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Post Mortem: March 14, 2010 - March 20, 2010

Stewart Udall, environmental icon, dies at 90

Stewart L. Udall, an Arizona congressman who was secretary of the interior under presidents Kennedy and Johnson and continued to be one of the nation's strongest advocates for the environment, died Saturday at his home in Santa Fe, N.M. He was 90. He was a renowned figure in the environmental...

By Matt Schudel  |  March 20, 2010; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Health Writer Looks at Death

No one writes about life at its most basic level more than Jane Brody, a longtime columnist on health for the New York Times who has also written a number of books on healthy living. I've always enjoyed her writing, but in her most recent column, Brody departs from...

By Matt Schudel  |  March 20, 2010; 4:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Muslim rituals of death

"I hadn't planned to wash the corpse. But sometimes you just get caught up in the moment." So begins a gripping and intimate account, in this weekend's Post magazine, of the Muslim way of preparing a relative's body for burial. "There is no embalming, no makeup, no Sunday finery for...

By Emma Brown  |  March 19, 2010; 3:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Emma Brown , Funerals  
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Chick Lang, Pimlico GM, dies

Charles John "Chick" Lang, a longtime general manager of the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore who tirelessly promoted the Preakness, elevating it to the top tier of horse-racing events, died Thursday, according to the Baltimore Sun. He was 83. Mr. Lang became general manager at Pimlico in 1969 and two...

By Emma Brown  |  March 19, 2010; 10:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Emma Brown , Washington DC-area people  
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Fess Parker, TV Frontiersman, Dies

A nation doffs its coonskin caps to Fess Parker, who starred on the TV series "Davy Crockett" and "Daniel Boone" in the 1950s and 1960s and who died today at his home in the Santa Ynez Valley, Calif., according to his managers. He was 85. Mr. Parker, a native Texas,...

By Adam Bernstein  |  March 18, 2010; 3:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  Actors, actresses  
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Alex Chilton, Rock Star, Dies

Alex Chilton, the frontman for the 1970s power pop band Big Star, died Wednesday at 59. Big Star, which disbanded in 1974 but regrouped in the early 1990s, was a critically recognized rock group whose music influenced bands such as R.E.M, the Gin Blossoms, and Teenage Fanclub. Their song, "In...

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  March 18, 2010; 10:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Musicians  | Tags: Alex Chilton, Big Star, Power Pop  
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Three Giants Die

Something happens once and it's an exception. Twice and it's a coincidence. Three times, it's a trend. Today's trend: Giant deaths, courtesy of a Wall Street Journal obituary writer with a sharp eye for curious concurrences. Oldest ex-Giant dies at 97 The Daily Yomiuri brings us the news that baseball...

By Emma Brown  |  March 17, 2010; 12:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Best Stories, After You Die

Our friends at the Reliable Source dug up this wonderful tale of Peter Graves' visit to Washington in 1976 for a White House State Dinner. It involves an arrival at Dulles, lost luggage, a mad scramble and....I won't spoil it for you, but here's the photo that accompanies it....

By Patricia Sullivan  |  March 17, 2010; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Actors, actresses  
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Civil Rights Photographer's Documentary

In some stories, you have more material than you know what to do with. That was the case yesterday as I worked on an obituary for legendary photographer Charles Moore, who shot the civil rights movement from 1958 to 1965 in his native South. Luckily, a filmmaker made a 30-minute...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  March 16, 2010; 2:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Personalized Goodbye

What kind of sendoff do you want, when the time comes? It's something I'd not thought about much until I started writing obituaries for the Post in January. Now I talk daily with people who have just said goodbye to someone they loved, and it's clear that there are as...

By Emma Brown  |  March 16, 2010; 10:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A year ago today...

One day, I was reading the writing on the wall. Literally. I was walking into one of my college classrooms and someone had scribbled on the chalkboard: "It happened a year ago today." As I understand it, the class before mine had been a creative writing seminar and the teacher...

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  March 16, 2010; 8:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Peter Graves on Film

I've long had a taste for bad puns and lousy but hilarious jokes. So Peter Graves' work in "Airplane" was a particular favorite. His death yesterday is sad, but it gives us a chance to review some of his work. If you have nine minutes, and a willingness to laugh...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  March 15, 2010; 11:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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CIA family champion and NASA photographer

Pardon me for touting my colleagues' work, but there are two excellent obits in the Washington Post today. Our top feature is about Betty Villemarette, and Emily Langer's lede says it all: "Housewives had Betty Friedan. CIA wives had Betty Villemarette." Who could resist reading the rest of the story...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  March 14, 2010; 1:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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