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Post Mortem: December 27, 2009 - January 2, 2010

Deborah Howell, 68

It's never easy to write about the death of someone you know, but unfortunately it's something we occasionally have to do in the Obits department. I came to work Saturday and learned that Deborah Howell, who was The Post's ombudsman from October 2005 to December 2008, had been killed in...

By Matt Schudel  |  January 2, 2010; 9:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Deborah Howell, former Post ombudsman

Deborah Howell, a longtime newspaper editor who was the ombudsman of The Washington Post from 2005 to 2008, has died in a traffic accident in New Zealand. We have a preliminary story about her and will be posting a more complete obituary later. Deborah was perhaps the best-connected person in...

By Matt Schudel  |  January 2, 2010; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Philanthropist Ruth Lilly Dies

Ruth Lilly, 94, a prolific philanthropist who was the last surviving great-grandchild of pharmaceutical magnate Eli Lilly, died yesterday in Indianapolis. We'll have a full obituary later, but two things caught my attention. She gave an estimated $100 million to the influential literary magazine "Poetry," which had rejected Lilly's submissions...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  December 31, 2009; 12:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Developer Robert H. Smith Dies

Robert H. Smith, a real estate mogul and philanthropist who created the sprawling government and commercial center of Crystal City in Arlington County, and who built his family's company into the single largest property owner in the Washington region, died Dec. 29 at Winchester Hospital in Winchester, Va. He was...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  December 30, 2009; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Exodus captain exits

I temporarily suspended The Daily Goodbye this week due to a shortage of time but if I was doing it, I would certainly include this obit on Yitzhak Aharonovitch, who was captain of the Holocaust survivors' ship, the Exodus. In 1947 the Exodus left France for Palestine with 4,515 survivors...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  December 29, 2009; 4:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Archivist of the Dead

I was driving home from work last night when I heard this piece on the radio about an obituary fan -- well, more than a fan. Nowell Briscoe clips and saves obits he enjoys. In a single month last year, he saved more than 400 obits. Give it a listen;...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  December 29, 2009; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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100 Lives

It's the last week of 2009 (and good riddance, eh?) and instead of wrapping up the year with a parade of the biggest, longest, most celebrated obits, we decided to do a more interactive feature called TimeSpace:100 Lives. The idea is that while many well-known people died, as always, you...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  December 27, 2009; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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