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Patricia Sullivan

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 Feb. 4, guided his tribe from grinding poverty in the red clay hills of east central Mississippi to become proprietor of one of the state's leading business empires.

Now way back, before abortion was legal in the U.S. and women who were desperate with unwanted pregnancies, Jody Howard co-founded a group "Jane" that provided more than 11,000 abortions. She died Feb. 5.

You remember it -- that stuttering 1979 rock anthem "My Sharona" that even President George W. Bush reportedly had on his iPod. Doug Fieger, who co-wrote the song for the Knack, has died. Let's relive it:

Rockabilly pioneer Dale Hawkins, best known for "Suzy-Q," reportedly the first release by Chess Records of a white artist, died yesterday in Arkansas.

Michael Kanaley lived the life of dreams, convincing his California boss to let him work from his adopted town in Brazil and jet in for meetings. The talented software architect was killed in an apparent robbery near Rio de Janiero last month.

The oldest death row inmate in the U.S. has died. Viva L. Nash, 94, had been in prison for murder since 1930.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  February 15, 2010; 8:18 AM ET
Categories:  Patricia Sullivan , The Daily Goodbye  
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