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Patricia Sullivan

Good morning.

Crossword-puzzle creator Dan Naddor has died at age 53. About 120 of his constructions have been published since he took up the craft five years ago, after he was diagnosed with cancer.

Willie C. Perkins, whose Milwaukee soul food restaurant attracted the hungry and honored alike, died Monday at age 57. Mr. Perkins Family Restaurant always lured politicians, judges and local celebrities, but can you imagine the 45-seat eatery handling the Green Bay Packers and their opponents -- at the same time.

George Leonard, a newsmagazine writer turned cultural explorer, died at 86 this week in Mill Valley, Calif. He was involved with the Esalen Institute and was considered an early leader in the spiritual, psychological and physical movements that swept California in the 1970s. He was "hugely influential, an icon in the field of human potential," others said.

Robert Jackson, the Canadian pioneer in the field of arthroscopic surgery and a prime mover in the Paralympic movement for athletes with physical disabilities, died yesterday. He was the first president of the Wheelchair Sports Association of Canada and took Canada's first wheelchair team to a world championship.

James Von Brunn
, the white supremacist who shot and killed a security guard at the U.S. Holocaust Museum last summer, died in prison yesterday.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  January 7, 2010; 8:15 AM ET
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