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Patricia Sullivan

Good morning. Sorry for the late posting; our blog software went kablooey and everything's been delayed.

A woman so committed to peace that she walked across the U.S., Theresa Marie Gandhi campaigned for environmental causes on Washington's Whidbey Island and Puget Sound, crafted a "Bill of Rights for Planet Earth" and wrote seven volumes of poetry. She was a follower of Mother Teresa who married into the family of Mahatma Gandhid. "Pretty much everything that Al Gore got a Nobel Peace Prize for, she's been saying that stuff since I was 4 years old," her son said.

Billy Arjan Singh once hunted big cats until he had a revelation one night when he shot a leopard in the lights of his vehicle, but then felt a sudden revulsion, and vowed from that moment to protect India's dwindling wild animals rather than hunt them. For the next 50 years, until his death Jan. 1 in Uttar Pradesh, he devoted himself to the conservation of tigers and leopards.

When illness forced Newfoundland artist Ron Pelley to lay down his brush, he picked up a computer mouse and found a creative outlet in pixels. One of the earliest artists to experiment in the new media, he ultimately found it more gratifying than his previous medium. He died Dec. 28.

One of San Francisco's legendary criminal attorneys, Nate Cohn, has died. A colorful barrister, he was straight out of the history books, one of a corps of lawyers who represented celebrities, but also lived large themselves. "They were all high profile and very colorful," said historian Kevin Starr. "They had a kind of urban style. They were part of the scene of the city, when the city had a scene."

The interesting part is pretty buried in this obit of Joe Shannon, who died yesterday in Birmingham, Alabama, but he supervised the training of Cuban Liberation Air Force pilots for the Bay of Pigs invasion and flew a final desperation mission against Castro's forces.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  January 6, 2010; 8:46 AM ET
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