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Post Mortem: February 14, 2010 - February 20, 2010

Alexander Haig dies at 85

Alexander M. Haig Jr., the take-charge general who served as chief of staff to President Richard M. Nixon and secretary of state to President Ronald Reagan, died Saturday at age 85. Haig was a controversial figure in Washington for a number of reasons, but he is probably remembered most for...

By Matt Schudel  |  February 20, 2010; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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Post reporter Donnie Radcliffe

We received the sad news that Donnie Radcliffe, a Washington Post journalist who chronicled first ladies and high society from the Watergate era to the Clinton administration, died Friday at her home in South Acworth, N.H. She was 80 and had lung, thyroid and adrenal cancer, her son said. Here...

By Matt Schudel  |  February 19, 2010; 8:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Ronald Howes, Easy-Bake oven inventor, dies at 83

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Ronald Howes Sr., the man responsible for inventing the Easy-Bake oven and turning brownie-making into a little-kid-friendly pasttime, died Tuesday. He was 83. Mr. Howes invented lots of things, including high-tech defense devices, but his most beloved creation just might be the oven he created...

By Emma Brown  |  February 19, 2010; 6:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Folklorist Chuck Perdue dies at 79

Washingtonians who enjoy folklore and folk music -- indeed, the very traditions that are passing before our eyes -- owe a debt of gratitude to Chuck Perdue, 79, of Madison, Va., who died Sunday, Feb. 14. Perdue held a doctorate in folklore from the University of Pennsylvania, where his...

By Emma Brown  |  February 19, 2010; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Musicians , Terence McArdle  
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Hollywood star Kathryn Grayson

Film actress and singer Kathryn Grayson, who starred in "Anchors Aweigh," "Show Boat" and other MGM musicals of the 1940s and 1950s has died at age 88 in Los Angeles. She had an operatic singing voice, as you can tell in the clip below from "Anchors Aweigh" (1945): Here she...

By Matt Schudel  |  February 18, 2010; 4:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Dale Hawkins, Susie-Q and the rockabilly groove

From our newsroom's blues musician, Terence McArdle: Dale Hawkins, who died Saturday, was one of the first generation of rockabilly performers and became famous for the song "Susie-Q." The song became a bar band standard after John Fogerty and Creedence Clearwater Revival covered it. Mr. Hawkins' career was significant in...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  February 18, 2010; 12:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Musicians , Terence McArdle  
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning. It's bright and sunny here; hope you are, too. Wat Tyler Cluverius IV carried quite a name through life; his first two names went back to an English rebel an ancestor admired and his surname came from a top Dutch cartographer of the early 1600s. He made his...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  February 18, 2010; 8:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Polo Patriarchs Leave Legacy

William Ylvisaker, 85, who was largely responsible for popularizing South Florida as a destination for Polo, died Feb. 6 at a hospital in Wellington, Fla. James Ashton, 69, who was interim president of the Federation of International Polo, died Feb. 14 after a falling from a horse during a match...

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  February 17, 2010; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Athletes  | Tags: Polo  
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning. Fred Aldrich, who died of a heart attack while driving, then crashed his car into a sandwich shop, was a survivor of one of Philadelphia's most notorious attempted mob hits in 1993. We'll let you read all about it; suffice it to say he earned his living as...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  February 17, 2010; 8:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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King Tut's Cause of Death

We've held news obits until the family coughs up the cause of death, but this is going a little far.... King Tut, 19, the Eygptian pharoah, died in 1324 of complications from a broken leg exacerbated by malaria, according to the most extensive study ever of his mummy....

By Patricia Sullivan  |  February 16, 2010; 1:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning. Space has been so tight in the print version of the Post that this blog has been scooping ourselves (and of course, the other papers) by days. Another good reason to read it here first. If you've ever had the pleasure of attending a Second City production in...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  February 16, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Dick Francis, Rider Turned Writer, Dies

Dick Francis, who parlayed his career as the British Royal family's jockey into a lucrative living as a mystery writer, died Feb. 14 at a home he kept in the Cayman Islands. Mr. Francis was a successful jockey in England when in 1956 a horse he was riding for the...

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  February 15, 2010; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Athletes  
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The Daily Goodbye

Good morning. A lot of obituaries worth noting today, so let's start. Dick Francis, a champion jockey turned the internationally best-selling author (especially in airports), died yesterday at age 89. He wrote more than 42 thrillers and sold well over 60 million copies. Phillip Martin, a Choctaw leader who died...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  February 15, 2010; 8:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Poet Lucille Clifton dies

Lucille Clifton, 73, a National Book Award-winning poet and Pulitzer finalist, died yesterday at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore, her sister said. The cause of death was unclear but Clifton was hospitalized for an infection last week at a hospital in Columbia, Md., before being transferred to Baltimore. A...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  February 14, 2010; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Patricia Sullivan , Washington DC-area people  
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