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Patricia Sullivan

Good morning, and when is it fair to call a person both a pioneer and crackpot? This story in Chicago's alternative paper, the Reader, makes a case that radical lesbian theologian Mary Daly was just that, and the New York Times' failure to say so was a whitewash. What do you think?

A tough man in a tough environment, Estee "Sonny" Hall Jr. patrolled the cells at Stateville prison in northern Illinois, commanding respect from serial killers and sociopaths. He died Jan. 6 from lung cancer.

A faithful church deacon so dedicated to Ebenezer Baptist Church that his middle name might as well have been Ebenezer, Jethro Robert English Jr. died Jan. 10 in Atlanta. He joined the historic church in 1925, four years before its most famous son, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., was born, and was married by King's father.

The people who keep the trains and buses running do an important and thankless job. Charles O'Connor started work in Boston sweeping out the stations and ended up as assistant director of operations.

Iranian virtuoso Faramarz Payvar, 77, was internationally known for his talent on the santur, a 72-stringed hammered dulcimer. But the Islamic Revolution silenced him and and when the ban on music was lifted in 1989, he performed the first public concert. He died last month.

Peter Petty played a key role in the development of neurosurgery in Australia, the Melbourne Age tells us.

David Ward
built a boutique law practice out of those snubbed by traditional Toronto law firms. "It didn't make any difference whether you were Jewish, black or polka dot, if you had talent you were welcome. It wasn't quite like that in the early sixties," said Howard Beck, one of the firm's early recruits. He died last week, aged 78.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  January 21, 2010; 8:11 AM ET
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