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Post Mortem: January 24, 2010 - January 30, 2010

Historian Louis R. Harlan

This seems to be quite a week for obituaries of historians (Howard Zinn) and writers named Louis (Louis Auchincloss). One important figure who qualifies under both standards is Louis R. Harlan, a distinguished historian at the University of Maryland who has died at the age of 87. Harlan was an...

By Matt Schudel  |  January 29, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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J.D. Salinger Dies; Reclusive 'Catcher' Author

The news flashed across the wire in an appropriately enigmatic style: "Catcher in the Rye" author J.D. Salinger has died at age 91 in New Hampshire. No date of death, no cause of death, and it all came from a statement from the author's literary representative, quoting a surviving son....

By Adam Bernstein  |  January 28, 2010; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning. Howard Zinn, who wrote the best-selling "A People's History of the United States," died Wednesday in Santa Monica where he was to give a speech. A proudly left-wing historian, he called his book a response to traditional works which had mostly ignored the point of view of those...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  January 28, 2010; 8:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Louis Auchincloss, Chronicler of Upper Crust, Dies

Louis Auchincloss, 92, a novelist, essayist, biographer, editor and lawyer whose literary beat was the decline of the old WASP world of power and privilege to which he belonged, died yesterday in Manhattan. The author of more than 60 books in a career stretching over seven decades, Mr. Auchincloss was...

By Adam Bernstein  |  January 27, 2010; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning. Arts patron Jack L. Wolgin wanted people to see Philadelphia as a center for the arts. So he gave the city a Claes Oldenburg sculpture instead of another Civil War statue of a soldier on horseback. It couldn't have been more different -- it was a clothespin. Wolgin...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  January 27, 2010; 8:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning. Lots of good obituaries today, including four in the Washington Post's obit section. Pernell Roberts, the actor who played the suave oldest son on the 1960s TV western "Bonanza," and the lead character on "Trapper John, M.D.," died Sunday at age 81. Lots of interesting information in this...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  January 26, 2010; 8:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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'Loc' Phillips, Who Guided His Family's Art Museum, Dies

Laughlin "Loc" Phillips, who helped revive his family's venerable contemporary art museum, the Phillips Collection, died Jan. 24 at his home in Washington, Conn. He was 85 and had left his home in the District a few years ago. Known as "Loc," Mr. Phillips was in his 40s before he...

By Adam Bernstein  |  January 25, 2010; 7:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning. Those of us who settle in on Superbowl Day to watch the commercials (the game? feh) have Guy Day to thank. He's one of the founders of the Chiat/Day advertising agency and is credited with turning the Super Bowl into an 'advertising showcase' with the landmark commercial introducing...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  January 25, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Bush and Baker on Robert A. Mosbacher

We posted this morning an obituary of the oil man and former Secretary of Commerce Robert A. Mosbacher. A fundraiser for the GOP, and a proponent of free trade with Mexico, he and his third wife Georgette were stalwarts of the Washington social whirl during his time in the administration....

By Patricia Sullivan  |  January 24, 2010; 2:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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