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Patricia Sullivan

Good morning. Let's think today about those who lived good lives.

Ida Stack, who died Saturday, kept Jewish traditions alive in the St. Louis area, teaching Hebrew and Yiddish to all comers for more than 50 years.

Josephine Oldfield committed her life to addressing social problems in her hometown of Milwaukee. "I feel if people who want to work can be provided decent, good-paying jobs, it will also improve the housing stock," Oldfield said in 1989.

Before New York's Macy's department store took over the retailing world and erased geographically relevant and historic from coast to coast (Hechts, Marshall Fields, The Bon), a region's major store inspired trust and loyalty. In the Pacific Northwest, it was the Bon Marché. When he was vice president of Seattle's flagship downtown store, George Smith knew the first names of all 800 employees.

James Craig, an accountant who helped protect Pennsylvania consumers from fraud, worked until he was 90 years old, uncovering several scams and recovering millions of dollars for investors. "He was the state's secret weapon, nobody else had an analyst like him," said his boss. "He was an unassuming, consummate professional who took pride in public service."

Finally, a column from a newspaperwoman writing about her father, McKinley Armstrong, a coach who changed many lives. Here's his obit from the Washington Post last week.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  February 24, 2010; 8:12 AM ET
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