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Post Mortem: February 28, 2010 - March 6, 2010

Bachrach Photography

The Bachrach Photography studio, now 142 years old, is the nation's oldest business associated with photography. From its origins in Baltimore in 1868, it has been operated by four generations of the Bachrach family. David Bachrach, the founder of the company, took the only picture of Abraham Lincoln delivering the...

By Matt Schudel  |  March 6, 2010; 11:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Today's best obit headline

Steve Miller of the Wall Street Journal brought this memorable LA Times headline to our attention: Gene Greytak dies at 84; retired real estate broker became papal impersonator Lifelong Catholic was at first reluctant to take on the 'role' of Pope John Paul II and was careful never to be...

By Emma Brown  |  March 3, 2010; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Actors, actresses , Emma Brown  
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Death of Michael Foot, Eloquent Labour Party Leader

The AP reports the death today of Michael Foot, which the new service calls "a bookish intellectual and anti-nuclear campaigner" who helped destroy Britain's Labour Party as a political force in the early 1980s. It was only the emergence of Tony Blair more than a decade later who helped revive...

By Adam Bernstein  |  March 3, 2010; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Adam Bernstein , Politics  
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To the moon ... and beyond

Two distinguished NASA employees died recently: aerospace engineer Aaron Cohen, director of the Johnson Space Flight Center in Houston during and after the Challenger shuttle tragedy, died Feb. 25. And photographer WIlliam Taub, whose images record NASA's history from the Mercury and Gemini manned space flights to the Apollo 11...

By Emma Brown  |  March 3, 2010; 10:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Reds Wolman, Johns Hopkins geography prof, dies at 85

M. Gordon Wolman, a professor of geography at Johns Hopkins University for more than 50 years, died Feb. 24 at his Baltimore home. He was 85. Known by everyone as "Reds" for his bright shock of hair (which eventually became gray), Dr. Wolman was reportedly as beloved by his students...

By Emma Brown  |  March 1, 2010; 6:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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500 obits in 59 days

Let's pause here for a big whew! It's the first of March and we have published about 500 staff-written obits since the first of the year. Unlike most major daily newspapers, we write about everyone who's lived in the Washington area for more than 20 years (as long as their...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  March 1, 2010; 11:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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