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Patricia Sullivan

Good morning from the midst of a blizzard.

The "sweetheart of the 21st Cav," Marilyn J. Genz, died Jan. 30. She was a flight attendant who volunteered to fly with Vietnam-bound soldiers during the 1960s. "She had a special place in her heart for the young soldiers, the ones with peach fuzz on their chins," a former colleague said. "She'd hug them as they'd exited the plane and then go to the galley and cry."

Bishop Norman L. Wagner was one of the leaders of the worldwide Pentacostal religious movement, sometimes sang with Grammy winners Marvin and Vickie Winans and was presiding prelate of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World for two terms. He died Jan. 30.

The housing collapse has forced many mortgage brokers and bankers to find new employment but I daresay few would go for as creative a change as Martin Barry Silverberg, who died last week. He became an Elvis impersonator, and performed at weddings and other festivities.

Fewer and fewer Kennedy administration advisers survive. Carl Kaysen, who died this week, was President John F. Kennedy's personal representative to talks that resulted in the 1963 signing of the Partial Test Ban Treaty to prevent nuclear bomb tests in the atmosphere, underwater, and outer space. He succeeded J. Robert Oppenheimer, who directed the Manhattan Project, as director of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J.

Finally, who could resist an obit of Chau Kai-bong, the Hong Kong socialite known as "the man with the golden toilet"?

By Patricia Sullivan  |  February 10, 2010; 11:27 AM ET
Categories:  Patricia Sullivan , The Daily Goodbye  
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