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Post Mortem: December 13, 2009 - December 19, 2009

The 'Voice of Polo'

Tom Oxley, 65, owner of the old Royal Palm Polo Club in Boca Raton, Fla., and benefactor to Florida Atlantic University, where his multi-million dollar donations helped start the football program there, died Dec. 17 in Highland Beach, Fla., the Sun Sentinel reported. The Miami Herald reported Mr. Oxley was...

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  December 18, 2009; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags: Athletes, Polo  
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Jennifer Jones Dies

Actress Jennifer Jones died today at 90 in Malibu, Calif. Sadly for this film lover, barely a soul in the newsroom heard of her. Few actresses have launched their careers with more fanfare than Ms. Jones, who received a huge publicity buildup for her first major film, "The Song of...

By Adam Bernstein  |  December 17, 2009; 1:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Actors, actresses , Adam Bernstein  
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning. Roy E. Disney, who led a shareholder revolt that deposed the once-favored Michael Eisner, and the man credited with reviving Disney film studio's great animated features, died yesterday at age 79. Way, way back in the 1930s and 1940s, just as Roy's uncle Walt Disney was getting his...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  December 17, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Patricia Sullivan , The Daily Goodbye  
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Oral Roberts

Oral Roberts, who died Dec. 15 at age 91, was one of the most important religious figures in American history. As one of the first television evangelists, he practically invented the medium and was, for years, the most popular evangelist on the airwaves. He professed to have healing powers --...

By Matt Schudel  |  December 16, 2009; 12:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning, believers in power of obits. It would be a miracle if you hadn't heard yet about Oral Roberts' death. Cystic fibrosis, a double-lung transplant -- and then Kathryn Waldo laced up her skates and returned to play in the ice hockey rink, where she had starred in college....

By Patricia Sullivan  |  December 16, 2009; 8:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Patricia Sullivan , The Daily Goodbye  
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning, citizens of the world. Anyone who followed the corruption saga of Hollinger newspaper magnate Conrad Black has Christopher Browne to thank. Browne led a shareholder rebellion challenging Black's lavish salaries and perks. When he sent letters to Black requesting meetings to inquire about executive compensation, the newspaper baron...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  December 15, 2009; 8:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Patricia Sullivan , The Daily Goodbye  
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Dead Air

Ann Wroe, obits editor at the Economist magazine, joined me today on the radio for a discussion about the major deaths of the year. To me, the best part of the talk was Ann's explanation of why she made England's best known carp the subject of an obit. I spoke...

By Adam Bernstein  |  December 14, 2009; 6:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning, all. Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Samuelson died yesterday. You can read about the serious economic news at that link, but here's his own voice: "Funeral by funeral, theory advances." Rose Kaufman, a film writer in a movie-making family, died last week. She collaborated with her husband on the...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  December 14, 2009; 8:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Gold Piano

T. Rees Shapiro, who wrote the Dec. 13 Local Life feature on Preble Earle Donoho, a child prodigy, passes along some afterthoughts from his reporting: One of the more enjoyable tasks of researching obituaries is digging through the archives. You never know what interesting tidbit you might find. I was...

By Matt Schudel  |  December 13, 2009; 6:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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