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The Daily Goodbye

Patricia Sullivan

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 screenplay for "The Wanderers" and worked on "Henry and June."

Lillian "Tiger Lil" Reis was a modern day Mae West, her daughter says. "She was the bombshell back in the '60s," the daughter said. She was also fingered by police as a mastermind of the burglary of Pennsylvania coal baron John B. Rich's home, in which, police said, about $478,000 in cash was taken from a basement safe. She was convicted and on appeal, the verdict was thrown out.

Few knew wildflowers as well as Beth Callaway, who championed native plants at Atlanta's Callaway Gardens, the National Arboretum in Washington and Lady Bird Johnson's Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas. "Beth Callaway was a take-charge woman, and when she gave her heart to Mother Nature, you knew that native plants and the environment were better off," said Lynda Bird Johnson Robb of McLean, Va., daughter of the late First Lady.

Anne Mustoe was past the age of fifty when she shrugged off her commitment as headmistress of a girls' school and began pedaling. She cycled 11,552 miles in 14 countries over 439 days. After writing a book about the journey, and another book about taking off on long trips, she did another circumnavigation, an east-west journey from Rome, via Lisbon to South America, across China (where she was arrested on the Great Wall and spent two days in jail) and home again. She was on her bike in Syria when she fell ill and died in a hospital in Aleppo, Syria.

The obit writer for the Cleveland Plain Dealer who took a buyout last year, is back writing life stories for another Ohio newspaper. Alana Baranick tells us about Sylvester Cooper, a walking man.

Irving Tripp, an artist on the Little Lulu comic strip, died Nov. 27 in Lakeland, Fla. of cancer. He also inked comic book version of two flagship animation properties Tom and Jerry and Bugs Bunny, and illustrated a number of Disney adaptations, most memorably Dumbo.

Th-th-th-that's all folks, for today.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  December 14, 2009; 8:06 AM ET
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