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Patricia Sullivan

Good morning.

James Kavanaugh
, a former Catholic priest who wrote a best-seller calling for reform in his church, died Dec. 29 in a hospice in Kalamazoo, Mich. His 1967 "A Modern Priest Looks at His Outdated Church" was called "a personal cry of anguish that goes to the heart of the troubles plaguing the Catholic Church."

In other priestly news, Donald Pelotte, the first native American Catholic bishop, died last week in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Architect Jan Gleason, who died last week at age 61, called herself a social worker in three dimensions as she designed child-care centers, homeless shelters, low-income housing and community centers.

Out of nowhere 20 years ago, George Saladino began painting. His work, another artist said, was pure exuberance. His primary subject was women's faces. "Looking at the paintings gives a woman enormous joy and exuberance in being a woman," the artist said.

Philippa Scott shot wonderful wildlife photographs which were used in her husband's books. She was, the Guardian says, widow of the 20th century's greatest conservationist, Sir Peter Scott, and a leading conservationist herself.

You may have heard over the weekend about the death of Art Clokey, who created the claymation Gumby. Here are a few videos to go with the obit.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  January 11, 2010; 8:09 AM ET
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It's been a bad two weeks for the Church. Three cardinal priests have died since December 30: Peter Seiichi Cardinal Shirayanagi, Archbishop Emeritus of Tokyo; Cahal Brendan Cardinal Daly, Archbishop Emeritus of Armagh; and Armand Gaetan Cardinal Razafindratandra, Archbishop Emeritus of Antananarivo.

Posted by: Blurgle | January 11, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Miep Gies was the first celebrity to die this year at - the first since Brittany Murphy.

Posted by: kbakst | January 12, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

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