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Patricia Sullivan

Good morning. Lots of good obituaries today, including four in the Washington Post's obit section.

Pernell Roberts, the actor who played the suave oldest son on the 1960s TV western "Bonanza," and the lead character on "Trapper John, M.D.," died Sunday at age 81. Lots of interesting information in this obit; who knew he was a civil rights advocate?

One of those six radical women who defied convention and started the LaLeche League in the Chicago suburbs has died. Viola Lennon had 10 children, every one of them breast-fed.

Speaking of breasts, Paddy Boulter who played a key role in establishing the first breast cancer screening center in Britain and trained almost two dozen Australian doctors in the technique, has died at Penrith in north-western England. He was 82.

Emily Lewis was the fourth generation in her family to fly planes, and she was the co-pilot when a cargo plane carrying mail and fish crashed in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska, killing both pilots.

Jay Robin Sparrow
, aka Rock'n Robin, who took up pigeon-racing after he was paralyzed, and became a well-known expert in that field, died in October. He lived 35 years as a quadriplegic and won his last pigeon race.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  January 26, 2010; 8:12 AM ET
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