nice array today of accomplished women. As bashful as a buzz saw, Gerry Kreml would sweep into newspaper offices, television and radio stations with handfuls of circus passes in the 1970s. She would typically begin her greeting with, "Darling. How have you been? It's so-o-o-o...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  December 10, 2009; 8:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Late James M. Cain

Last week, Roy Hoopes died at 87. He may have been Washington's ultimate freelance writer, earning his living by his typewriter for almost 60 years. His resume, which his son copied and provided to me, listed some of the publications he wrote for, and they ranged from the New Republic...

By Matt Schudel  |  December 9, 2009; 12:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning, all. Big-city cabbies do a lot of things while waiting for a fare but we've never seen someone like Jack Gartside, who tied flies while using a vise clasped to the steering wheel of his cab as he sat in the queue at Boston's Logan Airport. He was...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  December 9, 2009; 8:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning. M.O. Perry, one of the surgeons who operated on a dying President John F. Kennedy, has himself died in Texas. He lived to regret an offhand comment that fueled conspiracy theorists for decades. Of whether the bullet hole, which he used to perform a tracheotomy, was an entrance...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  December 8, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Death of a Glacier

One of the true pleasures of working at the Washington Post is that the archives are easily available with just a few keystrokes. (It's harder outside our firewall; you have to know exactly what you're looking for, and then you have to -- egads! -- pay for it.) While researching...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  December 7, 2009; 2:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning, obit readers. Warning, vegetarians: You may object to Harry G. Ochs Jr.'s profession and picture. He was the iconic butcher at the Reading Terminal Market. He was sometimes called "The Mayor of the Market," for his flesh-pressing, big grin, and irrepressible sense of humor. The polite way to...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  December 7, 2009; 8:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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