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Patricia Sullivan

Good morning.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service didn't just lose its director, Sam D. Hamilton, over the weekend. Harvey Nelson, one of the nation's most astute wetlands and wildlife managers died Friday at age 85 of heart failure. In other conservation obit news, a 93-year-old environmentalist of the San Juan Islands, Frederick Ellis, died earlier this month, and marine mammal researcher Ron Schusterman died Feb. 11.

Ian Macneil, a law professor who taught President Barack Obama at Harvard and was chief of a clan in his ancestral home of Scotland.died Tuesday. He helped expand concepts of how relationships affect contracts.

We ran a wire service version of Albert Kligman's obit in today's newspaper, but the original Philadelphia Inquirer obit is worth reading. He invented Retin-A for acne and photodamaged skin but was never able to shake controversy for using prisoners to test dioxin on their skin.

Demoted in death before they die: Five members of the British royal family will no longer merit interruption of normal BBC broadcasts when they die, it emerged this weekend. Prince Harry, Princess Anne, Princes Andrew and Edward, and the Countess of Wessex have been dumped from Category 2 to "other notables" such as Muhammed Ali and Bob Dylan.

The death of Canada's last World War I vet, Jack Babcock, died Feb. 18 at his home in Spokane, Wash. His death leaves Frank Woodruff Buckles, who turned 109 on Feb. 1, as the sole surviving U.S. veteran of the Great War.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  February 22, 2010; 8:22 AM ET
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