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Patricia Sullivan

Good morning.

If you haven't yet read the obits of Anne Frank's protector, Miep Gies, I'd advise doing so right now. She was one of the Dutch citizens who kept the Franks alive; she bicycled all over town to get them vegetables and meat, and saved Anne Frank's diary, in hopes that the young girl survived Bergen-Belsen.

The magazine Family Handyman has a circulation of 1.3 million (who knew?) and part of its success was due to Sara Koehler, the design director who "understood a lot of our readers are regular people, so she kept the design real," the editor-in-chief said. She died in Dec. 27 in a suburb of Minneapolis at age 43.

A Californian who fought for the rivers of the Amazon has died. Glenn Switkes, the Amazon program director for the International Rivers organization, co-directed the 1991 documentary "Amazonia: Voices of the Rainforest" to get the word out; he also lived in South America and worked to save the Paraguay-ParanĂ¡ river system, including the Pantanal, the world's largest tropical wetland.

Dale Shewalter tirelessly lobbied officials in the 1980s to form an 817-mile trail running the length of Arizona, from Mexico to Utah. He succeeded, and at his death Sunday he was known as the father of the Arizona Trail.

The 104-year-old Coney Island strongman known as Kid Dundee, Joe Rollino, died after being struck by a minivan in Brooklyn, N.Y. Monday.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  January 12, 2010; 8:40 AM ET
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