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Patricia Sullivan

Good morning, obit readers.

With a name like Harry Hurt, it's not a surprise he went into the safety business. Mr. Hurt, 81, did ground-breaking research on the cause of motorcycle accidents. He was a motorcyclist himself and never had an accident. He died in a hospital bed, of a heart attack after surgery.

Richard Moore "arranged his life so he could work on his poetry,'' said his daughter. "He was not materialistic in any way and made a lot of sacrifices for his poetry. He only used cold water and rarely heated his house. He basically gave up the pursuit of wealth and material possessions.''

By combining three antibiotics, Sir John Crofton fashioned a cure for the scourge of mankind, tuberculosis. That innovation saved millions of lives and provided a model for similar combination treatments.

We're always wary of "firsts" here, but it seems Jerry Morris was, if not the first, then among the first to scientifically prove the link between health and exercise.

Caving, or spelunking, is a bit too claustrophobic for me, but not so for underground explorers. Peter Harvey, for one, co-discovered and explored Ogof Ffynnon Ddu, a cave system in south Wales that is still ranked as one of the UK's finest.

So many obits are about guys; when they're about women, they focus too often on actresses and models. I'd like to point out my colleague Taylor Shapiro's fine story about a woman whose contacts were worth their weight in gold bullion. Catherine Mallardi worked at the Federal Reserve, of course, and was the premier secretary to four Fed chairmen, who will go unnamed here.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  December 2, 2009; 9:00 AM ET
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